I used my Amazon widget credit received in November to purchase a beautiful Lang calendar for my kitchen. (Thank you, again!)
I usually wait to see what the stores are selling half price after the new year (and for two years, have purchased a Susan Branch calendar). However, I thought a wise use of credit would be to purchase a Lang calendar as I love the pictures and the big spaces for writing appointments and such.
Although purchased through Amazon with the credit, I did my research at the Lang website and found this beautiful calendar based on the 23rd Psalm (at the Lang site, you can see each page of a calendar close up).
Lady Lydia had mentioned in a post (not too long ago) that people used to cut out pictures from magazines and such to use as "art" because they were pretty. I remember back when homemakers did such a thing.
I have cut out pictures (and well loved post cards and greeting cards) taped to the inside of kitchen cabinets... along with my favorite cookie and bread recipe. Of course, now I keep favorite magazine pictures filed for my scrapbook journals.
I also like to use art from calendars and I keep my beautiful calendars for awhile in case I want to frame them someday.
One of my favorite artists is Robert Duncan, the picture below is from one of his calendars from a few years ago, taped on the back of a used mat. The frame and mat were purchased at a thrift store (or garage sale, can't remember now) without any art in it. Beautiful art in my home for just a few dollars (his matted art is very expensive!).
With so many calendars available right now, you can enjoy your favorite artist throughout the year and then mat the "art" later... or immediately. :)