On a cold, wet, windy Saturday, my folks, the Mister and I headed off down the Kings Highway to Braidwood, one of the prettiest little towns in New South Wales. We were there for the grand opening of Material Arts Studio Gallery, and Buttontree Lane goods had been invited into the shop.
I was so excited about the whole thing that we may have turned up a few minutes late to the opening, due to what my mum calls "powdering my nose". Ahem.
We crossed at the pedestrian crossing in front of the gallery, and thought we might have spotted something familiar in one of the windows.
Could it be?
Inside it was warm and dry and PACKED with people, but we managed to see special guest, quilter Helen Godden, cut the ribbon with a rotary cutter.
Afterwards it was wonderful to wander around the gallery talking to friends and fellow fabric addicts. I felt like I was home and that, without trying to sound too wanky, these people (many of whom I have known for a decade or more) spoke my language. Kind of like you guys who come here and leave comments. It was really nice. I was high with happiness.
I bought the most beautiful green felted wool and silk scarf. While I was lining up at the counter to pay, the lady in front of me was buying two Buttontree Lane pouches. She was so lovely and supportive, and couldn't be happier with her purchases. I didn't think I could get any happier at that point.
We spent the rest of the day in Braidwood. My folks, who had flown from Cairns the night before, were very stoic in the wind and cold. I hope I made it up to them with enough hot coffee.
It was a really good day.
Anyway, if you're ever in Braidwood, it's always worth a stop. The town is just so pretty, and heritage listed too. There is a quilt shop, and a vintage-inspired clothing shop, and Material Arts, several galleries and a lolly shop. Dojo Sourdough. Not to mention Bernardoff. Material Arts is open Friday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.
How cool to see your pouches in the window! And to see people buying them too! Hurrah!ReplyDelete
And if there's a lolly shop, I'm so there!!
That shop looks just like how I imagine heaven! How lovely to actually witness a customer buying your handmade goodness in a real life shop...super excitingReplyDelete
How wonderful! Glad you had a great day.ReplyDelete
Oh that's so cool. Nice to have your parents there. Such a proud day for you. Well done!ReplyDelete
Look at that, a whole row of your bags in the front window. That's awesome!ReplyDelete
It sounds like you had a fantastic and successful outing. I'm truly pleased!
That's fantastic Michelle. Good on you.ReplyDelete
Congratulations! It is exciting to have been there while people were buying your wares. I hope you told them you were the maker!ReplyDelete
isn't it fantastic! good work luvey. I can't wait to check it out. I am glad you enjoyed it so much tooReplyDelete
There will be lots of happy customers buying your pouches, how exciting for you.ReplyDelete
You've totally rocked that window display - they know that your stuff is what will bring people into the shop! 40 is soooo going to be your year.ReplyDelete
Michelle, that's fantastic! I was going to drive down from Sydney for the opening but, being a wuss, the rain put me off. Terrific start.ReplyDelete
Yay, congratulations, that must feel fantastic to see you creations selling...Good stuff!ReplyDelete
That display looks wonderful. It's very exciting, and I'm glad you enjoyed the opening so much!ReplyDelete
Congratulations Michelle! Of course your lovely pouches would be featured in the window. I'm very excited for you!ReplyDelete
Congrats to you Michelle! Your life is going a million miles a minute at the mo - good luck with the new work world tomorrow...ReplyDelete
Very very exciting - congratulations!! Seriously cool to have your beautiful work featured in such a lovely new gallery!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous!! Definitely worth a trip out there on the weekend me thinks ;-)ReplyDelete
Wow, they look great in the window on display.ReplyDelete