visit our new pop-up at serangoon gardens ice cream cafe, oblong.

Greeting Cards

Handmade designs, hand written calligraphy, folding cards – we have them all. Especially 3D folding cards can be fun: laundry lines, hearts, carousels, butterflies, magic birds – it leaves the mind enchanted and throws a lifeline to the child inside you. (In all seriousness: whatever ingenuity you possess, it comes from the child in you. Keep it alive and happy).

We also print on a simple grey card your personal messages for the bouquets and arrangements of your choice.

And that is the point, isn’t it? The message has to be personal and unique. No matter what the occasion might be: joyful or sad, a reminder of past happiness, celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, expressing concern or condolences, apologizing for the kind of idiot you have been, or simply telling her that you love her for no special reason (maybe the best message of all). And no matter how fancy the design, how carefully chosen the card, it is your own word, your expression that is adding the something that makes it special and welcome to the recipient.

There was once a time when flowers had become part of our sign language. Marigold and cypress meant grief while daffodils expressed a new beginning, the ideal flower for a proposal if preceded by lilac as the first expression of your love (but stay away from yellow roses if you don't plan on infidelity). The regal hardiness of opulent dalias were felt to be a living protest against a cruel universe, a universe however that in turn may insist on it’s innocence in the appearance of the daisy. Poppies mean … but I am getting carried away. The choice of flower was an expression of your feelings and today some of these choices would strike us as rather strange. Why was lavender an expression of distrust? Because the superstition of the period accused the plant of harboring unseen snakes just waiting to bite the unsuspecting who approaches to enjoy the scent. (Snakes coil up everywhere but places other than lavender patches are usually not approached). Sunflowers, too, had a rather dubious reputation, despite Oscar Wilde, or perhaps because of him. (The sunflower made him famous as his signature on a lecture tour to the United States. He even visited mining towns where the men wore the first Lewis jeans known to us (bib-and-brace overalls) and called them "the best dressed people he had ever seen.")

In this day and age most people have only vague ideas about the meaning of flowers, only roses and lilies come to the mind, and we are used to care more for the overall looks of a bouquet or arrangement. That's OK. In the end, it is the first impression that sweeps her off her feet. Accordingly one line of our cards is a combination of hand written calligraphy and dried flower design. The emphasis is on design.

Have a look, it might be worth your while and inspire the particular twist you want to give your message.


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