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February 2016 Desktop Background & Letter from the Editor

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It’s February in a Leap Year!  If you’re deep in the doldrums of winter, what a great time to take a leap and try something new.  February 29th is Leap Day, which only happens every 4 years.  Here at Blue Mountain we’ve created a special birthday card just for the “leaplings” who had a 1 in 1,461 chance of being born on that day.  So it’s a perfect day to take a chance on a new relationship,  a new venture, or a new pasttime.  Get out your seed catalogs and plan a new garden.  Pick a new hairstyle for spring.  Go on an impromtu winter escape. It’s time to shake it up.

February kicks off with Groundhog Day on the 2nd.  Maybe our furry weatherman won’t see his shadow and we can expect an early spring.  Chinese New Year celebrations begin on the 9th for the Year of the Monkey, which according to the Chinese Zodiac, is an unpredictable year when anything can happen.  On that same day is Mardi Gras, which is aptly named, because in French it means “Fat Tuesday,” a day to eat, drink and be merry before fasting for the Lenten season.

With Valentine’s Day at its center, February is certainly a month of love.  If you are in a new relationship, or in a lasting one, we have new Valentines to celebrate that love.

As Shakespeare wrote: “They do not love that do not show their love.”  Be sure you’re loved ones know how special they are to you, on Valentine’s Day and every day.

Happy February!

Caroline Martlew, Senior Editor
Caroline

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January 2016 Desktop Background, and Letter from Editor

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Hello, January!   This month was named for Janus, the Roman God of beginnings and transitions, the guardian of exits and entrances.  He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past, reminding us that we are not defined by our past, we are prepared by it.  January is a new door we can walk through to a world filled with new energy, new ideas and new beginnings, bringing us closer to where we want to be this time next year.

January is typically the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, but you can warm the hearts of friends and family with sunshine and smiles from Blue Mountain. Are there people you’d like to thank for making your holidays brighter?  For you, we created the new “Holiday Gratitude”–a heartfelt message of appreciation delivered with beautiful scenery and music.  For a lighter touch, “Barbershop Quartet” is a fun way to express your thanks.  We chose some inspirational quotations to be hand lettered for sending on birthdays, anniversaries and just because you’re thinking of someone.  For a great birthday laugh, we designed a greeting featuring Chihuahuas dancing to the well-known instrumental, “Tequila.” With our jazzy take on “Auld Lang Syne,” you can be the first to wish them a happy new year filled with the promise of new beginnings.

Let’s start something today that our future self will thank us for. A fun way to start the New Year, is with a beautiful image. Here’s our free background download for January – enjoy!

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Happy New Year, Everyone!

Caroline Martlew, Senior Editor
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December 2015 Desktop Background & Letter from our Editor

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Flannel shirts, snowy walks, fireside talks and family gatherings.  Party planning, decorating and shopping can also make this a very busy, hectic time for some of us.  But the real gifts of Christmas have a way of reminding us of the things that matter most—the gift of love and the special way it shapes our lives, the gift of sharing and the closeness it creates, and the gift of family and friends and how much they mean to us.  The spirit of the holidays is not found under a tree, it is found in our hearts.

At Blue Mountain this year, we’ve created a dazzling array of Christmas cards for you to express what’s in your heart.  Inspired by Charles Dickens’ description of London,  “A Merry Christmas” embodies all the beauty and magic of a Victorian Christmas.  As we follow the gas lamplighter down the street, we see shoppers and street musicians and children playing.  In the closing scene, we hear a hauntingly beautiful rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”  On the lighter side, we have the Can-Can Candy Canes, Your Christmas Cod and A Holiday Barbershop Quartet.  Our spiritual card, “Christmas Glory” depicts a lovely country church in a snowy woodland setting and features the refrain from “Angels We Have Heard on High,” along with the story of its origins.  In “Holiday Hearts” we celebrate the warmth and coziness of the winter season.

We also have a brand new, beautifully Christmas-inspired desktop background for your computer, phone, and even your Facebook cover image.

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All of us here at Blue Mountain wish you and yours a very merry Christmas season. With Christmas comes hope that all things are possible, so we’re making a special wish this year for peace and harmony in our world.

Merry Christmas!

Caroline Martlew, Senior Editor

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November 2015 Desktop Background & Letter from our Editor

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We’re coming up on Thanksgiving when many of us feel that tingle of excitement at seeing friends and loved ones gathered round.  We may also be feeling the tug of nostalgia for Thanksgivings gone by and people we may not be seeing this year.  But we press on.  Maybe this is the year we think outside the turkey and gift someone else with a Happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a perfect time to express our appreciation for all that we have, for the people we love, the friends who are always there for us, and for the hope and spiritual resolve we need to carry us through difficult times.  You can reach out to family and friends this holiday with our new Blue Mountain Thanksgiving cards.  Simple Gifts captures the joy and magic of a woodland celebration and features the charming Shaker hymn that it is named for.  You can send a smile with our new talking cards, Happy Collie Days and Let’s Talk Turkey.  And for a big laugh, you can share our diva turkey, Gloria, who will sing her hilarious parody of “I Will Survive.”

So let us be grateful for the trials we’ve survived, the blessings we enjoy today, and the joys and challenges yet to come.  Whatever your plans for the holiday, we here at Blue Mountain want you to know we are ever grateful for your kind attention and wish you a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving.

We also have a brand new, beautifully Thanksgiving-inspired desktop background for your computer, phone, and even your Facebook cover image.

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CarolineCaroline Martlew, Senior Editor

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October 2015 Desktop Background, and Letter from the Editor

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Last month we talked about ways to make a fresh start in the fall, and one important thing you can do for yourself, is declutter your home before the holidays.  The above quote by William Morris, famous for his wallpaper designs, really captures the essence of a clean, well-organized home.

Here are 5 questions to consider when decluttering:

Is it something that you’re keeping because you might need it someday?
Donate it to someone who needs it today.

Is it something you would buy all over again?
If not, someone else can use it.

Have you worn it/used it in the last year?
If not, let it make someone else happy.

Is it something you’ve been meaning to mend, repair, read, or assemble for over a year?
You probably won’t.  Buh-bye.

Is it something that brings you joy?
Keep it!

An organized home gives you more time for the things that really matter, like connecting with the special people in your life.   This Halloween, you can treat them to beautiful and fun new cards created by Blue Mountain.  We think you’ll be enchanted by Moon Magic, Funny Bones and our new Halloween “Happy” card.  Be sure to remember your boss on Boss’s Day, the 16th, and your Sweetie on Sweetest Day, the 17th.   We’ve also designed new cards for your all your fall birthday friends.

I have to agree with Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables who said, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

Fall into fun!

October Background:
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Caroline Martlew
Senior Editor
Caroline

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July 2015 Desktop Background & Letter from the Editor

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Life is like everything else—we get out of it what we put into it.  You can wait for an adventure to come knocking at your door, or you can go out and make one happen.

When was the last time you did something for the first time?  It doesn’t have to be base jumping or highlining, it can be as simple as taking a dance lesson, attending a music festival, joining a hiking group or embarking on a road trip.  Children have an innate sense of adventure, so pack a picnic and invite your kids and grandkids, or borrow someone else’s, and go exploring.   Now is the new never.

Summer is a great time for making new memories and revisiting old ones.  Are there elements you could add to your décor that evoke happy recollections, like wildflowers in mason jars, bowls of seashells and sea glass, wind chimes and Japanese lanterns?  Are there summertime drinks that remind you of home, like sweet tea or sangria or root beer floats?  Maybe you could you return to a favorite family vacation spot or theme park.  The Fourth of July is a perfect time to revive some childhood traditions.

On July 4th we commemorate the day in 1776 when our Declaration of Independence was signed and our freedom declared—a freedom that we continue to cherish and protect.  Parades, picnics, BBQ’s, sparklers and fireworks are all part of the fun.  And while you’re celebrating our nation’s birthday, remember all your family and friends who are celebrating theirs this summer, by sending them Blue Mountain Birthday eCards. 

We also have a brand new, beautiful desktop background for your computer phone, and even your Facebook cover image.

July Background:
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Go 4th and have fun!

Caroline Martlew, Senior Editor
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June 2015 Desktop Wallpaper & Letter from the Editor

06012015_Desktop_BMA_1280x800On June 21st, the longest day of the year, we welcome the first day of summer.  It’s that magic moment when the earth’s North Pole tilts directly toward the sun and we celebrate the summer solstice. Remember our childhood summers, when it seemed like there was all the time in the world? We never thought of growing older, never looked in a mirror, but old photos show us in fits of giggles with tangled beach hair and happy, tanned faces. Those were carefree days filled with endless possibilities– riding bikes, reading through the summer book list, climbing trees, making wishes on dandelion puffs.  There were mourning doves and lucky lady bugs and picnics and the scent of honeysuckle and sudden downpours followed by rainbows .On beach days, there was volleyball and wave jumping and swimming all day, always on jellyfish alert.  Then we’d head home in happy exhaustion, with sand in our bathing suits and salt in our hair. Our tans may fade, but summer memories last forever.

Another great thing happens on June 21st—we celebrate Father’s Day.  Here at Blue Mountain we’ve created three wonderful new cards to honor Dads.  Who doesn’t love dogs playing poker? In our version, the dogs sing a funny song about Dads.  If you’re a Daddy’s girl, we’ve made a lovely heartfelt card to express your feelings.  And for the sportsman Dad, we have painted a beautiful, interactive fishing scene that turns into a puzzle Dad can put together.

Every summer has a story.  Let’s make this a summer to remember. We also wanted to offer our friends and fans a beautiful Summer-inspired  download for your desktop background, your phone background, or even your Facebook cover image.

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Caroline Martlew, Senior Editor
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Letter from the Editor May 2015

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New month, new day, new dreams–it does seem like anything is possible in May.  In a whirlwind of spring cleaning, we’ve put away our winter things—sweaters, boots and ice scrapers and we’ve begun mowing, mulching and weeding.  It won’t be long before we’re barefoot in the grass again.  We’re shaking out our welcome mats and looking forward to entertaining our family and friends on the warm and sunny days ahead.

May is filled with reasons to celebrate!  Bookending the month, we have Nurses week at the beginning (where would we be without them?)  and Memorial Day on the 25th, when we honor and remember those who have served our country.

On May 10th, we celebrate all the great moms in our lives on Mother’s Day.  Here at Blue Mountain, we’ve been creating some wonderful new cards especially for her.  Inspired by beautiful Boston Public Garden, we imagined a scene from the turn of the century with the swan boats drifting on the lagoon to the music of a string quartet along the bank, playing Minuet in G.  Our favorite collage artist has created a stunning new design, incorporating warm and loving wishes for Mom. And you’ll be happy to hear, we’ve designed a new Mother’s Day card, featuring Pharrell Williams’ song, “Happy.”  If you’re a Talking Card fan, you’ll enjoy our new glam dog at the spa, “Paws and Relax.”

Happy May and Happy Mother’s Day!
Caroline Martlew, Senior Editor

Caroline

 

 

 

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April 2015 Letter from the Editor

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April is here!  It’s bird-chirping weather at last! It’s an easy time to be grateful with so much spring popping up everywhere we look—birds nesting, bees buzzing, flowers blooming and warmer breezes blowing our way. And just as April Showers bring May flowers, so do life’s challenges lead us to brighter days, reminding us to be grateful for all we have now and for unknown blessings on their way. True appreciation is felt from the depths of our hearts. Our minds may check off a list of things we ought to be thankful for, but our hearts record the deep feelings of gratitude for the kindness and generosity we experience.

Easter is April 5th–a wonderful time to show appreciation to your friends and family by sending a card to let them know you’re thinking of them. We’ve designed some beautiful new cards to celebrate this special time. We have an interactive card that features a bunny on an Easter egg hunt in a charming garden. As a special surprise, we’ve included the true story behind Easter eggs. In another card, we hear the beautiful hymn, “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” as a butterfly emerges from a cocoon, a symbol of rebirth and renewal. We watch as he flutters about a field of wildflowers along the path to a country church. If you’d like to send a smile, our pug in bunny ears, “Pugs Bunny,” will deliver your message for you.  For those of you who like to print your cards at home, we have two new Easter cards and a Passover card.

If you’d like to read about more ways to show gratitude, please visit our new site:
Simply Thankful: Blue Mountain’s Guide to Positive Living

Here at Blue Mountain, we are very grateful for our friends like you.

Thank you!
Caroline
Caroline Martlew, Senior Editor

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