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

Pink Birthday Party

Julianne recently created the floral decorations for a fun, “over the top” 50th birthday party held at the Hilton Hotel here in Eugene. Since they wanted everything pink, Julianne started with pink curly willow branches curled inside large bubble bowls with pink-tinted water.

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To get the hydrangeas a hot-pink hue, she gave white hydrangeas a hit of floral spray to make them really pop in combination with the other naturally pink flowers. The large arrangements got a little extra pink glamour with hot pink rhinestone wrap and and explosion of pink flowers.

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We love that this Birthday Girl didn’t shy away from the big 5-0 but instead celebrated in style!

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Meet the Bloggers

Most blogs are written by a single person but right now we have two bloggers at Dandelions (Toviana and Martha) who keep you informed on what is going on for us. I thought it would be nice to let you know a little bit more about us and our individual interests so you have a better feel for us as you read our posts.

Toviana Jackson

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My husband, Sean, and I take our daughter, Shiloh (and little Colt on the way) on her first train ride

I have been blogging for Dandelions since the inception of our blog in 2007. As the daughter of owner, Shirley Lyons, I have worked at Dandelions in a variety of capacities (I started by sweeping and dusting for a quarter back in the day) and began designing while in high school. I spent a few years out of state in Minnesota and California and came back to the family business in 2005. Soon I married a wonderful man and have two beautiful children: Shiloh, 3 and Colt, 7 months. I currently keep busy as one of the wedding coordinators at Dandelions and handle aspects of our marketing, website, and other miscellaneous projects I can fit in while chasing children.

When not working I spend time keeping Colt from swiping Shiloh’s toys and hiding the children’s socks from our 100 lb lab who likes to eat them. In the few minutes that remain in my day I also enjoy gardening, crafts, trips to the coast and reading a good book before bed. Each day is an adventure and each evening is a victory that I survived the day!!

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Shiloh and I

Very pregnant with Colt working on photos of arrangement for the shop

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Little Colt spends his days amongst the vases and flowers and entertaining the staff

Martha Bannikov

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My husband, Andrey, and I

While I have been a designer in the flower business for about 10 years, I am new to the Dandelions family. I moved to Eugene from Dallas, TX in September 2012, when I got married,  and a month later, started my first day at Dandelions.

I came into the flower business on a round-about route. I was born and raised in Namibia, Southern Africa, and moved to Texas about 13 years ago. While living there, I took a part-time, very  temporary job (or so I thought at the time) in a little flower shop downtown, fell in love with flowers, and have been in the industry since, working at various shops and learning the ins and outs of the flower business.

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Prepping vases for a corporate Super Bowl tent

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Super Bowl Week 2011 in Texas

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Getting things ready at the warehouse for Super Bowl 2011

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Painting with a Twist outing with Dr. Delphinium 2012

Here at Dandelions, I work on the design team, and a couple of days in the week help Tovi with the marketing and website aspect of the business.

I’m still pretty new to Oregon, so when I’m not at work I spend my free time buried in a book (I’m an avid reader), getting to know my new home town, and exploring the fantastic outdoors that is Oregon.Me

Boys & Girls Club Auction

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.

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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

Want to learn more about the Boys & Girls Club here in Eugene or see how you can help make a difference? Visit their page here or Like them on Facebook!

Track and Field Olympic Trials

Here in Eugene we were so excited to again host the US Track and Field Olympic Trials at historic Hayward Field. Dandelions created the award bouquets for each athlete who will travel to London as an Olympian. A total of 120 athletes were awarded and we worked with the committees color scheme to create a yellow and green bouquet rich in textures. Spider mums, green trick dianthus, solid aster, green chyrsanthemums and yellow chrysanthemums were accented with bear grass and river grass. With world records and meet records set it was an exciting week of track and field to watch. Congratulations Olympians!

Our littlest florist, Shiloh, checks out her mom’s work!

She had plenty of fun with her mini bouquet

We also designed centerpieces and arrangements for British Petroleum’s hospitality suite on site at Hayward Field and at their hotel. It was great that their logo colors happened to match perfectly with our own UO! We used long-lasting tropicals to combat the outdoor venue and 14 day length of the event. What a fun job we have!

The hotel entrance flowers were a mixture of oncidium orchids, pincushion protea, bromeliad blossoms and grasses