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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: https://www.sarahlarkindesign.com

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 

Response to COVID-19

Dear Friends,

First, I want to wish you and your family wellness in these unprecedented times. Second, I want to offer you Sarah Larkin Design’s response to COVID-19.

The immediate concerns that needed to be addressed were my Spring brides and their unfortunate need to postpone.  I decided to let all brides out of their contracts and to roll over their deposits to their new dates.

The next question I needed to answer was, “how could I adapt my business to meet the needs of my family, my community, and safety concerns?”  Once I was given the go ahead from the county to donate flowers and serve my customers with curb-side no contact pick up and porch delivery, I excitedly got to work! I am thankful I had a plentiful supply of Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, soap, gloves, and disinfectant spray at the ready!

I very much believe in the healing powers of flowers, and I want to give that to as many people as possible, and as safely as possible.  Sarah Larkin Design is so thrilled to offer a matching program.  For every bouquet sold, a bouquet will be donated to The Yolo Food Bank. 

Allergic to flowers, don’t like flowers, or just don’t want any? That’s ok!  Still want to donate? Look for a donate only button soon.  Do you want to order flowers and donate even more?  You can push that donate button too! I will include a link when it is up and ready for you.

Lastly, I want to thank my local community for reaching out and gleefully supporting my small business.  It has warmed my heart and nourished my soul.  We will get through this together and more deeply connected.  Take much care.

Valentine’s Day February 14th, 2020

This Valentine’s Day, Sarah Larkin Design is going BIG! 2020 is the year of abundance.  To have an abundant life, you must create abundance. Has it been awhile since you’ve sparked romance? Sarah Larkin Design has created a collection that will jump start an abundance 

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 

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. For instance, Trader Joe’s will sometimes have amazing deals on peonies. So amazing in fact, they are far cheaper than I can get from a wholesaler. So, I go back to my original question: “Why buy your flowers from me?”

Art and Creativity

I take individual flowers

Peony
Peony blossom

And combine them to create art:

Bridal bouquet designed by Sarah Larkin rustic barn Davis, ca
Bridal Bouquet at Lawley Ranch

I think art is a fantastic reason to buy flowers from me, but there are so many more!

Local Business Owner

When you buy flowers from me, you are supporting a local business who is very interested in supporting other local businesses. Local farmers get my business. Local photographers, make-up artists, restaurants, wedding coordinators, downtown shops, and so much more gets my business.

Sarah Larkin poses in front of KLJ studios on fabulous first street in Woodland
Me posing for Kelly from KLJ Studios

Momtrepeneur

I don’t know how many of you know that I’m a mom as well. I have a wonderful 7 year old boy. My business is set up so that I can be successful personally, professionally, and as a mommy! I had to figure out how to balance all of these things that are so precious to me.

When you buy flowers from me, you are supporting my art and my volunteering commitment to my son and his school on Wednesday mornings. Your support gives my son his “yay day” as he calls it.

Sarah Larkin and her son at the Woodland Food Truck Mania
Spencer and I enjoying Food Truck Mania

Your support allows me to chaperone my son’s field trips.

Gondolas at the Oakland Zoo
We visited the Oakland Zoo and took many trips on the new gondolas!

I am committed to living my best life. For me, that means showing up, thinking outside the box, setting myself up for success, pushing myself personally, professionally and creatively. When you buy flowers from me, it benefits me, my business, my son, and our community. Thank you so much for your support!

Sarah Larkin poses in front of rustic metal building
Thank you for your support!

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