My Garden Retreat

My Garden Retreat
photo Gridley Graves for Country Living

Country Living visits Tinkerhouse

Hello My Friends!

Its been so long since my last post,
that I was lost as to how to proceed 
not even sure how to do a post on my new notebook!

 Much has happened and I was uncertain as to where to pickup after our last conversation,

So, lets start afresh!

Since it's just hit the newstands... 
Lets begin with

Country Living's visit to Tinkerhouse

I was in Texas visiting my girls when the April edition of Country Living was released and on the newstands. 
I was quite a giddy girl when I saw it in the grocery store for the first time! Even more fun, CL did two different covers! I was able to find them both while I was in Texas and can see why they couldn't choose just one.

Even though I've had almost a whole year knowing it was going to happen, seeing it for myself was quite a different thing altogether!
For me, the whole experience was a dream come true! One of those 'pinch me, I can't be real" moments.

It was a warm and beautiful day in late Spring early Summer that  I had the pleasure of welcoming the very talented husband and wife team of Gridley Graves photography to my garden. I met Anne and Gary when they came to do the photoshoot in Tipton of the French Market several years ago. We stayed in contact and I was so excited when they told me of this new opportunity. 
Along with them , Country Living sent Elizabeth Demos, the awesome and uber talented stylist who made Tinkerhouse shine for it's magazine debut.

photo courtesy of Country Living, taken by Gridley Graves and styled by Liz Demos.

The weather could not have been more perfect! Low to mid seventies, mild  breeze and a gorgeous sky!
 I am so pleased with how the whole piece turned out. Jennifer Kopf did a fantastic job on the article and I  very much enjoyed working with her as well!

Such a talented team and so very kind of Country Living to include us in the piece as well as the table of contents page!

I could not have even done this had it not been for my besties! Karen Horton, along with her daughter Holly and Hortons of Tipton for the photo extras and hours of labor to get Tinkerhouse and the garden ready.
My dear friend Karen Groff for her help pulling weeds in the rain for an entire day and my precious sister-in -law and brother Jacque and Denny Widup for the endless hours of prep work!
Thank you all~ I love you so much!

I have much more to share but this week
I am getting ready to unveil my new shop at Hortons of Tipton this Saturday!
More on that and another big surprise in the next few days!


  1. Yay! You are back! I have missed you so!

  2. Hooray you are back Donna. I did a post about you being in the magazine yesterday...surely hope you don't mind. I am so glad you mentioned the Horton's. They are the sweetest people. I can not wait to see you this Saturday. I am bringing my magazine for you to sign. :):) Bless you, xoxo,Susie

  3. Soooo glad you are back!! I have missed you Donna! The article is perfect and gorgeous!!!

  4. Soooo glad you are back!! I have missed you Donna! The article is perfect and gorgeous!!!

  5. Welcome back! Wonderful blogs and bloggers are always missed so very much.

  6. very proud when one of my blogger pals gets to shine!!! congrats!!!

    Angela from NJ

  7. I'm so glad you're back. I as hooked the first time I saw your beautiful garden and Tinkerhouse. I've missed seeing bits of your little dream world.

  8. This is soooo exciting, but even more exciting is that you are BACK, Donna! YAY!
    I so look forward to everything you'll be sharing with all of us.
    Big hugs,

  9. Congratualtions! How very exciting! It is so nice to see you on your blog again! I would love it if you would start an Istagram account! :)

  10. Yay i got my Tinkerhouse fix! Congrats.

  11. Wouw That is great news...!!!....and......WELCOME BACK ,!! Ria x ❤️

  12. I,m so glad your back.How is your darling grand daughter doing?The last picture of her was in the suitcase long time.You have been missed.

  13. Hi Donna, I was so excited to see your Tinker House in CL. what an amazing feature, it was all gorgeous! Blogland misses your very talented self! It's so good to see you post!


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