Potting, Props, and Photos


 I’ve been busy potting with the arrival

of spring and some guests. . .


They travel with a suitcase of props~

throws and linens. . .


A host of photography equipment I

wouldn’t begin to know how to use. . .


And best of all,

a couple of buckets of flowers!


To be perfectly honest I had a lot of anxiety and

wasn’t sure I was ready for these guests, or even

wanted to do this since my Potting Shed

just had a move and no time for

landscaping and plants to grow in.


But a little voice kept telling me

‘Let’s Do This’. . .

Who knew a sign of affirmation would come

disguised as a Home Depot bucket ?!


We had a Carolina Blue Sky

and a warm spring day

for a magazine shoot. . .


And I was fortunate to have the perfect crew

who took my all my anxiety away. . .


Sunday Hendrickson, stylist, aka,

Divine Art Director at Large. . .

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Russell Powell, free-lance photographer. . .


And Richard Leo Johnson . . .


 Photographer and musician,

which I didn’t discover,

until after he left.DSC_6053

 One of the things they were interested in

photographing was my

Shirley Poppy Wreath. . .


Thank you much again, Shirley!

I don’t know in what publication or

when my Potting Shed will be featured,

but I’ll keep you posted :)


 Wishing you Sunshine, Freedom,

and a little Flower ♥

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  50 comments for “Potting, Props, and Photos

  1. kristen ayers
    April 26, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Oh, Mary! what a fun and exciting time that must have been!…everything you do is always so gorgeous and inspiring…AND adaptable for so many of us :) Thank you for sharing your creativity….and those Carolina Blue skies!

  2. Vicki Daugherty
    April 26, 2014 at 6:54 am

    How exciting, that same team was at Shirley Stankis’ house earlier this week, so ya’ll will have to do a comparison post on what happens at one of those events! We’ll be watching for news of publication and congratulations! Vicki in Louisville KY.

  3. April 26, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Congratulations! I am looking forward to seeing you in print!

    From Virginia

  4. franki
    April 26, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Oh, girl!! Such exciting events TO HAPPEN! Can’t wait…it will be a “stunner!” franki

    • April 26, 2014 at 7:27 am

      Thanks so much Franki! Enjoy your weekend :)

  5. RS
    April 26, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Congrats on your magazine coverage. I am looking forward to seeing it in print!

  6. Kim
    April 26, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Mary, congrats on the shoot and I know it will be beautiful. Can’t wait to see it.

  7. April 26, 2014 at 7:44 am

    I love how you photographed the photographer, stylist and action, Mary! Congratulations on the shoot!

  8. Bonbongirl
    April 26, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Congrats! I can’t think of anyone more deserving than YOU to have this honor & hope this opens the door for many more good things to follow.

  9. April 26, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Congratulations on your photo shoot, Mary! I’m so excited for you! They picked the perfect potting shed to shoot too! I adore it. I know you must be still pinching yourself! I can’t wait to see it in print. You’re very talented! Shirley is the sweetest gal too!

  10. Susie Bostick
    April 26, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Wonderful….happy spring!

  11. April 26, 2014 at 8:09 am

    How exciting! “Our” potting shed is going to be a feature! ;) YeeHaw!

  12. April 26, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Oh it could not have been a more beautiful day to have a photo shoot with “The Dream Team”…Everything looks amazing…I cannot wait to see it . . and they had so much “beauty” to work with!…I love those stepping stones and I am sure that they did not have to do very much styling as you always have things so impeccably done!…Glad you had a great time too!…and you took the most wonderful photographs of them!…
    P.S. I am also looking forward to seeing the Shirley Poppy Wreath :)

  13. April 26, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Hi Mary! I’m so excited both for you and for all of us in blogland who are in love with your potting shed and feel such a connection to it! We watched as it grew and flourished and gasped as it flew through the sky to its new home, and now we can enjoy it in a new way! Congratulations!! I’m looking forward to hearing more! Linda

  14. April 26, 2014 at 8:47 am

    How thrilling, and so well deserved. Congratulations!

  15. April 26, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Ooh that’s so exciting, Mary! I can’t wait to see my favorite potting shed in a publication. I love how you took photos of the crew in action. Congratulations, Mary! xo

  16. paula
    April 26, 2014 at 9:37 am

    That is exciting, I am so HappY for You !! :)
    A big ConGrats Hug !!!

  17. April 26, 2014 at 9:43 am

    I know how wonderful they were, because they did a photo shoot at my house on Monday! I posted about it on Wednesday.

    I am thrilled for you and can’t wait to see your shoot in print!
    The Comforts of Home

  18. Suzi
    April 26, 2014 at 10:14 am

    So so thrilled for you!

  19. April 26, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Mary, I’m so happy for you! I loved the camera-behind-the camera peek–the dream team were in a magical place. Your stepping stones express a beautiful philosophy, and I love the garden glove and posey propped against one. I can’t wait to see the South’s most famous shed–she is like a heroine who has been through many adventures (uprooted! yet she’s still in bloom) and inspires us all. Thrilled for you! xxoo

  20. April 26, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Congrats Mary! If ever there was a more photogenic blog, it would be yours!
    How lovely!

  21. Cynthia Raines
    April 26, 2014 at 11:24 am

    So happy for you Mary! Congratulations! You go Girl!!!

  22. April 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    What fun and exciting news! Being published in a national magazine is long overdue for your amazing talents. You could be the photographer behind the lens. Every post you create is stellar and magazine worthy. Congratulations! Can’t wait to see it in print!
    Enjoy the weekend, Mary.

  23. April 26, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    How fun, exciting and well deserved! can’t wait to hear where your ‘potting shed playhouse’ will be featured!

    Maybe this will be the step (jump?) towards your own book!

  24. April 26, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Whichever magazine, it’ll be fabulous. I love your potting shed and Sunday Hendrickson always does a good job. And I only know her from name recognition from subscribed magazines I love. Congratulations, can’t wait to see the printed copy.

  25. April 26, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Congratulations Mary. I can hardly wait to see it in a magazine. You do such beautiful posts – please let us know when we can expect to see it on the news stand.

  26. April 26, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    So exciting, Mary!!! I can’t wait. Clever how you shared the great news.
    I loved seeing the photographers at work and their camera bag! Buckets of flowers are always a good thing.

    You deserve recognition for all the wonderful creativity you share. I still wish you would publish a book.

    Hope you are having beautiful weather!!!!

  27. April 26, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Can;t wait to se the printed end product!

  28. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    April 26, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Very exciting indeed! Looking forward to seeing the finished pics Mary:@)

  29. mOm
    April 26, 2014 at 9:25 pm


  30. April 26, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Well, it’s about time! I have thought from the very first post I ever saw of yours that you should be in a magazine! Yay!!!! I am so excited for you and more importantly for others yet to discover your magical touches! I bet it was fascinating [and nail biting!] watching what they chose to highlight and photograph~what an amazing experience!!! I can’t wait, it’s like Christmas :)

  31. April 26, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Congratulations, Mary!! Your potting shed and surrounding area is just lovely! I hope you’ll let us know the name of the publication and when you’ll be featured; I’d love to see it! :)



  32. April 27, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Your potting shed was destined for greatness! I can’t wait to see it in print!

  33. April 27, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    i am having the worst bit of luck with the net at both homes, for some reason your pics won’t load for me on this post, the one of course i am DYING to see! thank goodness you shared a few snapshots, but i want to see them ALL. i have refreshed a good 10 times, i hope i have them all now, your first shot will not come through unless i switch browsers, so between browsers, computers and devices i am hopefully seeing all the fun!

    i love the trunk shot, i recognize one in particular that visited my house. not to mention the buckets of beauty! even your refreshing beverage looks so lovely for them all…

    how FUN they featured your adorable wreath, you are a plethora of talent, its just delightful you will be gracing the pages nationwide!

    love seeing the behind the scenes pic, i am sure you have relaxed and tipped heavily by now, heaven knows i did this week too!

  34. Cheryl
    April 27, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    How exciting for you, Mary! Have you come down from Cloud 9 yet? I am not at all surprised to hear the news that you will be in a magazine and I am so happy you decided to go through with it. I can just imagine how much work you did preparing for them to come. I cannot wait to see you in print. Too bad we will only get to see but a few of the photos and not the whole photo shoot. I just know they all will be devine. Congratulations to you!

  35. April 27, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    How exciting, a photo shoot… Congrats… Please do let us know when it is featured …

  36. April 27, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    So exciting! I can’t wait to see this publication. I had just read about Penny’s photoshoot, and was wondering if it was the same team. Now I see from her comment here that they are. The gardening glove with the lush flora made me gasp with delight!

  37. April 29, 2014 at 8:12 am

    What fun!! I cannot wait to see the finished shoot – please do keep us posted!!

  38. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    April 29, 2014 at 9:58 am

    How exciting, congratulations!!!! I love your shed, can’t wait to see it in print .

  39. April 29, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    How wonderful for you! I can’t wait to see the photos wherever they show up! It looks so enchanted!

  40. April 29, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    How AWESOME! Congrats – what a wonderful experience. I am so so happy for you – you deserve this!

  41. April 29, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    I have always thought your potting shed was destined to be in a magazine to be seen by millions! Soooo happy for you and the photo shoot!

  42. April 30, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Just getting caught up on some posts!! I am looking forward to seeing your shed on some glossy pages!! Congratulations, how fun and exciting!

  43. Kym R. Brown
    April 30, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I just spent a weekend with Sunday Hendrickson and I agree you had the absolute best person styling your photo shoot. She’s awesome!!! If you ever get a chance check out the website for Launching Your Creativity. Sunday was involved in this and her story of how she got started was trully inspiring. Congratulations on your upcoming magazine spot.

  44. Liz @ Infuse With Liz
    May 16, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Congratulations Mary! I missed this post. How fabulous! Your garden shed is a delight and I’m sure they made it feel just as special as it did by the water. Looking forward to seeing it published!

  45. May 26, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Mary, How exciting.. LIke Liz, I missed this post, too. I must admit, I have shed envy. Mine is a strictly functional shed, and it’s tricky trying to decorate a riding lawn mower. :) But, I LOVE looking at your shed and dreaming, and looking forward to seeing the magazine when it’s published.

    • May 26, 2014 at 8:10 am

      Thanks Babs! I don’t know…I’ve seen some pretty cute decorated riding lawn mowers in our little July 4th parade :) Happy Memorial Day to you!

  46. Betty819
    June 25, 2014 at 7:35 am

    PLEASE let us know what magazine your shed will be featured in when it hits the stands. Congrats! You certainly deserve this honor!

  47. August 8, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Wow that was odd. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked
    submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say great blog!

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