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Hundreds of merry little Christmas presents were
hand-wrapped and beribboned for this season.
Cat Crackers are
a big item at GillianCards.
calico buddy) supervises them closely.
oodles of treat tubes waiting to be filled.
I had these 6
inch long, 2 inch diameter tubes specially made this year so that items of
unusual shape or fragility could be safely mailed.
Baskets of wrapped treat tubes wait to be filled.
paper is always a big job. It takes three or four days to cut it all
for each season. All of the paper at GillianCards Old-Fashioned
Crackers is hand-cut.
These rolls have
been partially prepared and are now waiting to be cut down to cracker
Along one wall
of my studio an elongated table holds bin after bin of decorations and
available all year round
birthdays, weddings, baby showers and other occasions such as Valentine's
kosher 'coins' are one of the little surprises packed into this year's
treat tubes for
Although the candles did not arrive from Israel in time for this year's
crackers, I did find some lovely vanilla and blueberry candles.
Another image of
this year's decorations
and tied with ribbons. Each cracker receives a tiny little holiday
decoration for the Christmas tree or window.
I remember as a
kid being given 35 cents each Saturday - 25 cents for admittance to the
matinee at the theatre and 10 cents to spend at the sweet shop next
door to it. They had all different shaped jars with fresh candies
that we could buy for a penny.
GillianCards, I have my own little sweets section for Christmas and for
all year-round for birthday, wedding, valentine and baby crackers and
really fun Father's Day Crackers.
Some odds and
ends waiting to be put into crackers. Stickers galore and lots of
tissue "paper crown" or hat is hand-made at GillianCards from printed
tissues. Here is a recent batch of 600 hats neatly folded and
waiting to be put into crackers for customers to enjoy. I tried not
making the hats one year thinking that people always complain about having
to wear them. The response to that idea was nothing short of
mutiny!! So now I make mountains of them every year.
Each order is
prepared separately rather than making thousands of crackers and
filling orders from general stock. This means that each order is
assured of lots of variety and fun. To keep everybody's order straight,
all incoming orders are taped to the wall of my hallways where I can see
shipping department after a particularly busy and messy day's work.
Time to tidy up!
At the right
hand top you can see two small boxes stuffed with thousands of puzzles and
Christmas Carols. Underneath are balloons, candles and other fun
things for birthday crackers.
No, I will NOT
model the cat "paper crowns"
And in between
crackers, time still must be found to fill Christmas card orders. I
have been a full time professional greeting card maker for many years.
2007 is my 20th
These cards are from my new,
Said; She Said" Line - quoting thoughts that men and women have been
sharing with us throughout the years.
They are a lot of fun and selling like hotcakes.
non-Christmas cards hanging in their busy bee wall hanger. I used to
make hangers like these for my downtown card boutique.
Dino dinosaur is
one of my oldest designs and I just love him to bits.
are a few moments in the day to look outside the window. It is
November now; the leaves have fallen and the lush green grass has
disappeared. But the tall old pines provide colour and inspiration all
Well that's the
end of the Cracker-making tour for now. I hope to have a few more
pictures for you soon so that you can see the mounds of beautiful crackers
all dressed and ready to go to waiting customers!
Thanks for your
interest in GillianCards Old Fashioned, hand-wrapped Holiday Crackers.
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questions, please drop me an
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