My Garden Retreat

My Garden Retreat
photo Gridley Graves for Country Living

My place to Create and Blog!

Welcome to my World!

My grandmother, Nana, once told me
"One day,You will find a way to share the gifts and talent that the Lord gave you to bless the lives of others"
 She also said that I would have a place to do just that.
When she was no longer with us, her words were breathed into life.
The cottage that we built for her, is now my studio.
And I believe she knew it would be...all along.

This is my sewing room in the cottage.
It is my place to dream...
To create...
And  to visit with dear friends in Blogland.


Since I spend a great deal of time here...
I wanted this space to be special.
Filled with treasures ...

I also wanted it to be beautiful as well as functional.
I found and fell in love with a wallpaper 5 years ago.
It is a formal garden theme toile in aqua, cream and taupe.
I then wallpapered the room with it and even found matching fabric for roman shades!

Mr. Bill built my ladder shelving and I skirted an old table I found in taupe linen.

We had the room carpeted in an aqua color and well...I moved right in!

It is here that  I make the items I sell at the store...
as well as 
at the different events we do during the year!
Everything I make, I wish to be beautiful and to bless the one who recieves it.


Mr. Bill built this daybed for me in what used to be the closet.

He then put in lots of shelves...

 And I upholstered the door to the furnace so that I had an idea board.
... a place for me to put treasures.

At the start of everyday...right after I have come in from my garden ...
You can find me here.
Tucked into this little nest of sorts.
Surrounded by my favorite things.
The little cocoon of comfy pillows is my retreat.
Even on the days when I work at the store...

This is where I start my day...It is where I have my quiet time.

My view from this perch is that of my garden and of my sewing area.

It is also where I blog.

I am so thankful for blogging.
It has allowed me connect with others who share the same interests and passions...
To be inspired by each of your incredible talent and kind hearts.
You are all such a wonderful family of friends and I am so grateful for your kindness, encouragement and support.

I was so excited when Karen Valentine decided to do the

Where Bloggers Create Party again!

I couldn't wait to see where each of you create and dream!

I was even looking forward to sharing my space.
I must tell you though...
Much cleaning was required to get it photo ready!

We are just a few weeks away from the
And well...
It was really A MESS!
But, I did find a few things I had misplaced! So I am grateful that a cleaning was required!

I had hoped to have shown you my new utility room.
But it's not quite ready.
Here's a sneak peak though!

Mr. Bill just finished building the workbench!
He made the legs himself on his lathe to look like old french farmhouse table legs.
Once he is finished,
I will paint it and skirt it so that you don't see my roller carts.
The countertop was reclaimed from our old kitchen.
Yes, It's Aqua!
I have always loved this color!
This was all we could reuse and it's no longer available.

I will share more photos of this room soon.
It is very close to being complete and I am thrilled!

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing my atelier.
I have loved sharing it with you
and hope that it inspires you
to create such a place of your own.

Please pop over to Karen's
for the links to the rest of the party goers!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Until next time,


  1. Oh my...oh my...oh my! This is simply stunning! How do you ever leave this beautiful oasis! I think this room would make anyone feel creative! I love everything about it...the color...the design...the accessories...EVERYTHING!

    What an absolutely GORGEOUS space!


  2. Wow! I love the feel about your space! It's beautiful!Everything about this room speaks to me! I love it!

  3. Bonjour Donna,
    What a beautiful space you have created! Where women create indeed, with help from your honey of course. The little ddaybead tucked into that cozy spot if perfect for a little daydreaming. The story you shared about your Grandmother is priceless.
    Bon week-end,

  4. Donna,
    Your space is so absolutely charming! Your wallpaper is lovely and your sweet daybed is simply divine. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful room with us.

  5. OMG, can I just stay in that room??? I love it and the wallpaper! I love wallpaper... Such a calm atmosphere, it is truly wonderful just like you, sweetie
    And the sewing center is 2die4 not to mention the utility room, your hard work shows, everything is fantastic
    Many Blessings

  6. Donna, this is just THE most amazingly beautiful space. Fit for a princess! I came by earlier, but couldn't leave a comment. I couldn't wait to get back!! Seeing your wallpaper makes me so glad I went with my gut in choosing wallpaper for my dining room. Your's just sets the most elegant mood. It' has left me begging for more, I'm going to have to go back and try to enlarge photos.
    It fits you perfectly dear Donna, beautiful and elegant!

  7. What a beautiful space! And I love that wallpaper!!

  8. I have only just started looking at everyone's spaces. They are all amazing.
    I did not participate this year, but if you would like to see my little space here is the link -
    (there are 3 seperate posts)

  9. It is absolutely lovely. The wallpapers, the nook, everything with such careful detail. Amazing


  10. Oh Donna your space is gorgeous!!!!! It is just beautiful and serene. I love how you skirt your tables! Have a beautiful day!

  11. Oh my, this is just BEAUTIFUL!!! So,so pretty! I love all the soft colors...I'd never want to leave! XO, Ann

  12. Love your palette! Such a gorgeous space~

  13. I want to come to your house!! It is beautiful. I love the cloche too!! I have a collection of them. Thanks for your nice comment. Susan

  14. What a beautiful place to be........i love it so lovely all !!! happy weekend thanks fot visiting my blog...hugs from me...Ria

  15. Your creative space is just heavenly! The colors, the collections, just absolutely everything!
    Queen Bee Studio

  16. This space is absolutely gorgeous ~ it should really be featured in a magazine! Thanks so much for visiting Inspired Design ~ I am now your newest follower! The second I saw the first photo, (your page was even done loading), I knew this was my type of blog!! Have a great weekend. ~Debby xo

  17. Oh my goodness! I love this wonderful space of yours. The blue and brown palette looks so rich. That covered chair by your sewing machine table is adorable and of course the daybed nook is absolutely dreamy! Thanks for letting us in for a peek.

  18. Hi Donna,
    Everything is so beautiful. I just recently added your blog to my blogroll and I am so happy I did!
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  19. Wow your studio is so beautiful and dreamy! I adore the wall elegant!

  20. Wow, what a peaceful and elegant creative space! So, love my visit with you. Enjoy the party.

  21. This is a dreamy room for sure. Love the slipcovered chair and the built in sitting area along with all your pretties. Love it!

    Hope you have time to relax in this lovely place.


  22. Hello Donna,
    I am not even going to show my creative space in the garage! LOL!!! Well working on the room in my home as I write, I am inspired.
    As for my post I am going away for 2 days and that is not even my home :)
    I just thought I would give everyone a chuckle and a who wants to water all those flower pots??
    Thank you for your sweet visit.

  23. very lovely and very elegant.
    I love all the drawers under your workbench and all the other treasures aroud your space.

    happy day!

  24. A truly lovely and inspirational space!

  25. Well, if this space doesn't make it into Where Women Create I'll be terribly surprised... wow what a gorgeous space.

    I can see why you love the wallpaper, it is just heartbreakingly lovely. Do you recall the name and the make of it? I could never use it in my room (not without sanding back the walls) but a piece would be lovely framed...

  26. Hi Donna, I love your creative space and I love blogging as well! I am having the best time meeting people, Marcia

  27. Your studio is gorgeous! Beautiful color palette and wallpaper. And so many soft, pretty touches everywhere. LOVE the daybed!

  28. Oh Donna, it's so lush and girly, just like YOU!
    I love, love, love it!

  29. Donna, how do ever leave such a gorgeous place? It is just jaw dropping fabulous. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on mine. So glad I came over to see where you create.


  30. Thanks for sharing your space. I adore your little nock (day bed) and all the goodies surrounding your work space. Mr Bill takes good care of you:)

  31. Donna,
    Yours is a studio of serene beauty! I am so inspired by your choice of color, soothing and refreshing to the eye. Thank you for sharing, I really love your studio.

  32. Wow, a dream space, so beautiful and inspiring!

  33. I'm back again because I forgot yesterday to become a follower! And look I'm #100. I feel special. ; }

    I was wondering today who would be my 100th. I'm almost there...

    Anyway I'm glad I revisited, because I noticed some things I missed yesterday, and I was able to follow both blogs.

    Have a great week!


  34. Simply glorious! I love every detail ... what an eye you have dear fellow creative blogger ... well done!!


  35. Simple gorgeous - what beauty and charm -lovely beyond words. I would never work in there afraid I would get it dirty.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Hope your having a great weekend.


  36. Oh no fair!! You studio is to "Die for" cute!! I looks like a little slice of heaven. The pics were fabulous!
    Best wishes,

  37. Donna it's as beautiful as I KNEW it would be. You just have the touch. It seems that beauty is where ever you are. I know you create in so many places...your garden, your shop, your home, and your studio. You really inspire me and I would love to know where you get your energy. It seems that you are always busy making and doing wonderful things.
    I loved what you wrote about your grandmother in the beginning of this post...she must have always known the beauty within you!!!
    hugs to dear friend

  38. What an amazing space you have created! You have inspired me to add to my own crafting area.

    I adore all of your storage solutions.

  39. Oh Donna, your space is AMAZING!!!! I love your wall paper as much as I HATE mine! I laughed at your comment of it took 2 days to uncover the floor... It took me a week (I even did a post about the mess & called it "It's All Karen Valentine's Fault" While in that room for a week I decided I HATED my wall paper. But, your cottage being your precious Grandmothers & now your studio was so touching. I want to come back & get to know you better. And see that laundry room! I have had my GRANDS all weekend & am just now begining to visit the studios in the party but, it is my goal to go to each site & see each studio in the next few days Thanks for sharing yours. HUGS! Charlene

  40. Donna it is just lovely. One of my favorites so far! That wall paper is divine! I really love the color scheme! (Although you could probably figure that out by looking at my space) Mine is darker, but I love the combo of the blue, tan, beige.... Fab! Thank you for joining the party!

    My Desert Cottage

  41. You do indeed have a beautiful place to create. Love all the light colors and sweet storage ideas.
    And, a day bed!
    If you get tired, you can just lay down and ponder. =)

    love it all

    barbara jean

  42. Hi Donna. What an absolutely beautiful room! I wish I had one just like it. Love your wall paper!!! Ooh, I also loved the sneek peak at your utility room!! Hope you have a wonderful week ~ Tina xx

  43. Donna,
    You space is so elegant and organized too! I love the story behind your " creative space" ... That makes it all the more lovely!
    Thank you for visiting me on the studio tour and leaving me a nice note...
    Happy Creating and Dandelion Wishes to you!

  44. You had me at the toile wallpaper!and the upholstered door. WOWEE! Amazing space. Can't wait to see that utility room. ~Robin~

  45. What a gorgeous studio you have. I love the built in daybed and your beautiful wallpaper. Lovely! Thank you for sharing the space with us.

  46. Donna! Gorgeous! everything is so well put together - and finding that wallpaper was totally your ticket to a wonderful atmosphere - I think it looks great! book worthy!!!

  47. Donna!

    It is simply gorgeous! I love it!


  48. Your whole space is absolutely beautiful. I love all your touches and that day bed-lucky you! Thanks for a wonderful tour.

  49. So.... THIS is where all the magic happens!!! :)

    Donna, it is gorgeous. And I am NOT surprised!

    LOVE that wall paper!!! LOVE everything!!!



  50. ok, breath in and out...whoo, I forgot to breath for a moment! this post must come with a warning. such beautiful and inspiring space. thanks for stopping by and your sweet comments. I will add you to my blog list so I won't miss any of your posts-a classic symptom of a blogaholic! a pleasure meeting you. have a great week, and thanks for letting us in to your oasis! verbena cottage

  51. Your studio is soooooo lovely! So nice to meet you!

  52. Your little "nest" is simply stunning and I just love the story about your Grandmother. Thank you for sharing.

  53. You really do have a dream room! I had my hubby come and look at your photos! I love the day bed and have always wanted one. It would feel so snug to cuddle up and read or nap! You have really surrounded yourself with beauty and what a beautiful Nana to encourage you! ♥

  54. what an incredible, magical place to create-love the story of your grandmother that goes with it~

  55. Wow what a space...what a story the colors and all the details....Thanks so much for sharing it all with us.

  56. What a gorgeous space! I love the sweet slipper chair and that daybed is gorgeous. I can imagine falling asleep there when my eyes no longer stay open from stitching. I'd love to curl up on it and dream sweet dreams. Thank you for sharing such a special space!

  57. What a pretty, pretty room - it's just charming! I think the wall paper is perfect, and sets just the right mood for everything else. I will definitely be back!

  58. I love the wallpaper and the shade to match and the bench with all the pillows.....I just want to get my latest issue of where women create and curl up and not have to really is a beautiful retreat you have created....I would never want to leave that space........dreamy and are lucky!!!!

  59. The first word that came to mind when I saw your space was WOW! It went through my mind in a dreamy sort of way. I love the colors and the inviting softness of everyting. Thank you so much for visiting my space and sharing yours.

  60. Donna,

    Your studio is so lovely and peaceful...and I am loving, loving, loving your closet conversion to a daybed!! That should definitely be featured in a magazine. :0) It's just perfect. I wish I had a closet to do that to..Thanks so much for sharing your studio. I've really enjoyed strolling through.

    I'd love to have you come take a stroll through my's been a labor of love to get it all in place..what a journey this past year has been!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Stephanie ♥

  61. Thanks so much for sharing,Donna. I know what an effort you must have put in to get camera ready...let me just worth it! I really enjoyed the visit. I will be back for more.Can you believe that I am only trough the D's such a long way to go!


  62. Donna,
    Your space is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for letting us have a peek inside.........

  63. Hi Donna, oh my, I totally love everything about your gorgeous studio. It is truly amazing. I love your colors so pretty and all your beautiful treasures. Thanks for sharing.

  64. Oh my whiskers and tail! All standing on end - I cannot believe my eyes!?! Such beauty! PURRFECT colors....and the napping spot.....out of my way, I'll be right there!?! Does this place really exist?!? WOW, hats off to you - this is one of my favorites for sure!!!!


    Romeo and "her"

  65. Wow, your place cleans up nice!! I'm still working on mine but between full-time job, daugther moving home and life in general, it will be a while!! Thank you for visiting my blog-I have joined you as a follower-let's keep in touch and encourage each other in the Lord!
    Pat, A Remade Life

  66. I agree that your space is both functional and beautiful. Your work area will be a wonderful addition to this lovely and well appointed space. I was really taken by the day bed and how well it works in your space. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful studio.

  67. Your space is lovely.

    I love the daybed area. Hmmmm, wonder if i could squeeze that into my room.

    I love aqua, too. Its one of my fave colors.

  68. Totally amazing space! Love the daybed!!!!!

  69. I am in love with your studio, Donna! I love that wallpaper. Everything looks so pretty and welcoming. I could just see lounging on that day bed and having inspiration hit {or resting from a major project just being completed}. This is really a lovely space and I must admit I am envious!

  70. Wow! That is everyday elegance. I love, love, love your studio. The daybed is fabulous. It's all good. Thank you so much for the tour. Connie

  71. Stunning! Love your meaningful touches!

  72. Your grandmothers blessing rests all over your stunning studio! I love every little inch! Love that daybed. I think I would want to live in there. Thank you for sharing your creative haven.

  73. Donna, I've been thru quite a few on the blog roll so far, and it is my humble opinion that you should WIN! Everything about your atelier exudes bliss and beauty. Thanks for sharing your soul and passion!

  74. Sorry it has taken me a bit to get to your creative space. There have been so many blogs to visit. Your space is so lovely and how special it was your Nana's. I love your daybed and everything is so cozy and inviting. thanks for the wonderful tour and sharing your space with us. Have a wonderful day. Angela

  75. Your space is absolutely beautiful - I can certainly see why you would start every day here. I wouldn't ever want to leave if it were mine! Thank you so much for inviting us in!

  76. What a very beautiful and charming space you've created. Thanks for the tour, it was very delightful.

  77. oh, I am sooooooooooooooooo in love with this space, so romantic and peaceful!!! I love that wallpaper, I have been wanting to redo my bedroom and you have just inspired me!!! so glad I came by for a visit!!!

  78. Hi Donna!
    So nice "meeting" you and I'm sorry that I'm so late visiting, but this list of participants seems never ending to me and while more often than not I thought it wasn't really worth clicking the link in your case it was so worth it and I'm very happy that I did! Your atelier is absolutely enchanting and inspiring! I love your use of burlap! And your daybed sure is a dream!!!
    I'll bookmark your blog to not miss another post!
    Sending you warmest wishes from a very hot Germany

  79. What a lovely space you have, I love the colours of whites, creams with the hint of blues/teal... I have now made up my mind, thats the colours I will go with in my studio (when we get it all done)... It was a real treat and inspiration to me to see your space, thank you for sharing.

  80. Good Morning, Donna,
    Your studio is truely the most inviting, cozy spot in blogland...I wish I lived in your neighborhood and could visit you in person. We could have some fun together.

    Yes, I am still visiting the participants in the 'where bloggers create' event...and having a great time. Thank you for sharing your creative space with us. Have a wonderful weekend. ~Natalie

  81. Elegance is a understatement for your craft space! I am in love with the built in bench. Bench isnt even the right word... but love all the same! I also love your stand up work bench as I am a papercrafter and would rather stand when I am doing my thing. Thank you for sharing with me. I am new to the blog world (2 wks!) and very inspired by the blogs that I visit. Thank you for being a part of that today~ Sherry F.

  82. I like every post in this blog. Really a nice work has done.


  83. I amazed with the research you made to create this actual publish incredible. Magnificent process!


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