Spreading Happiness in Eugene: Petal It Forward

Petal it forwardOur team here at Dandelions sees the impact of flowers on recipients every day. We want to share that love so we will be hitting the streets of Eugene on October 7, handing out hundreds of flowers to busy commuters, students and shoppers. We are doing this as part of the “Petal It Forward” initiative, in partnership with the Society of American Florists (SAF), of which Dandelions’ owner Shirley Lyons is a past-president. SAF, retail florists nationwide and floral wholesalers are participating in this as a response to the release of new data by SAF showing the positive emotional benefit of flowers. You can follow #PetalItForward to see the events nationwide.

Various university research studies have proven that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness and long-term positive effects on moods. A new survey also shows that when it comes to flowers, it is just as good to give as to receive. Knowing this, Dandelions is going to spread some happiness to lucky Eugene residents and equip them with the means to spread that happiness further. Each recipient will receive 2 roses- one to keep for their self and an extra rose to give to a loved one, co-worker, friend or even a stranger!

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Flowers convey emotion in a way few other “gifts” can. They let someone know you are thinking about them, offer sympathy or congratulations and can be a wonderful way to break down barriers and recapture that “human touch” among strangers. The March 2015 study surveyed 2,500 people throughout the U.S. and found that flowers have a significant impact on one’s emotions and happiness which is backed up by previous research studies on flowers by Rutgers, Harvard and Texas A&M (see www.aboutflowers.com/research for more information on the university studies)

Here are some highlights from the recent study to show why we feel it is so important to spread the love:

  • When it comes to happiness, it’s just as good to give flowers as it is to receive: 88% of Americans report that giving flowers makes them feel happy, while 80% reported that receiving flowers makes them feel happy.
  • Just being around flowers improves your mood: 76% of Americans agree that having flowers in their home or office improves their mood.
  • The best reason to receive flowers is “just because”: Women (92%) are more likely to agree with this, but the majority of men (three in four) also share this sentiment.
  • Florists to the rescue! Nearly 4 in 10 Americans indicate florists have helped them in a past or current relationship; most frequently to say “I love you,” or schedule a surprise delivery.

If we miss you during our Petal It Forward event you can still participate! Any time is a good time to Petal It Forward: come by Dandelions and pick up a flower or bouquet for yourself and a second one to give away. You’ll be amazed at how good it makes you feel.

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Memorial Day Roses

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer with barbeques, camping and family get-togethers. Amidst all of the fun it can be easy to forget the true purpose of this national holiday.

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Originally termed “Decoration Day”, Memorial Day began just after the Civil War as a way to remember and honor soldiers killed in battle by decorating their graves with flowers. Today it continues to honor men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military.

A wonderful way to commemorate the holiday is to visit a cemetery to decorate headstones with flowers. Dandelions Flowers & Gifts has partnered with Frank Adams Wholesale Florist, Inc. in Portland in conjunction with the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation to provide complementary roses for visitors to lay on graves this Memorial Day Weekend. These roses will be at both West Lawn Memorial Park and Lane Memorial Gardens while supplies last.

Join us in giving honor and remembering those who died to protect you.

Recycle Week at Dandelions

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I don’t know about you but it is certainly on my New Year’s Resolution list to keep my house a bit more clean and organized in the upcoming year. Honestly, I would settle for clean and organized for just 1 month before the piles of paper, knick knacks and toys once again take over. As we all know one of the best-recommended ways for getting organized is purging unneeded items from your space! Use this time in early January to clean out your cupboards, shelves or garage space and recycle your clean, gently used vases to Dandelions in exchange for a gift certificate from us! Sweet deal.

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All week January 12-17 you can stop by Dandelions during regular business hours (8:30-5:30) with your collection and we’ll take them off your hands for you. For the safety of our staff we ask for no chipped or cracked vases, please.

5-10 vases= $5 Gift Certificate

11-20 vases= $10 Gift Certificate

21+ vases= $15 Gift Certificate

Happy New Year’s and we hope to see you soon during Recycle Week! In the meantime…good luck with those Resolutions and cleaning out of cupboards!

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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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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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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