Friday, February 25, 2011

More Coriander Bits!

Just a quick check in from the shop! Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

Thanks for watching!
Alison xo

Friday, February 18, 2011

Thank you BlogTO!

Coriander Girl was voted #4 of the top 12 florists in the entire city!!
Thank you so much BlogTO Click here to read the kindest review ever!

Alison xo

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Valentines Day ruled!

Thanks to everyone who came through the Coriander doors this past week end. It was a most successful Valentines Day at the shop and my right hand Kerri, who we like to call Keriander, thanks Mischa:> was a rock star and helped pump out hundreds of beautiful bouquets. Each one as unique as the person it was made it for!
I arrived home to Belleville after a very long day at the shop to a room lit by candlelight and a picnic on the living room floor. Tyler surprised me with a cheese course, followed by a plate full of salmon sashimi~my absolute favourite thing and then if he didn't finish it off with home made chocolate dipped strawberries! What!? Life can't get any better than this!
Just last week Tyler and I celebrated Valentines Day early when we popped over to see our friends Edward and Amy, owners of the historic Merrill Inn in Picton. I needed more product for the shop, I can't keep The waupoos cider on the shelves! Well, one glass of wine turned into FOUR bottles and there we were raiding the kitchen of a five star restaurant like teenagers who just won the supermarket sweeps!(the chef just happened to need some teeth work done in Toronto so the restaurant was closed that night). We had the most beautiful cuts of organic beef, fresh green veggies and a cheese plate to finish it all off! I had to drive back to Belleville which of course meant that I couldn't drink more than a glass or two but Edward kept pouring and graciously offered us the keys to one of their luxurious rooms. This was one of those magical evenings where you go with it no matter what your obligations might be the next day. My list of obligations could wrap around the moon twice!

Thanks Edward and Amy for treating us like absolute royalty! What fun we had!
When was the last time you had an impromptu evening of pure bliss? Maybe you need to be more receptive if the opportunity presents itself and let go of the guilt that surrounds doing anything for yourself. I had one pang of guilt whilst lying neck deep in the jacuzzi and then let it all go down the drain with the bath water.
Alison xo

Saturday, February 5, 2011

This life is good

Sometimes we have to stop and appreciate where we are in this very moment.
I am busier, possibly then I have ever been in my entire life. I mean my eyes are crossing as I write this for gosh sakes. I'm commuting between home(where the heart is) and here where the shop is(and my other heart is). We're doing this so that one day we don't have to be apart. We're planning our wedding and I'm in the midst of helping twenty other brides plan their weddings and it's really amazing actually. I'll never be in this place again and I'm really trying to soak it all in. Today Coriander Girl did the flowers for Tasha and Tim, a couple quite close to my heart. She presented me with a gift when I dropped off her bouquets today, my very own rolling pin!; > Sometimes I grow so close to the brides I don't want to see their day come and go. Last week we did Candice's wedding at The Old Mill, and honestly, this woman could easily have been a life long friend but it's proximity that decides who we're going to connect with. If you never meet, well, you never meet. I can't help but believe in destiny. Tyler is just so my other half, like we were once a single entity that was struck in half by lightning and since have spent our lives finding our way back to each other. He's just home for me.

What if I'd never stepped foot into Poor John's restaurant? What if Tyler hadn't left Prince Edward County after highschool? What if my dad didn't ask his friend Hunter to introduce him to his friend Donna that night in the Harvey's parking lot up in Thornhill. What if my nana didn't want to move to Toronto from Hadenfield New Jersey when her husband got offered work here. Where would we all be now?

Can you tell I'm exhausted? When I start contemplating the universe and the 'what if's?' it's a dead giveaway.
I plan to drive home tomorrow night, curl up with my darling and sleep and sleep and sleep and kiss and sleep.
Tomorrow I'll be at The Workroom for The Love and Rummage trunk show. I'll be selling posies in apothecary bottles and other crafty things. Hope to see you there dear hearts.
Alison xo