As 2008 disappears before our eyes, the most important thing on the to-do list isn't figuring out next year's resolutions—it's finding a wall calendar worth staring at for 12 months in a row. Nikki McClure's 2009 calendar takes all the fear out of the commitment with her artful paper-cut designs. From an intricate bird's nest to enchanting mushrooms, she uses an X-Acto knife to depict poetic visions of everyday life. She's paired each image with a simple reminder about living well, with lessons such as such as "know," "evolve" and "ditch the car."
by Michelle Taute