Happy 2019 by Julie Greco

Holy 2019! Where does the time go?!?! 

Out here with the hubby, our two beautiful kiddies and a sweet little pup...who by the way I love to hate; life has been great. 

2018 brought so much love and excitement and I can't wait to see what 2019 is going to present itself to be, so far, so good. 

My flower love is still beaming at a 100 and I am so thankful to be doing what I am doing. My clients sometimes ask "why don't you do florals full-time?" and truthfully my answer is, "I LOVE WHAT I DO", flowers are my little secret get-away, to clear my head, be creative and bring someone else’s vision to life. My fear, if I did it full-time is that I would lose some of my passion, I'd be forced to take on events or jobs I wasn't really into and it would become a job. I never want my passion to feel like a job, so I keep it minimal, I keep it quaint, close, personal and filled with love. 

Can’t wait to create magic with my 2019 Brides. Stay warm, open and appreciative always,

Ju xo

Could Life Be Any Sweeter... by Julie Greco

This year will definitely go down in the books as one of the best. Not only did I marry my best friend, I was inspired to start my own business.

On passion and a glass (many) of wine, Petals & Stems came to fruition. It's hard to begin to believe what 12 months and some hard work has achieved.

I am extremely humbled by the response and continued support I have received this year from friends and family and I Thank you for fueling this confidence you all have instilled in me on the daily - you are truly wonderful.

Officially, Petals & Stems is "1" today, and what an utterly amazing year/feeling it has been. Such great feats have been accomplished in our one year of being in business. To say the least, we've built relationships and been a part of some absolutely great memories that will forever be remembered and make me smile giddily for many moons to come.

Those who know me, know that I have always been a realist with a great imagination and a great lustre for life...(always close to the edge but never over.) However deciding to start Petals & Stems was different; my adventure into the floral world took all the eggs (so delicately placed, one by one) in my basket and together we finally went over the edge, knowing the outcome would be magical.

Starting a business is a decision that requires the ability to know you can, and I did. I am committed, I am passionate, and I have been blessed with the gift of floral design.
Following my passion for floral artistry is something that I will forever be proud of.

Although I've worked my butt off this year, it's hardly felt like a second of work...I know it sounds cliché, but it's the truth and that's what I'm sticking to.

In the words of...Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Every artist was first an amateur"... and this year sure did bring its opportunity to learn.

Mastering hydration, hand-tying bouquets...coupling corsages were no small feats, rather large victories.

Please note, on the record, that some flowers have given their life to this learning process, but with patience and practice the number of them has gone down.

So I say, cheers to letting the learning process continue and my love for flowers continues to grow. The opportunities are endless.

The card read...
"So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life's a great balancing act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, in deed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed). The infamous Dr. Seuss...

Happy 1st Birthday to my sweet little business "Petals & Stems" thank you for giving me the courage to follow my dreams and the ability to be surrounded by folks who are inspired by my work. Each day continues to amaze me and I am so excited to see what the future has in store for us!

Signed: XOXO Jules

Behind the Scenes... Business & Besties by Julie Greco

In life we are blessed to have one person that just gets us from the inside out. I'd like to say that I am remarkably blessed, because not only do I have one, but I have many great friends supporting Petals & Stems on the daily. I have extremely talented ones too and from time to time I think it's important to acknowledge the amazing people that have contributed to the existence and livelihood I like to call Petals & Stems.

Meet Marcus, the man behind helping build the Petals & Stems brand, best friends for over 15 years.

Through all my crazy ideas and tissue paper business plans over champs, I'm glad I have such a supportive and tech savvy bestie to help my creative vision come to fruition.
Marcus, "The Master Web Creator!!!"

Being Italian, I can say that I am extremely passionate when I speak...and how I speak for that matter. I'm sometimes abrasive and I talk through my hands, like most Italians do, who are passionate about what they are talking about. I generally don't stereotype, however this one is not too far from the truth ;)... I digress lol

The process is quite simple: while describing what I would like to have done to the site, or a vision I have, it seems that with the waves of my hand, and a few descriptive words, he is able to go away and turn my mumbles, sketches, hymns and haw's into an absolute stunnerie'. To say the least, not only is he my bestie, he moonlights as a web magician. All kidding aside, he is great at web and content development.

Although these hands were made for crafting and design, the brand image would not be anything close to where it is today if it weren't for Marcus. For those of you who have aspirations to build a site, grow your business to the next level or get information on how to maximize your SEO (right ?!?! Ha)

Trust me when I say, all you need is a few glasses of champs, two hands and a little Marcus in your life to help build out your vision (msg me).

Thank you Marcus for getting me and my vision and creating something that I couldn't have dreamed up any better.

I love you!
Jules Xoxo