Win JHill Design Calendars

September 22, 2007

Free Stuff Alert! Would you like to win a calendar from JHill Design? I can’t believe we’re already thinking about the new year, but since so many have asked recently if I’d pull together another calendar round up (see 2007 round up here) I figure why not – it’s fun! So the ’08 Calendar Round Up will be posted later this Fall. This is where you come in…

Win JHill Design Calendars
If you plan to sell calendars for ’08 and you’d like to be considered for this round up, please send me clear images, a link to where they can be purchased online, and the price. I will consider all submissions, so please send them to decor8blog AT yahoo DOT com. The deadline is October 31st. Of course, I’ll come up with many of my own finds as always, so together we should have a beautiful selection of calendars for the new year.

Now onto the free stuff. I’ll select two readers a prize and entry is easy – Leave a comment (only 1 per person) below listing 5 things that you plan to accomplish in ’08 that are helping/supporting others. You could win either the ’08 desk calendar from JHill Design or the ’08 Wall Calendar*. A special thanks to Jennifer for sponsoring this fun mini giveaway. And please… leave your first name and email address in your comment so that if you win, I can contact you. Thanks!

*Calendars will not ship until late November when I’m back in the states. Thank you!

(images from jennifer hill)


  • Reply Sequana September 22, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    1. Make Priority Quilts for Ami Simms’ Alzheimer’s project.
    2. Make a few quilts for Project Linus.
    3. Handmade cards for all my family and friends’ on their birthdays.
    4. Make some items for the Seattle Alz’s Assoc. Spring Auction.
    5. Make comfort quilt blocks for people in need on my quilting forum.

  • Reply Anonymous September 22, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    Wow! O.k. Here is my go:

    I will carry,bring to this world and nourish a hopefully healthy little baby to this world. Priority number one!!!! (only found out:))
    I will as a result of the above will make Daddy to be and my Parents happy. I so want to share that blissfull joy with my Mum too who like myself was/is so so saddened by the loss of our precious Granny (her Mum) this year.I will be there for her!!!
    The rest are kindof less important but i will be teaching english to a grou of immigrant to enchance their opportunities in employment. I work pretty intensively with kids who have cerebral palsy and i possibly won’t be able to do it with a big bump.Then comes the teaching english.
    I also plan to take a long distance course on learning disabilities- hope i will manage to organise my time.
    I will try to be a good listener to people around me.

    Now that is quite a lot! Wil do my best i promise!

    TIA Hajni

  • Reply Kerstin September 23, 2007 at 3:48 am

    1. I will not just listen, I will hear.

    2. I will try harder not to judge.

    3. I will be more open-minded and patient with those who have different opinions to mine.

    4. I will de-clutter my home and give all good things to our local charity.

    5. I will love those who I find a little more difficult to love (like my stepson).

    And here is a 6th: I will not wait until 2008 to start these :)

  • Reply Holly September 23, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    1. I am going to put together gifts for a “Christmas in Afghanistan” group that I participate in. We send Christmas gifts to soldiers serving over there. Of course, that is for ’07, but I’ll do it again next year too.

    2. I am going to try to be more active in our Family Readiness Group (with the army).

    3. I will try to remind that I’m not the only one having a hard time with this deployment…so are my children…and not be so short with them sometimes.

    4. I will donate my handmade goodies to more charity auctions within the military.

    5. I will participate in sponsoring a needy military family from the Christmas program (we provide Christmas for a family that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it…a tree, food, gifts, etc.)


  • Reply Carolyn September 23, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    1. I will contribute proceeds from my company to charity – this is something I have wanted to do since the start and am finally in a position to do so!
    2. I will become more active in a local shelter that I volunteer with, visiting kids more regularly and really making an effort to get to know them and see what else I can do to help.
    3. I will smile when others are stressed, and bake them chocolate chip cookies.
    4. I will write thank you notes to all the people who have done nice things to me in my life, including my 7th grade English teacher who bumped my grade up one point so I could get an “A”, and the man who found my credit card last week on the street and brought it to a Chase bank so they could return it to me.
    5. I will continue my work with Teach For America and commit myself more fully to creating advocates for education within the community.
    (PS – this contest ROCKS!!!)

  • Reply Anonymous September 23, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    1. Become better friends with my parents (and try to forget how much trouble I gave them in middle school!).

    2. Try to like my sister’s boyfriend.

    3. Get less awkward at doing physical exams so my patients spend more time asking me questions and less time wishing they were being seen by a doctor rather than a medical student.

    3. Send more care packages to friends.

    4. Spend time during my holidays, however short, volunteering in my community.

    5. Smile at strangers :)

  • Reply nita September 23, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    1. I will set aside money for the buskers and charity boxes because I know I CAN afford to.

    2. I will make more effort to show my friends and family how important they are to me.

    3. I will pay more for things that support causes.

    4. I will exercise regularly and pull friends along so that we can all benefit from it together.

    5. I will try not to take people who are nice to me for granted.

  • Reply h September 24, 2007 at 7:41 am

    1. I will work to keep art in schools.
    2. I will make beauty with my hands and words– and won’t be shy about sharing it with the world.
    3. I will strive to believe that the best case scenario is not only possible, but likely.
    4. I will help get the vote out!!
    5. I will send my mum flowers.


  • Reply Anonymous September 24, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    1. Donate a quilt to Kids ‘N Kamp Quilt Auction. Proceeds fund activities for kids with cancer.

    2. Donate quilts to Touching Little Lives, a charity organization the provides for premature and ill babies.

    3. Get involved in a reading literacy program, especially one involving children. Reading is a passion and I’d love to share that with others.

    4. Continue to sort through stuff I don’t need or use and donate to charities, especially donating my unused fabric to a lady who doesn’t have the means to buy it but has the heart to make quilts for just about every charity in need…homeless, women’s shelters, and breast cancer patients.

    5. Donate more frequently to the local food pantry. There is no reason anyone should be hungry.

    Piecefully, Stephanie

  • Reply buericana September 24, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    1. Volunteer at a pet rescue shelter. After a scare with my sweet cat I realized how lucky my cat is to be loved and cared for.

    2. Continue with my green efforts – bring my own bags to the grocery store, ride my scooter to the store rather than the car, etc.

    3. Call my grandparents weekly. Even if I’m busy, I’m never too busy for them.

    4. Connect with my sister-in-law who is going through a divorce and also trying to build new relationships with men.

    5. Donate to my top 3 charities.


  • Reply Nicki Lundeen September 24, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    Five things I wish to accomplish:

    1. Balance my time a little better between work and family, and spend more time with family.

    2. Volunteer at a Nursing Home/Assisted Living Home.

    3. Finish my grandson’s quilt and get some others done.

    4. Start sewing again and more often.

    5. Recruit a couple more people into Stampin Up!

  • Reply Nicki Lundeen September 24, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    I am going to post again…I don’t think it posted before.

    1. Volunteer at a Nursing Home/Assisted Living Home.

    2. Balance work and family time better and spend more time with my family.

    3. Finish my grandson’s quilt!

    4. Start sewing again and doing it more often.

    5. Recruit a couple others into Stampin Up.

  • Reply ljd144 September 24, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    1. Listen better, especially to my friends, and stop interrupting them.

    2. Remodel the bathroom in my house

    3. Spend more time with my grandmother

    4. train for a 10K

    5. Help my local community through community service, shopping locally, and being less wasteful

  • Reply sunny September 24, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    1. Learn to be a better listener to everyone: friends, family, merchants when I’m running errands, etc.

    2. Continue working with junior high students at church – they’re at such an amazing age!

    3. Make family and friends’ birthdays a priority in 2008 – sending cards and gifts on time (or early!).

    4. Take the time to drive and visit family members who live within a couple hours of me (not across the country) and spending quality time with them because I firmly believe it’s people who matter (ultimately – more than things).

    5. Jot a note to people who come to mind..instead of letting the thought go… and keep stationery on hand for that very purpose.

    Thanks for this thoughtful idea to get us all thinking.

    The calendar is simply gorgeous, by the way.


    sunnysblog (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Reply lillie September 25, 2007 at 7:09 am

    1. i will volunteer for a local art/sustainability non-profit.
    2. i will reach out to my neighbors.
    3. i will bake for my coworkers.
    4. i will surprise my family via post mail.
    5. i will make a significant contribution to a inter/national charity.
    cheers to 2008!! lillie

  • Reply Tazim September 25, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    1) hand in all my university assignments on time
    2) volunteer at the Studen Environmental Centre on campus
    3) Read a book a month
    4) Try to cook at least 1 meal a day
    5) Hem all my pants

  • Reply Tazim September 25, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    I forgot to put my email address for the last post.

  • Reply ruthie September 25, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    Hi! I’m Ruth from Spain and this is my list :-)
    1. I will complain less and smile more.
    2. I will be greener and recycle more and drive my vespa/walk instead of taking the car.
    3. I will tell my loved ones (including doggies!!) that I love them more often.
    4. I will actually write thank you notes and birthday cards instead of thinking that I have to write them and keep postponing it.
    5. I will donate to charity.

    thanks for this great idea!!

  • Reply Anonymous September 25, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Here goes what I wish for this co New Year.
    1. Be more forgiving of my parents. They are not always kind but I want to be more at peace with them.
    2.Be more supportive of my husband, turning off my TV show when he wants to talk.
    3. Block out time to start painting again.
    4.Buy a violin.
    5. Open my heart and help my father more with his MS.


  • Reply J September 26, 2007 at 1:11 am

    I will take my mom to Italy and Greece (along with a bunch of my students) which will hopefully give her something to look forward to since she’s been bummed out this year.

    I will keep tutoring students at my school who need a little extra help…especially those for whom English is a second language.

    I will send my brother more care packages (he’s at Harvard Law School, and often a bit stressed out).

    I’ll help my grandma feel better about having to move into assisted living, and I’ll help her pack up and go through her old pictures, books, photos, etc (and try to make it fun!)

    I’ll try to be a supportive role model to my students, even when I’m exhausted and burnt out and I don’t really want to be at school…
    Thanks for making me think about these things!


  • Reply Mytokyo94 September 26, 2007 at 2:17 am

    Here goes :

    1) I will take a good care of my cats (22 cats and counting!!)
    2) I will build a bigger cats’ house for them.
    3) I will bring my mom for a holiday.
    4) I will buy more plants for my mom.
    5) I will recycle.

    PS : i am also intrested in selling your calendars but I do not have any website. Would you consider me? ;-)

  • Reply Alison Brownrigg September 26, 2007 at 4:51 am

    I will support local artists

    I will support local farmers

    I will show my love to my family

    I will volunteer for Childhaven agin. (Seattle’s child abuse charity)

    I will support the Kenya Education Fund.

    I promise.

  • Reply MK September 27, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    1- make and send 5 handmade cards a month to friends and family

    2- donate my photo expertise to a few of my favorite organizations- habitat for humanity, washington animal rescue league, and more

    3- donate some of my travel work to the combined federal campaign for their yearly silent auction

    4- clean up the chesapeake during NOAA’s “Restoration Day,” which takes place in June every year

    5- Create solid wedding images that help families build lasting memories or their special day.

  • Reply Amy September 28, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    Not only is this a great contest with a *fabulous* prize, but it got me excited about the year to come — and all that I want to accomplish before this year comes to a close…

    1. last year, I quit my corporate job to pursue a second degree in nursing. I just graduated and by January of 2008 will be a nurse on a Surgical Intensive Care Unit. I will be helping to save the lives of trauma victims and transplant recipients as well as guiding patients and their families through difficult moments.

    2. My boyfriend is a Green Beret in the Army and his first deployment is scheduled in the fall of 2008. If watching the man you love head to war and supporting him throughout his time abroad isn’t itself an act of patriotism, I don’t know what is.

    3. On Monday I will be adopting an abandoned kitten from an animal rescue shelter. Having witnessed the effects of poor pet ownership during my visit to area shelters, I vow to be a loving, caring, and responsible owner to my new companion — which includes making an appointment to get her spayed in the spring when she is old enough!

    4. I live on a busy street and just planted bulbs in flower boxes along my porch, which faces the road. Hopefully, the sight of spring flowers at the end of a long work day will make others’ commute home just a little more enjoyable.

    5. My parents recently began running and signed up for the Austin, Texas Half Marathon in January 2008 to stay motivated. While I have never ran that far, I agreed to sign up and run with them. Supporting my parents in their effort to remain healthy and finding it in myself to complete a challenging goal is something I’m looking forward to accomplishing within the coming year.

  • Reply Lauren September 29, 2007 at 12:13 am

    1. Potty train my second son by his second birthday (May).

    2. Enter 6 different fine art oil paintings in 3 major art sxhibitions.

    3. Complete all commissioned artwork before November 2008.

    4. Teach my 3 year old son to play 3 songs on the piano.

    5. Learn the art of knitting, and make some wool covers for my newborn baby girl.

  • Reply peanut and planet September 29, 2007 at 12:48 am

    1. I will give up my seat on the subway to people without grumbling, and as a corollary, I will help lost tourists when they accidentally get on the A uptown express.

    2. I will use the change bowl money for Donors Choose and help two schools, one in my home neighborhood and one in my work neighborhood (West Philly and Harlem respectively)

    3. Having switched from bottled water to Britta and plastic bags to tote bags this year, I want to start getting serious about recycling paper (I’m awful about it now, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa)

    4. I have a new job and have been shying away from teaching techniques to a student who is starting pretty much from no background knowledge. I will work to be a better mentor to him and to the other people I work with.

    5. I will offer to babysit for free for my friends more often.

    sciencegeekb6b3 is a gmail username

  • Reply decor8 September 29, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    I can’t wait to print this out and read through all of these. I know I’ll be inspired and MOTIVATED to make a few of my own resolutions for 2008 – good things to do for others.

    Thank you all for entering this mini contest. I’ll close the contest on Monday October 1st and I’ll be back here to comment on this post with the two winners. I’ll mail the two calendars in late November.

    Thank you again!!

  • Reply Christina September 30, 2007 at 4:11 am

    1 I will participate in the creation of an art auction to sponsor a worthy cause (already on the committee)
    2 I will get back to painting, which I love
    3 I will help my son learn to enjoy the arts by taking him to 2 “cultural” events each month, despite the scoffing I endure from my husband regarding such endeavors
    4 I will walk my dog. It really is such a little thing and it means the world to him.
    5 I will be nice to my husband. See #4

  • Reply juliette September 30, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    On my list of 2008 goals are:

    1)Pass a German language proficiency test so I can show support to my German husband by learning his language too (his english is already excellent!).

    2)I will help keep the home front happy so my husband has less stress and is able to spend more time on his next academic degree (while he also works a full time job!).

    3)I plan on joining an outdoor rowing club here in Germany in spring of ’08 – this is the next step in taking-care-of-myself-now-that-I’m-not working-the-crazy-job. Taking better care of myself enables me to help others more. (also helps with Goal 1!)

    4)A lot of people in my language courses are new to this country as well, but their reasons for being here usually have a lot to do with their homeland’s political situations or family issues. I’d really like to see our home become a place where classmates feel they can hang out and just have a listening ear. It may not sound like a lot, but being a better listener really does make a difference.

    5)Our church runs on people who take time to volunteer in various ways. As my language skills become better I’d like to be more active in volunteering to help with various projects and programs. One program that I’m interested in works with our town’s disadvantaged youth. I’ve enjoyed mentoring youth back in the States and would like to be part of that here as well.

    I like to make goals and not resolutions because they just seem more positive and also, somehow, easier to attain! I love that this was a way to submit an entry; great idea Holly!

  • Reply studio wellspring October 2, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    * meditate daily
    * compliment & encourage some one each day
    * give more hand-made gifts
    * volunteer at more glide memorial church “feed the needy” events
    * be a free babysitter for my friends & family with babies more often

    thanks for the fun excuse to think these things thru so far ahread of time!

  • Reply Deb October 2, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    Ways I will help/support others in 2008:
    1. I am having my first baby in March and I plan on being the best & creative mother I can be.
    2. I will donate time to visiting elderly to make sure they feel loved.
    3. I will participate in a handmade card club where we swap cars with each other. (These are so fun to give with gifts!)
    4. I will strive to be a better listener and friend.
    5. I will take the time to go out to lunch with friends more often.

    dcphoto1 AT gmail DOT com

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