Art by Celita Perillo (don't you love her name?!). I won this paper cut, entitled, "Wilderness Beauty", in her latest blog giveaway and today I found out that she is published! I am SO excited for her!
And now for photos of my summer palace (aka, "the back porch"). It is only truly functional when the outdoor temps are about 65* F. and the sun is shining. This is the southern side of the porch so we get this lovely greenhouse effect and there is no place better for lunch and afternoon tea.
And a little reading and art-ing.
I have a studio space elsewhere in the house, but this space on the porch is my new getaway.
You can't have too many retreat areas in your own home!
It is furnished with flotsam and jetsam, literally; the weathered shelf coming from the last auction I attended. (I will share more of my acquisitions in future posts). The clip boards are from thrift stores and will display art. They look pretty good empty too!
I probably shouldn't tell you that the pile of suitcases are TRASH PICKED. Really! I wouldn't lie about something like that! There was an estate auction in town and no one bid on these beauties (can you imagine?!) so the auctioneer left them. He didn't want to haul something back to his shop that no one wanted. Later in the day, the cases sat neatly in a row, on the curb by the house and I nabbed them before the rain got to them. I thought about resale, but each case needs refurbishing on the inside. In the mean time, they look fabulous piled in the corner of the porch.
I've added a few more items to the wall since I took these photos, but the atmosphere remains the same.
Warm, inviting and unhurried.
Time stands still on my back porch.
Even doing nothing here is time well spent!
Where is your sanctuary?