• The best cards to give golfers during golf month

    Posted by on 02/08/14

    With August being GOLF MONTH, I thought I’d dig out a few appropriate cards suitable for all occasions but with a 19th-hole bias: the time to tell great golf jokes over a well-deserved half.

    silhouetted golferA silhouetted golfer from The Art Rooms is stylish and perfect to give to your golfing buddy. Why not remind him he has a lousy tee shot with this winning joke:

    A man was addressing the ball when an announcement came over the loud-speaker: "Will the gentleman on hole number one please not hit from the Ladies' tee box."

    The man backs away, a little distracted, then approaches his ball again. As he does, the same announcement comes over the loud-speaker: "Will the gentleman on hole number one please not hit from the Ladies' tee box."

    The man is getting irritated now, and after backing away from his shot - approaches his ball one more time. This time the announcement came: "We really need the gentleman on hole number one to move off of the Ladies' tee box!"

    To which the man turns around and yells: "And I really need the announcer to shut up and let me play my second shot!"

    Beware Golfers BallsBeware of golfer’s balls is a card that I fell in love with when I first saw it. Not because of the obvious play on words, but because of the beautiful simplicity of its design from publisher The Art File. It also brings me nicely to our second Golf Month joke:

     Four old men went into the pro shop after playing 18 holes of golf.

    The pro asked, "Did you guys have a good game today?"

    The first old guy said, "Yes, I had three riders today."

    The second old guy said, "I had the most riders ever. I had five."

    The third old guy said, "I had seven riders, the same as last time."

    The last old man said, "I beat my old record. I had 12 riders today."

    After they went into the locker room, another golfer who had heard the old guys talking about their game went to the pro and said, "I've been playing golf for a long time and thought I knew all the terminology of the game, but what's a rider?"

    The pro said, "A rider is when you hit the ball far enough to actually get in the golf cart and ride to it."

    Golfing NewsIn Golfing news today, Pigment Productions have produced a fine card with some fantastic advice. This next joke proves it always pays to be prepared for any eventuality when on the fairway:

    Two men ran out to the course for a quick nine after work. They get to the tee and see two ladies playing ahead of them.

    One of the men complains that the ladies will slow them down and says he is going to ask if they can play through. He goes halfway to the ladies and turns back.

    The other man asked what was wrong. The man said, "I can't go up there that's my wife and my mistress."

    So the other man says he will go. He goes halfway and comes back. His partner asked what happened and the man replied, "Small world, huh?"

    golf cardAll golfers have that one magic hole that they will recount the rest of their lives. Most never hit a hole-in-one, but when it does happen it gives bragging rights for life. This card from Almanac Gallery looks like the golfer has played a tee shot sent from heaven, and lends itself perfectly to my last joke of the day:

    A Baptist pastor decides to play hooky on a Sunday to play golf. He's playing the best golf of his life when an angel asks God, "Are you going to let this slide? Do something!"

    So God says, "Watch this."

    The pastor hits a 425-yard tee shot and the ball goes in the hole for a double eagle. The angel asks, "Why did you reward him?"

    God says, "Who is he gonna tell?"

    So, for now, it's goodbye from him... and it's goodbye from me,

    Best Wishes

    Mr PM

     

     

  • Perfect Greetings Cards for Grandmas

    Posted by on 19/07/14

    I was looking through the special days coming up in the next week or two, and discovered that Wednesday 23rd July is Gorgeous Grandma Day, and that got me to thinking about some of the fantastic greetings cards for grandmas that we stock.

    Of course, the day we all remember our grandmas is their birthday.

    Happy Birthday Special GrandmaThe Grandma Birthday card, published by Hammond Gower is a delightful way to convey your best wishes. Your grandma is special, and this is the perfect card to tell her that. From the exquisite range, your grandma will realise how much she means to you as soon as it is removed from its pristine white envelope. Its luxurious feel is matched perfectly by its hand finishing, which includes sparkly gems and touches of glitter. Its birds, butterflies, and flowers spell ‘beautiful’, and the postmarked envelope design in the bottom left hand corner says ‘sent with love’.

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    Grandma love on your birthday

    A card that says with love on your birthday’, is this beautifully handmade card is this little gem from Five Dollar Shake. Adorned with a delicate pattern, and encrusted with an array of fine crystals, glitter, and sequins, this card oozes luxury. It is produced on special high quality board, and housed in a stunning fuschia envelope. This is definitely one of my favourites in our grandma birthday range.

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    Lovely GrandmaNow and then, it’s nice to simply tell your grandma that you love her. Not for any particular reason, not because it’s a birthday or Christmas, but just because she’s your grandma. The Lovely Grandma card is a perfect way to do this. Blank inside for your own message, this card from Caroline Gardner will remain on grandma’s sideboard as a reminder that you care every day of the year.

    Whether it’s your grandma’s birthday or not, why not let her know how much you love her today, tomorrow, and always?

    Best Wishes

    Mr PM

  • Welcome to Independent Retailer Month with a handful of favourites in East Dulwich

    Posted by on 05/07/14

    July is Independent Retailer Month. Originally an idea in America, it came about as a way for local independent retailers to highlight how important they are in their communities with events and activities to draw people into the area. Looking around, I see how many great independent retailers we have right here in East Dulwich.

    As a celebration of these local independents, I’ve decided to highlight a handful of our great shops here in East Dulwich. For each one I’ve selected a card that you might want to combine.

    Specialness Greetings CardDr Boo

    If you’re looking for a little ‘me time’ or want to give that special someone I your life a special treat, what better way than a makeover or a massage?

    Dr Boo is not just a cosmetics store in East Dulwich – it also houses a make-up studio and a treatment room. It was opened in 2005, and its staff (the ‘Boo Girls’) are all comprehensively trained to ensure you get the best service and the best advice for your specific skin type and cosmetics needs.

    Whenever I treat Mrs PM like this, I always let her know exactly how special she is my telling her with our Lots of specialness card by Paperlink. Beautifully and simply designed, I get to write just how much she means to me inside, in my own words.

    Greetings Cards for Bouquet FlowersFresh Flower Company

    Of course, a woman likes nothing more than to receive a beautiful bouquet (unless it’s diamonds or a Ferrari!). If you need flowers for any occasion, then the Fresh Flower Company in East Dulwich is where you need to head.

    This is more than just a flower shop, though. Of course they sell all sorts of bouquets and arrangements for all types of occasion – parties, weddings, and other events – but they also supply shops, offices, and hotels all over London. On top of this, they hold a monthly workshop which is proving very popular.

    Now, do I buy a half dozen or a dozen red roses for Mrs PM? Whatever I decide, I’m going to send them along with a bouquet notecard. The publisher, teNeues. knows as well as I do that flowers don’t have to be for a special occasion: but they are always for a special person.

     

    Art Greetings CardsJeannie Avent

    If you like art, you’ll love Jeannie Avent. This is a gallery with a difference, because every time you visit East Dulwich there will be a different artist as the focus. The gallery is leased out on a fortnightly basis, allowing many local artists and designers to exhibit their work and their passion.

    Whatever artistic bent is your bag, Jeannie Avent will cater for it along the road somewhere – actually, right here on the corner of North Cross Road!

    And I don’t think you’ll find any Bad portraits there, though as a card this is perfect to accompany a gift created by a local artist.

    If you haven’t visited East Dulwich for a while, and walked along the bustling North Cross Road, then why not pop along before the end of Independent Retailer Month? You’ll spot a little gem with every turn of the head.

    Best Wishes

    Mr PM

  • Greetings Cards for Man’s Best Friend

    Posted by on 21/06/14

    Mans best friend

    Did you miss 'Take Your Dog to Work Day"?

    In our greetings cards shop, as it was everywhere else in the UK, yesterday was ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’. Now this is a welcome change from those days when it’s almost compulsory to take your son or daughter to work. However, I have to admit I wasn’t one of those who had man's best friend by their side.

    The last time I had my dog with me in the greetings card shop, it was like he was the boss. I said, “sit”, and he stood. I said, “lay down”, and he wagged his tail, walked away and got petted by yet another young child looking to be playful.

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    Dogs RuleWho is the Boss?

    If you ask me, Urban Graphics Dogs Rule card has it spot on. Dogs do rule. My dog drops a little present on the pathway and, like any good dog owner, I’m the one that bags it and carries it. Yep, my best friend knows exactly who is in charge.

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    Fun with your dogAt Home, there is no contest

    When it comes to being in charge at home, Mrs PM knows the house just wouldn’t function without her. She says I can be indecisive, though I’m just not sure about that. She told me the other day she knows exactly how our dog feels when I take him for a run in the park.

    I suppose she has a point, though I’d never thought that having Fun with your Dog could be such a good example of toing and froing. Like Mrs PM told me, “You can never make up your mind. You throw the stick, it gets bought back. Then you throw it again. And it gets bought back. Don’t you see the irony?”

    Straight after, she asked if I wanted a tea or coffee. Suddenly that became a real tough question to answer!

    That's me done for this week. My name is being called - something about going for a walk while the weather's nice!

    Best Wishes

    Mr PM

  • Great Father’s Day Cards, Great Father’s Day Quotes, and the only Gift You Need for Father’s Day

    Posted by on 07/06/14

    Until I became a father myself, I never realised the responsibility my own father had to me. Sending a father’s day card lets you tell your father just what he means to you. Whatever he does, the thing that is always uppermost in a father’s mind is his children. I’m blessed with two – Dannan and Aoifa – and there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for them.

    Father’s Day is the one day of the year when children get to celebrate the fact that their Dads are there for them no matter what, through thick and thin.

    Just to remind us all what a father is, I’ve managed to dig up a few quotes. They seem to say it all, and would be ideal written in the cards I’ve picked out to go with them.

    Fathers Day Son who WantsFrom the Son who Wants to be Just like his Dad

    Homer said, “For rarely are sons similar to their fathers: most are worse, and a few are better than their fathers.”

    I know that I wanted to be just like my Dad. You see, a Dad is like an idol. As a child, you look up to him. He can’t do anything wrong, and he knows just about everything you’d ever need to know. But he does wear terrible clothes: no fashion sense!

    As a father you want your children to be so much more than you are.

    The Son who Wants card from the Happy Jackson range from Pigment Productions is perfect for a son to give to his father. In just a few words it says exactly how proud a son is of his father. Perfect.

    Fathers Day From MeFrom the son who’s worldly wise

    Alexander Pope wrote, “We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow. Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so.”

    There are always times we know our fathers are completely barmy! Of course, we still look up to them… but they simply don’t understand the ways of the modern world, do they?

    If you’re at that age when you know your old man doesn’t know quite everything, then the From me card by Paperlink is the one you need to sign. It’s cheeky, funny, but still says ‘I love you’.

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    Fathers Day My HeroFrom the child who realises their father is a true hero

    Margaret Truman wisely said that, “It's only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home – it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love.”

    Once you’ve gone through that teenage stage and move away, then fall in love and start your own family, it’s only then that you suddenly realise just what a great man your father is. Then you realise that you really do want to grow up to be just like him. He is, and always will be, My Hero.

    Lastly, In promised to tell you the only gift you need to ever give your father. So here it is: your time. Go sit with him and talk to him for a few minutes. Tell him you love him, and let him know how much he really means to you.

    Best Wishes

    Mr PM

  • The Best Father’s Day Cards

    Posted by on 31/05/14

    Father’s Day is fast approaching, and I think I speak for all of us who are the men of our respective houses when I say that it’s a jolly good thing our contribution is recognised!

    It was all the way back in 1910 that the role of the father was first celebrated, when the idea was introduced in America as a balance to Mother’s Day. Not too long after, the tradition was imported here and, like Mother’s Day, is celebrated on a Sunday - it’s the 15th June this year.

    It all started as a way to thank fathers for all the hard work and effort they put in (I do hope Mrs PM is reading this bit).  Traditionally a little gift is presented, too: a pair of socks, a tie, or perhaps a new tool for that DIY project that has been planned for us. Cards tend to follow this theme, adding in sports along the way. But what if the man-of-the-house isn’t into all of that stuff?

    Here at Postmark we’ve got Father’s Day cards that are suitable for all. Of course, we’ve got cards for the beer and football lovers, but we also have others like these three - perfect for all:

    Father Day Card DogWe love dogs in our family and the Dog card appealed to me the first time I saw it.  It is a simple card which says it all and I like how the dog is standing guard and can just picture him sitting on my mantle. It is in the Big Die Stamp range from Caroline Gardner.

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    Fathers Day Card RelaxSome Dads work really hard all year, and it's nice to know that on this one day of the year we can kick back and take it easy. The Relax card says, ‘Hey, sit down, and take it easy for a while. Better still, stay in bed, we’ll bring breakfast to you. You deserve a down day.’ You gotta love the publisher, Woodmansterne, for bringing this card to us in the Quentin Blake range.

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    Fathers Day HeroFather’s are heroes. That’s official. Let your dad know that he’s your hero with this smart, stylish Hero and Gentleman card from Pigment Productions. It really is something special, as are all cards in the Alice Scott range.

    Until next time,

    Best wishes

    Mr PM

  • Summer is Just Around the Corner

    Posted by on 17/05/14

    With the May Bank Holiday behind us, it really is the start of summer. At least that is what the original Mayday festival was to celebrate. Many of our traditional celebrations at this time go back to Celtic pagan festivals and English Folk customs.

    It is a time of flowers, the May Queen, dancing around the maypole, and Morris Dancers. Finally our indoor pursuits and winter activities are behind us and we can get out in the sunshine and enjoy the English Countryside.

    It's such a cheery time of year: full of optimism and looking forward. why not celebrate by sending a notecard to your friends and inviting them out for an outing? Or let them know what you are up to - perhaps invite them to the first barbecue of the season.

    Lagom Alicia BockEvocative of Summer

    This clean and crisp, blank card is ideal for writing to friends. It is from Lagom in the Alicia Bock range.  The flowers are gorgeous and make me think of summer and blue skies.  At a time when all our post seems to be bills and official notifications, how nice would it be to get a note card like this in the post instead, just because it's summer: and it's so much more personal than an email?

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    Great British Countryside bigbenThe Great British Countryside

    I love how this card, illustrated by bigben from Portfolio shows all the things we enjoy doing at the start of the summer. Yes, even when we have to get out the lawn mower and make the garden look more like a Wimbledon tennis court. It is a chore we tackle with glee to celebrate the coming of the sun. Then there are all those other things we love to do like strolling in the countryside or visiting the local national trust home.  What better way to start the season of sunshine by surprising your friends by inviting them to the first summer barbecue with this fantastic card.  It's part of the Worldwide Ink range which also has some other fantastic locations to choose from.

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    get well soon bus blind blu bell 33Get Well Soon

    Of course the flip side of the warmer weather can mean some of the dreaded bugs which have been kept dormant by the cold weather suddenly begin to appear.  Fill up on vitamin C and get your flu shots. Sometimes, though, we just fall prey to a bout of sneezing and runny noses.  Spare a thought for those hay-fever sufferers who will be watching the pollen count climb with dread.  What better way to show your support and help to raise someone's spirits if they are feeling under the weather by sending this old London bus inspired card?  It's from Bluebell 33, from their Bus Blind range.

    Best Wishes

    Mr PM

  • How to Say Goodbye to a Hero: Bob Hoskins Remembered

    Posted by on 03/05/14

    In deepest sympathy, from Five Dollar Shake, Sympathy cardsThe first time I ever ‘met’ him was back in the late seventies, or was it the early eighties? I remember being mesmerised by his presence, despite all the problems he was having. He was losing control, yet simultaneously retained control: until the very end. He had this aura about him. He was a man who could get things done, despite the things being done to him.

    I never spoke to him, of course, but he did speak to me; through that big thing they call the silver screen.

    The Long Good Friday took the American Gangster movie of the 30s, mixed it with real life London of the sixties, and added in some social and political commentary to produce what is perhaps one of the finest British films ever. In the process it catapulted Bob Hoskins to stardom, and quite rightly so.

    Of course, the great stars let you into their world and allow you to know them and their characters. They do this simply by their fantastic charisma and on screen genius. We come away from the cinema knowing that we’ve made a new friend. Even though we don’t really know them, we believe we do.

    By all accounts Hoskins was as great a man off the screen as he was on it. So here’s to you, Bob. Thanks for the good times and the happy memories.

    I’m glad to have known you, even though you never knew me.

    One of London’s finest, even though you were born in Bury St Edmunds.

    Our sympathy goes to his family and friends, sent with a card adorned with Swarovski crystals - shining like the star you are, Mr Hoskins.

    Mr PM

     

  • Special Greetings Cards for Someone Special

    Posted by on 26/04/14

    Being the owner of Postmark ,I’m constantly looking for cards to send to my special friends. Although most people wait for birthdays, Christmas, Father’s and Mother’s Days, and so on and so forth, I find it refreshing to send a card for no other reason than to say ‘hello’.

    However, if you feel the need to have a reason to send a greetings card – remember ‘greetings’ is another way of saying, ‘Hi’ – here are a few coming up over the next week or two.

    cards for horse loversToday, Saturday 26th April is Help a Horse Day

    Okay, so we all know someone who is into horses. Maybe they own a horse, spending most of the weekend at the stables. Perhaps they like a little flutter on the ‘gee-gees’: nothing too serious, but an excuse to be out in the open air or sat in front of the television, whichever is their greatest fancy.

    How about the Horse on a Surfboard card from Art Press? This card is stylish, with art from the Royal Academy, and is a reminder that even horses would like to get out more! Blank inside, why not write a message that says ‘Stop horsing around, let’s have a drink sometime’?

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    Greetings cards for book loversSunday 27th April is Tell a Story Day

    Okay, you might not be the best story teller in the world, but why not catch up with a bookworm friend by letting them know the latest weird thing that’s happened to you?

    The Books card from Urban Graphic is perfect for that reader you know. Tell them about the time you knew a friend who couldn’t help but read whole books in one sitting. Tell them you’re just writing to say hello and see what’s going on in their life. They won’t mind being disturbed, especially with a card that has so many book ideas on its cover.

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    Congratulations card for new home ownersThursday 1st May is May Day and….

    We all know that May Day should be May 1st. But this year that date is also ‘New Home Owners’ Day’.  We’ve got a great assortment of cards to welcome new owners to their new nest, but one of my favourites is the New Home Birds Nest card from Black Olive. Perhaps it’s my wicked side coming out, and I know that congratulating someone on moving in to a new home is the right thing to do, but why not temper the congratulations with a reminder that there will be plenty of DIY and painting and decorating to do?

    This card hits two birds with one stone. Superb!

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    Until next time,

    Best Wishes

    Mr PM

  • Easter Bunnies, Eggs, Chicks, and Chocolate: the Perfect Easter Greeting Cards

    Posted by on 05/04/14

    Miss Bunny Card BirthdayMy daughter, Aoife, isn’t yet a year old, but if her birthday were this Easter, I’d be tempted to combine the two events with a Miss Bunny Age 1 card from publisher Black Olive. This is a cute card, from the Little Zone range. It’s glossy, with a yellow envelope, and so my princess would love the colours. But would I give her any chocolate?

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    Easter Bunnies, Chocolate, and Eggs

    Unless you’ve just arrived from Pluto, or you’ve been living in some sort of time warp, you’ll know what every child knows about Easter: it’s all about the big pink bunny, which creeps into the garden the night before Easter Sunday to lay chocolate eggs where they’re almost impossible to find. Come on, Mummy and Daddy – get with the program!

    Even allowing for the eccentricity of some religions, the Easter bunny really takes the biscuit, don’t you think?

    So where does the Easter bunny really come from?

    Some say that he arrived in America in the 1700s , when the tradition was transported there by a bunch of dastardly Germans. Others, that he began as an April Fool that has lived on through time.

    Christians say it is a festival of the resurrection of Christ, but the truth is that the Easter Bunny can be traced back to the Pagan festival of Eostre, when the onset of Spring, the season of rebirth and renewal, was celebrated. The main Pagan symbols for this festival was the egg and the hare (which eventually became the rabbit).

    Strangely, even though all children know the Easter Bunny lays those wonderful chocolate eggs, most believe it’s male. What on earth are we teaching our children?!

    Easter Chick CardBig Easter Egg, Little Easter Egg

    Dannan, my son, already knows that the Easter Bunny isn’t the creature that brings those lovely eggs. He’s got his eyes on two eggs this year – one for him, and one for his little sister. Apparently his is the larger of the two, and there’s a little chick sitting on top them both. The five pack of Happy Easter cards from Cinnamon Aitch shows exactly what he has in mind.

    So, what is your child’s favourite: the Bunny, the Chick or the Egg?

    Best Wishes

    Mr PM

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