Ep 1 – Everything Big Starts Small

Sep 12, 2018

This is the story of a packet of grass seeds and a pitcher of water. What started out as the smallest, most unexpected parts of our ordinary lives have become the very best bits we couldn’t imagine life without.

Welcome to Out of the Ordinary! We’re delighted you’re joining our conversation. As always it was recorded on the third floor of Christie’s old farmhouse, Maplehurst, and today we sat down to unpack the idea that everything big starts small.

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Out of the Ordinary

The podcast for anyone who’s ever felt the nagging frustration of wondering if her life is too small, too boring or too ordinary to make a difference. Lisa-Jo Baker and Christie Purifoy, longtime friends and bestselling authors, explore the surprising ways that cultivating ordinary life leads to extraordinary stories.

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Christie Purifoy

Christie Purifoy


A writer and gardener, her favorite ordinary things include strawberry jam, homegrown flowers, and old books with someone else’s notes in them.

Find Christie’s books here.

Lisa-Jo Baker

Lisa-Jo Baker


A reader and writer, her favorite ordinary things include hot tea with milk and sugar, a good movie, her mom’s hand-me-down books and Sunday afternoon naps.

Find Lisa-Jo’s books here.


Growing Flowers
My Favorite Roses

My Favorite Roses

  To name my favorite rose varieties is a bit like being asked to name my favorite children. All of them! I want to say. But when you have one spot for a rose and thousands to choose among, a "Favorites" post is a very helpful thing. Of course, it is only a...

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When I was a little girl growing up in Texas, my favorite book was The Secret Garden. I never felt like I belonged. Never felt completely understood. But some things just take time. 💚🥰
Sunday in Cambridge. Roses. The sounds of singing and bells. A church tower that has stood for one thousand years.
Such a wonderful, beautiful waste of time. 💗 What? You thought time was meant to be “used”? 😉 Here’s to more play, less productivity this summer. 
#maplehurstroses #ahomeinbloom #fromdaffodilstodahlias
You say gardens can’t have a sense of humor? The alliums would like a word. 😉
#wearegardenmakers #maplehurstflowergarden #flowergarden #alliums
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1 Comment

  1. Jonathan

    It was wonderful to listen to you two share; such great conversation.


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