BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Garden Shed - Part One
This is our little garden shed. It is 12 x 16 feet and has a narrow four foot porch and a metal roof. We had it built when we first moved here to house the garden stuff that accumulates. I picked up the front windows from my sister Laurie's and brother-in-law Bruce's old 1920's house when they were re-habbing it. It was nice to give them new life and they have an interesting pane arrangement. We don’t have an official barn on our property to put stuff in. The main barn to our farmhouse burned down in the 1960’s. It is sad because a house such as ours, as old as ours is, should have an outbuilding or two – including a very large post and beam structure. But it isn’t here anymore and we love our place anyway.
When we built this little shed, we thought we were doing the right thing. Now, it has turned out too small for much of our stuff. We’ve got to live with it until we hit the big-time -- which means this is probably it.
Our little garden shed is in direct view of the mountain landscape we enjoy every day. This summer, I’m hoping to gussy it up a bit. I’m letting you in on the before picture now. I thought I would be able to present the before and after in a complete post but that was a pipe-dream. Might as well show you the stages as they happen. Probably more fun that way too.
I’m mostly planning cosmetic stuff on the exterior. Maybe someday I will tackle the interior but definitely not this year. (I have long-off dreams of it being my pottery shed for throwing pots.) The exterior is stained a grayish green which has been an excellent choice because it doesn’t peel. The mildew that happens doesn’t show up as bad, it just adds some depth to the sage-green boards.
During the harvest season, I like to sit on the wicker chairs and pick beans and basil. But mostly, I like to look at the chairs and imagine what a conversation would look like if we ever slowed down to enjoy the scene around here.