Prince Snow Farm


It's That Time

I'm still here, don't worry!

I've been reveling in all that is spring... 

 ...the rebirth of color and light and shadows.

I have been tending my spring babies...some exciting flower experiments that are proving to be wonderfully successful. 

I am enamored by all that has laid tucked beneath the frozen earth. IT is awake, I am awake! 

I hope you are all well! Please leave me a comment telling me how you have been enjoying spring. 
I will be back soon with a weekly garden update!!

xo Monica


Through the Lens

I have discovered an artist who fascinates me. 
They are ocean and sky...solitude and emotion. 
They are the past blending so seamlessly into the present.
Their work makes me wonder and contemplate.
It allows me to feel and hope.
And most of all, to dream.

The artist is my son, Noah.
I hope you will follow him on Instagram as @nft16
He is carving out his way with an artistic soul.


Sunday Morning Plans

 Sunday Mornings are so satisfying. Coffee. Sunshine. Garden Plans.

Not that this is the first day I have stepped outside to check on things...or the first moment I have thought about that place that captures and holds my heart...

My house is currently overrun with seedlings. Tiny soil blocks holding  a precious and hopeful new plan. I am growing "Cool Flowers" this year!

I was inspired by Lisa Mason Ziegler's book by the same name, "Cool Flowers".

 I have always wanted to close the gap between tulips and daffodils and the first flowering annuals. Sometimes this is literally months. After researching, and reading Lisa's book, I am so inspired to plant seeds for flowers that are meant to grow in cool weather!

 I will be planting them out some time in the next four weeks, and will hopefully start to have flowers around the time I am usually direct sowing seed in the garden. This is so exciting to me!

I have always wondered why I haven't been able to successfully grow annuals like Strawflower, Bells of Ireland, Stock, and Feverfew to name a few. Now I know that it was just too warm here in coastal Massachusetts by the time I was sowing their seeds.

 I will keep you posted on this new venture. Today may involve planting anemone and ranunculus, and doing a bit of clean up.  
Here is a link to Lisa's book. (It's not an affiliate link, I just loved it and have been reading/rereading.)


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 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 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!


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.

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!!

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