Petals, Pots and Pitchers


” My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece. ”
– Claude Monet

Dear sisters,

I hope this note finds you all well and enjoying the start of milder weather, cooler nights and the slow, gentle changes of the season. Our daughter returned to school this week and just like that the busy buzz of summer came to a screeching halt. I’m happy to report she’s excited about her class schedule. Get a load of some of the classes she’s taking this year. Psychology, Oceanography, Auto-Cad for Engineering and Design, Algebra 11, Auto Shop, and Honors English. I’m glad she wants to challenge herself by dabbling in a variety of different subjects. I confess, this is not the sort of schedule I would have chosen for myself at her age. I would have been quite happy lying in the grass studying the shapes of the clouds while in full daydream mode and if I’m being honest, not much has changed!

I still like to play with colors and shapes! I think I’ll forever be working on my masters in GIRL GENIUSOLOGY!

My garden flowers are at their peak and now that school is ” back in session” I’ve got some extra time on my hands to fiddle and fuss with them. Come on in for my crash-course in DIY Farmgirl Flower arranging and see 8 unique bouquets! You’ll be amazed at how easy and simple it really is to make your own one-of-a-kind garden fresh bouquets using pots, pitchers, and other vintage vessels right at home. Continue reading

A Tennessee ” RANCH ” Farmgirl


Dear Sisters,

Is there anything better than the fullness of mid-summer? It’s the height of the season and Farmers Markets and home gardens are in full swing as fruits, veggies, herbs, honey,and flowers come into season blessing our bellies, tables and our need for visual beauty beyond measure. I for one, am feeling the fullness of all things FARM FRESH this summer and I hope you are too! But, I’m not the only one who is filling up on the beauty of summers bounty and sharing it! One day last week I was hiding out inside ( keeping cool in the AC ) and poking around on pinterest looking for pins to add to my Simply Red Board when I stumbled on the ca u test Farm Stand evah! Well, you know me… I just HAD to find out who the talented farm-girl genius was behind this way too cute farm stand ( which I am completely and utterly obsessed with )! I’m happy to report I found her ( through the help of another farmgirl friend on Facebook) and I can’t wait for you to meet her too! I fell head over heals in love with both of her blogs, The Red Feedsack and her Flower Farm blog, Farm Fresh. Dori’s love of life and passion for the farmgirl lifestyle simply vibrates off the pages of her beautiful blogs where she shares her life as a Tennessee Farmgirl.

Come on in and get the full Farmgirl Profile on blogger, home builder, flower farmer, cattle rancher, photographer and seamstress extraordinaire, Dori Troutman. Continue reading