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Thank you to everyone who placed an order this year with Fleurenasci, told a friend about us or simply like us on Facebook. We just can’t say thank you enough! We’ve enjoyed creating your keepsakes, and we’ve enjoyed getting to know people all over the United States. It has simply been an incredible year.

As 2016 comes to a close, we are hopeful that you will remember Fleurenasci for all your gift needs in 2017. Nothing makes us happier than providing a gift of a lifetime for family and friends!

Just as a new bloom spreads fragrance and freshness around… May the New Year add a new beauty and freshness into your life. Happy New Year!

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April Partnership Spotlight

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Each month we feature a funeral home partner and this month I’d like to introduce you all to Shepard Roberson Funeral Home. The funeral home has locations in southeast Georgia and northeast Florida and have been in business for more than 70 years. The tradition began with Mr. Charlie Adkins and continued with Mr. Larry Shepard. The funeral home strives to provide the highest quality service to all of their locations.

Their staff is made up of dedicated professionals available to assist you in making funeral service arrangements. From casket choices to funeral flowers, the funeral directors at Shepard Funeral Home provide individualized funeral services designed to meet the needs of each family. Their honest service and commitment to excellence have served their customers well, and you can rest assured they will assist you in your time of need.

Recognizing the fact that families are looking for new ways to remember their loved ones, Shepard has made the decision to team up with us and offer their clients unique Fleurenasci pieces. They are wonderful to work with and we hope if you reside in their area, you will turn to them in your time of need.

Which flower will you choose?

The end of summer is upon us. Vacations have been taken. The kids are heading back to school. As you work to organize your photos and memorabilia into photo albums might we suggest another way to remember those carefree summer days, the afternoons spent at Grandma’s house, family gatherings, or time spent taking in the wonders of mother nature…

Why not hold onto those memories through flowers? That’s right you can revisit those cherished moments everyday with jewelry and keepsake items created using your preserved flowers. At Fleurenasci, we take Grandma’s prize roses or Mom’s favorite flower and preserve them, crush them, and hand-roll them into beads. Those beads are then incorporated into jewelry and keepsake items allowing you to celebrate your loved ones everyday!

Not ready to think about Christmas gifts just yet. No worries! You can bring us your flowers now while they are vibrant and blooming. We are happy to preserve and store them for you for up to six months. The small non-refundable deposit will be applied toward your future creations.

Schedule an appointment to drop off your flowers or mail them using our mailing instruction and enclosure form to start the process. We’ll be happy to hear from you!

Preserve your memories, create unique jewelry and keepsake items, and celebrate your loved ones everyday.

Memorial Day ~ A Day of Gratitude

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As the founder of Fleurenasci, I have the pleasure of celebrating the essence of life through the essence of flowers, and many times a customer’s creation originates with flowers sent to celebrate the life of a loved one. As I began my day today I must admit my focus was on the upcoming extended weekend. However, in grinding through some administrative tasks necessary before enjoying the weekend I found my thoughts progressing toward the essence of Memorial Day.

Having grown up an Air Force brat, I remember well my father being absent for extended periods of time. A year served in Thailand was the longest absence I recall. I was one of the fortunate ones though in that my father returned from each and ever mission he served, and we honor his service and many other ancestors who served on Veterans Day. Memorial Day, however, is a day to stop and remember those who will not be returning to their families and loved ones. It is a day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. As is true for so many of you, my sweet niece, Erin Stalnaker, and her family have known this loss. The sacrifice made by her brother, U.S. Marine Corp, LCPL Noah M. Pier, who gave his all for his country on Feb. 16, 2010 is a loss shared within her family each and every day. My heart reaches out to them many days, but this weekend especially as we pause to remember…

This holiday, Memorial Day, was formerly known as Decorations Day and originated to commemorate the soldiers who died in the Civil War. Many volunteers continue to honor our soldiers today by placing an American flag on each grave in the national cemeteries. I would like to take a moment to thank these volunteers for their time and efforts but most importantly for helping us to remember what this weekend specifically Monday is truly all about, honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. I would also like to take a moment to thank and honor the families and loved ones whose support made their soldier’s service possible.

Whether your weekend plans include a backyard barbecue or you are kicking off your summer with an annual vacation, please pause and pay tribute to our fallen soldiers. And while you cannot tell them thank you directly, you can take a moment to thank their families and loved ones. Share a kind word of gratitude, give a loving hug or simply bow your head and say a silent prayer of comfort for all those whose loved ones are not returning and are most certainly missed so dearly!

Thank you Erin! And thank you to your family for your support of Noah as he chose to serve his country. You are in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers….

What’s Happening in Nature ~ Fabulous

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Wow! This is fabulous! I ran across this article today and all I can think to say is Fabulous! I love everything about it! Rebecca Louise Law is an East London florist who creates sublime arrangements of floating flowers. “Most of my installations are reflecting what’s happening in nature, by looking at plant patterns or observing the way something grows. Then I imagine these themes in real life and times that by a thousand so that it becomes fantasy,” says Law. Here is a link to the article with more fabulous photos of her work.

At Fleurenasci, we like to say that we celebrate the essence of life through the essence of flowers. Rebecca Louise Law has taken celebrating flowers and nature to another level. Have you encountered a Fabulous way to celebrate flowers or nature? Please share! I would love to hear from you!

Happy Wednesday!

Mother’s Day Is Just Around The Corner!

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner!

Wow! Where has the time gone? Is it passing as quickly for you as it is for me? As I was working with my calendar last evening, planning for upcoming events. I came to realize that Mother’s Day weekend will no doubt hold many special memories for this proud Mother. You see this year, my son will graduate from college the Friday evening before Mother’s Day. It still pulls at my heart as I reflect on his first day of kindergarten, the long walk back to the car after seeing him off on the first of many school adventures! With this in mind, Fleurenasci will be closed for business Thursday evening, May 8, 2014 until Monday May 12, 2014. After all, being with family, celebrating with family is the very foundation for life’s essence!

How will your special someone remember this Mother’s Day?

Better Homes and Gardens has some suggestions for easy Mother’s Day flower arrangements. Here are a few of my favorites. Be sure to visit bhg.com and check out the rest.

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Peonies are a wonderful choice with their essence of happy life. And an extra bonus, they bloom abundantly April through June. Place them in her favorite pitcher for a unique twist.

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Snapdragons with their essence of graciousness and strength are sure to bring a smile. Love the suggestion to place an old postcard inside a recycled glass jar and then slide your small vase of flowers into the jar for a whimsical gift.

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What do you think when you think peaceful? We think about Cosmos with an essence of peaceful and so did Better Homes and Garden. They suggest using a re-purposed miniature fish bowl as a fun vessel for your bright blossoms.

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Love sunflowers. Who doesn’t with their essence of happiness and warmth? And standing them in a kicky pair of garden boots is a fabulous idea!

Love all of these suggestions and their additional ones as a stepping-stone toward the Perfect Gift. What is the perfect gift? Deanne Marie, author of Gift Giving for Busy People, says the answers lie in the Elements of a Perfect Gift. Deanne writes that a well-designed gift will include one or more of the following attributes:

~ Does it provide instant gratification (sight, smell, taste, sound, texture)? Flowers certainly provide the elements of sight and smell.
~ Is it long lasting? Preserving those flowers into a jewelry or keepsake item creates a wonderful long lasting gift. Purchase a gift certificate and she can create her own unique item.
~ Is there a special sentiment attached to it? What better sentiment than the very flowers she received from her loved one?
~ Is it educational in some way? Learning which life essence is being celebrated through the choice of flower and their essence is both enlightening and educational.

This Mothers Day, Fleurenasci would like to take you one step closer toward giving the Perfect Gift by offering a Mother’s Day Gift Pack. The gift pack will include, a Gift Certificate, an Order Form, Flower Care Instructions, a Brochure, and a Pre-Addressed Envelope. All that’s left is the choosing of the flowers and you’ll be prepared to give your special someone a gift with all the, Elements of a Perfect Gift.

So plan early. Start now. Choose your vessel, purchase your Fleurenasci Mother’s Day Gift Pack, add fresh flowers the weekend of, and celebrate the essence of your special someone!