New Item: Hand-stamped jewelry from The Vintage Pearl

the vintage pearl necklaceI’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.

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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.

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Bras for a Cure 2014 Contest!

pink ribbon flowersOctober 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. Bras for a Cure Eugene

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! bra decorating contest

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 helping cancer patients eugene oregonhelp 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.

You can see last year’s entries at the Bras for a Cure website, and we’ll be keeping you updated on the voting progress on the Bras for a Cure Facebook page, so be sure to Like us.

Participate this year, and as you do, spread the word!

SPONSORED BY:

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Earn Bonus Points with Your Boss!

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.

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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!

 

 

Our Renewed Display and Sales Floor

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.

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Our selection of gorgeous, flower-themed hand-bags.

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Our new, seaside-themed corner, with wonderful gift items.

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Our “Go Green” lucky bamboo section! Love the bamboo and bark combination!

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Our small cooler is ready for fall!

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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.

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Lisa and Mark at Lewis & Clark Catering

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!

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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.

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chalkboard flower garlandThe lighting fixtures at Lewis and Clark are beautiful and create stunning backdrops

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The groom, Mark, puts the final touches to his attire

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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.

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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.

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Mark’s niece, a Junior Bridesmaid, gets a little extra love from the bride!

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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.

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“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

bonsai

Our super-popular bonsai tree $29.99

mahalo

“Mahalo” with tropical orchids $19.99