Color Trends Part 2: Festival

mexican theme flowers

Festival: bold, bright colors: turkish sea blue, vermillion orange, capris, fresh green, vibrant yellow, ensign blue, shocking pink, lavender international flair (think Dia de los Muertos, Ikat and South West patterns) Bill Schaffer, AIFD, AAF, PFCI says, “This is about … Continue reading

International Women’s Day

Have you heard about International Women’s Day? I know it’s easy to dismiss it as ‘just another silly holiday’, but stay with me – it really is an important day.  International Women’s Day is on March 8th every year. It is a day to take time to be thankful for the advancements women have made in the past century and to be thankful for the wonderful women in our lives. It is a day to tell all the women that are important to you how much they mean to you. We all know that women work hard. Female teachers, stay at home mothers, grandmothers, friends, daughters, coworkers, neighbors, and any other amazing women you have in your life all deserve to be told “Thank you”. Tell them how much you love them, and send a pretty bouquet of flowers – I promise it will make the day of the woman you send it to.

Women's Day is March 8th!

Spring Arrangement

Here at Dandelions Flowers and Gifts LLC, we want to start a new tradition. We would love to have you post on our wall a picture of an amazing woman in your life and a brief description of what makes her so incredible. Is she great at lifting you up when you’re feeling down? Does she work hard to take care of others? Is her resilience or spirit strong? Women’s Day is the perfect time to tell her how much she means to you!

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Grandparents! God’s gift to children

The past weekend was National Grandparents Day and at Dandelions Flowers we love to celebrate the wonderful things that people do everywhere and spotlight some of those great stories.   We sponsor a contest every year, Eugene’s Extraordinary Grandparent, ( and people nominate through essays and pictures about the wonderful grandparents in their lives.   Our only regret is having to select just one for the honor. But each nominee gets a copy of their nomination to let them know of the love and affection that others have shared.

This years entries included artwork from a class of  5 year olds with a note “I like the way my grandma snuggles”, and “I like how my grandpa polishes rocks” to touching stories of an elderly grandparent who discovered his special needs grandchild was suffering from abuse by addicted parents and so took in this child with severe disability and cares daily for his needs.  Grandparents who drive 60 miles round trip to work daily and yet never miss a soccer game, or birthday celebration..and the list goes on. 

Our judges this year had, as always a difficult choice, but selected a special Grandmother, Betty Jo Phillips who “befriended” a young family several years ago, when the children under 3 years old, who had lost all their “natural” grandparents at such a young age.   She  “selected us” said the mother of the children, and stepped in to fill this important role in their lives and has done so for many years.  This past year, the young father of these children needed a stomach transplant and Betty Jo assisted with 8 weeks of “live in ” care every weekend (and mid week care too, cheering them on at games and events) as the parents were up in Portland at OHSU for medical issues and recovery.  The young mother Daleasha nominated Betty Jo with a heart of gratitude
“She is the best grandparent anyone could ask for!  She has swim parties, sleepovers and provides ‘special grandma hours” to be certain that each child has their own “special” grandma time.  

A wonderful tribute to the touch of grandparents on the lives of our next generation!   Image

Betty Jo Phillips and her family with the title of “Eugene’s Extraordinary Grandparent 2013”


One of several special nominations by  4 &  5 year olds  “I love you Grammy”

(Each child received a vase of flowers to take home to their grandparents!…we just couldn’t let that pass..and our judges felt touched by every entry)  


We think grandparents make our lives bloom!



A hidden Gem in Buena Vista Oregon

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My sister and I heading north from on I-5 took the Ankeny Hill  exit 243 (about an hours drive)  and headed West to learn more about a family member of previous generationslong was a Ferryman  at the Buena Vista Ferry. (We are descendents of the Taylor Family, as in Taylors Ferry Rd in Portland)  The Buena Vista Ferry, still running daily every 5-10 min at Buena Vista is one of the oldest Ferries still crossing the Willamette River for well over a hundred years.  The beautiful farm land and rolling hills to approach the ferry was worth the drive alone, but heading with our car across the sparkling river on the ferry, where I saw a steelhead come up for a tasty fly, and osprey fishing along the banks, we completed the quick passage and departed the Ferry to drive up a small hill.  A few blocks distance our way to Buena Vista House, a B&B where we were to spend the evening, and were surprised to behold a gem. The quaint Buena Vista Flowers, a wonderful wooden building with gabled roof and welcoming colorful signs and flowers abounding  at the top of the “Ferry Road” just a few blocks from the Ferry was such a surprise as we crested the rise in the now very small, but once  turn of the century bustling city of Buena Vista.

The wonderful wooden doors were unlocked and tin buckets of hand tied floral bouquets were in water in colorful assortments.  The chalkboard sign indicated that we could take our pick, and leave the money on the counter or mail it later.  We felt as if we had stepped into another time and place. Cozy, warm and inviting, unpretentious and fun.   While we thought while in the flower shop and enjoyed the wonderful ambiance and fee, that we had  “seen it”, but then as we took pictures of the delightful window sills and abundance of colorful pots cascading with blossoms, we decided to wander down a small path between the lush beds of flowers and discovered that the darling flower store, was just a tiny bit of the gardens. We wandered about enjoying the quaint décor and discovered the beautiful 2 acres of immaculate gardens hosting well over 100 varieties of seasonal blooming flowers, and foliages to delight us around every corner. As we explored we came upon additional buildings hosting pots of tins, mason jars wonderful old sinks and pots and blooms of all types and more and more flower beds all in bloom from delphinium to celosia to zinnas in a riot of color and beauty.

As it turns out, the owners  Mary Dean & Ian Cordner, who also live on the property were not there, but spend their Saturdays selling mixed bouquets of their beautiful local blooms at The Salem Farmers Market and other outdoor venues in the surrounding areas and always leave an assortment for the locals to purchase, whether they are “home” or not.   It is an “honor” tradition from a byegone day, and so very lovely.

Our destination was really only a few steps away at the small B&B “Buena Vista House” where our hostess Claudia welcomed us with a similar fashion of “here is the key” I’m headed out for groceries, as we were the only guests in the wonderful cozy home filled with treasures, snuggly beds and a moment to step back in time in this wonderful tiny town nestled steps away from the Willamette River.  The surrounding area, once bustling with trade and commerce before the railroad moved 3 miles away, are rolling wheatfields and farms, pioneer cemetaries lovingly tended on the top of knolls and while less than 15 min from Interstate-5 hustle and bustle, you felt as if you had stepped back  in time and were just 8 miles from Independence and Monmouth where restaurants and commerce await in small towns that still bustle in this quaint rural area.

If you are looking for a lovely days drive, a summertime treat for the senses in riding the ferry crossing

($3 for cars including occupants)  and the visual treat of Buena Vista Flowers, this is just a gem waiting for discovery.

Easter Flowers

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I feel like spring is officially here with the arrival of Easter. Easter is so early this year and I’m very excited for all of the spring blooms that come with it! Spring flowers of daffodil, tulips, ranunculus, and hyacinth … Continue reading

BRA-VO AWARDS for 2012 Bra’s for a Cure!

We count not be more pleased with all of the incredible entrants of this year’s Bra’s for a Cure. Again, a big THANK YOU to all of our participants, voters, and supports.

And now, we are honored to announce the BRA-VO AWARDS for 2012 Bra’s for a Cure! Drumroll please…

GRAND PRIZE:  “Let’s Put the Screws to Cancer” by Lauretta Davies

MOST CREATIVE:  “Hat’s Off to Cancer!” by Joy Comstock

BEST CANCER SUPPORT BRA: “Transitions though Cancer” by Nancy Chitten

BEST NAME:  “Whether your Cup size is B or E, – Cancer effects us All” by Builders Electric

MOST HUMOROUS:  “Hooters!” by Sophie Carlstrom

Every bra received votes and  the votes in the categories were very close! Great job and creative talent.

We thank everyone for all their creative entries and rallying their teams for voting!! Looking forward to next year already…

Dandelions at Yesterday’s Trade Show

Last night was the Emerald Executive Association trade show, and the ladies at Dandelions stayed out late to mingle and man our booth!


This year, we went with a fun fall theme, and along with all the things that come with the season, our designers added their special touch.


They did such a great job decorating our booth and setting up our products for display!!

We also gave everyone who came by our booth to a chance to win something – if they spun the wheel!

Because the trade show is so close to halloween, there were some great costumes and decorations and I had to get a few pictures:


the team at the Braun Landscape booth looked great, and Elvis made an appearance and performed at the Smeed Communications Services booth.

Of course you can’t go anywhere without the Mafia showing up!! The team from Gateway Living did a great job on their costumes.






The Oregon Electric Station did an excellent job catering the food, making the evening a fun, informative and fulfilling one.

A Successful Bras for a Cure REVEAL Party!!!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we at Dandelions wanted to do something to help raise awareness and offer help for those afflicted by cancer. We decided to do our Bras for a Cure fundraising event where anyone could decorate a bra and enter it to be voted on in the Bras for a Cure competition. The entry fee and all the proceeds from the votes would go to benefit cancer patients and survivors at the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute Foundation. Last night to commence the voting,  we held our first Bras for a Cure REVEAL party – and it was such a success!!!


So many people from our community showed up to show their support and vote. We owe you so much thanks – the evening would not have been a success without you!!


Also, thank you for the news coverage KMTR!!  You can see the video at the KMTR Bras for a Cure Media Clip and on youtube.


So many collaborated in making this evening so great, and we’d be remiss not to mention them:

Thank you Dana and the team from Willamette Valley Cancer Institute Foundation for entering a bra into the contest and being there last night and answering any questions.


Thanks to Lindsey Kate and the staff from Cawood, who helped market our event and set up the displays for Willamette Valley Cancer Institute.

Thank you Sarver Winery for allowing us to sample their superb wines.

Of Course, thank you to our wonderful team here at Dandelions who helped set up the displays and then worked late to serve everyone at the party.

And not least of all – thank you to everyone who entered a decorated bra into the contest. We would not have had an event without you.

It’s not too late to participate in Bras for a Cure. Voting will continue until October 31st. You can check out the entries at or on the Bras for a Cure facebook page, and then purchase a vote by calling us at Dandelions. Or come in to the store and check out bras on display.

Offical Rules: 2012 Eugene’s Favorite Mom


Eugene’s Favorite Mom Essay Contest


The Eugene’s Favorite Mom Essay Contest (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Dandelions Flowers & Gifts, LLC, and “Organizer”). No purchase is necessary to win. The Contest is governed solely by these Official Rules and is void where prohibited by law. Organizer reserves the right to modify scheduling of the contest without prior notice, or to terminate or suspend the contest without notice, at any time and for any reason.
ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: One (1) floral arrangement and balloons provided by Dandelions Flowers & Gifts, LLC (value $100),  Spa Package that includes a Hair Cut & Single  Color, Vitamin C facial and seasonal pedicure from Bello Day Spa & Salon valued at ($270), and one (1) $100 gift certificate to King Estate Winery with gift package and one (1) one-hour Family Portrait Sitting, on location, for the family to include one (1) 11×14 print from Vernon T. Williams, Photographer valued at ($395).
No prize substitutions are allowed, and prizes may not be redeemed for cash. For questions not answered by these Official Rules, please email No telephone calls, please.
ELIGIBILITY  The Contest is open only to individuals, 18 years of age or older at the time of entry, who are legal residents of the United States and who are not employed as professional writers (i.e., earn no more than ten percent of their annual income from writing). Employees, officers and directors of the Organizer and the Organizer’s Affiliates (and their immediate families—children, spouse, parents, siblings—and those living in their same households whether or not related) are not eligible; “Organizer’s Affiliates” includes all entities associated with Organizer for purposes of this Contest, such as subsidiaries, affiliated companies, advertising agencies, promotional agencies, and judges, as well as the officers, directors, employees, representatives, contractors, and agents of Sponsor and such entities.  By participating in the Contest, participants warrant that they meet the Contest’s eligibility criteria and are eligible to participate under the applicable law governing procurement of prizes and awards. Participants may be required to submit proof of eligibility. Organizer reserves the right to disqualify any participant if Organizer determines that the participant did not follow these Official Rules, or if participant’s entry in the Contest or receipt of prize would violate applicable law. Organizer reserves the right to disqualify any individual that, in Organizer’s sole discretion, has attempted to tamper with or exploit the operation of the Contest, or acted in violation of these Official Rules or applicable law.
IMPORTANT CONTEST DATES   Submissions to the Contest must be received by Wednesday,   May 9, 2012 in order to be eligible; any entry received after Wednesday, May 9, 2012 will be deemed ineligible. Organizer is not responsible for late, incomplete, invalid, mutilated, illegible, or misdirected entries.

 WINNER: Winner will be selected on or about 05/11/12. Sponsors will reasonably attempt to notify winners by email, phone, or mail within thirty (30) days of selection. Winners may not substitute, assign, or transfer a prize or redeem a prize for cash. To accept a prize, an Entrant must complete, sign, and return an Affidavit of Eligibility (“Affidavit”) and, where lawful, Liability/Publicity Release (“Release”) (collectively, “Affidavit and Release”) within seven (7) days of receipt. If these forms are received by the time indicated on the documents, or if an Entrant does not meet the eligibility requirements set out in Section 2 above, or is otherwise unwilling or unable to comply with these Official Rules, or cannot be contacted by June 7, 2011, an alternate Winner may be selected at and in a manner determined by the Sponsors’ sole discretion. To request a list of winners or to receive a copy of these Rules, any person may write his or her name and complete address on a 3”x5” card and mail in a first class stamped envelope to: Eugene’s Favorite Mom Contest c/o Dandelions Flowers & Gifts, LLC 1710 Chambers St. Eugene, OR  97402
ENTRY: To enter the Contest, participants must submit an original, unpublished short essay no longer than 250 words describing a mother the Entrant knows and why the Entrant believes they are an amazing mom. Entrants must register and submit entries via (a) submitting the entry, in person, to the Organizer: Dandelions Flowers & Gifts, LLC 1710 Chambers St., Eugene, OR 97402 or the Organizer’s Affiliates: Vernon T. Williams via email to,  Bella Day Spa & Salon 2746 Shadow View Dr., Eugene, OR 97408, King Estate Winery 80854 Territorial Rd., Eugene, OR 97405 , or (b) emailing completed entry to, or faxing completed entry to (541)484-9303. Incomplete entries or entries with inadequate registration information will be automatically disqualified.
Each entry must be submitted on an individual basis (i.e., no team, joint, or corporate entries) and all components of the entry must be the original creation of the submitting participant. Only non-commercial work may be submitted. Entries may not contain profanity, nudity, pornographic images, violent images, anti-competition messages, illegal material, or material that violates the rights of third parties. Entries may not include confidential information, trade secrets, trademarks or copyrighted material belonging to any person or entity other than the participant absent a suitable license or permission agreement (proof of which is required). Entries containing any forbidden matter or material otherwise deemed by Organizer to be inappropriate will be disqualified.
All information provided by entrant must be complete, true and correct. All entries become the property of Organizer. By submitting your entry you grant Organizer a license to use the entry materials in any manner, including, but not limited to, reviewing, using, reproducing, sublicensing, distributing, publicizing, and displaying your entry and the materials and works contained therein. You warrant that you have all requisite right, title, and interest in such entry materials and works to grant the rights provided herein, including the right to submit the entry materials and works to Organizer. Organizer may use the entry materials and works in any manner, including, without limitation, to sell or distribute the entry materials and works without payment of any royalty or fee to any person or entity and without your acknowledgment. You further license Organizer to modify the entry materials and works and create derivative works from the entry materials and works and acknowledge that the opportunity to participate in the Contest constitutes valid and sufficient consideration for such license. By entering, you agree to indemnify and hold Organizer and its respective officers, directors, employees, agents, parents, subsidiaries, successors, and assigns harmless from any liability or damages of any kind, including attorney’s fees and costs, resulting from any defects in your right to license the entry materials, as set out herein, including any claim of infringement or other violation of proprietary right of any person or entity.
JUDGING AND WINNING Organizer will select the winning submission, based equally on the criteria of originality, persuasiveness and relevance. The decision of the Organizer is final and not appealable. Based upon the content of submissions, Organizer reserves the right not to select any winning submissions.
Potential winners may waive their right to receive a prize. Organizer will attempt to notify the potential winner by reasonable means, using the contact information provided. If for any reason the potential winner cannot be reached after reasonable attempt has been made, the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner. The potential winner will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability, as well as a publicity release, except where prohibited by law, within seven (7) days of receipt of notification as a potential winner. Failure to return a signed affidavit within seven (7) days may result in forfeiture of the prize, except where prohibited by law. Potential winners are responsible for ensuring return of all required materials; proof of sending will not be considered proof of receipt by Organizer. If any potential winner is under the age of majority in any state, all affidavits and waivers must be executed by a parent or legal guardian.
Winners are required by law to pay any applicable local, state and federal taxes, and any other charges including but not limited to duties, customs fees or other fees on prizes. An IRS Form 1099 will be issued to all prize recipients for any prize valued at $600 or more.

CONDITIONS/RELEASE By participating in the Contest, you (i) agree to be bound by these official rules, including all eligibility requirements, (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of the Sponsors, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest, and (iii) understand and agree that failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Contest and/or the selection of an alternate Winner.  You agree to release and forever discharge and hold harmless the Sponsor Entities, from and against any and all liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, liability, actions or damages of any kind with respect to or in any way arising in connection with: (1) the Contest (2) participation in the Contest (3) acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize (4) any liability for economic injury, personal injury, property damage, loss or any other harm (5) anything related to the Contest and the awarding of prizes and (6) any claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trademark infringement or infringement of any third party right.  Any claims relating to this Contest shall be governed by Oregon law without regard to its conflict of law rules, and any such claim must be heard in Oregon. 


GENERAL If any provision of these Official Rules is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction or appointed arbitrator, such determination shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision herein.  LEGAL WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN INDIVIDUAL, WHETHER OR NOT AN ENTRANT, TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE, DESTROY, TAMPER OR VANDALIZE ANY WEB SITE OR INTERFERE WITH THE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST, IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND DILIGENTLY PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AGAINST ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.  By entering this Contest you understand and agree that Sponsor(s) may contact entrants with product offers it believes may be of interest to entrants.  The Contest is subject to all local, state, and federal regulations.
The Organizer may use your personal information, provided by you, to notify you about this contest and to contact you to ask questions about your entry. The Organizer and sponsors may also use your personal information to communicate with you about similar contests the Organizer holds in the future and offers  it believes may be of interest to entrants.  Your personal information may be shared with our employees, independent contractors, agents or other related and unrelated Organizer entities and/or business partners acting on Organizer’s behalf to notify you about this contest or to notify you about future contests and offers. We do not share this information with non-Organizer companies except to the extent necessary to complete the uses described above and, when we do share it, it is subject to their agreement to treat it as confidential business information and with the understanding that it may not be used for any purpose other than to perform their function. Organizer may disclose personal information in response to legal process, for example, in response to an order from court or governmental body.
All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of you and Organizer in connection with the Contest shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Oregon, without regard to its rules concerning choice of law or conflict of laws.