Just Bloom

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Plant your wildest dream seeds and grow a patch of wonderful. Deb Bosworth

Dear sisters,

I think you’ll agree we farmgirls are constantly looking for fun ways to do new things with an old-fashioned farmgirl twist!  Whether it’s making totes bags from reusable feed-sacks, re-vamping your glamper-camper, building your first chicken coop or dairy barn or starting your own farmgirl enterprise, Mary Jane has us covered. With a fearless farmgirl leader like Sister #1 at the helm, how can you NOT just bloom? And I mean B.L.O.O.M!

I speak the truth when I tell you that ever since I discovered MaryJanesFarm five years ago, I’ve managed to rustle up the courage and the know-how to try a bunch of new things and I know you have too! Don’t you just love the anticipation and excitement of birthing a new idea or plan? After all, how else are we going to become our true and authentic self if we don’t stretch and grow beyond our comfort zone?

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So what if we flop now and then. Is it really a flop? Or is it just life’s way of telling us to get up, hit re-start and try again? I think, wait, I KNOW that with every little thing we do to cultivate and express our individual creativity we get closer to honing in on how to best to shine our light brighter and brighter so others can see it too and be inspired. Have you ever stopped to think about how many people you’ve inspired or motivated in some way? Right now there are people you will never have any way of knowing that you had an impact on them whatsoever. That’s why it’s important to keep doing you no matter what. We all have something beautiful inside of us to share with the world. Yes, we do! NEVER dim your light for anyone or anything sisters!

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At the juicy age of 53 ( ripening to perfection ) I’m beginning to feel like a ” Jane ” of all trades and you know what? I like it!

I’ve been slowly growing my latest farmgirl enterprise ( Dandelion House Farm Flowers ) in my backyard for the last 3 years and I’m excited to share some of my progress with you!  After months of carefully planning and plotting my raised beds and garden borders and tracking bloom times I’m finally ready for my first Farmers Market. I signed up to be vendor this year and I’ve been gearing up for weeks to get ready. It’s a goal I set back in 2012 at the start of this venture but as with all new things, there’s an undeniable learning curve. Battling doubts are part of that too, not to mention the farmers market jitters that keep me awake at night worrying if I’ll have enough flowers.

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It’s natural to be nervous and apprehensive when launching something new. But when the doubts are quiet, my heart sings with happiness about all the possibilities of being a backyard flower farmer. When I’m outside tending the flowers I wonder where this journey will take us ( my flowers and I) and who we will meet along the way. ( I’ve already booked two weddings this summer). YIKES! Will they see the beauty and economical advantages of local, seasonal flowers the same way I do? I look forward to doing my part in educating people about why buying local, seasonal and sustainable cut flowers from your local flower farmer is just as important as buying from your local organic produce farmer.

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It’s not all about seed selection and planting schedules! I want to make splash in the local flower market with a brand that people will love and remember. I got busy right after the first of the year working with a designer friend of mine who helped me create a logo that I can use for all of my business needs such as business cards, banners, labels, and more if needed. I’ve always loved vintage seed packet and I adore colors from the Victorian period. Rich, muted pinks, corals, purples, greens, an golds feel homey, nostalgic and romantic to me. They also remind me of my wedding colors. Hm, maybe that’s why I love it so much!

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My banner!

I went for a farmgirl romance theme for my farm stand display. I picked up an amazing enamel ware cottage sink at The Vintage Bazaar for a steal. Propped up on top of two saw horses it makes the perfect display table. I found the checked fabric in my signature pink color at IKEA of all places.

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It’s important to always place your cut stems in the freshest of water to avoid bacteria which could cause early wilting/fading of blooms so I’ll put plastic pails in my galvanized buckets to hold small garden bunches. Canning jars are easy to find and very reasonable in price especially if you can find them on sale.

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I had my eyes peeled for other vintage items that would be useful for my display like this great old canning jar carrier. It’s perfect for holding my Grab n Go Garden Bouquets.

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I gussied up an old chair with some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in ‘Scandinavian Pink'( my new signature color) and a wooden frame too, which I’ll add a chalk board to for my flower prices menu.

2015-07-034 editThe old wooden tool box was another fabulous Vintage Bazaar find. She’s all stenciled and ready to go and so am I! Oh, and to make things even sweeter, my daughter will be helping me every week at the market, or as long as the flowers last…

Are you in the early phases of sprouting a NEW farmgirl enterprise too? Tell us all about it!

Until our next shoreline visit~ JUST BLOOM!

BEACH BLESSINGS and MUCH LOVE,

Deb sister # 1199

 

Leave a comment 31 Comments

  1. Dori Troutman says:

    Hi Deb,

    Oh I’m SO excited for your first market tomorrow. I cannot wait to hear how it goes!

    I love all your wonderful touches that are going to make your booth stunning. I’m so exited for you.

    And I love that we get to share so many common interests… flower farming the top of the list!

    Big hugs – Dori, the Ranch Farmgirl – xoxo

    • Deb Bosworth says:

      Hey Dori,
      Thank you so much! As you know I was wringing my hands down to the last minutes of loading the truck but we made it through! So glad to have my flower farmer, farmgirl bloggin buddy rooting for me!
      Big Hugs back atcha!
      Deb xoxo

  2. Susana says:

    Lovely ideas! Your so creative..here they sell flowers cheaper. Try using $9.99. Love vintage!

    • Deb Bosworth says:

      Hi Susana,
      Thank you! I’m happy to report that our vases went well at 10.00 each. We were thrilled with the interest and response we got. People were seen walking around with our vases throughout the day. One lady bought 4!
      Deb xo

  3. I too am in the process of a new farmgirl enterprise! We (Hubby and I) are in the planning stages of buying a farm on the Ohio River! We want to embrace the farmgirl spirit and have 2 vintage campers on the beach to rent out during the summer. My sister-in -laws and I want to open a vintage wares store in the barn also. Any advice is welcome!

    • Deb Bosworth says:

      Wow! I love the sounds of your farmgirl enterprise. I’m ready to pack a suitcase and head there now. I bet you’ll have fun naming your farm and shop! My little advice for you. I had someone create my logo for me and I’m so glad I did. She took my ideas and inspirations and turned it into something I’m really happy with. Best of luck to you and your family. Keep us posted!
      Hugs,
      Deb

  4. valerie jensen says:

    Deb
    You’re flowers look so happy-I want a bunch please!!!

    • Deb Bosworth says:

      Hi Valerie.. Garden flowers always look happy, don’t they?
      Wish I could send you a bunch!
      xo Deb

  5. Kristy says:

    Where did “put down some roots and BLOOM” come from? I need to make a sign to put in my garden to encourage friends, myself (and possibly my plants). Naturally, I want to give credit to the inventor.

    • Deb Bosworth says:

      Hi Kristy, ” Put Down Some Roots and Bloom ”
      Debbie Bosworth…Yup.. That ones mine!
      Let me know when you make your sign. I’d love to see it!
      Thanks for reading,
      Deb x0

  6. Laura R. says:

    You are keeping the dream alive !! I am impressed with your farmgirl creativity!! You are inspiring :)
    xo

  7. Mary Rauch says:

    Your photos are a REAL treat for the eyes. Those wooden borders on the flower beds look good and I bet they are especially great when it comes to trimming?

    • Deb Bosworth says:

      Hi Mary,
      Yes, I love the height of my raised beds. They do make weeding, planting and cutting much easier on my back.
      Thanks so much for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed :)
      xo Deb

  8. Sharon Elaine says:

    We moved from TN back to OH last winter. The high kitchen ceilings in our new home begged a large sign of sorts. I am a chicken lover (but don’t have real ones yet) so, my kitchen decor has a chicken theme. All that to say, I made a large 48 x 28, stenciled, FARM FRESH EGGS, sign on barn wood from the 1800’s. It is weathered with some of the original faded white paint. So, I pulled out all my old tools and decided to do stenciled signs for our large flea market that is open 4 days a week. Then….I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to delay my new enterprise. I’m doing well and ready for my project. You more than achieved your romantic farmgirl theme – love your setup. Always get inspiration from your blog. Farmgirl sister #6244

    • Deb Bosworth says:

      Hi Sharon,
      I’m so glad to hear you are feeling well and ready to tackle your project. Your home sounds charming. Best of luck with your new enterprise and continued healing wishes and prayers to you.
      Hugs,
      Deb

  9. Sandi says:

    Good luck Deb! What a darling set up you have for your new business! Maybe one of the markets will find me searching for you! I’d certainly make a bee line to that adorable sink!

  10. Amber~FPH says:

    I love it ALL, Deb! Your story, your logo, your set up, everything! I think you are going to do great at the market and you will definitely be remembered. I, too, am in the beginning stages of a small business. I became a certified Cottage Food Processor, baking cakes and pastries from our home. It wasn’t really something I aspired to do but it just happened. My first order was a multi tiered wedding cake and once word got out, it spread! I now do a weekly “special” and everyone picks up on Friday afternoons. I’m not sure where this is going but I’ll take the ride till we get there! P.S. be prepared for people wanting to buy your props!!!!

  11. Joan says:

    Thanks for the beautiful bouquets!!!! you do grow some of the best. God bless.

  12. Vivian Monroe says:

    Deb everything looks GREAT and I know you will be a huge success. Just remember have fun at the market, and dont spend all your profits there, like I always did. haha. Be Blessed. Neta :)

    • Deb Bosworth says:

      Neta,
      Yes, well, we did spend a little of what we made. How can you not? Ha Ha! BBQ Sauce, goats milk soap, cookies, and raspberry rum jam plus some delicious veggies came home with us yesterday. :) Blessings to you too, Neta dear!

  13. Karen says:

    Loved reading about all your new ventures and adventures. You’re always up to something fun

  14. Denise Ross says:

    We’ll done to you Deb. I love your gardens. I hope your flowers stall goes well :)

  15. Dirtduchess says:

    What a delightful read. Makes me want to go out to my raised gardens and do something. Alas, most of our growing season is over as 100+* temps invade my territory.

  16. Love this and it looks like you got one of Donna’s stencils. So excited for you and it sounds like your having a blast.

    • Deb Bosworth says:

      Hi Carole! We are having so much fun. I actually picked up that little tool box at The Vintage Bazaar already painted and stenciled for me. :)
      Thanks for coming by the Beach farmgirl Blog! Happy Summer… Hope you are staying cool in Texas.
      Deb

  17. Liz says:

    So lucky I ran across your blog! I am just putting my plan together for a fresh cut flower garden for next year. I figured I already grow most of the cut flowers for myself, why not expand and sell. Your flowers are so beautiful. And I love the design of your business cards! What a clever idea for a display!! Good luck in your new adventure! I look forward to following you in your journey!

  18. Reggie says:

    I&v;#1782e been absent for some time, but now I remember why I used to love this web site. Thank you, I¡¦ll try and check back more often. How frequently you update your site?

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