As my fabric business grew, my dining room got rather over run with stock, so I decided it was time to have a rethink. My first thought was to hire an office space. There's a development near me and so I went for a look. It was rather lovely, but the cheapest workspace was £250 a month, and I just felt that was more than I wanted to pay.
It was Mr Oakapple who came up with the idea of a shed. You might think that was the obvious answer, but I have a tiny garden!
I was recomended a company near me; North Yorkshire Sheds. They came and had a look at my back garden, and told me we could have a reasonable shed there. The garden is north facing, so we didn't use the bit shown here for anything much. I visited the company's premises and we choose a design that would work for me. I wanted the shed to be insulated and have a proper electricity supply.
The shed was built at North Yorkshire Sheds' premises, and then assembled in my garden.
The shed fills up the gap really well! I was surprised how much use could be made of the long narrow space - the base was 11ft by 5ft. It's fully insulated and has it's own electricity supply, installed by a qualified electrician provided by North Yorkshire Sheds.
I've got a lot of really usable space which I didn't expect to have. I love this ribbon storage which came from Baxter and Snow, and of course, I had to make use of a bit of vintage pyrex!
I have my sewing machine at the far end of the shed
I have a vintage sewing machine table which I picked up for £5 a few years ago. I know it looks a bit scruffy, but I'm very fond of it!
These curtains were the first thing I made in my new shed. I forgot about this lovely Cath Kidston fabric - I found it when I cleared out my old sewing room.
There are two windows in the side of my shed - ok they only look at a brick wall but they do let in a bit more light, and the windowsills allow room for lots of bits and bobs.
I'm able to sort all my packaging out in the shed now, although I keep all my fabric indoors, in my old sewing area, which now resembles a very bijou fabric shop!
You can always find me in my shed whenever football is on - it's a good hiding place and I can listen to the radio in peace!
I hope you've enjoyed a sneaky peak inside my shed. Maybe you're inspired to have your own little workspace - I can highly recommend it!