Can You Guess the Real from the Fake this April Fools Day?

We’re suckers for April Fool’s Day. And we mean we’re fooled every single time! 

This year, to save ourselves from falling for another joke, we decided to let you play the guessing game instead. Can you guess which of the cards below are legit, and which are there to throw you off?

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We all know someone who can relate to this one. But is it a ‘Thinking of You’ card for your friend or just a quote?

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If (and only if!) this is a real card, it’d be useful to own! You and your significant other would never buy another card again.

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Slightly controversial, but the question is: Would you send this to someone going through a divorce for a bit of tongue-in-cheek humour, or is it one celebration too far?

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This certainly made us chuckle and if this is a real card, you could just reuse again and again. (See last years card for more details)

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Ouch. Is this banter you would trade with your best friends, or is it too mean to have ever been invented?

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Is there anything more ingenious than a shot-glass card for an 18th (or if you’re in the US, 21st)? Perhaps it’s just too good to be true.

Answers under the cut!

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5 things we love the most about Easter

Easter – a four-day bank holiday extravaganza, which means eating copious amounts of chocolate, spending time with family and devouring a good roast dinner. At thortful HQ, we think it’s definitely among the most underrated holidays, so we decided to take a look back at the things we love the most about it!

The Chocolate.

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Whether or not you observe Lent, an unmissable part of Easter is the amount of chocolate – in every shape, size and colour – which becomes available around this time of year. We can’t help ourselves! Mini Eggs, anyone? 

The Spring…

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Easter usually follows the March Equinox, which means after months of dreary cold, we’re finally free of the Winter! Though we can’t say the same for the rain though. 

…And the animals that come with it!

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Spring lamb, spring chickens, bunny rabbits – if you’re a sucker for baby animals, (which we certainly are!) this is the holiday for you to let your obsession run wild!

The Eggs.

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Most of us were lucky enough to decorate eggs as kids in classrooms and at home, but if you weren’t, what are you waiting for?! There’s something incredibly festive about a basket full of Easter eggs in every colour and size.

The Weekend.

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We don’t know if it’s the warmer weather, but Easter doesn’t tend to be as high-maintenance as other holidays. You still have something to celebrate, but not the added pressure of making it perfect.

So whether you celebrate with family, friends or both, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Can You Name At Least 5 Women Artists For Women’s History Month?

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, Nickolas Muray Collection, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

This March, for Women’s History Month, the National Museum of Women in the Arts are leading a social media campaign to help everyone answer the question, Can you name five women artists?

Join the museum and other institutions, including the National Gallery of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Guggenheim Bilbao, to share stories of women artists using the hashtag #5womenartists on Twitter and Instagram. Find out more about the initiative in this artnet article.

Are you interested in participating? Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Challenge your friends and family to name five women artists.
  2. Tell us who your favourite women artists are and why.
  3. Share a work by a woman artist at a museum or gallery near you.
  4. Explore NMWA’s artist profiles to discover artists you may not know.

To kick off the month, learn more about five women artists from the museum’s collection who broke barriers and influenced future generations:

In 1921, Alma Woodsey Thomas (1891–1978) was the first fine arts student to graduate from Howard University in Washington, D.C. During her 35-year career as a teacher at a D.C. junior high school, she was devoted to her students and organized art clubs, lectures, and student exhibitions.

Rosalba Carriera (1675–1757), a member of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, was responsible for elevating the status of pastel from its use for sketches to a respected medium in its own right. Over the span of its existence, the Academy, which had approximately 450 members in total, only admitted 15 women.

At the age of 52, Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717) and her young daughter embarked on a risky trip to the Dutch colony of Suriname in South America. She recorded indigenous flora and fauna and helped 18th-century scientists understand metamorphosis.

Hester Bateman (1709–1794) inherited her husband’s silver workshop after he died. She made the business profitable and her descendants helped the workshop thrive until the mid-19th century. The key to her success was the integration of modern technology with classical design—a cost-effective way to attract middle-class buyers.

Referenced in her New York Times obituary as the “wife of Diego Rivera, the noted painter,” Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) soared in fame posthumously. She became the first 20th-century Mexican artist to have work acquired by the Louvre. In the 1980s, numerous books were published about her work by feminist art historians and others.

— Stacy Meteer is the communications and marketing associate at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The Luck of the Irish

At thortful HQ we’re big fans of St. Patrick’s Day, and to mark the occasion, we began to wonder where the ideas of Irish luck and four-leaf clovers come from – not to mention how do we get some for ourselves?

Originally, the term “the Luck of the Irish” wasn’t actually coined in Ireland, but by Americans when the Irish emigrated to the United States.

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The same Irish people who had emigrated across the Atlantic became miners, and were responsible for a lot of the day-to-day success of the gold rush of the 1800’s in America.

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Because the gold rush was often the fruit of Irish labour, the Irish became known as lucky – and if you found a pot o’ gold thereafter, you were said to have “the Luck of the Irish”.

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The idea of shamrocks as symbolic to Ireland came a lot earlier. Saint Patrick was said to use shamrocks to illustrate the idea of the Holy Trinity, and they were a regenerative symbol of growth. When the Irish took to the United States, they took shamrocks with them as their country’s symbol, like an English rose or a Scottish thistle.

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…Which leads us to the idea of the lucky four-leaf clover. A shamrock is just a young clover, but the odds of actually finding a four-leaf clover are roughly 1 in 10,000. If you happen upon one this Saint Patrick’s Day, make sure to spread the luck!

A Very thortful St. Patrick’s Day!

Did you know St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other National Holiday in the world? We think Paddy’s Day is a wonderful celebration of Irish culture and its people, so to help add to the merriment, we found out the best classic St. Patrick’s Day traditions:

1. St. Patrick’s Day is a traditionally Christian holiday, but Lent restrictions are lifted, so everyone can eat, drink and be merry!

2. In Ireland, natives ‘drown the shamrock‘ or ‘wet the shamrock‘. At the end of the party, a shamrock is put into the bottom of a glass, which is then filled with whiskey, beer or cider and drank as a toast. The shamrock would either be swallowed with the drink, or be taken out and tossed over the shoulder for good luck!

3. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on St. Patrick’s Day since at least the 1600’s. In the 1700’s there was a time when St. Patrick’s Day was blue, but it only lasted around 7 years, naturally.

4. The wearing of the ‘St Patrick’s Day Cross’ was also a popular tradition in Ireland until the early 1900’s. These were a Celtic Christian cross made of paper that was “covered with silk or ribbon of different colours, and a bunch or rosette of green silk in the centre”.

5. The Queen Mother used to present the Irish Guards with bowls of shamrock flown over from Ireland. The regiment in the British Army consists mostly of soldiers from the Emerald Isle and the Irish Guards still wear shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day!

thortful partners with Refuge

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Refuge is an incredible resource for women and children who are experiencing domestic violence. They provide a wide range of thoughtful tools to support women in difficult times, helping them gain confidence and build new lives.

Mother’s Day and International Women’s Day are days when we celebrate the important women in our lives and here at thortful we wanted to do a little more.

For that reason we donated 30p from every Mother’s day card sold and 30p for EVERY card sold on International women’s day. That way a kind thought for someone you love goes to help another woman in need!

To give you some idea of how your donation helps here are a few of the ways that Refuge work:

They campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence – for many women speaking out is taboo or they are too scared. Refuge make it easier to tell their stories and in doing so show other women they are not alone and there is help and support out there for them.

They have a network of refuges, spaces where women can feel safe but also having the time and support to make important decisions and plan for their futures, advised by caring, trained staff.

They provide expert guidance for women in legal matters, helping them obtain injunctions and increase conviction rates.

thortful Celebrates International Women’s Day

It’s International Women’s Day and here at thortful we understand the importance of celebrating women who have inspired, motivated and supported us.

What this day means differs from person to person, but it could be anybody from a strong, female friend who has faced serious challenges in her life, but rises above them graciously, or it could be your mother, grandmother, step-mum etc. Perhaps the leading lady in your life who you admire greatly helped raise and shape you into the person you are today.

We recently spoke with three of our brilliant creators – Jodi Pedri, Eva of Happy Nut Creations and Tamsin of Higgledy Ink, who all spoke of their appreciation for their mums.

Have a read below at their touching messages of love for their mothers, and on this day tell a female you respect how much you admire them.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Tamsin of Higgledy Ink

“When my mum wasn’t looking after myself, my four brothers and sister, she was painting, knitting, drawing, or creating in some shape or form. Growing up in this environment meant that from an early age I saw expressing myself through art as a vital outlet. Her support for my creative endeavours has been a constant in my life. It’s given me the foundation to believe in myself and follow my heart.”

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Eva of Happy Nut Creations

“Both my mum and me fell in love with drawing when we were little. While I was a kid, my mum spent lots of time doodling with me, and I learned by watching her. She was very talented, but in her time it wasn’t considered a suitable career so she wasn’t able to take it further. However, she always encouraged me to draw and pursue my passions in the creative field.

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Jodi Pedri

My mother saw the talent in me before anyone else. From a young age she made sure I was surrounded and given any and all creative opportunities. She supported me when I wanted to attend school in New York, and made it possible to pursue my dream which lead me to where I am today. She taught me to dream, believe in myself and most importantly to be fearless, and because of her love and support I am living my dream. Love you Mom!”

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Feeling crafty? Here’s four Mother’s Day homemade gifts that are super easy to make!

Mother’s Day is all about showing your mum how much you appreciate everything she’s done, and continues to do!

The most thortful gifts aren’t expensive presents that will put a strain on your purse, but rather little items that require a special touch.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a selection of homemade gifts that will mean so much to your Mum on her special day. Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for more Mother’s Day gift ideas: https://uk.pinterest.com/thortful/mothers-day-gift-ideas/.

Homemade Candles

Instead of discarding all those old candles that have a little bit of wax left in them, why not create a set of deliciously-smelling candles for your Mum to relax with? Bath, candles and a good book – Mum will be happy.

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Gift Basket
Fill a disused tin bucket or wicker basket full of products your Mum adores. Nothing says you care more than remembering items she loved back in your childhood.

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Plant Pot
Instead of the usual bouquet of flowers, pot and plant your Mum’s favourite flower or plant. Besides, seeing her Mother’s Day gift bloom will make her think of you.

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Photo Collage

You can’t beat photographic memories of happy, family times. Put together a collage of all your Mum’s favourite pictures to gaze at every day. It will bring a smile to her face that we can guarantee!

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Mamma Mia! Have We Got Greeting Cards for you!

Mum's Rule Mother's Day Card

Is your Mum more Marge Simpson than Edina? Perhaps she’s a real earth mama or ultra glam, never fear we’ve combed our excellent selection of cards to find the perfect card for every type of Mom, Mother, Mum, Mam and Stepmum to make it easy for you!

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Glam Mum

 

Voted most likely to carry a Chanel changing bag, your mum taught you the alphabet using designer labels. She also schooled you in make up and manicures and must have sunglasses.

Treat her to this and show her how much you love her style too!

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Mother’s Day Card for a Glamorous Mum

Animal Mad Mum

If your mum is happiest surrounded by furry or feathered creatures? Treat her to one of our lovely animal illustrations to really make her day.

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Cool Mum!

Maybe your mum is the one who tells you which bands are cool and has more fans on Instagram than most. Show her how much you rate her with this short but sweet card.

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Mum’s Rule Mother’s Day Card

Super Mum

Does your mum juggle chores, work and still have time to give you all the hugs you need? Reward this out of this world woman with a card celebrating her superpowers.

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Artistic Mum

Perhaps your mum is an art lover? Creative Mum’s will love this hand drawn design, so choose this little sketch for a lovely way to show you care.

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Domestic Goddess

For mum’s who could take on Nigella with their cakes, bakes and Sunday roasts celebrate her culinary skills with this cute design.

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Stepmum

Mum’s come in many forms, we help you celebrate those special ladies that banish the evil Step Mum myth by being brilliant in every way.

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When your Mum is a Mom

Whatever you like to call your Mama we’ve got you covered. This shiny coloured design is one Mom’s will love too!

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Mother’s day card for Mom’s

Grandma we love you

Let’s not forget the Nana’s too! Show your Granny some love today with this pretty afternoon tea design .

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Mother’s Day card for Grandma, Nanny, Grandmother

We’ve got tons more Mother’s day cards so you can find the best way to show yours just how special she is this Sunday. View Thortful’s full selection of Mother’s Day Cards.