The Story Behind Our Name: Where Roses Bloom

So, here it is! The story behind the name of our store: Where Roses Bloom…

It’s been over a year now that our business has been open and ideas have been flowing. A wonderful, inspiring year full of many hopes and desires for the future. We’d like to take the time to share with you how Where Roses Bloom developed into a vintage-inspired boutique.

Bethany and I were first introduced by her Aunt Megan a few years ago. Before Bethany had even moved to Tennessee, Megan had sent me a few emails saying that I should get to know Bethany, that she liked the same things I did and we’d be fast friends. It couldn’t have turned out to be more true. Bethany and I first met in a Bible study group in Murfreesboro and our friendship quickly developed. We quickly realized that we both shared a love for vintage pieces that held stories and a love for things that were truly unique and eclectic. We spent our weekends going to antique stores, flea markets and making crafts. We couldn’t get enough of it! After talking about our own personal dreams and hopes for the future, we both realized that we wanted to own a store, and when we put our ideas together, Where Roses Bloom developed.

The story of how we came up with the name Where Roses Bloom is pretty special too. Once we realized that our passions were quickly developing into something tangible, we started talking a lot about how we could put our ideas and thoughts into action. I went on a trip to NYC with friends and the whole time, Bethany and I were texting back and forth about inspiration and knowing that it was time to get the ball rolling on our venture. The night after I flew back into town, we met up at Starbucks, pens in hands, and began brainstorming. What could we call this store of our collectibles? We both knew that we wanted it to be something extremely unique and whimsical. We brainstormed for hours, pairing words up with each other, but nothing seemed to go together. And we had one thing in common- both of our names contained ‘rose’ which we tried to incorporate into our store’s name. Then Bethany had a wonderufl idea. She pitched the idea of using “a world where roses bloom”, a lyric from a favorite song, “La Vie En Rose”. Amazing! The idea seemed so perfect- a store that talked about a beautiful place filled with blooming ideas and things. After talking a bit more, we decided to shorten the name to “Where Roses Bloom” and voila!, our store started.

The store name holds so much meaning for us. Not only does it incorporate our names, but at the time we lived on Rosemont Avenue where all of our ideas came to life for the very first time. We’re so happy with the name of our store and always joke about people will hopefully one day say, “I’m going to Where Roses Bloom.”

And if you have a moment, check out the song by Louis Armstrong that inspired it all here.

Happy Wednesday!
-R

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2012: Our First Year In Review

ImageWow, we can’t believe a year has passed since we first began our adventure with Where Roses Bloom. Just recently, on January 5th, we celebrated our first birthday of the day when we came together and decided that we were ready to embark on this crazy ride. Where Roses Bloom has already grown into something that we could have never imagined, and we honestly can’t wait to see what the next year holds. We’ve enjoyed reminiscing on all of our fun endeavors that 2012 held for us. Take a look back at some of our favorite moments with Where Roses Bloom’s first year.

1: January- Where Roses Bloom’s site launches
2: February- Our trip to Springfield & St. Louis
3: March- A vintage-inspired garden
4: April- Flavor-infused summertime teas
5: May- Time in the studio
6: June- A month of polka dots with pants & hand-painted plates
7: July- What we wore on the 4th of July
8: August- Travel kits
9: September- Homemade dog treats
10: October- Painted lyric curtains
11: November- A flannel friendsgiving
12: December- Our etsy store opens // check it out here!

Thanks for being a special part of our first year. We can’t wait to share many more exciting years with you!

XOXO- Bethany Rose & Rosemary

A Vintage Dream Has Come True- Our Etsy Store Opens!

WRB_INSTAGRAM_PROMOWe have been anticipating this day for so long! Over 11 months ago, Where Roses Bloom was created. Since then we have dedicated countless hours to this crazy dream of ours- hundreds of stops at stores and flea markets to purchase vintage one-of-a-kind pieces, hundreds of hours of meetings & design, but most of all, countless hours of praying for this dream.

The day is finally here. We are so excited to tell you the news! Today is the day that our very first part of our big adventure starts- we’ve launched our Etsy store! We are so excited to list many of the items we’ve found along the way & hope that you’ll find something that suits your fancy!

Welcome, friends, we hope that you enjoy Where Roses Bloom as much as we do.

All of our love,
Rosemary & Bethany Rose

A Flannel Friendsgiving

It was our first time hosting a gathering under the name of Where Roses Bloom, and what a success it was! A Flannel Friendsgiving came together over many, many dedicated hours to painting leaves, handwriting place cards, gathering pine cones, and creating elegant floral arrangements. Oh, and lots and lots of baking.  We are so incredibly happy with how everything turned out, and extremely impressed by the talented cooks we call friends! Who knew?!

We are two very blessed girls who are so thankful for the opportunity to have their friends gather together and enjoy each other’s company during this busy holiday season. Take a look at our pictures as we reminisce on such a beautiful night with a few close Nashville friends.

We hope that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving with those you who are dear to you.

With lots of love,
Rosemary & Bethany Rose

DIY: Pennant Banner

As the holidays have quickly started approaching, I’ve gone into a crafty state-of-mind. It’s all I can think about! Just the other day, I caught myself searching house after house for pinecones lying in yards for a project I’m currently working on. I can’t lie though, I absolutely love it.

One of the latest projects is a pennant banner that I worked on this weekend. It is a simplistic banner that I think is perfect for Thanksgiving! You’ll only need a few supplies for this project. I chose a burgundy color as my paint color because it reminds me of fall leaves & the feeling of warmth. I decided to use a deep blue yarn to complement the burgundy paint while also adding more color to the banner. Feel free to choose whatever colors you would like to make your banner coordinate with your party or home.

After gathering a few sacks of burlap from Goodwill, I cut them into triangles, with the longest side being approximately 10 inches.

After I had cut enough triangles to spell out “GIVE THANKS”, I grabbed my paintbrush and hand painted the lettering. (Be sure to paint your burlap on newspaper since your paint will soak through a majority of the holes in the burlap.) Allow the pennants to dry overnight.

After the pennants were dry, I used the point of my scissors to create two holes in each pennant- about an inch and a half in from both sides and an inch down from the top. And the final step– the stringing! I doubled the yarn to create a stronger line to string the pennants on & allowed a foot and a half on each side for hanging purposes.

I hope you enjoy making your banner & don’t forget to give thanks during this season. It sure is a great one, isn’t it?

Love,
Rosemary

Harvest Bark

Well, November’s already here, folks. The majority of the leaves have fallen, the cold air has set in, and all the Nashvillians have pulled out their flannel shirts, thick coats, and tall boots from the back of their closets. I can’t believe the temperatures dropped so quickly!

In between projects I thought I would try a quick and easy dessert. I quickly discovered that harvest bark is one of my new favorite treats! With the salty pretzels mixed with the chocolates, I couldn’t quit eating it. It was so fun to come up with a simple recipe for  a fun and easy dish.

 

The most time-consuming step in this recipe is melting the chocolates. I used a white chocolate bark that I found at the grocery store. All you have to do is melt the chocolates according to the instructions on the back. Pay close attention to the bark and stir while it melts- if you overheat, your bark turns will burn and will not work for your needs.

 

I added a handful of melted orange chips to the top to give my bark some color. Once the chips were melted in a separate pot, I poured over the white chocolate and used a spoon to make a swirl effect.

 

While the chocolates were still warm, I added in my toppings so that they could stick well. I used 1/2 cup of pretzels, 1/3 cup Reese’s Pieces, 1/4 chocolate chips, 1/4 cup of walnuts, and really liked the taste of these ingredients together. But don’t be afraid to go and try a new mix! I think craisins and pecans would be pretty tasty together. 🙂

I ended up using a pretty thick dish so my bark was a bit hard to cut through, so my suggestion would be to pour the bark on wax paper so that it is easier to break & eat.

I really had a great time making this recipe for the blog. There are so many recipes that I want to try and so many projects I want to do this season! I’ve been so completely inspired by the fall this year, and that makes me really happy.

Happy harvest,
Rosemary