Laurie Armstrong stands in her She Shed (Cole Schisler photo)

She Shed sanctuary helps Ladysmith woman heal

Laurie Armstrong’s “She Shed” has been added to the She Shed Sisterhood

Tucked away in the corner of a Ladysmith acreage, beneath the cover of trees, Laurie Armstrong can be found most days enjoying her “She Shed”.

The idea for the shed all started when Laurie and her friend, Jennifer Kelso, salvaged a pair of French doors, and a small window.

“I said to my husband that all I wanted was somewhere to paint. I like to paint, refurnish old furniture, and do my hobby painting,” Armstrong said.

She said to her husband, Bill, (a former engineer), that she’d be happy with just a little shack. But Bill, alongside his friend David Holmes, built Laurie a proper shed, complete with electricity, and a small electric fire place for heating. Since then, it’s turned into a healing sanctuary.

“I’ve been struggling with Lyme disease, so it’s kind of a healing, meditation corner that I can come to. It’s my own tranquil space,” Armstrong said.

The shed is filled with refurnished, restored, and recycled art pieces that Armstrong has collected. Each of the pieces was destined for a landfill before she salvaged them and turned them into decorative art. Some of the pieces come from friends, neighbours, and family. Armstrong’s mother recently passed away, and some of the items in the She Shed were hers.

Since the construction of the She Shed, Armstrong’s life has changed for the better. She’s experienced loss lately, and has relied on her She Shed for healing.

“I have a lot of girlfriend time, I have a lot of down time. It gets me away from the house work, and the yard work. It gets me to do some meditating, and I do my yoga in here. When the weather turns, I’ll do my small paint projects in here. It’s grounding,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong’s shed is part of the She Shed Sisterhood, a group started by a woman in Australia. The group now has 12,000 members worldwide, and Armstrong’s shed is #295. In the fall, Armstrong will receive the She Shed Volkswagen van, which she’ll have for two weeks.

The She Shed was finished in October, 2018. Armstrong will soon be celebrating the first anniversary of her She Shed. Armstrong is grateful to have a space for her healing, and also a space where she can keep items from ending up in the landfill.

Just Posted

Long-awaited Crofton road improvements finally happening

Paved shoulders on both sides will be a welcome addition

New ratepayers association forming in Area H

Organization will advocate for North Oyster, Yellowpoint and Diamond District residents

Mrs. Warren’s Profession a delightful comedic romp

Chemainus Theatre Festival did not disappoint with their production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession

Campground on the chopping block as ALC deadline looms

Owners fighting to continue facility’s operation, with a huge outpouring of support

Nanaimo-Ladysmith candidates try to chart a path to victory

Conservatives, NDP, Liberals set sights on votes needed to unseat Green incumbent

VIDEO: Drone footage documents work to free salmon at Big Bar landslide

Video shows crews working to remove rocks and wood, and transporting salmon by helicopter

Man who crushed Nanaimo RCMP cars with stolen truck gets more jail time

Majore Jackson, 34, sentenced to two more years in jail in provincial court in Nanaimo

Defense says burden of proof not met in double murder case against Victoria father

Closing statements begin in trial for man accused of killing daughters Christmas 2017

B.C. dog breeder banned again after 46 dogs seized

The SPCA seized the animals from Terry Baker, 66, in February 2018

Surrey mom allegedly paid $400,000 for son in U.S. college bribery scam

Xiaoning Sui, 48, was arrested in Spain on Monday night

Three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

B.C. party bus company to be monitored after 40 intoxicated teens found onboard

Police received tip teens and young adults were drinking on party buses and limousines in Surrey

Rick Mercer calls out Conservative candidate in B.C. for fake meme

‘Not true. All fake. Please Stop,’ tweeted Rick Mercer in response

Bear killed in Kimberley after chasing girl, wreaking havoc on town

This particular brown-coloured bear has been the subject of many calls this summer; very food habituated, CO says

Most Read