Saturday, October 13, 2012

Stop and Smile

Hello! Welcome! Put your feet up and stay awhile. I am sure we will have many great things to talk about. :)

I have searched ye olde interwebs many times over to find you some interesting things to look at, to bask in, and to smile at. You will find many great and spectacular wonders on which to feast your eyes and soothe your soul. So sit back and relax and lets get this party started.

First off I would love to tell you about the Piano Guys. Have you heard of this Youtube group already? They travel all over the country and the world to create visual and musical works of art.They do a hysterical Star Wars Themed light saber duel. They do a beautiful mash up of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Tis a Gift To Be Simple."  And then there is my personal favorite... Their cover of Coldplay's song Paradise which they renamed Peponi. Watch below and just bask in the beauty of it.
A piano and cello on a cliff. I would be terrified for them if it weren't so beautiful. We have been listening the CD in the store and it is amazing. (Sadly we don't sell it so if you are interested click here)

This quote by Eleanore Roosevelt made mom and me laugh.
"I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall."
This surprisingly thoughtful and poetic Tweet from Jim Carrey.  

Finally this picture made me smile. :)

What are some things you have found on the internet 
that has made you smile this week?

Stop and Smile this week! I promise the world will notice.
David Swesey Florist

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Rose and Thorn

This looks like Hitchcock
I hate cleaning roses. They are painful. My hands get scratched and messy. And frankly, they are just not very nice flowers. 

I know many people love roses. I can't tell you how many people think that I am weird because I do not like them.

I admit it... I complain about those sadistic little flowers. Whenever we get a box of them I sigh and grumble, grumble, grumble under my breath. I give the evil eye to the bunch that I am de-thorning. I avoid them until I have to clean them. I just generally all around despise them and I don't care who hears me. 

But then I came across a great quote by Abraham Lincoln while doing research for the blog. 

 "We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, 
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."

I realized that I complain too much. Yeah it stinks that roses have thorns. They hurt. They cut skin. The cling to your fingers if you grab them just right. They do not play well with others.

Love the colors!
But maybe...just maybe I should be happy that thorns have such lovely flowers attached to them. They come in a variety of bright and bold colors which I love. They make people happy which makes me happy. :)

Complaining doesn't change anything. If I complain about all the homework that I have to do for class, does that make it go away? Not so far. It just wastes time that I could be using to get it completed. Complaining about anything doesn't make it disappear like some trick during a carnival magic show. 
So I am going to make a New Years Resolution early. I have resolved to stop complaining about thorns and enjoy roses for what they are.

What are some of your early New Year's Resolutions?

David Swesey Florist.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Flower Love

I love flowers. 

I love looking through flower shops when my family goes on vacation and seeing what is trending in other areas. I love seeing different flowers come in and out of the store. I love seeing my mom and the other designers work on something lovely. I love seeing the smile on the faces of the people that I deliver arrangements to. 

I love that smile. It is like the smile children have on Christmas day. It is bright and full of joy. Joy because someone took time to send them an arrangement that will add color to their day. It is pure and golden which is refreshing to see in a world that is often accented in shades of gray.

We need a little color in our life. We need the sunshine and the rain to refresh our spirits. We need to stop and smell the roses, gardenias, lilies and any other flower that takes our fancy. We need to step out on a fall day and breath in that crisp air. Embrace the world without wondering if it will hug us back. We need simple reminders that we are still here to enjoy this life.

Maybe I am a little sentimental. Too much Jane Austin and Meg Ryan movies will do that to a girl. Perhaps the Green Glow plant-shine has finally gone to my head.  But I think that life is a little better when you have a vase of wildflowers to look at.  

What are some of your simple pleasures?

David Swesey Florist