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Building Relationships in Business

What does it look like when you build relationships in business?

An example of what relationships our business has helped to build, would be Deanna for providing her with anthuriums and garden roses for her Fathers’ funeral this past Spring. I talked to her after the funeral and she said the fresh flowers were lovely and at that time I gave her some tips on rainbow roses for her daughters’ baptism.

Another example, would be Maurina. I designed a Snowman fresh flower arrangement for this young woman, last Xmas 2013. This Christmas Maurina talked to me about a Xmas Craft Sale, next month, and suggested that I be a vendor.

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This past year my clients have started to come back for additional help on a new idea they have.

Thanks to my clients for building with me. Maurina, Deanna, Lisa, Bissan, Carrie, and all my clients! I am so happy that I am beginning to have return customers.

In gratitude, always,

Ellen Towne, His and Hers for You

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Appreciation and Thank You

Learning and Understanding Gives me Greater Appreciation! #IamThankful

Many opportunities with my clients have given me appreciation of their requests and wishes.

One such opportunity comes to mind, when I first started my business, a year after. It was my first wedding for fresh cut flowers and my girlfriend from high school was the client. We hadn’t seen each other for 30 years, as I had moved to Winnipeg, 24 hours away. My girlfriend and I, when I moved back to Ontario 20 years ago, found each other on Facebook, 5 years ago. My friend picked up where we left off in high school and entrusted me with designing the flowers for her soon to be daughter in law.

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Twelve in the Wedding Party and I paid attention to every detail that the Bride had requested. I am thankful for my friend, trusting me with this endeavour and I have carried what I learned about the consultations and designing, into my future weddings for my clients. I have learned that each new client that I have, teaches me something new.

To the Brides and Grooms and families! Cheers!

Ellen Towne, His and Hers for You

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What if the turkey got burned…

What if the turkey got burned? …..or worse yet, it wasn’t cooked at meal time!

The turkey, 12 years ago, only cooked 4 hours instead of at least 8 for 20 lbs. I had to catch a Greyhound at 5:00 and it was 2:00. We microwaved the outer layers of the huge bird and the potatoes and vegetables completed our meal. Gravy was not made as the broth was not cooked to a well heated consistency. And stuffing encountered the same scenario. But you know what?

We had time to play with the kittens and laugh, play with the kids and plenty of hugs before my 2 hour Greyhound bus ride back home. I was so happy to see my daughter and share these moments with her that day. So thankful for my daughter.  Love You Deb Debs 🙂

Ellen Towne

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#IamThankful for Social Media

#IamThankful for Social Media

Social media has been a rewarding and caring culmination of efforts. LinkedIn, Twitter, Google + and Facebook contacts have a good variety of interesting and sometimes comical posts in 2014. I am thankful for those following, connecting, friending and circling, and I enjoy hearing what interests all of you most. You encourage and inspire our business trends, practices and outcomes.

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Recently in 2014, my husband and I joined efforts in the himandmethe2ofus blog. It proves interesting joining our separate and mutual interests and I find Doug has caring, loving comments among them.

I am thankful for Doug’s consistent work history on the Oil Rigs on The Great Lakes and off Newfoundland and in the U.S. 17 years at a paint plant, Almatech, in London Ontario, as well, has brought him to a happy retirement in 2012. He continues by playing an important role in our home business.

God Bless you all this November 2014.

Kindest Regards,

Ellen Towne

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#IamThankful for My Favorite Fall Desserts

#IamThankful for My Favorite Fall Desserts

Pumpkin from the actual pumpkin, cut up and boiled and then ingredients added to put in a pie crust made a delicious pumpkin pie treat for family on a couple occasions in the last few years. My Father enjoyed one pumpkin pie that I sent home with him.

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My stepmom and Dad spent a day, a while back, baking 25 pies in one day for their freezer. I am thankful my folks taught me how to make apple pies that day – All from scratch! Now, since then I try to make 3 pies in November for our freezer. We gobble those up over the holidays. Fresh apples, pie crust with tender flake (which my stepmom said is the only lard to use…..she was so sweet…miss her so…. Xoxo), flour, vinegar and such, rolled out on my kitchen counter with care. My step mom’s recipe makes 6 pie crusts, equaling 3 apple pies.

Many many times, I have made chocolate chip cookies, Bird Nests with jam and chocolate macaroons.

One of my favorite desserts lately is the Monkey Bread that my daughter brought over for Easter and makes a great fall dessert. She cut up cinnamon buns into small chunks, bought from the grocery store. She baked it in our oven with a brown sugar and butter mixture on top, all in a bundt pan. It was served with vanilla ice cream. Deelish!!

Thank you to all my family and friends for their great and scrumptious cookies, pies and breads. I love you all.

A great November 2014 to Everyone!

I hope everyone enjoys their favorite baked goods from loved ones in this colourful time of year 🙂

Kindest Regards,

Ellen Towne

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