Weekly Photo Calendar Backstory
My husband, Michael, and I met while we were in college studying to become engineers. Although engineers have a certain pop culture stigma (Dilbert), we both have very creative sides. Michael has always been interested in photography, and in 2006 he purchased his first Digital SLR. Since 2007, we have collaborated to put together a weekly photo calendar to share his photography with friends and family. The first year we printed and bound the calendars ourselves, and it took a large amount of work to organize. In 2008 I found Lulu.com, a self-publishing website that has allowed me full editorial control but removed the difficulty of taking orders and printing the calendars myself. The weekly photo calendar has evolved over the years, and for 2015 it is a 8.5″ by 11″ full color, desktop weekly calendar. Each week features a nature photograph that was taken by Michael Fuchs, lines for daily calendar notes, and the calendar is spiral bound to lay flat on a table or desk.
We think that the weekly photo calendars make wonderful Christmas gifts for friends and family. I keep a copy on my desk by my computer to help me remember everything like key dates for blog posts, quilt show entry deadlines, when to back up our computers or replace our home’s air filter, doctor’s appointments, and birthdays! I love turning the page every Sunday morning to see what beautiful photograph I get to enjoy for the week. If you are interested in learning more, please visit our 2015 Weekly Photo Calendar Lulu Product page.
Jazz & Blues Festival Wrap-Up
The High Desert Jazz & Blues Festival was held last night, and the event was a very memorable evening. I personally watched online using a live webcast, which was an awesome way for me to participate without a late night drive home! The Positively Perfect Nap Quilt that I donated for the silent auction was sold for $200. I hope that the quilt went to a good home and will be used and loved, and I hope the money raised for The Mojave Foundation will go to good use.
I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what selling the quilt for $200 means. The materials for the quilt cost $76.33, and I spent 14.5 hours making it. That means that my time was valued at roughly $8.52 per hour. I personally valued the quilt at $325 by setting my rate at $15 per hour and considering sales tax.
I hope that everyone is enjoying a nice weekend. It is finally starting to cool off in my area, and I am enjoying the crisp air on my evening walks and the smells of fall.