Open Studio

My mum is staying with us at the moment (WAHOOOO!!!!) and happily this coincided with the preview night of Lucy and Tracy’s open studio day. We were late arriving as the start time clashed with baby-bedtime so when we got there the cafe and studio were full with people, drinks and food in hand, chatting to each other and enjoying the ambience. I didn’t take many photos (we were too busy enjoying ourselves!) but I’ll share what I have and I’m sure that many more photos will pop up around the web soon enough. If you went on the Saturday, let me know! If you’ve blogged your photos leave me a link and I’ll add it to the end of the post here.

The above is Lucy’s workspace, as you may have guessed ;-)

This is the room next to the studio where Lucy and Tracy are planning to hold open days and workshops including rag rugging, felt decorations, decorative crochet and needle felting. I’m not sure how I managed to get a photo of this room while it was empty as it was crammed with people for most of the time.

No part of the upstairs of the building remains un-prettified! This is a very Lucy-esque decoration but in very Tracy colours which made me smile.

Hiiiii! This was before the wine. There are no after-wine photos.

It rained for most of the day on Friday but in the evening the sun came out, albeit with a cold breeze and the clouds lingering threateningly in the background. This window faces West ish and the late evening light was streaming through and illuminating the stained glass and the flowers in their bottles beautifully.

We were able to sample lots of the food that Coopers Cafe-bar has on offer. My mum fell in love with the blue cheese but I managed to drag her away and take her to the other food where I tried hard not to eat all of the piri piri hummus and granary bread. Mmmmmm.

Uh-oh. Now. The last time I drank any alcohol was Christmas 2011.

There are no photos after this one!

Sometimes it’s hard to find the words to do justice to what a wonderful time I had. I really haven’t done justice here. I know how hard Tracy and Lucy have worked on their studio and I know how hard Tracy has worked designing and making her truly beautiful handmade hares, angels, pincushions etc. I know this is just the start of something great for both of them and I was honoured to be invited to spend their first open evening with them. Everyone there on Friday night felt the same and the place was buzzing with happiness, love, support and enthusiasm (and fizzy wine!).

If you don’t already, you should follow Tracy on Facebook at her page Handmade over Yonder, and her blog Patchwork Chickens. I’m SURE you all follow Lucy already but if you don’t you can follow her facebook page Attic24 and her blog too.

Oh and for us … an evening out just me and my mum … I can’t remember the last time that happened! It’s quite wonderful being able to tuck the little boy up in bed and leave him with his daddy and then go out. We felt like we were on holiday as we walked down to the studio!

Do let me know if you went along yesterday xxxxx



::  Read about Christine’s visit HERE ::

15 thoughts on “Open Studio

  1. Anna-Marie says:

    Hi Heather,So glad you could go with your Mom!!!Lucky You!!!Both for going with your Mom and for going to Lucy and Tracy’s studio!!!!I am so jealous!!!Have a great day!!!
    Love |

  2. Anne Marie says:

    What lovey photos Heather, full of colour as usual. I didn’t know there was such a large table and chairs there.

    glad you had a good time, hic! Can you tell me why that striped crochet thingy was on the table with the wools?

    I’d love to have gone but decided it was a bit indulgent spending £22 on a rail ticket, maybe another time. Perhaps I could put the money towards Yarndale?

  3. Anne Marie says:

    Oh Heather I’ve just realized what I wrote!!!!!!!! I meant WHAT WAS IT not why it was there . How embarrassing. It looked so nice and I’m wanting to make an iPad cover like that. You can guess that iPad ‘corrected’ what I wrote. X

  4. Anne Marie….HI! That is my camera on the table and the stripy thing is my camera case!!!

    Heather….Hi too! It was indeed a wonderful, wonderful night, and like you said, so so full of fizzy-buzzy happiness and friendship> After you left, the party really went into full swing mode, the music was cranked up, there was much singing, dancing and laughter, some falling down too (oh my, that pink fizz did hit the spot!) it was quite the party, we even got complaints from the neighbours oooops. I got home about midnight I think.

    Looking forward to having lunch tomorrow at Coopers with you and Mum :o) see you there xxxxxxxx

  5. MsZeb says:

    It all looks so lovely and I wish I could have been there. Will have to cross my fingers that I can make it to Yarndale. I remember those first heady days of going out sans baby – no alcohol needed! Giddy with the excitement of it.

  6. Anne Marie says:

    Lucy, thank you. Heather had emailed me and it was only then I saw what had come out in print.

    It’s like my neighbour asking me why my ironing board had been up in conservatory for a few days huh!

  7. Wish I could have been there too but will certainly visit Coopers when we are down for Yarndale. ( Actually it’s the reason I convinced my DH to come-I showed him all the foodie places on Lucy’s blog and he could not book up fast enough.

  8. Hi Heather, I managed to sneak in on Saturday for an hour or so at 11 o’clock. I really needed the coffee and cake after a late night, long drive and negotiating the High Street on market day! I was a bit fazed by the whole experience and I don’t think I really got the most out of it. I could have done with going out for a wander around town and coming back later but I had combined the visit with a trip to a local friend who is about to have her first baby. It was lovely to be able to visit. Tracy’s work is so beautiful, I don’t think her pictures truly do it justice. I will have to save up a bit though if I’m going to enjoy any of it in my home!

  9. Sheree says:

    You look like you were having a great time. I wish I could find something similar over here on the Isle of Man. Maybe I’ll have to get some friends together in a coffee shop over here……………..

  10. Claire C says:

    Looks like you had a fabulous time, so glad you managed to get out for an evening and that you were able to share it with your mum – I bet that made it even more special. Looking forward now with great expectation to Yarndale! Maybe we will be able to meet you!

  11. carol partridge says:

    Looks like you had a good time at Lucy and Tracey’s studio. Lovely picture of you and your Mum. I like the look of the cafe too. Bet it’s popular. Best wishes to you and “little man”.
    I enjoy reading your blog Heather.

  12. I visited the open studio on Saturday, it was a great day and both Tracy and Lucy are wonderful and creative women! And the hot chocolate and cake went down well too!

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