We start off with this lovely diary for the year ahead - I think there will always be a place for paper diaries, rather than electronic ones. There's nothing quite like writing on the first page of a diary (or any new notebook) - I just don't think that will ever be replicated by a computer!
|2012 Diary: Lovely Stella Diary by mypipsqueak|
On 23 January, the Chinese Year of the Dragon begins and lasts until 9 February 2013.
|Handmade Wooden Toys - Dragon by MijMoj Contemporary Furniture Design|
According to the Stem Branch Calendar, the element associated with 2012 Year of the Dragon is water.
|Pebble Hot Water Bottle by Petal Textiles|
|Story Tellers Throne by Free Range Designs|
|Black LEGO Computer brick Cufflinks by Uncle Bundle Crafts|
I think it's safe to say that without Mr Turing, this meerkat would be resorting to pen and paper...
|Meerkat standing with his own tiny computer under his arm by NiftyKnits|
From 27 July until 12 August, the Summer Olympics will be held in London.
|London City linocut print ref 157 by Zebedee|
|4 x foil blocked greetings cards A6/sport by Lucky Bird|
At about the same time as an estimated 4 billion people will be tuning into the Olympics, the Mars Science Laboratory rover mission is due to land on Mars. The space exploration vehicle (called Curiosity) was launched on 26 November 2011, and is due to land between 6 and 20 August 2012. Wonder whether it'll come across this little guy...
|Mario the Martian by Top Sock Drawer|
And finally, a wander through 2012 would not be complete without mentioning the Mayan Prophecy. Some people say that the world will end on 21 December 2012, whereas others claim that this date is relevant only because it marks the end of an astronomical precessional cycle which lasts approximately 26,000 years. Either way, it'll be a very special date, but on balance, I think it's a fair bet that we'll all still be here on 22 December.
|Globen: Sterling silver Mayan music ball star necklace by stockholmsilver|