Today I want to take you on a 'tour' of the renovation of my 'she-shed' studio. I'm so excited and happy with how it turned out - a perfect creative space to house and nurture all my creative notions and adventures.
The shed itself is just a regular, run-of-the-mill, square metal building. Or, at least, that's how it started. When we moved into our home eight years ago, it was where our lawnmower and yard stuff lived. But, I always had my eye on it...
I started using it for my workshop. I used to paint and rehabilitate furniture and make wooden fish from old wood. Here are some of them... memories!
Eventually, I migrated away from creating the fish and more into painting and my watercolors. I needed a space. So, I figured, what the heck, I'll try to create something out of the shed. What's the worst that could happen, the lawnmower will just have a more attractive home!? Ha!
You can scroll through this gallery to get an idea of my carpentry skills...
Scary, right? But, it worked! I pieced it together like a puzzle, using I don't even know how many screws and lots and lots of caulk. After I got all the pieces up, I painted everything white. I did everything myself, except for the installation of the air conditioner, a must have in southwest Florida! The hubs helped me with this detail, I know my limitations! :)
This all happened back in 2015 - here are some pictures of how it looked when I finished! And, my sweet little Sam, the bestest Boston Terrier in the world. He has since passed... (use the arrows to scroll)
The little shed found it's way into a book and even made it onto TV! I was interviewed by a local TV station :)
Fast forward about 7 months and I found, renovated and opened my own studio... You can read that story here. I think, in so many ways, allowing myself this space in my 'she-shed' made way for manifesting my studio.
My little shed went back to being a keeper of things, a little storage house, albeit a cuter version :)
I had my studio for two years, almost to the day - and the 'ol north wind' started to blow in my heart again - and I knew it was time for something else. The transitions was welcomed, and I moved my art space into the guest bedroom of our home. I didn't immediately feel drawn to re-invent the shed until just recently... and oh my, have I had a delicious time doing it!
I'm sure by now, you're ready to see it! So, here's the tour!!
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It feels 'full circle' to me - to be back in this little space. I feel so very calm about my life and purpose these days, I'm not searching for the next thing and the next... I'm not keeping myself 'busy' using my will to create or manifest anything. For me, to be still, is a revolution! It feels right for now. I'm listening, allowing, letting inspiration fill me. I'm being especially kind to myself, inside and out. I'm grateful for my journey, my cup runneth over...
Thank you for coming with me on this little tour :) I hope it's been inspirational for you too. Follow your art, follow your heart. Let love guide the way...