Work’n Farmgirls Over 50


Me in my kitchen floral studio on design day for a wedding.

Dear Sisters,

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a work’n farmgirl over 50 lately. Probably because I’m closing in on 60 in a few short years and I’m finding it hard to believe. Some of our peers have already retired or, are about to. But lately, I have met so many women 50 and over who are launching new businesses, building new dreams and growing in new ways and I just find that so inspiring and interesting. Let’s discuss shall we? Continue reading

Beach Bridal Style

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Dear sisters,

Happy Summer! Me oh my, isn’t it great to feel the warmth of the sun on your face again? You know what else summer is great for? Besides family time, beach days, cookouts, gardening, baseball, traveling, camping and glamping? Weddings! I’m so excited to share a very special styled photo shoot that my daughter and I ( along with a few of my talented wedding vendor peers) conjured up last September to showcase the seasonality of local flowers for weddings and events. If you were a beach bride you’ll love this windswept beach bride editorial, and if you or someone you know is dream’n of saying I do on the beach, sit back and enjoy the ocean breeze while I tell you all about how this amazing day came together. Continue reading

Golden Nuggets From the Beach Farmgirl.


Dear Sisters,

Happy Spring! I hope you’re feeling the awakening, too! Spring bulbs are popping up here ( the ones the squirrels didn’t get, anyway) and a new growing season is on the horizon. Speaking of growing, the month of March marks my 8th year writing to you from the shorelines! I thought it would be fun to reach back into the archives and re-share some oldies but goldie’s posts with you. Grab your favorite comfy spot, pour yourself something delicious and enjoy some golden nuggets from the Beach Farmgirl. Continue reading

Bye- bye Birdie! Fly Like an Eagle!

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My handsome Yankee and our oldest, Zach all packed and ready to go on a cross-country trek from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Dear sisters,

Let me just start with saying that January and February have been quite momentous around here! Our oldest flew the nest for sunnier shorelines on the West coast at the end of January and our youngest just celebrated her 21st birthday. This momma is feeling so many emotions I might as well be riding a roller coaster at Disneyland! I know some of my sisters can relate. How did you cope when your chick’s flew the coop? Continue reading

There’s No Such Thing as ONE KIND of Perfect


Dear Sisters,

We’ve got some catching up to do! Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Winter Solstice! Merry Christmas AND Happy NEW Year! Whew! Gosh, I hope life has been treating you all well and that you’re feeling healthy and happy, warm and cozy, safe and satisfied. Now that winter is here and Christmas has passed I have a confession… I’ve been on somewhat of a holiday hiatus since Thanksgiving. After I dug up the dahlias I sort of went dormant… Just like the garden but, in a good way! Continue reading

Could YOU Live in a Tiny House?


My handsome Yankee and Max at the Tiny House Festival

Dear Sisters,

My hubby has been on a Tiny House kick lately and I’m not so sure how I feel about it!

Could YOU live in a Tiny House? Would you live in a Tiny House? Could you, would you?

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Dahlia Days Are Here Again!

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” October Sky “

Dear sisters,

Happy Fall! Are you ready for chilly mornings, cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING? I sure am! But, how do I reconcile that summer is truly over when I have a yard full of dahlias still in bloom? I know it’s time to go get mums and pumpkins for decorating but, I’m still basking in the beauty of my favorite cut flower. Dahlia days are here again! Come see the ” girls ” final show! Continue reading

Summer Surge

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Summers surge heaves us into a raging sea of activity that must be squeezed in before the first day of school arrives. If you homeschool then you get a pass from traditional time constraints, but, even so we want to ride the wave of summer until it comes crashing down, hurling us into fall nesting mode. I’m already feeling the pull of Fall, are you? By the school calendar summer has peaked like a rolling wave and is on the way back out to sea carrying with it fond memories of cookouts, camp-outs, and glamp-outs, family reunions, world travels and beach vacations. Good times ( #summer2018)  have been shared and stored away in our memory bank ( or on I cloud ) for future reference. We did our best to fit in some much needed family time with those near and from a-far, as well as plenty of gardening and our annual beach respite at the cottage as well. Here’s a splash of our summer surge! Continue reading

Gone to the Beach!



Dear sisters,

Welcome to the beach! My handsome Yankee and I have been busy with some fun and   necessary cottage updates we’re anxious to share with you! Now that beach season is F.I.N.A.L.L.Y. here we can relax and enjoy the rest of the summer project free, for the most part. Continue reading

Put Down Some Roots and BLOOM



First Sweet Peas to ever bloom in the Dandelion House cutting garden! ‘ Spencer Ripple ‘

Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun. Don Miguel Ruiz

Dear Sisters,
Happy Summer! I hope this note finds you all immersing yourselves in the wonders of the season. I’m digging into my sixth year of backyard flower farming and growing more comfortable with my new title, Farmer/florist. The deeper I go the more I realize that no matter where you are in the world, and whatever you’re passionate about you will find joy, peace and happiness when you put down some roots and let yourself bloom! It’s planting time at Dandelion House. Grab your garden gloves and a notebook, I’m sharing this season’s plant list!

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