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Saturday, January 15, 2011

In Honor of Ystävänpäivä (Friend's Day) & Ways To Express Appreciation To Those Near and Dear To You

In thirty-one days, on February the fourteenth, it will be Ystävänpäivä (the Finnish word for friendship), and thus Friendship Day. If that date sounds familiar, that's because its the same day that many folks celebrate Valentine's Day, which traditionally commemorates the celebration between loved ones. Ystävänpäivä, however, is about remembering friends, which is always a lovely thing to do, and the time to think about how you might do this is now. As you may know, I have all occasion cards that are perfect for expressing appreciation, and they can be viewed on my web-site, where purchase information is available. However, if you also want to include friendship gifts, I highly recommend the beautiful handmade (from all natural materials) journals and notebooks sold by Helen, at Gifts by Helen, where she also sells an array of hand-painted "cat rocks" (which can be custom made). The video posted above is just a small sampling of her offerings and you may view it on Vimeo by clicking on this link.

Please feel free to contact her at 212.362.3756 (and mention my blog for security reasons), or send her any questions in an email to, and indicate your interest in the subject field with reference to my blog.

If you'd like to know a little more about Helen and her gifts, I have written about her in previous posts, which you can read by clicking here or here and here.


I no longer actively produce event program covers, invitations and the types of greeting cards described here or 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, whose photo is on the cover of each book. 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. 

Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.

Additionally,  I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White Collection, Kaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.


  1. How interesting it is to learn that Valentine's Day is treated not merely as a "Hallmark Holiday" that is treated as way to fatten the profits of the Hallmark Corporation on February 14 but also in Finnish culture as a day on which to remember all of those who are near and dear to us. I both own and send the artistic photographs taken by the Last Leaf Gardner and I can assure you that they are both tasteful and exquisite. And quite - not - the standard American Valentine's Day experience. The Gardener's cards are an artistic experience both to be savored and shared with all those you truly care for!

  2. 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 origami presentation 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.

    While I am here, I would like to once again thank Matt from NYPL for taking the time to comment on my blog.


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