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December 2009

How-To's

Holiday Flower Tree Workshop

December 22, 2009

1-800-FLOWERS.COM and I recently hosted a DIY Holiday Flower Tree Workshop for some of our friends and fellow bloggers! I am so proud to be a part of this amazing community of women. The workshop was low key and intimate, which gave us all a chance to get to know each other and catch up, in a very creative and relaxing environment. Basic instructions for making a Holiday Flower Tree were provided, but each participant was encouraged to then take the instructions and run with them. Once you know how to make the base of the tree, you can make it any size, use any waterproof container, and add flowers and decorations of your choice. In the end, the finished trees were as unique as their creators.

Here are some photos from the workshop as well as the basic step by step instructions if you would like to give the Holiday Flowers Tree a try! If you do, I’d love to hear how it went and see some photos. I too created a few versions of my own that might give you a few ideas. I’ll be posting those photos shortly.

Thanks to my friends Tracy and Vilma: Ascending Butterfly – Katia: Skimbaco Lifestyle – Lisa: New York Chica – Nikki: Blasian Baby Notes for your continued enthusiasm and support. It was fun!

For all my Facebook friends, click here to see pictures from the event.





Lifestyle

Warm Fuzzy Event Recap

December 21, 2009

Our “Warm Fuzzy Pay-It-Forward Experience” was a HUGE success. Everyone who attended really enjoyed themselves and best of all they will now keep that warm fuzzy feeling going when they share one of their floral creations with someone else. Conducting floral design workshops is one of my favorite things to do. I love introducing new people to the beauty of flowers and the good feelings they bring. I’m looking forward to hearing about everyone’s experience with paying it forward. I made a few arrangements myself that I will be dropping off to the Margert Community Corporation office in Far Rockaway, New York. Margert is an independent, nonprofit, charitable, community-based housing organization that provides neighborhood preservation services; housing assistance; energy affordability analysis; health & safety improvements; and client education and housing counseling to low to moderate income tenants, homeowners, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. When paying your basic bills is a challenge a fresh flower arrangement can be a luxury. I know these arrangements will definitely make a difference to a few families this holiday.

Here are a few photos of night’s festivities!



Lifestyle

Share That Warm Fuzzy Feeling

December 11, 2009

1-800 FLOWERS.COM is committed to helping everyone get that warm fuzzy feeling this holiday season, so they are sponsoring a “Share that Warm Fuzzy Feeling” event next Thursday night in their Bethpage, New York facility. I will be there along with other 1-800-FLOWERS.COM team members to help you create your own beautiful fresh flower arrangement. You will have fun learning a new skill, making new friends, and bringing home a beautiful arrangement to add warmth and cheer to your home. However, there is a catch! You will have to make another arrangement to give to someone that you know needs that warm fuzzy feeling too! It’s about “paying it forward”. You might share that warm fuzzy feeling with an individual, a nursing home or hospice facility. Perhaps you know someone who might be a little down on his or her luck this year, or someone who is alone this holiday season. We just ask you to share the warm fuzzy feeling! After you share that warm fuzzy feeling, we would love to hear back from you about how it felt.

So come and join the fun, get some holiday spirit, and pass it on. It’s totally FREE thanks to the generosity of your friends at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Space is limited and sign up is on a first come, first serve basis. You must register in advance by e-mailing me at warmfuzzyevent@gmail.com. I know it would be nice to come with a friend or two, so please let me know how many people will be attending. We will notify you by Tuesday, December 15th if you are on the list.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Date: Thursday, December 17, 2009
Time: 6:30 p.m – 8:00 p.m.

Address:
1-800 FLOWERS.COM
700 Hicksville Rd.
Bethpage, NY 11714

PASS IT ON!

Entertainment

Wreath Party

December 10, 2009

My friend and kindred creative soul, Maggie Gray, recently asked if I would do a wreath-decorating workshop at her new space, New Leaf, in Rockville Centre, New York. I actually featured Maggie on my blog last Mother’s Day as part of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM’s Spot A Mom Campaign. Maggie designed an outdoor “classroom” garden at the Long Island Children’s Museum. Maggie is still working with LICM but has opened a wonderful creative space in Rockville Centre, New York. It is a converted greenhouse and one of the services she offers in addition to garden design and various workshops is the use of the space for private parties. Check it out: www.newleafnewyork.com

The workshop was part of a 50th birthday party on a Saturday night and it turned out to really be a lot of fun with all joining in, including the men! Here are a few shots of the birthday girl and her friends getting into the creative spirit.



















I always do research before a workshop or presentation on the subject at hand. Even though you think you may know a lot about something, with the Internet you can always find new and interesting tidbits. In my research on wreaths before this workshop, I came to realize and share the beautiful symbolism of friends creating wreaths together to celebrate a friend’s long life. Wreaths have existed in various forms since the time of the ancient Romans with a long tradition of meaning behind it. The shape of the circle has no beginning and no end, representing the circle of life. The fact that evergreens live through winter signifies the strength of life. They are a sign of faith in humanity, life and of victory over life’s challenges.

In my next post, I will share some of the different wreaths I was inspired to create for that night, as well as, some fun uses for wreaths!