Welcome to "The Last Leaf Gardener," a blog by Patricia Youngquist. I am a photo-artist, bird-lover and urban gardener living in NYC. My website includes my non-nature themed images (Black and White as well as Kaleidoscopic). Click on the fourth image in sidebar (Left) to visit. I also have published a three volume book series, "Words In Our Beak," in which the stories are told by Cam, the bird pictured above. Click on the first image in the sidebar (Right) for info.
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Saturday, January 22, 2011
Sõbrapäev (Estonia's "Valentine's Day"): Celebrating Friendship Day
Being a card, invitation, and event program cover designer, I am intrigued by how various cultures celebrate holidays. In a previous post, I mentioned that Finnish folks celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14th as Friendship Day, and call it Ystävänpäivä.
RecentlyI've learned that folks in Estonia, also celebrate February 14th as a day to honor friendships, and it is known as Sõbrapäev. As I said in my post on Ystävänpäivä,"celebrating friendship is a wonderful thing to do" at any time, and
I suggest one good way to do this is by sending a card to special people in your life. Valentine's Day might be a good place to start.
I have a lovely selection of cards that are perfect for this but they are not the "traditional" red and pink hearts. Many of my cards subjects are nature based which is a beautiful way to extend your thoughts of appreciating others. You can view some of them in the video presentation on Vimeo by clicking here.
ADDENDUM: I no longer actively produce event program covers, invitations and the types of greeting cards described on my website but arrangements might be able to be made under certain circumstances.
My focus is on the Words In Our Beak book series (pictured below)whose stories are told from the point of view of Cam, a female cardinal.
As of May 22 2018, I have rendered some images from these books into greeting cards and they are available on Fine Art America, please click here for more info.
Re my book series: Words In Our Beak’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in my rooftop urban garden in New York City. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The books include hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author.
At this moment, May 2018, both volumes one and two are in hardcover format (as seen below) and are available wherever books are sold.
*Here's the purchase info for the Words In Our Beak book series: