Archive for February, 2010

New E cards for St Patrick’s, Easter and Mother’s Day

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Just a quick update about the new e card events that are coming up in the near future.

At present I am sorry to say that we are struggling to come up with an original idea for a new St Patrick’s Day Ecards which falls on the 17th March, as it is hard to think of a scenario that does not involve leprechauns! I have considered featuring Saint Patrick himself ridding Ireland of snakes and other pests, but it feels quite an involved topic and not very Ecard friendly. Perhaps something featuring a harp, any suggestions are very welcome.

I am glad to say we do not have the same problem coming up with ideas for new Easter Ecards, there is a feast of visual images that come to mind including spring colours and flowers, eggs of all varieties and the menagerie of small, cute, fluffy baby animals. This year Easter Sunday is on 4th April so plenty of time before we upload the new ecards.

Easter is swiftly followed by Mother’s Day on the 9th of May, which is always a very pleasurable occasion to contemplate! This year we have a floral theme in the pipeline, watch this space for more information and maybe a sneak preview.

As ever we will notify our members when new ecards are added via the monthly newsletter, but might be a good idea to keep an eye on the site over this busy period.

An Uninvited Easter Guest

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

When I was nine years old my mother decided to put on a bumper Easter lunch, it would be the first gathering of the whole clan- our family of five and both sets of grandparents, for quite a while.

Easter Morning E card

Easter Morning E card

Easter week was a perfect spring postcard. The blossoms were budding on the branches in our garden by the sea and a little snail of crocuses lined the path down to the Summerhouse. I was volunteered to pick some daises to sprinkle in painted eggcups, my reluctant brothers to fetch daffodils for the vases. On Easter Saturday we all pitched in to lay a special table with yellow candles and napkins and tiny fluffy chicks perched on the table centerpiece. But on the side plates, where usually an Easter egg wrapped in a colourful ribbon would sit, there was nothing!

After much earnest negotiation, I had been given license to mastermind the Easter lunch gifts. They were hidden away awaiting the ‘grand reveal’ on Easter Sunday morning.

When my mother first gave me the money to execute my plan, I struggled make a decision. The entire family had given up chocolate for Lent, thrilling and challenging for me, irritating to my brothers. So I was consumed with craving and, feeling the anticipation a 40-day abstinence would create. What to do? Long-time favourites? Variations on a theme? Above all, I didn’t want to be predictable. I wanted to create something memorable.

Easter bonnet containing eggs

Easter bonnet containing eggs

Swinging from a huge branch at the end of our garden one day inspiration struck: I would make trees out of kitchen towel cardboard tubes to which I would attach egg-carton nests, filled with sweets and chocolate eggs. I could make four or five for us all to share and embellish them with vines, leave and flowers. Which is exactly what I did. Even though it took several painstaking sessions with coloured tissue card and a paint brushes to complete the trees I was delighted to finally place the multi-coloured silver foil eggs on the shredded straw.

On Easter Saturday night I found the perfect corner to conceal them, covered with tea towels under a chair against the wall in the dining room. After which I went to bed and slept restlessly until the sun beamed through the curtains in my bedroom and awoke me early on Easter Sunday morning. When the lunch was ready and everyone was seated and patiently waiting I announced a triumphant ‘Ta-da’ and whisked the cover off my goodies to transport to the table. But the gasps were not the ones of admiration I had hoped for, the drama not the sort I had planned. The trees were in tatters, the leaves ripped off, the straw tumbling out and the eggs half unwrapped, half-eaten. Whereupon Bedlam. Fearing them sabotaged I rounded on my brothers who each accused the other, before my father stepped in suggesting a mouse could be the culprit. Which my hard-of-hearing grandpa took to be a call to arms, jumping to his feet brandishing a fork and my mother feared to be one of a number of rodents over-running her home, causing her to shriek and drop the gravy.

Whats at the end of an Easter rainbow?

Whats at the end of an Easter rainbow?

Once I had dried my tears and my father had searched in vain for a pink-nosed visitor with chocolate covered whiskers my mother tipped the untouched eggs into cocktail glasses and salvaged the surviving adornments to attach to them. Only after a delicious meal and lots of sympathy did I recover, helped along by the first sweet taste of the much-missed chocolate.

Easter Chicks Ecard

Easter Chicks Ecard

These days I keep the chocolate out of temptations way, my children posing more of a threat, I think, than mice! Representing re-birth and new beginnings, Easter is a time of joy to share with friends and family. Sending an Ecard is a fun, fresh way to celebrate this most hopeful of the calendar’s holidays.

I have created a collection of Easter ecards that are quick to preview and just as easy to send. It’s as simple as choosing your favourite E card, personalizing and emailing it, with a low-cost membership to the site that allows you to send E-cards on all other occasions as well. The selection of 6 Easter e cards features a mixture of colourful painted eggs, adorable chicks and blossoming flowers, each e-card designed to be a heart-warming greeting to remind a loved one you care about them. So why not be an early bloomer and choose a cheerful Ecard to send to your nearest and dearest this Easter season?

Delight Your Sweetheart with a Valentine’s Day E card

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year for you to let your heart take control of your head and do something romantic! Why not celebrate the most powerful emotion on earth, love and make your sweetheart feel extra special. Valentine’s Day provides a magnificent opportunity to express your affection for that special someone in your life.

Romantic Sheep for Valentine's

Romantic Sheep for Valentine's

Whether you want to re-kindle the romantic flame with your spouse or surprise your fiance or someone you’re dating, you can send your message of love easily via e-mail using one of our e cards. Of course, Valentine’s Day ecards aren’t meant to replace gifts, chocolates or the special candlelight dinner, but they can be sent as a teaser for what lies ahead on this most romantic day of the year. We have a selection of 13 e cards specially designed for Valentine’s Day offering an eclectic array of styles and moods to suit your romantic urges.

New E card for Chinese New Year

Monday, February 8th, 2010

We have just added a new Chinese New Year E card to the site, featuring a creature called a Nien!. This is our first New year card and it required a bit of research of the event and on discovering a legend about the origin of Chinese New Year we had our inspiration.

Mythical creature the Nien

Mythical creature the Nien

The beginning of Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nien which would come on the first day of New Year to devour livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. To protect themselves, the villagers would put food in front of their doors step at the beginning of every year. It was believed that after the Nien ate the food they prepared, it wouldn’t attack any more people. The villagers also found out that the Nien was afraid of the colour red.  So every time the New Year was about to come, the villagers would hang red lanterns and red spring scrolls on windows and doors. People also used firecrackers to frighten away the Nien. From then on, Nien never came to the village again.