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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?

On Being Descriptive

August 23rd, 2012

Mr Chiots and I always have a great time laughing at real estate listings. When we were looking, we’d read through the description and look at the photos and joke about what was the real meaning behind words like “rustic”, “quaint”, “needs love”, etc.

Hopefully, there won’t be too much of that in the listing for this place when it finally goes on-line, I may write the description myself with the help of a friend. I’ll definitely be writing the garden portion. Unfortunately, our real estate agent is not the least bit interested in gardening and it shows. That’s kind of sad, because the outdoor area of the home is almost as important as the inside and, as a gardener, something I found very lacking when were looking at houses.

Yesterday, I spent some time taking photos of the house and collecting all the garden photos I wanted to share. After showing them to a friend I have a few new ones to take today to round out the collection.

Trying to figure out how to describe the house/gardens without being too wordy can be a challenge. The photos will speak better than the words anyways, so I’ll focus more time on those. I’ll be writing the full description today to give to the real estate agent this afternoon along with all the photos.

It’s really hard to describe your house and gardens in just a few sentences since it’s so much more than just a house, it’s a home. I guess the people who will buy this place will make it their own, so to them it is just a house.

If you had to describe your garden for the real estate listing what would you say? Any great suggestions for things you like to read in real estate listing?

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