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.