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Remembrance

Since the years following the Civil War, the United States has celebrated Memorial Day, once known as Decoration Day. Observed on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans mark the day by placing flowers, flags, and other mementos on the graves of veterans. Parades and family …

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A May Gem

Emerald Isle (Ireland) and Emerald City (from The Wizard of Oz) conjure up images of lush, rich locations, an apt description for a gem that is one of only four precious stones (diamonds, rubies, and sapphires are the other three). Emerald is considered “The Jewel of Kings,” is a symbol of hope, renewal, and growth, and …

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10 Reasons to purchase a gift basket created by Designs by Alfreda

1.     Baskets are tailored to a theme 2.     Every item is carefully selected to tie-in to the theme 3.     A gift basket shows your thoughtfulness 4.     A gift card may be perceived as impersonal, but never a personalized gift basket 5.     A basket is an overflow of generosity, with many gifts to use over time 6.     Each gift basket has to …

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Nature Stimulates Art

I frequently walk in my neighborhood, giving my muscles a good workout on the hilly terrain. My senses also are awakened with the delights of tulips, forsythia, crabapple, pear, and redbud trees in peak bloom. Springtime in Michigan is bursting with hope and expectation.  The season changes have a way of wiggling into my soul …

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Mother’s Day Delight

Mother’s Day has been an annual tradition in America since the 19th century, with variations of celebrating the day evolving over the years. The “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” were formed after the Civil War to teach young women how to care for their children. The work clubs segued into “Mother’s Friendship Day” to gather mothers of …

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Spring at and on your Door

Warmer temperatures, budding trees, chirping birds, and the sound of lawnmowers mark the spring season.  It’s a perfect time to hang a wreath bursting with colors on your front door or above your fireplace mantel to declare a new season. A wreath created by Designs by Alfreda has handcrafted bows, carefully arranged life-like floral, and adornments that …

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