In case you were wondering...

In case you were wondering...

This blog exists to encourage all those who have ever wanted--and needed!--a tiny getaway close to home. A workshop, playhouse, garden shed, sanctuary, mini-greenhouse, studio, home office; whatever it is you need, it IS doable, with some sacrifice, imagination, and compromise.

It helps if you're handy, too.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Today's lovely surprise...

Well, wow. This morning my husband snuck in the old painted canvas floorcloth that he'd had in his kitchen in Virginia.  I LOVE it, and loved it then.  It's beautiful (I've always liked the compass rose), it's cool on my bare feet, it's easy to clean...PERFECT for summer.

What a wonderful surprise first thing in the morning!  So who cares if I ever find the stencils? 

Got the amenities taken care of, too, at least the basics.  This is the AC, and an old water crock I'd had for 20 years...just in time, 'cause the tea set I found on eBay for $4.99 arrived today, too.  (Two Japanese-style cups with infusers and lids.)  J. found his electric kettle and we're good to go, for now.  I can take the French press over, too, for coffee.

And I got a temporary solution in place for something that was bugging me--ever have something like that that just sticks out like a sore thumb?  For J. it was how long the big yellow wires stuck out of the wall, here, before the electricity was hooked up.  It was better, after that, but I hated seeing the metal switchbox!  I hung a painting by my young friend Steve Gillispie over it for now--it always reminded me of a winter ocean, and the colors are serene and restful.  Till we come up with something more permanent, I'm happy!


  1. WOW!! So much better than those stencils, huh? And a lovely red carpet for winter coziness . . . How can you settle down to concentrate on making art?



  3. Thank you, Elise! And yes, Miss Vicky, LOTS better...I'm hoping the Serious Art Meditation whacks me in the head, Real Soon.

  4. Home Sweet Studio :) Looking terrific!

  5. Awesome! It is looking gorgeous, you guys! Thanks for sharing all the updates--this is great.

  6. Thank you! It's been a lot of work, obviously, but worth it...

  7. And you forgot to mention possibly the best surprise of all: the cool front - only 87 today!!! Yay!!! I've been in the garden all morning. Will pay for it tomorow. :-)
    LOVE that rug and it's perfect for hot weather!

  8. Ah but that was really yesterday--TODAY's been heavenly. I got more of the spar varnish on (till I ran out, and J. couldn't find any in town), finished touching up the trim and and floor, did a journal page, and just kicked back the rest of the day!

    I'll bet you WILL pay for it, but your garden must be LOVELY.

  9. On my monitor the rug appears to be black, not red! Even so, what a perfect item for the shed of reality...directing you on course toward sheer heavenly art projects! Way to go! I'm using a lot of !!!marks today.

    You should post a photo of "the spot that bugs me" we can see the dang thing. I'm sure this is just the the electric box to remain exposed?

  10. Joan, the winter (wool) rug is red and blue, but the canvas floorcloth here is dark brown on the border, black, and cream, so your monitor's fine. :-) And isn't a compass rose the perfect symbol?

    I think there was a photo of the electric box, though I'll admit I usually tried to shoot around it! Ick. Yes, it has to stay accessible, but we'll hang something over it, if not the painting.



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