I started by collecting vintage elements for my garden house, I collected for 5 years .... The main issue was having enough old windows, so though I had been collecting for so long, I knew I would need a huge stock to be able to puzzle piece them together for the sides.
One day a lady came into Treasures Antique Mall, where I work with a load of windows taken from an old miner's hotel in Eureka!!
"Eureka!!", I said, now I had enough windows to begin. You can see above how the basic structure went together.
Of course the door and windows were framed to fit the ones I had found.
My grandchildren loved the process of seeing this go together, it was a little house after all, and they just knew it was for them.
This is my granddaughter Eva, she and I had to have a little talk about just whose little house it really was .... of course Grandmas' are very good at sharing.
Having a son-in-law, Sam, who had done construction was perfect, as he climbed up to help put on the roof.
This picture, though much later, shows how the windows fit together ... the craftsman windows with the large pane and the three small panes are some of those that came out of Eureka.
We built in a hinged ladder to service the loft that that takes up a third of the pitched ceiling.
The problem with the decoupaged cottage name is that it faded that first summer, so by the second summer, I found an old door way lentil and attached metal letters that spelled Chawton ... they eventually came off, So this year I painted the letters on the door lentil.
I thought I would share some pictures of how we've used the garden house .,,, its been a booth at fleaology several times.
Its been a back drop for pictures for my blog as well.
As you can see its perfectly charming when we are holding fleaology, and I always leave the door open and a fan on inside so that people can sit and chat, or share lunch.