Meeting Annie Steen

Regularly, I profile one of the very involved and talented members of Flea Market Gardening. These folks are inspirational, talented gardeners and bargain shoppers! You may already recognize their names and photos and the next time you do you can say hello!

Annie loves Flea Markets, where she and her husband search out antique lanterns

Annie loves Flea Markets, where she and her husband search out antique lanterns

Meet Annie Steen

Meet Annie Steen

Meet Annie Steen

One of the most innovative Flea Market Gardeners we’ve seen recently, Annie Steen has created many charming and whimsical scenes in her garden that have delighted and inspired us! Check out her pond and porches to see ideas that might inspire you!

A fateful choice led Annie, a self taught primitive artist from East Fallowfield, Pennsylvania to a new creative career, making primitive art pieces with an Americana theme which we love so much.  She has had her own business, Pondside Primitives, for over 11 years and says she feels “very blessed to be able to something I truly love.”

She says, “I was born and raised in Colorado, coming back east about 26 years ago. We live in a small Cape Cod with a little over a acre of land.

Some of the items you might find in Annie's shop.

Some of the items you might find in Annie's shop.

Annie's kitchen garden

Annie's kitchen garden

“My Grandmother always had a big garden, with many fruit trees.”  I spent lots of weekends with her snappn’ peas, picking strawberries, washin’ potatoes, and well you get the idea. It’s all about working with your hands and creating, sometimes a lot of times I can’t sleep just thinking of what I want to do next.”

Below is Annie’s fabulous pond, beautifully accented by the plants she’s chosen for her garden, hosta, ornamental grasses and water lilies.

Annie's beautiful pond, for which her shop is named.

Annie's beautiful pond, for which her shop is named.

We’ve had the pond a little over 10 years. The choice was, build a pond or take a vacation and I’m so glad we chose the pond. It’s like a mini vacation every time we sit there to relax. It’s a lot of work but so worth it. It’s home to lots of birds, chipmunks and fish, and we even have had turtles in the pond. Yes, each fish has a name!

The pump, ladder and found objects are all unified with wonderful rust!

The pump, ladder and found objects are all unified with wonderful rust!

We almost passed on this pump (above). We didn’t want to spend the money…but was glad I did when we put the pond in!   It worked out perfect for our filter; water goes through a charcoal filter then through the pump and back into the pond.

Stars, birdhouses and crows are some of the themes Annie uses in her primitive creations.

Stars, birdhouses and crows are some of the themes Annie uses in her primitive creations.

There is so much wonderfulness to look at here, but it all blends with the use of neutral grey.

There is so much wonderfulness to look at here, but it all blends with the use of neutral grey.

This is Annie’s sitting area near the pond. We love all the stars, the grays of the weathered wood, the rusty reds of the birdhouse roofs and the chiminea. ” We came home one day to a peacock sitting by the pond, just watching the fish. The pond sits right out side the kitchen door between the house and the barn where my shop, Pondside Primitives, is and you can hear the waterfall running all day long– a great sound,” she says.

A fine welcome to Annie's front porch

A fine welcome to Annie's front porch

“This is a dry sink we built, above, and I added five electric candles. It’s real pretty in the evening.” We like all the flowers and the welcoming feeling this arrangement gives her porch and imagine that the decoration could be changes with the seasons!

”My husband Tim and I spend a lot of time ‘pickin’ and antique’n on the weekends and we love the flea markets! We’re antique lantern collectors and love the quest of finding them.”   We say, Annie, you keep doing what you’re doing and let us know all the news of your business and garden! If you’re in her neighborhood, she says stop in and say hello!

~~ Sue

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10 Comments

10 thoughts on “Meeting Annie Steen

  1. Nell Howard Stelzer

    I love it ! I hope to get to her shop sometime this year and see all of her creations , I love Americana items !

  2. Marie Niemann

    Love your entire yard with the rustic feel and pond surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers, and especially the yard art. I can just imagine how lovely it would be to live there and enjoy the view from your kitchen window and the sounds of the water.

  3. Nancy K. Meyer

    What a lovely home, pond, and shop!!! Such a warm and welcoming feel. Thanks for sharing your talents with the rest of us.

  4. Annie, you are so special. Everything that you do is beautiful. We are all going to come for a visit. :)

  5. Jeanne Sammmons

    Annie…I feel just right at home when seeing your pics! Oh, your pond is so lovely & your style of decor so ‘homebody.’ I love all the rustic & the beautiful flowers & plants you’ve chosen for your containers & pond. Thanks for sharing! Beautiful!

  6. The love of gardening and creativity comes through so splendidly in your gardens and your artist work Annie..Like a painter’s palette,the colors all blend so beautifully..Your own personal style has your name over every inch of it….Makes me want to grab a cup of coffee and take a walk….

  7. Kirk Willis

    Annie, you are incredibly artistic! Your ideas are sooo beautiful. When I look at them, your spirit of calmness comes through…such peaceful creations. INSPIRING!

  8. LOVE all of your creations and vignettes! So creative and beautiful!

  9. Denise Cox

    Would like to subscribe to the newsletter, but having difficulty..

    Denise

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