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Give A Fig Organizational Planners

We are very excited to announce that Give A Fig has partnered with Limelife Planners https://www.limelifeplanners.com to produce three unique monthly and weekly organizational planners. Each planner features our whimsical, hand-drawn art that we enjoy creating so much. These are not your typical planners!

Why are our planners different? They feature fresh, modern, uncluttered designs in bright colors to help you organize. Each planner celebrates the Give A Fig artwork you’ve grown to love from our line of Give A Fig cards and gifts. They are handmade locally in Pennsylvania.

The planners are created on beautiful paper, with laminated covers and spiral binding. Inside pages include inspirational quotes, calendars, note columns, list pages, ideas, organizing pages, and more.

These are very special! Currently you can choose from one of three designs: Flights of Fancy, Garden, or Cooking. More designs are also in the works!

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When Suzanne and Eileen first met Leslie, the owner of Limelife Planners at a local coffee shop, they were immediately impressed by Leslie’s attention to quality, detail, and her clean design style. Leslie, the owner at Limelife Planners says: “I co-founded Limelife Planners several years ago out of my love for planners, but not really finding designs I liked or the ability to be able to customize. I like uncluttered weekly and monthly pages, but still enjoy colorful designs. Limelife is the perfect balance of clean and fun.”

There are pages to track exercise routines and diet. Others for motivation and holiday planning. There are columns and boxes for lists and notes next to calendar pages so you can keep track of all the events and activities in your busy life.

Suzanne says, “I am simply thrilled with the various ideas that Leslie has introduced into her Limelife Planners. Our art and design with Limelife’s extraordinary style are a wonderful fit. I can’t wait until our customers see these in person!”

Are you into Bullet Journals? They are the Analog System for the Digital Age! Bullet journaling is a method for organization that is flexible to your style. Many of us are enjoying our Bullet Journals and now, these wonderful Give A Fig Limelife Planners give you the flexibility to organize by the week and month in a fun and beautiful way like your Bullet Journal.

Here’s a link to a video that shows you the various pages and features of a Limelife Planner: https://youtu.be/xQs0ZK1keNA

We’re so excited about these new planners and we’re sure you will be too.

New Give A Fig Partners!

To Give A Fig™ means to care and we have many new partners who love our cards and Give A Fig™ too! See this link for a complete list of partners: http://giveafig.net/partners

gaf-mushroom-smmushroom-capaKennett Square, Pennsylvania, is known as the mushroom capital of the world. A great store in town called “The Mushroom Cap,” has a variety of gifts, toys, and collectibles. Of course they also have a wide selection of fresh mushrooms including white, crimini, shiitake, oyster, portabello and more.  You can even see a video about how mushrooms are grown and harvested. http://themushroomcap.com. They are thrilled to offer one of our newest Give A Fig™ card designs, “Thanks a bunch” featuring mushrooms, of course!

ellaa In Guilford, Connecticut, there’s a very special boutique named “Ella Where She Shops.” http://ellawheresheshops.com If you need a personal stylist or the perfect option for what to where around town or to a fancy event, this is the place to go. From cashmere to leather, silver to jeans, you can find essentials that fit any mood and style. And now this unique shop features Give A Fig™ cards! If you’re shopping for a gift or something for yourself, you can pick up our cards there for any occasion.

We love “Le Beau Gardens” in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. le-beaua http://www.lebeaugardens.com You’ll find outstanding trees, shrubs, perennials, and flowers for planting, gardening, and gift-giving. They know there is something about flowers and plants that make them the most cherished gifts. But whether it is simply a spontaneous gesture of your appreciation or a special occasion like a birthday or holiday, the Gift & Holiday Shoppe also features lovely fine gifts to choose from including jewelry and now Give A Fig™ cards!

gaf-snowcard Celebrate the Season and visit these fine stores for your gifts and Give A Fig™ cards. I think you’ll love all these shops as much as we do. Check them out and let us know how much you like them too.

Calendars and Notebooks

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New products that feature our distinctive designs.

People have been asking for other products from Give A Fig™. We are excited to present our new 2017 calendar with 12 months of our distinctive designs. It measures 11 x 7.5 inches tall on premium, heavy-weight paper. The top includes a hole punched and tied with hemp for hanging and to hold the pages together. If you like to jot down important notes on specific dates, there is room.

We are also thrilled to offer new small notebooks or mini-journals. They measure 5 x 7 inches, and include a heavy weight premium cover with 12 blank pages inside. The inside covers are printed in our signature purple fig color and include an area for personalization. These little notebooks are handy for making notes to store in your purse or backpack.

These new products are available here. We make orders easy with a cart, check out, and shipping figured out for you. You can pay by PayPal. If that is not convenient, contact Suzanne through the contacts page and we will be sure you get what you need.

New Celtic Dragonfly Card

gaf-dragonflyceltic-smEarlier this year, I created a limited edition print featuring a large central dragonfly amidst Celtic symbolism. I was inspired to create my art as an homage to “Outlander,” the beloved, bestselling books by Diana Gabaldon, now a hit TV series on Starz.

The second book in the series is entitled, “Dragonfly in Amber.” The “Outlander” story follows Claire, a WWII nurse who is mysteriously transported back in time to the early 18th century after falling through a circle of standing stones in the Scottish Highlands. She marries a Highlander outlaw, Jamie, and together they struggle to save themselves and the Highland way of life from British overlords.

I’m inspired by art and nature, and here I was also intrigued by the author’s title, “Dragonfly in Amber.” The motif of a dragonfly has many meanings, but with the addition of the insect set in amber, it becomes even richer. Amber is known as the “memory stone” and is thought to contain magical properties. It locks thoughts and memories in place to keep them safe. Amber is seen as a window into the past. It is ground and used medicinally for soothing. This organic gemstone is formed over millennia from the hardened resin of ancient pine trees. It remains but transforms in time.

In the story, Jamie and Claire wonder if it is possible to change time, specifically to avoid the disastrous Battle of Culloden. The dragonfly is a universal symbol of “change.” But when “change” is trapped in amber, then the object that symbolizes change is frozen in time and cannot be transformed. Change becomes part of memory. In this case, the dragonfly may represent the Scots’ defeat on Culloden moor, which changed the Gaelic way of life in the Highlands forever.

There are many other interpretations of this title which makes it such a rich metaphor. Gabaldon has stated it symbolizes Jamie and Claire’s marriage. In my artwork, I incorporated many symbols from the story. The dragonfly glows within an amber sphere, along with other icons. Notice Claire’s two wedding rings, interwoven like an infinity symbol. There is a star-filled dome that refers to the King’s chamber at Versailles. The top ring doubles as a compass, alluding to “Voyager,” the next book in the series. The word “CHANGE” is inscribed there with the “N” pointing north on the Eiffel Tower—a nod to Claire’s time in Paris during the war. A fleur de lys of France sits at the south point. The silver ring contains two hearts for Jamie and Claire above the purple mountains of the Highlands. The curved lines on either side of the dragonfly create balance and harmony while honoring the Gaelic culture. The spirals may also represent horseshoes for good luck, clefs and musical notes, snakes, and the twisting storylines of plot and subplot.

This Celtic knotwork weaves in and out of the standing stones of Craigh na Dun to ground the entire design in Scotland, now incorporated into a new greeting card with a Celtic border. I hope you enjoy it! Look for two new designs coming soon for the first book, “Outlander,” and the third book, “Voyager!”

S & L Services, our newest Give A Fig partner!

img_3487We are excited to announce that S & L Services is our newest Give A Fig™ partner! S & L Services provides professional design, printing, and copy services in Kennett Square PA. They also sell stationery, office supplies, and gift items.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer Suzanne’s line of premium, handcrafted greetings!” says Sandy Tapia, store owner along with her husband Luis. This family-owned business is also a valuable asset to the Spanish-speaking community.

“We’ve worked with Suzanne for a long time, providing quality printing and copying for her award-winning communication design business. It’s exciting to feature her beautiful cards to our local community.”

As you know, at Give A Fig™ we care and we give back to our community by donating a portion of profits to the arts and the environment. Our messages come from the heart. We are an American stationery company with a line of socially-responsible, eco-friendly, superior-quality greeting cards and stationery gifts. Give A Fig™ cards are produced on premium recycled, FSC-certified paper with soy-based inks. Renewable resources such as wind and solar provide 100% of the energy for our studio. Because Give A Fig™ is committed to giving back, a portion of every Give A Fig™ card sold helps support the arts and the environment in our community.

It means so much to find local partners who also Give A Fig like Sandy and Luis. Be sure to check out S & L Services for all your printing and copy services, and ask about our Give A Fig™ cards. Thank you!

Our favorite fungi

gaf-mushroom-smHere’s a preview of our newest Give A Fig™ card, featuring our favorite fungi! In Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, where our Give A Fig™ studio is located, it is known as the “Mushroom Capital of the World” because mushroom farming in the region produces over a million pounds of mushrooms a week. To celebrate this heritage, Kennett Square has an annual Mushroom Festival when the town hosts a parade, tours of mushroom farms, and artisans and food vendors sell all kinds of goodies. There is also a large, lighted mushroom that gets lowered from on high by a countdown on New Year’s Eve like in Times Square!

Here are a few unusual and interesting facts about mushrooms. (Thank you Fungi Perfecti for compiling these!)

1. Mushrooms are fungi. Fungi are as uniquely different from plants as plants are from animals. In fact, fungi and animals are now in the same super-kingdom, Opisthokonta.

2. Fungi recycle plants after they die and transform them into rich soil. If not for mushrooms and fungi, the Earth would be buried in several feet of debris and life on the planet would soon disappear.

3. The oldest mushroom found in amber is from 90 million years ago—a Cordyceps. Scientists recently discovered a fossil first uncovered in 1859 and named Prototaxites, dating back more than 420 million years, a time when the tallest plants were around 2 feet tall. Prototaxites was 3 feet tall laying down, but if standing was nearly 30 feet high. In either case it would be the tallest organism on land… and it was a giant fungus!

4. Some of the oldest living mushroom colonies are fairy rings growing around the famous Stonehenge ruins in England. The rings are so large that they can best be seen from airplanes.

5. You can make beautiful colors by boiling wild mushrooms and dipping cloth in the resulting broth. The book The Rainbow Beneath My Feet shows you how to make dyes with mushrooms.

6. Many mushrooms grow towards light, following the sun just like other plants. Unlike plants, scientists do not yet know how mushrooms use sunlight; only that they do.

7. The spores of mushrooms are made of chitin, the hardest naturally-made substance on Earth. Some scientists suspect that mushroom spores are capable of space travel; a few even believe that some fungi found on Earth originally came from outer space! (Others believe that people who think this must be from outer space themselves.)

8. Under the right conditions, some mushrooms’ spores can sit dormant for decades or even a century, and still grow!

9. Mushrooms are useful not only as food and medicine; some are also being used in bioremediation, to absorb and digest dangerous substances like oil, pesticides, and industrial waste in places where they threaten the environment.

At Give A Fig™, we care and we give back. When you choose a Give A Fig™ card, you show that you Give A Fig™ too. Thanks a bunch for choosing Give A Fig™ cards!

Give A Fig™ cards can now be found at Sarafina Fiber Art

We are excited to announce that Give A Fig™ cards can now be found at our newest partner store, Sarafina Fiber Art in Elkton, Maryland.

Sarafina Fiber Art is a supplier of quality materials and the resources and friendly support to make fiber art fun and easy for anyone. We specialize in needle felting supplies, the perfect fibers for needle felted sculpture, instructional kits and original Sarafina tools. Each of our products is created, designed, and delivered with attention to detail and a sense of humor. Whether you are a hobby felter, professional fiber artist, or collector we have what you need for heart felt fun.

There are also decorative goods, jewelry, and other beautifully crafted artisan gifts available in the store. Take a look at this sampling of some of the gorgeous fiber art created at Sarafina:

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We think our Give A Fig™ cards, which are all carefully designed and produced with premium materials in the USA, perfectly compliment the beauty in this store. Sarafina Gives A Fig and we are proud to be a part of their creative vision. When you’re in the area, please stop by and say hi to Sara and her staff at Sarafina Fiber Art!

Welcome Eileen, our new sales partner!

We’re excited to introduce our new sales partner, Eileen Butler. Eileen has joined the Give A Fig™ team because she cares about the environment and loves to support local artisans.

Suzanne has known Eileen for more than twelve years. They first met while Eileen was working with Suzanne’s husband, John, at a state nature society affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation renowned for its educational programming and advocacy. Eileen and staff provided the tools for communities to take action and protect the environment through land preservation and watershed stewardship. Today, the society manages more than 2,000 acres of land, including four nature preserves, and operates four educational centers.

Eileen is guided by her strong environmental ethic and dedication to nature, animals, and the land. She lives in rural Maryland with her son, Scott, and many lovable cats, surrounded by native plant gardens and a wildlife habitat for fox, deer, songbirds, and hawks.

“I love Give A Fig™ cards! They perfectly capture a sense of individual spirit and whimsy. Each design is beautifully conceived and comes from a place of joy.” Eileen said, adding, “it is vitally important to surround yourself, and especially your inner circle, with people who will challenge you to be a better person. Suzanne and John Gaadt are consummate professionals and quality people that strive to do their best in both their professional and personal life. Suzanne, the talented artist/owner of Give A Fig™ uses her talents to help others such as young kids in the community who are at risk. That is very attractive to me personally. The artistic designs are just so original, detailed and colorful. As an avid environmentalist I also appreciate that the cards are printed on recycled paper that is Forest Stewardship Council Certified so I know it is sustainably harvested. That is very important to me.”

Eileen grew up in New York and graduated from University of Delaware. Guided by strong beliefs, she lives what she proclaims, “with an entrepreneurial spirit, I believe in recycling, living in a small carbon footprint, and I strive to make decisions that will be beneficial to the environment, not just my wallet. I believe in supporting small businesses and look to do so whenever possible, and I believe in cultivating long-term relationships that are central to my personal and professional success.”

Look for her to stop by soon to say hello! She’s also planning some fun, new sales efforts. She’ll be reaching out to all of our existing customers in the next few weeks to check in, as well as visiting potentially new partners who Give A Fig™. Thank you, Eileen, and WELCOME!

Give A Fig™ cards now at Winterthur Museum

Give A Fig™ art cards are now available at Winterthur Museum bookstore! Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library is a world-reknowned institution nestled on 1,000 acres of rolling piedmont in northern Delaware. The estate museum houses one of the most important collections of American decorative arts including rare furnishings, antiques, and books in the United States of America.

Tour the house to see exquisite spaces in which founder Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) entertained family and friends in grand style. The 175 rooms, many of them with historical architecture, are furnished with his outstanding collection of antiques and selections from nearly 90,000 objects masterfully arranged.

Outdoor at Winterthur, enjoy rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests. H. F. du Pont selected only the choicest plants from around the world to enhance the natural setting, arranging them in lyrical color combinations and carefully orchestrating a succession of bloom from late January to November. Du Pont translated his love of the land into a unified work of art that embodies a romantic vision of nature’s beauty.

At Give A Fig™, our love of beautiful natural spaces and historic cultures translates into unique designs that celebrate nature and the arts. Every card is produced on the best available premium paper that is environmentally responsible with an FSC-certified recycled paper, soy-based inks, and low-emission, alternative energy sources.

We think our Give A Fig™ art cards are a perfect fit with Winterthur’s dedication to the highest ideals of beauty, history, and nature. We’re excited for you to visit Winterthur and check out our cards for sale in the bookstore.

Free GIVE A FIG card

GAF15 lrGIVE A FIG™ is excited to present three new greeting card designs. To celebrate, we will give a free GIVE A FIG™ card to our first 10 fans. We want to hear from you!

The first of the three new designs is a birthday card. It turns things topsy turvy by featuring artwork with a fox riding a horse. The sly fellow wears traditional “hunt” attire and his top hat flies out behind him as the horse jumps. A phrase on the front encourages the recipient to “Horse Around” for his/her birthday and includes “Happy Birthday.” The bright red coat on the fox contrasts nicely with the rich green of the background clover pattern.

“I’m very fortunate to live in an area of rolling hills and bucolic countryside. There are many horse farms. I see the bushy tails and pointy noses of red foxes almost daily.” Suzanne recalls. “I thought it would be fun to switch it up and have the fox leading the horse.”

A second design is a superhero card featuring a woman flying over the city. She is a polished, realistic model rather than the typical comic book heroine with impossible proportions. Our message is that we are grateful to all the women who do so much for their communities and their families at home and at work. Her cape flies as she moves onto her next challenge. The title declares, “You’re a Wonder.” She is a companion to our male superhero card, “You’re a Hero.”

Finally, we’re very excited to share with you our third new design, the 2015 holiday card, “The Holiday Musicians of Bremen.” Suzanne has always been enthralled with the story of “The Town Musicians of Bremen.” This 19th century German tale, “Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten,” features four animals past their prime: a donkey, dog, cat and rooster. They meet on the road to Bremen where they join up to become town musicians. That night they discover a robber’s shack in the forest. The traveling minstrels peer in the window and see thieves surrounded by food and other treasures. The animals are hungry, cold, and weary so they scare off the criminals with a loud chorus of howls. After a failed attempt to reclaim the hut, the thieves move on and the animals settle into their new home. http://germanstories.vcu.edu/grimm/bremereng.html

Suzanne says, “Germany is a magical place during the holidays. Many of our western Christmas and holiday traditions began there. This story also reminds me of Mary traveling on a donkey to Bethlehem with Joseph to give birth to the Christ child. Music, snow, pine trees, peace, friendship and feasting are all cherished symbols of our holiday season.”

Click here to order: http://giveafig.net/shop 

Whether you want to buy one or 100, contact us today. We have cartons of new cards and envelopes for sale. We hope you like all three of our new Give A Fig™ cards!

Please be sure to check out the list of stores that carry Give A Fig™ at our home page.

Remember to show someone you care and send them a card today. It is one of the most meaningful ways to express genuine sentiment and show someone you’re thinking of them. Because you Give A Fig™, we can continue to offer new designs. And we give back. A percentage of profits goes to help arts and environmental nonprofits fulfill their missions.

As in all of our other designs, these new cards are printed on the finest paper from responsibly harvested and recycled stock. They are printed in full color on the front and back, and blank on the inside so you can include your own personal message. Our studio is powered from renewable energy sources and the professional printer also utilizes sustainable practices. Thank you for your support and interest!