Looking for a pushchair? Find out which stroller is our Mumsnet Best of ! Then I got a copy of a Phonenix catalogue from a friend and thought perhaps I should just bite the bullet and order a mass quantity of things to see me through the whole year. However there is just a little niggle that stops me, and I think it is that when we or DS has ever received a Phoenix card and it happens quite often these days I secretly feel it's a bit of a cop out.
Somehow they are never quite as nice as 'real' cards,not quite a 'personal', not chosen specially e. Nemo for a disney fanatic, Bob for a budding builder etc and I sort of feel it would perhaps have been better not to bother at all, rather than simply opt for the 'generic'.
Actually I feel a bit like this about cards in general! I always imagine a Mum pulling it out of a dusty pile in a drawer thinking "oh, this one will 'do'! Anyone else feel like this? Pisses me off paying so much for eg Nemo. Phoenix cards are good quality and have nice designs I keep a dusty pile from various sources not dusty really and there is almost always one which is fine - if there really isn't then I will actually go out and buy one and then be pissed off at how much it cost!
Saves the regular panic whenever a birthday sneaks up on me. Not sure I feel the same about the designs - don't really find then that inspiring - sort of remind me of the 'notelet' things my Mum always used to have for if we forgot a birthday - and blank inside was a sure sign it wasn't a 'proper' card! Does anyone else do nicer 'bulk buy' cards?? Several charity shops have some general greetings cards, not just Christmas ones.
I have bulk bought in the past and find the blank ones really handy for those quite thank yous and so on, though for birthdays I tend to buy individually. One thing I would say is good though is their wrapping paper. It is very good quality and a good price, definitely worth buying in before Christmas. I keep thinking they'll put the price up! The cards generally get thrown out and I hate paying more than a pound for a card. That said, we've only just started making them and only for her little friends, I still buy for my onw!
Birthday cards generally get thrown out don't they? That said, we've only just started making them and only for her little friends, I still buy for my own! I always thought it was what was written in them? I generally dismiss as unthoughtful any card that doesn't have something personal written in it. Hence my lack of sending Christmas cards I was thinking about his int he night and I think its really rude to say that a certain sort of card is a "cop out".
Im a phoenix trader: D Some I LOVE but some Im not that keen on and again lots of my customers arent keen on the ones I like etc etc - its just a matter of taste like anything really. If you would like to be some I'd be happy to oblige. I have bought some fab cards from a certain Phoenix trader around here and I really really like them.
The party invitations I've just given out for DS2's party next week aagghh have drawn comments on how lovely they are. I have a friend who is a Phonenix trader and I have bought most of this years cards from her. I really like them and usually can find something reasonably personal. I think shop bought cards are extortionate prices and i really begrudge buying them.
I have heard of Phoenix on MN I think but have never seen one of their cards. I have seen the Phoenix brochure, and I thought that they were really nice. I don't ever buy any though, because I make my own. Everyone appreciates getting a hand-made card IME. I bought loads of stuff last yr from a friend of my mum's who did it.
Isn't it al bit of a faff? What sorts of things do you use? I ask because I love to receive a home made card, and have seen all the stuff in Lakeland, but don't really want to spend lots of money buying it without knowing I'd actually DO it.
What are your tips, please? Like Chincilla, I also make my cards-that way I try to make them personalised to suit. Before my card making days I always used to have a small selection at hand ready for those birthdays that crept up on you unexpectedly!!
I have seen the Phoenix once, about 6 months ago. I didn't think that they were a bad price, compared to the high street anyway,and I liked some of their designs-probably because they were so different to what I make and also because they were new to me. Don't seem to see them much here. I bought a Phoenix multi-pack and have already earmarked several for partic recipients but there are others that I can't see myself using.
Then again, one of those became a notelet to our neighbours - had diggers on the front and thanked them for their co-operation whilst we were having work done on the house I also tend to pick up cards I like whenever I see them so I have a bit of a stash for DD's friends in particular. Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more. Already registered with Mumsnet?
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