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