Hi. I hope everyone is doing well. We have had our hands filled with trying to train my daughter's pug. Some mornings are just disastrous. The other day, it was not even nine-thirty in the morning and the slipcovers on the porch were put in the laundry after just coming out of the laundry, because she used her head to force open the french door and beat me in from the garden. By that time muddy footprints were all over the porch couch and the clean slipcovers. I waited for them to dry and brushed all the dirt off the un slipped couch and rewashed the covers. We all have days like this! It's busy, but there is always a lot to be thankful for. Like a clean potting shed...
This gate from the garden right next to the porch leads to the potting shed.
It is right inside that gate to the left. There is a hallway, and that leads to my spouse's office, which is also on the left and then the carport. I like to hang some fresh flowers from the garden here, and beach towels. It's a welcoming site. Though lately no towels hang, because someone named Esther grabs them and drags them around the yard.
For whatever reason these photos are not as clear as on my computer.
I spent two weeks cleaning here. The room seems to collect things that family members can't find a use for. Also, the room is open at the top of the walls for ventilation and natural light, so dust gets in, especially in the summer, and I had not picked up in awhile. And a lot of times, I would only work ten minutes at a time, because I would get pulled away to something else. I also walk five miles every day. But it also took me a long time, because I get interested in something else. That is a long list of excuses.
These baskets store some items that would normally go in a kitchen, because the kitchen is small.
I cover some of the ones I like to keep clean with Ikea mats for 3 dollars. It's pretty effective to keep the dust out. When they are dirty, I just shake them outside and then throw them in the wash.
There is an entire set of shelves to the left that are just as organized, but didn't fit in the frame of the lens I was using. Those baskets contain arts and crafts and extra pans.
You got to love old houses for the odd spaces. When I first saw this space, I thought potting shed, but other people thought goat. We put in these cabinets by breaking down an entertainment unit. The stone countertop was a remnant, and can be seen slightly behind a painting coming up. It is cantera stone, a Mexican "limestone". It's beautiful, but erodes easily.
I love all kinds of containers for my flowers, and I store them out here:
tins, bowls, empty bottles, baskets, buckets, and some vases.
You can also see that we have a refrigerator out here.
This one is a side by side with a freezer. The kitchen is small, and it couldn't fit a conventional size refrigerator, and our retro SMEG has just a box for frozen items, so we have one here.
It is nice to have the counters free again.
Over here is my crafting painting area. It's in front of that stone countertop mentioned earlier. I found this table a few years ago and gave it a faux zinc top with various spray paints. No rhyme or reason to my painting, just what looks good. My randomness can drive my spouse crazy. If conventional painting needs to be done, like a door or a wall, he is the best.
Here is an older photo without a project in it. My most recent home tour 2017 is here and my living room changes are here.
French Country Cottage
Shabby Art Boutique