Greetings Friends! Recently I was asked about my work space and creative process and it dawned on me that I have never given my readers a garden tour. Considering all of the places in my home that I truly love, my garden is first and foremost my creative playground and the place I am always inspired. It is where I began and continually cultivate my Etsy business--you can read more here --repurpose thrifted finds, complete an ever growing list of DIY projects, photograph all of the above and constantly ponder my latest blog post. It is where I may physically work to the point of exhaustion and yet am able to relax the most....welcome to my Secret Garden!
Imagine you are here....we'll start at the garden gate. As we approach the gate, we pass the back door garden. The red bistro table is where I work on smaller projects.
I found this Vintage inspired door knob and key set at Hobby Lobby. Why yes, they were on sale--50% off, yay! They instantly put me in mind of The Secret Garden and I stained them antique green for added effect.
As we enter the gate, this large finial looking piece stands to the right amidst honeysuckle and pink roses. Despite the fact that it looks very heavy, it is actually quite light weight. I found it at a yard sale for a few dollars and gave it a hammered copper finish. For some reason it reminds me of Alice in Wonderland--you know the huge chess pieces? I guess every girl wants to feel like she's in a fairy tale at times and I feel so blessed to live here!
The entrance path is bordered by fragrant rosemary. Follow the red brick road....follow, follow, follow, follow...okay you get the reference! When I started over ten years ago, my yard consisted of rocks, dirt and cedar trees--that's it. For me this path will always hold memories of my kids and I laboring over it together. The lots behind our property were still wooded back then and they hauled over the rocks for the border one at a time--there were some complaints about "child labor" but mostly laughter and a sweet time together! It is actually one of several paths and just a sampling of my rosemary goodness. I knew virtually nothing about landscaping or gardening then. Herbs were simply my first success at gardening and now they are my business. I am self taught and have learned by trial and error much like this blogging journey I began a little over a year ago....
|Dear Firstborn captured this photo|
Past the rosemary on the left grows pink baby crepe myrtle, salvia, lavender and vinca groundcover. The large window mirror was a $5 yard sale find. I use lots of mirrors in my garden and paint them all the same morning glory blue. I love how they reflect light in the garden.
Below are more thrifted mirrors that adorn my fence.
|Once upon a time there was a thrifty lady who loved to hunt for unexpected treasure...|
Creating a place of beauty and whimsy makes my heart joyful!
Taking the path to the right will bring you to this little courtyard--this was added for Youngest Daughter's graduation party, with lots of love and lots of pavers! Here, you also have a better view of those gathered rocks. Meander left and you'll come to my sunny yellow swing or continue straight...
"There doesn't seem to be no need for no one to contrary when there's flowers an' such"
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
...Just as you consider that you are approaching the end of the path at this lush arch of greenery, a blue bird bath peeps out; behind it a vast circle of rosemary and pink roses.
Stroll through the arch and come out to the gazebo with me. Another memory--Favorite Son helped me assemble it about six years ago. The sturdy old wicker sofa is a repainted yard sale find and its green seat cushions are from my favorite thrift store. Even the gauzy sheer curtains are from a yard sale. With the lovely garden view, it's a comfy place to entertain friends or to contemplate my next project.
Another mirror reflects the front view of the gazebo.
Flowering thyme borders the stepping stones to the gazebo.
Oh look, here's one of my blog contributors :)
I collect these old birdcages from thrift stores and yard sales and give them a fresh coat of yellow before hanging them in the trees. Hanging them with fishing line gives them the appearance of floating in the air. Repurposed whimsy!
Below is a yard sale makeover I recently posted. This weekend, I worked on two upcoming posts--all from my garden sanctuary. I hope my repurposed thrift finds serve as inspiration to others on a budget. Every thing in my garden is DIY and AICAI--do it yourself and as I can afford it!
Now you've seen my labor of love. It didn't happen over night and is always a work in progress. I think I receive most of my inspiration here because I find it so peaceful. The hammock is calling...
Where are you most inspired? I would love to hear your thoughts!
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