OK I know that I haven't written in my blog for a while now but OMG if u just knew all the changes that have transpired in the past few months....first of all if I don't write on blog you can always check face book and catch me there....look for Melinda Apollonio or Morning Glory florist, we also have a group morning glory florist group..It's hard trying to run a business and keep up with Blog and FBook...I really don't have much time but I will try my very best to do both...as I said Morning Glory is going through some major changes....if you have read my blog you know I started MG with my best friend Linda....in the last eight months lots changes have taken place....I found out that I LOVE WHAT I DO....LINDA FOUND OUT THAT BEING PART OF MORNING GLORY IS NOT WHAT SHE WANTS...so as July 1st I will be sole owner of MG..WE ARE STILL FRIENDS, BUT THE BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP DIDN'T WORK FOR US, I WISH HER THE VERY BEST, AND I HOPE SHE FINDS HER PASSION...IT'S DIFFICULT TO LIVE YOUR LIFE THOUGH SOMEONE ELSE'S DREAMS...IT JUST DOESN'T WORK...IT IS BEEN EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER, AND I WANT TO HAVE FUN DOING MY JOB, IT'S A HARD THING TO DO IF YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT ON THE SAME PAGE...IT'S A LOT OF WORK, LONG HOURS AND HARDLY ANY PAY, AND IT MIGHT BE THAT WAY FOR A WHILE...SO YOU REALLY DO HAVE TO HAVE A PASSION FOR WHAT YOU DO...OTHER WISE IT WILL BECOME A CHORE TO GO TO WORK EVERYDAY, I DON'T REGRET HAVING GONE IN THIS BUSINESS WITH LINDA BECAUSE WE BOTH HAD SOME HARD LESSONS TO LEARN, SHE NEEDS TO KNOW THAT YOU CANT LIVE YOUR LIFE IN SOMEONE ELSE'S SHADOW, ANDI HAD TO HAVE ENOUGH CONFIDENCE IN MYSELF TO KNOW I CAN TO THIS....HONESTLY IF IT WASN'T FOR LINDA I PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE HAD ENOUGH COURAGE TO DO THIS ON MY OWN....SO I WILL ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL TO HER FOR THAT...IN MY HEART OF HEARTS I KNOW THAT FRIENDSHIP IS A LOT MORE IMPORTANT THAN BUSINESS AND I WANT HER TO BE HAPPY DOING SOMETHING SHE HAS THE SAME PASSION AS I DO AT MORNING GLORY...I WISH HER THE VERY BEST AND TO KEEP LOOKING FOR HER OWN DREAM I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT SHE WILL FIND IT...THANX FOR LISTENING MELINDA
HI EVERYBODY IT'S BEEN A WHILE!!!! I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT IT'S BEEN HARD TO FIND TIME TO KEEP UP WITH THIS BLOG, PLUS MORNING GLORY AND FACE BOOK!!! I HAVE TO SAY I REALLY LIKE FACEBOOK, IT HELPS ME STAY IN TOUCH WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS FAR AWAY.....BUT I DO MISS MY BLOG....SO I WILL TRY TO KEEP UP WITH IT...IT'S BEEN A VERY LONG MONTH, GETTING READY FOR MOTHERS DAY IT WAS HARD, BUT A SUCCESS....I WOULD LIKE TO WISH ALL OF MY WOMEN READERS A HAPPY BELATED MOTHERS DAY!!!! WILL TRY TO KEEP UP MORE THANKS MEL
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THERE WAS A DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE IN ABRUZZO, AQUILA ITALY CHILDREN AND ADULTS HAVE BEEN KILLED, WE GIVE ALL THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE LOST LOVED ONES OUR CONDOLENCES, THEY ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF RH 0 NEGATIVE BLOOD, INFO #06491340 ...WE WISH ALL THE PEOPLE IN THIS DEVASTATING AREA OF AQUILA , THE VERY BEST ON THIS HOLY WEEK OF EASTER. ALL OF OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU, THANK YOU MELINDA
WORKING, THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS YOU MISS WHEN YOU HAVE A BUSINESS, ALL THE HOLIDAYS THAT YOU USUALLY CELEBRATE WITH FAMILY, AND FRIENDS...
Palm Sunday it's always been very special to me, one of the reasons is my dad...He has a olive tree, that he brought from Italy, it was a little tiny branch, and now it's a good size tree, he has to bring it in protected area for the winter, and on Palm Sunday, he cuts little branches off the olive tree and he takes them to church, where they are blessed, and then he gives them to us...It's such a loving thing it's part of culture in Italy, on Palm Sunday you exchange a olive branch....it keeps tradition, and tradition alive and I Love my DAD for doing that...Some day that is one of the things it will always going to be in my heart. thanks for listening...Mel
Good morning, Monday was a great, the weather not so good, but the Gift Show was good, we had so much fun, and then we went to Quincy Market, OH my God it was so cool, and across the street NINE WEST!!!!! awesome...Lunch was was so good, company AWESOME!! It was so nice to have real conversations without the phone ringing, or getting interrupted, it was so good to spend time with my friend...I even took my camera but unfortunately....to rainy and cold, damp...but it's OK, it was the company that was important....talk soon, thanks for listening...Mel
Good morning!!!! Busy weekend but it was all good!!! Our cousins baby shower, I was really happy I didn't have to work...so I could attend...It was at NINO'S IN COVENTRY.... WOW!!!!! MY FRIENDS CHARLIE & TERRY DID A FANTASTIC JOB WITH THE REMODEL.....IT'S BEAUTIFUL!!!! THE BRIDES WILL BE SO SURPRISED!!!! IT'S CLOSE TO HOME ON THE WATER AND IT'S BEAUTIFUL!!!! SO GO AND SAY HI TO CHARLIE & TERRY!!! YOU WON'T BE SORRY...
Then we went to pamper ourselves w/manicure and pedicure...BOY DID I NEED THAT!!!!! Spend the rest of the day with friends, and then we went to play Italian Cards with Sister in law and brother in law..It was fun but the espresso coffee which I totally love kept me up longer than i wanted to be.... Today off to Boston...business...with my friend Cynthia from Choc.Dreams BOSTON GIFT SHOW..even though it Business We are planing to on making a day of it and spend some time in Boston...I will let you know later...CIAO!!!!
I know it's been a while sorry, but all is good it's been an enlightening week!! Amazingly each day teaches us a new lesson....first and foremost you have to believe in yourself...even when things are not where you want them to be...if you believe in yourself, that's half the battle....
Hope, Faith, Believe, Love, it can't be about other people, it has to be about you, nobody is really truly tuthful to you but it's important that you are truthful with yourself....defining Truth is very hard for many reasons, people bend the truth to protect you, or to protect themselves, eather way it's up to you to know what degree untruthfulness you are willing to let go, or just say enough! sometimes we don't want to be protected, we have to deal with the reality, or you are always lying to yourself.....
Faith- nobody can give you faith but yourself, it's from your past, it's who you are.... we all need faith to get us from one point to the next, and when we are unsure sombody told me last night, remember your past, and remember what having faith has accomplished in your life...I HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT IT... . Hope- with out it there is nothing to live for..
Believe-if you don't who is going to?
Love-the most important person that can love you is YOU....you have to love yourself always, other people can choose when they love you....it's giving up your power depending on other people's love....It's wonderful feeling to have...if for the right reason, but not necessary to survive....
So my point is you have to believe in yourself, and sometimes we forget...no matter how many people are in your life, you have to have Faith, Love, Believe, Hope, IN YOU....whatever you get from the people in your life.... if truly sincerely given is a Gift.... BUT THE REAL GIFT IS YOU......
Today Cindy From Chocolate Dreams and I did a Wine Tasting Show for the brides of Whispering Pines it was a very long day but we got to talk to the couples.....and different vendors that we do business with....hopefully we will be providing some of our services for the couples.
Thank you Meredith, for keeping me company last night i really needed a friend, and u made it possible for me to do what i needed to do...and more so You made it fun....thanks also for all the hard work you are putting in to design a nice space for me to work in with all my pictures.....thank you love yah Mel.....
Good morning!!!! Hopefully everybody is doing well, in our area we still have snow to deal with, and cold.....but for those of us that are not to happy with this lets keep one thing in mind...SPRING IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER....YAHHHHHHHHH....It's difficult sometimes to see the glass half full....we tend to see the glass half empty....I know that from reading my blog I am the first that sometimes has a problem with that theory....I know that it's probably to late to make a NEW YEAR RESOLUTION....but what the heck I'm doing it anyway...
I will be the first one to admit that sometimes we forget to see all the beautiful gifts God sends us our way,some are small, some are big, but we get so caught up in life and we miss them....I have realized sometimes I forget to look at that silver lining ...but I know it's there....IT ALWAYS IS....
So my new belated New Year resolution is to be positive, and the other problem is when you are in that state of mind, you forget about yourself....life is difficult, but it's difficult for everybody!
I'm thinking about teaching classes at Morning Glory on landscape designs....especially with the economy the way it is, people are starting to go back to basics....doing more at home and a lot of our customers have been coming in about advice on landscape designs....That is really my first love....I always thought I would go in that field but you know how it goes!!! LIFE!!!!! I love doing landscape designs and it's very rewarding for the soul...for people that love the outdoor, and flowers&plants and playing with dirt like I do there is no other feeling....and my friends it's a great workout, and a great form of relaxation...... a great family activity...Well it's been really our customers that have come in for advise that have suggested about the classes....as a society I thing we have forgotten the basics, if we wanted to have nice yards we hired a landscaper, if we wanted beaches, we go on vacations, if we wanted a good special meal, we go to a nice restaurant....how many average people can really afford to keep doing this today? very few and God Bless those who can....but for the rest of the struggling average person LIFE CAN STILL BE GOOD...BACK TO BASICS...
The best place is to start at home...you want a nice yard but cant afford a landscaper, well there are many things you can do yourself, with the family....the problem is that we do always see that glass half empty....we are a society of negativeness....we like to keep up with our friends we are used of getting anything we wanted..and now we are saying what the heck are we going to do...chances are that our friends are having the same problems we are.....look at the economy, at the stock market, the people that had life figured out..... with their nest egg....some of them have nothing left.....but as a society WE CAN'T GIVE UP...THIS COUNTRY NEEDS POSITIVE THINKING.....THE PRESIDENT CANT DO IT ON HIS OWN....WE HAVE TO TAKE A PRO-ACTIVE APPROACH....AND WE NEED TO STOP BLAMING EVERYBODY ELSE FOR OUR PROBLEMS....
We are used of living a good life and we might have to stop and review what that good life is at this time....and find new way have to have a good life....ITS NOT ALL ABOUT THE MONEY.....because from experience money pays bills but it doesn't always give you true happiness......IT'S ABOUT ATTITUDE....IT'S ABOUT POSITIVE THINKING, AND BELIEVING THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE OK....and one more thing for those of you that are afraid to let your friends know, that maybe you can't go out every weekend , or join them on a nice vacation, IF THEY ARE TRUE FRIENDS THEY WILL STILL BE YOUR FRIEND, I ALWAYS SAY AND I LEARNED THIS THE HARD WAY BELIEVE ME...YOU CAN'T BE A FRIEND ONLY WHEN THINGS ARE GOOD, IT'S WHEN THINGS GET TOUGH THAT YOU FIND OUT WHO YOUR TRUE FRIENDS ARE....well thanks for listening...MEL
PS: please feel free to make comments below, i read all of them...and i would really appeciate your input.....thank you
You know what I said about not getting so much snow...well I changed my mind..WE GOT PLENTY OF SNOW, AFTER SHOVELING FOR A FEW HOURS, BELIEVE ME WE GOT MORE THAN I would have liked to shovel...the wind drift snow was the worst...some spots was at least two feet of snow...but it is all done even the deck and a path to shed...well I hope we are done with snow for this year...Mel...
Well we didn't get as much snow as predicted...WHAT A SURPRISE!!!!! Well since We closed the shop today, no sense in taking chances having our drivers out on the road with this mess...so I think I'm going to go and shovel outside...been trying to incorporate more activities in my day, one of the drawback in my job, is that you stand in one spot and design, I'm used to having jobs that are a lot more physical, so I have decided this year to really try to make time for myself...I tend to get so involved in everything else that I forget to really concentrate on my needs...well that is going to change.....I will let you know of my progress from time to time....so breakfast, and off to shoveling....great exercise, plus fresh air, nothing better than that, I love working out outside, plus it gives you time to reflect on things....and put it in prospective.... so here I go!!!! talk later ....Mel
This song The Prayer is dedicated to my friends that really need to find strenght, comfort, hope,and to know they are in my prayers and my thoughts.....I hope it gives you the comfort and the peace you need at this time...MEL
It's been a very long week but it's Sunday, and it looks like we are going to get a substantial amount of snow!!!!!! I'm looking for Spring, not more snow......I think that the forecasts are probably , hopefully wrong, and we won't get much...This was a bad weekend for this snow, we were supposed to go to CT...for our annual design show!!! unfortunately we didn't want to take a chance of getting stuck there..It's different when you are responsible for the business....but even though I feel bad we couldn't go, there will be plenty of other ones all over the country that we can attend...(I want the one in Hawaii) but I haven't been able to convince my partner Linda with that one yet lol lol.....there are Lot's of great ones, The Dallas Texas one was good...each show you get to see different designers from all over the world, with different techniques, and different designs, that you can offer your customers, from funeral work to wedding work, special events, and of course every day ideas you can use in making your shop more appealing to customers...
The day where you could get away with the same designs for all your customers are over...THANK GOD..... well for some florists that's their trademark unfortunately, same thing over and over again......brides want trendy on the edge one of the kind bouquets, which we customize for every bride we have....customers want to walk in to a florist shop and be comfortable being there and not feel like they are being rushed, so it is our job to provide the time and the knowledge, and of course exquisite designs ....the day where you walk a florist shop and have to stand at the counter and discuss wedding design or funeral work doesn't work any more, our customers expect a more personal touch...it's a long time coming.....so it is a good idea for a business owner to make it your business to invest the time what your customer's needs are.....my philosophy is that if we are lucky enough to be chosen by our customers, to trust us to create designs for whatever their event is then they deserve to get the service that they expect... and a create a place where they feel comfortable enough to come for any occasion...
I'm sure I will hear all about the show and what we have missed, but like I said there are plenty to go to...for now home bound...it does look pretty nasty out there and it is supposed to get a lot worst...have a great day Mel
TIMING IS EVERYTHING, AND I'M SORRY TO SAY, I HURT SOMEONES FEELINGS REALLY BAD FOR MY BAD JUDGMENT, I PANICKED AND DIDN'T STOP AND THINK FIRST ACT LATER...I ACTED FIRST THOUGHT LATER AND THE SAD PART IS THAT I PREACH THIS ISSUE TO THIS PERSON ALL THE TIME...ABOUT THINKING FIRST AND REALIZING THE CONSEQUENCES...AND ACT LATER...I BROKE MY OWN RULE...AND FOR THAT I'M SO SORRY....MEL
GOOD MORNING!!!! Well been thinking about a lot of different ideas that are going on . I just wish i could think about them after 6 am but ohhhh no it has to be at four in morning, first of all I like this blog because at four in the morning nobody will listen to me, not even my cat Lela... before I had to write every thing in journal now get on computer...much easier...with a cup of espresso coffee and ready to go....
There are things going on that are out of my control, and that worries me. I try very hard to look at things in different ways...and I really want to be fair about it but sometimes it doesn't matter how many ways I look at a situation it is what it is....it doesn't have my best interest at heart....so when that happens it's 4 am and I'm writing instead sleeping. Sometimes making some decisions that you might not want to make it's difficult, but sometimes if you don't make them it's going to be made for you...why give someone that kind of power...might as well do what it is that you need to do and get it over with...I am all about compromising, but most people have a problem with this word it's their way or the highway......I have a problem with that, unless it's done fairly....... you have to compromise but you can't ever compromise your dignity....your self respect...because that makes you who you are....ITS ABOUT CREDIBILITY, LOYALTY, AND TRUST...even if people think you are being unfair. Sometimes it doesn't matter how many different ways you look at a situation, the results are always the same...UNFAIR... so i guess i have a lot of work cut out for me today...nobody ever said it was easy, and it never is.....well thanks for listening..... Mel PS: I'M FINE
Yesterday was a really bad day, I'm hoping today It's going to be a good one, OK, I know sometimes I write on here like I'm writing to friends that I really know, and every time I make these kind of entries my friends will call me, worried about me...and for that I'm sorry for making u worry about me...that is not my intend...I guess I react very badly when I think I'm being taken advantage of.....for the people that know me they know it takes a long time for me to get to the point of me feeling that upset...but for the people that don't know me I know I must sound like a very difficult,and angry person, so for those people I will give you an explanation....
You see I am a very loyal , and trusting person.... In business, and in my personal life....so sometimes both in business and personally, I find it difficult when the same courtesy is not returned....I find that everyday there is someone that feels they have the right to test those qualities...I will do anything for anybody and all I ask that I.m treated with the same courtesy...
IS IT SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND????? IT DOESN'T MATTER TO ME IF YOU ARE A FRIEND, OR SOMEONE I DO BUSINESS WITH, IF WE HAVE AN AGREEMENT, I AM TRUSTING YOU.... (AND MORE THAN ANYTHING I HATE TO LOSE FAITH IN PEOPLE)
Unfortunately, you would think that I would not be so gullible, when you invest in people, you want to believe that they can be trusted, it doesn't matter to me who it is...because of these beliefs, sometimes I get burned......because I have come to the conclusion you can't think with your heart....I'm very passionate in what I believe, and what I do, so what does that mean???
Well it means that not everybody is loyal, and trusting, and It's very difficult for me to accept that, because those are very important qualities in my book...call me stupid, but if you don't have trust and loyalty, what the heck is there.....
So for the calls i received from my friends yesterday after I made the entry, don't worry about me, I am a big girl, and as you already know, I can take care of myself....and when I need you I know you are there for me...and I appreciate that more than you will ever know, you have pulled me through some very tough periods in my life, and I value all of your loyalties, and your support....and i know you want to protect me ....so thank you to all of my friends that care about me... and for the readers, thank you for listening...MEL
Well i can honestly say this is the worst day that i have had in a long time since Christmas ....it's been maddening, DISAPPOINTING LIKE NOBODY WOULD BELIEVE!!!!! aggravating to no end!!!! really bad day I'm glad I'm working tonight at my new part time job (at another time i will tell you all about it) it will keep me out of trouble!!! I REALLY NEED THAT TODAY!!!!!!
some days doing my job is easier then others....today was a very emotional day ta...for lots of different reasons....anybody that knows where our shop is located you must know how hard today is.....but have to deal with it.....be supportive, and understanding, it's really hard to remain professional, and not emotional, when there are people that are dealing with lots of grief...wish could take the pain away....but all you can do is listen....unfortunately i can relate to lot of these individuals, and it hurts really bad....i know lot of you won't understand this post...but please know i appreciate you listening....Mel
I'm so excited i just finished talking to my niece Nina, on facebook!!!she is in Italy and she will be coming home soon!!!! yahhhhhhh..Miss her very much!!! the reason i joined Facebook is because i know lots of family members in Italy are on Facebook, i got in touch with my cousin Cinzia, I havent seen her in a long time, even though I'm not thatgood with computers I'm trying to be better at it!!! Nina whn you go on the Blog, you can leave comments so i will know you went on and see what you think, I hope to post some of the pictures from Thresa's wedding!!! I figured the day after Valentine's day good day to lounge around very hard week!!!! But good day Yesterday!!!! no time to celebrate Valentine but glad that i helped my customers have a great day with BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS FROM MORNING GLORY!!! Well as far as celabrating got breakfast in bed this morning....love breakfast in bed!!!!! from my husband Domenic and my son Angelo.....and i got to lounge around all day!!!!! Angelo missed me all week...I'm trying to post one of his pictures...the sunshine of my life!!!!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!! Well It's 12 AM and all I see is ROSES, ROSES, ROSES.....I'm pretty tired but It was a great day at morning Glory, very, very, busy Thank God!! All the arrangements we made for our in house customers got all sold!!!! yahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! So I'm trying to make more arrangements so tomorrow our customers will have a good selection to choose from...well I hope everyone has a FANTASTIC VALENTINE'S DAY!!!! Please do some extra celebrating for me to. I know what I will be doing,,,,flowers, flowers, flowers. I'm afraid I will be celebrating Valentine's day on Sunday.....no I'm not feeling sorry for myself....lol lol....I'm doing exactly what I want to be doing.....so have a great day!!!! thanks for listening Mel
I can't believe IT'S ALMOST HERE, VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!!! I know it is a crazy week for florist shops but you know what I LOVE VALENTINE!!! ROMANCE, ROMANCE, ROMANCE!!!!!
It's my one of my favorite Holiday!!!! but of course with me EVERYTHING is about romance!!! I know lot of people will tell you it's silly!!!of course i will never agree!!! romance is one of those little perks in life that with one little gesture can make someone happy!!!!! It's such a simple thing to do I don't understand why it's so frequently ignored....Me personally romance is essential every day...It can't be just on Valentine's Day (maybe its the business I'm in, no it's always been important) It doesn't have to be so complicated like people like think it is....A walk on the beach under the stars, a card just because, a picnic in a park, little message just telling that special person how you feel, candle light dinner, with favorite bottle of champagne, candle light evening just talking w/soft music dancing to your favorite tune it doesn't have to be a Big Deal, surprising that special person with something they aren't expecting....ah ROMANCE it's sure makes the heart feel good......I know I'm being silly but without romance what is there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's all those little acts that make life intresting, no matter when it will come to mind, IT PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE!!!!!!!
Hi everybody... Well all in all it was a pretty good week at Morning Glory, preparation for Valentine are going according to plan...that is a good thing!!!!good week for bridal consultations....I Love doing consultations.....I get to talk to my brides and share in preparations with their upcoming wedding, and helping them decide what designs for bouquets and centerpieces would make their day even more spectacular it's so much fun...I LOVE IT...it's the beginning of the journey that brings me to their wedding day where I get to actually design their wedding flowers....for me as a designer of course THE BEST PART....well the best part actually is when my bride and groom and their families see what they chose to REALITY!!! That is an amazing feeling!!! to know that you had a small part in making their wedding day even more special...and to see their faces with happiness in what you have created there are no words to express how it makes me feel....well there are but it would take all day to tell you....most of my brides might have pictures, or ideas of what they like, but most of the time I have to sell them my visions, that I can only see in my head...i do a sample of a centerpiece...but really how can they really see everything that's in my head???That is why it's so important for the brides to choose a florist they can trust, and make that professional, and personal connection with...It's so very, very, important because, i don't have just a consultation with my brides I encourage them if there is anything that they need to discuss or change, come in and see me...anytime, bring in the mom, or the fiance', and we will go over things, this was the kind of shop I dreamed of having, where regardless if you are a bride or a regular customer, or just somebody going by the shop and you want to check things out, I love being part of someones dream coming true....it doesn't matter if it's just a wrapped bouquet...but that wrapped bouquet is going to make someones day a little happier...and to me THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT!!!!! Everybody always says what a special gift I have with designing....and I believe if It is a gift then it was given to me for a reason, so I could share it, and that's what I'm trying to do....Everybody has their own special gift, I Am So Lucky to be able to share it with anybody that walks in to Morning Glory....I Feel Blessed....Thanks for listening Mel
This was a wedding to remember....Linda and I were our brides and her family guests....Theresa was what made this wedding so much fun....she was having the time of her life!!!! the DJ came from NY city they had so many gadgets!!!! and the guest were having so much fun...The wedding was held at The ALDRICH MANSION In Warwick....OH My God...This PLACE IS UNBELIVABLE...THE VIEW IS SPECTACULAR....THE STAFF IS AMAZING....THE FOOD IS GREAT.....during the months that we were trying to design this wedding, we made so many trips to the Alrich Mansion, and what I was impressed by was the fact no matter how many times my bride called for us to go back and finilize all the details, The staff always treated us like it was the first time they met us....always accomodating and happy to see us...we were there a lot!!!my staff and I were very impressed how professional, but accomodating, and friendly they were, and since we were there for reception, The service was great, and they were very accomodating.
This is me dancing with the bride,,,,not only we did her flowers and everybody said they were beautiful...i will post pictures of them, we became her and her family's florist but we have become friends, and part of her family....THAT'S WHY I LOVE DOING WHAT I DO........
Hi everybody !!!!! Sorry I haven't written in a few days but it's a crazy time Valentine"s preparation....very time consuming....not much time for anything else...work, work, work...I wanted to share this picture with you, it at Morning Glory's work room on our ribbon cutting day showing off all the certificates we received from our town and the state reps. we were so tired it wasn't even funny....the woman in the white shirt is Linda and I'm in black...we figured we would share with you because it was a very special day for us...well actually i wanted to post the picture of Linda when we went to Vegas but she would kill me if I did, so I promised I would be a good girl and post this one...someday i might post the other one though it's so funny!!!! well OK i will try to keep up with my entries ....see you soon Mel
Hi everybody!!!! I know it's been a while!!! Well since the New Year I'm sorry I haven't been writing It seems after the Holidays there is more work to be done, we had to take down all the Christmas decorations at Morning Glory, it was kind of sad Christmas is my favorite Holiday, I love all the decorations, and the Christmas trees, and just the way everything looks so festive...the shop looked so naked without all the beautiful, greenery garlands, and decorations, so we started to decorate for Valentine...unfortunately being the first year for all of our holidays we don't have many decorations but slowly we are getting some a little bit at the time. Plus when you don't have many store bought decorations, you have to use your imagination to come up with some unique ideas... And trying to get organized!!!!!!! This is a challenge to stay organized!!!! Spent some time with friends, at the store trying to come up with different displays with Meredi for her cards and coming up with specials with Cynthia from Chocolate Dreams for Valentine's day where we can incorporate CHOCOLATES & ROSES...that's what Valentine is all about, romance, roses, chocolates.....hmmmmm can't wait...Valentine is my other favorite Holiday...IT'S ALL ABOUT THE ROMANCE!!!!!! So any way that's what's been going on....thanks for listening MEL
Hope everybody is enjoying the New Year!!! It's been a great day it always is when you spend time with all the special people in your life....Spend New Years Eve at home with my husband and one of my sons.....it was quiet and relaxing....But I did miss the rest of my family, but the weather wasn't so great so we decided to stay home and got together today....stopped by Morning Glory this morning for a little while because we closed yesterday because of the weather....it's unbelievable how weired it felt missing one day....some of my friends saw my van and stopped by to wish me a Happy New Year it was great seeing them...it makes the Holiday complete....well tomorrow is back to normal....I'm kind of looking forward to it.... I WISH EVERYBODY A HAPPY AND HEALTHY, PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.....well again thanks for listening....MEL
This is my son Vinny without him Morning Glory would never have been ready for opening in three weeks...he worked with Charlie Jenni's dad on painting and getting everything done so we could open on time....THANK YOU VIN! LOVE YOU
Hi everybody!!!! I think tonight I would like to give you a little bit of background about how Morning Glory came about, I have wanted to do this from the very beginning but at first I was trying to get the hang of blogging and then the Holiday Season came so fast and I didn't have the time to really go into details....But I think It's important that you have a little of background....about Linda and I....
Linda and I met about 3 years ago...I was partner and head florist at a local florist shop...she was friends with my partners and at first we just worked together , she did the books, she did deliveries, she was around quite a bit...the last year the florist shop was opened we worked together on a regular basis, and we started being friends, don't know exactly if we were really that close.
working together on a regular basis, we got to know each other, how we felt about the business, and the first time we were pretty sure the florist shop was going to close, I was looking for a job..couldn't find one...i was heart broken about the shop closing, but I know it was the best for everybody concerned....the problem was that even though I always dreamed of having my own flower shop I was scared.....
My husband thought I should take the risk, or I would always regret it....I was scared of failing, but his thought on this was if i tried to do it and failed it would be sad but at least I wouldn't have no regrets for not trying at all. He believes in me and encouraged me to GO FOR IT!!!!
So that's where Linda came in the picture she agreed with my husband, and she believed in my talent.... and she offered to be partners if I was willing to try and take a chance because I didn't want to do it alone.
Linda is the business part of Morning Glory and I'm the Creative part of the business....
We knew it was going to be hard just the two of us, but it's so much harder, than we thought, Thank God , we are so much more busier than we thought...so my partner is being great she's even trying to design and she is doing great....I'm so proud of her....WE WORK VERY HARD, AT THIS POINT IT HAS TO BE JUST ME AND HER, HOPEFULLY IN THE FUTURE WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET SOME EXTRA HELP....BUT FOR NOW IT'S YOU AND ME PARTNER....AND THIS IS HOW MORNING GLORY CAME ABOUT, TWO FRIENDS BELIEVING IN EACH OTHER AND A DREAM.....ITS OUR BABY!!! AND IN THIS PROCESS WE HAVE BECOME NOT ONLY PARTNERS BUT ALSO BEST FRIENDS...AND WE CAN DEPEND ON EACH OTHER FOR ANYTHING....PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY.....THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR..THROUGH THE GOOD AND THROUGH THE BAD..... WE DO MAKE A FANTASTIC TEAM.... THANKS FOR LISTENING.... MEL
Day off in a while it felt great being home for a whole day....only went out once and it was unbelivale.ta. usually I'm always on the run.... it felt good to be still for one day...trying to to do different on blog...added music but not sure if I like that one ...some of my favorite things, I'm a very simple person, so I love very simple things, and they make me very happy...ok talk later ...MEL
WELL CHRISTMAS IS OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAHHHHH!!!!!
First let me tell you how hard this Holiday Season really was.....VERY, VERY, HARD!!!!!!
But let me clarify my comments about TRUST....any time weather personally, or professionally someone breaks their word.....there is a breach of trust....I'm a fanatic when it comes to trust, personally and professionally....MEREDIE...THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU MY FRIEND....I'M FINE....SO PLEASE DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME....It has to do something that happened to me and I just felt betrayed..I'M FINE OK....maybe it shouldn't have made it to the blog..but putting so many hours in at work I only had access to my computer...plus I have always had a journal....I express my self through my designs and putting my feelings on paper...so this is very natural to me that's why I love blogging...
So on with our week it was unbelievably hard, long hours, one overnight to finish orders, delivering till 10:pm on Christmas Eve and doing re deliveries on Christmas Day...We just had to make sure that all our customers got their orders...they trusted Morning Glory to make sure their loved ones received their flowers and we wouldn't dream of disappointing them....see trust again.....VERY IMPORTANT....even if meant myself and Linda and our friend had to do the deliveries on Christmas Day....I GUESS WHEN YOU DO A JOB THAT YOU ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOU DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO....THAT'S ALL THERE IS TO IT.....NOW WE HAVE VALENTINE DAY TO LOOK FORWARD TO....AT LEAST WE HAVE SIX WEEKS TO GET READY....HA HA HA NEVER CAN BE READY FOR ANY KIND HOLIDAY IF U ARE A FLORIST.....THAT'S IT ....THANKS FOR LISTENING MEL
PS....MY PARTNER Linda DOES DO FLOWERS YAHHHHH....AND SHE'S PRETTY GOOD AT IT...THANKS PARTNER YOU DID FANTASTIC.
Well it's a new day!!! sorry for being so sentimental last night. The Holidays are always difficult for me, you can't even imagine what a night of good sleep can do for you..and loving arms to keep you safe. I have been putting in lots and lots of hours at work, lost A VERY IMPORTANT COMMODITY last night, TRUST, and I was feeling sorry for myself...but i have so much to be grateful for Morning Glory is holding it's own.....my family is safe and well, difficult times can always be made easier when you have people that love you.....and Thank God I have so many people that believe in what I'm doing that, want me to be happy and supportive of what I do, (beautiful flowers), a season isn't so little after all for some people.....I have all the support from people that truly LOVE ME....and I'm grateful to all of them for the rest of my life.... THAT'S WHAT IS IMPORTANT IN LIFE......HONESTY, TRUST, LOVE AND HAPPINESS..... HAPPY HOLIDAYS
It's very difficult loosing someone you love, we loose so many people we love and the Holidays are the worst times..... but I keep remembering a poem a very special person sent me at a very difficult time in my life....some people are in your life for a lifetime some for a season....I guess the holidays make you think of people you have lost....sorry being so sad tonight...and thanks for listening.... ALL MY LOVE, ELENA, ADAM, MIMMO, AND MY BEAUTIFUL BEST FRIEND JOAN, I MISS YOU ALL SO MUCH.............Mel HAPPY HOLIDAYS
If you buy Christmas centerpieces please don't forget to add water every day, the greens and the flowers are inserted in foam, the flowers and the greens will absorb the water, so please add water everyday , find a spot on the side of container and keep it wet, otherwise your greens and the flowers are going to dry out fast and that also applies for Christmas Trees that are made in foam.....
Another thing to remember is when ordering your Christmas Centerpieces with candles, ask your florist about adding a globe, it's a lot safer, sometimes when we have company we forget that a candle is burning , Keep the Holidays SAFE!!!! MEL
PS: DON'T FORGET TO BUY SOME MISTLETOE!!!!!! WHAT'S CHRISTMAS WITHOUT MISTLETOE.....IT MAKES FOR A VERY ROMANTIC HOLIDAY SEASON...HO HO HO !!!
I was thinking about this Blog, since I'm new at this, I'm still not sure about the material I add to the Blog....Originally it was designed to let you know about what was going on with Morning Glory, but now I'm not sure if it gets a little boring for the readers to read, so I would appreciate if you can leave comments about what you would like to read about, it would be great!!!! I'm trying to make intresting, but I would love hearing from you!!!! thanks Meredi, you are right, ok I will look foward reading your suggestions!!!! MEL
Well let's see Whew!!! A lot it's happened this week, "Ribbon Cutting" It was great! nerve racking, but great. Morning Glory is Official!!!!!! Our state Rep. Pat Serpa presented Linda and I with a Citation from the state of RI....the PVChamber give us a Citation and a Plaque...Diane our Chamber Rep and friend made us cry she gave a wonderful speech how we deserve to succeed because we love what we do and we work so hard, so she was so sweet with our family and friends watching us, Linda and I both started to cry, all of our friends and family believe in us but Diane is been one of our biggest supporter...always gives us good sound professional advice.
It was real hard to get the store ready exactly the way we wanted it to look, lots of long hours...Thank God (ta) it all turned out just the way things should be......our first open house was this weekend it was good, Meredie came over and worked on our Family Gallery door "She is so talented" We post all of the thank you cards, prom pictures, wedding pictures, and Meredie is doing the whole project.....She's Fabulous!!!!
OH YAH!!!! I forgot to tell you We also got a really nice write up in the local paper which it was great, it explained how Linda and I want to promote local artisans, like Meridie, and one of our designers Dolores does favors, and how we enjoy being part of the community, and how we want Morning Glory to be a place where our clients come in and feel like they are part of our family.... IT'S BEAUTIFUL!!!!
All and all it's was a great week(ta) professionally and personally to have events that you can share with special people in your life what more could ask for it feels like Christmas already!!!
Hi everybody! I'm sorry I haven't been checking in, pretty busy weekend and week so far. but good. Celebrated birthday Saturday!!!!!! It was nice some catching up with friends, and thank you to mom for mini party at Morning Glory while helping us getting the store ready for our ribbon cutting, and Christmas.. Also Thank you to Guy, Becky, and Maria, Meridith, Nancy, for everything!!!WE ARE BLESSED WITH GREAT FRIENDS !!!
SUNDAY!!! WORKED, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR REMEMBERING MY BIRTHDAY!!! TA AND COMING TO VISIT ME!A THANK YOU TO MY HUSBAND DOM, FOR COOKING A WONDERFUL SUPPER FOR ALL OF US!!!!
MONDAY!!! Very sad day had to do funeral flowers for my dear friend Cindy from Choc.Dreams for a family member. Our Love and Prayers goes out to her and her family...
Tuesday!!! Working hard getting the store ready for Thursday, thank you to our designer Delores, for helping us, not only you are you a FANTASTIC worker but you are A WONDERFUL FRIEND!! Also I would like to thank my best friend, and partner Linda!!! I know how hard it is for you working at Morning Glory and your other Job at night I'm thankful for everything you are doing, and I'm really proud of you for all your progress in floral designing...YOU ARE A TROOPER!!! AND YES YOU DO FLOWERS!!!! I will let you all know how our RIBBON CUTTING GOES ON THURSDAY!!!!! VERY NERVOUS AND ALSO EXCITED!!!!! Thanks for listening...MEL
This blog is dedicated to some very special people in my life, they are my angels in heaven, Elena Adam, Mimmo, and my best friend Joan, love you all very much, miss you, All of you will be in my heart for ever.
THANK YOU NOTATION:
I would like to thank my mentor and my beautiful friend Cindy Tully , I will never be able to thank you enough for everything you have done for me, thank you for the respect, and the trust, but most of all THANK YOU FOR BELIVEING IN ME....I LOVE YOU MY FRIEND.....
I'm married and a mother of two grown children, worked in the floral industry profesionally for the last five years,but involved in the industey as a hobby for the last 20+years..opened my own floral shop with one of my best friend Linda two months ago. It's always been my dream to own my own florist shop....my best friend Joan used to tell me that my natural talent for designing was a special gift...creating designs is my passion...and after a very long time waiting my dream is come true. MEL (TA)
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