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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. 

Recently I've learned that folks in Estonia, also celebrate February 14th as a day to honor friendships, and it is known as SõbrapäevAs 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 seriesWords 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:

Volume One: ISBN: 9780996378529:
Book Seller Info:
Barnes & Noble On-Line:
book culture On Columbus:

Volume Two: ISBN: 9780996378536
Book Seller Info:
Barnes & Noble On-Line:


  1. It's "Sõbrapäev" not "Sõbrapräpäev" - just sayin'.
    Anyway, have a nice one, or as we say here in Estonia - head sõbrapäeva! :)

  2. Hello, Anonymus, I have only recently learned about the feature in blogger that allows me to respond to a comment within the "confines" of my post, so, if you find yourself re-reading this post, I want to let you know how much I appreciated your pointing out my typo. I am a one-finger-hunt-and peck typist , and, consequently, typos happen from time to time — so thanks again.

    Meanwhile, a dear friend of mine who is from Finland, left this past Tuesday to visit her homeland for three weeks, and she and her husband will be making "side-trips" to Estonia. As for my travels, my having Swedish ancestors has always given me cause for wanting to travel to your part of the world. I would love to visit your stomping grounds one day (as well as those of my ancestors and my Finnish friend), but at this time tending to my urban garden, producing cards, invitations, event program covers, and DVDS, has kept me pretty busy, however, one day I just might visit your part of the world. All the best to you.

  3. Update by yours truly, as of today, August 16, 2011, I have had to come in and edit this entry. Prior to this time, the virtual flip-book described in this blog entry was viewable via MobileMe, a service I purchased at the suggestion of Apple UWS, and one that is used by countless Apple members. Recently Steve Jobs announced that as of June 2012 there will be no more sharing with MobileMe as iCloud will be replacing it and nobody is sure of where things that have been posted will go, so to be "safe" I have moved projects to Vimeo.


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