July 2009


Kirkland Weddings.com has finally finished up the planning for next years Charity event, ” Tie the Knot ”  .  A  few years ago, a group of local business owners wanted to come up with a low cost alternative wedding event for those that either couldn’t afford a more grand event, or those that did not want all the fanfare of a larger scale wedding.  Read a testimonial from one of the brides that chose this event for her wedding.

http://kirklandweddings.com/testimonial.php

The Kirkland based business owners offer their services basically at cost or free to promote a low cost alternative wedding for the minimal fee of $350.00.  You can read the details of the event and sign up here  http://kirklandweddings.com/vday2010.php .

Any proceeds left over after expenses, are donated to local charities.  Last years proceeds were donated to Kith, an agency that provides transitional housing to those in need.

Sign up early as spaces are limited.  As you can see from the promotional video put out by the City of Kirkland Tourism Department, Kirkland is a fabulous place to plan your wedding in 2010!

Here are photo’s of some of the past Tie The Knot events:

Tie the Knot 2009

Tie the Knot 2009

Tie the Knot 2009 event

Tie the Knot 2009 event

Tie the Knot Event 2009

Tie the Knot Event 2009

Fantastic View in Kirkland, Tie the Knot

Fantastic View in Kirkland, Tie The Knot!

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The Bridal Bouquet

The Bridal Bouquet

The Reception tables

The Reception tables

The Ceremony Flowers

The Ceremony Flowers

Gardeny Texture

Garden Texture

Modern Under Glass

Modern Under Glass

This really made me laugh so much I just had to share it, I actually saw it first on Vincente Wolf’s blog, and  I then went and found it on you tube so I could share it.  This really happens more than you know, and it is frustrating.  I can’t tell you how many times people are shocked to find out there is a charge for flower delivery. I’ll let you know when I figure out how to get my driver to work for free.  🙂  Enjoy, we all need to laugh more!

All white wedding bouquet

All white wedding bouquet

A Summer Garden wedding

A Summer Garden wedding

Peaches & Cream

Peaches & Cream

Hot Summer Color

Hot Summer Color

Each Bride has a unique and personal style, we do our best to capture the essence of the brides personality in her bridal bouquet.  These are just a few of our recent summer wedding bouquets.  It’s a lot of work, but so inspiring to see the finished products. I posted these so brides can get a sense of color combos as well as the difference between a gardeny style bouquet and a more formal look.  Will be finishing the last of the work on tomorrows wedding, the pink and blue and white garden styled bouquet shown above, and then start on Saturdays wedding .  Wedding season is a busy time in a flower shop!

Sad to say, I could not attend the symposium, but thanks to some fellow tweeters for sharing the photo’s from the conference.  It’s always so inspiring to attend design conferences. You come away with such a fresh outlook and new energy and ready to try new ideas.  The conferences make us get out of our boxes, step over the line, and try something new.   Just how life is supposed to be!

Here are some pictures, enjoy

http://www.flickr.com/photos/30333711@N07/sets/72157621471636869/

I’m learning lessons from lean times, I’ve learned that 75 percent of my conversations are with people I love to converse with and nearly every topic  on which I write  is about something that I care deeply about. But it is really tough setting parameters for my daily schedule because everything seems to get in the way of my productivity.

Then again  I guess that these are the decisions that  make all of us focus on the hard choices in life, things like what to cut back on, or what to focus on, should I attend more meetings or travel more etc? And then there are the sometimes plain frivolous things that eat away at your time?   How frustrating those things can be.  Am I the only person who get’s calls from ” John”?  ( If that recorded friendly robot calls me one more time at work I’m going to scream!)  Don’t you think “John”  should just leave his number & have me call him back if I am interested in his “listen up” recorded message telling me how I can get more money for my business? Isn’t there technology for such annoying time wasting things?

I’m beginning to look at the economic situation as a fresh start, I’ve been asking myself, “If I had a fresh start, what would I do with it?” It’s a difficult question to answer because so many things come into play, whether I take it from a  personal, business, or community perspective, it still comes down to choices.  I still need to figure out how to be the most productive!

I keep asking myself,  if it is the simple things I should be more focused on, like paying it forward, or sharing with a neighbor, spending  more time gardening, trying to empower more people, or work more overtime?  😉 It’s tough out there for everyone right now, so what do you do?  Life can be wonderful and I know you have to work to make it be wonderful, & I’ve learned that hardship only makes us feel more grateful and appreciate the good in life,  but  I still wonder sometimes if I am on the right path.

Lately, I have been enjoying watching the series on the History Channel, called Expedition Africa! If you haven’t seen it I would suggest it, http://www.history.com/expedition/episode-1/ If you are driven by exploration of new places, ideas, and love history, you will love it!.  I’m enjoying the concept in the show about retracing Stanley & Livingstone’s journey , reliving the history and the new persceptive is rather like a fresh start.  There was much to be learned the first time they explored Tanzania, but how much more to be learned the second time through? I appreciate the blending of old historical accounts, with the new modern techniques and how it applies  to the situation today.  Seems like a case of subtle wisdom to me…then again I am still thinking about it, & how it can help me become more productive in my daily life. I know that there is a lesson in there, I’m still just savoring the ideas.  One thing was very clear while watching the show, I’m not to fond of snakes, thanks to the photographers who did a fabulous job of convincing me of that! 🙂

I am really excited to visit this healing path. It’s been open for a while, but I haven’t had the opportunity to go yet,now that summer is upon us, it’s the perfect time to go take a healing walk and see if it helps my stress level. Something tells me that my stress isn’t going to go away until the end of wedding season and an improvement in the economic conditions. 🙂 Although I am always the eternal optimist,  so I’ll keep you posted on my walk down the healing path, and whether it helps!

Here is the press release from Bastyr:

First Public healing path in the US comes to Bastyr:

Walk your way to better health on new reflexology path; a gift to the community from a 97 year old donor

Bastyr University is the home of the first public traditional reflexology healing path in the United States. A common sight in parks and open spaces throughout China and Asia, these paths lure all ages to kick off their shoes and walk gingerly across stones to improve health through the soles of their feet. Meanwhile, Washington Governor Gary Locke has proclaimed September 19-25 Reflexology Awareness Week.

Based on ancient Asian wisdom, walking barefoot on a reflexology path massages and stimulates trigger points connected to various meridians of the body. The pressure of stones on the feet combined with gravity provides a therapeutic exercise to stimulate well being and health. Reported benefits of reflexology include improved digestion, stamina and energy plus enhanced immunity. By stimulating over 7,000 nerve endings in each foot, it is believed to positively affect corresponding body systems.

True to its Northwest home, Bastyr’s path is specially constructed from local river rock that is placed in cement according to reflexology guidelines. With the inspiration and guidance of certified reflexology experts, student and volunteer work parties created, installed and landscaped the new path. A special feature is the circular emblem which pays homage to the five Chinese elements: Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire. The path will be used as a practical lab for reflexology coursework in Bastyr University’s natural medicine program, providing the first such educational facility in the United States.

A long-time friend and supporter of Bastyr, Helen Higgen made construction possible with her generous gift dedicated for path construction and landscaping. Thriving at 97, Mrs. Higgen has been an advocate of natural medicine for many decades. She previously owned four health food stores, and still shares her passion and energy to help others find and enjoy health alternatives. She says “I want to help as many people as I can before I leave this world.”

The winding 64’ path is located directly behind the campus in Bastyr’s Medicinal Herb Garden. Free and open to the public, all are invited to experience this distinctive garden feature. First-time users may experience some initial soreness as their feet become accustomed to the rough textures and rock shapes. For further information please call Teri Thomas at (425) 602-3107.

ABOUT BASTYR UNIVERSITY
Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington is an accredited institution, internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural health arts and sciences education. Founded in 1978 as the John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine, the University integrates the pursuit of scientific knowledge with the wisdom of ancient healing methods and traditional cultures from around the world. Today, Bastyr University is the largest university for natural health arts and sciences in the United States, combining a multidisciplinary curriculum with leading edge research and clinical training.

The University offers bachelor of science degrees in exercise science and wellness, health psychology, herbal sciences and nutrition. Graduate programs include naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, nutrition and clinical health psychology, and applied behavioral science. Student clinical training takes place at Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle’s Fremont/Wallingford neighborhood and at many external sites throughout the region. For additional information about Bastyr University and its teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health, visit www.bastyr.edu or www.bastyrcenter.org

Additional reading on the subject:

http://www.universalreflex.com/article.php?story=20040924141132649

http://www.bastyr.edu/development/newsletter/spring05.asp?jump=7

http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthServices/health/chronic/getactive/activities/reflexology.aspx

http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/body_and_soul/article4632704.ece

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