Archive for August, 2010

Solar Christmas Lights – An Excellent Choice!


To illuminate your festive season solar Christmas lights are an excellent choice. You only have the initial outlay of buying the lights and solar lights do compare extremely favorably to the traditional type of lights. Once purchased all the running costs are free so the savings over the years will be considerable.  Solar powered Christmas lights are not only a gift for your garden and all the visitors that enjoy the resplendent display, but a great gift to the planet during the holiday season or any time of year. .

Christmas Solar Lights

If you live in a cold climate you may be thinking but how can a solar Christmas light work in the winter? However when you think logically about it you will realise that even in the depth of winter we actually have ample sunlight to power lights. The sun is of course important and even in the depth of winter we have lots of natural sunlight, also the amount of power needed to run solar outdoor Christmas lights is not enormous. Plow and Hearth have some stunning Xmas lights that come with Rechargeable NiCad AA batteries as solar lights often do -just in case-. A battery operated standby gives you peace of mind but makes sure you have a clear conscience with regards to your energy use, as it really will not be needed except in the most unusual circumstances.

Nowadays you can get most styles of lights in the solar option; Lowes has a superb range of solar post lights so whether you want the style of vintage Christmas lights or cutting edge highly contemporary solar L.E.D Christmas lights there will be something to suit your taste. Check out QVC if you think a 7 pc Solar Powered Stake Snowflake is the novelty style you are looking for. Whether you want a waterproof rope of outdoor string lights, or a stunning 100 light net of colour to set your party alight don’t overlook the solar Christmas lights clearance that may be happening right now in your local store. Remember when bargain hunting some times it is better to get your purchases out of season, so always keep your eyes peeled and check out the end of range or sale items when the season is not current.

All Year Round

You may want your lights to be used all year so for subtle touches of Christmas greetings you may choose something like solar stake path lights which can be left in place all year long. Another option is to choose a light with a subtle message such as an angel design which you can find at a store such as Menards. Lights that will not look out of place at any time of year are a good investment and it’s amazing what a little bit of tinsel can do to change the look of a light. Most of the stores you associate with good quality lighting will have all the lighting you require, so even if the solar option is not available do check it out even for 12 volt or cordless options, you may well be surprised.

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Christmas Card Messages


The wording of Christmas card messages can convey either a general greeting or a more personal festive message geared to a particular person. You will often look more at the picture on the front of the card than the words inside when you select your Christmas cards; this could reflect the fact you have so many to purchase. When you select your cards for birthdays or other occasions the chances are you put a lot more thought into the actual verse inside as you are only focusing on the one person. It is always a good idea to start purchasing your Xmas greeting cards well in advance to ensure that each person gets the time and thought put into the card that they deserve..

You may find you overlook the Christmas greeting card messages when you purchase boxed sets for general distribution and to be honest when selecting cards for the children to hand out to all in sundry at school the Christmas message probably is not high on your list of requirements. You are probably popping the first funny cards you find at a reasonable price into your shopping basket and rushing to the checkout to pay. There are lots of occasions when a generic “Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year” are in fact more appropriate than a personal greeting. However some cards will need to have a great deal of thought put into them to ensure the Christmas greetings you select are suitable.

Business Christmas Cards

For business you will almost certainly have a diverse client base to satisfy, the chances are you will invest in printed Christmas cards and the verses
will have to be significant whilst fitting the corporate image. As such they will probably have to be fairly ambiguous, anything too religious may offend the sensibilities of other cultures which you certainly will not want. It is however possible to ensure your holiday card messages get the Christian or spiritual theme across in a way that will touch most people. Christmas is a time of hope and with the New Year promising fresh starts Christmas card sayings that reflect a theme such as hope is an excellent idea. Have you considered inspirational quotes to convey your message or for the more creative companies Christmas poems written by or for your company will convey the exact message you require.

Family Christmas Card Messages

When considering which card to choose for an individual family member don’t forget that what suits one will horrify another so your Christmas card message is as important here as ever. There are so many ideas nowadays and nothing delights like a personalised card bought on line. For babies first Xmas you can upload a picture of the little onto the website and the resulting card will become a family keepsake to treasure. Think about when the children were small do you have any pictures of the first nativity play they were in? You could recreate your own nativity scene using photographs of the family, or upload a picture of great aunt Gladys so it appears she is driving Santas sleigh. With new technology you can make each card and the greeting inside special to really make your card stand out from the rest.

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Consider Caspari Christmas Cards


Have you ever heard of or considered Caspari christmas cards? As the season approaches and you are looking for Xmas cards a respected publisher of quality cards with a reputation for reproducing the classic works we have all come to know over the years is always good to explore. Well respected established artists are certainly not to be overlooked when making your seasonal card collections to spread joy across the miles. With an insight into greetings cards spanning the past sixty years, whether you need simple Caspari note cards with an elegant feel or simply Christmas wishes collected from museums around the world, you cannot go wrong with Caspari, a company that has grown in reputation and style since 1945

A Fine Art

Continually working with the same European suppliers and printers from the original collaboration a Caspari christmas card shows fine art at its best from the classics to contemporary artists. Drawing on religious themes to a more modern holiday greeting a Caspari boxed Christmas cards inspired by collections such as The National Gallery or a range of outstanding private archives and collections really give your cards that individual designer feel. If you are considering business Christmas cards to stimulate the imagination of your client base then look no further for classic art. Caspari Christmas cards, on sale in good card shops, stationers or your local news stand will always be received well.

Before Making Your Decision

However before you make your decision do not forget to look up other reputable companies such as Crane who have a good range of Christmas greetings backed up by reputations for serving the eminent to the ordinary. From producing the paper that announced the Queen Mothers 100th birthday celebrations, through to Hollywood stars and the man in the street, the 100 percent cotton stationery made by Crane & Co. has helped to form the greetings industry.

William Arthur is another one of the finest makers of luxury stationery, who have a classic range of single and boxed greetings for all occasions backed by a reputation gained over 60 years of trading.

If you like to donate to worthy causes whilst sending greetings then look at UNICEF a charity focusing on the needs of children is close to all our hearts and what better time of your to consider the less fortunate than at Xmas? With so many natural tragedies affecting so many corners of the globe in recent years UNICEF does fantastic work.

Lang may only have 28 years or so in the greetings card industry but again they certainly have cards for the most discerning buyer and no search is complete with out a look at the inspired and very fine offerings Lang have to offer.

Of course Hallmark is a name we all associate with cards, whether wholesale greeting cards, electronic cards or personalised cards sent direct to the home of your loved one from the website. With a 100 years of expertise and a growing portfolio of ideas to keep abreast of the new technologies available today, please be sure to thoroughly peruse the we website.

Here you have a selection of really amazing caspari cards:

Caspari Holiday Cards, “Holiday Decoupage” Design, Box of 20 Christmas Cards with Envelopes

$18.95

Caspari “Madonna & Child With Two Musical Angels ” Holiday Christmas Card, Box of 20 Cards with 20 Envelopes

$15.31

Holiday (Christmas) Greeting Cards: Winter Snow Scene with Pine Trees and Cardinals: “Season’s Greetings”

City Holidays – Christmas Cards

$12.79

Caspari Holiday Cards, “Red Cardinal” Design, Box of 20 Christmas Cards with Envelopes

$18.95

Caspari Embossed Holiday Cards with Red and Gold Pepperberry Wreathe Foil Stamp Design, includes 10 cards with 10 envelopes

$16.28

Afghan Hound, Poodles, Schnauzer Cats Christmas Cards

$18.00

Madonna and Child for Christmas; 20 in box

Birman Himalayan Kitten Christmas Cards

$13.00

Caspari 2008 Embossed Holiday Cards with Three Wise Men Foil Stamp Design, includes 10 cards with 10 envelopes

$29.99

Caspari Holiday Cards, “Holiday Decoupage” Design, Box of 20 Christmas Cards with Envelopes

$18.95

Caspari “Madonna & Child With Two Musical Angels ” Holiday Christmas Card, Box of 20 Cards with 20 Envelopes

$15.31

Holiday (Christmas) Greeting Cards: Winter Snow Scene with Pine Trees and Cardinals: “Season’s Greetings”

City Holidays – Christmas Cards

$12.79

Caspari Holiday Cards, “Red Cardinal” Design, Box of 20 Christmas Cards with Envelopes

$18.95

Caspari Embossed Holiday Cards with Red and Gold Pepperberry Wreathe Foil Stamp Design, includes 10 cards with 10 envelopes

$16.28

Afghan Hound, Poodles, Schnauzer Cats Christmas Cards

$18.00

Madonna and Child for Christmas; 20 in box

Birman Himalayan Kitten Christmas Cards

$13.00

Caspari 2008 Embossed Holiday Cards with Three Wise Men Foil Stamp Design, includes 10 cards with 10 envelopes

$29.99





Have you ever considered using personalized Christmas stockings for your family?  You can buy Christmas stockings, make your own Christmas stocking set utilizing various handcrafts, or order custom personalized Christmas items.

What are some of the personalized stockings Christmas enthusiasts love to unpack?

For little children, a fancy knit may not make their eyes grow wide, but if they are a fan of Disney princesses or heroes, perhaps Disney Christmas stockings would be the perfect choice for them.  Then again, many children enjoy something handmade that appeals to their sense of thrift (yes, many children do have this sense!) and personalized Christmas stockings needlepoint can create may allow you to use up scraps from their babyhood blanky or favorite dress or hat, perhaps even quilted – a cheap yet satisfying present.  Lillian Vernon also offers kid-friendly personalized products and you would be wise to check there too in your quest for a personalized Christmas stockings sale.

If there is no personalized Christmas stockings sale near you, yet you wish to make a personal Christmas gift for a member of your family who appreciates the finer hand-worked gift, consider a monogrammed Christmas stocking.

If you make your own Christmas stocking, you get to choose the style and type

If you have a green thumb in the family who doesn’t get too excited about the joys of needlework or embroidered gifts, perhaps a “garden Christmas stocking” of an item from the Pottery Barn could make a jazzy surprise – for instance, a pair of outdoor cushion covers, stuffed with gifts such as a nice pair of garden gloves and some fresh packets of seasonal seeds?  Pottery Barn Kids also has a wide offering of products which would be ideal for a Christmas gift, either a custom personalized Christmas gift made extra-special by you after purchase, or a careful selection from the high-quality products they have for sale to find the perfect gift for your loved one.

Christmas stockings of many sizes and shapes for stuffing with little goodies

If you haven’t got the time to customize a Christmas stocking or other gift in time, consider Things Remembered, a place for all things personalized according to your specifications.

Then there’s LL Bean for a gift which would suit any man, woman or child who is interested in adventure.  What about a backpack for a child, used as a Christmas stocking this Christmas and thereafter serving as a regular day pack for the child?  Whether for school or for holidays, world travel or just a sleepover, a good backpack is always an appreciated gift.

Pets

Anyone who has a dog or a cat knows that the pet is a member of the family, and for sure they would also need a personalized Christmas stocking too!  Personalized pet Christmas stockings can be made or bought depending on your preference, and range from a chewable toy that your dog can go at with great gusto on the day (perhaps saving more precious gifts that may be left around the home from being adopted by Fido!), to lush velour velvet personalized Christmas stockings for the most pampered pooch or princess cat on the street.  So you can ensure every member of the family has a Christmas stocking custom-presented just for them – what a joyous way to bring in the season!
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