Sparkles Tales at The Intrepid Thread – Giveaway Details Have To Be Read
Some of you may know, but I’ve been away in California for the past week for work. I got called over at the last minute to provide support for those whose sparkle was beginning to fade. You know that meme that’s been circling the Internet for ages, you know, the one that advises, “Don’t let anyone ever dull your sparkle.” Yeah, well, that meme is my call to duty. It was my overseas mission to throw some glitter in the air, and bring some light and reflection to some special people’s lives. It’s what I do best! I think by the end of the week there was a shimmer of hope. A renewed passion, at least. Now, let’s get organised, because…
…you know what else I do best? Buy fabric. Lots of fabric. Ladies, I can sniff it out like a blood hound! I was on the ground from my trans-Pacific flight less than two hours and I was in a fabric shop. Oh and honey, not any ole fabric shop, but the most illustrious and modern fabric shop of them all on the west coast, The Intrepid Thread. I’m not even gonna lie to you (as if I would ever!) this fearless boutique had almost* everything that was on my shopping list, and then some. Like it had fabric I didn’t even know I wanted, but it became evident, I needed!
Before we even talk about the fabric, I have to call out the wonderful reception I received by owner, Julie, and fabric collector colleague, Colleen. I was babbling a hundred miles a minute–jet lag craziness–but they totally humored me, showing me around the shop, sharing quilty war stories, helping me pick, blend, and juxtapose fabrics,** and even offering to order in lunch for me to eat with them. Exsqueeze me? I know I am fabulous, but either their fabulosity perception meter is a thing of legend (likely), or they are just genuinely good human beings. Yes, tick, check, uh huh to all of that.
The creative ideas came bountifully being surrounded by such inspiring colours, textures and patterns. So, obviously, I bought one of everything. I exaggerate (slightly) but as you’ll see in the photos, I became a total label whore. As if I’ve never been called that before, snap! Notting Hill, Constellations, Living Elements, Cosmos, Architextures, Color Me Retro, Carnaby Lane, Bella, and Kona featured heavily, with nods to Oh Deer!, Vintage Modern, Saltwater, Field Study(?), Pearl Bracelets and … then I passed out. Over four hours later, with only the slightest*** dent in my credit card, I emerged with sweat on my brow, dizzy, jet lagged, famished, and hungry for more! Do not even think for one sparkle-second that that damaged credit card slowed me down. Did you know in America that you can demand stores run your card manually with the carbon imprint machine leftover from like 1987, otherwise it is considered shopper discrimination?**** It’s true, look it up.
Now, if you’re hungry for some of this, as I know you are, The Intrepid Thread is going to be giving away a duplicate fat quarter bundle of eight rainbow goodies I bought–but remember, I had passed out at that point, so don’t ask me which ones they are! We are calling it the Molli Sparkles Mardi Gras Bundle, as the competition will go live on Friday, March 1, just in time for me and Mr. Sparkles’s march in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade on Saturday, March 2nd. (Don’t worry, this isn’t a political fabric movement, simply a sparkly rainbow one). Now pay attention, because all you’ll have to do to enter is leave a comment on Friday’s The Intrepid Thread post letting us know which of the fabric ranges I bought makes your inner sparkle shimmer the most! You should totally add them to your blog roll. Good luck!!
Now, lets look at all this fabricy goodness, shall we? Yes, let’s.
Colour Me Retro
The Remnant Pile!
The prize will be eight selections from this bunch. Yes, you heard me, that is two yards of designer fabric. For my Aussie Rainbow Brights (holla!), that’s like the mothership.
This gem is definitely my favourite.
Yeah, and the ridiculous thing, this isn’t even half of the fabric I sourced on my trip.
More on that soon.
Every good story has a few footnotes:
*Comma had yet to arrive, but rest assured it is on its way. A special return trip may be in order. Yes, overseas, your point?!?!?!?!
**My other favorite kind of PB&J. Learn it, love it, use it.
***Hello, everyday cheap prices!
****That might not be true, but I would have totally tried it.