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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Tour of My Little Garden Shed Studio

I have the best commute to work ever.  A few years ago we found a great deal on a small potting shed. I wanted to move my organized mess of a studio out of our house so that we would have more space for company.

This is what my little studio looked like this morning peaking out from behind a sparkleberry bush in the snow...
and this is the day it arrived on a big flat bed truck.  It was very exciting, but stressful, seeing that building backing down our tiny alleyway.  I wasn't sure how it was going to fit. ( Here is a blog post that I wrote about the day it arrived.)
It's not very big inside, only 10' by 12'.
Most of my pictures are from earlier in the year.  I have two little parakeets living inside and it is just too cold and dreary to take pictures today.
The outside is still not finished.  I want to add a little porch, a tin roof, and I definitely need a french door for more lighting. (That's my practical side talking, my decorating side is saying "YES! A pretty french door!!)

The garden out front and around the side are always works in progress.  
I am trying to create a little cottage garden that looks like its been here for years. 
It's planted up with roses, flowers, berries, and herbs and has a potager garden on one side with veggies.




















It's contained by a small boxwood hedge.

When we first moved in, my husband insulated, paneled, and painted the inside.  I hurriedly moved everything I had from the house so that I could get to work.  It was not very workable. I had too many things and it was scattered everywhere.

Last year my friend Jessica helped me completely reorganize it. Now everything is well-ordered and has a place. We did this on a very low budget.
On the right is my desk area.
I bought the desk for $5.00 in the basement of an old house!
Beside that is a skinny cabinet that holds many books, my patterns, and lots of old sewing pieces. You can see Iris's bed on top.  My sister-in-law, Anne, painted that pretty flower picture on an old cabinet door.
The happy little McCoy elephant planter was found in my grandfather's basement after he passed away. It's special to me.
On the right is my sewing table.  I bought this and the white wicker swivel chair at IKEA.
I now have a matching swivel chair that sits at the end of the table for when Jessica comes over and helps me get ready for a show.  It's all very businessy.  She's a GREAT friend!
Sunny and Daisy, doing their thing.
On the back wall is a long work bench.

 Lots of baskets and jars for storing.

 and more treasures too!
Underneath, behind the curtain is where most of my fabric is located, although I still have a "little" in the house.

Stored in the colored cubes are antique fabrics, homespuns, wools, florals etc.
 and the flat drawers hold all antique reproduction fabrics by color.
It's amazing how a little organization can work to make such a small space feel bigger. 
That's it!  Thanks for visiting me. It was fun to finally share my garden studio with you.
Have a lovely day my friends.  xoxo Jenn

Big Snowfall

Big Spring Blooms

12 comments:

Mary Phillips said...

Your gardens are absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!!Thank you for sharing this wonderful, extremely creative part of your life.I see some beautiful snow ladies, I recognize from the article you were published in, treasures!!And that painting Anne made for you, how special!!Your grandfather's piece, so many wonderful things, just like you❤️Xxoo

Lil Raggedy Angie said...

What a lovely inspiring place to create in ! Your gardens are stunning and I just adore that sweet kitty watching over you . I often dream of a space such as this to create in ...how wonderful that would be as far too often creating does take over the entire home ! Wishing you a wonderful evening ! ~hugs Angela

1824 Walker Farmhouse said...

It's like your own cottage in the woods. Wonderful! Wonderful touches of those you love in there!

Tammy Franck said...

Wow! Absolutely gorgeous garden and little cottage to work in!! I so can't wait for Spring now!

Three Sheep Studio said...

A little slice of heaven !
A dedicated work space makes for more creativity.
Rose

bayrayschild said...

How lucky you are to have such a nice place to work separate from your house. You are surely organized and that garden...just LOVELY!
Thank you for sharing!

Audrey

Vicki Jo said...

That is a wonderful beautiful work space! Thank you so much for sharing it with us! It brightened this winter day at work!

Pamela... Beehind Thyme Farm & Garden said...

Oh, my... TRULY the sweetest, tuck-away! I've been looking to SIMPLIFY & scale down, but I was concerned with storage... THANK YOU for sharing such a great layout!

ENJOY sweet one... & have a BLESSED weekend! ~Pamela...

susan hemann said...

what a wonderful place to work! and to see pictures of your lovey garden on this winter day lifts my spirits!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

I love and am so envious of your little garden shed! I so wish I had one, but our yard is smaller and I refuse to give up 1 inch of garden beds! Your organized it so well. Happy crafting!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Jenn,

Your work studio is gorgeous and can see you would be very happy working away all day here with your kitty and birds for company.
The garden is wonderful too and love the one with the snow.
Keep warm and have a great week
Hugs
Carolyn

ctlogcabin said...

Jenn, It's PerFect !!!!
What a TreaT .......
Just the Boost I needed today .... all looks
so Wonderful !!
Love seeing the Garden in every Season !!
And the Organization job you Guys did is
Fantastic ..... I'm sure it makes things easier
to create & pick up when everything has a place.
It such a Sweet Work Place.
Big Hugs from CT ~~ Connie xox

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