Posted by Greg S on May 13, 2013 in Greeting Cards
From humble beginnings…
Raise the Stars & Stripes one more time!
Memorial Day is steeped in tradition. One popular but humorous social tradition, is that the wearing of white clothing is now acceptable. Strange custom but a modern tradition, nonetheless. Many families spend the holiday gathering together to enjoy the start of the summer season with picnics and plenty of outdoor activities. The most important of all, is the visitation of fallen soldiers graves and honoring them with flowers and kind memories.
The original holiday started out as “Decoration Day.” The practice of placing flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers extends to most cultures around the world. Here in America, the earliest observances of that long-standing tradition stems from the Civil War, where some say the custom began officially in early 1860′s. It wasn’t until after World War II that the holiday took on new meaning for the modern generation.
After WWII, Memorial Day became official.
Today, we honor our soldiers with parades and barbeques, as Memorial Day is used at the “unofficial” start to summer. One key observance is the placing of the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns by the current President of the United States, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Veterans and their families celebrate in their own ways, because for some the memories of conflict are a private matter.
Since, we do have a Navy Veteran on staff, we respect and value the men and women who have served and are currently serving in the United States Military Forces. We choose to honor them with tastefully designed Military-themed Christmas Greeting Cards, Note Cards and Address Labels. When you choose Stonehouse Collection for your Greeting Card needs, your support of America’s military personnel is full-circle.
Stars and Stripes Forever
Posted by Greg S on Mar 20, 2013 in Greeting Cards
Not all Easter costumes are alike.
Depending on what area of the country you might be from, there are many different yet traditional ways of celebrating Easter. Some of the family traditions might include things like buying new clothes to wear on Easter. This is similar to the practice of some Asian countries of wearing new clothes at the start of the new year. Our modern Easter celebration here in American, with the Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs, comes from immigrants who brought the custom of coloring Easter Eggs with them. Bright colors were emphasized to invoke the fresh feeling of Spring, which is a time of renewal, growth and family gatherings.
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Posted by Greg S on Mar 18, 2013 in Greeting Cards
Last week, we caught up with the Stonehouse Elves and their adventures at the ‘Wee People’ Conference with the Leprechauns. In an effort to remain hip and up-to-date, the Stonehouse Elves took advantage of select Art Classes that were given by one of the world’s most famous artists, The Easter Bunny. Originally, the Easter Bunny was into solid colors, working with mainly Red and Green. The Stonehouse Elves shouted and cheered. Of course, you know, Christmas Elves love Red and Green! The Elves fell asleep during his Color Theory lecture but he knew that they’d pay attention for the next class.
“Bring in the model,” The Easter Bunny said.
The Stonehouse Elves were all atwitter (some actually Tweeted pictures)!
We knew from his work in the Egg medium that the Easter Bunny was a master of paint and decoration. One of The Easter Bunny’s favorite mediums is chocolate. The Stonehouse Elves were captivated by the natural beauty of the model. The Easter Bunny quickly took out his chisel and started to chip away at the block of specially blended Easter Chocolate. Within a few minutes, his sculpture was complete. The Elves cheered even louder this time. The Easter Bunny asked the Elves to begin sculpting their blocks of chocolate. Elves always love a good laugh so they decided to add their own special flair.
“We tried using a Christmas Stocking (hung with care!) but it couldn’t hold the weight of the eggs and chocolate, so we decided to use a basket instead,” The Elves said. “What do you think?”
The Easter Bunny examined the Elves work from all sides. “This is excellent, I might have to use this idea myself.”
The Elves were pleased to contribute and offered the idea to the Easter Bunny in exchange for advanced Chocolate Sculpting classes. There was talk about Chocolate Santas and Reindeer.
“The Big Man is going to dig this.”
Next, more ideas for Easter events and gatherings!