The Buds 'n Bow Buzz http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com "Love never fails" Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:45:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 In Memory of My Daddy http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/2016/07/11/in-memory-of-my-daddy/ http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/2016/07/11/in-memory-of-my-daddy/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:56:52 +0000 http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/?p=662

Until We Meet Again

And now, three years have come and gone since your last earthly breath;

Your time on earth had ended as your body tasted death.

But death could not hold on to you, your spirit was set free;

You took hold of our Savior’s hand to live eternally.

The emptiness you left behind can never be re-filled,

And memories of days gone by are bittersweet, re-lived.

The man you were, the hugs you gave, will always be remembered;

The way you laughed, your gentle smile, your love so warm and tender.

I see the sunset and in my heart I hear your strong, sure voice

Reminding me you are just fine, forever with our Lord.

I think, sometimes, those sunsets are like postcards sent my way;

They read: “Having a ball, wish you were here, I’ll see you some sweet day.”

I know in heaven time does not pass the way it does down here,

For you only a moment’s gone, yet I count three long years.

And though at times the tears will fall and I long to touch your hand,

I am thankful you’re with Jesus, and I know just where you stand.

And when my time on earth is done and death’s river I must cross,

You’ll be waiting, as Christ leads me home, where we suffer no more loss.

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Adapting to Change http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/2015/12/30/adapting-to-change/ http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/2015/12/30/adapting-to-change/#comments Thu, 31 Dec 2015 03:22:10 +0000 http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/?p=650

snowy daffodilsDear Valued Customer,

As you may know, Buds ‘n Bows Flower Shop has been for sale for the past year. In November 2014, we published an article on our blog, which explains our decision to sell; you can read that article here.

In July of this year, we had a turn of events in our lives which helped us to better understand the reason God has been telling us to sell.  You may have heard that Keith’s father, Bob Wagnon, went missing for 26 hours on July 14, 2015.  By God’s Grace, he was found and returned to us, safe, and as sound as possible in his condition.

Dementia is a cruel and ugly symptom of many cruel and ugly diseases.  Mr. Wagnon has one of those cruel diseases, known as Alzheimer’s, and we have become his primary caregivers.  This is a very important, time demanding task, and one which cannot be easily undertaken alongside of a full time business such as the flower shop. I have tried for the past five and a half months to do so, but have found it difficult to provide the time and attention to everyone that I feel they deserve.

At this time, we have no intention of closing the business, and are still offering it for sale; we feel our county needs what it has to offer.  However, we also feel that the business needs an owner who can commit more time to it than we can at this stage in our lives.  With this in mind, we have decided to try a little different approach until The Lord sends the right person to be the new owner.

Due to his condition, it is necessary for someone to be at home with Mr. Wagnon at all times. Beginning January 1, 2016, we will no longer keep regular walk-in hours. We have always enjoyed your walk-in visits to our shop, and would like to continue enjoying them. However, we must now ask that you please schedule these visits 1-2 hours in advance.

We have forwarded the shop’s telephone to my cell phone, so we are still able to serve you. If I am unable to answer your call, please leave a voicemail with your number and I will be happy to return your call as soon as possible. In this way, we can offer you the best option to meet your floral and gift needs, while still providing my father-in-law the care he requires.

For your convenience, we have now opened an online shopping source through our Buds ‘n Bows Flower Shop Esty store.  Go to Etsy.com and type BudsnBowsFlowerShop in the search bar to find us.

We appreciate your support and patronage through the years, as well as your understanding during this challenging time.  We will do our very best to continue to give you the standard of service you have come to expect with Buds ‘n Bows Flower Shop for as long as the Lord ordains.  Thank you again for your friendship and support.

Sincerely,ice lake

Paula N. Wagnon

Buds ‘n Bows Flower Shop

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Valentine’s Day 2015 http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/2015/01/22/valentines-day-2015/ Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:49:04 +0000 http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/?p=630

Ok, guys…it’s time for your annual PSA from your friendly local florist. 🙂 Valentine’s Day is coming soon!! It’s on a Saturday this year, so it’s more important than ever to get your orders in early if you want flowers delivered to someone at work.

Please note that delivery routes are created the day before, and most often cannot be changed the day of. The earlier you can get your orders in, the better, but please try to have them in at least 48 hours before your desired delivery date. Of course, we will strive to fill all orders no matter when they’re placed, but they are filled in the order they’re received.

We want everyone to have a beautiful, romance-filled Valentine’s day with no stress, and the earlier you take care of your floral order, the better those chances are for everyone. Call 706-743-5830 or order online here.

Thanks in advance!! 🙂

 

Not sure what to send? Need some ideas or information about the ordering process? Here are some of our past posts that may help you:

7 Affordable Flower and Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

7 Elegant Flower Ideas that Capture the Essence of Valentine’s Day

Why Early Ordering Is Important for Valentine’s Day

Beware of Order Gatherers Disguised as Florists!

 

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Christmas Flowers and Gifts in Stock on 12-20-14 http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/2014/12/20/christmas-flowers-and-gifts-in-stock-on-12-20-14/ Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:41:59 +0000 http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/?p=611

Just five days left till Christmas! If you’re still at a loss on what to give a special someone, or if your home just needs a touch more Christmas cheer, we have the solution for you. Check out what’s on the floor right now that you can order or pick up. But hurry…they may not last long!

Fresh seasonal flowers and plants make amazing gifts and bring extra festivity to the home of the recipient.

 

Elegant, non-traditional Christmas shades with a touch of sparkle and glitz bring a special touch of charm and sophistication to your home’s holiday display.

 

Adorable plush puppies, gorgeous Christmas cacti and poinsettias, and even a lavishly adorned birdhouse all eagerly await an opportunity to bring joy into the life of someone in their new home.

 

Christmas silks for the grave site are a beautiful way to remember the love and Christmas spirit of those who are no longer with us. Traditional red and white poinsettias are popular choices, as are less traditional but equally beautiful designs in icy blue, shimmering white, and rich burgundy and gold.

 

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All Things In God’s Good Time http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/2014/11/02/all-things-in-gods-good-time/ http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/2014/11/02/all-things-in-gods-good-time/#comments Sun, 02 Nov 2014 20:58:21 +0000 http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/?p=592

 “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” 

Ecclesiastes 3:1

It is believed that King Solomon, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote these words approximately 3,000 years ago. Yet, as with all of God’s Word, they are ageless words, and still ring true today.   Indeed, all things which God has set into motion have a time and purpose.  It is through prayer, meditation, and seeking the Lord’s direction that we discover when those times are, and just what that purpose is.

The Making of a Florist

As a young woman, in the Spring of my life, I met my husband Keith. Through his family’s business, I was introduced to the wonderful world of floral design.  While helping in that same business, I soon discovered I had a love for the arranging, designing, and creating of unique floral arrangements; and so, a florist was born.

Over the years, I have had many wonderful opportunities to express myself in a field which I love, while, at the same time, helping others to express what is in their hearts. I have also had the opportunity to see the faces of the people who are on the receiving end of the arrangements that are created especially for them, a truly heartwarming experience. Each arrangement, each experience, each person, each moment, has given and taught more than I could ever explain, and I am so thankful for each one.

A Business of Our Own

After several years of working with others in the floral industry, Keith and I were given the opportunity to purchase our existing business, Buds ‘n Bows Flower Shop; this was early in January 1995. At the time of purchase, the shop was operating in Watkinsville, Ga, and in 1997 the Lord provided the way for us to move the business to our hometown of Crawford, Ga.  Early in the year 2000, we once again took a leap of faith and followed the leading of our Lord to move the business to its present location at 303 Park Avenue – Crawford, Georgia. This has been the home of Buds ‘n Bows Flower Shop ever since.

We have had the honor and privilege to have been a part of so many wonderful and exciting times in our customer’s lives!  Weddings and anniversaries, births of new babies, birthday parties, first days of school, and many first dates.  Graduations, homecoming dances and sports events—and oh the wonder of the proms and all those beautiful dresses!

There were holidays and special days, fun times and loving times, and every so often there were just because times. There were good times and bad times, happy times and sad times. And, there were painful times; times our hearts broke for you as you trusted us to be a part of your time of loss and grief. And, we were honored that you felt we had earned your trust.  Over the last 20 years, you have become like family to us, and it is for this very reason that the decision at hand has been a difficult one.

A Season To Let Go

For the past few years we have felt that the Lord has been, once again, preparing us for a change with the business.  Many times we have felt the hand of God leading us to the point of making that change, yet there is the question “Is this God’s will, or our want?” So we take another step, live another day, say another prayer, and wait for His divine guidance to come through clearly. We now believe that clarity has come.

“….A time to every purpose under the heaven” is something to keep in mind at all times.  Though we are the official legal owners of the business, in actuality we are but stewards of this business. The true owner is our Father God, our Lord Jesus Christ. He has allowed us to serve Him in the capacity of “Florist” and in turn, serve you, our customers and friends. Now is the time to place this business completely in the hands of the One to whom it rightfully belongs, and to trust Him fully, without hesitation, in the decision and the changes He makes concerning it. Yes, now is the time to “let go and let God”.

Winds of Change

And so, with this letter, it officially becomes public knowledge that the business, Buds ‘n Bows Flower Shop, is for sale. We know that if it is indeed God’s will for His business to change hands of stewardship, it will sell to the person whom He has already prepared to purchase it.  We also know that if it is His will that we continue in our current position, perhaps with changes of a different type, then He will, in His infinite wisdom, provide the energy and motivation for us to do so, as well as the knowledge of the direction which He would have us to take it.

We humbly thank you for all the years of your loyal support and friendship; it has truly been a blessing. Whatever the outcome may be, there is no doubt that our Lord will take care of us, His business, and all of those who belong to Him. The winds of change are approaching, and though we do not know what the future holds, I praise the Lord that Keith and I know who holds the future.

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Making Memorable Moments in 2014 http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/2013/12/31/making-memorable-moments-in-2014/ http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/2013/12/31/making-memorable-moments-in-2014/#comments Wed, 01 Jan 2014 04:51:52 +0000 http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/?p=577

As one year comes to a close and the promise of the New Year is just on the horizon, it is often customary for us to take a few moments of quiet time to just think.  Think of moments and happenings of the past year, moments spent with loved ones, moments of decisions, unique or defining moments in our lives that will never pass our way again, but will stay in our hearts forever. As we consider moments of the past year, we often project hopes of how we might be able to improve the moments in the coming year; how we may make the next year even more memorable than the passing one.

As we turn the clock and say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014, let’s take a look at some suggestions that might help to create more memorable moments in the coming year.

1.  Give someone a smile

 Smiles are free. It takes little effort to smile, & there is absolutely no pain involved.  Make an extra effort to smile at everyone you see in the coming year….you never know just how bad someone you meet may need a smile at that very moment.

2.  Send a card to someone  

 Everyone enjoys knowing they are thought of in a special way, and how wonderful it is to receive something pleasant in the mail for no special occasion.  Something that says “You are on my mind and in my heart”.  In this modern world of technology where e-mails and text messages are all the rage, sometimes an old fashioned through the mail thinking of you card means the world to someone.

3.  Make a phone call

Many people who do not have large families or are unable to get out in the cold weather get very lonely during the long winter months.  How wonderful it would be for them to hear the voice of someone who cared enough to take the time to call.

4.  Send flowers

   Short days and long nights of the winter months can sometimes be depressing even to those who are able to get out.  From those who work hard at their respective occupations away from home, to the stay at home mom who works hard at her very important job of taking care of her family and home, fresh flowers can brighten the day and lift the spirits of those who receive them.

5.  Visit a nursing home resident

If you are able to take 30 minutes out of a busy schedule to drop by your local nursing home it would probably make a world of difference to an elderly person.  Better yet, drop by your local florist first and grab a small bouquet of flowers to take along with you.  You’re sure to cause a smile and a feeling of warmth and caring as a result.

6.  Buy a stranger lunch

Most of us enjoy eating out from time to time.  Consider how nice it would be if when you went to pay the bill it was already paid!  At some point in the coming year maybe things would work out so that you could make this a reality for someone else.

7.  Give a “Lonely Bouquet”      

Have you ever heard of the International Lonely Bouquet Day? The idea is to pick (or purchase) flowers, arrange them in a small recycled jar or vase, place a card on it that says “take me” and leave it in a public area for someone, anyone, to take home.  While this concept is on a single day in early summer, it is a wonderful idea that could be done  at ANY day or time of the year which you might feel inspired to give a little cheer.

In a time when everything seems to be moving at break-neck speed, it is nice to take a moment to remember  that the time we have is a gift. Each and every moment  is given to us brand new, to use in the way we see fit. Wouldn’t it be amazing if, in this brand new year of 2014 with all of the new moments it will bring, more people would spend their time helping others to have more special moments to remember?

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Spreading Extra Christmas Cheer this Year: The Gift of Giving http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/2013/12/13/spreading-extra-christmas-cheer-this-year-the-gift-of-giving/ Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:12:53 +0000 http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/?p=565

Christmas is a time of giving, charity, and love. While gifts for those on your shopping list are an obvious, there may be opportunities for giving that pass you by in the hustle of the season. You don’t have to spend a fortune to make a world of difference to someone this year. Here are a few ideas, from flowers to fruit, that can bring the merriness of Christmas to anyone:

Donate to Charities Stop by your local florist and pick up a small stuffed animal or gift item for someone you’ll probably never meet. Charities such as Toys for Tots and Operation Christmas Child know where these items are needed most. You may also check with your local schools, churches, and businesses to see if there is a local toy drive going on.

Adopt a Senior Seniors can become especially lonely during the holiday season. While younger members of the family are rushing from one event to another, seniors are often confined to their residences, unable to share in the joy of the season. You can lift one person’s spirits for days with a completely spontaneous gift. Fruit baskets and small fresh floral arrangements make excellent gifts that seniors can enjoy without having to care for it long-term. Just be sure to call a couple of days ahead if you’d like a fruit basket as most local florists do not keep fresh fruit on hand.

Bless a Stranger Can you imagine what it would be like to just walk up to someone passing by and give them a beautiful poinsettia or fresh flower bouquet? Can you see the face of such a recipient when they realize that a complete stranger has given them flowers for no reason other than to spread the Christmas cheer? We never know what any one person may be going through, and a simple act of kindness such as this could do anything from put a smile on the person’s face to restoring their faith in humanity.

If you like any of the ideas above, or if you’re looking for unique gift ideas for those on your shopping list, drop by and visit us at Buds ‘n Bows Flower Shop in Crawford, Ga. You can select from a variety of items for $5.00 and under to carry with you. In addition to stuffed animals, elegant Christmas decorations, seasonal plants, and giftware, we custom make flower arrangements to your specifications. Give us a call today at 706-743-5830 to place your order.

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Fall Football is Here! Is Your Team Spirit? http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/2013/09/21/fall-football-is-here-is-your-team-spirit/ Sat, 21 Sep 2013 13:19:38 +0000 http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/?p=557

This mesh Georgia wreath is an excellent way to show your Dawg spirit to the world.

Hundreds of thousands of people all across the country get a special kind of fever as fall approaches—and not because the weather’s cooling off. Fall brings with it the return of football in thousands of venues, stadiums, and high school fields nationwide. All those months of waiting and now our favorite teams are back on the grid. It’s an exciting time.

Faithful football fans often adorn their cars, accessories, and even themselves with the colors and images of their favored team in a marvelous display of team spirit. Have you ever considered, however, that perhaps your home might enjoy a fall football makeover?

Let Your Team Spirit Cascade Over Your Home

Does your front door reflect your Football Fever? Does the room where you watch the game create a sense of team kinship? Wouldn’t your bathroom seem livelier and more welcoming if a hint of team spirit echoed from the walls? With the right game plan, you can be sure every visitor to your home knows who you support.

Who’s Your Team?

Here in Georgia, you might favor the mighty Dawgs. So why not place a festive Georgia Bulldog wreath on your door to let everyone in your neighborhood know where your loyalty lies? Another decorative idea would be to tie several wreaths to the railing of your deck, connecting them with red and black ribbon garland, similar to Christmas decorations.…and really let that Dawg pride come out!

If you’re not a born and bred Dawg Fan, well we do understand that not all Georgians are natives here,nor does every resident pledge their alma mater to the great UGA. That’s ok. You can still show your team spirit by decking out your house in your favorite team’s colors. No hard feelings from the Dawg fans….except possibly on game day. But then, all’s fair in love and football, right?

Getting Your Game Season Goodies

Getting your hands on a great football wreath or other team accessories is as easy as a phone call or visit to your local florist. At Buds ‘n Bows Flower Shop in Crawford, we have several Georgia wreaths in stock to choose from. You can view some of our mesh wreath designs on our website, or you may like to stop in to browse our showroom.

If you have something special in mind, we’ll be happy to customize to your personal preference and bring your design vision into reality. Give us a call at 706-743-5830 or visit our website to order online. Happy football season!

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3 Creative Gift Ideas to Honor Dad this Father’s Day http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/2013/06/07/3-creative-gift-ideas-to-honor-dad-this-fathers-day/ Fri, 07 Jun 2013 19:11:50 +0000 http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/?p=544

Father’s Day was established as a complementing holiday to Mother’s Day. Washington State was the first place to celebrate an official Father’s Day, but it was not until 1972 that the day received national recognition.

Today, however, most everyone is in agreement that dads deserve a special day to be honored for all they do. From protection to providing for their families, fathers work hard nearly every day of the year.

Whether your dad enjoys cut flowers or prefers to view nature in its original environment while hunting or fishing, there are hundreds of creative ways to make this day truly special for him. Here are our top three ideas:

1.  Design a personalized gift basket. Did you know there’s more to be found at your local florist’s shop than merely flowers? Most florists carry a wide selection of masculine gift products that you can purchase individually or as a bundle.

Moreover, if you have an assortment of small gifts that you’d like to present in a creative way, your florist can arrange and wrap them in a gift basket that Dad is sure to love. From cookies and candy to fishing lures and guitar picks, you can create a custom gift basket that reflects the individuality and specialness of your father.

2.  Send flowers…with a twist. While most people don’t usually associate flowers with men, you might be surprised to learn that many men love to receive fresh flowers. In fact, some of the most talented florists in the nation are men!

Chrysanthemums, sunflowers, hypericum, iris, and even roses all have a masculine feel to them. An arrangement of bright and bold colors complements the essence of masculinity. Everyone, men included, can appreciate the sentiment behind the gesture of sending flowers.

If you’re really looking for a way to customize fresh flowers to your dad’s personality, however, consider ordering them in a specialty container, such as a miniature Barcolounger or old step-side Ford. Ask your florist if he or she can add in a few special touches such as a tiny golf club, deer antlers, footballs…or whatever your dad is interested in.

3.  Create a coupon book. This is a great DIY project that the kids can get in on. Think of tasks around the house that dad normally does, and which of those tasks could be realistically handled by the children. For example, a 6-year old could probably empty the trashcan, while a 12-year old could handle moderate lawn maintenance.

Compile these ideas into a book of coupons such as “One Free Grass Cutting” and “Good for Four Hours of Stick Picking Up.” Make sure to include fun things for dad, too, such as “Redeemable for One Good Back Rub” and “Free Hugs, No Limit.”

The kids will have fun making them and dad will love the gesture. Drop by your local florist to pick up embellishments such as ribbon and balloons to tie it all together. You can even make your own special booklet to give to the father of your children as an expression of thanks for being a great dad.

Whatever you choose to do this Father’s Day, spending some time thinking about what dad truly likes will mean more to him than any necktie ever could. If you need some help with gift ideas, or with packaging your gift just right, come see us at Buds ‘n Bows Flower Shop in Crawford, Ga. Or, you can give us a call at 706-743-5830.

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March Into Spring http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/2013/03/18/march-into-spring/ Tue, 19 Mar 2013 02:41:48 +0000 http://www.budsnbowsbuzz.com/?p=492

The wonderful month of March is both winter and spring, aged yet fresh, bustling yet placid; blowing bone-chilling winds one day and exhibiting warm, peaceful sunshine the next. With March comes the passing of winter and the glorious awakening of spring; throughout the entire month there is change and adjustment. Keeping fresh flowers in your home can help to brighten your days during this transitional month.

March has been designated as the month which ushers in Daylight Savings Time. The adjustment of our time schedules can sometimes wreak havoc on our internal systems, bringing about unwelcome stress. Pampering ourselves through the transition of this time adjustment may help to relieve some of the stress that accompanies the shifting of hours. What better way to pamper yourself as you “spring forward” than with a good book, a relaxing bath, and a beautiful fresh flower arrangement in the room with you? Oh the joys of becoming stress free!!

Flowers and Fun Times in March

March is perhaps best known for the mid-month holiday of St. Patrick’s Day and the welcome arrival of spring. These two events bring about ideas of decorating with colorful yellow, pink, purple, and green flowers, as well as potted plants of tulips, azaleas, and shamrocks. Though March 20th is the official first day of spring on the calendar, signs of spring are all around well before that date as robins arrive, flowers arise and begin to bloom, trees are budding in anticipation of warmer days ahead, and all is aglow with new life.

The blustery days of March generate wonderful opportunities for family fun time. Activities such as flying kites and wind socks, picking wild flowers, and blowing bubbles in the wind are not only fun and relaxing, but also great memories in the making!

Easter in March

This year March 31, 2013 has the honor of the celebration of Easter. Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Sunday as some call it, is a perfect day for celebrating with flowers. As we commemorate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and the hope that it gives us for our new and eternal life in Christ, we also celebrate the dawning of spring and it’s symbolization of that hope. The beauty of flowers, the freshness of spring, the hope of new life: each are intertwined with a splendor beyond comprehension.

Whether warding off stress, celebrating special days and events, making memories, or just to cheer someone up, Buds ‘n Bows Flower Shop has the perfect gift for any occasion. Give us a call at 706-743-5830, visit us online, or drop by in person. We will be happy to help you celebrate your Spring!

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