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Interesting Mother’s Day Article

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

I recently stumbled across this article about Mother’s Day in National Geographic magazine. It tells the story of Anna Jarvis who, in 1908, fought passionately for Mother’s Day to be observed. However, she resented the consequent commercialisation of the day and was adamant that it should be known as ‘Mother’s Day’ rather than ‘Mothers’ Day.’ For her, it was about celebrating your mother, not all mothers. It’s an interesting account of the history behind Mother’s Day and adds a poignant element to the “brunch, bouquets and bling” that now characterise the day for many people.

If you want to show your mother just how much you appreciate her, then you can send her one of our beautiful Mother’s Day ecards. In the U.K, Mother’s Day falls on the 10th March this year, while in the United States it will be celebrate on the 12th May.

 

Mother’s Day

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 10th March and we have a beautiful selection of ecards that you can send to your mother as a token of appreciation. One of my favourites is the ‘Terrace’ Ecard which depicts a tranquil seascape reminiscent of one of the Greek Islands.

 

Mother's Day 'Terrace' Ecard

Mother’s Day ‘Terrace’ Ecard

 

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Mother’s Day ‘Terrace’ Ecard

 

Watch as the watering can helps nurture the plant until flowers bloom and spell out a ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ message. This card is one in a wide-range of Mother’s Day ecards on the Katie’s Cards website and the collection, which you can view by clicking here, caters for various tastes.

Mothers day greetings to all from Katie’s Cards. 2012.03.16.

Friday, March 16th, 2012

We hope that you all enjoy celebrating Mothers day this Sunday and that all you supermums get spoiled!

Its not too late to organise your gift for your mum (if you haven’t yet) and remember, breakfast in bed, a bunch of daffodils, or some delicious chocolates always go down a treat if you’re stuck for inspiration!

Here is the perfect Mothers day e card to send to your mum to show her how special she is.

Katie x

Mothers Day e card. 2012.03.05.

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Hi all,

Mothers day is on Sunday the 18th of March and is a fantastic day to show your appreciation for that special lady in your life.

We made our fun’Supermum’ Mothers day e card last year. The mum in our ecard is just like the many tiresome mums out there who on a daily basis look after their family whilst earning a living and saving the world! Everyone thinks their mum is a supermum, even if she is not flying around, stopping volcano’s from erupting, preventing meteor’s from hitting the earth and saving cats,  and this card is meant to show yours that you think she is the best!


I hope you like it!

Katie x

Interesting Mothers day facts. 2012.02.06.

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Mothers Day or Mothering Sunday has been celebrated in one way or another since Roman times. Back then the celebration was called Hilaria and was in honor of the mother goddess Cybele. Over time this celebration developed into the religious holiday Laetare Sunday in which people would visit their ‘Mother Church’ or local Cathedral on the 4th Sunday in Lent to worship.

The celebration of Laetare Sunday was pre 1920’s and therefore before the introduction of workers holidays. Most workers would be allowed to take the day off from their job to visit church on this day, making it one of the only days of the year that whole families would get together. The popularity of this holiday died out by the 1920’s and in 1914 Mothering Sunday began to be celebrated. The change was inspired by movements in America by Ann Jarvis to help support mothers who had lost their sons and husbands at war and was spearheaded in the UK by Constance Penwick-Smith.

Soon after the occasion became commercial (much to the dismay of Ann Jarvis who spent her life campaigning again the commercialisation of mothers day) and many began to send mothers day cards and gifts.

Today the tradition is as popular as its ever been with world wide sales of over £100 billion on Mothers day gifts and cards. It is easy to know why this holiday is so popular, this special person in our life is the only one (other than our father) that will love us unconditionally, has always been there for us and has sacrificed something so that they could provide for us. It is definitely a day to say thank you by sending a Mothers day e card, cooking a delicious meal for her, booking her a pedicure or simply taking her a bunch of tulips.

For those of you who don’t know – Mothers day is on the 18th of March this year!

Katie x

P.s. you can send your mum a special animated Mothers day ecard by becoming a Katie’s Cards member in return for a small membership fee. Start sending e cards immediately and can send unlimited cards within your membership period! Click here to join today.

Meet the Katies Cards team

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Hi all,

As promised, here are a few snaps to help you get to know me and the rest of the team better.

Our office

First of all, here are two photographs of the Katies Cards office. The building with the bluey-grey ‘Engravers House’ sign above the window is the our office where all of our ecards are created. The building is a converted butchers shop and is bright and airy. There are 3 companies in the building altogether as well as my ceramics studio which was built at the back of the office.

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The Katies Cards office


The office is in Teddington, a small and pretty town in Middlesex in the south of England. Its right next to a gorgeous park called Bushy park, where we go at lunch time and where I walk Plum.

The team

We are a small, close-knit team who enjoy working together to create our e cards in our lovely office in Teddington. We often listen to music in the office and because of Nick’s wide taste, usually leave the selection up to him. There are a few pubs nearby where every now and then we go to have a lovely pub lunch.

Nick

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My husband Nick works with me to come up with ideas for new e cards and helps bring my drawings and paintings to life on the computer screen. He helped me to create my first e card for my Mum and has been instrumental in getting Katies Cards where it is now.

Prior to Katies Cards, Nick studied animation at University. Once qualified, he embarked on a successful 8 years as an animator before deciding to go it alone and use his skills to work as a freelance animator for TV and film, which was how we met Barry.

Nick has an eclectic taste in music and enjoys food, cycling, films and spending time with friends and family.

I am very lucky to be able to work alongside my husband who is extremely talented and committed to producing such high quality cards for you!

Barry

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Barry is a talented illustrator who has worked with us to create our e-cards from a very early stage. He has made many of the backgrounds and characters you see in our collection and has also been instrumental in helping to shape the seeds of my ideas and come up with new ones!

He studied illustration at University and has since had a very successful 7 year career as an illustrator. When I asked him for some facts to write in the blog, he proudly told me that as a student, he designed the characters in a number 1 Playstation game called ‘Prisoner of war’ which is very impressive!

He is a keen follower of football and art and enjoys playing golf.

Racheal

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Racheal is new to the team, having only joined us 1 month ago. She was brought on board to help us grow Katies Cards due to her 7 years experience in marketing for both large and small companies. Unusually for a marketer, Racheal actually studied Sculpture at University, but after completing the degree realised that she didn’t want to follow the creative path and went on a search to find the right career. After joining a small publishing company as a customer service advisor, she was quickly moved over to the marketing department and rose up the ranks. Since then she has worked for another large publishing company and a disability organisation, planning and implementing marketing campaigns and developing marketing strategies.

Racheal is a keen cook and a lover of all things food, fashion and interiors.

Me

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You may already feel like you know a lot about me so i’ll try to keep it brief. I am Katie and I am the person who started this process 5 years ago. I am passionate about saving the environment and I am always on the look out for eco-friendly ideas, which is how I realised that there weren’t any good quality e cards to send to people five years ago when I was looking for an eco-friendly e card for my Mum’s birthday. I decided then to make my own e card, taking some time to make sure it was really good quality and I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to do more! I came up with some more ideas for Nick and I to get to work on and then planned how we could sell them to people on the internet. 18 months later we launched katiescards.com with just 25 cards and have steadily been adding more to the collection over the years – we now have over 160 in the collection for all sorts of occasions such as birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s day, Mothers day, Fathers day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Independance day, St Patrick’s day, engagement, wedding day, anniversary, new baby, new home, Canada day and many more!


Click on the link to see the first birthday e card that I created for my Mum (you can send this card also if you like it).

I love what I do and that I am able to combine the things that I love in my job – art, environmental issues and working with Nick. Like Racheal, I also studied Sculpture at University and after leaving went onto become an art director for film and TV. After becoming a mother, I decided I wanted to take a step back from my career so that I could bring up our children Molly and Joe. Now that the children are older and turning into young adults, I have more time and thats another reason Katies Cards came along at just the right time for me.

I enjoy tennis, art, film, traveling and spending time with friends and family. I also enjoy taking long walks with our Jack Russell Plum (who you will hear more about later). I love making e cards and genuinely wish to make you and your loved ones feel special when one of our cards is sent.

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Plum (the office dog)

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Me and Plum in Bushy park


Plum is our Jack Russell but we bring her to the office every day so that she doesn’t get lonely. We have a garden here that she enjoys running around (and terrorising next doors cats!) and because we are right next to the beautiful Bushy park, I can take her for good lunch time walks which she loves.

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Plum


Plum is 5 years old, is great fun and a loving dog. She is, just as all Jack Russell’s are, she’s very stubborn and territorial and we often have moments when she goes completely crazy! But she is a great character and we love having her here in the office. She is also a brilliant source of inspiration and our walks together have been where alot of my ideas have formed.

She got her name when, at only a few days old, we took her to meet my mum. My mum has a Plum tree in her garden which some Plums had fallen off, and the new puppy picked one up in her mouth and brought it to me, dropping it at my feet. Out son Joe said ‘Plum’s a good name!’ and we all agreed!

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Me and Plum in Bushy park

That’s it for now. I will keep updating you on our team news and add some more pictures so that you know what is happening here but I hope you feel you know all of us a bit more now.

Hope you’re all having a nice Wednesday,

Katie x

P.s. I have recently joined Facebook and would be delighted to become your friend. I am new to social media but will be using my Facebook profile to help keep you up-to-date with the Katies Cards news as well as posting interesting gift and lifestyle ideas and advice. Click here to visit my Facebook page and request friendship with me.


The Origins and History of Mother’s day

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Many people assume that Mother’s Day was thought up by one of the large printed cards manufactures, of big florists, but to find the historical origins we have to go way back in time.

The earliest recorded day to honour ‘mothers’ date back to the spring festival the ancient Greeks dedicated to Rhea, the mother of many deities, and also to the offerings the Romans made to their Great Mother of Gods, Cybele. It is also believed that many Christians celebrated a special festival on the fourth Sunday in Lent in honor of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

In England the religious holiday was subsequently expanded to include all mothers and was named Mothering Sunday. Workers would return to their homes on Mothering Sunday with gifts, or special cakes for their mothers. The whole family would attend church together and  a lavish dinner of roast lamb, or veal was prepared, at which mother was treated as queen for the day and everything was done to make her happy and comfortable.

The custom of celebrating Mothering Sunday became common practice during the 19th century. The day was celebrated with a festive mood and the dish of the day was called furmety. It consisted of wheat grains boiled in sweet milk, then sugar and spice was added. In recent times, as society has evolved the day is now generally referred to as Mother’s Day in many western countries.

The above mentioned ‘mothering cake’ also went by the name of Simnel cake, similar to a Christmas cake. It was first boiled in water and then baked and it sometimes had an almond icing at other times the crust was of flour and water, coloured with saffron, but usually it was covered in  a layer of marzipan, then toasted, and eaten during the Easter period. A layer of almond paste was also baked into the middle of the cake and the top of the cake, around the edge, were eleven marzipan balls to represent the disciples of Jesus with Judas omitted. In some variations Christ was also represented on the cake by a ball placed at the middle.

In the United States, Mother’s Day has been observed for over 150 years. Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian housewife, organised a day to raise awareness of the bad health conditions suffered by many in her community, a cause she believed would be best served by the local community mothers, she called it ‘Mother’s Work Day’. It did not take long to spread all over the states, the governor of West Virginia issued the first Mother’s Day proclamation in 1910 and Oklahoma followed suit and celebrated it in that same year. By 1911, all of the states in the Union had its own Mother’s Day celebrations.

Anna’s daughter, after her death (who was also called Anna) began to lobby prominent businessmen and politicians including Presidents Taft and Roosevelt to support her campaign to create a day in honor of the all mothers. At one of the first church services organised to celebrate Anna’s mother in 1908,  Anna handed out white carnations which happened to be her mother’s favorite flower. A few years later, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for officials of the government to also wear a white carnation on Mother’s Day. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson finally signed a bill creating Mother’s Day as a national holiday and it has been an entry on the spring calendar ever since.

People observed Mother’s Day by attending church, writing letters to their mothers, and also by giving greeting cards, presents, and flowers. With the increasing prevalence in gift giving activity associated with Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis became very angry, she believed that the day’s sentiment was being sacrificed at the expense of business greed and profit. Despite Jarvis’s misgivings, Mother’s Day has flourished in the United States and all over the world and has become one of the years biggest celebrations with a large associated industry providing cards, gifts and flowers.

Mother’s day is a wonderful way of thanking your Mother for all she has done for you and many people show their thanks in different ways with cards and gifts, chocolates, flowers, breakfast in bed, days out or even weekends away. Why not try something new this year and send a mother’s day e card, we have many wonderful animated e cards which I am sure any mother would love to receive! But don’t forget to get her lots of gifts too!

Supermum! zooms into Mother’s Day E card

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

For all those really SUPER-mums out there, we have created the perfect Mother’s Day E card. Only after she has saved the planet from a series of near calamitous disasters, can she go home to celebrate her special day with her children.

Supermum zooms into our Mothers Day Ecard

Supermum zooms into our Mothers Day Ecard

We have nine other Mothers Day Ecards to choose from, not only to delight your mum, but also you will be doing your small bit to save the planet as Ecards have a very tiny carbon footprint!

Don’t forget Mother’s Day This Year

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Don’t forget Mother’s Day, it is on the 3rd of April in the U.K. this year (it’s Sunday May 08 in the U.S.A.)

Mother’s day is the perfect time to show how much you love and care for your mum and thank her for all she has done for you. Your gift does not have to be terribly expensive; she will not mind how much you spend, because any gift you give will be cherished by her forever.

Why not send a Mothers Day e card this year, we have a wide range for you to choose from!

And for the gift, flowers are always a first thought and chocolates are a winner. However there are so many choices these days, from a pamper session at the spa, a day out shopping, a meal, or even the cinema. There are so many fantastic things you can do together!

Send an Ecard ‘just because!’

Monday, March 7th, 2011

We all know that Mother’s day and Easter are just around the corner, perfect ecard sending times of year, but perhaps the nicest reason to send an ecard is for no reason at all. Pick from my big selection of blank cards and write your own personal message. You know how nice it would be to receive a card for no particular reason other than to say ‘I’m thinking of you” or just a plain, simple old ‘have a nice day’.

We are all so busy that sometimes we lose contact with some of our closet friends. Sometimes it feels like we are on different planets from one another, wrapped up in our own little worlds. So how nice it would be to send our ‘Rocket’ blank ecard with  your own personal message – this would say it all!

I know a quick ‘Hi’, out of the blue from a friend I had not spoken to for a while would really make my day.

New Mother’s Day Ecard

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

In the nick of time we have finished and uploaded a new Ecard for Mothers Day It features an oil painting of a vase of flowers that is gradually revealed as the different layers are added.

Painted Flowers Mothers Day E card

Painted Flowers Mothers Day E card

We will be creating versions of this Ecard for Easter, Thank You and Thinking of you categories as well.

My Mother’s Day Memories

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

It makes me smile to think that during my infant years, when my mother’s mothering was it its most intense, I was at my most oblivious. But a few years on, as a little girl testing my independence, I hope I made up for it with handmade gifts and wobbly dishes of sugary treats.

Mothers Day Fairies

Mothers Day Fairies

The night before, my father might come home with a bunch of flowers elaborately hidden beneath his coat, which he then smuggled into a vase. It was my cue to set to work in my bedroom, surrounded by card, ribbon and glue, waiting for inspiration to strike and my creation to take shape.

In my early teens I was grown-up enough to make a bigger contribution- perhaps even managing a delicious breakfast here and there. One year, fruit plate and smoothie proudly arranged on a decorated tray, I bumped into an object walking up the stairs, which, I soon discovered, was my mother. Although delighted with the goodies which I explained were heading in her direction she said she had to rush to an appointment, leaving me standing baffled on the stairs. Later that day the bizarre little incident became clear as my brothers and I finally presented our cards and our mother exclaimed: ‘Oh, is it mother’s day?!’

Mothers Day gardner

Mothers Day gardner

Reaching into my late teens focused on the new idea of attending Art College, dare I sheepishly admit to forgetting Mother’s Day, or being too wrapped up in my work, and the events happening in my life to spare some thought for my Mother on her special day of the year.

Hitting my twenties and living away from home I came to fully appreciate my mother once again- the food parcels, the home-cooked meals and, yes, the occasional bag of washing. Always a card, and I sometimes managed to persuade my bothers to make a space in their busy lives to treat her to a bite to eat or a trip to the theatre. And we were never in any doubt afterwards that it was 100% worth it.

Mothers Day peacok

Mothers Day peacok

So it has continued until I was able to start enjoying Mother’s days in my own right and I came to understand just how important they are. There’s nothing quite like the clumsy wrapping of a small gift or the hushing in the hallway of young voices when they are trying to surprise you. In fact, when my children were little I used to enjoy the squabbles over who would be in charge of giving what as much as the tokens themselves. And their sweet sentiments in thoughtful cards continue to delight me today.

My family has now become my greatest testing ground. And they don’t come much more helpful than my mother!

At www.katiescards.com I have created a collection of mother’s day ecards that are quick to preview and just as easy to send. Mother’s day gives us all a chance to express our appreciation for the woman who brought us into the world and to let her know we do not take her for granted. I hope that from my selection of 8 mother’s day e cards there will be one that is just right for you to send to your Mom.