Around the Potting Shed: 2015 Year in Review

2015 Potting Shed Year in Review

Thank you for ALL for your visits, comments, shares and pins in 2015! I’m looking for some inspiration in the new year, if you have any, please send it my way. :) In the meantime I’m sharing my Potting Shed year in review and a celebration of the seasons and holidays.

post to summer's end

Here is a recap and highlights from 2015. Click on the links if you’d like to revisit or see the full post.

Grapevine Wreath Snow Woman

Build a grapevine wreath snowman or woman for winter! Add a plaid scarf to keep her fashionable and warm, assorted greenery, a plastic pot for a hat and wellies filled with fresh greens for winter, with garden fork and bird nest .


*Bee* Mine

 Red chalkboard paper for a runner and chalking up some Valentine’s Day fun with embossed salad plates and stemless wine glasses, abuzz with a bee skep and a serving of Savannah Honey Chocolate Truffles.


Happy Spring Wreath With Blooming Wellies

 A grapevine wreath, blooming with plum blossoms, wellies filled with a moss bunny, potted hyacinth and vintage garden tools


An Irish Blessing for St. Patrick’s Day 

All things green and garden for St. Patrick’s Day and inspiration from an Irish Blessing and rainbow for a little tabletop fun


Spring on a Ladder

A ladder planted with the harbingers of spring~ daffodils, fragrant hyacinths, camellias, and some flowering plum


In the Potting Shed with Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail

A bunny egg-stravaganza with Easter on its way!


Earth Laughs in Flowers

Chalkboard door quote and Flowers in a Seed Box


A Ladder to Plant for the Potting Shed

A thrifty find and ladder to plant


Flowers Feed the Soul and Ball Jar Bouquets

A little bloom for the soul in Ball jars and method to keep cut hydrangeas from wilting
Window Dressing for the Potting Shed

Adding and planting window boxes with sun-loving annuals


A Patriotic Salute in the Potting Shed

Red, White and Blue for a patriotic salute and waving the flag, step-by-step for Independence Day


Dressing up the Potting Shed with Vintage Garden Tools

Adding garden tools to “plant” some vintage charm on the gable of the Potting Shed


Watering Can Love

A collection of watering cans sprinkled on a ladder


The Potting Shed Garden Shop {Sign}

A sign for the door, embellished with garden tools and grapevine


Winged Beauties and Butterfly Metaphor for Life

Monarchs, Swallowtails and Gulf fritillary butterfly


Fleur Du Soleil

Sunflower tabletop fun and watering can inspiration


Chalking it Up: Autumn, The Year’s Last, Loveliest Smile!

Ushering in Autumn with a chalkboard door quote, pumpkins, cornstalks and mums


Vigorous Growers: Black-Eyed Susan Vine, Pumpkins and Watering Cans


Fall in a Ferry’s Seeds Box

Ferry’s Seeds box planted with ornamental kale, gourds, mums and ivy


Witches Tea Party: It’s All About the Treats!

Not scary, just sweet and 8th Annual Witches Tea Party

Christmas Around the Potting Shed

 Christmas Joy Around the Potting Shed


Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

 Metamorphosis Monday,

The Scoop,  Inspire Me Tuesday,

Wow Us WednesdaysTablescape Thursday,

 Home Sweet Home,  Feathered Nest Friday

 Foodie Friday and Everything Else Link Party

  40 comments for “Around the Potting Shed: 2015 Year in Review

  1. January 13, 2016 at 7:25 am

    What a wonderful potting shed! You have inspired me to get busy on mine! I love your seasonal decorating ideas! You are so talented!

  2. January 13, 2016 at 7:47 am

    I loved this reflective post, Mary, since I missed many of these posts last year. I was numb with grief from Feb. 7th on…can you believe it will soon be a year?
    I have enjoyed scanning your photos for delightful ideas. Where on earth do YOU go for inspiration???

  3. Ellen Stillabower
    January 13, 2016 at 7:47 am

    All beautiful! All inspiring!! My favorite are the bunny dishes!! I’m going to look for those!!! Thank you again, for sharing!!!

  4. Wendi Spraker
    January 13, 2016 at 8:23 am

    How beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing – you have lifted my winter doldrums a little with your lovely photos of the potting shed in bloom. Come on longer days and warm weather – I’m waiting for you! Thanks again!

  5. Rita Bibles
    January 13, 2016 at 9:11 am

    I look forward to your posts everyday. You are so creative and inspire me to keep things interesting and alive by changing things up on a regular basis. I change my kitchen and dining room tablescapes every month and try to coordinate the rest of the house with the colors and theme. Here are some questions you might want to incorporate for 2016 inspiration. 1) Where do you keep everything 2) How do you organize your supplies for easy access 3) long does it take you to set up a photo shoot 3) Do you have an assistant 4) when do you have time to cook all your delicious recipes 5) Where do you get your inspiration 5) Husband note, he must be very patient and encouraging. 6) Are you featured in any magazines

    Thank you for your beautiful blog and I hope your mother in law is much better. Blessings to you and your family in 2016.

  6. January 13, 2016 at 9:16 am

    I love to visit your potting shed Mary, any time, in any season or for any celebration! The year in review brought back many smiles and much eye candy…I find it impossible to believe that you are ever short on inspiration! I do find January a little overwhelming, full of things I should do, declutter, reorganize, clean, verses all the things I want to do, and time seems to still be flying by as it’s already mid month! I hope your 2016 is full of health, happiness and wonderful things to share, you always bring such joy and pleasure :)

  7. Anne
    January 13, 2016 at 9:57 am

    The world might be falling down around us but every time I looked at your potting shed it was a bright new day. Thanks so much for making my world a much prettier place. Hugs, Anne

  8. Carolyn
    January 13, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Happy 2016, Mary! May this year flood you with every good & perfect thing! I can’t imagine how many of us you influence with your lovely, imaginative posts! You are the queen of creative settings, whether of tabletop, outdoors, or interiors!
    The very word “inspire” bespeaks the Divine! May our Creator fill your spirit with His sweet enlivening as you continue to lift our spirits with your unique postings! May Blessings Abound!

  9. Michelle
    January 13, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Love your potting shed! Wish I had one! Your are very creative and talented . Looking forward to a great 2016 with creative ideas and recipes .😎🌴

  10. Dee
    January 13, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Goodness you are such an inspiration and I cannot wait for your new posts!!! I have shared with friends and they love your blog and have joined in. You are so talented and share so much with us…you make the gray days bright!!!
    Goodness I love all your tablescapes and ideas for the potting shed and maybe more outdoor picnics!!!
    Love all you do!!!

  11. Sherlie Magaret
    January 13, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Beautiful, you are an inspiration. This may be the year of my potting shed, nothing as grand as yours but a place for all my tools to be closer to the garden. Thank you for sharing with us.

  12. January 13, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Mary I loved your post. I have followed each on as they are all a breath of fresh air. I always wonder where you store all of your props. You must have a dish room that rivals Martha Stewart. Happy New Year!

  13. NancyG
    January 13, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Love your potting shed! Mine is not near as beautiful as yours. Do you actually plant in there and get it messed up? Do you spend time out there just relaxing among all the pretties? And I too wonder where you put all of your dishes!

  14. Debbie
    January 13, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I love your potting shed. It is one of the happiest places on earth. I anxiously await every one of your posts. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful space.

  15. Shelley Trunnell
    January 13, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Mary, you should print a calendar of shed pictures. I bet you would sell a bunch. I know I love the ever-changing looks of your shed. I kind of have a thing about sheds. I have no space to own one so I have just a bit of shed envy. Love your blog and look forward to each posting, happy new year to you, your husband and the girls. They are so cute in their little sweaters.

  16. January 13, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    I just love anything you post about the Potting Shed. Really a fun retrospect, Thanks, Sandi

  17. franki
    January 13, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Think I mentioned previously…these would make a WONDERFUL calendar!! franki

  18. January 13, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    What fun to review the months of the year with my favorite potting shed, Mary! Each and every one is so creative and inspirational. I loved the rainbow shining in the St. Paddy’s day one! Yes, I’m another one that thinks you should make a calendar. What a beauty it would be!

  19. Debbie
    January 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Looking at the pictures of your sweet potting shed makes me so happy. I eagerly await all of the posts , including your lovely table scapes. Thanks for a year of fabulous inspiration and joy!

  20. January 13, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I can tell you that if there was ANY way I was allowed to have a shed here it would be out back right now. I have to live through your posts and I absolutely LOVE every one! You have such a gift and eye for what is perfect together!!!! Thanks so much for sharing all this wonderful inspiration in one post!!!
    PS, I miss your visits.

  21. January 13, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    My most favorite shed on the internet! My sweet, sweet man built me one because of yours! I love seeing all that you do with yours.
    Mine is going to have a bit of a southwestern flare. Even have red cowgirl boots! I will let you know when I put it on my blog post! Thank You For Your Inspiration!

  22. Melodie Strickland
    January 13, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you for your 2015 post of your blog and sharing your beautiful and creative ideas. Hope your MIL is recovering quickly. May you and yours have a Happy & Healthy New Year!!

  23. Patricia
    January 13, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    This would make a beautiful calendar. Ever thought of doing one? Just sayin’….we’d stand in line to purchase it. I love visiting your blog.

  24. Paula
    January 13, 2016 at 8:46 pm


    As I have always said “You are the Queen Bee” of design and I know 2016 will be as wonderful as the past have been!

    A few thoughts for you if you like for your potting shed( since you ask hehe. ) Jack In the Bean Stalk. Mothers Day tea. A Fairies Garden, Go Fly a Kite. Alice in Wonderland. Peter Rabbit , just some spring thoughts. Ohhh what are your favorite stores to shop for everything you share here, and how about quaint towns , shops and restaurants to visit in the south for us northern gals :) that would be great !!

    We finally received Snow here so pretty !!

    Thanks Mary for all you do !!!


  25. January 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Love looking at this repost, thanks. You have great talent that is for certain! I love playing around in my Garden Shed. I will have to send you a picture of mine. But It don’t look as pretty as yours…..I wish I had your talent!

  26. Michèle
    January 13, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    I love your photography! In honor of my Mom and Grandparents I continue a Belgian tradition and bake a loaf of bread in Jan that includes yeast for a year of good luck. I would love to see your photographs of bowls, dish towels, wooden spoons, aprons, rising dough etc. Also a blog about organizing stuff behind closed doors would be welcomed at this time of the year. You are an inspiration!

  27. Cynthia Raines
    January 14, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Love every one of them! Have you noticed how many of us love every time you post on the garden shed and say it is their favorite part of your blog? We are all “birds of a feather”. Your talent knows no bounds, and we rejoice ! I am sure you will bless us again this year. Thanks for the beautiful, creative look back. Can’t wait to see what you dream up for 2016!

  28. January 14, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Ha, ha, I like the ‘it’s all about the treats’ table runner Mary! Here’s to another fun year:@)

  29. Kathy
    January 14, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I could sit in that potting shed and drink tea all day. Your potting shed posts are my favorite”. I’m getting inspired for Spring now.

  30. January 14, 2016 at 10:56 am

    My favorite is the Irish Blessings….and you are very blessed to have such an AH-dorable potting shed, Miss Mary!

  31. January 15, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I love it when you do a recap on the Potting Shed…it is like turning the pages of a garden book…each page so stunning…each page filled with so much beauty and inspiration…each page I gaze at in awe….and must say I love seeing that beautiful blue and white lidded bowl again!!!…Have a great weekend Mary!

  32. Cheryl King
    January 15, 2016 at 11:22 am

    I am so happy to have discovered your blog earlier in 2015. Last year was disastrous for us in terms of my husband’s health. It has been a most difficult season for us and some days hard to see forward. I have been using your blog as a little daily escape into happiness and a hope for better days that will allow for pretty and pleasant things. Please keep it up, you are encouraging me and giving me a little oasis of beauty along with my scripture time each day. Thank You!

  33. January 15, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Mary, I have to throw in my vote for a calendar done with photos of your potting shed!!! It would be a huge hit with all of your readers as well as people who love to garden. Pinning your roundup just in case some folks haven’t seen such gorgeousness!

  34. Kathy G
    January 16, 2016 at 3:28 am

    What a lovely year in review that is!!! Loved it

  35. Trenda
    January 17, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Hi Mary! I love seeing each of your posts and your creativity astounds me. I was intrigued when you said you were looking for inspiration in 2016.
    Seeing the changing seasons reflected in your potting shed decor and each outstanding tablescape you create using your charming dishes, afghans, table runners, chargers, centerpieces, and the myriad of other accessories you use, I always find myself imagining what kind of storage and organizational system you have.
    I would love to see any pictures you have of your storage areas and read any hints and suggestions you have learned in storing and organizing all your decorations and seasonal decor.
    Thank you for sharing all your talents and inspiration with us!

  36. January 20, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Just lovely! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  37. Just Cats
    January 25, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Oh my goodness, I WANT A POTTING SHED! There is no doubt your soul comes to life there. What a wonderful post. So inspiring. Deb

  38. Lisa R
    January 27, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    I’ll take a calendar too! But on a more serious note, where did you get the tanish, burlappy looking runner that is in a few of the early pics? I’ll never tire of looking at all your gorgeous pictures and I would also love to see how you store everything 😉

    • January 28, 2016 at 6:59 am

      Hi Lisa, The jute runner came from Pottery Barn several years ago :)

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