It's been an exciting week around here, much of which has been spent in the little wooden beach hut at the bottom of our garden. It's become one of my favourite places to be in recent months. I found a vintage table here and it was the basis of a plan for a new garden-based workspace. Slowly but surely I've been moving my silver clay, tools, bead boxes and favourite books up there. When the doors are open and it's raining outside it's a great place to be.
My first Open Studio sessions of 2011 took place last weekend. This image was a highlight. I made a little silver bucket some time ago. A visitor was interested in learning silver clay techniques in one of my workshops and I showed her the silver bucket as an example of 3D work. She became very excited and was determined to see if the little bucket were watertight and whether she could wear a flower in it around her neck. It was and she could. She went home with a new necklace.
A few weeks ago I was contacted about a possible feature in a national publication and yesterday a photographer came to take pictures of the garden and the hut. I admit to buying a new dress for the occasion. It was an exciting few hours. More on this story in 2012.
Finally, as it's been rainy around here I've tramped up to the studio in my wellies most days this week. Someone wanted to try them on for size.
Edited to add: The beautiful paper garland on the wall of the hut was made by Sue of Mouse Notebook.