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Open Studios ‘Cotgrave Creatives’

The second weekend in May dawned a bit damp but bright, so we made the best of it with Open Studio, cakes and hot drinks. The first afternoon became cool but we had kids decorating the garden with drawings and colour, design your own lace design and a good amount of chilly chillin’!

Sunday was the better day, weather- and visitor numbers-wise. Our Open Studios sign brought in a number of passers-by and neighbours, which was lovely. A local group actually sat down to brain storm the idea of having an Open Gardens Trail next year. I love the idea, although the prospect of tidying both studio AND garden for such a thing is a tad overwhelming!

Open Studios Gang

My fellow openers, illustrator Charlotte Thomson and photographer Grace Eden, had created new work for the weekend and I was showing my new ‘Bokeh’ lace cards for the first time. Donations for refreshments meant we could give just under £20 to Ash Lea School, who are providing education for kids with special needs from across the county. Thank you to everyone who came along, on either day. It was great to see you and we hope you’ll be back next year!

The photos you see here are from Charlotte and Grace, I was so busy doing teas and washing up I forgot to take any pictures! I’m waiting for more photos from Grace Eden and will add them here. Updated: Thanks also to Grace for this lovely group shot!

Next month (24-25th June) I’ll be taking part in Wymeswold Open Gardens and Art Trail and then will be popping-up at part of ‘Design at Central’ in London 27-30th June

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