21 April 2017

Potting Shed Revisited


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.





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48 comments:

  1. Good morning, there are days when the pups bring in all sorts of debris from the yard in the house too. Having a place to store extra things from the house is nice and a spot for your creativity. We have an attached storage room that my husband took over for his woodshop and it was a good reason to edit ( alot! ) what we had in there.
    Enjoy your walks in the cool of the morning.
    Kathleen in Az

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen. Yes. Isn't it funny how we accumulate. Most of the stuff was junk that wasn't good to give away. Thank you. xoxo Su

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  2. Yea!!! What a great 'she shed'. I love that you have it and it is really cute. We don't have dogs anymore but Boy!do I remember those muddy Spring days when they would come bounding in and track mud to high heaven. Hope you have a beautiful weekend- xo Diana

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    1. Thank you, Diana. I hope you have a beautiful one too. xoxo Su

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  3. This is a such lovely space to store many things.
    Hugs Alessandra

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    1. Thank you, Alessandra. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Su

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  4. Gotta love someone named Esther...
    Brenda

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    1. Thank you, Brenda. I agree. We did choose that name based on the famous Esther. xoxo Su

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  5. What a fabulous place to play in! Love it!

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    1. Thank you, Anne. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Su

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  6. What a pretty place to have! And we are also training a puppy and have white slip-covered furniture and bedding, so I definitely understand!! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Olivia. The pub is so different than the poodles!

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  7. I can't keep anything outside clean of dust and dirt. I see these lovely settings in magazines and wonder how they can do it. The last time I had cushions on my seating in the gazebo the raccoons had a field day ripping it up. I find it discouraging but I do keep trying. This looks like a great space and you have done it up beautifully.

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    1. I so agree! I just threw out a bunch of pillows in the backyard. Too many cats, not ours, "enjoying". Some of them wash up nicely in the wash, and others don't when they get too old. When I had a large home, I brought them in, but I don't have the space for it, or I would have to make some in a place not accessible to animals. xoxo Su

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  8. Love your place. It looks so pretty
    Hugs from here

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    1. Thank you so much, Bente. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Su

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  9. I can sympathize with a muddy dog. We have a white dog that has been muddy up to her chest and sometimes even her back and face get it. She has a coat that seems to clean itself pretty well so usually by the end of day she is clean and ready to get muddy again. We are having a wet spring so I don't anticipate the situation changing anytime soon. Enjoy your pup. They bring so much love to a family.

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    1. That's so funny! They do add so much to the family. My white toy poodle looks like my red toy poodle, and I had her groomed only a week ago, so I took a photo! If I look fast, I call the wrong one! The dirt is red here so it stains her coat, because she digs holes all over the yard. I have to get it cut off every six weeks, but her paws never are white anymore. I've got my hands filled with three. (a one and a half year old toy poodle, an eleven year old toy poodle, and the pug is eight months. I love toy poodles and their temperament suits me. The pug is the dog my daughter has wanted for years, and she was her birthday/Christmas present. It is a sweet dog too, but bolder and mischievous. xoxo Su

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  10. I laughed when you said it took you two weeks to clean the space. My workbench in the garage has been in need of cleaning for many 2 years! I devoted 2 days last week and am almost finished, but I'm sure it will fill up again soon.

    Everything looks lovely at your bungalow.

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    1. Hi, Carol. Isn't it funny how long it takes to clean a work space! Yes, and I'm afraid they could dirty it faster than two weeks if I let them. So no one could change their mind on what I was getting rid of, and it really wasn't fit for donation, I called the junk man, instead of putting it on bulk pickup and waiting. It was gone two hours after I called him. The pile looked like les miserables. Where does it come from?! xoxo Su

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  11. What a lovely shed :-) I have to laugh at your dog's antics, although I know it must not be funny to you at the time!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah. I know. It was not at the moment, but when I think about it and recall her "jumping" up and down on the sofa, it is very funny, almost a cartoon. xoxo Su

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  12. Love your sweet shed Su. Such a pretty and perfect place. Spring brings mud and doggies just seem to be magnets to it!!! Have a great weekend.
    Kris

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    1. Thank you, Kris. They love the dirt, especially my white poodle, Madeline. She digs holes everywhere. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Su

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  13. Su - What a sweet shed. Wonderful to have that extra space and a place to call your own. We've had so much rain which turns all of the outdoor work I've had done with loose dirt into mud. Bella runs in but thank goodness, knows to stop at the door if she wants a treat. Be glad to see some sunshine.

    Have a great weekend,

    Judy

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    1. Thank you, Judy. Bella is so well-behaved. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Su

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  14. So cute. I found a fix for the photo issue. I had it too. Here is a fix. http://xomisse.com/blog/how-to-fix-blurry-images-on-blogger/ I hope that helps.

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    1. Thank you so much, Katie. I checked it out. I fixed one photo. That's it. So, now I know for the next post! xoxo Su

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  15. Charming potting shed...more charming than any I have seen...perhaps because it is so "civilized." It is hard to imagine its being so open. I like what you said either in this post or the linked one about a home's nooks and crannies...true...it is what makes each home unique. Sorry about the grandpuggy. I hope that she calms down. Mine did after several years. Now he's an old man who just likes long snoozes by the fire.

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    1. I sure hope she calms down. She is handful compared to the toy poodles, and one of the poodles is only a year and half. It is more authentic that way. laughingly... of course... My spouse's grandfather taught me to garden and his was screened, and messy, and he always had plants started. I used it that way in January, but most of the time, I use it as extra space. I have a portable swamp cooler if I want to use it when it is hot, but I try to spend as little time as possible here in the summer. xoxo Su

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  16. Oh boy, we've had days like that! Babies certainly are messy, but so cute and worth every minute of trouble. ;) The potting shed is so charming. I always enjoy a peek inside.

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  17. I used to enjoy having a spotless floor in my home, but with my two pups and then John's big three up here twice a month, those days are long gone lol

    The shed looks beautiful, my friend :)

    xoxo,
    rue

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    1. Thank you, Rue. I'm not sure my floor has been spotless since a child and now a teen, but the dogs sure do contribute to the mess. Someone dropped cranberries the other day, and I saw it, thought to say something, forgot, turned around, and Madeline had eaten every one. Fortunately they are not poisonous! Raisins are, but no one eats them. xoxo Su

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  18. Superb shed! Love what you've done, Su. I'm impressed that you walk 5 miles a day. Do you have a regular route?

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. I do. It's kind of funny. I hate the heat, I'm fair, and it's already HOT, so I walk the giant warehouse stores and huge markets that are fairly close. Less than ten minutes away. I don't go the same day to the same ones. I rotate. Then I hit the mall once a week. Fortunately, I am not a shopper, so it doesn't hurt the pocketbook. In the entire mall, I think I like only five stores. I use to walk this really nice path not too far from me and the mountains behind our home, but one of my knees is bad, and the opposite hip, and my neck from a car accident that happened in my twenties. I'm not that old, but the jarring and un even surface makes it difficult. I do fine on regular sidewalks. I walk and walk and walk when I go to Europe. I easily do more than 5 a day. xoxo Su

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  19. An awesome creative place! I love it!!! Also I'm revving up my walking motor,we're finally getting some great walking weather, can't wait to work up to that about 3 miles a day walk. Congratulations to you for the 5 miles per day!! Mary
    http://www.Beautyisabeastthing.blogspot.com

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  20. Hello,
    I love the space. Well done!
    Su, that is great that you walk 5 miles a day. I walk 3 miles every day. I love to walk, and would do more, but sometimes I do not have the time to do more. I have to find a way to change that. :-)
    Have a great week!
    Carla

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  21. Su I enjoy the joyful embrace you feel towards your home... your creative soul shines in every corner and your style is uniquely yours, love your potting shed... but then again I love the Mad Hatters library, the she shed, your kitchen, your potting shed, your growth profusion of blooms in your garden, well OK everything!!! Oh yeah let's not forget to mention your delightful sleeping porch xoxo

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    1. Oh, that's so sweet, Vera, and thank you. We were so lucky to be able to create some magical spaces in this small old home. xoxo Su

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  22. Hello Su, oh how I love your pretty flowers and your outdoor space and shed. It is really beautiful. Having a dog is a lot of work as I have one too but worth it. They give you unconditional LOVE! Take care and be well.
    Hugs, Julie xo

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  23. I spy so many beautiful things in your she-shed but that hanging basket by the door is a winner.
    Amalia
    xo

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  24. I love your potting shed. Just a week ago I showed some pictures of it to my mom for inspiration and poof, here's a new post on it!

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    1. Oh, thank you, Magali. That's so sweet to know. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Su

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  25. Oh, thank you, Magali. That's so sweet to know. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Su

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  26. Oh yeah let's not forget to mention your delightful sleeping porch xoxo


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