heartfelt thanks

We want to thank all of you for the generous donations that arrived here for Melissa and her family.

We are deeply saddened to learn this morning that Melissa has passed.

We were moved daily by your understanding and generosity, from the children donating their allowances, to the letters and cards that filtered in; the money so easily parted with and the stories shared over flowers about similar journeys that you have taken as a result of cancer in your lives helped us to understand the pain Melissa was in. We are grateful only that her pain has ceased.

Our heartfelt condolences go out now to Melissa’s family and children, and we would like to offer any support we can as they continue on from here. We know this is a very sad and ¬†difficult time for them.

Thank you so much for your kindness.

please donate to help this family

This family can use all the help they can get right now – we are accepting donations now at the shop and can also accept paypal donations at playwithflowers@gmail.com. Please take the time to read, below. Thank you-melissa 2 001

A new year, new technology, New beginnings

I blog to the world now from my android phone. In a million years I could not have foreseen something like this. I grew up in the woods with a phone that was coiled to the wall. I distinctly remember my feet falling asleep. Calls were brief. No dashing to meetings whilst banking and ordering flowers from my …. personal portable telephone. That fits in my pocket. That dries in bags of rice in a vase while I do wedding work til midnight, having knocked it off the counter into a watery bucket of salal. Pretty bizarre. Times are changing and technology is business now, ugh…But ignore it at your peril, right?¬† so I have now an e-commerce website. I skyped with a bride from Australia today, clumsy and embarrassed at how out of tech touch I still am. And my invoices once, no lie, handwritten, are now backed up and accounted for and thank goodness for.that. I do often get itchy and cranky for flowers as often I do paperwork and sit at the computer for most of my day.

But I believe there can be a strangely comfortable marriage between the natural and grounded and the virtual and electronic. Receipts are easy to send now. Click, send. How annoying was all that scanning? Mailing, sheesh. Fast and convenient. Back to the bouquet. That’s what we want. Which has got me thinking about flowers. Again. Here’s the thing. Flowers can’t be altered and obliterated by the the tecnodork advances we are making. In fact, their value and importance seems to feel that much more precious. Magic that we can’t control and download is still the best kind. Refreshing, beautiful, lyrical blossoms. They can’t be matched in their ability to calm, restore, energize and communicate to us all that is whimsy and real at once. So I breath it in every day, and I am the luckiest person alive to have landed where I have. Purveyor of gorgeous unadulterated beauty.

Thanks for supporting my little shop. You are in turn supporting our families.  By appreciating what we are doing with your patronage, your kind words of encouragement and your continued generosity to others, you truly make our world go round, and all of our efforts worth it.

happy new year everyone. Put down the iPad, go for a walk ;)

Now how do I get off this page…no, really……