2014 has arrived, and with it the freshness of new beginnings, hopes for a better year, and new years resolutions! While it is exciting to look forward to a new year imagining the adventures it will hold and planning a few of those yourself, this is also a great time to look back at the year we left and learn from or laugh at it’s experiences, and then go forward.
I’d like to do a recap of 2013 for Dandelions. So much happened last year that we’d like to remember it’ll be good to have it all in one place, so here goes:
The year starts off cold and foggy (as is usually the case in Oregon), but Bethany – Shirley’s granddaughter visiting from Minnesota – joins the design team and brightens the day:
This Valentine’s we start carrying Moonstruck Chocolate – yum! But it’s also a sad time for us. Rosie a designer who’s worked here for 10 years will be moving to California. This is her last Valentine’s with us.
A much longed-for, sunny day, and the Dande-girls step outside to briefly bask in the warming rays.
It’s time for the Olympic Track and Field Trials, and we do the bouquets given to the winners. Here’s Shirley busy at work on some of those bouquets.
A Busy month – In the beginning of the month we do a photo-shoot for the Register Guard Dash about brunch flower ideas for Mother’s Day. One is a contemporary table, and the other traditional.
We present the winner of our Mothers Day contest Eugene’s Favorite Mom Debra Ann Wilson with her well-won award.
The day before Mothers Day is busy with our Make it for Mom event for kids.
This is graduation month, and we’re busy making and delivering beautiful flowers for the various graduations all around the UO campus.
For their company event, Levi Strauss does a floral design class with us. They’re naturals!
We get a visit from Teleflora’s Chairman, Tom Butler, and his wife Becky.
What an amazing month! Our boss and owner of Dandelions – Shirley Lyons – is installed as President of the Society of American Florists. The first woman in the association’s 129 years, and the first Oregonian! We are so proud!
We award Betty Jo Phillips her prize for winning our Eugene’s Extraordinary Grandparent 2013 contest.
This month we also start carrying a fabulous new product – Beaded Flowers.
Another busy month! This Boss’s Day, we award Rich Spindler of DataLogic ADC (in the yellow shirt) with Eugene’s Best Boss 2013 award.
We held our second annual Bras for a Cure event and raised $2950 going to the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute Foundation for the fight against breast cancer.
At the end of the month, the Dande-girls… and our customers get dressed up for Halloween!
This month Shirley celebrates her 60th birthday!
We do some beautiful tablescapes for the Boys and Girls Club fundraiser.
This month starts off with a record-setting snowfall that stays with us for a couple of weeks.
We do a book-signing event for Bob Welch’s new children’s book Keyboard Kitten.
At the end of the month, our very adorable Colt celebrates his first birthday!
Now we’re ready for 2014, and it’s adventures!!