Tuesday, April 21st

3 Nurses Who Changed Their Profession For the Better

Since ancient times, there have been men and women who assisted healers and physicians with helping patients. Since the mid 19th century and Florence Nightingale’s establishment of a formal and respectable nursing profession, other nurses have added their contributions to the professional health care field. Here are three of these extraordinary women you may not know: Mary “Mother” Seacole: Born in Jamaica in 1805, she became a nurse (though she had no formal medical training) and spent years treating patients in Cuba and Panama during yellow fever and cholera epidemics. After being refused service in the British Army during the Crimean War because of her race, she funded her own trip, Click to Read more…

Wednesday, April 15th

The Colors of Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo occurs annually on May 5, once a Mexican celebration of the defeat of French forces by the Mexican army at the Battle of the Puebla (El Día de la Batalla de Puebla) in 1862, is now also celebrated in the United States and Canada. One of the traditional motifs of Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican flag and the colors red, white and green which are used a lot in decorations, clothing and food. The modern meanings of the colors are: GREEN: Prosperity (originally freedom) WHiTE: Peace (originally the Catholic church) RED: Blood shed by Mexican heroes (originally the union of Spain and Mexico The coat of Click to Read more…

Wednesday, April 8th

Admin Professionals Day: 3 Old-Timey Jobs for Women

Administrative Professionals Day is an unofficial holiday taking place on the Wednesday of Admin Professionals Week, which in 2015 is April 22 in the United States. Dates may vary in other countries.  Before women were common in the workplace, their employment opportunities were limited. Aside from factory work, domestic work or shopkeeping and retail jobs, there were few opportunities for women in what we would term “white collar work.” These types of jobs became more available as the centuries and technologies progressed. Here are three job opportunities from the old days which women made their own. Typewriting Girl: The invention of the commercial typewriting machine in the 19th century brought great opportunities for Click to Read more…

Friday, April 3rd

March 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 March 2015, the winners of the challenge are: First Place Second Place Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all participating artists!  

Tuesday, March 31st

Easter: A Time of Miracles

Christians throughout the world celebrate the miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, putting the spring fertility symbols of bunnies and eggs in second place, but other miracles are believed to have taken place over the years during this holiday. Here are a couple of the times when people have had a very personal reason to thank God when Easter came around. In April 1954 in Oklahoma City, 9 year old Patricia Payne received a minor head injury when she was hit by a swing on the playground. She seemed fine until after she came home from a movie, fell asleep and didn’t wake up. Her terrified parents took her to Click to Read more…

Wednesday, March 25th

Basket Case: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Easter

Easter is a religious holy day for some, a fun occasion and an excuse to eat a lot of chocolates and candy for others. Whether you’re a Christian rejoicing in the resurrection of Jesus Christ or you’re celebrating the arrival of Spring and the Easter Bunny, here are some facts about this annual holiday you may not know: Easter baskets originally derived from Catholics taking Lenten food with them to Mass. But in the 19th century, European chocolatiers began crafting beautiful chocolate Easter eggs and elaborate sugar eggs to give as gifts. By the early 20th century, the idea of an Easter basket filled with sweet goodies caught on like wildfire. Click to Read more…

Tuesday, March 17th

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Before medicine became a profession practiced by professionals, when people were ill or injured they relied on unproven methods  that weren’t often very effective and sometimes more dangerous than the disease. Even today, with modern doctors and proven medical techniques, some folks still turn to superstition and folk remedies. Here are a few (for entertainment purposes only, please don’t try them yourself): Bee stings and bee venom therapy for sinus problems, arthritis, and rheumatism Wipe your feet with apple cider vinegar to help ease the pain of an ulcer To cure acne, eat two apples when you wake up in the morning To treat impotence, asthma and bronchitis, drink frog juice: Click to Read more…

Wednesday, March 4th

The Eating O’ the Green: St Patrick’s Day Foods

St. Patrick’s Day or St. Paddy’s Day—never Patty’s since the name’s a diminutive of Patricia—is both a religious and secular holiday falling on March 17th annually. The celebration is observed by devout Catholics as the holy day of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, and by non-Catholics as a fun Irish-themed holiday filled with parades, Irish puns, good friends and good food. Certain foods are traditionally served during this time and we don’t just mean green dyed beer. Here are some of the offerings you’ll find in homes and pubs and gatherings on St. Patrick’s Day. Irish Soda Bread: In 1816, the Gentleman’s Magazine first published information and a recipe for Click to Read more…

Thursday, February 26th

February 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 February 2015, the winners of the challenge are: First Place Second Place Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all artists who participated in this month’s challenge! What Are Happy Shoppers Saying About Greeting Card Universe? “I wanted a special card for my grandson’s 17th birthday. Mindy created a custom card for me and I couldn’t be more pleased. It Click to Read more…

Wednesday, February 25th

Nowruz Traditions: The Haft Sin Table

Nowruz or Norooz, also known as Persian New Year, is an Islamic spring festival taking place during the vernal equinox on March 21 in 2015. This 3,000 year old celebration began with the Zoroastrians living in the area or Persia, now known as Iran. Today, Muslims in many Middle Eastern countries—such as Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan—and Canada and the U.S. celebrate Nowruz each year. One of the important traditions of Nowruz is the Haft Sin table or the Table of Seven S’s, a ceremonial table that signifies the family’s wishes for a happy and prosperous new year, and w which should contain the following elements: Sumac, a crushed dried berry Click to Read more…

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