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antrim, antrim, Ireland
Hello and welcome to my blog. If you like flowers and gardens, housey stuff, food and banter, then this is the place for you. I am a decorative artist, florist and maker of things. I sell painted furniture, plants and crafts, through a local retail shop, in my native Ireland, and wedding flowers from home. I am married to a lovely patient man and have a smashing little girl. I blog for the fun of it. Thank you for listening.

Monday, 6 May 2013

@The Potting Shed

Hello and welcome to my old friends and new ones.
 Last week was a very busy one for me, as I am embarking on a new venture. I obtained a little retail space within a giftshop (Nanabelle's) in my home town. It will be somewhere for me to sell plants and flowers, hand crafted items and small pieces of furniture.Together with the owner of the shop we will also be offering workshops on painting furniture, flower arranging and crafts.

Saturday was very exciting and nerve-wrecking at the same time. I had set most of it up on Friday evening, and just finished off on Saturday. My space is small and I have a table and chairs from the tea room in the middle of it, so it was a little tricky to plan. It will need tweaking, but I was  pleased with how it looked.

I painted the old churn with the chalk paint and added a blackboard paint panel.

I have bunting and handmade brooches here, but I will need to get some closeups.

A wreath made from Baby's Breath.

Tulips and blossom from my garden.

I made my new business cards on Picmonkey.

A cute couple enjoying tea in 'the potting shed!'

Some of my older readers may recognize these, my mum's tea towels, made during the war from flour sacks, they have been recycled once again into laundry or shoe bags.

A handtied arrangement.

I hope you like the look of it too? I had a good day, the reception was very positive, and quite funny sometimes, as customers in Nanabelle's are used to silk flowers,  I could hear them tell their friends,'those roses are real!' It will take a little while for word to get around, but it was a good start.

I couldn't resist showing you this little picture of Sparky, that I edited on Picmonkey.
Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead. A very big thank you to all who were kind enough to visit my  website and leave comments. I found them to be most helpful, and although I haven't acted on them yet, I most certainly will. With love, Linda x.


  1. It's so lovely Linda! You've done a fabulous job and I wish you HUGE success in your new venture.

    And I absolutely love your newly recycled laundry/shoe bags - they are wonderful.

  2. Oh Linda, it really does all look absolutely delightful. You have done so well with it. I do wish you every success. I'm sure people will soon be flocking to the Potting Shed when word gets around. Love the picture of Sparky!! The business cards are very impressive as well. A huge "well done"!

  3. Great,really great.You made a big effort which will be fully appreciated.The bags are amazing!BRAVA!

  4. Hi linda, I'm new to your blog and I just love it! Congratulations on your selling spot, you have so many pretties everywhere and I adore fresh flowers :-) I wish you much success...have a great day!

  5. It looks really, really lovely. I'm sure you'll do well there. If I was having tea there, I'd definitely buy something - it all looks very pretty! Well done! X

  6. Oh Linda, Your header is gorgeous. Wow! I am loving those flowers from your garden. If I could grow those I would be in heaven. It is much too warm here. Your tulips are divine. We have a few ordinary plain tulips but never find the ruffled or variegated locally. YOur flour sacks your mother embroidered are darling. This entire post makes me smile.

    Congratulations on your shop. I would love to visit the Potting Shed. It is amazing. How special to have such beauty surrounding a tea shop. I know you will be great success. I am so happy for you. Cute business cards.

  7. Hello Linda

    What a delightful place to have your business. It looks like an interesting place to visit. I wish you success beyond your wildest dreams

    Helen xx

  8. it looks lovely linda..good luck with it all...x kay

  9. Oh Linda, this is wonderfully exciting news! Good luck on your new venture. As Kay wrote above, it all looks absolutely delightful: bravo!


  10. ohhhhh you are so lucky!!! You decorated it soooooo perfectly nice!!Dear Linda, tehse are great great news!!! I wish you all the luck of this world!!!!! Kisses

  11. Bravo Linda! Bravo sweet far off friend o'mine!

    First of all, I would phone Nannabelle's and reserve the table in "the shed"!

    Oooooo...such a sweet and lovely atmosphere for tea. I can only imagine the fragrance from your beautiful florals!

    This is a wonderful venue for you to display your creativity and love for design! I can't wait to watch the evolution of your business!

    I am cheering for you as you journey ahead! I wish you the best of success!

  12. Good luck. Everything looks amazing!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  13. Just beautiful! I wish you all the best.

  14. Linda, it's lovely, lovely! I'm sure it will go well, I do so wish I was close enough to visit. The very best of good luck wishes- Jane xxx

  15. Congratulations on your new venture.
    With all those pretty items
    you are sure to make a lot of people happy.

  16. It's looking lovely Linda and I'm sure the customers will appreciate your beautiful fresh flowers! Looking forward to your close-up pictures, have a nice weekend! Anita xo

  17. It all looks wonderful, Linda! I love the name and the potting shed theme so much. Wish I was nearby, there are lots of things I like in your pretty new shop!
    Wishing you a happy week.
    Helen x

  18. It looks a lovely space! Everything is so pretty and tasteful, and it's great that you can combine all your talents with flowers, handmade and painted items - plenty of scope for you!
    I'm so happy for you that it started out so well, and I hope that you are enjoying it all.
    It's certainly going to keep you busy!
    Thanks for sharing all this Linda, I love the new business cards, very you, and the photo of Sparky is clever!
    Gill xx


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