Friday, June 18, 2010

Where bloggers create...my workshop...

all of the magic begins in this wee little house...
surrounded by my favorite vintage statuary and plantings...
with clay and tin, dirt- seeds and plants...
blooms and greens and tiny statuary...
in my tiny greenhouse...
the garden angel stands guard...
with drawers of supplies and Mike the cat giving advice...
plants in all shapes and sizes end up in my store...
in funky "junque" planters...
with a bit of vintage humor- lover frogs...vintage garden tools...
I create and sell funky garden accessories...with fallen birds nests and moss...
domes, cloches and silver...
wheel barrels and drawers and workbenches...
flower frogs, garden books and "garden hose" displays...
I will plant almost anything...tin drawers with china lovers...toolboxes with ferns...
steel and glass cabinets become displays...
even the silverplate bowls aren't safe...the ferns look a bit elegant in silver :)...
but mostly- I want you to feel as if you have walked into a garden room and can feel the dirt in your fingers and the sun on your face...and the blood pressure falls...and you are content.
it all starts in the little greenhouse in my backyard...and the finished projects end up in my store, mall space, or at garden shows...
thank you so much for Karen at mydesertcottage.blogspot.com for sponsoring this wonderful event...I look forward to checking out all the other blogs where women create- I so love the magazine "where women create"- it has become my favorite magazine of all time- and if you haven't checked it out- run and buy it- you won't be disappointed!

86 comments:

Queen Bee said...

What a F A N T A S T I C space! It is really sweet! I would love a separate house to be creative!
Queen Bee Studio

Gail said...

Oh Mel!
I do so envy you your outdoor creative haven! It looks like such a heavenly place to putter and create...thanks for sharing it with us!

The Tin Rabbit said...

Oooh, I LOVE it!!!! I'd love a little space outside the home! Just great!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What an adorable space you have. I am so in awe of both your very own outdoor studio, and the type of art you create. This is really creative. I will definitely be back once this blog party is running a bit slower.

Connie K. said...

I love this..like an enchanted forest...a little tree house.

KarenSue said...

Oh how I would love to have a garden shed like yours! I might some day. You have given me some ideas!
Enjoy your weekend!

Hartwood Roses said...

Your little garden house is unbelievably similar to what my greenhouse is going to look like when it's finished! I love all the care you took to choose your 'treasures' and your combinations are beautiful. Thank you VERY much for sharing!!
Connie

Angelique said...

This really looks like a little garden of Eden. So special to have a greenery like this !
I just "remoddeled" my backgarden, and I would love to have some of your creations in my garden or learn how to make them.... it's a pity I live on the other side of the world !

Kind regards,
Angelique

Andy's Attic said...

It is wonderful! You have created the kind of space that does make me feel the dirt and relax. You have displayed everything so creatively and I also love the outside of your little space. I am inspired!!
Annette

Uncovered Ruby said...

Melanie...I L.O.V.E. this post and the pics and your little house, and you cat Mike that keeps you company! I don't have anything near as cute as yours, but someday....
Lisa :-)
p.s. The vintage gathering group is having a flea market next weekend, a 2 day this time, Fri and Sat...always fun stuff at great prices..you and Gail should come up!

BEAR's Mom said...

OMG...i only wish you were my neighbor !!!!

~victoria~

Karen Valentine said...

My heart started going pitter patter from the first photo! I live in the desert but I LOVE green,lush gardens, vintage garden ornaments and green houses! When I visited my friend in Portland, I was in heaven. Thank you for sharing this peak into your creative space and reminding us that creativity comes in MANY forms!
xo,
Karen
My Desert Cottage

Jillayne said...

What a lovely creative idea. It does feel like I am looking into a garden room and I can almost smell the scent of dirt and green growing things. You have created something very charming here and I loved seeing it!

Uncanny Festoon said...

You did it I am content!!


I wish I could walk over for a visit...I love dirty hands!


Joy.............always

BLISS angels said...

Okay I am moving into you small outdoor haven... LOL it looks so peacefull and calm, and as I looked at your photos my heart slowed and I heard the birds.... thank you so much for sharing. ~Wendy at blissangels

Halle said...

Oh my...what an incredible space! The vintage finds and small plants...the glass..oh love it all!

The French Bear said...

I love your space.....gosh all that sunlight and greenery, reminds me of the flower shop!!! How fabulous to work in there!!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

craftyles said...

Cute space and I love the name of your blog. Looks like a creative place to do your outdoor stuff.

Caleen said...

It is a wonderful space you have. What a great outdoor area you have. Love the cloches and what you make and create. So many wonderful things. Really lovely! Enjoy!

kluless said...

Pure bliss and the perfect way to be outdoors in our unpredictable Portland weather! Thank you for sharing.

Janet said...

Fantastic! How wonderful to create with living plants....I do not have a green thumb!

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Penny said...

Thank goodness this was only a virtual visit. I am like the kiss of death on plants, But i sure enjoyed the visit and your potting shed.
Hugs,
Penny

Claudia said...

Oh, I love it! Gardening and working on the garden are passions of mine. I love your creations - and your sweet studio.

Gloria said...

Melanie, what a wonderful place to have loads of fun. Thanks for sharing.

Vintage French Hen said...

I love your greenhouse-creative space. You are so talented! Love all your goods! marcia

Jennifer said...

Love, love, love it!! Every bit of it. What a *great* creative space! Beautiful garden art! :)
~Jennifer
www.studiojru.com

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Just AWESOME !!! Love it all!
Deb :)

Lori said...

Oops--I think I posted my comment on the previous post--sorry. I just love your greenhouse getaway! I love how you plant in any container you can find--how unique and wonderful! I so wish I could go there and create and get my hands dirty. I love nature and your space has me so inspired. Thanks for sharing

Denise said...

This is so wonderful! You have such a knack for mixing things. Your garden art is amazing.

Chris said...

You are a girl after my own heart! I love your garden workspace!
Best wishes,
Chris

www.curbyscloset.com/blog/

Terri said...

I love it...super great place!!!

Geralyn Gray said...

I love the thought of you out there creating in the greenhouse!!!!! It is a great space!!!! love the door

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Just seeing your greenhouse workshop makes me smile! What a great place to create in. Love the idea of the natural elements being put together to create something lovely for the garden. I love to add things like this to my own garden, so that when a plant may be "resting" for a bit, these lovely elements still keep our attention.

Rebecca said...

LOve it... Love the achitectural details you used, the old windows - it feels like an old greenhouse! What a wonderful place to do your creating and what wonderful treasures you bring out of there! Love the fern in the old silver.
My favorite is the old metal cabinet that you have displayed
Many Blessings
Rebecca

My Arts Desire said...

Melanie,
What a little sanctuary of pure joy! Absolutely LOVE, ADORE your creativity in combining "the living" with unexpected pieces that are treasures in and of themselves. Very, very, inspirational!!! If Mike is the brains behind these artful expressions, do you know if he has a brother looking for a home?! Fun visit! Xo, Sue

Our Back Porch said...

What a wonderful outdoor space you have! I love to garden, and could spend some great time in your wonderful space!! Thanks for sharing! Come on over to see Where I Create!

Creative Blessings,
Rebecca

Her Art Nest said...

What a charming place....I love it! I like the idea of planting things in unusual things. Loved dropping by on the tour. Your place rocks! Hugs, Nancy

Angela Weimer said...

What a wonderfully unique space to create in. I love your creations. thank you for the tour. Angela

Artsy-Craftsy Merchant said...

Precious little cottage! I do not have a green thumb, but, you made me want to do a little digging! Quite an accomplishment. Enjoyed it!

Miss Sandy said...

I adore your little garden studio and to create with fantastic finds and natures beauty - what could be better? I love your style! Thank you for sharing.

She'sSewPretty said...

I love your creative space!! I'd be puttering out there all day long!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What an amazing space you have created! It inspires me to add to my own crafting area.

I adore all of your storage solutions.

luluslovlies said...

I love your little house that is your garden paradise, what a great idea and so peaceful. Have fun visiting the blogs, please stop by as time permits! Enjoyed my visit to your garden world, it feeds the soul. XOXO

Julie Ranae said...

A wonderfully inspiring creative space...thank you for sharing it with us : ) Hope you will stop by Julie's Open Window and take a peek inside...

marcia @Child in Harmony said...

I love your little creative house! A nature girl here and your creations sound wonderful.
I have plans for a little house in the woodlands...can't wait!

happy day!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

From this Black Thumb, to your obviously, wonderfully Green Thumb...I love your little greenhouse and all your plants in beautiful containers! Thanks for posting your creative space. Hope you'll visit Brynwood and enter my drawing while you're there. xoxo Donna

Debby said...

I have enjoyed visiting your sweet little house. You must have so much fun creating your planters here. How fun to be able to work with things you enjoy. THanks for sharing.
Debby

Gracefully Vintage said...

you have a great space- just love it, how lucky you are... Very Jealous...
Glad i came for the party
Karryann

Romeo said...

I love your outdoor creative space!!! And all those plants and containers?!?! Bird nests and moss?!?! Oh my whiiskers!!!! My absolute favorite is the glass door container and plants - WOW!!!

Thank you for sharing your space!!!!

Purrs!

Romeo and "her"

imaginationlane said...

Oh, I'm so jealous..your little garden house is beautiful! I fell under it's charm immediately. If it were mine, I doubt I would ever want to leave it. It's the space I've always dreamed of...sigh. If you don't mind, I will come back and visit often..it seems the perfect spot to drop by and relax into.

If you get a chance, you might like to stop by and check out my studio...
Thanks for sharing...

Lynette

time-worn interiors said...

I LLOOOVVVVEEEEE your wee little house! I am so jealous! I want one! Have a great day!
Theresa

Esther@fleurcottage said...

sooo cute...my style of loveliness!

live a colorful life said...

How magical!

Prencie said...

Omgosh! I love your creative green house space!!! I would love to have my own little greenhouse!! I tried to convince the hubby to get me one of those garages that you see at Lowes but he wouldn't hear of it:( But i guess he's right, it would get hot in the summer and cold in the winter....but i had that all figured out, but still a not...oh well, I love what i have now:)

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Melanie,

Oh what a wonderful artform you landed on...it's so organic, original with that touch of whimsy splashed all over it. I totally love all of it. Thanks so much for letting me stroll through your wonderful little nature shed.

I'd love to have you visit me and stroll through my studio...it's been almost a year long project and I'm so blessed to have the space to put everything for a change.

Have a great day,
Stephanie ♥

She said...

Oh what a lovely craft space. x

sweetpea said...

i love love love it!

hugs,

shelley

Melly said...

wow!! wow!! wow!! I love your creative space and that you think outside the box and create so much beauty in the garden.
Thank you so much, I hope your day is super sweet!
Melly:)

Cherie Wilson said...

Wow~ a very real sensation of being there in the plants, in the dirt.....and I dont' want to leave!! Just a special place and thanks so much for sharing! Charming:)

Gail said...

Ok! I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw your header picture. Love your greenhouse/work shop and your store. Awesome. Love what your doing and am off to see some more of your work. It is going to take me months to visit everyone, I can just pop in and back out, I have to explore.
Hugs
Gail
Big Horn Mountain Creations

Rochelle said...

Lovely space and plants! You sure do have a green thumb!
-Rochelle

fiberdoodles said...

What an enchanting little space! I so love it!! I could hours out there. Thank you so much for sharing it with us :0)

Robin said...

Be still my heart! I love the way you do the things you do! How long will it take me to get there from here! Thank you for sharing ! Hugs ~Robin~

Karen said...

What a wonderful space! You're right, I felt the sun and smelled the dirt and surely did enjoy my time here with you and the cat. :) What would our spaces be like if we didn't have our pets hanging around to keep us company? I can't imagine!
Thanks for sharing!
Karen ~ Some days are diamonds

Elyse said...

this is really awesome, like you're own little club house. lovely!

how fun to see where you create.

happy summer ~

xo
elyse

Creative Grammie said...

Hi Melanie;
I love your greenhouse! And what lovely creations you cleverly put together. Thanks for the tour, I enjoyed it.

april said...

Loved this! So different from all the other spaces!

Debbie~ said...

I too, looove items used in the most unusual way for planters, they're such fun to happen upon in a garden! (I also collect garden frogs and display them in my bathroom)! I'd love to wander through your CrEaTiVe space, it looks so inviting. Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

Lurena Sheary Williamson said...

What a cool cottage. I will think of it/you when I go out to water this eve and cut some Hollyhocks for my tarnished-dented silver coffee pot on my mantel.
Cheers,
Lurena Williamson
Tattered Moon

Scrap Krazed said...

I love your place, it is awesome! I envy you, you can plant and grow and make beautiful growing art. I have a brown thumb. Thank you for sharing! Terry Frias

jen said...

Oh my I am moving in! heehee just a wonderful and inspiring place! I am so late getting to everyones blogs but better late than never right?
luvs and glitter
~jen

p.s. i'm having a giveaway if you would like to stop by, but no pressure really just thought I'd let you know, there is vintage wallpaper and antique buttons involved:)

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

I Love your Magical Little Studio.... Complete with Kitty Cat ~ Thanks for Sharing

Deborah said...

This is such a lovely place. I can feel the peace and the creativity there. Thank you for sharing it and for coming by my blog.

Leah C said...

I love every inch of your creative place! So dreamy:)

Sherry said...

What a wonderful place! It did take me to a place where I was putting my hands in dirt and smelling the flowers or just looking at green. Thank you so much for sharing, I love the creative way you use plants and I realize I need to spent more time in my garden.

Sherry said...

I came back to follow your blog. I was looking at older posts and when I realized that your shop was in Portland I did not want to forget. I live in Washington and get down that way from time to time. Thanks for sharing.

Liz-AnnasOnTheLake said...

Wonderful space! I love all of your great finds. In the next year or two I hope to build an outside creative space and yours has inspired me. Thanks for the tour!

Liz-Anna

Connie said...

Charming, sugar. I would absolutely adore a space like that in my small back yard but Love Bunny would have to rearrange the sprinkler system and that just isn't happening, chick. Nice to meet you.
xoxo,
Connie

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sandy said...

I love your space! So charming! sandy

Carol Bass @ A Bird in Hand said...

I am just getting a chance to finally visit everyone and yours is the first comment I've left so far. I love your space!! I feel as if I could be home in your greenhouse also. So happy you get to enjoy such a space doing what you love!

Smiles, Carol

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh wow - visiting your space makes me feel cool (it's hot here at the moment). Your area is so pretty and green. Thanks so much for sharing!

scrappingwithsherry1 said...

I love the building that you create in! It looks like a piece of art in itself! Thank you so much for sharing with us! ~Sherry

the gypsy said...

What a cool greenhouse, everything is so nice and green in Portland. I love the combination of junque and plants!

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Love that piece of your world you have. Cool! Ya be cool to hang over your fence and say Hi neighbor or walk down beside your comfy place..

Would you like a a cupa tea and a biscuit. Time out for you as you are so busy.

Wishful thinking but that is why I am called Imagination.