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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!

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!

Hi Card Lovers, Give A Fig is almost 2!

It’s been a whirlwind since starting Give A Fig™ almost 2 years ago. There are now 16 designs, with 3 new card concepts coming soon—a woman Super Hero, a new birthday greeting and a woodland Holiday scene. Give A Fig™ cards are available in many fine boutiques in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Wyre Naturals in North East, MD is the most recent store to join the Give A Fig™ family. See: www.wyrenaturals.net

Of course, you can always purchase cards through our website too. And we’re constantly looking for new partners to sell Give A Fig™ cards in their shops. We’ve had many requests for eco-tote bags, T-shirts and other merchandise, so we’re exploring options for beautiful, affordable items made completely in the USA. Thank you for choosing Give A Fig™, Cards to show you care. Let us know what you wish for Give A Fig™. Thanks again!