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Yesterday, we shared our mammoth frame – a frame built for the sole purpose of displaying our Neu Year calendar. Because, you guys, this calendar is awesome. (Yeah, we said that 5 times yesterday, too!) So to kick off this year with a bang, we’ve teamed with Jesse and James of Neu Year to punch 2013 in the throat!

Here’s the deal. (And it’s such a deal, that we’re going to break this thing down.)

  • It’s big. Like, 27″x39″ big. But it’s also designed beautifully – so much so, we framed it (broken record, yeah, yeah) – and you can see the whole year at once. No flipping through pages or clicking your mouse; it’s all there. The whole year.
  • Better yet, there are no gaps between months. Nope, the days flow from one to the next; there’s no jumping to the next screen or (again!) flipping the page, making the year flow better.
  • The weeks start with Monday. Monday! (You know, for visual clarity.) Neu Year focuses on 52 weeks, not 12 months.
  • You saw that we chose to frame ours vertically, but it’s 2-sided with the option to hang yours horizontally.

Simply put, this calendar just makes sense. It’s like the Swiss Army Knife of calendars (right, Scott?). The organizational nut in me loves it – and really, how many people do you know bring up “calendar talk” over brunch with their friends? Because we do. Yup, we honest to goodness are so smitten with this calendar, that we discuss it over eggs.

But let’s talk about what’s in it for you. We’ve teamed up with Jesse and James to give 3 lucky readers the Neu Year calendar of their choice! Choose between the 2013 Uncoated or 2013 Dry Erase (ooh, see? We won’t even make you build your own frame to write/wipe your deadlines!).

  • Up for grabs: Neu Year calendar of winner’s choice; 3 winners!
  • To enter: Simply comment on this post and let us know, how do you plan to punch 2013 in the throat?
  • For additional entries: Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter, then come back and leave a comment letting us know. (One additional comment for each method – up to 2 extra entries!)
  • Giveaway ends: Tuesday, January 8th, at 5pm CST
  • Shipping restrictions: None. Neu Year will ship anywhere in the world!
  • And just because: YBH readers get 30% off all orders through January 31st using the code YellowBrickHome.

The lucky dog winner will be selected using and announced on Wednesday, January 9th. Good luck and happy entering!

Product photos via Neu Year.

  • Annabel Vita - January 4, 2013 - 5:48 AM

    I llooooove the look of this calendar!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - January 4, 2013 - 6:05 AM

    I’m planning on putting this calendar up in my classroom. With 6 grades of elementary school kids a day, I can’t punch 2013 in the throat. (I’d be in the principal’s office.) However, I can teach my kids to have a really awesome year!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - January 4, 2013 - 6:51 AM

    this calendar makes me happy – i could always use more organization in my life, so much so that one of my goals for this year is to be more organized :) 2013 better watch out because when i have all my sh*t together i am going to be unstoppable!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - January 4, 2013 - 7:14 AM

    I plan to punch 2013 in the throat honestly and face to face – I promise not to sneak up and stab it in the back.ReplyCancel

  • whitkae - January 4, 2013 - 7:33 AM

    Oh my gosh I would love this calendar!! I plan to punch 2013 in the face by getting married in July!! It would help out a ton being able to see the whole year laid out in one place. Not to mention, provide a wonderful place to put “reminders” about things the to-be Mr. could help out with ; )ReplyCancel

  • michelle - January 4, 2013 - 7:39 AM

    I plan to punch 2013 in the face by finally finishing all of the little projects I have started all around the house!ReplyCancel

  • michelle@decorandthedog - January 4, 2013 - 7:45 AM

    I’m going to get tougher. Physically and mentally. Bring it 2013!ReplyCancel

  • Jen N. - January 4, 2013 - 7:54 AM

    Awesome calendar! I plan to punch 2013 in the throat by getting all my little projects that I’ve been avoiding done this year.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - January 4, 2013 - 7:56 AM

    I’m going to punch 2013 in the face by actually working toward attainable goals. In the past, my goals have been lofty and not normally things I can actually accomplish. This year I’m setting myself up for success! This calendar would be awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen - January 4, 2013 - 8:06 AM

    I plan on getting healthier right from the start!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - January 4, 2013 - 8:07 AM

    Oh, I love this! As for punching 2013 in the throat…I’m planning on being a kinder, more frugal and more relaxed person. Take that new year!!!ReplyCancel

  • Eric - January 4, 2013 - 8:10 AM

    Love it! would love to win… thanks for the blog and contest!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - January 4, 2013 - 8:11 AM

    I shared the giveaway via Facebook. :)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - January 4, 2013 - 8:16 AM

    What a neat calendar! I’m going to punch 2013 in the throat by taking better care of myself, including reading more, working out more, and having more brunch dates with friends.ReplyCancel

  • Rebelwerewolf - January 4, 2013 - 8:28 AM

    We plan on punching 2013 in the throat by enrolling the Badgershrooms in CGC prep classes and then taking (and hopefully passing) the test.

    FYI, January 8th is a Tuesday. (I know this because it’s Mushroom’s last reactive dog class.)ReplyCancel

  • Tangee Davis - January 4, 2013 - 8:33 AM

    That calender is awesome!
    I would punch 2013 in the throat by getting super organized with a brand new calender.ReplyCancel

  • jackie jade - January 4, 2013 - 8:36 AM

    oooh want one!! i’m gonna punch 2013 in the throat by actually getting stuff DONE on my to-do list. first up – new curtains!

  • Shannon - January 4, 2013 - 8:49 AM

    I’m hoping to better my work-life balance in 2013! How’s that for a karate chop (more sneaky/stealth than a punch) to the throat?! :)


  • Brenna - January 4, 2013 - 9:03 AM

    I’m planning on punching 2013 in the throat by de-cluttering. I am in college, and my parents are planning on moving to Africa this year (talk about being punched in the throat!), so I have been packing up my childhood room over Christmas break. I’ve officially caught the cleaning bug and am excited to go back to school to simplify my life there. Three cheers for organization!ReplyCancel

  • bpod - January 4, 2013 - 9:15 AM

    I really like this calendar! I work in an environment of electronic calendars, but find I sometimes crave precisely this kind of big-picture view (and this is a nice clean look to boot. I’ve got several major, concurrent projects this year, and am envisioning the milestones for each in a different color to help me better allocate people’s time. Several of the people I work with are visually oriented, so it could become a good reference tool in meetings to illustrate how slips in one area can affect other projects.ReplyCancel

  • julia - January 4, 2013 - 9:22 AM

    this would be awesome. im in the process of buying, thus designing, my first *home* (taking LOTS of inspiration from you both) and this would be perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Ainhoa@ALittleBite - January 4, 2013 - 9:25 AM

    I love it! Just have to figure out where to put it if I win ;)ReplyCancel

  • Molly - January 4, 2013 - 9:32 AM

    I’m going to plan many adventures with my husband once he returns home from deployment with the Navy in April! Would love this calendar to help us organize those plans!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - January 4, 2013 - 10:21 AM

    I would really like to display this calendar at work! Personally though, I plan to punch 2013 in the throat by paying off all of my credit card debt. I keep saying I’m going to do it, well now’s the time!! I’m determined to knock it out!!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - January 4, 2013 - 10:51 AM

    I hope to buy a house this year.ReplyCancel

  • Sherri - January 4, 2013 - 11:05 AM

    Sweet giveaway! I haven’t found the right calendar yet, so this would be awesome. I’m going to punch 2013 in the throat by spending less time staring aimlessly at my computer and more time doing things!ReplyCancel

  • Becca - January 4, 2013 - 11:29 AM

    How will punch 2013 in the throat? By getting married this fall!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - January 4, 2013 - 11:35 AM

    I’m going to punch 2013 in the throat by getting on with my life instead of being afraid of it! (Or it’s going to punch me in the throat.)ReplyCancel

  • Rose - January 4, 2013 - 11:36 AM

    2012 was pretty awesome, so I’m going to keep rocking out with my bad self.ReplyCancel

  • Annie - January 4, 2013 - 12:22 PM

    What an awesome calendar! I love when weeks start on Monday’s! I’m going to focus on increasing my trail-running mileage this year.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - January 4, 2013 - 12:31 PM

    I am getting on my endless list of house to

  • Amy - January 4, 2013 - 12:35 PM

    Love the calender! 2013 is the year of the New Job for me, which is terrifying but exciting. :)ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Everett - January 4, 2013 - 12:38 PM

    What a beautiful and useful calendar. I plan on punching 2013 in the throat by keeping very organized in preparation for the arrival of my third child–a girl after two boys–in June. Our family is so excited to meet her and we’re beginning preparations. Yeah for 2013!ReplyCancel

  • boucksy - January 4, 2013 - 12:44 PM

    Thanks for the giveaway Kim + Scott! I plan on punching 2013 in the throat in a lot of ways, but primarily in my health & wellness. I’ve completely transitioned into only organic foods, and am watching my portion sizes so I can lose some weight (I’ve already lost 2 pounds). Biggest part of this so far: signing up for a 5k! I signed up for The Color Run in late May here in Omaha, and can’t wait to punch that in the throat, either!ReplyCancel

  • chrissi - January 4, 2013 - 1:07 PM

    What a great calendar! I plan to finish my master thesis!ReplyCancel

  • Leila Waddell - January 4, 2013 - 1:12 PM

    Nice giveaway! I plan on punching 2013 in the throat losing 10 pounds!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - January 4, 2013 - 1:13 PM

    Love being able to see it all at once, and still have room to write what’s going on! The frame you guys made looks amazing. I plan on making life breathless by getting out a whole lot more (which goes along with finding more dog-friendly things and restaurants around here) than I did in 2012, and doing even more to conquer my frequent migraines. Also, shoot more film. It makes me so damn happy, even if it costs more than digital. :)ReplyCancel

  • Justine - January 4, 2013 - 1:40 PM

    Plan on buying a house in the burbs and finally having room!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany Chambless - January 4, 2013 - 2:17 PM

    Sweet calendar! I will punch 2013 in the face by finishing my RN, BSN and hopefully running my first half marathon!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - January 4, 2013 - 2:52 PM

    by giving up cigarettes!!ReplyCancel

  • ashley @ - January 4, 2013 - 3:10 PM

    Ah 2013! This is a huge year for me! I turn 30 and I get married. So I plan to tackle 2013 by getting healthy, working on myself and ENJOYING this amazing year that’s to come! :)ReplyCancel

  • Shaun - January 4, 2013 - 3:19 PM

    I’m taking on 2013 by hopefully completing my 30 before 30 list!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlyn - January 4, 2013 - 3:34 PM

    I am gonna punch 2013 in the throat financially. I made a budget for the first time ever. And I am going to stick to it – ALL 12 MONTHS! I SWEAR!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - January 4, 2013 - 4:00 PM

    Oooooh! I was hoping you would do a giveaway of this calendar! It is perfect for what I am looking for in a calendar…. big and awesome (what else could you want, right?)!

    As far as punching 2013 in the throat? I am thinking more foster dogs, more traveling, and getting to the gym more than I did in 2012 (read, zero times).

    Sound throat-punchy enough for you????ReplyCancel

  • SEM - January 4, 2013 - 4:52 PM

    what a hilarious slogan!! i plan to tackle the crap out of my dissertation!


  • Mary Frances - January 4, 2013 - 5:03 PM

    2013 is going to be the year of making things happen, rather than sitting back and letting things happen to me. I’m ready to be a bit more intentional with my money and my time.ReplyCancel

  • Katharine - January 4, 2013 - 5:31 PM

    I’m going to pass my qualifying exams! :)ReplyCancel

  • Nina Shim - January 4, 2013 - 6:38 PM

    That’s one helluva fantastic calendar. I prefer to kick things in the shin, but that aside 2013 is gonna be the year I train for & complete at least one 5k run.ReplyCancel

  • Nina Shim - January 4, 2013 - 6:50 PM

    Shared on Facebook. ^.^ReplyCancel

  • CJ - January 4, 2013 - 7:03 PM

    Both my husband and I work and are in school, and we’ve got a lot of improvements on the docket this year for our 110 year old home. This awesome, giant calendar will help us make the most of our time, and help us make sure there is some left for fun :)ReplyCancel

  • Lynn in Michigan - January 4, 2013 - 8:12 PM

    What a COOL calendar! This would help me become more organized in a much more simplistic way. I’m working on destuffing this year. That’s how I’m punchin’ 2013!ReplyCancel

  • April - January 5, 2013 - 2:27 AM

    Aiming for more organization, productivity, and experiences in 2013.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Crawford - January 5, 2013 - 3:01 AM

    This is a cool calendar. I have a thing for calendars, usually 2 or 3 going for a year, all keeping track of something different. I would love to win this. I plan to punch 2013 in the throat by paying off my credit cards, and quit charging more.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - January 5, 2013 - 5:32 AM

    I plan to punch 2013 in the throat by revamping my eating habits! Way less processed foods and waay more fresh fruits and veggies.

    Also, I plan to use the phrase “punch in the throat” a lot more often, haha.ReplyCancel

  • Monika - January 5, 2013 - 8:29 AM

    This looks so amazing, I know I can definitely use this for 2013 since I’m still being kicked in the gut by the left over devil 2012! Thanks Kim & Scott so much for sharing this terrific tool. Here’s to a fab 2013!ReplyCancel

  • Victoria - January 5, 2013 - 9:35 AM

    Ooo, I’ve always secretly wanted to punch something in the throat! 2013 is gonna get it as I go 100% paleo and finally get on top of my health/fitness. Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Jaclyn - January 5, 2013 - 10:20 AM

    I am going to punch 2013 in the throat by being more intentional about my goals. Instead of just saying what my goals are and hoping I get there, I will have a plan for getting there.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - January 5, 2013 - 11:00 AM

    Just posted on my FB page about the give away!ReplyCancel

  • Emily K. - January 5, 2013 - 11:55 AM

    Let’s see….how will I punch 2013 in the throat? By getting back on track with finances, fitness, mental health, and motivation! This calendar would be fabulous to have to help me accomplish my goals!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - January 5, 2013 - 12:45 PM

    by celebrating every day with my toddler!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K. - January 5, 2013 - 2:10 PM

    So cute! I want to punch 2013 in the throat by: being more organized, being healthier, and being more loving.ReplyCancel

  • crystal - January 5, 2013 - 2:11 PM

    My wallop of a punch is that 2013 will be my most financially responsible year.ReplyCancel

  • Abby N - January 5, 2013 - 2:51 PM

    This year is going to be the year of EPIC music class performances, starting with my students performing at the Montana Governor’s inauguration!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 5, 2013 - 3:45 PM

    Perfect timing! How did you know that I had been looking for behemoth sized calendar out there other other than the Stendig for months. This year I’m attaempting a Happiness Project of sorts, striving to take better care of myself physically, push myself farther creatively, continue to plan for my future of hopefully running my own bakery some day. Thirteen is going to be lucky year, I can feel it already!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - January 5, 2013 - 4:35 PM

    This should be an interesting year! I would love to have this calendar, I think it’s so cool!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - January 5, 2013 - 11:48 PM

    This calandar is seriously awesome! I’m going to punch 2013 in the throat by knocking out some walls! We just bought a house, & I’m hoping to get a lot knocked off of our massive to do list.ReplyCancel

  • Mirjam - January 6, 2013 - 3:54 AM

    I plan to punch 2013 in the throat by finally finishing a few projects I started last year and never got to finish!ReplyCancel

  • Mirjam - January 6, 2013 - 3:59 AM

    Shared on Facebook :)ReplyCancel

  • Mari M - January 6, 2013 - 2:50 PM

    This is AWESOME! Oh wait, did you say that already? ;) I plan to punch 2013 in the face by applying to a grad school program, climbing some mountains, and so much more!ReplyCancel

  • spiffi - January 6, 2013 - 7:30 PM

    I plan to punch 2013 in the face by finally figuring out this “work-life balance” thing and travelling to somewhere tropical, which I have never done before!ReplyCancel

  • spiffi - January 6, 2013 - 7:31 PM

    shared on Facebook tooReplyCancel

  • Lauren - January 6, 2013 - 11:29 PM

    Old skool beauty! So much nicer than digital calendars. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey Rose - January 7, 2013 - 8:03 AM

    I’m going to punch 2013 in the throat by having a kick-ass year of my freelance business. It’ll be the first full year, and it’s going to be awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey Rose - January 7, 2013 - 8:03 AM

    I’m going to punch 2013 in the throat by having a killer year of my freelance business. It’ll be the first full year, and it’s going to be awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode - January 7, 2013 - 8:44 AM

    I’m punching the year in the throat by establishing monthly goals instead of year-long resolutions. January? Finishing abandoned tasks. It already feels oh-so-good.ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey Dipman - January 7, 2013 - 12:43 PM

    Awesome Calendar! I plan on punching 2013 in the throat by marrying my best friend and having THE wedding of the year! Almost a complete DIY!ReplyCancel

  • lindsay currie - January 7, 2013 - 2:49 PM

    2013 watch out! I plan to see every obstacle that arises good or bad as a chance to grow opportunity to exeperience life. With a husband, a baby and a pup there is a lot to stay on top of and this calendar could help keep us in line.ReplyCancel

  • Carms - January 7, 2013 - 2:52 PM

    I love this calendar! I plan to make 2013 my year by knocking out some personal goals for myself: travel and grad school! :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - January 7, 2013 - 5:09 PM

    2013 is our year. We just keep saying that with every intention of everything we wanted in 2012 and then some coming true. Take that, 2013!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - January 8, 2013 - 2:14 AM

    Working and looking forward to learning a TON in 2013 in order to change up my career. I would loooove this calendar for marking up those class deadlines!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - January 8, 2013 - 11:01 AM

    I would love to get more organized and build out a home office this year and a Neu Year calendar would definitely help me get my butt in gear!ReplyCancel


When Neu Year contacted us late last year to see if we wanted one of their big ass calendars – for real, it’s almost 30″x40″ – we admittedly put the idea on the back burner for a few days. It’s not that we didn’t want to be all super organized for 2013 (quite the opposite; come on now!), but at first glance, all we could see was that their calendar was so… big.

But! Then we took a moment to see what made this calendar so special, and holy freaking cow, you guys! It’s big, yes, but it really is awesome. And now I’m already getting off topic, because tomorrow I’ll tell you why and give a few away (after all, 1 for us, 3 for you. It’s only fair, yes?).

What we really want to share now is the big, honking frame we built around the calendar. Because, you see, once we decided that yes, please and thank you, we really want this calendar!, we knew that not only would it look fancy pants in a just-as-big honking frame, but the protective glass could double as a dry erase for to-dos and those once-a-year birthday reminders.

Of course the problem became the cost for such a massive frame, as all of our favorite frame-assembly sites and stores gave us quotes for $100+ (and that’s for the cheaper ones, too). So, we made one. It was easy, much cheaper, and it took just an afternoon to assemble.

Supplies and tools needed:
2x4s – we needed 12′
1x2s – again, 12′
Restor-a-Finish or wood stain (optional)
glass cut slightly larger than frame opening size
foam core for backing (same size as glass)
staples/stapler gun
hanging hardware kit
miter saw (for cuts)
Kreg jig
wood screws
dry wall anchors for hanging

We picked up salvaged 2x4s from Rebuilding Exchange (if you’re in the Chicago area, go there! It’s the kitten’s mittens!), and Scott cut them down to size with our miter saw, creating 45-degree angles on the ends. This was personal preference, as straight cuts would work just as well. When making his angled cuts, he just measured the inside dimensions (we used 26.5″w x 39.5″h) and cut the angles out from there. We cleaned them up with a damp cloth, since they were already dark and rich in color.

Using our mini Kreg jig, we drilled our pilot holes and used wood screws to hold our frame together. Never mind that the frame dwarfs our patio table; for safety and ease, we used clamps to keep the still-loose sides in place as we worked our way around the corners.

For the frame backing, we picked up a piece of 30″x40″ foam core, and I cut it down to 27″x40.” Based off of that measurement, Scott chopped down our 1x2s to approximately the same lengths, then he rubbed them with Restor-a-Finish to darken them up. This wasn’t absolutely necessary, but it helped them to blend in with the salvaged wood. These would later be our “framework” on the back, allowing a place for our glass, calendar and backing to sit into.

Once the frame was assembled and the 1x2s were dry, we brought everything inside and finished up on the kitchen counter (it was getting dark and cold!). Using the foam core as our guide, we laid it down on the back side of the frame, then surrounded its four sides with the 1x2s. After a good eyeball-positioning, we used a handful of screws along each side to secure them in place.

Since the foam core was larger than our opening, the 1x2s lined up to create a lip on the back of the frame. At this point, our frame was pretty much ready to go!

Before starting the frame, we got a piece of glass cut at Ace hardware using the same dimensions as our foam core. Now, we were ready to put the glass in our finished frame – very carefully! – followed by the print and finally, the foam core. I used the same Piglet method I’ve been using for years to staple everything in place, using about 6-8 staples along the long sides and 5 staples along the shorter ones.

At the same time we picked up the glass and foam core, we grabbed a hanging kit from the craft store. To really secure it in place, we used screws long enough to go through our 1x2s and into the back of the frame itself. Note: At this point, our frame was pretty heavy, so if you’re following along, please remember to grab strong enough wire to support the weight! Then, double it over and twist it a bajillion times. For real.

And that’s it! We chose the hallway for our calendar, since it’s right outside my studio door (perfect for marking down important dates and deadlines), and it’s the just right spot so it’s still out in the open, yet not so visible that we’re staring it while watching television. But perhaps most importantly, we hung it in such a way that it covers the ugly, gray panel of our circuit breaker. We were unable to find studs where we needed, so we hung 2 drywall anchors to support this honker.

It’s nice and thick from the side, and the 1x2s on the back give it the feeling that it’s slightly floating away from the wall, creating an unexpected – albeit super sweet – shadow effect. And the chunkiness creates the perfect little ledge for our dry erase marker.

We love the look and warm feel of the salvaged 2x4s, but staining and distressing new 2x4s (using sandpaper, a hammer and nails to make pock marks) would work as a good and cheaper alternative, too.

To give you a good idea of how honking this guy is, here’s my 5-foot-3 self standing next to it. To cover that junction box, we had to hang it a tidge high, but even my shortie arms can reach the top with no problem. (On a side note, our hallway is itty bitty, so a straight on shot isn’t possible. Also, the lighting in said itty bitty hallway can be finicky and bizarre, hence the yellow-ish glow on the frame. Rest assured, this guy is awesome; the end.)

So, how much did it all cost? Had we used regular 2x4s from Home Depot, we could have saved almost 1/2 on our salvaged wood cost (they usually run around $1/ft), but despite our decision to stay old school (um?), here’s how it worked out:

Cost breakdown:
12′ of 2x4s = $20
1x2s = $2
glass cut to 27″x40″ = $20
foam core for backing = $4
hanging hardware kit = $3
Restor-a-Finish (on hand)
wood screws (on hand)
dry wall anchors for hanging (on hand)

TOTAL = $49

Overall, this guy is super sturdy. A real man’s man kind of guy – and easy on the eyes for me, too. Afterwards, I began lusting for more big art and more big frames, but these walls are about tapped out! Now that we realize how simple it was to assemble our own frame, we’re thinking it’s just the ticket to save on display costs – and perhaps splurge a little more in the art department. Well, we’ll see.

Have you framed any big, show-stopping art (or calendars, eh?) for your home lately?

Psst… Remember to stop by tomorrow for a Neu Year calendar giveaway – as they say, let’s punch 2013 in the throat!

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - January 3, 2013 - 9:28 AM

    So cool! I want the horizontal one for our hallway! And this framing tutorial is so helpful. We have a HUGE map that I have been wanting to frame but just…couldn’t…figure…it out. I bow to your DIY skills. Pinning!ReplyCancel

  • Kris Robitzsch - January 3, 2013 - 10:09 AM

    That is very smart. I want to have one.ReplyCancel

  • Miranda @boucksy - January 3, 2013 - 10:47 AM

    This calendar is KICK ASS! I can’t wait til tomorrow to enter for my chance to win. Thanks for the giveaway Kim + Scott! I love the frame, and love that by adding glass you instantly added the “dry erase” portion of it without having to get the dry erase option of the calendar. I’m pretty ridiculous about spelling/needing to cross things out and my ever-changing plans…so that helps out my OCD self!

  • Scott - January 3, 2013 - 11:22 AM

    Julia- The cool thing about the calendar is that it’s printed vertically on one side and horizontally on the other. If you want to change things up, you can just flip it over!ReplyCancel

  • jackie jade - January 3, 2013 - 12:07 PM

    holy crap – that’s a huge frame/calendar – but looks awesome! you guys did a great job. i wish i wasn’t afraid to build stuff with my hands :)

    • Kim - January 3, 2013 - 2:29 PM

      Thanks, guys!

      Jackie, you can do it!

      Miranda, you and me are 2 peas in a pod.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 3, 2013 - 3:08 PM

    Also, Julia, that map would look amazing in a huge rustic frame like this!ReplyCancel

  • Kaitlin - January 3, 2013 - 7:10 PM

    This came out really well! I actually nearly bought this same calendar recently- and have been regretting not doing it. Maybe you’ve finally made up my mind for me!
    My new framing trick is to buy 4 canvas stretchers from the art store. A little wood glue, and poof! Frame! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 3, 2013 - 7:26 PM

    Kaitlin – genius!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Ryan - January 3, 2013 - 7:34 PM

    Love the calendar and the frame work! Also love that KC’s wedding made your calendar so I will get to see 2 of my favorite people! I hope that you see Christi and Shane this weekend and enjoy a little company from home!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 3, 2013 - 7:38 PM

    Carol, wahoo! Yes, we will be there!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - January 3, 2013 - 8:34 PM

    I love this frame! It’s too cool!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - January 4, 2013 - 3:45 PM

    OMG! That’s the best frame ever! Well done. All the best in 2013!ReplyCancel

  • Katana Leigh - January 4, 2013 - 11:35 PM

    Awesome. I’m always looking for unconventional or interesting ways to frame artwork (since I’m an artist) even though I usually let the collectors frame their own work! :DReplyCancel

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode - January 5, 2013 - 8:10 AM

    I’m so glad you a) tackled this and b) shared the tutorial. I’ve been suspecting for a while now that I could DIY frames instead of settling for overpriced ones that just don’t strike my fancy at the craft store. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Liliana - January 14, 2013 - 3:28 PM

    Love the idea…and the frame, I love it! It is awesome!ReplyCancel

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When we moved to Chicago 6 years ago, our intent was to live the “Big City” life for a few years to get it out of our collective system, then likely head west and end up in California or Oregon. Kim and I both love the Midwest (they say Midwest is best!) – after all, we were both raised in Ohio – but we never had any intention of staying here past birthday number 30.

And yet here we are, at 31 and 30, respectively.

We figured we’d use Chicago as a launchpad to explore the rest of the country, city by city, until we found the place that was just right for us. We’d then pack up another U-Haul, hit the road and settle down for good. Our yearly anniversary trips (see here, here, here and here) have been a fun excuse to explore maybe-cities, and – not that we’re surprised – we’ve fallen in love with every place we’ve visited. (More here, too.)

There’s only one problem – we end up comparing every other part of the country to Chicago. Is it possible that we lucked out and got it right on the first try? Is Chicago Home?

Sure, traffic is mind-numbingly, eye-gougingly horrific. Our fair city is flat as a pancake and a day away from any real mountains. But faults aside, what the Windy City lacks in large plots of nature and easy commuting, it more than makes up for in live music, art, food, beaches, green boulevards, a bustling downtown and an endless list of attractive traits that keep us yearning for this Home whenever we leave.

In other words, we fall more in love with Chicago every day.

The city limits here also contain something that is non-negotiable in our quest for the perfect plot: houses. Honest to goodness, four-walls-and-a-roof houses. With yards. And garages. Our next home will not share a wall, ceiling or floor. We’re certain of that. (Famous last words?)

What we’re not certain of is the timing of our next move. Again, back to the whole we’re 30 and thought we’d settle down about now thing.

Living in and loving our current home for 5 years has been the time of our life. At the same time, we’d be lying if we didn’t admit to craving space – just a wee bit more. And an expanded family – of foster pups! And even if it’s just a patch, we want Jack to run circles in his very own grassy yard.

2013 is looking to be an exciting, potentially transitional year for this little family. As we look forward, we welcome change and adventure, more love and more growth. We hope the same is true for all of you and we wish you a happy, healthy New Year, regardless of where those adventures lead you!

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - January 1, 2013 - 8:57 AM

    Happy New Year, Kim and Scott!! May life take you exactly where you need to go =)ReplyCancel

  • Alix - January 1, 2013 - 9:32 AM

    Thanks so much for writing this! We are also originally from Ohio (Toledo, what about you guys?) and moved to Chicago a year ago for a job after grad school. We thought we’d stay a bit to get our careers on track and then dream of moving to the Pacific Northwest (Seattle or Portland maybe). Funny how similar our plans are/were!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 1, 2013 - 9:51 AM

      Thank you, Carrie!

      Alix, Scott grew up in Cincinnati, and I spent most of my life outside of the Dayton area in a town called Yellow Springs. You’d think these Chicago winters would scare us away, but there’s so much to love in this city! We didn’t expect to fall so hard.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - January 1, 2013 - 12:16 PM

    Isnt Chicago the best? We just moved out to Portlamd, OR in June and I find myself comparing it to Chicago all the time. :sigh: I miss all of it a ton.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 2, 2013 - 9:24 AM

    Vanessa, we love Portland too though! We had an amazing time there this past summer. Aw, memories.ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - January 2, 2013 - 4:17 PM

    “Midwest is best” I’m wearing that shirt today…as I consider a move to the West coast. Thanks for reminding me of how great Chicago is and making the decision that much trickier!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 2, 2013 - 5:57 PM

    Brittany, oh no! We know the feeling, too.ReplyCancel

  • Rick - January 6, 2013 - 12:23 AM

    Seattle calls to you. Listen closely! You’re being summoned here.

    No, wait… that’s the sound of my kids bouncing off the walls.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - January 7, 2013 - 12:47 PM

    As a lifetime resident of the suburbs, I have a serious love of Chicago as well. So happy you have found the perfect fit for your family, at least thus far.

    I am absolutely loving the first photo in this post. I would love to get a high-def copy of it (for my own personal purposes of printing and displaying in my home). Would you be willing to share a digital copy or let me purchase it from you?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 7, 2013 - 12:50 PM

    Hi Lisa! I’m sending you a personal email regarding the photo – and thank you! It does seem to be a great fit for us!ReplyCancel

  • Liliana - January 14, 2013 - 3:32 PM

    Jack could use a buddy to boss around, I mean play with =)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 14, 2013 - 3:37 PM

      Liliana, you know it! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Jill - January 22, 2013 - 9:59 PM

    Yay!!! Midwest IS BEST! & GOOD golly, I’m behind! I’m yearning for a backyard for the tots too! Torn on leaving Cincy though. :(ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - January 23, 2013 - 2:36 PM

    I’ve been neglecting my YBH commenting (still reading, quietly), so I thought I’d pop in to say that I totally understand the feeling of falling in love with the places you visit yet comparing them to home.

    Robert and I are both born&raised Floridians, living in the city where we grew up (near Amelia Island). We have fallen in love with San Fran & Seattle, and handful of other places. I know from 3 years of living in Tallahassee that even parts of Florida don’t feel like home (especially without a beach), so I guess the best solution for now is to travel as much as possible.

    Looking forward to reading about all your next adventures!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 23, 2013 - 6:35 PM

      Cait, thank you for chiming in. Yeah, I think we’ve realized that traveling is our best bet – and we have so many more places we want to go/see/visit! But over the years, we’ve realized that Chicago IS our home.ReplyCancel

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