Prince Snow Farm

12.10.2017

Christmas Gift Guide-Personalized


 I've been privileged to work with Shutterfly for the last few years to showcase several of their new items.


 I only showcase the items I would actually purchase.
This easel calendar is absolutely amazing. I took my time selecting high quality images from my gardens, and boy did it pay off.


The final product is so vibrant. The card stock is a heavyweight, sturdy quality. Truly, these are frameable.


The base is sturdy enough to support all 12 months. What a great addition to your desk, kitchen nook, bookcase, or bedside table.

I love the feeling that I will now have flowers 12 months/year! 


Next I chose journals. I selected a few favorite photos and made one for each family member. 


No surprise that mine has an image from my petite flower stand.

It will be a perfect spot for taking notes and making lists this winter as I prepare for the 2018 season.

It coordinates so well with the calendar...quite accidentally.


The third item I showcased this year is this beautiful silver engraved bracelet.
It is also available in silver, gold and rose gold finish.


I really wanted to make it personal. I chose the word "purpose" because it was my word for the year. I chose the word "grace" because I have always felt that this word describes my mom so perfectly. She has ALWAYS lived her life with grace.  Together those two words give me a daily reminder of how I want to live my life.



The words were harder to see on the finished product than I expected; however I really LOVED the quality and finish of the final product. I decided it was meant to be that way...almost a secret reminder to myself, without the whole world knowing.

TIPS: 
I have been personalizing products from Shutterfly for over 5 years now.  The number one TIP I have is TAKE YOUR TIME. If you are asked to review the product, review it! Several times! One year I ended up with envelopes for John Smith because I was rushing and didn't check the box blank envelopes, and the personalized template printed. Totally my fault. They were generous and sent more envelopes. 

On calendars, and other items with fields that can be personalized, delete the sample text in any fields you want to remain empty.

Check back often, as Shutterfly runs LOTS of promotions!  

Have fun creating these personalized gifts, and enjoy the season!!



11.13.2017

Fitting it all in!



Trying to fit it all in...gathered the last of the heirloom mums 
before the cold snap...still hadn't had a frost!






Dug all of the Dahlia tubers to store for the winter.

 

 And still had time for this gorgeous sunset.



Life is good.

10.25.2017

October's Balmy Afternoons



Now that's not something I say often! Typically Octobers here on Massachusetts' Farm Coast bring  warm days giving way to autumn's chill and frosty mornings.

 

But I'll take newly blossomed golden dahlias and  freshly decorated fence posts.


And when October relinquishes her hesitance, perhaps it will be time to pull and store the dahlias, and say good night to the garden til the springtime.

10.22.2017

52

73 degrees and a robin's egg blue sky.

 

Gulls overhead, waves crashing against the shore, toes dug in the sand...
 

All this was lavished upon me.



52 eased in alongside balmy breezes



 and a bit of dream chasing.


The ocean pulled me into its steely embrace...


bestowing a clear mind and a sense of purpose and renewal.

I am blessed.



10.15.2017

It's Goodbye

I dream all winter of  spring's cold touch against my cheek.

 

Of muddled sunshine warming earth and bringing hope.


Of landscapes bursting with shapes and shadows and life.

And when it emerges, I crave to imitate its relentless gusto, 

my senses alive and my soul thankful.

How quickly this beauty morphs into summer warmth and bountiful harvests.


Laden boughs bequeath their gifts with outstretched arms.

I  linger in these seasons,


allowing blue sky backdrops and paint palette blossoms to become my studio.
It is here that I create


with serrated petals and crooked stems...


 in the midst of low lying fogs and lagging sunsets.


 And in the blink of an eye



 the seasons shift once more , and autumn is upon us. 


I shed a tear for what I have loved, and for all it has meant.


  I revel in the beauty, the generosity, the lessons I have learned.


8.16.2017

Healthy Eating-Sign Up Today!


  • Ok so I had such fun introducing this last summer! Who wants to join me again....or for the first time? 
  •  What's this all about? Next week, Monday - Friday,(August 21-25) I am going to eat super healthy at all meals. ( including snacks)
  • I am going to eat fresh eggs, and as many organic fruits and veggies as I can get my hands on. 
  • It's not a specific "diet", just super healthy eating.
  •  I would love to have you all join in. Your healthy may be different than mine! But that's ok!
  •  I grow lots of veggies and look forward to getting creative with recipes!
  • My hope is that we can share to the hashtag #fivedaysotf , this would be on INSTAGRAM,  showcasing healthy recipes and encouragement.
  •  If you'd like to join in, leave your name below, or on my original post @princesnowfarm on Instagram!!! ( and P.S. : I'm not giving up my morning coffee๐Ÿ˜‰) follow along at @princesnowfarm
  • Hopefully we will feel so great after five days, that we will continue to follow healthy habits!
  • PLEASE SHARE SO WE CAN GET LOTS OF HEALTHY NEW MEAL IDEAS!! 
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