We are carrying a delicious variety of Portland-made Moonstruck Chocolates. These gourmet chocolates are perfect for stocking stuffers or as a stand-alone gift for friends, teachers, or co-workers. The packaging makes these handcrafted delights an easy gift-to-go.
I love the holiday season, but this year is especially spectacular. Not only did it snow this weekend, but the temperature in Eugene has stayed cold enough to keep it looking like a winter wonderland! A week into December, and with the lovely evergreens surrounding Eugene laden with the white, fluffy precipitation; the streets and rooftops snow-covered, the season has announced itself: Christmas is here!
This year, along with my usual reasons for loving the season – putting a tree up and dressing it up for the season; the festive decorations and lights around town; holiday shopping and wrapping (or bagging) gifts; anticipating fun family get-togethers; watching people go by all bundled up against the cold; Christmas music – I get to add a couple of new ones to my list: the scrunch of footsteps in the snow; snow blowing off branches and swirling in the breeze against a blue winter sky. But I always come back to an old favorite: the red, white and green flowers we work with in the store. When the snow-tinted pine cones and Christmas greenery come out at work, it’s easy to get inspired, so I thought I’d give you a glimpse of some red, white and green floral inspiration at Dandelions:
We love to promote and support local businesses, and one of these is a mother-daughter team based out of Springfield, OR, and they make the most beautiful, intricate flowers…out of beads.
Shyvonne Moore and her daughter Elexess started their company – Forever Flowers – two years ago. This creative product rose (pun intended) out of a hobby of Shyvonne’s: she loved beading. Shyvonne would get ideas from beading books and put her own twist on them, so for the last 10 years, she’d make delightful beaded art as gifts for friends and family. When they decided to go into business, they came up with the name “Forever Flowers” because they could provide a product that doesn’t die, and isn’t easy to break.
Our customers love these fun, beaded blossoms, not only because of the careful detail they display, but also because they’re so versatile:
You can wear them as a bright hair accessory!
And for this past Homecoming season we were able to use them as a base for some unique wrist-corsages:
Last week we were delighted to help out our local Boys & Girls Club with their first annual Be Grate-ful Gala Auction at the Eugene Country Club. The mystical, magical evening included a performance by Ballet Fantastique and we brought our creative mojo to the floral designs. Purple, orange and green flowers were accented with manzanita branches and mosses with hanging crystals. Each table was set with painted pumpkins and a gypsy-style lantern in addition to flowers.
The Boys & Girls Club is an incredible organization that is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for kids in the critical after-school hours. They provide education support, physical education and lots of opportunity for counseling and mentoring. As a working mother myself I know that it can be challenging to find somewhere for the kiddos to go when I need to be at work. Thankfully the 11 month old can still be strapped to my person in a pinch. For parents who have school age kids, though, there are those critical hours of the day after school gets out but before parents are home from work. This is where Boys & Girls Club steps in.
Here in the Eugene/Springfield area, the Boys & Girls Club serves over 900 of our local youth helping them to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The facts are tough:
- 1 out of 5 young people live in poverty
- 3 out of 10 kids won’t graduate on time
- 3 out of 10 kids are obese or overweight
- 3pm – 7pm juvenile crime escalates
For a real difference here in our community the team at the Boys & Girls Club over at Westmoreland truly changes lives. I stopped by there to pick up some items for the event and saw happy, polite kids who clearly flourished in an environment of safety and love.
- 67% of alumni say the club kept them out of trouble with the law
- 28% of alumni say they would have dropped out of school if not for the club
- 57% of alumni say the club saved their life
- 62% of alumni say the club helped them commit to their education
Each year the Eugene Chamber of Commerce honors women business leaders in the Eugene area who are business owners or primary managers who have demonstrated a commitment to our community as well as their success in the business world. One woman is named as the Business Woman of the Year. Our owner, Shirley Lyons, was honored in 2011 with the title for her long-standing dedication the the Eugene community and her career achievements in the floral industry. The 2013 winner of the title is Sharon Rudnick- Shareholder, Owner and Attorney for Harrang Long Gary Rudnick. Congratulations Sharon!
Dandelions was asked to create the centerpieces and award bouquets for the Award Luncheon this year and we delighted in designing seasonal but modern arrangements for the event. We chose bright pops of yellow and green that were accented with copper flat wire, magnolia leaves and natural bark elements.
Sometimes home is the best place to get married. A family venue holds emotional significance and is VERY budget friendly. My friends, Justin and Jennifer, were married on her family’s property that sat lakeside on Fern Ridge Lake in Veneta, OR.
The bride and groom wanted a very family-friendly wedding and even encouraged guests to bring their swimsuits in the wedding invitation! The ceremony area was created with hay bale seating and wood logs down the aisle that held vases of flowers. A beautiful focal point was made using ribbons strung between two trees that overlooked the lake. A breeze picked up about the time the ceremony began which made the ribbons blow and looked very pretty.
The reception had long feasting tables with hay bale seating. The bride and groom had painted beer and liquor bottles in shades of silver, gold, taupe and brown and each held 1 or 2 blossoms of orange flowers and ferns. The color scheme was really important to them because the bride’s family had been heavily affected by cancer so they chose the orange to represent leukemia. Mini gerbera daisies, “Blah Blah Blah” dahlias, “Flame” mini calla lilies, “Peach Peony” garden roses, orange spray roses, and local maidenhair fern and sword fern were used for the ceremony and reception flowers.
It was a pleasure to decorate the area with flowers and attend the wedding. The bride and groom had gone up to Alaska a few weeks before and caught their own salmon that they served for dinner which was delicious! Justin left most of the wedding decisions up to Jennifer- his only caveat was that he got to choose what he wore. So…the groom and groomsmen kept it comfy and casual in shorts and button-up shirts. The bride and bridesmaids all carried brooch bouquets that glittered and shone against the rustic backdrop. Congratulations, again, Justin and Jennifer!
Last night we held the second annual Bras for a Cure Reveal Party. With 38 creative, decorated bras entered into the contest, and upwards of 100 people showing up to view, vote and show support for their, or their friends entries, the party exceeded our expectations!
Now that the bras are out and about the store and on display, they’re ready for your votes! voting is open until Thursday, October 31st. You can come into the store, see them and vote while you’re in, or you can check them out at facebook.com/BrasforaCure or brasforacure.com and call us at 541-485-1261 to vote! We’ll be posting updates on how the voting is going, so “Like” Bras for a Cure on Facebook and to stay updated.
There’s no limit to the amount of votes you can place. The bra with the most votes wins! Select your vote for Grand Prize winner, and then you can select a bra for the categories.
The categories are:
1. Most Creative
2. Best Name/Title
3. Best Cancer Support Bra
4. Most Humorous
All proceeds go to the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center for local help to those afflicted by cancer.The grand-prize winner, as well as the other category winners will be announce on November 4th at 11:30am at the Bra-Vo Final Showcase, being held at the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute. Everyone is welcome!