Sunset Yoga – May 29th

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The ancient practice of yoga offers a way to health, healing, and happiness for anyone who chooses to walk down the path. We invite you to join Twigs and The Center of Bliss in the scenic Tempietto Garden for an evening of guidance through a “vinyasa flow” class accessible to all levels. Head instructor, Maryanne, will begin by warming up with sun salutations, followed by a series of standing and seated postures designed to promote internal cleansing and focus on balance. Take time after the class to satisfy your taste buds with fresh garden salsa and a complimentary drink from our juice bar. This event is BYOM – bring your own mat. We will have a limited amount of extra mats, so be sure to let us know if you need one upon reserving your spot. To give the best experience, spots for this event are limited to 35 guests.

Date: May 29th at 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Price: $10 paid ahead Included: 1 drink ticket for juice bar & fresh salsa with chips

Certified Instructor – Maryanne, Head Instructor at The Center of Bliss Yoga Studio

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HELPFUL HINTS FOR A VINING FAVORITE: IVY

Ivy is a vigorous and versatile plant; English ivy, in particular, is a favorite. Ivy can be enjoyed in a multitude of shapes, sizes, and colors. By adhering to a few basics, you can depend on ivy throughout the year.

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Buying hint: Plants should have shiny, firm leaves and signs of vigorous growth such as new shoots and leaves. Watch out for leggy, weak branches, pale or faded leaves and signs of insect damage.

Handling Pointer: Ivy will tolerate a wide range of light and temperature for short periods, but for long-term success the key conditions are bright, cool, damp, fresh and clean. Keep ivy plants out of hot direct sun. If there are signs of stretching branches, branches bending toward the light or fading variegation, plants should be moved to a brighter spot. They can also be turned regularly to get even growth.

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Watering: Water when the surface down to one and a half inch is dry. NEVER wait until the soil is dried out and the leaves wilt to water your ivy. At this point the leaves and growing tips will die. It can help to rinse entire plants with clean tepid water once a week.

Spider Mites: Hot, dry, stale air will likely result in dry, limp leaves and red spider mites. Keep ivy away from heat registers and other heat sources. If insect problems do occur or to prevent them, plants can be treated with a miticide according to manufacturer’s directions.

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DIY Night: 5 Minute Ideas

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Summer is all about fresh and simple! Walk your way through five stations for a taste of the season’s most popular food and flower ideas – created in 5 minutes! Move through the Tempietto at your own pace with a complimentary glass of wine (or beer…or soda), while we demo seasonal tabletop designs, playful cube-in-cube arrangements, and front door favorites. Try dips, dressings, and toppings while you’re here to complete the party. Designers will be there with those hard-to-find supplies for purchase so you can take and make your own designs at home.

A $10 ticket gets you entry to the event + a drink ticket for the bar

Call 864-297-6232 to reserve a spot for you and a friend!  *Seating is limited.  This event will sell out.*

See this and other events at Twigs at: http://twigs.net/site/event-details/

In honor of our DIY events, here’s a look at what our designers and clients have been up to:

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Vendor Spotlight: Kathy & Company

Twenty-four years ago, Kathy Norris began “Cakes by Kathy” with brilliantly designed cakes from her home kitchen. A few years later, Cakes by Kathy developed into the local business: Kathy and Company. Kathy and Company is known throughout the upstate for wedding and specialty cakes that are not only beautiful but taste amazing, with a wide selection of flavors, fillings and buttercreams. Kathy’s fondant cakes are made with pure white chocolate fondant – YUM. Your guests will definitely taste the difference!

You can bet that there will be a smile on our faces when we find out that Kathy and Company is coming to the Tempietto!

It is easy to why we love Kathy’s designs:

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Did you know? Kathy and Company doesn’t just do wedding cakes? They specialize in groom cakes, birthday cakes, and any specialty cake you can think of!

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The Terrarium: A Miniature Greenhouse

The idea of the terrarium is actually genius when you consider the concept behind the design.   A glass (or transparent plastic) container in which plants flourish with restricted or nonexistent air from the outside. The transparent container maintains air that is moister than the room atmosphere, eliminating the issue of draughts. Thanks to the terrarium, you can plant a wide variety of plants indoors that would otherwise die immediately.

It’s no wonder that the 2-liter terrarium is the most popular science experiment for kids (next to the paper mache volcano, of course). Our “Expert Horticulturalist,” Jackie, has mastered designs of the Terraria over the years. See what she’s been up to in the greenhouse:

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Have Jackie create a terrarium just for you!  Call 864-297-6232 or visit 1100 woods crossing rd to see what we can do.

 

Jump Into Spring with Twigs – WIN a $50 Gift Card Contest

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The “Jump Into Spring with Twigs – WIN a $50 Gift Card” Contest (the “Contest”) begins on April 1, 2014 at 12:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on April 22, 2014 9:00 AM ET (the “Contest Period”).

1.    ELIGIBILITY:

Contest is open to all legal residents of the United States of America who have reached the legal age of 18 at the time of entry, except employees, representatives or agents and their directly related families. “Directly related” shall mean father, mother, brother, sister, children, wife, husband or common law partner if such employee, representative or agent of a Contest Party. Winners must be able to pick-up their gift card within seven (7) business days from the time Twigs, Inc. announces entry winners. Pick up is at 1100 Woods Crossing Road, Greenville, SC 29607 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. weekdays.

2.    HOW TO ENTER:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

Completing and Submitting Your Entry To enter the Jump Into Spring with Twigs – WIN a $50 Gift Card Contest, go to the contest webpage at http://twigs.net/ and submit your full name and current email address to receive emails from Twigs, Inc. After completing the form, visit the Twigs, Inc. Pinterest page (http://www.pinterest.com/twigssc/) and click to Follow Twigs on Pinterest. Pin or re-pin your favorite fresh flower arrangement, either from the Twigs Fresh Flowers and Plants board (http://www.pinterest.com/twigssc/fresh-flowers-plants/) or another source. Pinning from a specific board is not required to be entered into the contest. Each pin, board, like, or follow does not represent an entry. An entry is completed by subscribing to emails from Twigs, Inc. All eligible Entries submitted and received during the Contest Period will be entered into the random prize draw.

Entry Limitations and Restrictions

To be eligible, your Entry must be submitted and received within the Contest Period. There is a limit of one (1) Entry per person and per email address permitted during the Contest Period.

Entry Verification and Entry Rejection

All Entries are subject to verification at any time and for any reason. The Contest Organizer reserve the right, in their sole and absolute discretion, to require proof of identity of entrant and/or eligibility of its Entry Form, including any Entrant Material (in a form acceptable to the Contest Organizer – including, without limitation, government issued photo identification) for the purposes of administering this Contest in accordance with these Rules. Failure to provide such proof to the satisfaction of the Contest Organizer in a timely manner may result in disqualification in the sole and absolute discretion of the Contest Organizer.
If it is discovered by the Contest Organizer (using any evidence or other information made available to or otherwise discovered by the Contest Organizer) that any person has attempted to: (i) obtain more than one (1) Entry during the Contest Period; (ii) use (or attempt to use) multiple names, identities, email addresses, accounts and/or any automated, macro, script, robotic or other system(s) or program(s) to enter or otherwise participate in or disrupt this Contest; (iii) not respect these Rules and/or (iv) behave in a manner that otherwise undermines the integrity or administration of the Contest, then he/she may be disqualified from the Contest in the sole and absolute discretion of the Contest Organizer.

In the event of a dispute regarding who submitted an Entry, Entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the person who is assigned an email address by an internet provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institute, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.
Your Entry may be rejected if (in the sole and absolute discretion of the Contest Organizer) the Entry Form is not fully completed with all required information or submitted and received during the Contest Period or is otherwise in breach with the terms and conditions set out in these Rules. The Released Parties (defined below) are not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, delayed, incomplete or incompatible Entries, all of which will be void and rejected. The Contest’s Parties decision to disqualify an Entry or entrant shall be final without right of appeal.

3.    PRIZES AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE:

There are three (3) prizes available to be won: Three gift cards to Twigs, Inc. worth $50 each Each Prize must be accepted as awarded and is not transferable, assignable or convertible to cash (except as may be specifically permitted by Contest Organizer in their sole and absolute discretion).

No substitutions except at Contest Organizer option. Contest Organizer reserve the right, in their sole and absolute discretion, to substitute the Prize or a component thereof with a prize of equal or greater value, including, without limitation, but at Contest Organizer sole and absolute discretion, a cash award. Prize will only be awarded to the person whose verifiable full name and valid email address appears on the Entry Form associated with the Entry in question.

4.    WINNER SELECTION:

On April 22, 2014 (the “Draw Date”), three (3) eligible entrants will be selected at random from all eligible Entries submitted and received during the Contest Period in accordance with these Rules. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible Entries submitted and received during the Contest Period in accordance with these Rules.
The Contest Organizer or a designated representative will make a minimum of three (3) attempts to contact the selected entrant (using the information provided on the Entry Form), within three (3) business days of the Draw Date. The main point of contacting winners will be through email received from the database used to save email addresses for Twigs, Inc. (createsend.com). If the selected entrant cannot be contacted within three (3) business days of the Draw Date, or if there is a return of any notification as undeliverable; then he/she may, in the sole and absolute discretion of the Contest Organizer, be disqualified (and, if disqualified, will forfeit all rights to the Prize) and the Contest Organizer reserve the right, in their sole and absolute discretion and time permitting, to randomly select an alternate eligible entrant from among the remaining eligible Entries (in which case the foregoing provisions of this section shall apply to such newly selected entrant).
Each winner agrees to the publication, reproduction and/or other use of his/her Entry, name, address, voice, statements about the Contest and/or photograph or other likeness without further notice or additional compensation, in any publicity, advertisement or other promotional or commercial use carried out by or on behalf of the Contest Organizer in any media, current or existing, including print, broadcast or the internet.

5.    GENERAL CONDITIONS:

All Entries become the property of the Contest Organizer. This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws. The decisions of the Contest Organizer with respect to all aspects of this Contest are final and binding on all entrants without right of appeal, including, without limitation, any decisions regarding the eligibility/disqualification of Entries and/or entrants. By participating in this Contest, you are agreeing to be legally bound by the terms and conditions of these Rules. ANYONE DETERMINED TO BE IN VIOLATION OF THESE RULES FOR ANY REASON IS SUBJECT TO DISQUALIFICATION IN THE SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION OF THE CONTEST PARTIES AT ANY TIME.

The Contest Parties, Third Party Contest Suppliers and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”) will not be liable for any loss, damages or injury, claims or fees related to or arising out of: (i) your participation in this Contest; (ii) any failure of the Website during the Contest; (iii) any technical malfunction or other problems relating to the telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment or software; (iv) fraudulent calls; (v) any delay or inability to act resulting from an event or situation beyond their control, including a strike, lockout or other labour dispute; (vi) the failure of any Entry to be received, captured or recorded for any reason, including, but not limited to, technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website; (vii) any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer or other device related to or resulting from participating in the Contest; (viii) the award, use of misuse of any Prize or any portion thereof; if Prizes that are lost, damaged or misdirected during shipping and/or (x) any combination of the above.

The Contest Organizer reserve the right, in their sole and absolute discretion, and without prior notice, to adjust any of the dates and/or timeframes stipulated in these Rules, to the extent necessary, for purposes of verifying compliance by any entrant or Entry with these Rules, or as a result of any technical or other problems, or in light of any other circumstances which, in the opinion of the Contest Organizer, in their sole and absolute discretion, affect the proper administration of the Contest as contemplated in these Rules, or for any other reason. By entering this Contest, each entrant expressly authorizes the Contest Organizer and their respective agents and/or representatives, to store, share and use the personal information submitted with his/her Contest Entry for the purpose of administering the Contest, unless the entrant otherwise agrees.

Twigs, Inc. is in no way associated with Pinterest or their subsidiaries. Pinterest does not endorse or sponsor Twigs, Inc. or the contest.

In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of these Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials, including, but not limited to: the Entry Form, Website, and/or point of sale, television, print or online advertising; the terms and conditions of these Rules shall prevail, govern and control to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Vendor Spotlight: J. Jones Photography

Whether shooting the bridal party before the ceremony, or the newlywed’s first dance, Josh Jones Photography captures the life and emotion of your wedding day, while preserving a couple’s most important moments of life.  Josh’s beautiful black and white photos offer a wistful touch, while full-color shots highlight natural beauty.

The professional photographer completed his extensive training near his hometown in New York before venturing down south.  In August of 2012, Josh had a wedding of his own (with a reception at the Twigs Tempietto!).  His wife, Debra, contributes to the business as the creative assistant & master of bridal affairs, making sure that sessions run smoothly from start to finish.

Since their career began, J. Jones Photography has won numerous awards and been featured in several national publications.  It is easy to see why…

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“Our couples typically don’t just want pictures taken at their wedding, they want art that incorporates what is most important to them as a couple. They don’t just want a bunch of staged photos showing who was there; they want candid images that capture the emotions that were felt at that very time.” – Josh Jones http://joshjonesphoto.com/

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“From covering your wedding day, shooting your bridal portraits, capturing an engagement session, and photographing your rehearsal dinner, we are here to help throughout your entire wedding process.” – Josh Jones http://www.joshjonesphoto.com/

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“I’ve found that my years of experience in documenting people’s weddings have really given me the expertise needed to forever capture life’s fleeting moments.” – Josh Jones http://joshjonesphoto.com/

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PHOTO CREDITS:

Venue: Twigs Tempietto & Ryan Nicholas Inn
http://twigs.net and http://ryannicholasinn.com/

Flowers: Twigs Florist http://twigs.net/

Photography: Josh Jones Photography http://joshjonesphoto.com/

Botanical Charm

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It’s no secret that succulents are currently one of the hottest trends in landscaping and interior design.  Their earthy appeal offers a natural look to any container while adding color and texture to indoor environments.  Traditional favorites include jade plant, hens-and-chicks, aloe vera, ponytail palm, and the ever-popular orchid.

So why not grab a handful of containers and start a succulent garden in your home?  Well, that answer lies within the care and upkeep of plants necessary to keep them alive and healthy.  Not all of us were born with a particularly green thumb.  I, myself, am a particularly “forgetful gardener”.

To avoid the untimely death of plants that is sure to occur in my home, I have devoted my interior décor to artificial succulents.  That’s right.  ARTIFICIAL.  Here’s why…

  1. Zero-care Maintenance
    Artificial succulents and other plants/flowers require NO upkeep – although I do recommend dusting on a regular basis.  It is physically impossible to kill an in adamant object, so there is no need to fret over hydration or sunlight.
  2. The beauty of an artificial arrangement never fades.
    As noted above, it is impossible to kill an artificial succulent.  Therefore, the color, texture, and shape will last for years and years to come.
  3. Extremely Realistic
    Contrary to the popular belief that all artificial plants/flowers are cheaply produced mockups, there are businesses that supply carefully crafted and realistic faux plants (like Twigs*).  Take a look at the succulents used by the Twigs silk designers, and you will see how natural they can be…

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If you’re considering incorporating the hottest trend in interior plantscaping into your home, try adding artificial arrangements to the mix.  And if you aren’t sure how to design your arrangement, just stop by Twigs.  Our designers are always up for a challenge.

Take a look at what our silk designers have been up to lately…

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Please Note: I am in LOVE with artifical orchids!  Tip: Keep a real orchid around longer by replace the bloom with an artificial one.  GENIUS!

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Your Eco-Friendly Dinner Table

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Millions of people around the country are discovering ways to make their homes “eco-friendly”.  Whether it’s the use of solar panels to transform light into electricity, or eliminating harsh chemicals in the air with natural cleaning products, the race to save our environment is on!

So, what about your home décor?  The idea of eco-friendly decorations has taken a back seat, until now.  Cake, an American company devoted to environmental sustainability, has designed a collection of placemats and table runners created using soy-based inks and recycled paper.  Each pad of 50 disposable placemats showcases a popular vintage design.  The versatility of each design allows you to change the look of your table without purchasing new dishes.  Mix and match with assorted napkins and cutlery to alter your dinner table for everyday dining or a special occasion.

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The table runners come to you on a 20”x50” roll, giving you the ability to cut to fit any length for the perfect setting.  The recycled paper proves to be more practical, and an economical alternative to linens.

 

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A Twigs Guide to Wedding Flowers

It is your wedding day….A day to be remembered above all others…..A day and a time to leave your signature and make your individuality known.  Your ceremony and reception venue are your frame work, your setting.  Let Twigs help you with the finishing appointments that will transform your venue into the backdrop that makes you shine.  We encourage floral focal points and stellar designs that will dazzle your guests.  Listed below are some year round stems and seasonal floral favorites.

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Year Round

Hydrangea, Roses, Calla Lilies, Cymbidium Orchids, Dendrobium Orchids, Stephanotis Orchids, Oriental Lilies, Stock, Gardenias, Hypericum, Belles of Ireland

Winter

Anemones, Tulips, Iris, Grape Hyacinth, Green Goddess Callas, Rosemary, Amaryllis, Paperwhites

Spring/Summer

Lilac, Ranunculus, Peonies, Garden Roses, Godetia, Zinnias, Freesia, Larkspur

Late Summer/Fall

Dahlias, Pepper Berries, Hanging Amaranthus, Sunflowers, Safflower, Rovers.

CORSAGES & BOUTONNIERES

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Add a delicate Corsage with an artful design to match your bridal party flowers.  We incorporate two to four varieties of stems and to showcase these blooms, we add pearls, beads and stems of shimmer.  Corsages can be made as a wrist or a pin-on corsage.  Wrist bands are beaded bracelets.

Boutonnieres are designed to pick up features from the corsages and bouquets, and are best kept simple with a touch of greenery and green hypericum berry.  Incorporate a bit of bling, pearl detail, wire wrap or natural detail. One to three blooms of your favorite flower(s) are used.

SHOWSTOPPERS

Show Stoppers demand attention and offer another opportunity to show guests your wedding style.  Below are a few of the most popular ideas this year:

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Arched Backdrop
Wrought iron base covered with vines, twigs and seasonal flowers.  Two urns on either side at the base overflowing with same design materials.

Grande Torchieres
Choose from either four foot or six foot stands that will frame a bridal couple or a dance floor.  Flowers cascade and reach for the stars.

Zen Bamboo
Bamboo rods suspended from two bases and finished with succulent oriental blooms hanging in vials and twinkling votives.

Secret Garden
Your oversized buffet features a garden setting of old stone statuary, a garden bench and a filled pond.  Fragrant flowers complete the garden.

Contemporary Cylinders
Fill cylinders with an array of striking flowers, stones, reeds and branches to take the visual focus upward.  Light vases from below and inside.

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Aisle Markers
Make your walk down the aisle even more unique and spectacular.  Line the aisles with petals, ribbons, flowers, and greenery matching your color scheme/theme.

Tiered Garden
Complete a clover leaf table arrangement with a central table layered off of the serving surface.  A three tiered stand filled with plants and flowers, creates a tall focal point for a large ballroom.

Petals for Tossing
Try red, yellow, pink or multi colored roses.  These are great for sprinkling on guest tables, down the aisle and used for tossing as the bride and groom leave.

Medium Sized Arrangements
beautify the wedding ceremony and are then transferable to buffet tables at the reception.  A popular arrangement at the Twigs Tempietto involves fifteen roses arranged in a clear glass vase with greenery, twigs and matching filler flowers.  Or opt for a garden gathering of hydrangea, roses and lilies in clear glass vase with greenery, twigs and matching filler flowers.

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Gorgeous cluster of roses and spray roses grace the top of the cake for a stunning and unified appearance. The cake topper can double as the toss bouquet in most situations.

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Trust your wedding flowers to Twigs and be secure in knowing your wedding flowers will be of Twigs quality design and your memories will be picture perfect.  We hope that this information will serve you well in your wedding planning.

CONTACT A CONSULTANT at 864-297-5112 or submit a wedding flowers form at http://twigs.net/

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