While it might not quite FEEL like spring yet, we promise it’s right around the corner! It’s the first week of March, which means we’ve just wrapped up and shipped out our Spring subscription packages for our Year of Flowers members.
The spring color palette was “cheerful pastels,” and after seeing all the finished bouquets together in one place, we’re pretty pleased with their cheerfulness factor (if we do say so ourselves).
Ever have one of those obnoxious days where everyone and everything gets on your last nerve? (Like, maybe yesterday?) What about one of those days where things just click, and everything feels good and right?
While distractedly scrolling through Facebook a few weeks ago, I accidentally stumbled onto an article about pet peeves (and, rather, their opposite: pet faves), and I cannot stop thinking about it.
On a particularly “sour spiral” day of people checking off all his pet peeve boxes with annoying behaviors and petty tasks, the author, T. Wise, resets his outlook by focusing instead on “pet faves.”
He defines this counter-concept as “the small things that bring us unlikely joy and remind us how gratifying it can feel when life is on beat. If pet peeves draw on a shared humanity by recognizing how annoying people are or how frustrating the details can be, pet faves are what connect us through appreciation and acknowledgement of simple sweetness.”
Did you know that blooms hold symbolic meanings? In the language of flowers, blooms and colors express emotions and meanings. Floriography has been around for centuries, and this coded flower language became especially popular in the Victorian era, when it was all the rage to send bouquets with secret — even devious — messages for the recipient.
We have been lucky enough to meet so many awesome makers, artists, and flower people at various shows and markets we’ve attended over the years. Add to that the creatives we’ve “met” through Instagram and online, and we have quite a list of makers we admire.
As flower-lovers and appreciators of handmade work, we think you’ll be pretty jazzed about them too.
Valentine’s Day has a reputation for being romantic and sweet. And while roses and chocolates are lovely, we can’t help but feel like this holiday is meant for so much more.
With a business centered on flowers and a mission to spread lively color and share lasting joy, we enjoy the unique (and really awesome) position of witnessing people love on others for the big things, the little things, and everything in between.
But one of our favorite parts of the Valentine’s season (and yes, when you run a flower business, Valentine’s is more than just a day; it’s a season… a very busy season) is celebrating love in all its forms.
Without wanting to unleash all the weight of anxiety and grief I was feeling on this unsuspecting, kind, generous stranger who had just helped me, I explain to him that it was not the best of days. That my dad is dying. That he loves this Home Depot and would always bring the dog with him when he shopped there. That Dimitrius's kindness, patience, and service means more to me than I could put into words.
We've been tossing around the idea of a blog for a while, and we have come to the conclusion that there are some stories that are too long or too important for a social media post, and deeper than an email can cover. So, we're opening 2018 with one such story about losing my Dad to cancer a couple weeks ago.
While this post is a heartbreaker, we hope to use this space to further our mission to spread lively color and share lasting joy. And maybe tell some corny jokes or share our best puns... because Dad would have loved that.