Wednesday, September 26, 2012

old tricks

It's true.
You can teach an old dog new tricks.

No, I'm not an "old dog" by any means....

But in the floral industry, I would certainly be considered an "old timer"...I've been working in the industry for over 40 years, so I passed the "rule of 90" a   L O N G   time ago! 

I have learned the long standing, tried and true methods of creating intricate designs from seasoned veterans, the methods that are still used by florists today.

But there is this thing called progress.

The floral industry is no exception...and it has made huge advances in technology over the last decade.  Good changes. 
They have made it possible to create things that are beyond your imagination!
They have made things easier, less time consuming, stronger, and opened up a whole new world of design....IF you are willing to learn about the new techniques, new products, and new ideas. 

I'll be making a another trip to the big city this weekend for the third time in as many months to learn new design techniques...with another session scheduled the following weekend. 
I've been amazed at the possibilities that have been presented to me thus far!

Yes, this "old dog" can learn new tricks! 
The old brain still works...and I am loving it!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Breathe deep....

"Long breath, long life. Short breath, short life. No breath, death."
- The Tao of Breath

Have you ever stopped to think about breathing?  I know when I am stressed, my breathing is short – sometimes I even forget to take a breath!  When I am happy, it’s easy.  When I am calm, it is long and quiet.  And when I am sick…well, forget about it!  I'm too busy coughing, wheezing and sneezing!

I never thought much about how different scents influence me, because I always have beautiful scents around me in the flower shop.  But I recently had the opportunity to learn more about how much our health and wellbeing can be influenced by what we breathe, from a company called Aromafloria.  I was intrigued by what I was learning, and decided to carry some of their products.  We can all benefit from what Mother Nature provides for us!

“A flower’s fragrance declares to all the world that it is fertile, available and desirable […] Its smell reminds us in vestigial ways of fertility, vigor, life-force, all the optimism, expectancy and passionate bloom of youth.  We inhale its ardent aroma and, no matter what our ages, we feel young and nubile in a world aflame with desire.” 
-1948 Diane Ackerman

"Mother Nature’s pharmacy of natural, herbal remedies can effectively treat both physical and mental conditions by mere inhalation.  Our state of mind and sense of balance can be influenced through our sense of smell.  The quality of air we breathe is essential to how we feel and to our health.  Our everyday environments are filled with air loaded with organisms that affect our bodies, resulting in sore throats, congestions, colds and flu, allergies and other airborne diseases.  Through simple rituals in inhalation, we can protect ourselves against the environments we can’t control and maintain a healthy body and mind." *

Aromafloria has developed specific Inhalation Beads based on the rituals of inhalation.  It’s the perfect aromatherapy for a life on-the-go. * 

Whether you’re suffering from stress, symptoms of the cold and flu, sinus issues, or having trouble falling asleep…there is a simple, organic, wonderful aide in relieving what ails you, and it's as simple as breathing.  Stop in and let me show you this product.  I love it!  ♥

 *from the Aromafloria website.