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Valentine’s Day is Just Around the Corner…

Posted in Business, Fleurtacious Designs, Florist, Flowers, Valentine's Day

Published: February 3rd, 2014

Oh, hey, February…

Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away?! Valentine’s Day is obviously a busy day for florists, but it’s exceptionally crazy this year for the crew here at Fleurtacious Designs because in addition to making amazing floral arrangements, we’re also about to move! When it rains, it pours!

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Maybe I’m weird, but I really like Valentine’s Day. It just falls at a good time of year…after the holiday rush, but before the Mother’s Day and wedding season. Plus, I look forward to Valentine’s Day because of the people I hear from year after year…I like the tradition that our couples have cultivated and how Fleurtacious Designs is a part of that. For example, I have one husband who has always ordered a Valentine’s Day arrangement for his wife. But now that they have two daughters, he also orders mini versions of Mom’s arrangement for his girls! Too cute.

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I also love when a customer calls and they want us to put together something a little off the beaten path. A few years ago I had a recently married guy call and ask for an arrangement that was inspired by his wife’s bridal bouquet; he even sent a picture of her wedding flowers! That was a really thoughtful and sweet gesture (especially since she was 8 months pregnant). Of course, we always have the Valentine’s Day standby—your two dozen red roses—and they are always classic and gorgeous (and a sure thing)!

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These are just a few examples of awesome Fleurtacious Designs Valentine’s Day arrangements. Don’t hesitate to call us (518.283.7262) and order early—you have less than two weeks!

Best–

Kris Ann

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Greening Your Home: Dish Gardens & Orchids

Posted in Fleurtacious Designs, Garden Tips

Published: January 30th, 2014

In the depths of winter, it’s hard to remember that spring will be here in about 8 weeks…but that’s still a ways off. I find that bringing green to the inside of my house really helps me get through the winter months here in upstate NY (and I’m surrounded by flowers and blooms all day)!

One idea that I really love is a simple dish garden. Dish gardens are an easy DIY planting project that can work really well and are very tolerant (good for newbies)! ¬†I like to use succulents because they have shallow root systems making them great for dish gardens. They do well in indoor climates and are pest resistant—plus, they’re undemanding which is even better for those of us with hectic schedules!¬†Succulents are also just fun and cool looking!

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First you need some succulents and a shallow pot or dish. Next, buy some cacti or succulent potting soil mix (found at Home Depot / Lowes or a local garden center)—shells or pea gravel are a nice addition here, too. If your pot doesn’t have any drainage holes on the bottom be sure to add them–succulents don’t like standing water.

Fill your dish with the potting soil mix leaving about an inch at the top. Plant your succulents (a few per pot, depending on the size of the pot–you want to leave room for the plants to grow) by tamping down the soil around the roots and base of the plant. Then add a layer of pea gravel or tiny river rocks to help with drainage. Water the plants in, but not too much.

Place you dish near a warm window—southern exposure is OK—and water when the soil is dry. It’s worth noting that succulents need a resting period of two to three months in the winter and they like a cool spot (50-60 degrees) and just a little water—maybe once a month.

If you keep your home on the warm side (68 degrees or warmer), you should consider an orchid. They do best with bright, indirect light everyday, too. I have a few in our kitchen that are so happy that they keep blooming and blooming!

Hope this inspires you to try some indoor plants!

Best–

Kris Ann

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2013–A Look Back!

Posted in Culture, Fleurtacious Designs, Florist, Flowers, Weddings

Published: January 13th, 2014

It’s really hard to believe that 2013 is over and we’re already well into the new year! We had an amazing season last year and so much fun; I wanted to do a quick look back at all of the weddings, events, holidays, and the “ordinary” everyday happenings at Fleurtacious Designs!

Last February we were SO ready for Valentine’s Day! We even had special t-shirts made up for the day because we’re fun like that!

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Delivering flowers for Sara and Eddie’s wedding at the Mount! I LOVED this wedding, despite the rain!

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One of the few sunny days in May…Kate and Paul (and Matt Ramos) definitely lucked out. See Kate’s amazing bouquet below!

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Showing up at the bride’s house delivering some of our gorgeous bouquets!

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The Fleurtacious team processing flowers like nobody’s business!

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Enjoying some down time at the Saratoga Race Course! And winning, of course!

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LOVED Elizabeth’s bouquet for her Crooked Lake House wedding.

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Revealing the room to Meredith and Nick! I think they liked it!

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Danielle prepping an arrangement for a wedding at the Carey Center…

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Sarah and Brent were not afraid of color for their Canfield Casino wedding. So we went for it!

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Halloween arrived at the shop…

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We had the opportunity to work with Rob Spring Photography for the first time on Lauren and Josh’s wedding this past fall!

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And we had a blast at the annual USA Wedding’s holiday party!

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We had a ton of fun in 2013 and we’re so thankful to enjoy what we do—special thanks to our customers who allow us to share in their life events and play a small role in so many special days. We look forward to meeting more awesome clients at our new location in Latham, more flowers, and memories in 2014! Happy New Year from the gang at Fleurtacious Designs!

Best—

Kris Ann

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Fleurtacious Designs is Moving!

Posted in Business, Fleurtacious Designs, News, The Shop

Published: December 30th, 2013

You may have already heard, but I wanted everyone to hear it straight from me—Fleurtacious Designs is moving!

Yes, we will be packing up our beloved North Greenbush location and we’re heading west to 492 Troy Schenectady Road in Latham—just off the Latham Circle. I feel a lot better just typing it out! I’ve been thinking about this move for some time and I’ve been so nervous while we’ve been sorting out plans and designs for the new space. As anyone who has ever moved knows, it’s a lot of work and stressful! Plus, there are so many decisions to make about the new shop.

While our current location has been wonderful for the past ten years, the business has been having some growing pains. An opportunity presented itself for a new location and I decided to take it. So across the river we go! I’m very excited (and sad) to leave our little shop in my hometown—I’ve learned so much and have really enjoyed being part of the community. I’ve gotten to know so many people who patronize the shop and I’ve become invested in their lives—it was a difficult decision to leave my awesome local customers, for sure. But I want to let everyone know that we won’t be too far away and the Fleurtacious Designs team is ALWAYS available for delivery. Don’t forget about us, North Greenbush!

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And since Fleurtacious Designs has been in business for a decade AND we’re moving, I decided to change up our logo, too! Thanks to Jenny Dempsey of Jenny C Design for the amazing new logo–it’s so elegant and feminine! I love it.

So. Many. Changes. But they’re all good things (as Martha Stewart would say). I want to thank all of my loyal customers who have supported Fleurtacious Designs over the past ten years—we hope you’ll continue to think of us for all of your floral needs. And, please, don’t be a stranger!

Best–

Kris Ann

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