Archive: January 2016

14 Random & Weird Facts About Valentine’s Day

Interesting Facts About Valentine’s Day You Didn’t Know.

Although some may see the 14th February as another way for businesses to sell love-themed greetings cards and Valentine’s gifts, discovering some facts about Valentine’s Day, we’ve found it does indeed go back much further than the card industry.

In today’s post we’re sharing some fascinating, random and weird facts about Valentine’s Day. For fun, for the pub quizzes and game show contestants of the future.

There are many theories on the precise origin of Valentine’s Day, but many believe it dates back to the time of the Roman Empire during the reign of Claudius II.

Claudius didn’t want men to marry during wartime, believing single men made better soldiers. Working against his wishes, Bishop Valentine performed secret wedding ceremonies.

For his defiance of the Emperor’s wishes Valentine was jailed and then executed on February 14th. Prior to his execution it is believed that he wrote a love note to the jailor’s daughter, signing it, “From your Valentine” … and that was that.

So love it or hate here are 14 (see what we did there) random facts about Valentine’s Day:

The ‘Facts About Valentine’s Day’ Countdown.

1. Valentine’s Day is often connected to the ancient Romans who celebrated the Feast of Lupercalia on 14th February in honour of Juno, the queen of the Roman gods and goddesses. Juno was also the goddess of women and marriage.

2. Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an X; the X was then kissed to show their sincerity.

3. In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared 14th February the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.

4. Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800’s.

5. Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to 14th February.

6. As well as in the UK, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the USA, Canada, Mexico, France, Australia, Denmark and Italy.

7. In the 1800’s doctors commonly advised their heartbroken patients to eat chocolate, claiming it would sooth their pain. (Seems like legitimate medical advice to us!)

8. Every Valentine’s Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet. (As showcased in the movie Letters to Juliet with Amanda Seyfried)

9. About 3 percent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.

10. The oldest surviving valentine dates from 1415. It is a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife. At the time, the duke was being held in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.

11. Teachers receive the most valentines, followed by kids, mothers, wives and sweethearts.

12. Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year. (Extra fact – red roses were the favourite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love).

13. Hallmark produced its first Valentine’s Day card in 1913.

14. The phrase “Sweets for the sweet” is a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Want some more Valentine’s Day inspired fun? Check out our pick of the Best Love Songs.

Posted by Charlotte 8:00 29/01/16
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A First Look at the New Designs of 2016

A Sneak Peek at New Designs of 2016 Coming Soon.

Every new year brings the excitement of fresh, new things and for the card & gift industry this means the launch of new designs of 2016.

This weekend the card & gift insiders are all flocking to London to see the industry’s best designers and makers showcasing their new products at a trade show called Top Drawer.

At this show, products that will be gracing online shops, high street stores and indie boutiques in the coming weeks and months are being seen for the very first time.

Amongst the group of designers and makers taking part in the show are members of our very own Piccadilly Lane community.

Now normally you’d have to wait weeks and months to see the new designs but in today’s post we’re sharing a sneak peek at some of the lovely new designs of 2016.

Rocket68 Cards.

new designs of 2016 : rocket68 cards for top drawer

Rocket68 Cards will be unveiling their trademark retro style in a new range of greeting crdas called ‘Windowbox’. The collection features 18 spectacular floral designs blooming for special occasions and correspondence. Set on sunlit window sills these window boxes are adorned with radiant floral, cacti and succulent displays. Each card is illustrated by Jill White, founder and chief of Rocket68 Cards. Fans of retro design will love the fresh vintage-inspired colour palette and slight distressed look, which adds authentic retro charm to the Spring & Summer vibe.

See Rocket68 Cards in the Piccadilly Lane directory.

Always Sparkle.

always sparkle new cards for top drawer spring 2016

Always Sparkle will be launching 3 exciting new card ranges. Keep your eyes peeled for ‘Sparkle’, a collection of 24 cards with a striking font and stylish glitter gold border. Contemporary designs for birthdays and occasions these cards will be the perfect pick for the glamorous people in your life; those fabulous individuals that deserve a little sparkle in their life.

See Always Sparkle in the Piccadilly Lane directory.

Kali Stileman.

top drawer spring 2016 exhibitors the square card company

Kali Stileman will be showcasing ‘Little People’, a set of 21 new greetings cards featuring children’s hobbies and games. Alongside old favourites such as spacemen, super heroes and fairies, the collection also includes: bug boy, DJ, martial arts for the coolest kids on the block. To match the cards Kali Stileman will also be introducing co-ordinated gift wrap in rocking horse and super hero themes. Bright, bold designs that kids will adore.

See Kali Stileman in the Piccadilly Lane directory.

Eloise Hall.

Eloise Hall Cards Aganpanthus Better Soon

Following a hugely successful year Eloise Hall will be unveiling new greeting cards that deliver the distinctive, yet delicate designs that have become so popular. With growing global interest in Eloise’s designs we can expect to see more of these stunning hand-crafted collages, complete with meaningful sentiments and hidden messages woven into the design.

See Eloise Hall in the Piccadilly Lane directory.

Coulson Macleod.

Coulson Macleod 18th Birthday Card

Our favourite art studio is expanding their collection of greeting cards, with new additions to their hugely popular ‘The Truth Hurts’ card collection. The modern typographic cards in stylish black and white, bring fun and laughter to any birthday celebration and will continue to make us smile with the new designs of 2016.

See Coulson Macleod in the Piccadilly Lane directory.

Five Dollar Shake Presents ‘Counting Stars’.

Counting Stars Montage

Last but not least our lovely Five Dollar Shake will be introducing their new sister company ‘Counting Stars’. A boutique company specialising in contemporary stationery and fashion accessories made with a little stardust. Designed for creative, free-spirited souls the Counting Stars collection encourages individual style and a positive outlook on life. With a sense of adventure, spirituality, romance, magic and fun, we can expect to see beautiful stationery, precious stone dream bracelets, boho beach bags and fashionable ephemeral tattoos.

See Five Dollar Shake in the Piccadilly Lane directory.

Posted by Charlotte 8:00 15/01/16
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A Whopping 40% Discount to Make You Dizzy with Glee

Record Discount on Retro Goodness!

It’s the New Year and all your favourite retailers have dusted off their discount signs, but with so much choice online, on the high street and in your favourite small shops, which do you choose?

Sale shopping isn’t easy and January sale shopping can be particularly harsh; there’s the crowds, the cold weather and different offers and discounts everywhere you look.

You want to grab a bargain or two but where do you turn? It’s all far too confusing.

And it gets worse, after the usual Christmas blow out, pennies are in short supply so it’s more important than ever to shop wisely.

If you’re starting to worry, to panic that it might be too late and all the best stuff will be gone … stop! Take a breath and relax, we’ve found a gem of a January sale that you’ll love.

Introducing the Pennychoo January Sale.

Yes, our favourite retro and vintage inspired designers are offering a staggering 40% off all cards, prints and stationery, which we believe is a record discount from our Choo chums.

Discounts this big don’t come round very often so this is the perfect time to shop from their lovely collection.

~ Stock up on all the cards you’ll need for those birthdays and special occasions in the year ahead.

~ Get yourself one of the fab new art prints to give your home a new look for Spring.

~ Treat yourself to some gorgeous stationery  and make it a creative 2016.

From Jazz Cats to Space Poodles and Bloomsbury Prints to Stunt Santa, there’s a whole heap of retro goodness waiting for you.

& the best bit?

You don’t even have to tackle the chilly British weather.

Simply sit down with your favourite beverage, pop along to the Pennychoo website and start shopping.

Before you know it, you’ll be jumping up and down with glee at the stylish retro designs arriving on your doorstep.

Want to know more? Explore Pennychoo in the Piccadilly Lane directory.

Posted by Charlotte 8:00 6/01/16
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