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.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Gorgeous Guest House

This rustic guest cabin features extensive custom interior woodwork. It has one bedroom and a sleeping loft in 714 sq ft. |

Too many steps for me, but isn't this terrific?? I could live in a place like this!

Lots more photos here: 

(I swear, if I could I'd just build dozens of tiny houses...LOVE the playhouse idea...)

Friday, September 19, 2014

And yeah, NOT so good...

This is the outside of the big French door--they were never meant for outdoor use, and although I varnished them with spar varnish (several coats) and J. used some kind of sealer stuff, obviously it hasn't worked that well. 

This was a design flaw on my part...there's not enough of an overhang on the roof there, and when it rains or snows, too much moisture on the wood.  NOW what?!

Well, we have got to get those gutters in place, or something.  (Yes, locking the barn door LONG after the horse is halfway across the next state.) We've known that for some time, but trying to settle on what has obviously not been a great idea. 

I'm hoping it will last a few more years, because we'd have to have a custom door made...ouch!  We cut these down to fit...definitely not a standard size.

Suggestions anyone?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wouldn't I just love this...

A silent retreat center with tiny hermitage houses, deer, and elk, in Arizona.  Now THAT is my idea of a vacation.  Check out more photos and information on the Tiny House Blog, here:

...and take a peek at the Awakening Spirits retreat center's website, here:

Oooooh yes.  I used to go on silent retreats when there was a retreat center in the next was glorious.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tiny changes...

There's a new gravel path to the shed...I love it, the cats don't!  (I don't think the squirrels do, either, we've covered up their buried nuts!)  You may have seen the whole of it in the previous more muddy feet!  This was shot right after a  hard rain, you can see the pebbles are still wet.

I have a lovely new ball crystal throwing prisms all around the shed in the joins the rest of the family.

Attempting to convince succulents that they CAN grow for me...though the most delicate one of the three seems to be wilting, one stem at a time.

And still it is a lovely place to work and read, eat breakfast, journal, heal, exercise, watch birds, sketch, shoot videos, listen to music...and sometimes even make it.  The shed works just as I'd hoped, 4 years ago.

And I am very, very grateful.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

And here are the rest of the new changes...

At last, a river pebble path that doesn't need to be raked back in place every time it rains, like the bark path...I love it, the kitties don't.  (Gives pussyfooting a whole new meaning...)  It feels delightfully Zen-garden, to me...

And yes, at long last... guessed it...

Window screens!  I can have the windows open in mosquito and fly season!  Notice the clever swiveling wooden's attached at the bottom... 

My knight did a fantastic job...

I used one of my terra cotta triskeles to hold the big screen in place, like a toggle...the small one is so tight friction alone holds it!

This one has a brass hinge to hold the window open...

And a delightful new addition to the shed's art gallery, a lamb by the oh-so-talented Wil Freeborn--thanks, Wil!  Check out his Etsy store, here: and don't miss his wonderful new book!
The screens are absolutely perfect timing, this gloriously cool, delightful summer!  Loving the fresh air...

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A few wee changes

A light by the door, which I should have thought of when we BUILT the place...thanks to our friend Ron Davenport!

And a new little outdoor Hotei to greet us as we arrive...

There have actually been a few more changes, but so far I can't find the photos!  I'll just re-shoot soon...funny how we keep tweaking...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

And across from the shed...

Not the shuttlecocks, of course, that was the day before, in the city...but this gorgeous doe walked right down the alley, then stopped across from the shed and regarded me calmly before bounding off into the woods.


Why didn't we think of this in the first place??

The shed is 4 years old this summer...why, exactly, didn't we think to have a light put in on THAT side, too, when we had it built?  Joseph's been making do with the light from my desk lamp on the other side of the shed all this time, and when we leave at night, after dark, we stumble over chairs and such to get to the door.  Turning on a light right BY the door is so much handier!

This is really a porch light that our good friend Ron Davenport installed for us today, and we love it!  Thanks, Ron...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spring at the Shed!

GREEN!  And the redbuds are blooming...
Yep, goldfinches have almost attained summer yellow!

Seeds are started...a bit late...

And the pileated woodpecker made a fast appearance

Sunday, March 9, 2014

LOVE this, by the way...

entry door to cottage

...from the Tiny House blog:

Check out the link to see the rest of the photos...siiigh...

Time Flies When You're Working Hard! And shed-birds...

I couldn't believe it when I saw my last post here was January!  I've been getting ready to launch a new mini-class, so although I've been AT the shed every day, I haven't thought to stop in here and say hello!

We've seen some delightful new birds at the shed--just passing through, I believe.  Here are our two visitors:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Fox Sparrow (an aggressive little fellow!)

And some of our "usual suspects":

We always see a lot more birds on cold, snowy can I resent the chill when it brings so much pleasure?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Shed as Art Gallery

Harmony and Simplicity from my friend Elizabeth Metz

Nel Jansen's sunset, plus two of mine on the right

Ann Thompson Nemcosky's leaves in colored pencil

"Faith," from dear friend Vicky Williamson, sunflower postcard from my mentor, Ann Zwinger, and black-eyed susans from old friend Roberta Hammer

The previous, in situ with one of my accordion sketchbooks of cat sketches

Art corner, with Ann's sunset, a print by Toni Ponce Kelly by the boom box, Elizabeth Metz's Harmony and Simplicity under the window, and my two paintings--acrylics, one from YEARS ago (my cat Ginsberg) and the fantasy painting from a few years back of me and my friend Susan Theroff, who is a wonderful model!
Another of my Susan!
Puck, on his own, sort of...
Toni Ponce Kelly's wonderful serenity prayer...before it found its permanent place

The two redware cups and the green one and small jar by Ann's painting are my pottery; Puck is on the wall at right.
Serenity Prayer from Toni Ponce Kelly above the window--it's gorgeous!
Megan Noel Smith did the wonderful brown bowl at left, and that's one of my faerie houses

Funny, I was going to keep the shed simple as a Zen meditation room...


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