Well what a high this weekend has been !! It's no secret that this weekend has been a bit of an event for me ( and my Studio Buddie Lucy ) .
After deciding to do our first Open Studio event some 8 weeks ago it was soon upon us . My goodness me it has been very hard work ( 7 days a week and working two jobs ), stressful , tiring , exciting and much much more all rolled into one but you know something , it's all been worth it !
What an amazingly exhilarating day Saturday was but it has all built up and gathered pace over the last several weeks .
Firstly there has been a lot of buying and acquiring of furniture to fit out our studio and I have been in much need of my D.I.Y skills . I love the challenge of flat pack furniture , no really I do !!
I have been doing lots of sewing and have sooooo enjoyed making my new Angels they have been great fun to make . Some days I have just simply sat and played with fabric combinations , colour and embellishment .
This was Thursday morning , my fab hubby called in to bring me some postcards and greeting cards I had ordered from moo.com . I had wanted just a small batch to see what they were like and what sort of response they would get from people , a bit of an experiment . I was quite pleased with most of them .
Friday morning was a major flurry of activity and organising , it was great fun arranging stock and setting the scene . We were also getting excited about Friday evening and our preview party . We bought flowers and I cut some fresh ones from my garden to add more colour to Coopers . My roses are so beautiful at the moment .
Lucy's felt ball garland .
Then Lucy hung some Yarndale bunting drawing people into the studio .
I continued to arrange , tweak , organise and prettify .
We wanted the space to say a bit of what were about as individual , but also what the space is about and what we hope to use it for in the future.
It was a late night on Friday I didn't get home until after midnight and was back down at the studio for 8.30 am .
To be truthful I was a bit nervous about what the day would bring , as soon as we opened the door at 10am we had people in soaking up the creative vibe . We soon got packed out , to the rafters at some points and I never met such a crowd of , patient , courteous , friendly , enthusiastic creative people . I encourage some people who were not too shy to get their projects out and sit at our table and have a drink and chill and crochet . The support we received was outstanding people had travelled from all over the country . We had people from London , Exceter , Nottingham , Liverpool , Wakefield , Huddersfield , Whitby, Scotland and our only two men of the day ( Knitter and crocheter) were from Leeds ,you guys were a delight to meet . I could go on with where people came from . It was really quite overwhelming , in a good way we didn't stop all day , we chatted and I sold some of my lovely handmade items . I had two cups of cold coffee and a box of Strepsils ( I had a very sore throat ) and no lunch and my feet had swollen by the end of the day , which was quite funny as I had to change into my flip flops to work home and my feet just looked weird.. But I was on such a high it has taken until today to sort of calm down . There was a real buzz of excitement on Saturday and we feel the people who visited really enjoyed them selves . This event has really given my very young business a real boast which I am truly grateful for that and really appreciate people supporting what I am trying to do .
We received lots of good luck wishes and well done messages , we both received gifts from people who follow our blogs and one lady and her delightful daughter nearly made me cry with their kindness and generosity. ( I will be doing a little post later this week about this as this post is getting nearly as long as War and Peace ).
On reflection this morning all I could think was I can't wait for the next Open Studio event , I loved it!!
All there is left to say now is a big