Well flipping heck ,( as we'd say around here ) what a couple of weeks !! Firstly the build up to Yarndale and then the Yarndale & Open Studio weekend and then the mental and physical come down from it all . Wow what a time it's been .
My Yarndale experience started with our Friday morning Creative Copper's group which a few Yarndale ladies came to as they had travelled up early for the weekends events . It was so nice to meet them and what a great way to start the weekend . It's amazing how a common interest in things can bring total strangers together and people just gel instantly. We had a lovely morning .
That afternoon I got The Studio ready for the Open Event and as I had a low budget for flowers I went with what nature could offer me for free !!
The leaves looked quite lovely as the afternoon light caught them adding a real Autumnal feel to the room .
I used orange tones in the other room upstairs to make a modest but pretty arrangement to cheer up the table for any visitors that weekend .
I arranged my stock that Friday evening along with the other two Designer/Makers that we were helping to showcase their work .
When the door opened at 9 am we had a flurry of people who were popping in before heading up to the Yarndale event . Mr fox was one of my first items to be sold which I was very happy about as I have quite fallen in love with him and am eager to make more . I do owe my youngest one as he never got the one he requested for his birthday ( boy do I feel a bad mum !) .
It was also great to have other bloggers pop in and say hi , we had visits from : bunny mummy , Jilly Harris , The house of Jones , Victoiria makes .
Also exhibiting was our Graphic Designer Friend from Bludaisy ( she can be found on facebook as well ) . Bludaisy already exhibits her work in Coopers but we thought it would be nice for her to meet people and talk about her work . Although a little shy she sold one of her lovely big pictures , a surprise for a lady who visited with her family from Liverpool , the lady had been following Bludaisy via her Facebook page and when she left her husband made a secret purchase , what a lucky lady .
We were actually overwhelmed on Saturday by the fantastic support the open studio event had , It's always a little nerve racking when planning an event like this and as the main attraction was Yarndale you always worry people won't come . But I needn't have worried we were full to the rafters all day long from the moment the door opened at 9am to me trying to leave at 3pm for my sons birthady ( actually 3.35pm when I left , ). Can I also say what a pleasure it was to meet you all , what a fantastic crowd you were and a big shout out to the ladies from Ireland staying in the attic room No 25 , girls your fab !!
Sunday was a busy day as I had to open The Studio at 12 o'clock but I managed a visist to Yarndale before it's doors opened , what a beautiful morning it was too . I saw Lucy and gave her a quick tap to say hi but she was already busy . So I pootled about soaked up the atmosphere and had a right good nosey at the stalls . The only purchase I made was 5 skeins of linen thread from ' namolio ' which I'm waiting to be inspired by but I'm happy to sit and look at for the time being .
We had a fabulous time on the Sunday at the Open studio so can I just say a very very very BIG THANK YOU to all those people who came to visit over the weekend and support what we are trying to do and create .
This is a little treat I gave myself from my favourite local antiques shop ' Wash House Antiques ' a vintage pudding basin with a seal able lid , I thought the £8 I payed for it was a good price and then I spotted a basket full of old Scottish and Irish linen cloths in beautiful condition , I could only stretch to buying two . But I instantly pictured them re-made into little dresses for the Christmas Angel Mice ( definitely got my Christmas head on now ). I think my purchase reflected my yearning for domestic happiness .
I loved being at home this weekend I've even made some Damson Gin , well two batches actually . I'd bought a kilo of Damsons from our local market with jam in mind , but a mum at school told me about Damson gin and I thought I'd give it a whirl as I like Sloe Gin .
Oooww look I've dug my sock out and started it again , I'm down the the heel and turning . I am a little bit excited . I WILL make a pair of socks before the year is out !!
My Yarndale experience has certainly got me inspired and given me new vigour for long overdue and forgotten projects .
I hope you've had chance to enjoy some simple pleasures this weekend . If not try slip some into this week somewhere .
Thanks for popping by and ta ta for now . Tracy x