Reveal Party: The Bras are Out and About!

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!

Some of the ladies from Curves in Veneta showed up to support their bra entry, view the other entries, and vote.

Checking out the entries and placing votes.

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!

Check out KMTR’s excellent story on Bras for a Cure here.

The Register-Guard also did a wonderful story on the Party, and interviewed Andrea Ros, who entered a bra, about her experience with breast cancer. Read it here.

Light Pink Wedding

We often get requests from brides for peonies throughout the year. Unfortunately, peonies have a short growing season locally. The season is extended slightly through farms that grow peonies in Alaska and South America. So for the bride who wants a peony look but can’t afford the $15-$30 a stem price of off-season peonies, garden roses provide an excellent alternative.

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This wedding had a very pink theme! The bridal bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets were pink and white and the flower girls carried sweet pink pomanders. Helga Piaget garden roses, Mariatheresa garden spray roses and blush pink ranunculus created a soft pink look. The bridal bouquet was collared with silver dusty miller. and had locket pictures attached to the stem wrap. Very pretty and feminine!

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White garden roses, pink garden spray roses, pink ranunculus and dusty miller

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Stunning, large bridal bouquet

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Incorporating pictures into the bridal bouquet

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Bridesmaids bouquets with peony look-alikes

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Elegant wedding corsage with pink ranunculus on a pearl and rhinestone bracelet

pink wedding boutonniere

Pink and silver groom’s boutonniere

wedding pomanders

Flower girl pomanders

wedding kissing balls

Pink mini carns look like mini peonies on these wedding pomanders

Happy Bosses Day, Shirley Lyons!

Last month, our wonderful boss Shirley Lyons was installed as the President of the Society of American Florists (SAF), a trade association representing the U.S. floral industry that has been around for 130 years. Not only is she their first woman president, she is also the first Oregonian to serve. What an accomplishment! And what an example to women! We are so proud of her!

Shirley’s love for her community and desire to touch lives and make everyday things just that much more special is  evident in the community contests and events Dandelions hosts, and the employees at Dandelions get to benefit from this great-heartedness up close. We get the everyday view of Shirley that not everyone sees, and for this Bosses Day, we wanted her to catch a glimpse of how we see her, a sense of who she is to us. Each staff-member at Dandelions picked a word or two to describe Shirley, so she’d know how special she is to us:

Working on Elton John’s flowers!

Juggling grand kids

“Dynamic, and an educator.” – Jodie

Big-hearted and generous.” – Brenda

“Energetic.” – Marie

“Simpatica y suave.” – ShariAnn

“World-traveler. “ – Tami

“Inspirational.” – Tovi

“Comedian.” – Julianne

“Motivated. Fun-loving.” – Martha

“Sympathetic.” – Diana

“Admirable.” Tammy

KMTR’s Job Swap with Jordan Steele

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Making arrangements for the U. of O. Olympic trials.

“Passionate.” – Sophie

“Madame President! And Gregarious.” – Cindy

“Vivacious.” – Sharon

“Appreciative. She is grateful for our service in her company.” – Beth

“Driven.” – Chela

“lively, positive.” – Stephanie

To our boss, Shirley Lyons: Happy Bosses Day!

Shirley with Eugene Emerald’s Sluggo on Valentine’s Day.

Presenting Eugene’s Favorite Mom Contest winner with her prize.

Monochromatic Wedding Flowers

Monochromatic bouquets make a big impact. A recent wedding of the son of one of our employees employed monochromatic bridesmaids bouquets and boutonnieres while the bridal bouquet and groom’s boutonniere combined all 3 colors.

IMG_1696The yellow bouquet included sunflowers, freesia, roses, craspedia (billy balls), alstromeria and solid aster.

The pink bridesmaid bouquet included gerbera daisies, roses, dahlias, spray roses and sweet william.

The purple bridesmaid bouquet included stock, roses, kale, lavender, alstromeria, lavender, hydrangea and carnations.

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colorful wedding flowers groom boutonniere

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Charlotte and Thane

Over Labor Day weekend I designed for a wedding that was my favorite this season. This was partly because of the gorgeous mix of colors and flowers but mostly because Charlotte, the bride, was such a doll. I enjoyed working with her and her family on her bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and wedding flowers. Charlotte gave me free range when it came to flower varieties- she just wanted the overall look to be colorful…but muted. I spent many nights lying in bed contemplating the perfect combination to create the color palette. Trying to achieve a feeling that colors had been left out in the sun and faded took some thought. Many flower varieties (especially dahlias and garden roses) vary in color intensity throughout the growing season so I constantly had my eye on what the growers were bringing each week to make sure my selection was correct.

Since the wedding was at Deep Woods, which is a rustic venue, I wanted the flowers to feel at home in that atmosphere. Maidenhair fern, rosemary and sage as greenery brought in the woodsy feel and aspidistra leaves added a more upscale feel to the centerpieces. Charlotte’s bouquet included: “Juliet” David Austen roses, “Flame” mini calla lilies, magenta freesia, purple veronica, magenta carnations, green cymbidium orchids, “Jitterbug” dahlias, “Pooh” dahlias, zinnias, cockscomb and more.

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The reception centerpieces were each slightly different but a fantastic mix of colors and seasonal flower varieties. Charlotte also had bathroom flowers, bar flowers and buffet table flowers. Down the aisle I placed single blossoms of dahlias with colored burlap ribbon twirled inside the hanging vases. Instead of a traditional flower arch that is usually seen on wedding arches or pergolas blossoms of cymbidium orchids, roses and carnations were strung to create flower garlands. This looked great and added to the modern but rustic feel.

A huge THANK YOU to Charlotte for letting me be a part of your big day and Congratulations!

Bosses Day Contest

Going to work isn’t usually on the list of “I can’t wait to do this” things. Having a good work environment and a supportive boss, however, can really turn an obligatory part of life into an enjoyable experience that creates relationships and nurtures personal growth.  A good boss can truly change your life.  Author Jeff Haden writes about the qualities that make up a remarkable boss in his article for Inc. Magazine, “8 Ways to Be a Truly Memorable Boss”, including believing in his employees, expecting great things, showing sincere emotions and encouraging the personal and professional growth of his staff.

2010 Winners Sandy and Dr. John Park

2010 Winners Sandy and Dr. John Park

We have seen many of these qualities in the bosses that have been nominated over the years for Eugene’s Best Boss. Our goal is to honor these bosses that go above and beyond- not just being a good boss, but a remarkable one.  Here are some of the criteria our judges are looking for when choosing the 2013 Eugene’s Best Boss:

  • shows leadership to staff
  • is empathetic with staff needs
  • develops a culture within the office of caring and mutual respect
  • works to build skills and individual success with staff
  • creates a warm and friendly workplace environment
  • promotes group unity and team spirit
  • demonstrates a cheerful and positive attitude in spite of workplace pressure they are facing

Nominate your boss here for a chance for them to win our Eugene’s Best Boss Package for Bosses Day: Flowers & balloons from Dandelions Flowers & Gifts with an engraved plaque for their desk. Entries are due Friday, October 11. Download your entry form here.

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2012 Eugene’s Best Boss Bruce McKinnon

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