Category: ‘Gifting’

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Centerpiece Gift Ideas for Hanukkah

by Leanne Kesler on December 13, 2016 at 11:19 am

Hanukkah Centerpiece — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon As the year races to an end, we find ourselves trapped in a festive frenzy. Each day is filled with fun and frivolity. Just how much celebrating can a person do? As always, just a little bit more. This year is especially busy as the holidays, both religious and secular, collide.

Hanukkah begins on Saturday, December 24. Christmas follows on Sunday, December 25; Kwanzaa on December 26; and a week later, Saturday, December 31 is New Year’s Eve. Looking one day forward, we have the grand festivities of New Year’s Day. Time to take a deep breath and decide how to handle the dueling holidays.

With the diversity of cultures and beliefs in our world, the holidays truly do become a “melting pot” of traditions. Many expand their celebrations to include the jolly Santa, the elf on the shelf and gifting between friends and families. It can be hard to determine what to gift, to whom and when. Do they celebrate Hanukkah? Are they celebrating the Solstice, Kwanzaa, Three King’s Day or Chinese New Year? Do they celebrate Christmas? Oh, the gift-giving angst! Read More

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Random Acts of Kindness = Happiness

by Jennifer Sparks on November 9, 2016 at 8:44 am

In this season of giving thanks, we are grateful for random acts of kindness. Take a look at how a simple gesture, even between strangers, can turn someone’s day around. It’s inspiring!

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What inspires you?

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Tap into Terrariums

by Ardith Beveridge on October 3, 2016 at 6:49 pm

Terrariums — Farrell's Florist in Drexel Hill, PAA terrarium is a glass container used for growing ornamental plants. Inside, is a living breathing world, a bridge between indoors and outdoors. A terrarium allows you to bring nature into your environment; a way to imagine nature indoors.

While you don’t need a green thumb to create or care for a terrarium, your local florist  can help you realize your vision.

Your florist can recommend the perfect plants. Small, shade loving plants work best as do plants that love high humidity. And your florist has great options for terrarium containers, such as art glass, hanging glass in delicate metal frames, handcrafted vases, or fun small containers with magnets on the back to display on an office file cabinet.

Be sure to keep your terrarium away from direct sunlight, heat and sudden extremes in temperatures. Always place a tray beneath your terrarium to protect your furniture and flooring from water damage, staining and mold.

Caring for your terrarium is rather easy. Water as needed, remove yellow or damaged foliage, and keep the glass clean.

What do you think about terrariums?

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How to Say Thank You this Summer

by Carol Caggiano on July 28, 2016 at 10:02 am

Make Any Day SpecialThere is something about summer that causes our social lives to “bloom.” Maybe it’s that we are outside more to connect with neighbors and those around us, or possibly that we have some time off from work, school or other commitments, which then gives us the opportunity to travel, visit friends and family, or maybe they come to visit us. Picnics and barbeques are the norm, and the “living is easy” and fun.

Summer also represents the space between adventures. The end of the school year starts summer and the beginning of a new school year ends it. Work often slows down during the summer months giving everyone a little break before things ramp up in the fall. Camp, vacation and other special activities pop up during this season, which is no wonder why we all look forward to it so much.

No matter what our plans are for summer, there are always people that make this time of year special and remarkable. Your favorite teacher or coach, a graduate, a host or hostess, all play a part in our summer experience. Or what about those great neighbors or friends that take care of our pets, water our plants, bring in the mail, watch our kids or any number of tasks that make it possible for us to do what we do? Read More

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Bring Out the Red, White and Blue

by Stephen Rittner on June 27, 2016 at 9:46 am

— Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, Boston, www.floralschool.comJuly 4th is the birthday of our country. We enjoy the holiday, getting together with friends and family, having barbecues and watching fireworks. Here in the Boston area, where there is a proud history leading back to colonial days, we celebrate Independence Day very seriously.

Flowers enhance just about every aspect of our existence, and they can definitely enhance the Fourth of July experience. There are many beautiful flowers available in red, white and blue, and your florist can help you celebrate with a custom floral design.

Welcome guests with patriotic flowers in the entry area of your home. This adorable ensemble features red roses, white and blue hydrangeas, and blue delphinium. Read More