The Tree House Studio opening day finally arrived on Saturday, 31 Jan 2015. There was a lot of preparation beforehand and there were even some sleepless nights thinking over fine details. About twenty five people came including Simon the builder and his wife Mandy. The opening was at 3:00 pm so I had most of the morning to get the last minute shopping done and some food prepared.
Soon after the guests arrived it was time for the speech. I left out one important point in my speech (sad face). I forgot to raise a glass for a toast! I missed writing it down on my note. It made me appreciate those party organizers and wedding planners out there doing the check list for you every step of the way! And to think I was an event organizer for many years in my last job! I do hope when you read this you can tell me if it happens to you too!
Despite that small mishap the day went very well. Everyone was inspired by what we achieved both in the building and what I've created in there. Simon the builder was most impressed with the interior decoration and furnishing. Everyone had heard of the Tree House studio from me more than once so it was great for me to show it to them .
Below are some photos from the day. Enjoy guys...
I found the red and white protection tape from a construction site at my work and I tied it across the stairway. It caught people's attention.
A bunch of sunflowers brighten up the studio even more. Good choice for studio flowers!
|A row of footprints directing the guests|
to the back entrance.
Shane the barista from my work kindly brought his coffee machine to make coffee for the guests. Shane is working at one of the leading restaurants Taste Bargette on my campus, but he is going to open his own cafe soon.
Everyone kindly brought a plate to share on the day. The same amount of food was on the outside table as well. Thanks everyone for the helping hand. It helped a lot on the busy day.
|Jacky was there to give support.|
|My supervisor Carl in red with Andrew, and Kevin |
my colleagues were there too.
Almost half of the guest were men, so Mr Notjustnat didn't feel left out on the day. He caught up with Simon and got to meet the other guests. It was a good social day for all the men too!
I did remember to ask the guests to sign my guest-book (I did good there!). I made a sign and placed it by the book just to remind them.
To my surprise, everyone was very interested in the Studio Journal I have been keeping. Simon didn't know I kept the journal right from the beginning. Everybody spent ages and ages looking through it.
|My great colleague Ben signing my book.|
|Two of my darling colleagues Ebony|
and Sophia came to give their support.
|Mother and daughter - Tomiko visiting from Japan|
and Ayako who lives here.
|Sneaking into my travel journal.|
|Finding a large box of dyed threads.|
|Time for me to have photo taken with my friends.|
Nan, Sophia me and Jocelyn.
DD Kitiya was here to give a helping hand. I was tired but happy at the end of the day.
The next day was Sunday so I had another day off from work. I still had a bit more to clean up. I did that in the morning. One of my friends brought me a bouquet of fresh herbs from her garden and I thought I would try dyeing with them. I steamed the bundles and jars, but I will share the results with you on the next post.
Hope all of you in North America are keeping warm from all that snow you have had lately. We didn't have that great a summer this year either, but that was fine for me since I don't like hot weather all that much. I'm happy as it is.
Until next time