Tulips are Blooming

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If your yard is like mine, the tulips are blooming, the daffodils are open and yes … there is pollen everywhere! But blow off that yellow coating and check out the vibrant colors of the beautiful spring flowers. They are absolutely some of my favorite flowers, and they make gorgeous jewelry.

That’s right, there is no need to go buy flowers to make a timeless keepsake, many lovely colors are right outside your front door. The bright yellows, reds, and purples transform into incredible pieces of jewelry. All you have to do is clip the flowers from the yard and leave the rest to us. Any of these spring flowers would look so great on our new cuffs and would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift for Mom!

Yes, only six more weeks to Mother’s Day, but with a bit of work on your part, we can create her a piece from spring flower that she will treasure for a lifetime! To learn more simply contact us today at 404-644-8672 or visit http://www.fleurenasci.com.

March Partnership Spotlight

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This month I would like to introduce you to Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, GA. After meeting the home’s manager, Brendan Burkhead, at an Expo, I was so excited about his enthusiasm of Fleurenasci. He loved the concept so much, that he actually had an order placed before our partnership had become official! Wow, no wonder they have been in business as long as they have!

No stranger to the funeral home business, Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville was originally established in 1950, as Akins Funeral Home, owned by Pat Akins. In 1967, Raymond Nix bought in to the business, and it became known as Akins-Nix Funeral Home. The original funeral home was located on Highway 129 south and re-located to Kimsey Street in Blairsville. Due to the retiring of Mr. Akins and the failing health of Mr. Nix, they sold the funeral home and Union Memory Gardens Cemetery to Steve and Max Cochran in 1981. After purchasing the funeral home, a larger office was added, along with another layout room, a selection room, and other minor remodeling was done.

In 1993, a new building was built, the current funeral home, located on Highway 129 and corner of Hunt-Martin Street. Steve and Max felt this building could better accommodate the growing community, and they could serve family’s needs better in the new location.

 

The funeral home now has locations in Blue Ridge, Hiawassee, McCaysville, and Murphy, NC. The Cochran family takes great pride in the fact they have helped families from all over the area and from all walks of life. They are known for their industry leadership, their high integrity and their dedication to excellence. These are the exact same qualities I see with Cochran when working with them on a professional level. I am thrilled to have them on board as a partner and look forward to a long lasting working relationship.

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

images (1)Rain, rain… and more rain! Looking for the silver lining? Not ready for the summer flowers to disappear? We’ve got you covered! The suns’ return will bring one last round of blooms! Go ahead, grab your favorite flowers now while they are flourishing. Fleurenasci’s lay away program offers preservation and storage of your flowers for up to six months.

Have a special event happening in yours or a loved ones’ life? Thinking about how to save the flowers for a future surprise gift? Fleurenasci’s flower lay away program is the perfect solution.

Sounds too easy right? For a nominal non-refundable deposit the flowers will be preserved and stored. The non-refundable deposit of $25-$50 will be applied toward your future creation. If this interests you, simply schedule an appointment to drop off your flowers or mail using our lay away & mailing form. The instructions and lay away & mailing form can be found on our website.

Fleurenasci takes great pride in transforming your flowers into pieces that will be treasured for a lifetime. With the holidays right around the corner, now is the time to begin thinking about creating your unique keepsakes.

Contact us today and let’s get started on the best present he or she has ever received from you.

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.

A Weekend of Introductions

The weather was definitely frightful the weekend before the Georgia Funeral Directors Association Conference, but that was not stopping me from attending this year’s meeting. And what a great experience it was meeting directors from all over the state and introducing them to Fleurenasci. New to this group, I could not have been more warmly welcomed, especially from Valerie Wages of Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC. Valerie introduced me to many attendees and made sure everyone knew about Fleurenasci. She made this business owner feel as if I had been a part of the group for years.

During the weekend I was able to share how our gifts become keepsakes and life celebration mementos for those who have lost a loved one. The attendees were quite impressed with the products they saw and agreed this is a wonderful way to keep loved ones close to our hearts. I was grateful for their warm reception and interest in my company. If you know me well, this was an event that took me out of my comfort level, but I am so pleased I made the decision to participate as a vendor. I look forward to working with many of these great companies in the near future and appreciate their interest in Fleurenasci.

What to do with those Valentine’s Day Flowers

Okay pop quiz … do you know what Saturday is? No, it’s not a great ballgame or a NASCAR race, it’s Valentine’s Day. And it is a day you truly do not want to mess up. Like many, you might be buying that someone special flowers, or maybe even chocolates. We can’t help you out with preserving the candy, but we most certainly can help you with those flowers as they begin to dry and wither. After you have enjoyed the beauty of the bouquet, bring them to us and we can turn those dried flowers into beautiful pieces of jewelry, letter openers, bookmarks, etc. That’s right, there is no need to toss the flowers into the garbage. Just take a look at how beautiful this piece is made from roses! We hope you all have a wonderful day, and we look forward to turning your flowers into a treasured keepsake.

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Shadow or No Shadow?

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February has arrived and we all know what that means! Groundhog Day! Every year on February 2nd the groundhog emerges to answer the much-awaited question, shadow or no shadow? If he sees his shadow six more weeks of winter are upon us while no shadow predicts an early spring. As I scanned the headlines for groundhog sightings it became very clear that there would not be a simple answer. Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil emerged to see his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter. However, my home state of Georgia’s Gen. Beauregard Lee emerged to no shadow predicting an early spring. As I scanned on I discovered that wikipedia.org has been compiling a Predictions of Various Groundhogs list since 2008.   I’ll let you decide if bundling up for six more weeks or preparing for spring is in your future. As for me… Georgia’s Gen. Beauregard Lee’s emerged to no shadow predicting an early spring!  

Fleurenasci literally, is flowers renewed.

Flower and Butterfly 8 w Tag Line with R mark (1)Fleur ~ French Etymology: /flœʁ/ Latin flos, florem; (flower; the finest part of something).

Renasci ~ Latin Etymology: re-+nāscor. Verb, present infinitive renāscī; (revived, renewed, born again).

Essence ~ Latin Etymology: essentia (the core nature or most important qualities of a person or thing).

Fleurenasci literally, is flowers renewed. As I celebrate the approval and finalization of the company’s logo trademark, I am reminded that Fleurenasci represents so much more than simply flowers renewed.   The choice to include the tag line “Bringing Flower Essence to Life,” is a gentle reminder to look beyond the exterior…. to celebrate the essence of life’s triumphs and life’s trials … for they shape the essence of the individual.

While the adding of a flower was initially intended as a subtle way of connecting Fleurenasci to flowers, again it evolved into so much more. The daffodil was chosen for its essence of joy and new beginnings.   Which brings me to the butterfly.   While there are many meanings derived from the butterfly, I choose to embrace the spiritual meaning, which is… to convey the choice to transcend, the power to make a choice, to choose our way of being… our paths… our destiny.

Is it my hope that you think Fleurenasci when you see flowers or even think about flowers? Certainly. But more importantly, as we enter this holiday season with all the hustle and bustle it brings with it, it is my hope you are gently reminded to celebrate and embrace life… to celebrate and embrace the essence of those around you… to celebrate and embrace your essence and all that you are!

I know I’ll be taking a moment to celebrate the essence of a few wonderful people who without their insights and skills the Fleurenasci logo would not have been born. Thank you to Jennifer Wilkes of JDW Integrated Marketing for your guidance and suppport and thank you to Tracy Willis of Tracy R Willis Photography for your design work and insightful vision in creating the Fleurenasci logo! I am forever grateful!

Gardening to Relieve Stress

We all enjoy looking out our windows and seeing beautiful flowers, but did you know that gardening those gorgeous blooms can actually help to relieve stress in your life. The sunlight alone is good for the soul, not to mention getting in touch with nature. In a recent about.com post the article described the many benefits of gardening for your body, spirit and mind.

The article explained that sunlight “provides an influx of vitamin D, and the fresh air that that goes with it is good for your health.” Gardening is simply a great excuse to get out and enjoy these fantastic health opportunities. Gardening is also good for the soul because it allows us to get out and enjoy nature. We all spend so much time at work, looking at a computer, and posting on social media, that we forget how wonderful it is to be outside. Gardening give this opportunity back to us.

The article goes on to state how to get started in this great activity. From landscaping for beginners to creating landscape designs, it’s all there for you to read and learn from the experts. I truly enjoyed the article and hope you all will take a moment to check it out. And remember, once you grow those flowers, keep them with you throughout the year with a keepsake from Fleurenasci!

The Rose … The Flower of June

Every month has a flower and June’s birth month flower is the Rose. Did you know the Rose represents beauty, love and youth? Those are three wonderful characteristics for anyone to possess, much less a flower.
The Rose has been a symbol of love, beauty, war and politics for hundreds of years. The genus rose has approximately 150 species that can be found throughout the Northern Hemisphere, and even parts of Northern Africa. It is believed that the cultivation of roses began almost 5,000 years ago in China. The roses were grown in the Middle East during the Roman period. Roses have been used for everything from confetti to medicines and is loved by many.

Another flower that has meaning in June is the Daffodil The Daffodil is the birth sign flower for Gemini and it represents joy and new beginnings. The Daffodil also means spring to many and has several names such as Narcissus and even Jonquil. For the record, the official botanical name is Narcissus and Daffodil is the common name. You can thank those living in the Southern states for the addition of the name the Jonquil.

At Fleurenasci we simply love both of these flowers. When they are transformed into beads and collectible keepsakes they are without a doubt some of our favorites. If you have any of these flowers in your gardens think about keeping those vibrant colors with you all year round by letting us create a beautiful piece of jewelry. And remember to take time to smell the roses!

Here are some examples of roses and daffodils that have been turned into gorgeous beads.

Daffodil Earrings

Red Rose Earrings