My Garden Retreat

My Garden Retreat
photo Gridley Graves for Country Living

Enjoying the Indian Summer

Hello my friends!

I know you were thinking I would do another post on the Christmas Open House...and I will
but this evening...I wanted you to see what I have been working on since Tuesday...
Tinker house!

I finally got to paint the outside so that the entire folly is one color...peely, chippy white in some but mostly white!
I took this picture on Tuesday...before I did a little distressing
Yesterday I took this one...

And today...
Well okay...
This evening, I took these!

Tomorrow evening....
I will show you all that I got finished and what will be done by Monday!

But the weather....well it has been fabulous! Cold in the mornings and 70 by noon!
I just couldn't resist!
As you know
I love Autumn
And even though I work in a field that requires me to get in a Christmas mood earlier than most...
I still prefer to spend my time out in the garden...
for as long as I can!
Hubby is still outside installing the last of the glass on the sides and I painted the interior today...
So tomorrow evening...
Before I get back into  Holiday Season mode....
I will share the interior of Tinker House with you! 
Until then...
Have a wonderful evening!


  1. This is so amazing! It is beautiful, every bit of it.
    Jen at The Gifted Giver

  2. It's fabulous. We've had the most fabulous fall too. Love your Folly.

  3. I love your Tinker house, it is amazing!

  4. I want a tinker made it with all old doors and windows? Beautiful and I love how its all ready for Christmas...enjoy this weather....

  5. Oh Donna, it's just so beautiful! Can't wait to see what you're doing with it,

  6. Oh Donna,
    I love it, I love it! You have done such a wonderful job. Love the lights. You give me the oomph to want to get out and do more, so thank you sweets. Beautiful eye candy for us all. Can NOT wait to see more.

    Come by my blog for a little giveaway if you get the chance (it's something white). Here's a pat on the back from me to you, I know how hard you've worked on Tinker House.

  7. Oh Donna I ADORE TINKER HOUSE!! I want one bad!! :) It is just beautiful and I love every tiny detail. Just perfect my friend!

  8. Love the Tinker house..I love that you took all old things and made them into something amazing.
    One question- the front doors- are they on rollers like pocket doors?

  9. It's just gorgeous. You've done a beautiful job!

  10. Oh, how I adore your tinker house!

  11. Found you via White Wednesday, and very happy I did. That folly is .... breathtaking.


    Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

  12. Wow is that ever ravishing ...what beauty!!!

  13. I've been collecting salvage old Doors and Windows for years to do a project such as this... so I had to drag The Man over to peek at your Post of this beautiful Tinker House you made! *smiles* For a "See Honey I'm not Mad, it CAN be beautifully done" moment! *LOL*

    Thanks so much for sharing your vision... it has further inspired me for my vision of how all these architectural pieces I've been amassing can be transformed into a Paradise built of Salvage!

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  14. I love when you show TinkerHouse! It is looking just fab! I love the back of it, too. It just gets better and better, with all you do to it. Can't wait to see more!
    Becky C

  15. Oh, it's magical! I can't wait to see it all!!

  16. I loved all of the pictures ... when I got to the last one with the lights on... took my breath away!
    Have a pretty day!

  17. Don't mind me over here drooling over your sweet little "tinker house". It's so adorable and I want one. Can't wait to see the interior......I'm sure it will be amazing.

    Also congratulations on an amazing Christmas Show.


  18. O yes yes yes !! finally a real christmas house !! i said so !!! i really like it !! amazing.....oh so cute...i wish it stays here outside!!
    love it love it !!!...happy day Ria....

  19. The Tinker House gets more lovely every time I see it. I love the fresh coat of paint and the greenery. And that burlap garland is sweet! You may have mentioned it before, but what material did you use to cover the table, and where can I find something similar? I think it would be a great table cover for my jewelry display.

    Thanks for sharing, and have a wonderful weekend!!!1

  20. Donna, that it so awesome!!!!! I need to do that to make my greenhouse!

  21. Hey Girlie
    That is just awesome... you have outdid yourself this time! I love love love it!
    It looks like a little Christmas jewel box...
    You and the man did such a fantastic job... can I borrow him?

  22. Beautiful Donna. The night time photo is stunning! Look forward to a closer look inside.

  23. This is just timeless and beautiful!!!
    ~ Julie

  24. Love what you have done ~ it's gorgeous! Have a beautiful weekend friend!

  25. This is my first visit to your lovely blog and I love it! I am also in love with your tinker house! I can't wait to explore your blog more.



    P.S. I am your newest follower :)


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