Once upon a time, there was a little rustic garden shed that needed some love. Actually, it wasn’t a garden shed at all. It was a messed up greenhouse!
With beams exposed and plastic ripped, the greenhouse needed a new life. A morph if you will.
(edited to add: the cow mural was painted by artist friend Adrienne. It’s being safely stored until I find a new location for it. It was hand painted onto plywood with acrylic craft paints, then covered with a clear sealer)
Things started off slow. It took awhile for the girl with the tools to do her thing. First she had to learn how to use the tools, then figure out how to build.
This was no small task! But as the pieces of the puzzle were put into place…
… magic transpired. For both the shed and the girl. Together, they transformed.
This funky little shed was the girl’s first ever build. And it wasn’t even really a build. It was a ‘screw the boards into the framework’ project that couldn’t have been easier to create.
A cheater build! But! That’s ok, because the girl took advantage of something that was right in front of her own nose. How strange is it that the old greenhouse stood before the girl for 4 years before she saw the light? What held her back?
It doesn’t matter now, because once the work started, there was no stopping. After the framework was in place, the rest was icing on the cake.
One by one, creative elements were brought into play. An old crate for a flowerbox, rusty tools for decoration… the bare shed walls got all dressed up from hand me downs not costing a single thing. All this took was a little creativity.
The little rustic garden shed continued to improve and morph with age. One day the grapevines near the shed spotted an opportunity… and ran with it!
They wasted NO time. The grapevines started to climb overtop of a door that had swung open from the wind. It was quite an unexpected happening, but a pleasant one! They quickly did their thing and became beautiful, stopping the girl in her tracks from cutting them back and closing the door.
For when one door opens…
… opportunity arises.
Once the vines let loose and grew even more, they continued to become more valuable and much more productive.
Growth, discovery, trial and error… all valuable elements.
The little rustic shed simply morphed. And became more beautiful with each passing day.
Is the little rustic shed finished? Is this project a done deal? Or can it only get better with time?
The moment we stop and think we’ve done it all, or worse, feel we can’t do more, you ARE done. You’ve already made the decision to call it quits.
On the other hand, allowing yourself to morph into different areas of your life will only take you in new directions not yet discovered. Which would you prefer? To wake up to the same thing every day because you are done, or to wake up with a renewed sense of adventure and continue to build?
Grow like the grapevine that took hold of the door and got swept away in a sea of opportunity.
Risk something new like ‘building a shed’. Maybe you just have to search for the key to make it happen, such as the greenhouse hiding inside.
Keep adding newly achieved talents to the mix. I’ve never paved a walkway before or laid stone or brick. Maybe it’s time to add to the little rustic shed in new ways…
The little rustic shed, nor the girl that ‘built’ it will never be done. Isn’t that the beauty of a journey we love? We don’t want it to end, we want to learn and grow and continue towards new discoveries.
The little rustic shed that could. If a shed can do it, why can’t you?
The rustic garden shed series…
Part 5 – The little rustic garden shed that could