Tuesday, December 15, 2009

2009 End of the Year SALE!

In addition to the December Monthly Blooms, we're offering a HUGE End of the Year Sale! This sale is valid for the Flauxers website, Etsy AND Artfire Shops! On Etsy or paying via Paypal on Artfire, please enter the discount code as a message to seller, and your 25% will be refunded.

Great deals - don't miss out and buy today!



Friday, December 11, 2009

Flower Fact Friday - Poinsettia

Can you believe it's Friday again already? Throughout the week, I've thought - Oh, it's only Tuesday (Wednesday, etc.), I have plenty of time to figure out what I'm going to write about on Friday. But then today came and is passing quickly, and I just realized (at almost 6:15 PM) that I still haven't posted my fact for this week. I also had plans of trying to evolve my Friday posts to not be solely focused around a specific flower, but in maintaining flowers, complimenting colors/flowers etc. Well, I can't think of a specific way that I want to do that, as I want to keep with the season we're in. And though it's technically Fall/Autumn, it feels more like winter here and I've began automatically associating December (as a whole) as being winter.

Also, as an FYI - Keep an eye out for the Friday posts to be on different days in the upcoming weeks... :) But everything will be back to normal after the beginning of the year.

Now on to the Friday Flower Fact.....



Poinsettias are most commonly known as a small potted flower, that blossoms in December. These small plants are actually trees that can reach heights of 12+ feet, with large leaves, measuring up to 8 inches across. Poinsettias are often thought to be poisonous, but in 1971, this was proven false. It is not recommended that you this plant though, as you may have stomach irritation. Children and pets can also choke on this plant, if consumed, so always keep out of their reach.





Here's something really interesting, that I just happened to stumble upon... Tomorrow, December 12 is National Poinsettia Day in the United States. I don't think I could have planned this flower fact for a better day! This day was chosen, because Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first to introduce the flower the United States died on December 12, 1851.




So now, I say we all celebrate the holiday, National Poinsettia Day by purchasing something containing this beautiful plant. Don't forget that I have Poinsettia items in my etsy shop, artfire shop and my website - *wink, wink*

Friday, December 4, 2009

Flower Fact Friday - December Birth Flower

Today I'm featuring Holly, the December Birth Flower. Along with being a beautiful decoration, most commonly known for use during the December holidays, Holly is the state tree of Delaware. Holly bushes are dioecious, meaning that there is a female and a male version of the plant. The female Holly needs to be within several feet of the male Holly in order to bear the beautiful red berries. If the female bush doesn't have the male bush within the proper proximity, it will continue to grow, but will not produce berries.

It's also not a good idea to eat Holly berries, even though you may see birds or other animals snacking on them. Holly berries, are mildly poisonous to humans, and the symptoms of minor ingestion are much like a stomach virus. When used in controlled amounts, extracts of Holly have been used as many home remedies, a little surprising considering their ability to make you sick. It is not recommended that people ingest any form of Holly, but I found this information interesting.

Happy Birthday to all my December Birthday Friends - Hopefully you enjoyed this information about your birth month flower!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December Monthly Blooms




As always, this sale is good for my website, etsy and artfire shops. Please pass this information on to your friends and family members.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Flower Fact Friday - Cornucopia


Seeing as how it's the day after Thanksgiving, I thought todays fact should be an autumn seasonal piece. Though they are not often filled with flowers, but with fruits and vegetables, my version of the Cornucopia is a floral piece, that's the perfect table or stand decoration for any home.

Also known as the horn of plenty or the harvest cone, the cornucopia is a symbol often associated with harvest/food or an abundance. The cornucopia comes from Greek Mythology. One tale states that Zeus mistakenly broke the horn from a goat that he nursed from as a baby. After feeling badly about doing so, he gave the horn back to her, with the power of granting the possessor anything they desired. Zeus also gave this mystical horn to kings as a Thank you.

If you do not have one already, make sure you fill your home with abundance next holiday season by placing a Cornucopia on your table as a centerpiece.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

IMPORTANT Sale UPDATE

Unfortunately the coupon code advertised cannot be used. When ordering from my website or Artfire shop, please use coupon code PostThanksgivingSale. All other aspects of the sale will remain the same.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Flower Fact Friday - Sunflowers

Wow! This week went by really fast, and I just realized that I still hadn't written my Flower Fact yet. As a side note, I hope to soon be announcing Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales - so keep your eyes open.

This week's flower fact is about the Sunflower, the fastest growing plant and the state flower of Kansas. In as little as 6 months, Sunflowers can grow to be 3-18 feet tall. The bloom or head of the Sunflower is actually made up of hundreds or thousands of individual flowers, with each 'pedal' being a single flower that doesn't seed. These incredible flowers also 'follow' the sun as it travels across the sky each day. After the sun has set, the Sunflower prepares for dawn by slowly moving back into it's natural position, with the head pointing East.

Sunflowers as a food:
Sunflower seeds are often used as birdseed, but are also edible to humans. They make a quick and delicious snack, and can act as a substitute for nuts. Sunflower oils are used in cooking, and are often used as an alternative to vegetable, corn or olive oil. In fact, there are many large manufacturers of Potato Chips that use Sunflower Oil for baking or frying their snacks.

Their beauty and and nutritional value make Sunflowers both practical and ideal for your home and yard decor.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Flower Fact

In an attempt to make my blog more active and interesting, I'm going to start a 'Friday Flower Fact'. It may be something you already know, or something completely random. The fact will be about real or artificial flowers and may adapt as time progresses. That being said, our 'Friday Flower Fact' for today is:

Every month has a birth flower, much like the birth stone. The November birth flower is the Chrysanthemum and is said to symbolize joy and optimism.

Original Chrysanthemums were a yellow or golden color. Greek words 'Chrys' meaning Golden and 'anthemion' meaning flower were combined to name it. The Chrysanthemum can now be found in a range of colors, with white, red and yellow being the most popular. Often times, the centers of the bushy blossoms are a golden color. There are both perennial and annual Chrysanthemums, making them convenient for multiple landscaping and decorating needs. This flower is versatile and easy to grow in multiple climates, even though it originated as a tropical plant.

In addition to their beauty, Chrysanthemums petals are sometimes used to make tea. This tea is used by some as a remedy for congestion, to aid in lung strengthening or to reduce fevers, among other medicinal purposes.

If you're looking for an extra special gift for someone born in November, give them Chrysanthemums and show just how much you care.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

November 2009 Monthly Blooms


It's that time again - time to announce this month's sale! This sale is open to anyone purchasing from my website, etsy or artfire shops. I'll also be announcing additional sales near the end of the month - for both Black Friday and Cyber Monday - so keep a look out!

Happy November everyone!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Flauxers Update

I just realized that I haven't posted in a while, so I decided that I'd give you an update on what's going on with Flauxers. I am in the process of ordering boxes and shipping supplies, and have finally found boxes that will hold my wreaths. Once I get these boxes, expect to see more wreaths on my website and in my Etsy shop. I also have been looking at more 'miniature' flowers to make earrings/hair pieces from, and flowers that I want to use for a cornucopia and pumpkin basket that I recently purchased. So that being said, there are a lot of seasonal arrangements on the way - and will hopefully be out sometime in October.

I have had multiple people ask about baby headbands, and I have listened. Baby headbands are on there way, and they will also soon be seen on my website and in my Etsy shop. Be sure to keep an eye out for these.

I've also recently received multiple pointers on how to approach local businesses to see if they are interested in selling my products in their store. There are several places in State College that I'm going to be approaching once I get a flyer/brochure completed, outlining all of my items. I'll update everyone again once I have those ready (I'm not exactly sure how I want to lay them out yet, so it maybe a while), and then again if any local places are interested.

One last update, I've asked to be in a 'SAMPLE' box being listed by a fellow Etsy shop. As I get more information, including if I'll be featured, I'll let everyone know - so you can be sure to get your box!

I hope everyone is having a great week!

Monday, September 14, 2009

My shop has been featured....

My lovely friend Leah has featured my shop in her blog: http://mzleakhena.blogspot.com/2009/09/featured-seller-flauxers.html. There's an interview and several pictures/links in this exerpt. Please check it out and then follow the links to my sites!

Thank you so much Leah!!!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

In honor of those who lost their lives on 09/11/01, I decided to have a Remembering 9/11/01 Sale. Please take a moment today to remember that day.



Thursday, September 10, 2009

New Treasury Created

I've found that I really enjoy collecting & arranging treasuries, and have created my 2nd one. It's probably not going to be as popular as the first, since the first was all adorable owls. But, this one is all ROSES! Roses are beautiful and loved by all - right? :) I like to think so. So, please check out my treasury, click on the items/browse the featured individuals shops, and leave me comments.


Happy Thursday! :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Beautiful photo giveaway

I absolutely love flowers and enjoy seeing new ideas and pictures of them. Because of this, I have entered myself into a giveaway to win a flower picture. You should check it out too! The contest is being held by a fellow Etsian who's extremely friendly and has great products!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Etsy Treasury

I created my very first Etsy treasury today! I've had the items favorited for over a week now, and kept missing the time by a few seconds. After receiving a tip in the Etsy Chat rooms today (to start watching the treasury about an hour early), I was successful! My focus was owls - http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=80069. Please look and comment as you feel necessary! :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September Sale - Monthly Blooms


Every month, I have a sale on my website, and beginning this month, I'm going to be extending it to my Etsy shop as well. For all of you that aren't familiar with my webpage, I call my sales 'Monthly Blooms' and often feature a specific flower. This month however, the sale is: 10% OFF ALL CUSTOM ORDERS. Here's a copy of this month's newsletter/flyer, feel free to visit my webpage, look around and let me know what you think.




Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Blogging & Updates

Haha - You can tell I haven't gotten quite acquainted with having a blog, if not from the lack of posts, then from the fact that this post is about blogging. Actually, it's more of an apology to my blog followers, as I haven't posted anything in quite a while. Well, hopefully that's not going to happen again. As I'm new, I have a difficult time coming up with something new to write/talk about every day, and I am up for any suggestions you may have to help keep me on track.

A little bit about what's happened since my last post:
I have been featured in my very first Etsy treasury! I know - How exciting, right!?!?! It expires on Thursday, but can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=78063. I still get excited just thinking about it!!! A little like how I dance around my living room every time I make a sale, on my website, or via any other means (ie: etsy).

I also have ordered my first round of flowers from a different wholesale company (because they had miniature sunflowers), and I received them via UPS yesterday. They are perfect and the quality is amazing. I'm planning on working on new accessories today, and can't be more excited!

That about sums up the 'bigger picture' of things, and I'm going to try really hard to keep updating at least once a week. As stated above, I'm up for any suggestions on how to keep the blog rolling - feel free to comment! :)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Flauxers Giveaway - Winner



And we have a winner!!!! Congratulations to Cheryl! Please email me (tanya.hofford@flauxers.com) with your full name and address.

If I do not receve an email responce within 48 hours, another drawing will take place for this necklace.

Keep an eye out for future giveaways!


Friday, July 31, 2009

Flauxers Giveaway

UPDATE: PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND A WAY FOR ME TO CONTACT YOU, IF YOU ARE SELECTED.


Well, here goes... my very first giveaway...

I've decided to offer a giveaway of this Daisy Necklace. Shipping will be included in this giveaway.

Here are the rules to enter:
1 - Follow and comment on this blog telling me about your favorite flower. It can be a simple statement about your favorite or a short story - your choice.
2 - After doing the above, you can get an extra entry by doing the same on my facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/State-College-PA/Flauxers/61302410197) - remember you must be a fan of the page to get the extra entry.
3 - After following and commenting on this blog, you can also decide to tweet about this giveaway on Twitter. You must be a follower of Flauxers (http://www.twittercom/flauxers), and include hashtag #flauxersgiveaway in your tweet. This will also count as an extra entry.
4 - There is not a limit to the number of entries you can have in one day.

The drawing will be set for Monday, August 10, 2009 at 1:00 PM, EST. Winner will be announced on this blog, twitter and on my facebook page. HURRY and began entering today.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

First Etsy Sale

I made my first sale on Etsy last night and I couldn't be happier. I was so excited that I ended up dancing around the living room and doing a little jig on the couch (while I still had my laptop on my lap). Thankfully nothing was broken and no one was injured during my celebratory events. Now looking back, I'm thinking I should have taken a picture to show you the hilarious nature of my dances. Maybe next time. :)

The jewelry & accessory line seems to be working out. I really enjoy creating the pieces and people seem to like them. I'm looking forward to creating more and can't wait to sell more.

I'm seriously thinking about having a give-away next month, but I need ideas of what people like/don't like before I decide what I will be giving away. Please help!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

First Blog

Well, I've finally done it - I've created a blog. Please bear with me as I get acquainted with posting and the content involved. Feel free to add comments, and give me suggestions as I go along.

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