Wow, what a first weekend!
Friday night saw us all celebrating with friends and clients at the private view. We made it, a house fit for the public!
I must say the weather behaved very well, dazzling the garden with its sunny presence!
Guests were able to flow freely through the house, trying on Hiliarys silk scarfs and Charlies stunning silver jewellery.
Children took delight in spotting the toads and frogs around the pond.
Usually the first Saturday of the festival is a quiet one for the Open Houses, due to the children's parade, I think we were slightly shocked at how busy it became!
It was definitely a day for people to purchase garden features, Annie's flowers were so vibrant in the sun!
Pennys illustration from her latest book Nursery Rhymes for your Baby were very popular, you can purchase the book too at the Open House.
Wondering around the house and through to the garden is so inspiring. Even though I am an exhibitor, I too turn a corner and still go 'wow!'
Whats lovely about 202 Ditchling Road is the mix of disciplines. With an array of textiles, paintings, photography and jewellery, it certainly entertains the eye.
Chris's Studio (in the garden)
Rafe is the shy artist of the house, at 10years old he is following in his fathers footsteps creating these beautiful Dragonfly's for the garden and also small ones as brooches, a future worth following!
I strongly recommend when you visit that if you see an item of jewellery or a scarf, try it on. It really does help make a decision and the artists are very happy to assist!
We have 2 sisters exhibiting together in the house this year. Both Hiliary and Barbara have created unique items but in very different materials!
It can be very tiring walking around all these houses.....
The Stairwell at 202 Ditchling Road
.....So we strongly recommend you make your way to the garden.....
...... relax and enjoy a slice of homemade cake (all made by the artists!) and sip tea!
View from Cake Central (the kitchen!)
See you next weekend!