16 March 2014

in my workshop shed

On this lovely sunny March day, I thought I'd take a few photos of my shed. If you've been following my blog for a while you will probably have seen it in it's previous state, as this shed had been re-built THREE times now! After many rental flats, we have finally bought our own house so it will remain here for a very long time. In the move down from London to the Isle of Wight, it suffered as a dismantled pile of wood in the garden, rotting and covered in snail poo. After a LOT of work, it has been resurrected and sealed up, repainted and made good. Here is a tour of how it looks nowadays >

due to our new garden layout, my shed door is now on the other end so its sort of mirror image of how it was before.

This time, I filled my shed with lots of tools and equipment not only for sewing but making all kinds of things. And my new chair is one of a pair from made.com, the other one is in our kitchen.

I used to store thread in an old glass jar, but how annoying when you see the one you want right at the bottom and can't get to it. I found this easier - slide them onto knitting needles and hang up with a curtain clip.


I use clothes pegs for pretty much everything, these old German ones are of superior quality, (at least I think they are German ahem)





I actually think I got a bit obsessed with order and storage. Having a toddler around means there's not much peace and quite and tidiness to be had in the house. My shed is like a haven for me, everything has a place and all is calm.


I found some things in the market that I thought would help my storage issues. This is/was an old cake tin >

and I think this was meant for dishes >


I used to find sewing a bit annoying when I needed to iron something as I went along, and had to stop and go indoors. So I found this small folding table and made an ironing pad to tie onto it, and hung it up on the door.

It's just right. (I usually have my sewing machine out on the table by the way).

And I fitted a nice new shiny rim lock which I'm quite proud of.

 and keeping my shed tidy is a bit of an obsession too.


I used loads of these butchers hooks and small white baskets from Ikea...


I love being in my shed, but even more... I love it when my daughter comes to knock on the door with a cup of tea


(only joking, it's an empty mug doh!)

My shed looks out onto a nature reserve, so some days I just end up staring out of the window.


coming up next...my Mister, Nao's new shed!

(p.s. you can read past post about our sheds here)

55 comments:

  1. I love the 'his and hers' sheds next door to each other! I think I have shed envy in fact. Thank you for the tour, Emma x

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  2. You have such a good eye for design - I have 'shed envy'! Who would have thought that a shed could look so good! And your daughter is gorgeous.
    Thank you for sharing
    Caz xx

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  3. ooh, just realised that both Emma B and I have shed envy!

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  4. What about the little person? Will she get her own 'Wendy shed' in due course? Then you'd be a real shed family.

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    1. yes we hope to build her, her own workshop soon!

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  5. I LOVE YOUR SHED(S)!

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    1. Also, are those le creuset mugs worth the price? Do they retain the heat nicely? I've been tempted on a number of occasions but the price has always put me off.

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    2. mugs were a pressie from my brother a few years ago. They are good!

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  6. Wow! So amazingly beautiful!

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  7. Oh my word, every reincarnation of your shed is better than the next and inspires me to get off my bum and do something... I pretty much fell off my chair when I saw Pehr bringing in "tea".

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  8. You're inspiring me to organize my own workspace. It's a bit of a mess right now.

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  9. Oooo! What a wonderful place to park yourself and have some alone time. Such a pretty and old looking style interior. Love it. Before you know it your daughter will bring you tea, perhaps in a thermos. I love your little family. Wish my girls were tiny like that again.

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  10. I forgot to add - love your new profile pic. You look just like a housewife in WWII. Did you make your own apron? I've always liked those.

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    1. thanks!, it's a 1930s apron, I have got many aprons!

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  11. perfect space! I love the way you have it all set up! your daughter is absolutely the cutest little person ever!

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  12. You have created a beautiful workspace...
    Wish you much inspiration ...
    My best regards,
    m.

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  13. Yes, the clothes pegs are German ....:)

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  14. such a gorgeous space! it's my dream to have a place like this for my art x

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  15. I think I am in love with the tea lady... I hope she gets her own shed one day. xx

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  16. What a perfect haven.
    Sarah.

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  17. lovely post! what paint do you use for your shed and bench?

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    1. Hi, ummm Santex for my shed, Dulux for nao's shed and bench I think.

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  18. Love it! For us it's nearly beach hut season! It goes up beginning of April - not long now! Elinor x

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  19. Your shed is beautiful. I'm just wondering how you keep it damp proof as I could do with my own shed as a small upholstery workshop?

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    1. If its a good quality shed upwards of £500 then it shouldn't really get damp if its on a proper base. Make sure there are no over hanging trees and plenty of air to circulate around the shed maybe?

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  20. I loved the tour with my morning cup of tea, your view is amazing and your shed a sweet sanctuary. Can't wait to see what you make in there {*}

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  21. omg.. AMAZING! what a wonderful and most special little creation sanctuary! Pehr bringing in the 'tea' is too CUTE!! xo

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  22. This is so wonderful and looks so spacious as well. Would it be weird to put one up in my living room?

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  23. Yay! It's almost warm enough to use your sheds! The window looks lovely.

    And Yes those are German clothes pins....

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    1. I use my shed all year round! Crazy Brit!... (but with a heater)

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  24. Where did you get the rabbit head above your door from?

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  25. Brilliant that you are nurturing your need for order amongst the blissful chaos of toddlerhood. Good for you! I, too have serious shed envy!
    Ps: Pehr can offer me an empty cup any day of the week <3

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  26. So lovely. So many wonderful ideas.

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  27. Oh dear. I think I need to redo my shed. I also work out of my shed and I call it my shedio but it looks nothing like yours. Well done on a beautiful, artistic, organised work space.

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  28. I now have a serious case of shed envy. Have spent the last hour reading all your shed posts and then got sidetracked by your wedding.....all totally beautiful and wonderfully tastefully stylish!

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  29. I love your shed and the clever ways that you store and display tools and supplies. I'm amazed that stuff doesn't rust overnight.

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    1. Thanks! yes I'm trying to be more organised!
      Amazed? You must be amazed that boats exist then ; )

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  30. jeepers, your shed is too cool!

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  31. What a great space! I love that you have a shed each too x

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  32. Your post is really inspiring. I want to make a shed in my apartment! The part with your daughter is priceless.

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  33. I would love a shed like that..one day! I have lots of vintage aprons too x

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  34. You should enter for shed of the year - it's a real competition! You'd totally walk off with whatever they give the winner - probably a tartan flask or a heated seat pad!

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  35. In a month or so my mother is coming to live with me at the cottage, and being the cottage small, being both of us two creative creatures in need of creative spaces, I think I'll be buying one of these sheds as soon as I can. For me. I love to create in solitude and my mom can be a little...all over the place? So I think I'll need a garden hermitage.

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  36. I love small houses. Thanks for sharing yours . They are beautyfull.

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  37. Shed envy is a totally new experience for me. This space is Beeoutiful!

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  38. You totally got me with the cup of tea! :) Our nippers were born on the exact same day, and I was thinking, "Aw snap! Meems can't even hold an empty mug without flinging it, and Artemis already has Pehr bringing her a cuppa!!! I got work to do!!!" Pehr is such a darling little dearest. xoxo

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  39. Are there plans that could br shared so I could build a shed for my wife as well?

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  40. What a wonderful bit of creative and simple heaven. Inspiring.

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  41. Nice place, lovely!

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  42. Simply beautiful. My husband are I have just bought our own sheds only three days ago and your decor has inspired us no end! Can't wait to decorate and then create... Thank you for sharing. Gorgeous family btw. :)

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