"Flowers...are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world."  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

Friday, October 30, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Floral Quote ~ John Muir

"There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation's braggart lords." ~John Muir, A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf, 1916

Friday, October 23, 2009

October Give-Away! Custom Felt Orchid!

Judy Bloom is excited to end the month with a GIVE-AWAY from Ohio artisan, "Nestings!"


"Nestings" is a creative felt/fabric artist who gains inspiration from the natural world and geometric patterns/shapes. The simplistic designs are an instant, elegant addition to any room!



"Nestings" and Judy Bloom are excited to give-away a
FREE CUSTOM FELT ORCHID to one lucky winner!


Add your *comment* on this blog with your favorite color to be entered in the drawing!


Contest will close on October 30th and winner will be announced on November 1st.


Good Luck!


Judy Bloom

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Eco-Friendly Event Oct. 29th

Stop by for an eco-friendly evening of business networking and information -
Sponsored by the Sustainable Business Network of Portland,


Oct. 29th features "Elements of a Sustainable Economy"


at the Ecotrust Conference Center in NW Portland


A dynamic discussion and convergence of business and updated eco-informative event!


$15 advance for SBNP members; $20 advance for non-members; $25 at the door


RSVP to Robyn by Oct.26th at 503-232-2943 or email contact@sbnportland.org


More information at www.sbnportland.org

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Floral Quote ~ Claude Monet

"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers." ~Claude Monet

Friday, October 16, 2009

Felt Floral Creations~! FREE SHIPPING All Weekend!




Judy Bloom LOVES these funky, felt, floral creations!


Handmade with love by "Nestings" -


Though orchids are typically an easy-care item - these felt florals are even easier to care for! Just place in pot - and - voila! Instant elegance!



Handmade by a graduate student in Columbus, OH - Order Now for holiday gifts!



This Weekend Only! - FREE SHIPPING IN U.S!

Special Offer for Judy Bloom blog readers! (*Big Thank You to Nestings!*)

National Boss' Day - October 16th

Did you know...?
Today is National Boss' Day!


Celebrate & say "Thank You" with a fresh vase of flowers or a long-lasting, elegant orchid plant!



Simple actions can make a big difference! Earn brownie points with fresh blooms!


~Judy Bloom~

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Floral Quote ~ Adabella Radici

"A flower's appeal is in its contradictions - so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect." ~Adabella Radici

Fresh From the Garden


A few cosmos decided to blossom despite the cool, Portland weather - a lovely surprise!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Floral Fun ~ Handmade Hair Accents!


Judy Bloom loves to support sustainable and handmade -


You can browse an array of handmade goodness on etsy.com -


One of my fav. sellers is PetalMix!



PetalMix is based in Northern California and displays quality products and unique color/pattern combinations. Part Japanese/English, PetalMix fell in love with kanzashi when viewing photographs of Maiko and their traditional garments.





Elegance, beauty and style combine in these floral creations -





Be sure to check out the full rainbow of colors and styles at the full shop, PetalMix.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Late Autumn Gardening

The garden season is not over yet! Portland is getting cold and I am occassionally waking up to frost on the ground. The rain has caused my sunflowers to droop but I still have a bounty of tomatoes to look forward to!





I enjoyed a lot of "Sweet Million" small, cherry-like tomatoes and was impressed with the harvest. My late autumn "Better Boy" tomato plant has yet to produce more than 2 ripe tomatoes but I have about 20 large ones waiting on the vine...


I think next year I would like to add more yellow-pear tomatoe plants as well as a few more eggplants - Ah well, always something to do :)


Happy gardening -


Judy Bloom

Monday, October 12, 2009

Upcoming Event - Networking on October 22nd

Business Networking Event!
Mark you calendar to network with local Portland business owners and entrepreneurs! Oregon Entrepreneur Network is holding a free networking event this October!



Thursday, October 22nd from 5-7pm
SwapMeet - October
@ Someday Lounge
125 NW 5th Ave.


Hosted by Oregon Entrepreneur Network
More information at www.oen.org


Hope to see you there!
Best Wishes,
Judy Bloom

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Floral Quote ~ Susan Polis Shutz

"Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair..." ~Susan Polis Shutz

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Couture Trunk Show at Ania Collection 10/22-10/24

Ania Collection is a downtown Portland bridal shop specializing in the latest trends, designers and most importantly, highest quality clothing and customer service.


On October 22-24, 2009, Ania will be holding a couture bridal trunk show, featuring designer Tara Keely. Keely is a captivating designer with breath-taking gowns and styles that are sure to fit every event theme. Romantic, elegant and some of the hottest styles today - be sure to stop by this exciting show!


Appointments are preferred to ensure the highest customer service - call Ania Collection at 503-796-9170.


Best Wishes,
Judy Bloom

Monday, October 5, 2009

Floral Quote ~ Lydia M. Child

"Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning." ~Lydia M. Child

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Oct. 8th Networking Event

Business Networking Event!


Mark you calendar to network with local Portland business owners and entrepreneurs! On October 8th, stop by NedSpace in the SW for a free luncheon and learn about making your business more eco-friendly.


Thursday, October 8th from 12-1pm


Free @ NedSpace
920 SW 3rd


"Become an Eco-Entrepreneur"


No RSVP needed.
Hosted by www.truology.com; Contact angeltrue@truology.com for more information


Hope to see you there!
Best Wishes,
Judy Bloom

Friday, October 2, 2009

Floral Quote

"When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other." ~Chinese Proverb

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Oregon Wedding Showcase - Oct. 3/4; Oct. 17/18

Mark your calendar!
The Oregon Wedding Showcase is coming soon!


In Salem, OR on October 3rd & 4th and


In Eugene, OR on October 17th & 18th


This bridal show / expo features "Something For Every Bride at Salem & Eugene's Largest Bridal Show"


Browse through the tables of vendors and pick up some information to compare and inspire!


*TIP for BRIDAL SHOWS: Print address labels ahead of time with your Name / Phone # / Email Address / Wedding Date - Then, use those labels to save time when filling out forms for more information, or entering contests for prizes! Be prepared, save time and stress and the bridal show will be a breeze!*