Sunday, September 15, 2013

Nice to tweet you!

We’ve finally done it. Joined Twitter that is. And as of today we have ZERO followers.

twitter follow meHoping to change that to a positive number really soon. So if you’re a tweeter, do tweeting, follow people or companies, would you consider adding MilandDil Designs to your list?

I promise to tweet interesting and helpful content in the world of floral design. Ideas for Christmas trees and decor. Tips on DYI projects for your seasonal home decorating. And photos to inspire you or make you smile.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I Remember

It’s 9/11. That means a day of remembrance. A day where a little piece of all of us went away. We watched in shock the horrors of the events. People forever changed on what was to be an ordinary day.

Everyone remembers where you were on 9/11 and what you were doing. Kind of like when the space shuttle exploded. A day with a marker on it. So when it happens we all stopped and thought I will always remember this day, what I was doing and how I felt about it.

My where I was and what I was doing is not that interesting. I was at work sitting at my desk when a co-worker arrived telling us the news she just heard on the car radio. So from that point forward, it was all eyes on the television trying to understand what was happening.

It would have been my first day back at school at Louisiana Tech University on Barksdale Air Force Base. The call came from the Admission’s Office that classes had been cancelled and the base was on lockdown. My office was just over the bridge from the base. Close enough we could hear the fighter jets and Air Force One coming in for a landing for the President’s news conference. From that day forward, accessing the Air Force Base for classes meant stopping for extensive car searches with armed tanks at every entrance and guards with guns readied. Every day I passed those soldiers, it was my duty to remember and never forget. And every day since, it has been my obligation to pray for those families who lost their loved ones and for those who continue to serve to protect our country.

Do you remember? Where were you on that day? So much of our world has changed since then – some for the better, some for the worse.

Today I am thankful. Sitting here at my computer, looking out at a much needed rainfall in the comfort of my beautiful design shop, working at a job I love, hearing the laughter and play of my only granddaughter. Thankful. That’s what I am. No complaints today from me.

On another note, here’s a great promotion from MilandDil Designs on our Facebook page. Just like us here on our Facebook page and you can enter a Christmas Wreath Sweepstakes Giveaway. A $95 value Christmas wreath will go to a lucky fan. Share the giveaway and receive another entry. Contest ends September 30th so do it today. No obligation or purchase necessary to enter or win.

Here are a few of our creations just to inspire you, or help you to welcome the fall season ahead. We’ve been working on Christmas, since June, so look for new photos soon!Ocelot Fall Sentiment 001Sentiments 001Rectangular 001

Tri-Color 005

Persimmon 001 Peek-a-boo pumpkin 003 DSCN0032 Fall lantern new 004

Just so you know, you can shop three ways: On our Facebook Fan Page, on our main website, or at our Etsy store.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Worst Blogger Award

That’s me – I win the worst blogger award. Seriously, one year almost to the day for my last post.

Well, let’s just say, I’ve been super duper busy. As in I can barely breathe or sleep at times. Anybody else out there like me?

MilandDil Designs is growing and yes that’s my excuse. I’ll try to do a quick catch up – year in review. Reader’s Digest version.

Buckle your seat belt, here we go: Survived another tree season without falling off a ladder, had lots of sore muscles to show for it though. Decorated the 97 year old Davis House for a Candlelight Christmas tour – oh, and I forgot to mention it’s haunted. That was interesting. Minor detail, the Christmas decorations are stored in the third story attic. Well, let’s just say I got those boxes out in record time.

We had a great spring show at the Jr. League Shopping for a Cause. Met so many new customers and said hello to a few returning.

Made many, many trips to Dallas Market to shop for new products and materials. Mostly, I love to go for inspiration hoping to see something new to add my own unique twist.

We are building our customer base. Now that we have a real building and shop location, I’m enjoying visits from new and existing customers. And I bought a new Point of Sale system so we are like a real store now.

I got healthier. I did a 60 day juice fast – just juicing fruits and vegetables. Pure nutrition. My total cholesterol dropped almost 50 points in 30 days. Wow! Weight loss, better skin, energy –too many other benefits to mention. And I got my tree buddy Teresa Powell to join me in the juicing journey. This is a person who did not know what a vegetable looked like, other than a potato. Now she’s more diligent than I am about getting in her juice.

I have a new shop buddy. We got a new puppy, a little silky terrier named Huni. She is great company in the shop every day and even ends up with a few florals in her bed as in saying, “I want to help”. If only she could, I could sure use those four paws of her’s. And yes, that is a piece of a red hydrangea in her bed.In the shop 7-8-13

The DIL of the “Mil” and “Dil” was accepted into nursing clinicals and will begin in August. That means less of her in the shop, but I’m happy she’s pressing forward in her career.

We were invited to participate for the first time in the Les Boutique de Noel show in November. So we’re having Christmas in July getting ready for it. And it’s going to be almost 100 degrees in Shreveport today. Guess I’ll play the Christmas music and crank down the air conditioning.

Now you are up to date. Between keeping up with product, purchasing, designing, taking care of our website, our Facebook page, our Etsy site, our Pinterest board, shipping and receiving, tax reporting -- whew, that’s enough and there’s more that I do -- I really want to start making time to get back in the blogging world.

Anyone have any suggestions? I’ve pinned on my Pinterest board Blogging for Dummies. Guess I should read it.

Love and miss you all my followers.

Here are a few designs just to let you know I haven’t been sitting around painting my toenails.

Amanda dining room 002Delores 4th of July Sideboard 001Patti summer 003 USA 001 Animal print 003 Beach Bucket 001 Swimming trunks 001 Orangy beach wreath 003 Do you see a favorite???