Sunday, November 12, 2017

Wedding Flowers and Knitting For Christmas

First of all, I want to say that our pomegranate season is finished.  We sold our last 4 cases yesterday.  A few days previously, a lovely young girl contacted me to purchase as many cases as I had of the splits.  She purchased poms from me last year also because she makes the juice, freezes it and later makes pomegranate soaps.  She took home 6 cases of splits and non-splits.
This last week has been busy getting ready for one flower event on Friday; and the flowers for one wedding on Sunday.  The plant for this year that just about EVERYONE wants is EUCALYPTUS.  Seems people have fallen in love with how it moves in arrangements; how the silver tones blend in so well with so many flower colors.  These two customers were no exception, they both wanted silver eucalyptus in the bride bouquets, in the table arrangements. 
Both the seeded Eucalyptus and silver dollar Eucalyptus are the most popular.  And the prior event customer wanted it in every table setting along with the silver leaves of the olive tree.  Those arrangements turned out wonderful because the pallet was white, a blush rose; green hydrangeas; white dahlias and silver with just a pop of dark blue from the Sea Holly Blue Thistle flower. 
It has the silver petals around a dark blue center. She also wanted a flower cuff which I LOVE to make instead of the traditional corsage.


I had the wonderful help from my friend Sarah on Saturday and together we put a lot of flowers together to make a beautiful finished group of bouquets, boutonnieres, flower cuffs and table arrangements.  I will show you those flowers next time because I don't like to show the flowers until the bride or family posts the wedding photos themselves.
Frank has been painting the walls of his remodeled shop which is bringing this project closer to being finished.  It all needs to be done so we can transform it to hold all my December 5th, 6th, and 7th fresh greens wreath and garland classes inside his shop.  We decorate it all for the holidays, lights everyplace, great food, music and loads and loads of different types of locally foraged Holiday greens for people to make and decorate their own Christmas wreaths.

Before those classes, I have one class scheduled in November, the 18th.  That class will be learning to use the Indigo Dyeing process called Shibori.  Indigo is a natural plant dye and we will be using 100% cotton kitchen towels to create all types of designs using rubber bands, folding and string.  Loads of fun if interested, sign up now.  Cost is $30 and we supply everything. 10-Noon.
On a couple of raining days, I have been working on my Christmas knitting projects, a Shrug for my grand daughter, hat for my grand son;
crocheted fall leaves for a swag on the mantal; and a shawl for myself!!!  

Believe it or not, I still have beautiful flowers growing in my gardens but colder and more rain is in the forecast so I am sure, the 2017 flowers will be finished soon.  That doesn't mean my Windmill Farm Flower business is done!!! 
We use fresh greens, pine cones, red berries and special farmed flowers from my fellow flower farmers who use greenhouses or tunnels to grow flowers. 
We trade or purchase from each other so that we keep the small flower farming business alive!!!  So for the holidays remember us if you have any flower needs.  Our arrangements are always creative and special, nothing ordinary comes from our farm!!!

Talk to you before Thanksgiving and thank you for continuing to come back to read our blog.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


In the air I feel the changing of seasons. 
It may have been in the 80 degree heat this last week, but the trees are turning yellow and oranges.  The evenings are cooler.  The air smells differently.
 I feel like knitting instead of planting seeds. 
I want to stay in bed just a little longer instead of bouncing out at daylight to head out to the fields. 
The citrus on the trees are turning from green to yellow.

We have been picking and selling our pomegranates and making some juice. 
 The last 275 pumpkins were bought up in one bunch by a pumpkin patch in Grass Valley. 
The price was extremely reduced but happy because I had already picked, moved and sold that many already one-by-one.

A Pumpkin/Flower arranging Class in October
My thoughts have been to the last of our Windmill Farm classes of 2017, setting dates, deciding on what classes to try and schedule before Christmas. 
And asking myself what will be in store for Frank and I, Windmill Farm in 2018.
My biggest concern is "TIME".  Having the time to do all that I want to do; what Frank and I want to do; what Windmill Farm should be doing.
I love to write.  My life has revolved around writing for the 28 years with the Nevada County Superior Court. Writing for the United Way campaigns when I was chairman; writing gardening tips and letters in Nevada County; writing articles in antique journals (I have always been an avid antiquer and at one time, owned an antique store); writing proposals, articles about designs and spaces; I wrote for a year on farming and gardening for the Edible Shasta Butte magazine; I wrote a blog for The Gridley Herald newspaper on gardening and farming for a year; I contributed a year long sequence of articles for the Farmgirl Flower's special project, Field To Vase website on gardening-flowers-marketing-flower farming. And I have continued writing my blog here since I started it in 2009.  It sure seems like it was just a few years ago, but now we are talking 8 years.

I always secretly dreamt some magazine would ask me to write consistently for them either on the topics of Interior Design; Antiques; or Gardening/Farming/Vegetables/Fruit/Farming topics. Maybe everyone hopes for that to happen, I always felt I express myself better in writing than speaking in person.
Blogging has been an excellent outlit of sharing about our mini life here doing crafts, projects, farming, DIY, animals, children, just plan LIFE. But blogging has become an avenue for many people to move into a business; to careers; to selling lots of products.  There are techniques, but I have had no TIME to venture into that and my daily reading numbers show that.  
A string of Crocheted Maple Leaves I made for fall.
I guess my point, is, even though I have a minimum of 200+ people view my blog every day, I feel that my presence of my content is, well fairly interesting; barely relevant; basically not that exciting enough for people.  After 8 years investment of my TIME, I am feeling like I should have 1000 people views a day.  And I think, from my point of view, my writing is too long. People only want to SEE things; in seconds of videos.  To see and hear it; experience it and then move on.  People may go back and follow someone over and over again, but most people don't have TIME for the READING part.  Life has become a visual reality. YOUTUBE and INSTAGRAM are the new frontiers.
Indigo Dyeing Last Weekend
Since in this 8 years I haven't become a STAR; haven't been featured in any magazines; haven't made a million dollars selling products that we make or grow; and rarely is there ever at least a slight comment from someone; I am thinking for 2018, it may be time for me to say goodbye to my blog.
I think, at least right now, starting in January, 2018, I will use the TIME I used to use preparing for the blog; doing my research; downloading photos, that I will work harder at our Windmill Farm presence on YouTube and Instagram and of course, continue with Facebook.
A new Indigo Dyeing Class coming up soon.
It does make me sad to think about this.  I love to write, to share, to express myself. Not everyone does do all these other social media, there are people that I do reach that like to read!!! These people are like me, we still buy magazines to touch and feel and read paper. To read actual paper books instead of on a technology tool. 
I love flowers and I love showing how beautiful flowers can look together, hence I try and put photos of our Windmill Farm flowers on every blog. 
And I love the classes we host here and enjoy sharing that experience with you for those that weren't able to be right here with us.
So the season maybe changing here in my fingers and my mind. What can I do with the TIME not spent here?
Maybe you all will find my short videos on Instagram more entertaining, more informative??? Maybe you would move over from reading to watching a short YouTube video of my classes?

We still have 60+ days left in 2017 to post here so don't leave yet.  Stay tuned to what I finally decide to do and hope you will continue to find the TIME to stay with me here at Windmill Farm to any new adventures we do end up doing.