Wednesday, July 29th

The Smoking Solution

In Goslar, Lower Saxony, a region of Germany, owner of the Maltermeister Turm restaurant, Michael Windisch, came up with an ingenious solution to the government’s indoor cigarette smoking ban in 2008. He drilled three large holes in an outer wall so a smoker could stick their head and hands (and cigarette) through to the outside without the smoker having to leave the restaurant, enabling him or her to stay dry and/or warm in inclement weather. If you know someone who is trying to quit smoking, send them some encouragement with a unique Congratulations – Quitting Smoking card from Greeting Card Universe. It couldn’t be easier! Just order on-line, add your personal message and we’ll Click to Read more…

Monday, July 27th

Bye, Bye Birdie!

In 1997, it was reported that Daniel Lima of New Britain, Connecticut, filed a $15,000 lawsuit against the Minnichaug Golf Course because he’d been hit by a golf ball while playing on the course. One thing to note: the misdirected golf ball was his own. He hit his ball down the fairway with his driver, where it hit a flag, ricocheted and struck him square in the face. Know someone who’s crazy about golf? Get a unique Golf Themed Birthday Card from Greeting Card Universe, where it’s easy to send a smile. Just order on-line, add your personal message and we’ll put it in the mail the next business day. Click to Read more…

Monday, July 20th

Dancing Without the Stars

Nemaha, Iowa is a truly small community (population 112, mostly farmers). In 2000, it was reported that some of the residents enjoy square dancing with a twist: they allemande left and promenade while seated on tractors. The dancers execute their movements on the farming machines with delicate precision and timing. Only one little problem exists: all the square dancers are men. As an acceptable solution, half of the performers don the typical calico skirts worn by female square dancers. Why? Because they consider cross-dressing preferable to overtly dancing with another man. When you need to tell someone “great job!” after a successful dance or ballet performance, GCU has the perfect Click to Read more…

Sunday, July 12th

The Princess Who Became a Nun

Princess Ileana, daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Marie of Romania, great granddaughter of Queen Victoria of England and Tsar Alexander II of Russia, once went with her mother during World War I, helping wounded Romanian soldiers in hospitals. By the time her parents died and war broke out afresh in Europe during World War II, the princess was married to an Austrian archduke and had given him six children. When her brother, the king of Romania, abdicated at the insistence of Communists in 1947 Ileana (who had moved back to her home country with her children in fear of the Nazi regime) and the royal family were exiled and Click to Read more…

Monday, July 6th

Design Challenge Winner: June 2015

Each month, Greeting Card Universe hosts a Design Challenge for our artist community. Cards may be in any category and are designed around a specific theme. Winners are selected by a panel of judges. Winning cards may also be found at our special Pinterest board or by liking us on Facebook. In June 2015, the winners of the challenge are: First Place: Barbara Schreiber Second Place: Liz Van Steenburgh   Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all artists who participated!

Sunday, June 28th

5 Things You Didn’t Know About America’s Birthday

July 4 is celebrated as Independence Day in America, a time of parades, fireworks and barbecues, when patriotic citizens recall the freedom won from Great Britain by the thirteen colonies in 1776. Here are 5 things you may not know about the United States of America’s birthday: The very first proto-Independence Day celebrations took place in 1776, the same year the Continental Congress declared the colonies’ freedom. Mock funerals were held for the English monarch George III, along with the first public readings of the Declaration of Independence. Nine of the original colonies voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence. Voting no were South Carolina and Pennsylvania, New York abstained Click to Read more…

Sunday, June 21st

Happy Birthday, Canada!

Canada Day, observed annually on July 1, celebrates the birthday of Canada as a united nation with parades, barbecues, lots of fun activities and fireworks. Here are some fun facts about Canada you may not know: Prior to 1965, the Canadian flag reflected the country’s origins as a British territory. However, with the advent of Canadian independence, a new flag was needed to better represent the new country. The search began in 1925, but it wasn’t until 1965 that the current maple leaf design became official. The national anthem, “O Canada” was written by Sir Adolphe Basile Routhier and Calixa Lavallée was originally sung in French Canadian. Various English language versions Click to Read more…

Sunday, June 14th

Summer Camp for Adults

Summer is here and it’s camping time! Many families send their children to camp for a few weeks to have fun, socialize with other children and learn something new. All kinds of camps for kids are available, from astronaut camp to adventure camping, but did you know there are special summer camps adults can attend? Here are a few of the more unusual: Wine Making: Weekend courses in wine making called “Crush Camp” are available in California at a number of wineries. Adults are exposed to every stage of wine making. Most courses include a gourmet dinner. You’ll usually find other activities of local interest like hot air balloon rides, etc. Click to Read more…

Friday, June 5th

The Ramadan Feast

Ramadan is more than a day, for Muslims this religious holiday is a season lasting in 2015 in the US from June 17 to July 17. During Ramadan, a time of spiritual reflection, Muslims do good deeds and acts of charity, pray and fast from sunrise to sunset. Eating is only permitted during the evening. Traditional foods are enjoyed during the feasts, often shared by friends and family. In fact, some foods are required to be served. Here are some of the traditional dishes of Ramadan’s iftar table for various countries when breaking the fast: In Morocco, chabbakia is a fried dough flavored with orange blossom water and sesame seeds. Click to Read more…

Tuesday, June 2nd

May Design Challenge Winners

Each month, Greeting Card Universe hosts a Design Challenge for our artist community. Cards may be in any category and are designed around a specific theme. Winners are selected by a panel of judges. Winning cards may also be found at our special Pinterest board or by liking us on Facebook. In May 2015, the winners of the challenge are: First Place: JJB Designs Second Place: Audrey Drake Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all participating artists!

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