I bought this ridiculously cute calendar at Mitsuwa, a Japanese grocery store near my day job, in December. I totally couldn't resist. It's a bird-like creature and his friend's adventures around the world. I can tell where most of them are, but December 2009 has me stumped.
I also acquired this darling embroidery book at their bookstore. The nice thing about an embroidery book is that you really don't need to read the language it's written in to understand the pattern. If you know a bit about quilting, you can usually figure out the quilting patterns as well.