Life is a Garden~ Chalkboard Inspiration


A garden metaphor for life~ note to self and blooming

 chalkboard inspiration for my Potting Shed back door.


Life is a Garden~

Leave the flowers and pull the weeds.


A favorite pillow had suffered through

multiple pollen seasons on the porch

 and washings, and was looking

 a little weedy & shabby~

Life is a Garden pillow-001

So I picked a few flowers

 from Michaels to plant.


It’s blooming now

in my Potting Shed~

 a pollen-free zone :)


I cut a few flowers

that grow like weeds. . .





And I am weeding my way through some

collections to do some bird watching.










Time to weed!

Life is a Garden-001

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  40 comments for “Life is a Garden~ Chalkboard Inspiration

  1. Pam N.
    June 15, 2013 at 5:57 am

    Mary – as always you are original and thoughtful and a pleasure. May your blog continue to ” bloom ” with such beautiful ideas.

  2. June 15, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Wonderful! Love the chalkboard door and the life message. Off to the Farmers Market. xx

  3. June 15, 2013 at 7:58 am

    What a sweet post….love the chalkboard door and the ladder! It’s like a tall table for scaping…

    Have a great weekend!

  4. June 15, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Wonderfully creative, Mary! I have several glass door knobs from my parents old home & have been struggling to come up with a way to use them. Your display has inspired me so much!

  5. June 15, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Love your chalkboard door on my favorite potting shed. The pillow looks happy with it’s new flowers and the message is perfect.

  6. June 15, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I love your chalkboard on the door. Very pretty! My little heart went pitter pat when I saw your collection of bird cards that came in tea. What a sweet memory that brought me to my childhood. I love all the decor in your garden shed. So fun! Enjoy the weekend. Blessings, Pamela

  7. Peggy thal
    June 15, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Very pretty display. I really love you chalkboard door. Such a great idea. You also take great photos. Thank you and have a fun weekend.

  8. a quiet life
    June 15, 2013 at 9:14 am

    My favorite yet! You are yanking out the talent and your garden is flourishing! Your door is beyond adorable I fear the NEED for a cousin out west… perfection as always, but today was extra big smiles~

  9. Franki
    June 15, 2013 at 10:01 am

    That started my day on a beautiful note!! EnJOY! franki

  10. June 15, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Super words to live by! So cute, too. Your potting shed is so cute, and I love how you’ve accessorized it. That corbel on top of your ladder and some of the other architectural salvage are so super cool and I *heart* them. :D

    Enjoy your weekend!


  11. Sandi Allen
    June 15, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Love the chalkboard door!
    Your potting shed is Beautiful.

  12. June 15, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Your potting shed has so much personality! I could get lost in there looking at all of your treasures. I love the chalkboard!


  13. June 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I like your sweat free, pollen free, ache free, dirty free garden. Your collections and displays are delightful and creative.

    I am intrigued by your old book. What does 2/6 mean? Gardening zones is all I can think of.

    Glad to learn about the elderflower. It may be a weed but it is pretty.

    The saying on your pillow and used on your chalk board is very inspirational.

    • June 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks Bonnie, the book came in a series and is volume 2 of 6. It’s the only one I have :)

  14. June 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    All I can say is… I can imagine how beautiful your shop had to have been…You have such a knack for displays…!

  15. June 15, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    It is really hard for me to believe that you are just one person and not a highly paid design team. Really. I’m suspicious. ;-)

  16. June 15, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    LOVE that saying Mary! The updated pillow looks cute and your potting shed is always a place to dream. Spectacular here in Philly today, sunny, 82 and amazing! Hope you’re having a nice one too:@)

  17. June 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I love the ladder! I want to put one on my side porch and every time I find one and go to buy it my son tells me I have one at home. I have yet to see it! LOL!

  18. June 15, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Mary, I love the chalkboard and the saying, too. And I’m so impressed with your lettering skills! Your shed is a gardener’s dream. I could spend all day looking at your treasures!

  19. June 15, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I do enjoy a visit to your potting shed! The quote is great, Mary. I’m adding it to my list of garden quotes. The little pillow looks “blooming” happy. You are so clever. Hope you are enjoying sunny skies for the weekend.

  20. June 15, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    I could happily live in your potting shed! What a dream. Your personality shines through every post you do in here. Love it all.

  21. June 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Love the chalkboard door and your wonderful collectibles. Your potting shed is to die for and your pillow is terrific.
    Have a great week.

  22. June 16, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Picked some weeds this afternoon but left the flowering ones which sometimes are lovely too.

  23. June 17, 2013 at 9:05 am

    I spent so much time looking at all the details in your photos yesterday I forgot to leave a comment! All your clever little details never cease to amaze and delight! I loooovvve the quote, I am always telling my hubs, don’t pull anything that’s green! {Gardening is not our strong suit} I love all the little different things you have tucked in your pretty blue Ball jars too! Happy potting!

  24. June 17, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Your chalkboard door is amazing! I would love to do something like for our garden. Coming over from Between Naps on the Porch and so glad I did. Your blog is amazing! How do I follow you??????


  25. June 17, 2013 at 10:02 am

    So many darling details in your garden shed! The door is a perfect place for a blackboard, and what a nice job you did with the lettering!

  26. June 17, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Mary, I definitely should make that saying my mantra… :) I love your chalkboard door! Hope all is well!

  27. June 17, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Mary you have the cutest little potting shed anywhere. Love your chalkboard sign!

  28. June 17, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I am so happy every time I see your beautiful garden cottage…I love the “garden quote”…so true!…and I am bird watching as I write….there is a family of birds in my potted plant on the upper back porch…they are chirping away and making a mess….but I will deal with the mess as I love to hear them…they will soon be big enough to “leave the nest”…

  29. June 17, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Only you, Mary, can talk about weeds in such a beautiful fashion.

  30. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    June 17, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    This place is totally unreal. I love your door and everything about your little garden cottage. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  31. June 18, 2013 at 2:19 am

    love it! love it all!

  32. June 18, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    FABULOUS door with the chalkboard art!! Love your little garden shed.
    Mary Alice

  33. June 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    What a magical shed you have, Mary! The chalkboard is like the cherry on a sundae! I dream of having a shed like your!

  34. June 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I love that quote ;). I have occasionally pulled a flower while trying to grab the weed! This year the weeds seem to be winning. I have said it before – I could live in your potting shed!

  35. June 20, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Sooo . . . cute! I want to redo my own decorative door now and add some of your creative touches. Pinned for inspiration! Thanks for sharing and blessings to you, Patti@OldThingsNew

  36. June 21, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    The chalkboard door is beautiful!

  37. June 27, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Mary, you’re always amazing!!

  38. September 18, 2013 at 10:11 am

    That is really outstanding!

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