Author: Sarah Larkin

Building the business of my dreams during a pandemic

When the pandemic hit, I decided to go all in on myself as a mom and entrepreneur. A year later, I’ve realized I’ve done it. I am grateful for my customers who respect and value my desire to live a healthy and balanced life.

Valentine’s Day February 14th, 2021

It’s the Monday before Valentine’s Day, I am sitting in the car while my son is at drum lessons, and I thought I would write a blog and talk about the upcoming holiday! I am so excited for this week. Love is my THING. I 

Pandemic Thanksgiving 2020

Hi Friends,

I thought I would start off this Thanksgiving week with gratitude. Seems appropriate 🙂

I am so grateful for my customers and community. It is you that has made it possible for me to be homeschooling my children AND delivering my creations throughout Davis, Woodland, Brooks, Esparto, and Knight’s Landing.

It is you and my unwavering commitment to myself, my family and my community that has enabled me to revamp my business to fit these challenging pandemic times.

Many of you are choosing to stay home this holiday season, and I am grateful that my flowers and gifts are being delivered. While they don’t take the place of physical presence and connection, they represent you and the love you have for the recipient.

How lucky am I that I get to be part of that love and connection?

“Altar of Abundance” created for UUCD zoom church

I am still able to take a few more order for this week. If you would like to order Thanksgiving flowers, click here:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Floristry in the times of the Pandemic

I wrote this to share with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis last month.  Today, I was asked for a copy of it, and I thought maybe others would be interested to know what it’s like to be a studio florist in these times, and 

Garden Grown

  As I trimmed alstroemerias, bachelor buttons, kangaroo paw, bougainvillea, lavender and greenery from my garden for an order, I thought, “This is the life I love to live !”  I bet you can imagine how amazing I felt after having that thought! So, if 

Personal Branding

A year and a half ago I walked into KLJ Studios as the newly formed business: Willow Floral Design. Kelly and I clicked instantly. She loved my passion, and I loved her exuberance. It was out of that meeting that so many parts of me came forward. Kelly helped me to commit to believing in my self 100%. It was this day that I chose to put my whole self out there and be Sarah Larkin Design.

Sarah Larkin Design Logo

Over the past year and a half, my business has grown tremendously and Kelly at KLJ Studios continues to support the evolvement of me as a female business owner as well as the success of my business.

Last week, I scheduled a personal branding session with KLJ Studios and Veronica Gersalia Makeup Artistry to freshen up the content of my website. Once terribly shy and riddled with self judgement, the idea of getting my hair and makeup done for a photo shoot of…myself…would have been rejected. Kelly and Vero have chipped away at those fears out come my “scrunchy face” as Kelly calls it. I must admit it is a much more enjoyable experience without all of that self judgement!

Sarah Larkin Design ownerThis year’s Sarah Larkin Design image winner

The day before the shoot, I went to visit my friend Lori at Heartstone Gardens. I love that she invites me onto her property to get inspiration. We wander the garden talking about our kids and business, and gather bunches of flowers as they grab my attention. I love that my business gives me the opportunity to connect with people like Lori on a deeper level, and the ability to support another momtrepreneur.

Lori’s garden provided much of the inspiration for the shoot. The spiciness of the scented geranium, the scruffiness of the scabiosa and the romantic frill of the lisianthus come together in this arrangement of elegance.

I am very simple when it comes to my jewelry so it comes as no surprise that I tend to go minimalistic and playful on my corsages and floral jewelry. I loved the geometric shapes within this dahlia. I knew I wanted to wear it as a bracelet as soon as I saw it.

Burgundy Ball Dahlia CorsageDahlia Corsage
Wire Necklace with Sunball PendantSunball Pendant Necklace

Crespedia corsage with SLD in wire

“SLD” Sunball Corsage

This next arrangement features burgundy dahlias from my garden, double click pink cosmos, purple hyacinth bean, fresh green love-in-a puff and flowering Thai basil from Heartstone Garden. I love adding fresh herbs to table centerpieces. I think they enhance the culinary experience by prepping our senses and getting them ready and excited!

Sarah Larkin with a beautiful centerpiece of hyacinth bean, dahlias, cosmos, and love-in-a-puff vine.Garden Delight
Wedding Florist Sarah Larkin Woodland CaDahlia Floral Bracelet
Sarah Larkin wears a modern Floral braceletModern Sunball Floral Bracelet
Purple and pink floral arrangement Happy Floral Designer

I ran into Rudy during my shoot. It was his birthday lol #norudynoparty

Picture with Sarah And Rudy #norudynoparty


And for Kelly and Vero-the bloopers. They always say I make funny faces. Some of the faces of Sarah:

Silly 1

Silly 2

Silly 3

Blooper gone wrong (or right?)

I was dancing with the wall while I waited for Kelly’s direction…I paused and she got the shot!

Why buy your flowers from me?

I think about this question often: “Why buy your flowers from me?” Flowers have become very accessible in the last ten years. Costco, Trader Joe’s, and grocery stores all carry flowers. How convenient (and often cheap)! I myself have occasionally purchased flowers from these establishments. 

Stylized Shoot

I was so excited when event co-ordinator Shari Wise, owner of Events by Wise asked me to be a part of a stylized shoot at a new wedding venue in Davis called Lone Wulff Ranch. When I got there, Larcom’s Lighting was there transforming the 

Adventures in Nature

Picture of a creek and local faunaThe smells, the crispness of the air, the sound of running water…it is rejuvenating

One of the major factors for deciding to start Sarah Larkin Design was my family. By creating a studio on my property, I am more able to go on field trips, volunteer in classrooms, and utilize my time more efficiently so that I CAN have it all!!!

Being my own boss, I gave myself permission to accept an invitation to beautiful Drakesbad in Lassen Volcanic National Park. I love being a great boss!

Black and white picture that says girl bossThat’s me!!

I believe frequent unplugged family nature time is a necessary component to my overall well-being.

A beautiful rainbow over our cabin at Drakesbad in Lassen National Volcano ParkA sweet rainbow over our cabin

I have been given the opportunity to strip down my life, and the ability to carefully select what and I want to incorporate into a life that feels satisfying, calm, balanced, and a life I’m proud to lead.

Sarah and her son playing chase A rousing game of chase

Me trying to figure out the camera and keep the baby warm during archery class lol

That life definitely includes lots of outdoor adventures with the kiddos.

Part of what makes me good at my job is the connection I have to flowers and to people. Part of what makes me great at my job as a wedding and event florist, is the realization that when I feed my soul and live a balanced life, my creative juices just go and go.

Sarah Larkin making an amazed facial expressionThis is my visual interpretation of my synapses firing

Let me tell you, after this weekend, my synapses are firing like crazy!! One of the simplest, and most exciting, things for me was the piles of lichen all around. I couldn’t help but get excited when I saw it! It’s so vibrant and squishy! Anytime I can see something in the wild that I’ve only seen in plastic at the wholesaler, is a win in my book.

Bright green lichen on our hikeDo you see the color of this?!
Close up of bright green lichenThis color makes me so happy. I cannot tell a lie.

We did some hikes, and one particular one, I got some one on one time with my son. Literally…there I am hauling him around!

He was telling QUITE the story back there I’m sure!

We found a little creek where people had made paddle wheels out of branches and wood. There was one set on two forks going really well and remnants of other attempts nearby. We spent time collecting pieces and trying different methods; my son got his shoes and socks wet, and I soaked up the cool sun and enjoyed the precious moment in time with no chores, no crying, no to-do lists, no agenda. I felt truly connect to the earth and my family.

Working paddle wheel in Lassen ParkAnd we got it working!!

There are different components in my life and they all come together to form one large web. I try and make the choice everyday to build and nurture a web full of harmony between the earth, myself and others. Day after day of choosing that path has led me to pursue avenues I never would have considered.

Oh, and we never would have met Buddy!!!

Picture of Sarah, her son and Buddy the horse at DrakesbadCan’t forget Buddy
Fresh, Unique, and All Mine

Fresh, Unique, and All Mine

“Fresh, Unique, and All Mine, I want Sarah Larkin Design”     Fresh   Sarah believes in supporting local community and sourcing locally whenever possible. We are blessed, in Yolo County, to be surrounded by a rich agricultural climate. Supporting local farms and businesses gives her