Saturday, 16 July 2011

Hit the hut


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.

44 comments:

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Adore that bucket necklace!!! xoRobin❤
Can you make more?

Su said...

I love the inside of your hut - I can see why you love it so. Such lovely calm colours and textures throughout it.

Rachel said...

It sounds like an exciting week!

Locket Pocket said...

It looks delightful Emma! And I can't wait to hear more about your publication news! Lucy xx

zephyr said...

Emma...(!)...this is just ...so...enchanting

kristina said...

The bucket necklace is fab! But not sure I can stand the suspense until 2012...! K x

periwinkle said...

Never in a million years would I thought of a bucket necklace - brilliant . 2012 that's a long wait but I'm sure it will be worth it and I love those wellies lol

Toffeeapple said...

It all looks utterly charming and I hope that Open Studios is going/went well? Exciting stuff happening too...

The necklace is fun too.

underatopazsky said...

I love the seaside-y feel of the interior of your hut - it's wonderful!

harmony and rosie said...

Such wonderful things happening for you, I'm not surprised you're so happy. Your little hut looks wonderful, a real haven of gorgeousness - have you slept in it yet?!!

Tabiboo said...

That is just so brilliant Emma, the photo shoot, the bucket and I love the big red wellies. My girls are always traversing around in my shoes - I have to admit hide them sometimes.....especially the heels!

Have a lovely weekend,

Nina x

vintagerockchick said...

Hut? Hut?!? If I have the audacity to call mine a studio, then you certainly can! Or maybe Atelier, if you're feeling European!
And it's very pretty x

Ali said...

Oh, your hut looks heavenly. Makes me want to kick my kids out of their playhouse and get busy with the whitewash!

And I am so happy and excited for you about the secret photoshoot! 2012 is going to be big for you - I can feel it in my bones.

by Teresa said...

Dear Emma.. oh.. I am blown away by your little silver bucket! Brilliant! I am forever picking a tiny flower and sticking it in my lapel or my hair, but the idea of having a little container to stick one in to wear is wonderful. When I use my silver clay I might make a vase type pendant to use like this. I adore your hut, I have a similar one behind our farmhouse that I plan to clear out and re-purpose - thanks to your inspiration! I hope I get to see the magazine photo shoot.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

driftwood said...

love it all, the hut, the bucket but mostly the wellies x

dragonfly said...

Couldn't you just whisper it?! The hut looks so gorgeous, I'd want to be out there all the time too.

The Coffee Lady said...

That's certainly an enviable hut, love.

Moogsmum said...

Squeeee! How exciting! You're going to be famous! (and quite right too!).

Your hut looks fabulous. I hope you have a hugely successful open studio time :o)

I love that little bucket necklace - what a perfect idea!

xxx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

How exciting, a national publication!! Absolutley deserved a new dress. :)
Your little hut is lovely as is the little silver bucket.
Vivienne x

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Sounds like good things are happening for you Emma, which is great. Good luck, Lesley. x

millefeuilles said...

Your workshop looks fantastic. What an amazing space for creating.

I LOVE that silver bucket; it is absolutely stunning.... although I would still prefer a silver snowdrop ;-) (I am like a dog with a bone!)

Bobo Bun said...

Straight out of a feature your first shot. A space of calm and creativity that just looks perfect Emma. Glad you bought a new dress, a very good reason indeed. Life is really happening for you with your business isn't it. So exciting and well deserved for a talented lovely lady. Have fun and hope to see you soon.

Lisa X

Penny said...

I really do wish Oz wasnt so far away, I would absolutely adore to come and see your beautiful garden and what you are doing. And buy!!

Lynn said...

Need a beach hut NOW. And red wellies. Lil' Lad was tickled to see his friend, looking lovely as ever.

Cough up the details about your photo shoot, for cryin' out loud!!!!

Mangle Prints said...

Looks wonderful Emma, and those wellies are brilliant : )

I'm very excited to hear about your publication news...: )

Tara said...

What a beautiful and inspiring place to work. I love it! That little bucket pendant is genius and you deserve a new dress. Can't wait to hear more about the ocassion.

noknittedknickers said...

Oh, your workspace looks absolutely gorgeous! So calm and inviting. Good luck with the magazine feature. Looking forward to hearing about it. C.x

mandy said...

Looking forward to finding out about the photo shoot... How exciting!

dottycookie said...

Gosh, I thought your hut looked fab last summer, but it's astonishing now. Hugely excited about the photography :-)

My two squeaked madly at the sight of your little one. We need to get them together soon. Very soon.

Gina said...

Wonderful to see you today Emma... and we will reciprocate next week.
Your "hut" looks fabulous and I'm so excited about your photo shoot... not sure I can wait until 2012! And who is that very grown up girl in the red wellies...???
P.S. I want a hut!!!

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Emma..you're gettting very famous over there! (and deservedly so!) Just keep on showing us what you're creating on this blog and I'll be happy..love your new work and your hut too..and your red wellies..

Lily Razz said...

I'm absolutely jealous of your hut, it's so lovely! And that necklace is pretty too, what an original idea! x Lily

Cottage Garden said...

I've missed your Open Studio yet again Emma. I need to be on the naughty step too I think.

How exciting about the possible feature - very well deserved and about time too! Your hut looks so pretty. I LOVE that chair.

Yep, I'm in wellies too!

Jeanne
xx

The Caked Crusader said...

That tiny bucket is adorable. I'm also extremely jealous of your beach hut!

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Oh the silver bucket - how magical, really love it! Congrats on the shoot, sounds tres exciting can.t wait to see you in print!

Sarah x

Charlie P said...

I can't wait for 2012!!!!!!!!!! Which publication??? Any hints ;-)
Your hut is STUNNING. Is it always that tidy? The pigeon loft looks like a fabric hoarder's lair at the mo.

Alison Hullyer said...

I love my little silver bird necklace I bought from you on Saturday. I hope you had a successful Open Studios. It's great to buy other artists work. Alison x

Louise said...

Your hut is so beautiful, you star of magazines. PS, by old, do you mean awesome? x

Angela said...

Your little hut looks lovely a real den of peace and tranquility.
I look forward to reading the article next year.

blueberry hill said...

So pleased to have found your blog - I have been trying to work out how to make windmills from written instructions and you have provided photos = perfect!

I am James. said...

Love your work hut, have you insulated it for the winter, you could also get a long boat style woodburner,
You are brave doing the open studios, it would stress me out, I have done exhibitions of my work and they are hard enough, but your work is excellent so that must give you confidence, congrats on the article that should be interesting.
Regards
James

mrspao said...

What a beautiful hut and such a great place to work.

Gina said...

Love all the warm and natural feel of the white washed woods...beautiful spot.

Raggy Rat said...

lovely hut - just saying hello as we are both featured in popular crafts this month ... intrigued about where else you will 'pop up ' in print xxx