09 September 2010

Welcome, Wilkommen, Welkom, Accueil, Bienvenida

To my little garden house/cottage!  Pretty small isn't it?  I bought this light switch cover a long time ago, last winter I believe, and I guess that is where I got some of my colors from!
A few last minute preparations such as adding some dirt here to the front along with a french drain as when it rains it has washed some of the dirt away.
Hubby loaded some of our good ol' red dirt/clay which will be like cement!  Yes, that is our new "foster" dog on the side there.  I believe she has found a home now as no one claimed her, and we certainly don't want her put down either.
French drain finished, grass seed added. Let the watering begin!
Ooops! Did I do that?!!!! I had touch up painting to do, but it is now finished. 
A side look
View from the front with my (I love!) French doors!!!  The color on the doors and windows is called French Country Blue.
The inside.  I painted the floor the same color green although it looks much darker here. I had a ton of that paint so I might as well put it to good use since the floor needed painting anyway.  Hubby is putting floor molding down too. 
Speaking of hubby he's adding (one of  many) a decorative item given to me by my next door neighbor.  She said she knew it would be perfect for my little house.
Looks good!
My stepson gave this to me.  Hubby put it up for me too.  This one went on the back where later on I'll have some of  my garden stuff.
We got a porch light!
My daughter and I found this at Hobby Lobby.  She took french ages ago, so we bought two, one for me, and one for her front door!
When you are further back you could not read it.  So hubby suggested just adding a little paint to the words, now you can see it!
So, from this
To this
This past weekend we had really nice cool weather.  It got down to 52 degrees/ 12C. 
A beautiful night just right for a small fire.  It took all summer to get it done, and what a job! Lots of days with aching muscles, paint covered fingers.  Even though summer is coming to a close I'll be enjoying it for summers to come!  Of course now the real fun begins......the decorating!!!

19 comments:

Julie Marie said...

Oh Ulrike... I just love your little garden escape! It turned out so beautiful! The colors are just perfect. I can't wait to see how you decorate inside too... so happy you kept the little pup... she looks very happy and content there!... xoxo Julie Marie

Anke said...

Ulrike it is beautiful!! You guys turned and ugly duckling into a swan, really a great job! Can't wait to see what the inside will look like when it is completely done.

Madelief said...

Hi Ulrike,

Can't believe how much your garden house has changed! It looks like a proper house!!

The colours you chose look very good. They make the house look bright and joyful among all those big trees. Love the French sign and the sign your stepson gave you.

Looking forward to see what you will do with the inside!! The inside is even more fun to work with then the outside :-)!

Have a great day!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Lebenszeit said...

Liebe Ulrike,
dein Sommerhaus ist ganz zauberhaft geworden. Und das Dekorations-Element von deiner Nachbarin passt wirklich gut dazu.
Liebe Grüße
Rita

Rosine said...

Liebe Ulrike,
dein Gartenhaus sieht klasse aus.
your gardenhouse looks very pretty.
Die Farbe der Tür sieht aus, wie mein Gartenhaus.
The colour of the door looks like my gardenhouse.
Du hast einen guten Geschmack.
You've got a good taste.
Bis bald Ulrike
Solong Ulrike

die Rosine
the Raisin

Mary said...

Ulrike, it's just darling as they say here in the south!!! What an amazing job you two have done, and Lori's sign is perfect - adding paint was a great idea. I know you'll enjoy decorating the interior. If you go to my post today you'll gasp when you see how mine looks right now whilst we are re-decorating the house! But, as I say, thank goodness for a potting shed.......I've loved mine for many years and couldn't function without it.

Are you naming your new property? Mine is JASMIN COTTAGE as my granddaughter was a toddler when we built it and used it as a playhouse.

That little dog looks adorable!
Enjoy these cooler mornings.
Hugs - Mary

Southern Lady said...

Ulrike, I just love your little cottage. I can't believe what it looked like before compared to what it looks like now. I hope you enjoy every minute in your new little space! Carla

comfrey cottages said...

Absolutely adorable Ulrike! So happy for you!! What a lovely, lovely little cottage:) I can see where you will be spending a lot of time:) xxx

Gartendrossel said...

Liebe Ulrike,
in diesem kleinen Gartenhäuschen würde ich mich auch wohlfühlen, es ist wunderschön und die Lichtschalter-Abdeckung sehr toll gemacht!
ich wünsche Euch viel Freude beim dekorieren...

einen schönen Sonntag wünscht Dir Traudi, die liebe Grüße hier lässt

theshepherdshouse said...

Wow, that is so adorable! Everything looks beautiful. You and your husband have done an amazing job! So many sweet little touches ~ Enjoy!

Sweet blessings, Ulrike ~
Sharon

Anja said...

Beautiful Ulrike!A really wonderful "cottage" - or in Swedish: Friggebo. Please, say after me: Frig-ge-bo! Good!/Anja

Dianna said...

The day I've been waiting for...the unveiling of your garden house! It is BEAUTIFUL, Ulrike. I can hardly wait to see the inside after you've decorated it.

The Vintage Gardener said...

Hi Ulrike
I'm Gill - The Vintage Gardener, your swap partner for the magazine swap. I can see from your blog that we have quite a few things in common. My email is:- andrew.james10@virgin.net if you would like to contact me we can talk 'magazines'
Regards
Gill

Penny said...

Wow, In our old house we had a small structure that I wanted to convert to a cool little space. I never got around to it, so I am happy for you that you actually got to do it. I would have so much decorating that space! Have fun and see you in October.

Donnie said...

Ulrike- Your garden cottage is lovely. I could easily spend hours and hours there. Can't wait to see how you fix up the inside. Looking forward to meeting you at Penny's.

Mary said...

Ulrike, thrilled to see you have decided to make it next month - looking forward to meeting you and having a fun time! It will be quite a crowd at Penny's, yippee!!

Northern Shade said...

What a transformation, from old shed to pretty garden house. The colours are wonderful, and the windows and French doors charming. It looks so cute in the last shot, with the little patio around it and all lit up. When I first saw the before pictures a couple of months back, I didn't picture how it would turn out.

Jennifer said...

Wow that is amazing!!! I can't wait to meet you too! See ya at Penny's!!!

Take care!
~Jennifer

Kerri said...

Ulrike, your little garden cottage is just beautiful! You and your hubby have done a wonderful job with it, and the decorations are perfect. I'll look forward to seeing more pics after all the decorating is finished.

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