Open Studios for Handmade Monday

I’m sitting in the garden outside the studio typing and listening to the birds singing whilst we wait for our visitors for the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios.

Kit is working on a lino cut at the other end of the table…

and in the middle is a little furry helper…

It’s been fairly quiet so far today but the visitors we have had have been lovely and we’ve both made sales.  Open Studios isn’t just about selling, but it would be nice to cover the entry costs and then anything else is a bonus.

My studio is looking great, so tidy!  You wouldn’t believe how much I’ve got stashed away in boxes and hidden…

And it’s so lovely to be able to sit out in the garden and just enjoy the fresh air after all the wet and miserable weather which has gone on, and on, and on…

As you can imagine, I haven’t got any thing new in the way of textile creativity to show this week after all the preparations have been taken care of, but I’m still linking up to Handmade Monday over on Handmade Harbour so you can follow what’s going on on all the other creative blogs which take part.

If you only visit once a week, you may have missed the guest blog post from the Young Adult Fiction writer Thomas Taylor.  There’s a chance to win a signed copy of the book and still time to enter so please don’t miss out.

Open Studios continues for another two weekends, so if you are in North Norfolk over the long Bank Holiday or the weekend after, it would be lovely to see you…

26 thoughts on “Open Studios for Handmade Monday

  1. Jill

    I hope Open Studios goes well for you. I think it is a great idea and as you say not all about sales, although very welcome, just good to meet new people. Love the flower drawings and the pics. Hope you have a good week.

  2. lisa

    Isnt it lovely how sunshine helps produce the most vibrant looking photos! All your pics look lovely and your studio looks fab and certainly very tidy!! Good luck with your Open Studio, it sounds very interesting

  3. knitnrun4sanity

    Your studio looks lovely – as does your garden. I hope the sun brought you lots of visitors. Good luck :)

  4. Wendy

    It’s lovely to hear about your Open Studios event – do keep us updated about how it went after the event is over too – would love to hear more. Maybe one day I will be brave enough to welcome people into my own studio!

  5. Crochet with Raymond

    Oooh lovely Penny! I can get back onto your blog again! Changed nothing, but compluters can be strange like that! :o)
    Love your studio, it looks like such a fun and happy place

  6. Sarah

    Your studio looks beautiful….One day I’ll have my own I hope.
    Your flower photos are stunning and so uplifting x

  7. Tickled Pink

    Good luck with the Open Studios, I am sure it will be a huge success.
    Gosh that Bronnley Lemons box brought back some memories – I remember them vividly in Dad’s old chemist’s shop, and him bringing the empty boxes home for us to use as storage!

  8. Free Spirit Designs

    your studio looks fab! really inviting and its lovely to see your makes all collected together :)

    Its quite a personal thing, i imagine, to invite strangers in to your creative space, i’m sure its conducive to making new friends, and i’m glad that you’re getting sales too! :)

  9. Chrysalis

    Hi Penny – I love your little suntrap to sit out in, and your studio is gorgeous. Wish I lived nearer Norfolk, to pop by! Thanks for sharing, Chris x

  10. Mythillogical

    Good luck with your Open Studio- like the others have said, it seems a really interesting idea. Your studio looks very inviting!

  11. kateuk

    Hope the Open Studios goes well Penny- mine here in Bucks in a fortnight, was wondering today where to ‘hide’ all my studio clutter….

  12. Emma

    Oh the studio looks wonderful! I spy the famous mice on the wall – how exciting! I truly hope I can make it for your third weekend. ALl my fingers are crossed. How blissful it would be to sit and chat for a little while with you two xxx

  13. Ali

    Hi Penny This is the first time i’ve visited your blog. I like your
    colourful sheep. I wish I lived closer, I’d love to visit your pretty studio. Enjoy the sunshine.
    Ali x

  14. Carol

    What a perfect place to sit and craft.
    Gorgeous photos, the Aquilegias are so beautiful at the moment.
    Carol xx

  15. RosMadeMe

    I can see the floor… that is soooo unfair. It is just so tidy and pretty, one day, I tell you, one day mine will be like that :)

  16. adaliza

    Your studio looks wonderful – so fresh & inspiring. Hope you do well – and hope the weather stays fine for you all.

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