Sunday, 6 March 2011

The Potting Shed

After spending a lot of time at the computer and working in my studio last week, it was great to get outside and do something different....not exactly gardening, though I did do quite a lot of that too...but cleaning out and painting the inside of the little potting shed at the bottom of our garden...
 It was sunny, as you can see but soooo cold - my hands were freezing when I was painting! After the new coat of white on the walls and a coat of blue green from farrow and ball on the bench I was very pleased with the fresh clean look...
The little blue birdhouse was painted by my sister for me a few years ago and I love it - so that went straight back in when the walls had dried...Lots of unwanted things which had been put in there were disposed of, and clean pots and tools came back in and were stacked ready for use again...
...and the seed packets stored in their special little container (a present from one of my daughters), are ready for the planting days to begin...
I was glad to get this job done. The next one is to paint the outside of the potting shed - but it will have to wait for much warmer weather!! The little picture below is a book illustration I did a few years ago - showing a fanciful shelf in an imaginary potting shed - I find the subject very appealing and have often drawn and stitched it!
Just before I go I would like to say a big thank you to Gill for giving me the Stylish Blogger Award last week! Although I have received this award twice already I'm delighted to accept it again, so thank you, I do appreciate it! Do go and visit Gillyflower - it's such a pretty blog and full of lovely pictures (and a giveaway at the moment too!)
Thank you so much for visiting me here and for your lovely comments. I hope you had a lovely weekend, and wish you all a wonderful week - with lots of sunshine and if the temperatures where you live are still a bit chilly - keep cosy too! xxx

29 comments:

marigold jam said...

Wow! Our shed doesn't look anything like that and our potting bench is a scruffy dark brown one outside the shed as no room inside! Yours could be in one of those Country Living books now!

JAne

sylviesgarden said...

My word! It's blooming marvelous! It looks like it should be in a magazine. I wish mine was half as pretty.
x

Alix said...

Surely the prettiest potting shed on the planet! Just lovely - I shall aspire to just such a potting shed! Look forward to warmer days and seeing the outside.

home made gorgeous said...

Hi Helen, wow absolutely gorgeous - very inspiring, I love the white walls and all your little trinkets. It does indeed look like it should be in a magazine... I see you have a little stash of seeds ready to plant - very exciting! Sarah

home made gorgeous said...

Hi Helen, wow absolutely gorgeous - very inspiring, I love the white walls and all your little trinkets. It does indeed look like it should be in a magazine... I see you have a little stash of seeds ready to plant - very exciting! Sarah

by Teresa said...

Dear Helen, you're an inspiration! I have a shed out back that has had many incarnations. Tool shed, play house, art studio, teenager's "room", now it's full of boxes and a storage shed. I want to empty those boxes and make it pretty again! You've given me the impetus. Thanks!

Teresa in Oregon USA

Kate said...

We have a shed - but it's nothing like yours! Nor as tidy as yours. Looks great Helen.

crafts@home said...

Beautiful, fresh and inspiring, love the little watercolour as well :)
Sue x

Ali said...

Can I come and move into your shed it looks gorgeous xx (love the little watercolour picture its soooo pretty)

Vintage Tea Time said...

Well done you! - it looks fab, like a mag pic! And will it stay as clean and pretty as that? I've already sown lots of seeds - cosmos, peppers, morning glory, etc. I love seeing them grow :) Have a lovely week.

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Helen only your potting shed, could look this good! :) It's so pretty!
Your little illustration is gorgeous too. I also love images of potting sheds and greenhouses.
I love being in my greenhouse it's one of my favourite places to be.
Vivienne x

Teje said...

Dear Helen, your book illustration is so beautiful and perfect for stitching! I wish our store in the vegetable garden could look like yours! With so beautiful potting shed it's enjoy to begin the spring!
I wish you lovely week! Teje

debbie said...

What a charming spot to have in your garden!

Naturally Carol said...

What a lovely little place to take off to and just relax and potter! White paint freshens everything up doesn't it.

Jane said...

Helen I just knew who's potting shed that was...it's just you! Such a fresh,bright place. Your makeover looks so inviting. It's so good to see the better weather coming. I hope you get a chance to plant some seed up soon and I look forward to seeing more photos of your dear potting shed!
Happy Monday,
Jane x

Jenny said...

Gorgeous Helen, how much lovelier does it look with a fresh coat of paint?! I love all your rustic wooden trug too and of course your little seed box is lovely too! We are (hopefully) moving house soon, and there is a brand new orangey-brown shed in the middle of the garden - I am definitely feeling a lick of paint will be needed! Hope we get some warmer weather too, can't wait to start planting little bits and sitting out in the sun! have a great week xxx

sew said...

I tidied out the shed on Saturday - but it's still brown and looks (unfortunately)nothing like yours!
However, things are back in the right place and at least I can find what I'm looking for.
You can have the 'best shed award' to go with your other accolades!Lovely sunny day today - yippee!

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Helen, that is a lovely spot for a potting shed. I just love it. Looks like so much fun to putter in there. Wonderful painting job! Not too much fun to paint when it's cold though. Have a great week and I hope your cold turns to warmth. xoRobin❤

Tabiboo said...

Still cold, but the sun is shining 'oh' to have a potting shed - well the space that is.

Nina xxx

susanhall said...

Wow, I could live in that shed ! very pretty indeed.
I was try ing to clear out our shed earlier today but sadly it still looks like Steptoe's yard.
Susan x

Simone said...

Helen you are so organised and inspirational. Fancy coming around to my house to shake things up a bit?!!! I bet it will be a joy to work in your freshly painted potted shed. x

Rubyred said...

Oh the prettiest potting shed I have ever seen!
I need to repaint my summerhouse soon!
Rachel x

Shirley said...

Your potting shed is fabulous just like a magazine photo. I am jealous, LOL.
kind regards,
Shirley

Andrea said...

Hi Helen,
What a lovely potting shed! Totally puts my shed to shame but also so inspiring!!!
I have caught up on your blog and I have missed so much of yours!! I love what you have ben making but I adore your illustrations and love your red flower quilt.
Have a great rest of the week,
Andrea x

gillyflower said...

Helen, what a fantastic job you've done on your potting shed - it lokks like something out of country living magazine!
It never ceases to amaze me how much change can be effected by a coat of paint.
Love the bird box and seed tin - your shed will be as pretty as the painting you did with those pretty accessories - do you think you will do a painting of yours when its all finished?
Thanks for the mention in your post - I'm so glad you accepted the award even though you already had several, yours is such a beautiful blog!
Have a great day Helen - the sun is shining here, hope it is where you are too!
Gill x

Mia said...

What a happy, bright and springly shed you have, Helen! Made me smile and wish you'll have the beautiful outside-painting weather soon!

Happy week!

Yours,
Mia

Country Girl said...

Your shed puts mine to shame - if you feel like painting another one, please feel free!

Attic24 said...

My goodness, that has to be the most perfectly perfect potting shed i have ever set eyes on, its sooooooooo beautiful helen!!
May you spend many a happy hour in there this year, its absolutely wonderful xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

sew said...

Helen - I see your book is available on Amazon & RU Craft again.
I just wondered if you knew?
Lots more Bunny Cuddles could be on the way!!
Best regards,
Sue.