Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thank You, Shutterfly Friends!

One of the things I never seem to get to do is order personalized cards for Hanukkah or New Year's. I always think about it, but the days run by and before I know it, it's too late. But this year, my good friends at Shutterfly have inspired me to take a favorite photo and turn it in to a card to share with friends. I've used the photo of the lighthouse in Portland (ME) several times and it makes me think of the wishes for light in dark times that is especially meaningful in these winter holiday times. I've thought about turning the picture into a card or calendar or maybe a mug, but until Shutterfly made the great offer of blogging about their lovely and fun holiday cards I was still thinking about my picture.

Shutterfly is offering 50 holiday cards for a blog post. What fun! My only difficulty is picking which card I like. There are so many great ones to choose from. I like the card designed by Heifer International, a favorite cause...
And I like this one because I get to write my own message...



I know I'm going to spend lots of time looking at Shutterfly's website, and having a great time doing it. If you would like your own holiday cards this year, stop by Shutterfly and join the fun! If you'd like one of the lighthouse cards that I will be making just leave me a note. I'm so happy to share light in the darkness with my dear Blog friends!

11 comments:

LDH said...

How nice! Is the offer for free holiday cards for everyone or just special to you? I went to the sight and didn't see any mention of it.

LDH said...

found it!

Country Dreaming said...

Sounds like fun.

Happy Hanukkah to you!

Melinda

Mevely317 said...

What a great idea!
I'm heading over there for sure --after Grey's and Apprentice, tee-hee!
And yes, I'd love having one of your lighthouse cards. What a perfect analogy for troubled times!

She said...

Is it available outside of the USA?
I would love one of your lighthouse cards, I loved that photo:)

Hugs

Sheilagh

Jane said...

Thanks for sharing - I am off to check out their website. Enjoy the weekend,

Jane

vegaia said...

Heifer International (HI) is an organization that claims to work against world hunger by donating animals to families in developing countries. Its catalog deceptively portrays beautiful children holding cute animals in seemingly humane circumstances. The marketing brochure for HI does not show the animals being transported, their living and slaughter conditions, or the erosion, pollution and water use caused by the introduction of these animals and their offspring.

By definition, animals raised for food are exploited in a variety of ways. The animals shipped to developing countries are often subject to; water and food shortages, cruel procedures without painkillers, lack of veterinary care resulting in extended suffering as a result of illness or injury.

A large percentage of the families receiving animals from HI are struggling to provide for themselves and cannot ensure adequate living conditions, nutrition, and medical care for animals they have been given. HI provides some initial veterinary training to individuals and the initial vaccines. But, long term care for these animals and their offspring is up to the individuals.

To make matters worse, animal agriculture causes much more harm to the environment than plant-based agriculture. The fragile land in many of the regions HI is sending the animals cannot support animal agriculture. Although they say they encourage cut and carry feeding of the animals to avoid erosion, the reality is often quite different.

The consumption of animal products has been shown in reputable studies to contribute significantly to life-threatening diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a variety of cancers. Regions that have adopted a diet with more animal products see an increase in these diseases. The remote communities supposedly served by HI have no way of dealing with the health consequences of joining the high-cholesterol world.

While it may seem humane and sustainable to provide just one or two dairy cows here or there, the long term consequences are an increased desire for animal products in local cultures leading to an increase in production. These communities may be able to absorb the additional water use of one or two cows, what happens when there are hundreds or thousands of dairy cows, each consuming 27 to 50 gallons of fresh water and producing tons of excrement? The heavy cost to animals, the environment and local economies is not figured into HI's business practices.

Chatty Crone said...

Sounds like fun - I'm going to check it out. Thanks for sharing again. sandie

accidental carer said...

Phil loves lighthouses and would quite like to live in one- alone!!
I would love to share your picture with him Buttercup. Thanks for your post yesterday too. This weather really exhausts me and am really thinking of investing in a light box as I have heard so many people say they are benefiting from using one.. Take care enjoy your weekend too . Sheilagh and Ralph are in Wales as we speak and we will meet up at mid day tomorrow for Ralphs birthday treat xx

Sybil said...

Hi Buttercup, Me again ! I have had the greatest fun these past few weeks as I had an offer as well from a company here in England called vistaprint. I have made oodles of calanders for friends, of various sizes it is very similar to what you have been able to describe.. I used photographs taken during the year... even made some cards for Sarah as I know she will not feel like writing cards this year...
much love sybil xx

Barbara Blundell said...

HI there, Enjoyed reading your posts !Thank you !