Get Crafty: Summer Flower Fun

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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When you open the sheet of paper, it should look like this:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Your flowers, so far, should look like this:

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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.

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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.)

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It should look like this:

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Step 9 – Putting it all Together: – Glue bottom of center and stick it into the middle of your flower.

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The final Step: Fluff out the petals and the center.

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Have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northwest Community Credit Union Event

Recently Northwest Community Credit Union celebrated their 65th anniversary and wanted floral decorations that reflected how they began. In 1949 6 co-workers at Weyerhaeuser put $50 in a lunchbox with the intention of helping each other out. That year, Weyerhaeuser Springfield Credit Union made its first loan and soon became Northwest Community Credit Union.

The centerpieces for their celebration incorporated both the lunchbox theme and their roots working in the lumber industry.

IMG_3944Oregon greenery and ferns were accented with pinecones and logs designed in classic lunchboxes.

IMG_3950Birch cubes held sunflowers, pinecones and Douglas fir branches

IMG_3948Bubble bowls of sunflowers accented the buffet area

Make it for Mom 2014

It’s quickly approaching that time year when we celebrate the wonderful women in our lives we call “Mom.” Every year, the Saturday morning before Mother’s Day, we open our store to as many children who will come and help them create their very own personal mini-floral arrangements to present to Mom the next morning.
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This year, the 18th year of this annual event, Make it for Mom will be Saturday, May 10th from 10:30am to noon. The kids will have a marvelous time making arrangements with a personal touch that only they can add; the adults will receive a $5.00 in-store coupon to go towards any purchases they make that day; and any donations we receive will go 100% to the Relief Nursery.

Mark your calendar so you and your kids don’t miss out.

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Eugene’s Favorite Mom 2014

eugene mother's day contestMothers are extraordinary. They’re not super heroes with an abundance of super-human abilities, but they could fool us. Because we’re around them all the time, it’s easy to take them – and their seeming super-powers – for granted.

The truth is we know how human they are, but these ordinary, every-day women find it within themselves to love, give and sacrifice in ways that can astound us.

Debra Ann Wilson - Eugene's Favorite Mom 2013

Debra Ann Wilson – Eugene’s Favorite Mom 2013

Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to thank our moms and show them that we recognize how special they are and appreciate all they do for us. And to make this year’s occasion even more unforgettable, you can put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and enter your super-Mom into the 4th annual Eugene’s Favorite Mom contest. All you have to do is tell us about your mom (or the mother figure in your life) and what makes her amazing.

The entry deadline is Wednesday, May 7th.

The Grand Prize winner will be awarded by Sunday, May 11th, and wins the following:

A plaque announcing her as Eugene’s Favorite Mom 2014

dandelions flowers eugeneA beautiful floral arrangement, balloons and a $50.00 gift certificate from Dandelions Flowers & Gifts

 

 

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A bottle of their 2010 Voignier and a Sweet Cheeks Tank top from Sweet Cheeks Winery

 

 

 

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An 8×10 family portrait by Bruce Berg Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To get started go to www.eugenesfavoritemom.com to read up on the contest guidelines and submit your entry, or you can download the entry form here.

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Say “Thank You” To Your Office Staff

secretary's week 2014 In today’s fast-paced workplace, it is often easy to forget to stop and say “thank you” to your staff for all the hard work that they do. As the old adage goes “They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. A little gift goes a long way and flowers (or chocolates) send a clear message that you appreciate them.

This year, Administrative Professionals Week is April 21th to 25th. Currently, since its inception in 1952, it is the largest workplace event celebrated nationwide. Because of its emphasis on the value of administrative professionals, and the roles they play in their respective organizations, this week is the perfect time to show your appreciation.

With our selection of gifts we make it easy for you to say “thank you” because with flowers, you don’t have to cater to individual interests and styles. EVERYBODY loves flowers! We have something for every budget and have highlighted some of our favorites right here.

choc devine

“Chocolate Divine” basket $39.99

moonstruck

Delicious Moonstruck Chocolates YUM! $4.99-$29.99

tulips

Tulips come in a variety of spring colors including yellow, pink, red, orange, white and purple $39.99

carnival

“Carnival” in bright, spring colors $34.99

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Our super-popular bonsai tree $29.99

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“Mahalo” with tropical orchids $19.99

 

Easter Flowers Announce Spring

Easter is such a fun time for flowers because spring showcases such amazing flowers that are only available locally, and for just a short time. After the cold and gray tones of winter, the colorful and soft pallets of spring colors are welcome. We love using these local flowers in our Easter flower arrangements. Pussy willow, anemones, ranunculus and tulips scream “Spring is here”!

The whole spring season and Easter in particular represents renewal and new life. As the first bulbs begin to burst from the soil, so too does the hope for warmer days and garden planting. We take nature’s lead and are inspired every day with spring’s bounty.

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Care Tips for Your Spring Cut Flowers

After the winter weather, the warm days and clear skies we had this weekend were a tantalizing hint that the cold will be gone for good soon – at least for the season. Sunnier skies, warmer weather and fun, outdoor activities are on our doorstep! I spot my boots on the shoe rack and long to put them away until next winter. Even though the weather hasn’t quite caught up yet (it’s getting there!) spring is here, and so are the happy colors and delightful scents of spring flowers and bulbs.

So, when you come by and pick up a bunch of these bright beauties,  what do you need to know about them to keep them cheering your home longer?

Daffodils: Daffodils arranged in a vase all by themselves make for a cheery, eye-catching design. If, however, you want to arrange a bouquet with daffodils and other flowers, keep this in mind: daffodils secret a sap when their stem is cut. This does the daffodils no harm, but it will cause other flowers in the arrangement to wilt. So here’s what we do when making mixed arrangement of daffodils and other flowers: we cut the daffodils to the height we want them and put them in a separate vase of water for about an hour to allow the sap to drain. Then – without cutting their stems again – we rinse them and add them to our arrangement.

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Hyacinth: With their bright colors and sweet fragrance, hyacinth are very popular. When bringing hyacinth home for a cut-flower arrangement, don’t cut the woody, bottom part of the stem if you don’t have to. This helps the hyacinth draws up water, and it will last longer this way. If you’re working with hyacinth bulbs it’s a good idea to wear gloves. The bulbs are acidic and can cause skin irritation.

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Tulips: Did you know that not only do their petals open and close depending on the temperature in a room, but tulips will continue to grow a few more inches after they’re cut? This movement in the design makes for a wild and alluring arrangement.

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Anemones: When arranging with this beautiful, whimsical flower keep in mind that the petals will open in the light and warmth, so while anemones are pretty hardy, despite their delicate look, keeping them in a cool area in your home will help them last longer. Anemones will also continue to grow after they are cut!

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Still Trending: Vintage Lace & Burlap

As we head into the 2014 wedding season the projected trends are becoming more concrete in terms of colors, themes and details for weddings. Lace and burlap is still extremely popular among brides whose weddings fall into the following categories: vintage, country chic, rustic, barn weddings and romantic but casual outdoor affairs.

Burlap was the #1 stem wrap of choice for all the weddings I did last year. Bridesmaid’s bouquets were wrapped with burlap while most of the bridal bouquets were a combination of burlap and lace treatments. I also incorporated the burlap in corsages and boutonnieres so that the whole look was cohesive. Burlap can be used as table runners, banners or wrapped around vases. Adding lace to any of these adds romance and softens the look instantly.

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Photo courtesy of Erika Nicole Photography

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Photo courtesy of Erika Nicole Photography

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Lace stem wrap with pearl pins

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Lace tablecloth with vintage, family-heirloom objects

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Using a satin ribbon with rhinestone gems with a hint of twine keeps this stem wrap from being too “country”

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Babies breath corsage with burlap accents- perfect for petite frames or mom’s who don’t want anything too large

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Yellow rose corsage on banquet tables with burlap runners

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Burlap with wide lace stem wrap

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Burlap wedding tables with wood slabs and homemade jam favors

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Hydrangea blossoms in vases wrapped in burlap

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Babies breath bridesmaid’s bouquet with burlap stem wrap

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Corsage with burlap ribbon accents

Burlap banner Just Married

Burlap pendant banner for cake table

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Wedding arch w/ burlap fabric, chandelier and yellow flower decorations

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Vintage lace and brooch stem wrap on romantic white wedding bouquet

Cute burlap accents on the head table

Burlap runners on the head table

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Yellow craspedia flower girl pomander {Erika Nicole Photography}

Easter Coloring Contest

Do you remember the good ole’ days when there used to be local coloring contests for all the easter flowers eugeneholidays? I miss those days so we are reviving the coloring contest this year for Easter! Kids can use their creative magic to turn the coloring page of the Easter Basket of Beauty arrangement into a work of art. Art mediums can include crayons, markers, paint, glitter…the sky’s the limit. HAVE FUN!! The winning entries (2 age categories see below) receive a coloring gift basket and the beautiful “Basket of Beauty” flower arrangement just in time for Easter.

Download your coloring page here: easter coloring picture pdf

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Rules & Guidelines:

Entry Information:

  • Entry Information:
  • Artist’s First & Last Name
  • Age
  • Name, Contact Phone Number & email for Parent

Eligibility:

There will be two age categories for entries and one winner within each age category. Ages 3-6 and ages 7-11.

Details:

Entries for the contest must be received by April 16. The winner for each category will be chosen April 18 and the parents notified by phone. Prizes will be awarded at Dandelions Flowers & Gifts with pictures taken.

Coloring Contest Entries can be snail mailed or dropped off to Dandelions Flowers & Gifts 1710 Chambers St. Eugene, OR 97402,  or scanned in and emailed to toviana@dandelionsflowers.com

Judging: 

Marketing Manager of Dandelions Flowers & Gifts reserves right to choose winners of the coloring contest. Entire Dandelions team may be recruited to help choose winner. Entries will be judged after the deadline of April 16, and winners chosen at this time.

*All entries become the property of Dandelions Flowers & Gifts and may be displayed in our store, on our website or Facebook page for public viewing. We encourage all Facebook members to participate and help with your ‘likes and comments’, but Dandelions reserves the right to choose the ultimate winner.

Winners & Prizes

Winners will be notified by phone. The winner of each age group will receive a fresh, floral Easter arrangement and a Coloring Gift Basket valued at $74.99. For a complete list of winners you are welcome to contact Toviana with Dandelions Flowers at toviana@dandelionsflowers.com

Mail/In-Person:

Dandelions Flowers & Gifts, LLC

1710 Chambers St.

Eugene, OR 97402

Email:

toviana@dandelionsflowers.com

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