Where I Create!

Happy Wednesday Friends! Today I'm joining Karen at My Desert Cottage for Where Bloggers Create 2015.  You'll love seeing all of the inspiring creative spaces, but first--come and see where I create...

Vintage garden bike
Though I create and publish blog posts in any number of spots in my home, if I had to choose one place as a creative space it would be my garden.  It is both my sanctuary and happy place as well as the place most of my DIY projects are completed, like my most recent above.  I had been searching for a vintage bike for the garden for some time and when Dear Firstborn came to visit, she brought me this one!  Here's how it looked before I repainted it and flipped the seat over as planter:

Vintage bike makeover

Last year I shared some of my favorite spots in the garden and how they inspire me.  It has been one of my most popular posts.  If you are new to my blog, you can see more here.

Secret Garden Herbs

This year I tried to capture some different views to illustrate my outdoor studio.  This is the back wall of my house near the entrance of the garden. You can see the broken chair I painted and repurposed as a trellis, peeking out.  The honeysuckle has formed a fragrant green curtain--instant aromatherapy to soothe and inspire! 

Garden roses and honeysuckle

It's been said that music enhances productivity.  The bubbling fountain is my music...

Garden fountain

...just listen! 

If you have seen any of my garden posts, you've probably seen rosemary in at least one of the photos! Pictured is my first rosemary plant.  What started as my attempt to camouflage an awkward tree stump by planting two gallon plants, has become this vast sea of herbal goodness!  Once I saw how well it thrived here, I planted more...and more....and now it is the best seller at Secret Garden Herbs.   It is very rewarding to watch something you planted with love, flourish and such a blessing to have brides include my herbs in their weddings! 

Etsy: Secret Garden Herbs

I am not sure how many times I walk this main path to and from the garden each day! Perhaps I should count ... ;)

Rosemary lined path

These hydrangeas are a recent addition.  Over the years I've made many attempts, but most of my yard has afternoon sun.  In my part of Texas, only three hours of morning sun is recommended and that has been the challenge.  Finally, this year I found a spot that has more shade.  I adore them! 

Garden hydrangeas

Do you have a favorite "thinking chair?"  I have a few where I write on my laptop. First, in the garden....

Adirondack chair

...then also in my bedroom.  Creativity seems to flow easier when I'm comfy--do you agree? 

Vintage linen covered chair

Flowers are a constant muse for me.  I am constantly looking for distinctive ways to bring the outdoors in.  The vibrant hues of these sweet smelling roses served as the inspiration for an upcoming post.

Coral colored roses

Here's a sneak peek....

Garden tray vignette

Thanks so much for visiting my creative space.  I'm heading to the party to check out more eye candy--see you there! 

My Desert Cottage


Rooted In Thyme

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  1. Haha, I see we are on the same page with a bicycle. Love the after, can't wait to get mine out in the garden.

    My clay soil here in Pflugerville kills my herbs. I have a couple growing in pots but others I've tried just die. Found out I have them in the wrong type of soul so I'm going to try again.

    Looking forward to gardening full time at the farm with its sandier soil!
    Have a wonderful rest of the week. Hugs,

  2. I love that your creative space is your garden and outdoors! And it is so pretty, I can see why!

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your garden....Oh how I wish I could have a garden like that. Maybe someday, I can hope and plan! Right now I am working on my vegetable garden. I figure I have one more year to get that just how I want it to be then on to the flower garden.

  4. Love your places of inspiration - I don't know how someone could not be inspired there. Just lovely.
    And the transformation on that bike is awesome! Love how it looks by the tree like that.
    Thanks for sharing your happy places. ;) xo

  5. Your garden is so charming and cozy, it's no wonder you do so much of your creating out there. Love your bike, I need one too. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  6. I am in love with what you did with the chair in the bedroom!

  7. Wonderful that you have so many areas of inspiration especially in the garden!! Love that fountain!!

    Thanks so much for sharing!!


  8. I love that you create beauty with living things in your open air studio! There is nothing more delightful than a garden and yours is wonderful. Love the bike. I have always longed for a secret garden but I am so much better at painting flowers than growing them. Thank you for sharing.

  9. I'm with you Cecilia! I love being outside in my garden! Yours is really lovely and full of beautiful things. Thank you so much for joining the party and sharing!

  10. It's obvious I'm running late to the party, but I am so glad to be here now. I had a bit of trouble because I couldn't get rid of the "hello bar" which followed me and made it hard to see much on the screen.

    I did enjoy your lovely garden, though, and can see how much fun it must be to post to your blog out there. I suspect you don't get the harsh winters I get, so this would be an ideal spot to sit and contemplate. Thanks for sharing your lovely outdoor garden "studio" with us.

  11. Cecilia, I agree with you. A little time each morning in my garden makes the difference in the whole day. I LOVE how you covered the chair with lace and fabric. Wonderful! Thank you for visiting my wbc blog post.

  12. I start every day in my gardens, we have no grass and what a difference it has made for attracting birds and bugs.
    I like what you did with the bike, they look so neat propped up in a garden, especially when you add a pot of flowers.
    Happy Crafting.

  13. Lovely garden and I can only imagine very inspirational to pass through and work in, because it always changes and grows. I love the roses, beautiful soft red. Sweet tour, thank you for sharing.

  14. Lovely garden and I can only imagine very inspirational to pass through and work in, because it always changes and grows. I love the roses, beautiful soft red. Sweet tour, thank you for sharing.

  15. Lovely tour! Your garden is wonderful, and I know that you live in a gorgeous part of Texas. Here in central Florida rosemary thrives also. I started out with a tiny clump, now I have a half dozen large plants, and several small ones. It is one of my favorites. thanks so much for sharing.

  16. Your garden is lovely space to bring out your creativity.

  17. A beautiful garden and you're very talented with a paintbrush. I love your bike transformation, with its blue flowerpot. The chair with the lace is beautiful too.
    Thanks for sharing your creative spaces.

  18. Good evening, Cecilia! You have such a charming and cozy place and I can see your beautiful creativity here and there. Your water fountain is lovely and has a soothing sound to it.

    Thank you, my friend, for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Have a wonderful week!

  19. I love the bicycle! My mother still had her bike from when she was a kid, and I suggested that she turn it into a planter. I love the bright red paint you used for yours. Looks great!!!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

  20. Beautiful flowers and love the linens and lace on the chair!

  21. What a lovely outdoor space you have! I would love to have you post on my new blog hop—the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home (www.myflagstaffhome.com). It begins on Thursday evenings and lasts through the weekend, if you're interested.


  22. Cecilia, I can't think of a better place to create than in the garden! It relaxes and lifts my spirits as well. Love how your Rosemary is thriving. Here it is just an annual so I keep one in a pot. Love cooking with it. Thanks for sharing your space with SYC.

  23. This post was enjoyed so much on my last link up party. I featured it by sharing a link on this week's link up party. I hope you will come link up more of your inspiring and beautiful posts this week.
    So Much At Home


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