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Wednesday, May 5

Minor Rant and More Roses

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This week and next week will be the last big push for Hallmark Cards until autumn. The fur is flying on the card aisle while shoppers battle it out for that perfect Mother's Day card. We already are slapping Father's Day cards up as quickly as we can, and condensing the ever-more-shabby-and-picked-over Mother's Day cards into a smaller area. The graduation cards are a WRECK. We have only two "For the College Graduate" designs -- telling ye a lil' bit about Midland -- and the High School Graduation cards are simply nauseating, going ON and ON about their accomplishments (somehow they leave out "causing your teacher to have a nervous breakdown" in that list), and, HINT HINT, each comes with a BIG POCKET IN THEM to hold MONEY.

Today I must throw bags of "onlies" into the trash. "Onlies" are cards that have sold down to just one. Usually, they are the more attractive cards. But Hallmark wants folks to buy up the not-so-optimal cards now. Yer backs are against the wall! It's nearly Mother's Day, and you have no card for mom! How dreadful! Here, buy this really pug-ugly card; it's better than nothing! Yer poor mom! Twenty hours of labor, the ruin of her figure, and the hell of yer teen years, and she gets some homely card!

And now I am DONE with speaking of greeting cards. Nothing is left of my affection for such items. I am dusting the glitter and flocking off my hands, and not even bothering with rants about the greeting card industry and their evil, evil ways any longer.

Now, m'dear donkey frens, or m'donkey deer frens, I am about to start posting about BEADS, because I have bead fever BAD. I'm making a special kind of necklace and if the danged thang turns out worth a durn, I'm going to make it a giveaway.

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Much better than those modern-day cards, here is a pretty rose, also painted by C. Klein during the early part of the 1900s. And a lil' sidebar item. Right-click to save. I think if you click the rose, it enlarges. Put yer nose to the screen and see if you smell anything.


19 bloggie frens have visited the Comment Corral:

  • Mary at Deep South Dish

    That is a pretty rose! As to the cards, well, I'm beginning to get resentful about the whole card buying process anymore to be honest, when I hear of all this waste with card companies! No wonder the darned things are so expensive. Oh dear, seems I've gone off on a bit of a rant haven't I? Might be because I've not yet picked cards up for my MIL or my DIL!! Yikes....

  • Bernie

    I have to confess I buy all my cards at the dollar store now, they were just getting to be far too expensive for my budget. I have to say Holly I do love cards and their lovely poems.
    Have a great day sweetie.......:-) Hugs

  • Crystal

    Oh Holly!
    You could surely write a novel about your adventures with the cards.

    I wasn't familiar with C. Klein's art but seeing it here, both yesterday and today, inspired me to look online for more. She had such talent! Thanks for sharing. :-)

    Speaking of art though - you are such a "hot sketch" (as the adults used to say (when I was a kid) when referring to someone with a fabulous sense of humor)! The dancing lady sidebar item is adorable - and funny!

    Hugs,

    Crystal

  • Terry in Indiana

    There, there...take it easy on Hallmark!!! My son works in the corporate office in Kansas City and I'm so very thankful he has such a good job! Plus...he sends me the BEST CARDS!!! Love it! But I know what you mean about the high school graduation cards...what, really, have they accomplished yet??? It's only just begun...
    I enjoy visiting your website daily and thanks for sharing your talents with us!

  • debbie

    HELLO MY FRIEND,
    SO SORRY IT HAS BEEN A WHILE SINCE I WAS BY BUT YOU REMAIN IN MY HEART, THOUGHTS, AND PRAYERS.
    WHEN YOU WORK FOR A COMPANY SUCH AS HALLMARK AND YOU SEE THE SELFISH WAYS OF HOW THEY DO THINGS....THEY COULD AT LEAST SEND THESE CARDS TO SHELTERS, WHERE PEOPLE ARE FIGHTING TO SURVIVE AND THEY COULD SEND A CARD FOR MOTHER'S DAY AND BIRTHDAY'S OR SEND THEM TO THE SOLDIERS' ON FOREIGN SOIL. WELL, THAT IS MY OPINION.
    SO MUCH GOING ON WITH THE FFLOODING, THE OIL SPILL, AND THE BOMBER...THANK GOODNESS THEY CAUGHT HIM AND THANK GOODNESS THE BOMB DID NOT GO OFF.
    HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WEDNESDAY.
    LOVE AND HUGS
    SIMPLY DEBBIE

  • Beansieleigh

    Hi Holly! Love the comments dancer!!.. I haven't bought a Hallmark card in YEARS. I do remember glitter and flocking on cards, but the price they want NOW, for NO glitter and flocking, is too much for my budget. The cards may not be quite as nice, but I HAVE to go to the dollar stores for my cards now. ~tina

  • Doris Sturm

    I don't understand why the cards have to be thrown out? I thought they would save them for next year. Isn't that a waste? I never realized how wasteful card companies were. I'm surprised at Hallmark. Can't you at least get them for recycling? I bet some of those cards could be upcycled into pretty decoupaged pictures or used in other art projects...I know of at least one thing I can do with old cards. I'm collecting post cards right now so that I can make it.
    I hope you are having a good day today, m'lady!
    Love,
    Doris :-)

  • Carmen C.

    The rose graphic is lovely and who'd of thought the greeting card industry could be so sneaky and evil minded, GEEZ! I hope you enjoy the day, sunny and near 80 here:D

  • Dawn

    Your sidebar graphic is so clever. I've got NO rythm though! I'd lose followers if they saw me dance!

  • Debra

    How horriblw they throw those cards away!!What a big waste when they could be used to create pretties!
    I love that can can girl!!

  • sallypaper

    Hi Holly, thanks for the pretty rose. I have one about like that...if it survived the winter. I love to make cards, I don't buy many because many of the sentiments are really tasteless. And no, I'm not a prude but if I'm giving a gift I try not to gross that person. Gad, now I'm on a rant! I can't wait to see your necklace. If you make it 20 in. long...I would buy it. Big Mother's Day doing at this house Sunday. Off to the grocery store...wish me luck. Smiles, Sally

  • Country Whispers

    You are so funny with your words. We get a two for one each day that we visit you! We get lovely graphics as well as witty words. You can't help but to leave smiling after reading your posts.
    Hope you have a great day!

  • Donna

    I have to confess that I swore off of store-bought cards a couple of years ago. The designs were blah, the sentiments were blah, and the prices were outrageous. I threw in the towel, LOL. So now I make my own!

  • Ms Sparrow

    I love the dancing girl's dress! The color and the skirt and truly amazing. It makes me wish I had paid more attention to sewing in Home Ec!

  • Julia

    Your photos have looked 3-D lately. How do you do that?? Or is it just my eyes?

  • Angela

    I'm afraid that I wouldn't be able to throw the cards away. I'm just like that though. They could at least donate them to something????

    I've sent my last graduation money in the mail a few years ago! I had 3 in the family graduating and I sent them money around graduation time. The two that did sent a Thank You said they spent it at the Beach! What! I know it's theirs but come September you hear about how they can't afford those danged college books and how poor they are!

    I'm going to rant some more here about graduates and their parents! lol So, when it comes time to pay for college their parents seem to not have any money at all to pay for that. Oh no, but for Prom they go all out! Their parents buy those $500 dresses, spend a lot of $ on getting tanning sessions, spend a lot of $ getting those fake finger nails, spend a lot of $ getting their hair done, etc..... What a waste! Seriously! If they can spend all of that for one night they can spend it for 1 semester of college!!!! Don't you think!

    I'm done and I feel much better! Whew!

    Hugs,
    Angela

  • Walk in the Woods

    I'm looking forward to seeing your necklace - how exciting!

    And I love the dancing-for-comment dame - she's charming. And well, the roses are simply lovely!

  • ^..^Corgidogmama

    Oh~these are so cool today! Love your dancing girl, and those roses are luscious!
    Corporate decisions are so screwy, aren't they?
    I made April's 34th birthday card, and two mothers day cards up last night. No Hallmark for me! Phooey!

  • Home and Heart

    I love the images, but I come back for the humor! Thanks!!

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