Although summer is the height of wedding season, more and more brides are choosing a spring wedding for their nuptials. If you’re wondering which flowers are best for your big day, here are a few suggestions: Ranunculus: These blooms are … Continue reading
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.
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!
Happy International Women’s Day!
I don’t know about you but it is certainly on my New Year’s Resolution list to keep my house a bit more clean and organized in the upcoming year. Honestly, I would settle for clean and organized for just 1 month before the piles of paper, knick knacks and toys once again take over. As we all know one of the best-recommended ways for getting organized is purging unneeded items from your space! Use this time in early January to clean out your cupboards, shelves or garage space and recycle your clean, gently used vases to Dandelions in exchange for a gift certificate from us! Sweet deal.
All week January 12-17 you can stop by Dandelions during regular business hours (8:30-5:30) with your collection and we’ll take them off your hands for you. For the safety of our staff we ask for no chipped or cracked vases, please.
5-10 vases= $5 Gift Certificate
11-20 vases= $10 Gift Certificate
21+ vases= $15 Gift Certificate
Happy New Year’s and we hope to see you soon during Recycle Week! In the meantime…good luck with those Resolutions and cleaning out of cupboards!
Christmas is my favorite season. I love the decorations, the lights, the music, the smell. As soon as the Thanksgiving turkey is made into leftovers I am pulling out our Christmas decorations and hopefully inspiring the same love of the Christmas season in my 4 year old daughter. Since we don’t have a fireplace she thinks Santa comes to the door and says “ding dong” to bring her presents!
Fresh flowers and plants make the holidays even brighter. Oregon is blessed to have a wide variety of fresh holiday greenery that bring the wonderful smell of Christmas to life. These days we meet requests for holiday flowers for everything from traditional centerpieces to fun and modern arrangements. Don’t hesitate to try something different this year! Here’s a little inspiration to get you started…
I’m really excited about this new line of jewelry that we are carrying here at Dandelions. The Vintage Pearl line has beautiful craftsmanship that shows in every piece. Each item is hand-stamped, meaning they don’t use a machine to create the letters or designs in their studio with the result that each item is one-of-a-kind.
As a mother myself I am impressed with the dedication that it took Erin, the founder of The Vintage Pearl, to start creating jewelry and form a business while being a stay-at-home mom of 4 kids. She taught herself the art of jewelry making and the success of her business soon prompted a fully-dedicated studio space and retail outlets.
Their handstamped jewelry is created using a variety of materials including sterling silver, freshwater pearls and swarovski birthstone crystals. Their statement says “Our desire is to design and create beautiful handmade pieces that will connect with your heart and soul” and they certainly do.
October has arrived, and along with it the campaign to raise awareness for breast cancer. Those who have been affected by this disease testify to its far-reaching affects – affects that have the potential to devastate them in body and mind, but also those who they love – who not only watch them suffer, but suffer along with them. This is why breast cancer awareness is so important, and why we work so hard to raise awareness.
No doubt, breast cancer is a serious issue. But there’s something healing and uplifting about finding a way to approach life, and the hardships it throws our way with humor! It enables us to look at this difficult issue and feel like maybe we can make a difference. Maybe we can affect change…because the truth is that we most definitely can!
Bras for a Cure, presented by Dandelions Flowers & Gifts and sponsored by KDUK, is one way in which you can make a difference in a fun, whimsical way. All you have to do is release your inner artist, and decorate a bra! There is a $10 registration fee to enter your bra into the contest. Then when voting begins, you get your friends and family to vote, which will only cost them $1.00 a vote. There’ll be fun, friendly competition, awareness-raising conversation, and most importantly – funds raised to help the individuals affected by breast cancer right here in Lane county, because all the money we raise from Bras for a Cure goes to the Oregon Cancer Foundation (formerly the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute Foundation) and is used locally.
The Oregon Cancer Foundation not only offers support and counseling for cancer sufferers after their treatments, but they also give financial help where ever it’s needed – to cover bills, to pay for gas, etc.
You can read up on the contest rules at brasforacure.com, but here’s a quick summary:
1. Your entry – along with your $10 entry fee – is due at Dandelions Flowers (1710 Chambers St.) by October 18th by 5pm.
2. Voting begins on Monday, October 20th thru the 31st and is $1 per vote.
3. The Reveal Party – where you can see all the bras displayed, meet the entrants and vote, vote, vote is Tuesday, October 21st from 5-7pm.
Participate this year, and as you do, spread the word!
Here in the United States there is such a variety of “holidays” that it is hard to keep track of them all. Bosses Day (October 16th) and by extension, Bosses Week, is one worth noting on your calendar every year, no matter what kind of workplace environment you are employed in. A gift from the office could really mean a lot to your boss. It doesn’t have to be expensive- we have lots of budget friendly gift ideas including plants, flowers, chocolates and Duck gift baskets.
If your employer is the kind that really works hard to create a positive work environment and shows leadership and care for his / her staff, let them know, and make it a great day at the office!
Last week, Julianne spent her days revamping our sales floor, and now that it looks fantastic, I thought I’d give you a peak!
Below is the front window display as you walk up to the store.
Our selection of gorgeous, flower-themed hand-bags.
Our new, seaside-themed corner, with wonderful gift items.
Our “Go Green” lucky bamboo section! Love the bamboo and bark combination!
The Bras for a Cure section! That’s coming up next month, by the way, so click on the link and find out what you need to do to enter or contribute.
It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post about some of our weddings due to issues I was having with our site. Ugh. But now that it is resolved I am back to highlighting some incredible couples and their joyous nuptials!
I was honored to create the floral designs for Lisa and Mark back in March at Lewis and Clark Catering here in Eugene. I get to gab with Lisa every 6-8 weeks since she is my hairstylist so it was fun to hear all about the wedding planning from the time of engagement up until THE DAY. Lisa and Mark are a laid-back and fun couple and wanted their wedding to feel intimate and sophisticated without being too hoighty-toity (is that a real word?) or stuffy.
The day was perfect and it even managed to stay dry which is a small miracle for a March wedding in Eugene, OR. It rains a lot here. The colors were simple with a black and white theme and a punch of turquoise to add a little life. The bride was beautiful, the wedding was sweet and the reception (so I heard) was fun, fun, fun! These gorgeous images were captured by MJ’s Photography here in Eugene- thank you for sharing! If you haven’t met Michelle of MJ’s Photography…she’s awesome. Fun, professional and talented. Now to the wedding!
Lisa’s bouquet was an array of white garden roses, clematis, ranunculus, sweet peas, jasmine buds, piers japonica and trailing greenery with a sheer, ruffled ribbon.
The groom, Mark, puts the final touches to his attire
Instead of a traditional arch, Lisa wanted something more elegant and modern to designate the ceremony area. Sleek white pillars held tall flower arrangements of white blooms including snapdragons, hydrangea, trailing clematis and white Tibet roses. Post-ceremony they were transferred indoors to decorate the reception area.
Each reception centerpiece differed slightly but all were white flowers with either black or white rocks in the bottom or square vases. The couple’s sweetheart table flowers was a trio of vases including the white anemones with black centers that Lisa loved.
Mark’s niece, a Junior Bridesmaid, gets a little extra love from the bride!
Julianne made a wonderful spring and summer display for our sales floor with tissue paper flowers. They were so easy we thought you might want to try them if you’re looking for a fun, summer project to do for yourself, or with your kids.
Here’s the step-by-step how-to:
You’ll need scissors; tape; a piece of thin wire; glue (we used hot-glue); and of course, tissue paper in various colors. To do one flower, you’ll only need two sheets of tissue paper in differing colors. The size of our tissue paper is about 23 by 17 inches. You can use paper that’s bigger or smaller, but I put the measurements in here to give you a better idea of what to expect as you go along.
Step 1 – Folding the Paper: Take your first sheet of paper (the one that will be the petals) and fold it in half lengthwise, and then width-wise, as shown in the pictures below. You’ll have an 11 by 9 inch rectangle.
Step 2 – Scalloping the Edge: This is how Julianne formed the round shape of the petals. With your scissors you’ll scallop the edge of the paper you just folded on one side only – the long, loose side (don’t cut on the fold.) This is your creative project, so feel free to change up the shape of the petals in any way you like. You can make them sharper, or more angular.
When you open the sheet of paper, it should look like this:
Step 3: Making the Flower: In both hands, grab the paper on each side of the un-scalloped edge, and inching your fingers forward, gather it towards the center of the paper.
Step 4: Securing the Center: Hold the gathered paper in the center with one hand, and with the other, wrap your wire around the center to secure the gathering effect. Then fold the gathered edges towards each other to form the head of a flower.
Step 5- Securing the petals: To secure the edges and form a continuous flower head, tape the paper where the folded edges meet. Tape beneath the flower so you don’t see the tape from the top.
Your flowers, so far, should look like this:
Step 6- The Center: To do the center of your flowers, grab your next sheet of paper. Fold it length-wise twice (until it is about 4 inches in width.) Then, fold it down the middle width-wise – twice. You’ll have a rectangle about 5 by 6 inches.
Step 7 – Forming the Center: On the side of your rectangle that is NOT all folded, cut strips down the length of your rectangle, stopping a couple of inches from the bottom. (Don’t worry if you cut the side with the folds. The effect will be a little different, but that’s okay. No flower is exactly alike.)
It should look like this:
Step 9 – Putting it all Together: – Glue bottom of center and stick it into the middle of your flower.
The final Step: Fluff out the petals and the center.