Awesome Orchids pots plants and more
In-Bloom Awesome Orchids pots plants & more December 2010

Holiday TraditionsHoliday Traditions
It's here—that most wonderful time of the year! For many, the first days of December traditionally signal a trip to closet shelves or attic spaces where our most cherished holiday decorations have been tucked away since last year's festivities.

Handmade and store bought, holiday ornaments often become a treasured part of a family's history. Opening up and peeking into each carefully wrapped box allows us to stroll down holiday memory lane.

From grandparents' day, delicately painted vintage bells find their place on the highest tree bough. Framed pictures of babies' first holidays and star-shaped shell creations from happy vacations in faraway places revel in their nesting places throughout our homes.

Trimming our trees or lighting our candles is a time for sharing family stories from one generation to the next. Gathered together, lights sparkling and tinsel glittering, we're able to reflect on all that is bright and beautiful in our lives, past and present, during this most wonderful time of the year.

From our family to yours, we wish you joy and peace this holiday season and throughout the coming New Year.  

Eve, Alan & Martha

Winter Wonderland with Creamy White PhalsWinter Wonderland with Creamy White Phals
With their long-lasting, moth-shaped blooms, pretty creamy white color and simple care instructions, Phalaenopsis orchids should be at the top of your holiday list for your home, office or special event tablescapes during this year's celebrations.

Start with one of our in bloom, white Phals placed in a silver mercury glass pot. Scatter a few evergreen boxwood balls or arrange stately topiaries nearby. But, you don't have to stop there. For a festive, over the top look that's practically effortless, fill a stunning cachepot to its brim with 5 or 6 creamy white Phalaenopsis orchids for a snowfalling-effect of cascading blooms. Add a few glittering natural lichen balls or delicate sparkling twigs and step back to admire.

Creamy white Phals, now on our shop shelves, are a beautifully elegant way to bring a winter wonderland into any Southwest Florida style home—from beach casual to high-rise formal—during this magical season.

Capture the Sparkle of the Season  Capture the Sparkle of the Season
Create a new holiday tradition for your family with these beautiful, botanical inspired ornaments. Bejeweled bumblebees, glittery acorns and pinecones, and decorative balls with whimsical blooming flowers and bees are festive and bright placed upon your tree or into your glazed bowls and centerpiece trays.

Add a few tranquil white song birds to perch atop your holiday displays for a gleeful note of seasonal merriment.

Our tip:  Bring holiday cheer into every room in your home. Place clear bowls filled with sparkling ornaments on kitchen and bath countertops. Guest rooms will shine brightly with glazed pots fillled with our fresh, locally grown orchids, forever green boxwood balls and holiday-hued bromeliads and ferns.

Handmade JewelryArtfully Inspired Jewelry
All you may want for the holidays this year is the gift of Elements handmade jewelry from one of our long-time favorite designers, Jill Schwartz. Unusual materials including ivory pearls, glass and clay beads and sequin and fabric flowers are artfully mixed into a harmonious whole. Classic but with a groovy edge necklaces look great front to back, as a single statement piece or layered one atop another.

This season and throughout the year, give joyfully the gift of handcrafted, made in the USA Elements jewelry to all those stylish trendsetters on your wish lists.

Our tip:  Searching for a unique way to display your favorite jewels? Our petit mannequins are the ideal showcase for your much loved jewelry collection. Stop by our shop to select the perfect mannequin for your brilliant bedazzlers.

Miniature PhaleanopsisIn Bloom Give-away
Find heavenly peace with our selection of miniature Phalaenopsis orchids for your home and office parties or as thoughtful Secret Santa, Hanukkah and hostess gifts!

This month, our randomly selected In Bloom winner will take home a lovely mini Phal to brighten December's short winter days.

Our Awesome Orchids In Bloom Give-away winner is John & Mary Ann. Check your email later today John & Mary Ann for details on selecting and picking up your mini Phal from our shop.

Not our give-away winner? You'll find new luck in the New Year. But, until 2011 is written atop your calendar pages, stop by our shop or visit us at the Downtown Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings to see what's new and blooming.

All current In Bloom subscribers are automatically entered to win in our monthly Give-away.

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