Thursday, April 24, 2014


I've been out and about lately.
We bought a new car -  a Subaru XV, a bright green one. I had photos but I don't seem to be able to find them. Ah well another photo shoot for Bubaloo ( a play on its number plate).
We just had to get some kilometers up before her first check up. LOL

 DH and I went to Murwillumbah  to the Tweed Regional Gallery. This is a first class gallery with a wide selection of paintings, sculptures and other installations. Some of the finalists' works from the 2013 NSW HSC Art Studies course were also there. These are only 18 year old students. Their works are incredible. This link might get you to some of their work.
The main reason for the trip was to see the  new Margaret Olley Art Centre. The gallery was the main beneficiary of Margaret Olley's will. As well as being able to extend the gallery, they have also been able to have an artist-in-residence studio, a  new research library and a multi-media drawing activity. They have recreated part of Margaret Olley's home, particularly the Yellow Room and the Hat Factory (where she lived and painted). The main part of her home was rented out. Everything was bought up from Sydney, except the dust. The curator said they did dust. While we were there, I overheard some elderly ladies who had been in the actual house; they were very impressed with the overall effect. Of course, there were numerous still life  paintings of hers on display.

Mum, Dad and I went for one of our day trip - to the Maleny Botanic Gardens. This is actually a private garden, despite the name. It's huge and a delightful day out if you like gardens. Just a couple of notes. The driveway is VERY steep. The gardens flow down the side of a mountain. There are only 2 toilets and they at the top of walks. So don't get to the bottom and want to go, especially if your mother is 80. The views are stunning. Take a picnic; you are encouraged to stay. The devonshire tea was the best one I've had for a long time.

We went to Hervey Bay for Easter, but I'll save that for next time.

Take care,
Cheryl (aka Kayly)

Tote Bags

Phew...I've just finished the household accounts...I've been slack at keeping those up to date just like I've been slack with this blog.
I have been Dawnie not In My fellow Sunday Stitchers not Gossip in the Garden...but tote bags for my sister and mother.

 This purple and yellow number is for my sister.

 This orangy one is for my mother. The bottom does sit squarer. I just didn't check how it was hanging on the tree. I quilted the outside in a diamond pattern and it has an outside pocket - you can make out the decorative flap.

Inside you can see the pockets including the zipped one. Don't why I procrastinate so badly about having a go at new things. It was nowhere near as hard as I thought it was going to be.

Speaking of bag making, my copy of Nicole Mallalieu's new book arrived yesterday.

Just a bit of light reading and inspiration.
Take care,
Cheryl  (aka Kayly)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Things You Learn

Just a quick post from my sewing room.
At the ripe old age of..mumble...years, I've just put in my first zip pocket. I'm making a tote bag for my mother and I decided to do a few things I've never done before.
Ta dah...

I have no idea if that ta dah is in the right place, but you get the idea.
sent from my Telstra NEXTG™ handset