Monday, July 27, 2015

THE WRITING COTTAGE...

In a recent post I shared with you my studio where I create most of my artwork but this is not my only creative space, I also have a little writing cottage tucked in the corner of my small garden, where I weave words... 
Its a tiny little hideaway with a sea themed decor where treasures from my travels to the shore, special trinkets, and snapshots live.  
Welcome...
To the right of the door is a cozy seating area with an awesome vintage sofa from the 60's in mint condition (it sat in a formal living room where it was rarely used) that I got for a song at a flea market.  A cozy throw made by my daughter and cushy bed sized pillows make for great snuggling, napping, and reading...
 A quirky little shelf made out of old chair parts hangs on the wall above the sofa and holds trinkets and treasures.  Who doesn't need a pink sequined mermaid?
 A painting by a wonderful artist, Helen Read (Brushstrokes, Etc.), beach finds, and the first mini scrap album I ever made...
To round out the seating area there is a wee blue chair, lamp, and tray table.  This was my great aunts chair with the legs cut down so her feet would reach the floor.  She was only 4' 9" tall and we lovingly called her "Baby Ruth" as her name was Ruth.   It was rescued from a shed, repainted, and recovered and we call it "the wedding chair" as my daughter used it as a prop for her bridal photos...
The tray table is another flea market find.   I have filled it with beach finds...
 A closer peek...
To the left of the door is my writing desk, another flea market find.  The chair is a cool folding chair that belonged to my husbands grandmother...
A sliver shell shaped pen holder holds my hand full of found treasures from our 25th wedding anniversary trip...
Even the drawer got a little sea themed collage makeover...
To the right of the desk is a tall glass fronted cabinet the Handy Man built from two old cabinets salvaged from a historic home some friends of ours were renovating.  The top is filled with little mementos while the bottom remains empty until I cull my huge shell collection down to manageable and make memory jars of our trips...
Two of my favorite things, a shell drawing and a hand painted box.  These were gifts from our children when they were younger.  My son gave me the drawing and my daughter gave her dad the box one year for Christmas... 
To the left of the desk is a sliver of wall with framed photos from various beach excursions and an old rope handled wooden box with some of my writing references tucked inside...  
 In the corner is an old column, from the same friends as the cabinet, that the Handy Man cut down so I could use it for display.  A glass vase filled with beach sand, driftwood, and a another glass vase on the inside holds a candle.  A couple of iron shell hooks hold my favorite shell gathering bag and my newest art quilt...




These are my woodland views from my desk where I have feeders stationed so I can watch the birds and squirrels or the water splash and sparkle in our garden pond...

 Sometimes I like to bring a few supplies out here and work on my beach vacation scrapbook...
 I made this binder several years ago and am slowly filling it page by page as time allows...

And there you have it, all 8' by 16' of it, the writing cottage...
I hope you enjoyed the tour!

blessings,
Sandy

13 comments:

bobbie said...

Enchanting!!

Lynda Shoup said...

What a lovely place to write and dream! All the details you put into this space make it lovely to look at. Now I feel an urge to go clean my art space.

Dorthe said...

Dear Sandy, what a beautiful room, filled with so many different treasures, from both family ,- found ones,- and created ones. It has a most lovely and relaxing feeling to it, and I can see how a stressed and tensed head, can "fall down" here, and totally return with peace on mind, after a rest in your beautiful tiny home.
How lucky you are to have that extra house, to turn to, for special hours of dreaming and writing , I wish you many beautiful hours here, dear friend.
Hugs, Dorthe

Vee said...

A delightful getaway! How often are you found there? Every day at a certain time or when the spirit moves?

Bonita said...

Do you rent it out? ;) It's beautiful and the sea/beach theme is so soothing. Not to mention, the forest surrounding it. What a lovely place to write inspiring words!

Vickie said...

Beautiful Sandy - as much fun creating it as creating IN it! Very cozy!

KathyB. said...

Yes, I very much enjoyed the tour and the history and commentary you added. You have a beautiful workspace and obviously family who appreciates you and your creativity. Family that lovingly supports you, and I think family that has been lovingly supported and encouraged by you. This post is uplifting, very much so !

Lady Locust said...

What a wonderful space - even just to go read or nap:)

Marrianna said...

Your little writing studio looks like a place I could easily live in, as long as there was a potty and a place to plug the tea pot for hot water. I also just looked at your studio for Karen's WHERE BLOGGERS CREATE and got some fabulous ideas. In fact, both places produced great ideas. I hadn't thought about making the closet in my sewing room into a shelving project. I've been watching a show on HGTV, FLEA MARKET FLIP, and see some great ideas that you already incorporate into your art spaces. This is a great way to start the day - ideas popping all over the place!!! Yippee!!!

Hugs and blessings,
Marrianna in Flagstaff AZ

karlyle said...

I love that! So light and airy and peaceful! I would love to have a personal space like that for writing.

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Hi Sandy, Looks like a peaceful sanctuary for your writing and solitude. Thanks for sharing, it's lovely. ~ Abby

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Suffering from a HUGE case of envy here!! I don't know of anyone who wouldn't covet a space such as this to call their own.

KathyB. said...

Such a cozy and calming space. Looks so peaceful.

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