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2013 Chiot’s Run Calendar

November 13th, 2012

Finally, the fourth edition of the Chiot’s Run calendar is up and running. This year I decided to simplify things a bit and only choose one photo per month. It’s always hard to narrow them down. Luckily, this year I’ve been adding photos into a special folder throughout the year when I know one will perfectly sum up that month. As a result it took me much less time that it usually does.

Most of my friends and family already know they’ll be receiving one of these beauties for Christmas, in fact, I think they’d all be dissappointed if they didn’t.





I want to thank all of you who purchase this calendar, I get a small amount from each sale and this helps me keep this blog ad-free and it helps me pay the bills associated with this blog. Once again it’s available in Small and Large:

Small Calendar: 11″ x 17″ open (folds in half in the middle like a regular calendar).

Large Calendar: 13.5″ x 19″ has coils at the top so it’s one continuos sheet.

I even updated my inspirational nature quote calendar as well if you like that one.

There’s a discount coupon that you can use as well: Receive 20% 1-9, 25% 10-19, 30% 20+ off of your calendar purchase. This promotion ends November, 23 at 11:59 PM. (Coupon Code: CHRONICLE)



These will be gifted as part of my handmade holidays with my family. Technically I didn’t “handmake” them, but I did take the photos. I can get them printed up much cheaper than I could make them myself and they’re so much better as far as quality goes that I could do at home. I think they qualify as handmade!




As always, I do have a favorite month, though it certainly was a tough choice. I’d have to say that the lovely tulips in May is my favorite!

Which month do you like the best?

She’s a Beauty + a Calendar Giveaway

November 30th, 2011

I don’t know why I’m still taken aback by their beauty when I receive my calendars in the mail. I know the quality of Lulu printing, I’ve seen the photos a million times, yet seeing them in print and running my hands over the glossy paper makes me smile.

I spent some time earlier this week wrapping them up and mailing off the ones that go to friends and relatives far away. I love that they will have a little piece of my home showing in their home each month of the year!

At the end of December my calendar will be hung right beside my computer where I see it all day long. A big thanks to those of you who purchase my calendar as I get a few dollars from each one. This helps a lot with the expenses for keeping this blog going and helps me keep this blog ad-free! If you’d like to order a Chiot’s Run calendar for yourself or for gifts follow the links in the sidebar.

And now the part you’ve all been waiting for, a chance to win your very own 2012 Chiot’s Run Calendar. All you have to do is comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win. Winner chosen:

Where do you typically hang the calendar in your home?

2012 Chiot’s Run Calendar

November 4th, 2011

I started working on my calendar last week hoping to have it up on November first. That didn’t happen, but I did get it up earlier than last year! It’s always tough choosing photos for each month, narrowing it down, deciding what direction to take, edible, flowers, etc. I’ve toyed with the idea of making a few different calendars, one featuring edible gardening, one featuring flowers & other things – maybe next year. For this year I’ll stick to the usual mix. Here’s the 2012 Chiot’s Run Calendar:

I want to thank all of you who purchase this calendar, I get a small amount from each sale and this helps me keep this blog ad-free and it helps me pay the bills associated with this blog. Once again it’s available in Small and Large:

Small: 11″ x 17″ open (folds in half in the middle like a regular calendar)

Large Calendar: 13.5″ x 19″ has coils at the top so it’s one continuos sheet

I also revised my Quote Calendar for 2012 as well, it’s also available in Small and Large.

Lulu just sent me a coupon that should get you 15% off the calendar. Use coupon code: NINCAL for 15% 1-9 calendars and code: TENCAL for 20% off 10 or more calendars. Coupon expires December 18, 2011. See Lulu homepage for details.












As hard as it is to narrow down photos for the calendar each year, I always seem to have one photo that’s my favorite from the season. This year was no different, December was my favorite, there’s just something wonderful about the sunlight in that photo that I really love! This year however, I’m especially fond of January and May, there’s just something about those two photos I really love!

What’s your favorite month?

Friday Favorite: My Calendar + a Winner

February 18th, 2011

I must say that now one of my favorite things is making a calendar with some of my photos. I don’t print off any of my photos, they all live on my hard drive and I look through them for blog posts, or when organizing. I want to pick out a few to get nice canvas prints of – but I can never decide which ones to get. One of the reasons I like my calendar is because it reminds me of what I did the previous year and it’s a great way for me to print out a few of my photos and share them with family members.

I order 10 of these and give them away at Christmas and keep one for myself. Everyone was thrilled to get theirs again this year and I’m sure they’ll be excited next year as well. I’ve already pulled out photos for the months of January & February for next year’s calendar.

After wrapping up all the calendars I was giving away, I was left with an extra. I kept meaning to hold a contest on the blog, but keep forgetting – until NOW. Comment below and you’ll be entered to win a 2011 Chiot’s Run Calendar. Winner chosen: Nebraska Dave. One of the things I realized while looking through my calendars is that I LOVE living somewhere with distinct seasons. I’ve been trying to think of my favorite month and I’d have to say that May is. Fresh strawberries, spinach, lettuces, warm sun, great weather, what’s not to love?

What’s your favorite month of the year and why?

The Captain’s Wife has won a jar Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. Her comment was so great, I love the story. Head on over to her blog to read more about her life as a Navy Captain’s Wife. (if you haven’t received my e-mail use the contact button to the right to send me your address)

The 2011 Chiot’s Run Calendar is now Available

November 17th, 2010

I spent a few hours putting the final touches on my calendar yesterday. It was very hard to choice the photos from the thousands that I have taken this past year. Next year I may make a few different calendars, one with quotes, one with just edible harvests, etc. I’m also considering making one with zone 5 planting dates this year, for both spring and fall planting, let me know if you’re interested in this and I’ll try to invest the time in setting it up.

I want to thank all of you who purchase this calendar, I get a small amount from each sale and this helps me keep this blog ad-free and it helps me pay the bills associated with this blog.

A note from Mr. Chiots: Mrs. Chiots will not brag on herself so I will do it for her. She enjoys producing this blog for all of you almost as much as she enjoys gardening and cooking. She pours hours into taking and editing the photos, writing the posts, and approving and replying to comments. The results show it. Monthly ChiotsRun.com gets over 12,500 unique visitors, with over 33,000 page views using up about 100GB of bandwidth. Recently we surpassed 11,000 comments. That is a lot of work. Show your appreciation by purchasing this awesome calendar. In fact buy two, it will make a great Christmas gift. Thanks!

If you’re interested in buying a calendar Lulu sent me a coupon that you can use to get 40% off.

This is what you do:
Enter code CALENDARVIP305 at checkout (you have to enter paying info before coupon)
This will save you 40% off your calendar, up to $10
Offer ends 2/28/11

This coupon makes the large (13.5″ x 19″) calendar $22.48 with shipping and the small (11″ x 17″) calendar $15.98 with shipping. Here’s a look inside the calendar.












I don’t know if I have a favorite month, I love the June strawberries, the July chamomile and the August tomatoes.

What’s your favorite month? Would you be interested in a zone 5 planting calendar?

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