October 31, 2008

Halloween Sale!

It's Halloween so we're having a sale! This weekend, starting today, (until Nov. 2 at 11:59PM) get 15% off all orders at Skeese.com. This goes for all cards, including boxed sets of 10. Now is a great time to stock up on all your Christmas and Hanukkah card needs. There are currently 12 Skeese Greets holiday cards that feature bicycle chain designs. Each of the holiday cards come individually packaged or in a boxed set of 10. Type in Halloween at checkout for the discount.

Have a happy & safe Halloween!

Quote of the Day:
Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!"
~Dexter Kozen


October 30, 2008

Featured Bike Art: SpokesPeople

SpokesPeople, run by Sue Ellen Klein, is out to help a good cause. She's creating jewelry and accessories made with bicycle parts with profits benefiting Neighborhood Bike Works. NBW is a nonprofit educational organization in West Philadelphia that seeks to increase opportunities for urban youth through bicycling. SpokesPeople offers necklaces, bracelets, earrings and change purses all created primarily from used bike parts. I really like the green necklace below made from a used washer off a bike.

In addition to selling on Etsy, SpokesPeople has a "Bike Part Art Show" each year in which artists donate their work to raise money for NBW. Here are a couple of the pieces donated:

How cool is that stuff?

SpokesPeople is doing all kinds of good things in the City of Brotherly Love. Wouldn't it be great if all cities had SpokesPeople in it?

Quote of the Day:
When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, ‘tis near Halloween. ~Author Unknown


October 29, 2008

Etsy Treasures

If you're not an Esty.com shopper yet, then I'm thinking you should be. It's an awesome place to shop for anything from art to clothes to soap and jewelry and of course greeting cards. I'm constantly amazed by the unique and creative items that people sell on the site.

Because there are over 100,000 vendors, a "Treasury" is one way to expose a few of those vendors and their work. My cards have been listed in several treasuries, but until now I have failed to save them (they disappear after a few days.) Below is the most recent one in which a Skeese Greets card was listed. The Treasury is titled, "Be Happy" and consists of Happy Face items from 12 Etsy.com shops. The creator of the Treasury chose the "Happy Links" bicycle chain card.

Another way in which Etsy shops can gain exposure is through "The Storque." The Skeese Greets Etsy shop had only been open a couple of weeks when one card was featured in a Storque article and displayed on the front page of Etsy. To my surprise, the featured Stripes card received over 700 views in about 30 minutes. Unlike the Treasuries, Storque articles stay archived on the site and you can read the one about Skeese Greets HERE.

When there are millions of items from which to choose, it's pretty cool to be hand selected for Treasuries and Storque articles. I'm flattered and very appreciative each time.

Quote of the Day: "There is nothing that gives more assurance than a mask." ~Colette

October 28, 2008

Bizarro Du Donation

The Austin Duathletes, a club that Skeese Greets sponsors, held it's Bizarro Duathlon on Saturday in Smithville, TX. This unique event was brought back to life after its inaugural debut in 2006. Participants raced the 10 mile bike, 3 mile run, 10 mile bike portions and were then treated to New Belgium beer, food and a costume contest. The president of the club told me that it was the best event the club has ever had. Each person also received a good race packet which included this bicycle Christmas card:

Quote of the Day:
When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.
~Author Unknown


October 27, 2008

Halloween Cards

Trick or Treat
Cleats on my feet.
Give me some gel

& a new carbon seat!

Happy Halloween!

That's the verse on the inside of this Halloween card from Skeese Greets. It's called "Spider" and it's from the first set of eight cards that I designed in 2005. Halloween cards are becoming more popular these days but they're still very low on the list compared to Christmas (#1), Valentine's Day (#2) and Mother's Day (#3). Every once in awhile I'll receive a Halloween card from a friend and it's actually a nice surprise. So maybe I'll mail out a few myself today. And maybe I'll create another design for Halloween '09. What should it be...a pitch fork, devil's horns, a pumpkin, bats? Any other ideas, let me know and I'll see what I can do!

Have a happy Halloween!

Quote of the Day: "If a man harbors any sort of fear, it makes him landlord to a ghost." ~Lloyd Douglas

October 23, 2008

Featured Bike Art: Rat Trap Press

Next time you want to show your passion, do it in fashion! Check out the designs from Rat Trap Press; the artist is a cyclist and screen printer out of Fort Worth. He has several different t-shirt designs featuring bikes and bike parts. I love this double bike design in blue on orange. Pair it with this bicycle birthday card for a great gift to your favorite cyclist.


Quote of the Day: “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.” Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

October 20, 2008

Freedom of Speech Week

I'm happy to have it and this week we're celebrating Freedom of Speech Week. This is a newly formed observance which takes place on the third week of October. We, of course, can't always say what we want unless we're willing to suffer the consequences. The consequences are, in the grand scheme, usually pretty minor especially as a child: mouth washed out with soap, detention, a paddling. As an adult, however, I can pretty much say whatever the hell I want, and I love it.

Here's a little history on this freedom:

The First Amendment is one of the 10 original amendments to the United States Constitution known as the "Bill of Rights." The first Congress presented these amendments to the legislatures of the colonial states on Sept. 25, 1789. Here's what it says:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Quote of the Day:
“The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.” Justice Anthony Kennedy (1936 - )

October 17, 2008

Skeese For Motorcyclists?

A few people have mentioned that I should sell the Skeese Greets bike chain cards to bikers. And by bikers they mean the people who prefer the roar of the engine to the sound of their own racing hearts. So for the first time I'm introducing the cards to some bikers down in Corpus Christi, TX.

The 2nd Annual Lions Charity Bike Run will have some donated boxed sets of Skeese Greets holiday cards and thank you cards for their silent auction. We'll see how it goes!

Here's the info on the event:
2nd Annual CHARITY Bike Run
Lake Corpus Chrisi Roadrunner M/C & Aransas Pass Lions Club 2nd Annual Charity Bike Run 12030 Leopard St., Corpus Christi, Texas 1st Bike out at 11:00 AM , last bike in at 5:00 PM Entry Fee: $15.00 per person (Includes BBQ Plate) For More information contact Aransas Pass Lions Club.

I, however, will most likely be volunteering at the Texas Tri at Canyon Lake. My friend, Nick Seidel directs the race and I've helped him out in previous years. Last year I assisted with timing. Old fashioned timing. I sat there and wrote bib numbers and times down as participants crossed the finish line. In fact, you can see the back of my head in all the finish line photos. I think I'll volunteer at a different position this year!

Quote of the Day: “Strive for excellence, not perfection.” H. Jackson Brown Jr., O Magazine, December 2003

October 16, 2008

Featured Bike Art: Ya Betta' Supa Don't

Bling for the bike from my college town of New Orleans. Maria Fomich at Ya Betta' Supa Don't offers decorative reflectors to keep you a little safer on your cruise around town. The reflectors are cut by hand from aluminum and riveted to the yellow reflector plastic. You can choose between a star, peace sign or flower. The backs on all of them have an adjustable steel pipe clamp and should attach to almost any bike. The reflector or similar ring would make a great Christmas or Hanukkah gift combined with this holiday bicycle card from Skeese Greets.

Quote of the Day: “With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.” Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

October 15, 2008

Love for the Grouch

If you're a grouch and you know it say GRRRR. Today is National Grouch Day! So if you feel the need to put on your unhappy face, go ahead because today is your day.

This drawing is from cyberkisses.com.

Quote of the Day: "The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.” Shana Alexander

October 13, 2008

Columbus Day Sale!

It's Columbus Day so we're having a sale! From now until tomorrow (Oct 14 at 11:59PM) get 14.92% off all orders at Skeese.com. This goes for all cards, including boxed sets of 10. Now is a great time to stock up on all your Christmas and Hanukkah card needs. There are currently 12 Skeese Greets holiday cards that feature bicycle chain designs. Each of the holiday cards come individually packaged or in a boxed set of 10 like pictured below. Type in columbus at checkout for the discount.

*Can't be combined with other offers/discounts.

Quote of the Day: “It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.” Publilius Syrus (~100 BC), Maxims

October 10, 2008

Kona vs. Austin

This weekend while my hubby and all of our pro triathlete friends (Michael Lovato, Amanda Lovato, Desiree Ficker, James Bonney, Pat Evoe, and others) are in Hawaii at the Ironman World Championships, I'll be hanging out with SkirtSports founder and former Pro-Triathlete, Nicole DeBoom. She's created a super fun 5k here in Austin called the SkirtChaser. Last year it proved to be a hit, so this year I'm gonna check it out. I won't actually be racing, but I will be enjoying the happy hour style food, drinks, fashion show, and watching other people sweat it out for the $500 prize purse. Hope to see you there (that is if you're not in Kona relaxing on the beach!)


Quote of the Day: “Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats.” Howard Aiken (1900 - 1973)


October 8, 2008

Featured Bike Art: dstuck

If you're like me, you probably have some empty space on the walls of your home or office. Why not spice them up with some original bike art? dstuck - Power to the Pedal People, can help you out with his cool and colorful 11x14 screen prints. He can even create one from your favorite bike. All of his designs are great, but if I had to choose, I would put these three together for a nice arrangement on the wall:

Quote of the Day: “I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.” John Cage (1912 - 1992)

October 6, 2008

Longhorn 70.3 Donation

The Longhorn 70.3 Triathlon took place in Austin on Sunday. Skeese Greets had a presence at the Jack and Adam's Race Expo and in the race packets. Each packet contained one of three Christmas card designs from Skeese Greets. The designs included "Snowflakes", "Poinsettia" and "Santa's Hat." The bicycle holiday cards, like all Skeese Greets cards are created from bike chain and parts. It took hours to individually package each card for all 2300 participants, but it's definitely worth it. Congrats to all and thanks to the volunteers and organizers! Here are the cards that went into the packets:


Quote of the Day: “The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them.” Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)


October 2, 2008

Featured Bke Art: Tangerine Tree House

Christmas is still 2.5 months away, but if you're looking for a really unique gift for a cyclist, then you should get a jump on it. Artists need some time to create their wares which means ordering in advance is a good idea. Check out these custom head badges from Tangerine Tree House. Artist Laura Crawford writes, "If you can draw it as a simple black & white line drawing, then I can make it into a head badge." So if you know a person who, after a wreck, asks about damage to their bike before worrying about themselves, then this is who would love a custom head badge. Pair it with this bicycle Christmas card for an awesome gift.

Quote of the Day: "Experience teaches slowly and at the cost of mistakes." James A. Froude (1818 - 1894)

October 1, 2008

October Observances

As previously mentioned, October is my favorite month. And who wouldn't love a month that observes apples, caramel, dinosaurs, sausage, dessert, pretzels, seafood, books, magazines, vegetarians and many other things all in 31 days? Here's the rest of observances for the month of October. What will you celebrate and/or observe? And for which one should I design a card?
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Eye Injury Prevention Month
  • Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  • Chiropractic Month
  • Dental Hygiene Month
  • Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Down Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Halloween Safety Month
  • Healthy Lung Month
  • Let's Talk Month - Advocates for Youth
  • Medical Librarians Month
  • Physical Therapy Month
  • Sarcoidosis Awareness Day
  • Spina Bifida Awareness Month
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Talk About Prescriptions Month
  • Apple Month
  • Auto Battery Safety Month
  • Book Month
  • National Book Foundation
  • Car Care Month (Fall) - Also observed in April
  • Caramel Month
  • Clergy Appreciation Month (Pastor Appreciation Month)
  • Computer Learning Month
  • Cosmetology Month
  • Country Music Month
  • Crime Prevention Month
  • Dessert Month
  • Dinosaur Month
  • Drum Month
  • Energy Awareness Month
  • Family History Month
  • Fire Prevention Month
  • German American Heritage Month
  • Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15)
  • Kitchen & Bath Month
  • Magazine Month
  • Pasta Month
  • Pastor Appreciation Month
  • Pickled Pepper Month
  • Pizza Month
  • Polish-American Heritage Month
  • Popcorn Poppin' Month
  • Pretzel Month
  • Rollerskating Month
  • Sarcastic Awareness Month
  • Sausage Month
  • Seafood Month
  • Stamp Collecting Month
  • UNICEF Month
  • Vegetarian Month


Quote of the Day: "Experience teaches only the teachable." Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)