Flowers

for your

TEXAS
LIFE

Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall, Lone Star Living is the bouquet that changes with your Texas life. With new bouquets and arrangements each month, you can keep your space feeling fresh. Dazzle your guests with gorgeous floral displays or brighten someone’s day with any of our ready-to-gift products available at H-E-B.

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Flowers for your

TEXAS LIFE

Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall, Lone Star Living is the bouquet that changes with your Texas life. With new bouquets and arrangements each month, you can keep your space feeling fresh. Dazzle your guests with gorgeous floral displays or brighten someone’s day with any of our ready-to-gift products available at H-E-B.

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This Month’s

BOUQUET

See what’s inside your bouquet this month and bring out your inner florist with our featured D.I.Y of the month!

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Looking for Texas inspired ideas for your Home, Holidays and Occasions? We’ve got you!

Extra Time > Extra Happiness: Five Ways to Stay Happy(ish) During Covid-19

Hey ladies, this quarantine thing is getting old, huh? We totally get it but, REAL TALK—we Texas girls are strong and know how to find happiness and “make the best” of even the hottest day!

As we begin to enter a new season yet still find ourselves in isolation, Americans everywhere are feeling pretty down in the dumps. In fact, the COVID Response Tracking Study shows that this is the unhappiest our country has been in nearly five decades. For many, not too much has changed in their day-to-day. But for others, they are experiencing new bouts of anxiety and finding that it is hard to feel happy.

The good news is that we can totally use the lemons we’ve been given to make lemonade All it takes is learning how to reframe the situation we’re in. By trying to control stressful situations that are often out of our control, we create anxiety and worry.

It’s important to find ways to boost your happiness and apply them to your life. Taking the following proactive steps can help lift your mood.

Build A Routine

People who have variety throughout their day feel happier. Building a routine helps us to focus on other tasks. At a time when our world seems to be spiraling out of control, creating a schedule is a great way to regain some type of structure and find happiness.

For example, it may be helpful to start your day with a morning shower or have lunch at a certain time every day, just as you would at the office. Schedules are good for mental health. However, it’s important to not take on too much at once. Begin with going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day and make an effort to throw on something besides pajamas, even if you’re just lounging around the house.

Exercise

Yes, most gyms are still closed. This means people with workout routines may be feeling a little stir crazy! However, exercising in the era of coronavirus is still possible. In fact, many people have found creative ways to incorporate workouts into their day. Nutrition and physical exercise are crucial for health, preventing disease, and can help you find your happiness.

Not only can an exercise routine help soothe stress and anxiety by improving your mood, but it can also offer immune support, and maybe even ward off the coronavirus! Some creative ways people are getting their exercise in from home is by investing in a Peloton bike, following free YouTube workout videos, or just taking a walk around the block. Many people report feeling happier after exercising, so this suggestion is one that’s worth a shot!

Make A Bucket List

The pandemic eventually has to end, right? When it does, it will be nice to have some well thought out plans in hand! In fact, creating two bucket lists may be helpful. The first bucket list could include a list of things to complete while stuck at home.

This can include anything from reorganizing the kitchen, to video chatting with long-distance friends. The possibilities are endless! The second bucket list can focus on post-covid plans. Is there anything you’re looking forward to doing or anywhere you’re looking forward to going once the pandemic settles down? If so, write it down. It will keep you on a happy and positive path so that you can find happiness and give you something to look forward to as the world navigates these difficult times.

Focus on the Little Things (like buying & gifting flowers)

Chasing happiness can be really exhausting. Rather than trying to search for it, focus on the little things that you know will bring a smile to your face. Reflect on the things that you enjoy and the things that make you feel good. Prepare a family meal and cuddle on the couch with your dog. Sometimes we get caught in life’s hustle and bustle so we take these actions for granted.

Also focus on small actions and helping people out. Shop for your elderly neighbors or gift someone flowers. Flowers are proven to make people happy and are a wonderful way of focusing on the small things that make life so great. After all, during a crisis, it’s the little things that begin to matter as we try to find additional meaning in our lives.

Be Gentle With Yourself

We only have one life, so be kind to yourself. There has been so much emphasis placed on hand washing and practicing social distancing, but not enough on self-care. Sometimes anxiety and stress can cause us to cry, overeat, and lose sight of who we really are. It’s important to know that it’s OK. Be mindful of how you feel and try to stay in the moment.

Forgive yourself for the times when you aren’t able to be your best—everyone experienced it at one time or another. A little compassion goes a long way. Treat yourself as you would treat a friend—with tenderness, love, generosity, and free of judgement.

Use this pandemic and quarantine time to make practical like-changing decisions for yourself and find opportunities every day to include bits and pieces of happiness into your life. Who knows? You may even emerge from this time of adversity even stronger and happier than before!

Flower Psychometry: Mother Nature’s RX

Mother nature is amazing! When she gave us flowers, she didn’t just give us something pretty to look at. She gave us something that would help us too: Mother Nature’s very own RX!

Mother Nature’s Cure-all

Flowers can do amazing things for your health and mood. Many people purchase flowers as gifts to convey messages. But did you know that there are many benefits to buying them for yourself as well? Mother nature has given us many natural remedies to soothe ourselves. Flower and color therapy are two homeopathic treatments that can stimulate more than just our sense of sight and smell.

Flower Psychometry

Science proves that flowers promote happiness. Aside from lowering stress and anxiety, they serve as a natural mood booster. Many different studies on both people and animals show that flower therapy improves well-being and physical conditions. This in turn can make you more productive. Throw color therapy into the mix, and you’ve got the perfect remedy for the blues; a therapeutic art form traditionally known as flower psychometry.

In fact, according to this ancient art, the color and aroma of a flower contain personal information about you. It also holds the precise pattern of energy you need for a mood-altering effect. For example, the color violet has a high vibrational frequency. This means it may actually have a euphoric impact on the mind.

Color Therapy

Like flowers, color therapy is an alternative remedy. It uses colors and their frequencies to heal emotional and physical problems. Each mood is matched with its own color. When we look at a particular color for a few minutes, light enters our eyes and we receive therapeutic effects. This affects our mental process and can change our mood.

Mother Nature’s Dose of Happiness

Each of these therapies are successful on their own. When used together, the possibilities are endless! Beautiful surroundings create an environment that helps us flourish. Flowers are an easy and affordable way to add a bit of color and emotion to your life. Bouquets can capture just about any emotion; whether it be a sense of caring, intimacy, or any other sentiment.

Flowers are amazing healers. If you’re looking for a little pick me up, strategically place some colorful flowers in your home. Then watch the magic happen! We know they’ll make you feel much brighter and happier.

How Jill Haglund Found Happiness Painting Flowers

Have you ever tried painting flowers? We spoke to one Texas based artist who found her happiness through expressive painting.

Flowers are some of nature’s most beautiful wonders. From birth up until our final moments, flowers always play an important role in our lives. They are a gift that says so many things, without even having the ability to speak. Flowers represent love, appreciation, celebrations, support, and so many other feelings. They can even provide a burst of light during some of the darkest times. It’s no wonder they have been admired since the beginning of time.

Throughout the history of art, flowers have resonated with both artists and audiences alike. They are rooted in ancient art and are still equally as important today as they were eons ago.

TweetyJill Designs

Corpus Christi based artist Jill Haglund, found her “happy” by focusing on flowers as inspiration. In 2015, Jill founded TweetyJill Designs, and started creating original art focusing on the power of flowers. In addition to selling her art, Jill offers online painting classes, expressive painting art instruction, and hosts events and live painting sessions. She also offers golden paint and silver brush demonstrations. Jill also juggles many other projects related to her business. This includes prepping for and filming video lessons, social media promotion, website updates, and preparing for classed and exhibits.

Although Jill manages many different facets of her business, she arranges her schedule to allow for a ton of painting time. She is happy to have fulfilled her life-long dream of owning a dedicated home studio and painting as much as she likes.

Inspiration for Painting Flowers

Jill most always paints still life florals because she feels that flowers are always, without fail, such an inspiration. She wholeheartedly believes that flowers speak to her because they have so much life. She loves painting flowers because each has its own unique set of colors, textures, shapes, and fragrance, just like individual little personalities!

Each flower is bursting with color, so much so they actually seem to shout, “paint me!” Jill also feels that fresh flowers seem to bring joy to her studio and happiness into a classroom setting. They even work well in a myriad of still-life set ups.

Expressive Painting

In order to keep her paintings fresh and full of energy, Jill paints fairly quickly. She does this by following an expressive painting style, allowing her to paint “loosely” with bold colors and strong contrasts. She enjoys including textures, lines, patterns, and shapes in her composition.

The benefit of expressive painting is that the artist is not necessarily concerned with perspective, details, dimensions, or shadows. It’s a style of painting that allows individuals total freedom to express in paint how the mind’s eye “sees.”

Expressive painting also allows all types of painters to paint alongside each other. They are able to work together in a class without feeling competitive, stressed, or anxious about what they are creating. It changes the expectations and pressure on the attendees, especially first timers! This allows students to focus on their artwork rather than comparing their painting with their neighbor’s. Each artist observes their flowers, sketches them very loosely with chalk, and paints what they see. Jill reminds them to “Just express those flowers you see with paint!”

Lone Star Living

Among her favorite flowers to paint while teaching classes in Texas, are Lone Star Living bouquets. She sometimes walks around the HEB floral department and stops in her tracks when she sees the perfect bouquet. Everything aligns at once, almost in a glance—the bouquet, the color palette, and the vase.

It inspires her and literally leads her to the easel every time, creating an experience that never ceases to disappoint.

Jill feels that Lone Star Living bouquets are consistent with a beautiful variety of fresh flowers that change each month. Even better, they are readily available at the local HEB grocery store. Lone Star Living is an ongoing source of encouragement for Jill, and has become her “floral family.” When instructing, Jill prefers that each person works with their own personal floral arrangement. This makes the experience much more enjoyable for everyone.

Painting Flowers: A Rewarding Experience

One of Jill’s greatest rewards as an art instructor is watching her students grow excited during the process. Once they experience the excitement of painting flowers and joy of “being engaged in the moment,” they understand the happy part of painting.

Many even want to do it again! Seeing that delight on their faces, especially if they were intimidated when they first walked into class, is a gift.

It’s also extremely rewarding for Jill to see lots of big smiles as the new artists take pride in their unique end result. Jill enjoys hearing her students talk about where they will be including their artwork in their home décor, adding that an extra treat for them is displaying it next to their fresh bouquet! However, the biggest gift that Jill gives her students is a comfortable place where they can relax, enjoy the experience, meet new people, and possibly discover a new favorite life-time hobby!

If there’s one lesson we can take away from Jill, it’s that painting is a happy hobby that can enlighten a person’s perspective and mood, allowing them to be in the present moment at all times.

In the future, Jill hopes to someday offer her expressive floral cards at HEB floral departments. For now, though, she is excited about providing an enjoyable emotional outlet, encouraging people to let go of stress and worries for a period of time as they focus on the present by painting flowers.

As TweetyJill Designs continues to stretch its petals, Jill would like to invite you to her Vimeo channel to watch her many free expressive painting instructional videos. It may just be a chance to water your interests and give a new hobby an opportunity to bloom!

Our September Bouquet Will Have You Falling in Love with Autumn!

Falling in love with autumn is so easy to do!

We know it’s still warm but we’re probably going to bust out the UGGS anyway, right ladies!? Although this year is looking a little different from the others, autumn is the season for pretty foliage, pumpkin flavored everything, fall festivities and so much more!

We think one of the most memorable moments of fall is the changing foliage as the leaves begin to burst with beautiful hues of fiery red and orange, and warm shades of yellow and gold. So in honor of our FAVORITE season, we’ve put together an autumn inspired bouquet to kick off September.

If you’re a die-hard autumn lover who gets giddy at the thought of fall colors, this one’s for you! While apple-picking, hayrides, and rolling in the leaves are some of the most fun parts of fall, sometimes the very best part is just laying around the house with a pumpkin latte in hand and some pretty petals to cozy up the place! Put yourself in the mood for the season by giving your home a taste of autumn.

This very special bouquet includes an assortment of flowers with meanings behind each one to best inspire you to find your happy this season.

Roses

Roses are best known for representing love. With the holidays quickly approaching, this is therefore one of the best flowers to bring a sense of peace and warmth to your home. We hope it will inspire you to FALL in love with yourself!