Category: ‘Seasonal’

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Shutterstock image courtesy of Michael Skaff.

Shutterstock image courtesy of Michael Skaff.

A fun way to preserve the colors and textures of summer and bring them indoors is with dried flowers. You can dry and preserve your own garden beauties or go to a local florist and choose your favorite blooms in a variety of colors. An easy crafting idea is to highlight the flowers in frames and use as wall décor, adding interest, texture, and color to spots in your home.

Drying flowers is easier than you may think. Here are four popular ways to dry flowers.  Read More

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This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday. No matter how the leprechauns are celebrating — from a low-key corned beef and cabbage family dinner at home to a shamrockin’ party — floral gifts and decorations add to the merriment.

Start the countdown to St. Patrick’s Day by treating yourself to flowers on your office desk. They’ll keep your spirits up through the workweek until the Friday night festivities.

St. Patrick's Day Flowers - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

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Spectacular New Year’s Eve Decorations

by Jennifer Sparks on December 25, 2016 at 8:17 pm

It’s almost New Year’s Eve! Whether you’re planning a small intimate gathering or a big, glitzy celebration, flowers can enhance the mood. Your florist has endless ideas to help you ring in 2017. Take a look at these floral designs for some inspiration to get the ball rolling before you watch it drop.

Holiday Centerpiece - Shirley's Flowers & Gifts, Inc., in Rogers, Ark. Read More

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Seven Tips for Surviving the Holidays

by Leanne Kesler on December 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Christmas Flowers - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, OregonThe holidays are here. Isn’t it grand? Oh, how I love the sappy Christmas movies, traditional carols and ringing bells. The red and green makes my heart sing. Walking through the city, checking out the holiday window displays and enjoying a cup of hot cocoa as I watch people bustling about. Shopping, baking, gifting and merry making throughout the season. It’s all such fun with a little planning and self-care. It is easy to get overwhelmed. Stay in control with these seven tips, and you’ll not only survive — you’ll enjoy and have fun throughout the holiday season.

Practice the 30-minute rule. Cleaning house can take all day (or all week). Pare down to the necessities, and get it done in 30 minutes. Make the bed, shine up the bathroom and fluff the throw pillows. The goal is to spiff up the house, not to create a showroom.  Read More

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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