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It’s a November to remember…get ready for 30 days of memorable gifts

It’s November, which means it is getting close to December, which means we’re thinking about giving great gifts for the holidays and all the other happy occasions in our lives.

At Carol Colman Collages I am dedicated to creating P.E.R.F.E.C.T. gifts for all occasions. These gifts bring joy to the giver and they wow the recipients with their originality and thoughtfulness.

What makes a gift a P.E.R.F.E.C.T gift? Here’s what I think:

  • Personal: custom-designed for the recipient
  • Emotional: meaningful to the giver and the receiver
  • Rare: one-of-a-kind
  • Fitting: fits the occasion and the recipient
  • Extraordinary: stands out from the crowd for its originality and thoughtfulness
  • Cherished: will be deeply treasured
  • Thoughtful: shows how much you care

I want to make it easy for you to give great gifts and to become your go-to gift for everything from new babies to milestone anniversaries. So this month my goal is to showcase a collage every day to demonstrate the many different kinds of things that can be turned into a meaningful gifts sure to become treasured keepsakes.

I will begin with my daughter’s birth announcement. We had the announcement framed when she was born on a plain purple mat in a gold frame.

plain framed birth announcement, matted birth announcement

Here is how we originally framed Zoe’s colorful birth announcement.

When I started my business, we decided to kick it up a notch. Here is the result:

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Zoe loves the updated framed collage keepsake of her colorful birth announcement.

See the difference? Are you getting inspired? Maybe you have something already framed that could use some updating? It’s like a new coat of paint – a new outlook – keeping things fresh, without losing their emotional significance.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@carolcolman), Twitter (@carolcolman), and Facebook ( to be sure you don’t miss a day! And look for the hashtag #greatgiftsguaranteed.

When you need a great gift, turn to Carol Colman Collages. Got a special occasion on your calendar Give me a call at 617.803.0366 so I can start creating something wonderful for you.

Rainy Friday, June 13, 2014 with a full moon – a good day to get married?

Seneca's quote about luck: it is what happens when preparation meets opportunity

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

It’s Friday the 13th. It’s raining.  It’s Friday the 13th in June, so people may have planned outdoor events to celebrate happy occasions – including weddings.

So would it be lucky or unlucky to have a rainy Friday the 13th wedding?

Let’s begin with the common idea that Friday the 13th is unlucky. Gizmodo tells us that the origins of the Friday part are murky but may be based in Christian and Viking traditions. Similarly, the problem with the number “13” is attributed to a variety of religious sources. But here’s a fun fact I just learned from Gizmodo, and it puts the “13” issue in a whole new light.

There are those that theorize the number 13 may have been purposely denigrated by the founders of the patriarchal religions to eradicate the influence of the Mother Goddess. In goddess worshipping cultures, the number 13 was often revered, as it represented the number of lunar and menstrual cycles that occur annually. It is believed by those who adhere to this theory that as the 12-month solar calendar came into use over the 13-month lunar calendar, the number 13 itself became suspect.”

Today’s Friday the 13th comes with a cherry on the top: a full moon. Some people think it will be the mother of all unlucky days. However, scientific studies of such phenomena appear to conclude that this is, in a word, “balderdash.” (That’s the technical term.) The good news, however, is that if this combination turns out to reverse the earth’s poles or wreck some other havoc on the universe, this coincidence won’t happen again until 2049. Let’s hope we’re around to experience it.

Now, let’s take on the rain.

According to The Valley Advocate, “In the Hindu tradition rain on the wedding day is considered lucky, as it is believed to foretell a strong marriage. The logic behind this belief is that a wet knot is more difficult to untie. (Getting married is often referred to as “tying the knot.”) … Rain is also believed to be a symbol of fortune and abundance, which falls generously on the bride and groom. It brings good wishes and washes away all the couple’s troubles and woes. It also means you will be blessed with fertility and have many children because rain is what replenishes reservoirs and sustains crops”. The preponderance of superstitions suggest that a wet wedding is a good omen.

Don’t fret, however, if the sun shines.  “A few cultures do not believe that rain on your wedding day is lucky, but quite the opposite. There is an old saying that goes, “Happy is the bride whom the sun shines on.” This goes with hand-in-hand with a popular belief that rain on your wedding day brings unhappiness, bad luck, and tears throughout your married life.”

What does this all mean for rainy Friday, June 13th, 2014 weddings? It means you should have a back-up plan for inclement weather. Seneca would agree – it would be good luck to be prepared for the opportunity that it might be raining. Otherwise, you will have to wait and see. In the wise words of Alice Hoffman:

Alice Hoffman quote on luck: “Here's the thing about don't know if it's good or bad until you have some perspective.”

“Here’s the thing about luck…you don’t know if it’s good or bad until you have some perspective.”

“Here’s the thing about luck…you don’t know if it’s good or bad until you have some perspective.”

Best wishes to all who are tying the knot today – may you have a strong, abundant, awesome marriage! And may you preserve the memories of your day with a keepsake collage by Carol Colman Collages!


Memorial Day, Eric Shinseki

The true meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day, Eric Shinseki

Eric Shinseki on taking care of our veterans

I honor the service and sacrifice of all who have served our country, present and past. 

Yesterday, I read this story in Parade Magazine and it has been haunting me. It makes me unspeakably sad to think of sending our most precious treasure – our young men and women – into harm’s way. I know they have volunteered and I know they are providing a critically important service but it seems brutally unfair. Young lives with such potential, cut short – we know they did not shirk from service and we must ensure that their sacrifice is not in vain.

As someone who is passionate about memories, it is imperative that we pause on this day of memory, this Memorial Day, to remember in particular those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving as a member of our armed forces. And as we remember their sacrifice, we must also remember and honor our commitment to take care of those who served – to help them meet their needs for jobs, food, housing, medical care, and other forms of community support. The current scandal shaking the Veteran’s Administration should serve as a wake-up call for our country that we must put taking care of our veterans at the very top of our priority list. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, General Eric Shinseki, has the right message and must take action to make sure we fulfill this promise.

In honor of Memorial Day, I am making a contribution to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans. The center has helped more than 20,000 veterans regain control of their lives through services related to education, employment, support, and housing. What will you do today to honor our veterans?


The Gurvitz family, Mother's Day 1998

Love to all mothers, not just on Mother’s Day – and moms, get in the picture!

Mother’s Day may have been yesterday, but that doesn’t mean that the time has passed to show how you appreciate all the mothers in your life. There are the mothers who gave birth to us and those who raised us. There are aunts and grandmothers who have helped to guide you. There are friends who have been like family to us. There are single dads (and single moms) doing the work of mothers and fathers. There are mothers who have no children of their own but dedicate themselves to playing a role in the lives of other people’s children or of nurturing in other ways. Mothers come in all shapes and sizes, after all.

At our Mother’s Day dinner last night, we talked about the fact that it was the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day. What does that mean for most people? Well, it often means making a phone call – it is the day when the most phone calls are made in the United States (and that may only count landlines). It may mean buying flowers or sharing a meal or other outing. But most of all I believe it is a day to be grateful for the women (and men) who have had an impact on you becoming the person you are today.

My mother died in early 1999, just before my parents would have celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. We had my father with us until 2010. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about both of them. I wear my mother’s ring as a constant reminder of her presence, and every day I remember another joke that my father told to make people laugh and feel comfortable. My parents left legacies of strength, wisdom, humor, lasting love, and enlightenment at the end of their lives. For better or for worse, I embody their best and worst tendencies. I am grateful for the good ones and work on minimizing the impact of the ones I am not so grateful for (such as my mother’s temper).

This photo was taken on the last Mother’s Day my family was able to celebrate together – the photo includes my parents, my father’s brother (left), my husband (top), my brother and his wife with their son (on the right) and my daughter. Usually, I am not in the picture but this is the last photo of me with my mother and I am so grateful to have it.

The Gurvitz family, Mother's Day 1998

Mother’s Day with Carol’s family, 1998.

Here is a photo taken representing four generations of my husband’s side of the family: his grandmother, his mother, his wife, and his daughter. Four generations! What a blessing that my husband’s grandmother lived to be a great-grandmother.

Four generations on Mother's Day, 1993

Four generations photograph, 1993.

So Moms, get in the picture! And if you have a wonderful picture from a Mother’s Day celebration, be it from this year or a past one, why not let me showcase it in a collage? Give me a call and let’s talk about giving Mom a tangible reminder of how much your appreciate her.

Mother and daughter

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother and daughter

One of my favorite mother/daughter photos: with my daughter Zoe, 1995.

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” — Robert Browning

Happy Mother’s Day to all who have nurtured their children and gave them both roots and wing – roots to keep them grounded and wings so that they may soar.