Prince Snow Farm

12.31.2017

One Little Word: {purposeFUL}


Each year, during the lost week between Christmas and the New Year, I await the arrival of my "one little word".



Some view it as their theme for the year. I choose to harness its power as  more of a spiritual guide.





 It's a word that will hover close for the coming year...something to turn to, to find resolve with...


In 2017, my word was PURPOSE.


I was at a standstill of sorts. Searching for more? answers? guidance?


And 2017 led me along a path of light and answers.


I feel my path is aglow and now I must follow the light.


I do not have all of the answers. But I understand that the journey is part of my destiny.


I had a bracelet made late this year with the words PURPOSE and GRACE. Those two words have allowed me to chase dreams in a manner that feels real and true.


As I awaited my word this week, my mind was a jumble of synonyms and antonyms...of what I thought it should be, hoped it would be.




And then two words arrived: PURPOSEFUL and INTENTIONAL.

I knew at once that PURPOSEFUL was going to be my guide.

It is an undeniable extension of all I have felt and dreamed and worked towards in 2017.

Instead of viewing 2018 as a quest for answers, I will now leap into the new year with  INTENT!


I am hoping to live more deliberately...to LIVE in the moment...



to rejoice in the every day, and to allow life to have meaning and significance.


Sometimes I think we get so busy with work...we come home tired..


...and we (I) may get lazy about living purposefully.





On cold/dark winter nights I feel the couch calling after dinner/laundry/tidying.


Perhaps I should be writing or editing photos instead. Both are things I enjoy immensely, and would help me during my growing season, when time is spent tending/coddling/harvesting.


Or an impromptu week night (gasp) dinner with friends would be wonderful...as laughter and companionship surely feed the soul.



Perhaps PURPOSEFUL living  is about carving out time when there seems to be none available...


...more time by the ocean...more sunrises and sunsets...



...more time to absorb all the color and texture and brilliance that nature offers...


...time to truly listen to those closest to us, and attempt to understand, even if we don't think/feel the same way.


It will be a year of worrying less and loving more.  


 Perhaps 2018 will be a year of determined metamorphosis.

Happy New Year!

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.



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