Life as I know It

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San Luis Obispo, California, and South Bristol, Maine, United States
Author ~ Illustrator ~ Lecturer

Monday, January 21, 2008

A Room of One's Own-Mockingbird Studio

I love all of your e-mails and posts! Thank you for making me feel like a part of a Walton-ish family–something I always wanted. Your comments feed my spirit and remind me of the words of scholar and organic gardening champion Sir Albert Howard. He believed in The Law of Return. What you take you've got to give back or the Wheel of Life won't turn. Some of you write that I have given to you, but in truth, you give to me and keep my wheels turning.

A few of you have asked about my work space, which has been a blessing in this new town life of mine. At "Seekhaven," I worked in a lovely, but tiny (7' x 9') second story sunroom that allowed me a view of gardens and wildlife. Here I have my own little studio with space, bookshelves, a fireplace, kitchenette, and room for storing and cutting paper, paints, inks, computer area, and much more than I ever expected. I call my playhouse Mockingbird Studio for the two mockers who rule my garden and watch over my life.

Mockingbird Studio

Entrance from kitchen garden

Overview of the inside

Reference Library. Thirteen foot apple ladder from Vermont used as library ladder

My drawing table

My inks and paints

Tools of my trade

Close up of my drawing table overlooking my kitchen garden


Storybook Woods said...

Oh my gosh Sharon, your “playhouse” is charming. The only problem with it is I would never want to leave. Between that and your gardens, I bet you never do. Thank you for sharing with us. Clarice

Tammy Heller said...

Sharon, How delightful to discover your blog! I love all the wonderful pictures of your gardens and studio. I really miss your column in Country Living I'm looking forward to your new book!...Any hints?! Being that my husband and I are in the antique business...I love how you decorate with antiques...esp. how you use pottery and antique containers to organize your things! Your new studio is so neat!...I can see you have a wonderful environment in which your creative juices can continue to flow! I look forward to your new posts! Tammy :o)

fiona said...

How wonderful! Thank you for sharing your personal space..

its so important to have a supportive and therapeutic environment in which to work, and its great to see how folks create that for themselves

you have inspired me to photograph and share mine, too :-)

Anonymous said...

Dear Sharon, I have recently purchased your books roots shoots and trowel and error and I love them both. I am so inspired to start creating a garden with my children and hope to include them in my gardening in the future.

thank you for some wonderful books

vintagechica said...

What a lovely space...thank you so much for sharing. I wish I could quadruple my little garden, but even then it would only be a shadow of your gorgeous space.



Our Green Nest said...

What an incredibly inspiring workspace! Love it! - Jillian