September 29, 2008

Monday Musings - Already Autumn

It's officially Fall and we're almost to my favorite month of the year - October! Why is it my favorite? The main reason is because I love Halloween. I can't fully participate anymore because it's a busy time in the greeting card world, but I love it nonetheless. The creative ideas that people have for costumes amazes me. Other reasons I love October are cooler temps, pumpkins, colorful leaves, Halloween candy, Oktoberfest, seasonal beer, football, fall fashion, and the ability to wear boots, long sleeves and jeans without sweating too much. What's your favorite time of the year?



Inside reads:
Cleats on my feet.
Give me some gel &
A new carbon seat!

Happy Halloween!


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Quote of the Day: "Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience." James Boswell (1740 - 1795)


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September 18, 2008

Featured Bike Art: Urchin Bags

It's hard to make an old bike tube look good, but Urchin Bags sure knows how to do it. The company combines fashion, passion and functionality to create some really great bags out of used inner tubes and scrap vinyl. Choose from several different styles ranging from gym and messenger bags to this one called the Peata Pocket. Combine it with this bicycle greeting card from Skeese Greets for a unique gift for your favorite female cyclist.




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Quote of the Day: "Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired." Titus Maccius Plautus (254 BC - 184 BC)


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September 17, 2008

NEW Bike Chain Magnets

Get 'em while they're hot: new magnets from Skeese Greets! On the fridge in the office or on the locker at school, these magnets will get the job done in style. Each magnet is designed using old bicycle chains to form the shape of a guitar, flowers & LOVE. It's a 2.125" x 3.125" magnet with a flat, strong magnetic back, metal shell and Mylar/UV protecting cover.
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Quote of the Day: "A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top." Unknown


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September 16, 2008

Viva Mexico!

It's Mexican Independence Day and that can only mean one thing - margaritas! OK, not really but that's how I plan on celebrating. Today, September 16 is actually an important day in Mexican history; it commemorates the day in 1810 when Father Hidalgo called for the fight for liberty from Spanish rule. Eleven years later, the war ended with a victory for Mexico. As a Texan, Mexican culture has greatly influenced my life and I'm grateful for it.

I created a special "Viva Mexico" screen saver for the day, which like all other Skeese Greets designs, incorporates bike parts. It's only available as a full screen image at 1024x768. How to install: Click on it, then right click & "Set as Desktop Background."



The fine print: Skeese Greets™ makes this content available for personal, desktop use only . All copyrights remain the property of Skeese Greets™.


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Quote of the Day: "Wisdom outweighs any wealth." Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC)
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September 15, 2008

Monday Musings - Wedding Invitations

Three weeks - three weddings. And here I thought wedding season was over. My desk is overflowing with wedding invitations and response cards. Each time I open one, I think about the time and cost involved with sending the announcement. In fact, the average cost of sending invitations is around $1000. This "tradition" is so ingrained in American culture that I assumed it had been around a long time. Turns out they're a relatively new addition to weddings.

The practice of sending written wedding invitations emerged among the nobility during the Middle Ages. Families of means would commission monks, skilled in the art of calligraphy, to handcraft their notices. Such invitations were rare and reserved for the elite, as most people were illiterate and too poor for such extravagances. Before the invention of the Printing Press in 1447, weddings in England were typically announced by a town crier: a person who walked through the streets announcing in a loud voice the news of the day. Traditionally, anyone within earshot became part of the celebration.

It wasn't until rapid industrial growth directly after World War II that wedding invitations became popular with the masses. New inventions, like thermography, allowed the common man the ability to mimic the lifestyles and materialism of society's elite. Thermography (a less expensive method of achieving raised type) allowed wedding invitations to become affordable for all.

Skeese Greets doesn't offer wedding invitations, but we do have a bicycle themed wedding/anniversary card. It's great for those couples who love bikes. The design is also available as a boxed set for "thank you" cards after the wedding.


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Quote of the Day: "The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool." William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
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September 13, 2008

Weekend Warrior: MS150 N. Cali

Bike MS150 is hosted in many cities throughout the US during the entire year & this weekend it starts in San Francisco. It's called Waves to Wine Ride - a fully-supported, two-day bike event. There are rest stops approximately every 12-15 miles along the 150 miles, plus a lunch stop and post-ride dinner both days. If you know someone who finishes, be sure to congratulate them on this endeavor. Skeese Greets has two bicycle congratulation cards perfect for the occasion.




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Quote of the Day: “Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.” Charles F. Kettering (1876 - 1958)


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September 12, 2008

Free & Fun Fridays

At a recent Danskin Tri expo I overheard a man say that he uses a Skeese Greets card image as his screen saver. I was kind of surprised by this, yet flattered at the same time. I wondered how he obtained the image so that it actually looked good on the screen. Nevertheless, it gave me the idea to create some free screen savers. This "Unchained Heart" design was the first bicycle chain greeting card I created. So here it is as the first of several soon-to-be released screen savers. Right now it's only available as a full screen image at 1024x768. How to install: Click on it, then right click & "Set as Desktop Background."

I hope it works for you & I really hope you like it!



The fine print: Skeese Greets™ makes this content available for personal, desktop use only . All copyrights remain the property of Skeese Greets™.

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Quote of the Day:
“An idea is salvation by imagination.” Frank Lloyd Wright (1869 - 1959)

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September 11, 2008

Featured Bike Art: CapsForSale

I'm a sucker for hats and I definitely don't wear them enough, but that doesn't stop me from buying 'em. CapsForSale offers cool handmade cycling caps in a variety of fabrics. The designer writes in her shop profile, "i started making these hats because i often have the problem of helmet head since i bike everywhere, haven't owned a car since 2000. they're stylish, collect sweat and rain, and keep sun off your face to boot." Sounds good to me.

So if you're in the market for a cycling cap check out CapsForSale. These would also make great gifts...maybe you're in the doghouse with your significant other who happens to love bikes. Forget the flowers, instead pair one of these caps up with this bike card and you'll have 'em eating out of your hands in no time.


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Quote of the Day: “Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.” Jules de Gaultier


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September 10, 2008

It's Grand

CK Sports, a new sporting goods store just north of Dallas is set to open this weekend. The store carries a good selection of Skeese Greets bicycle greeting cards. The owner sent an email with the following info about the Grand Opening:

I just wanted to drop you a quick line to remind you about our upcoming CK SPORTS Grand Opening scheduled for Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14 (now postponed until Sept 20-21 due to Hurricane Ike). Outlined below is a rough draft of what we have planned for the weekend.

Saturday Morning will begin with a guided Bike Ride - approx. 25 to 30 miles pending RSVP's - We will start this ride at 7 am

Activities and store opening will begin at 9am on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday

We will have the following set up outside for customers.

In the parking lot and up around the awning at the store will be:

Snow Cone Machine
Pop Corn Machine
Bounce House

From 11 to 2 pm we will be grilling hot dogs

Throughout the weekend we will be drawing tickets for free give aways

Inside the store we will be having short seminars on the following topics:

  • How to get Started on a Fitness Program and Stick with it
  • Can I really do a Triathlon?
  • Why Swim?
  • Bra Fitting -- what you should know
  • Biking Apparel -- what you should know
  • Safety when Biking or Running - what you should know?
  • How to Care for Technical Apparel
  • Shoe Fitting - why can't I just buy the one with the silver stripes? Pronation/Supination - What does that mean to me?
  • Tri Apparel - what you should know
  • Nutrition - does it matter what I eat if I work out hard?
  • Hydration - why is it so important?
  • Socks - what's the big deal on socks?
  • GU, Shots, Bars, Chews - how do I know what to get and when to eat them?
  • Vitamins - Why should I take them?
  • Massage / Sports Therapy -
  • Injury Prevention
  • Volleyball Clinic (these will run about 20 minutes)
  • Soccer Clinic - (these will run about 20 minutes) (if you have any other topic ideas; please let me know!)
Sounds like fun! So if you're in that neck of the woods, check out the store. I'd be there if I could, but instead I sent some mini cards as give-aways, and they look like this (without the watermark):




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Quote of the Day: “You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)


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September 9, 2008

Love For the Weirdos

To all the weirdos out there, today is your special day - it's Wonderful Weirdos Day! And by "weirdo" we're talking about the good ones, not the psychopath, dangerous or vicious ones. This day was created by Tom & Ruth Roy of Lebanon, Pennsylvania of Wellcat Holidays to celebrate the people in our lives who remind us to think outside the box. If it weren't for the wonderful weirdos out there, we wouldn't have some of the music, art, books and movies that enrich our lives every day. We even have two races in Austin that celebrate weirdness: The Keep Austin Weird 5k and the Bizarro Du. So say "thanks" to these people on their special day, because our lives would be kinda boring without 'em.

Maybe you're the weird one; see how "normal" you are
HERE.





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Quote of the Day: “Everything you can imagine is real.” Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)


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September 8, 2008

White House Greetings

Although most people would prefer to get a Skeese Greets bike birthday card, you can also have a b-day wish sent from the White House. They'll only send to newborns & to those over 80. Here's how to do it:

For newborns send the following information:
Baby's name, address, birth date
&
requestor's name and daytime phone number to:

The White House
Attn: Greetings Office
Washington, D.C. 20502-0039

Or Fax Your Request To:
202-395-1232

Or for the easy online way do it HERE.

The White House will also send a birthday greeting to any U.S. citizen 80 years or older.


You must submit your request 6 weeks in advance. Include the name, age, birth date and complete address of the recipient and the telephone number of the person making the request.

Mail Requests To:
The White House
Attn: Greetings Office
Washington, D.C. 20502-0039

Or Fax Your Request To:
202-395-1232
Or do it online HERE.

If I knew someone older than 80, I would definitely do this for them. Or if I was over 80, I would have one sent to myself every year. I'd better mark it in the Outlook Calendar now so I don't forget.




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Quote of the Day:
“Imagination is more important than knowledge...” Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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September 5, 2008

Share the Passion

If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend, join Jack Murray, owner of Jack & Adam's Bicycles at the "Share the Passion" Calendar Gala. I'll be there & we hope you can be, too! Here's the scoop:

You Are Invited!
What: Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas - "Share the Passion" Calendar Gala
When: Sat., Sept. 6, 2008
Time: 5pm - 8pm
Where: ART on 5TH Gallery, Austin, TX
Why: Because Jack of Jack & Adam's is in the calendar!
Cost to Attend: FREE!

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas invites you to be our guest in launching the celebration of the 2009 "Share the Passion" Calendar! We hope to educate the public about the talents and abilities of all individuals with Down syndrome. Come join us for this grand celebration and view the beautiful photos on display, and get your calendar before anyone else! Drinks and Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Fleming's Steakhouse. No admission charge. The "Share the Passion" calendar highlights local and not-so-local celebrities doing fun activities that they have in common with individuals with Down syndrome. Past celebrities have included Gilbert Tuhabonye, Desiree Ficker, Gov. Rick Perry, and Marcia Ball. The 2009 calendar has the following people: Jack Murray, Brad Pitt, Nolan Ryan, Paul Corozza, Senator Kirk Watson, Andy Roddick, Los Lonely Boys, Fiona Shaw, Judy Maggio, Art Acevedo, Dr. Susan Culp, DVM, Brad Womack (ABCs, The Bachelor) Wes and Chad Womack and Jason Carrier. More info at: www.dsact.com


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Quote of the Day: “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)


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September 4, 2008

Featured Bike Art: Chaingang Designs

There's a lot of bike jewelry out there, but this is definitely one of my favorites. Chaingang Designs created this Innertube Lacelette from bicycle inner tubes, spray paint and a little hardware. The size can be adjusted with the buckle on the back and any color is available, you just have to ask. Couple it with this Skeese Greets bicycle chain birthday card, for a great gift.



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Quote of the Day:
“While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.” Publilius Syrus (~100 BC)

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September 3, 2008

Bicycle Gifts at FlowerPedal.com

It's always been a challenge to find cool cycling gifts. That's part of the reason I started Skeese Greets. But now with the new online cycling gift store, Flower Pedal the task has become easier. They've got everything from bike jewelry and clocks to pajamas and hand towels - all in one place. They even have harder to find stuff like this biker wine caddy. And soon they'll have a nice selection of Skeese Greets bicycle birthday cards, thank you cards and everyday cards packaged in sets of 10. They're adding new products and other fun stuff to the site every day, so check back often.


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Quote of the Day: “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.” Demosthenes (384 BC - 322 BC)
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September 2, 2008

Bicycle Film Festival

The Eighth Annual Bicycle Film Festival is coming to Austin, TX on September 19-20. This is the first year Austin will host the event. The other 17 cities in the World Tour include New York, London, LA, Tokyo and Paris. The organizers are looking for help in organizing the event or just spreading the word. If you'd rather just go watch, the screenings will be in the 150 person capacity theater at Studio 501 at 7 and 9pm on both nights.



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Quote of the Day: "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Thomas A. Edison (1847 - 1931)

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