Lovelies, listen. Have you seen Despicable Me? If not, it’s a great flick for the entire family that’s a bit left of centre. Grab yourself some popcorn and make it happen. But what in blue bobbins does that have to do with anything? Well, there’s a line in the movie where one of the young heroines grabs a white stuffed unicorn and screams, “It’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die!” That unicorn is me!
A quick Google search reveals that this exists in real life! Um, hello, WANT more than any fabric at the moment! With those long pink locks, impervious grin, and magic rainbow horn, it’s like I’m looking at myself in the mirror.
So that’s all you need to know right? Okay, well we’re done here then. Oh, you want more? Fine.
I guess the question on everyone’s lips is, “Where’d Molli Sparkles come from?” Believe it or not, it’s all Miley Cyrus’s fault.
While on a trip to Cupertino, California with a Kiwi colleague named Kat, I got a song stuck in my head. I’m talkin’ chronic humming of this song for days. It would not go away. I started humming it to other co-workers, people on the street, I even think there was a homeless guy involved. But no, nothing. Then one night Kat sat me down, and said, “Listen. We are gonna figure this out now, or I have no other choice than to cut out your vocal chords.” She is a ruthless bitch. Love her.
So again I hummed. And again. Three hours and twenty seven minutes later–I was parched–Kat says to me, “I’ve got it.” (Vocal chords saved!)
So I put my hands up, they’re playin’ my song
The butterflies fly away
I’m noddin’ my head like, “Yeah!”
Movin’ my hips like “Yeah!”
Got my hands up, they’re playin’ my song
And now I’m gonna be okay
Yeah! It’s a party in the USA!
Yeah! It’s a party in the USA!
“It’s Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus! Joshua, that is definitely your new nickname: Miley.” Except if you’ve ever heard a Kiwi, you know their accents are jacked up. (I love you my Kiwi readers, but you know it’s true!) So instead of her saying “Miley,” it came out as “Molly.” Because of my penchant for all things shiny, (I was even wearing sequinned Converse All-Stars that day) she quickly appended the last name, Sparkles. Now the savvy out there will notice that my name is now spelled with an “i” rather than a “y.” Oh sweeties, there’s no question, it’s Molli with an “i,” because it’s ALL. ABOUT. ME.*
Thus, Molli Sparkles was born. Since then she/I (I’m confused) has taken on a life of her own as a quilting diva. This month I celebrated my one year quilting anniversary, and my one year blogiversary is coming up in September. Some quick facts, and then I’m gonna leave you yearning for more.
Name: Molli. B. Sparkles
Age: 26 (sometimes)
Began Quilting: June 01, 2012
Quilts Completed: five
Current WiPs: officially, three
Favourite Pin-up Model: Mr. Sparkles
Quilting Hero: Grandma Sparkles
Favorite Stages of Quilting: designing and fabric selection
Quilt Aspirations: fabric design
Favourite Fabric: I prefer graphic prints. The past year I nearly wet myself over Notting Hill, Carnaby Street and Architextures. I want to wrap myself up in Art Gallery fabrics.
Biggest Quilting Failure: None. I learn from every thing, and I consider the traditional failures a success for what valuable knowledge they can provide me in the future. Truth!
Biggest Quilting Success: This blog is completely unexpected. I started it just to track the progress on my first quilt, and now I’ve got paparazzi at my doorstep every morning.
Up Next: Continue the love affair with writing, photography, and quilting. I think I’ve found my niche.
Now. A quick tutorial, because some of your blogs need a little pick me up. Let me show you a quick way to cinch the waste! It’s all about adjusting the width of your blog columns, so your text is not reading left to right all the way across the page. Stop makin’ my eyes work so damn hard! I get enough exercise crusin’ boys! Remember “elevator eyes” go up and down, not left to right.
1. Go to the template section.
2. Hit the “Customise” button.
3. Hit the “Adjust widths” button.
4. Many of your blogs look like this with the text running ten miles longer than the photos. Stop it. Cinch that waist!
5. Oops, maybe you went too (can’t breathe… gasp) far.
6. Aaahh, that’s better. See how the text blocks align more closely with your photos sizes? You’ve now got some gentle curves, and my eyes are checkin’ you out!
7. Hit that “Apply to Blog” button and work it out!
That’s all I got folks! Thanks for stopping by on my leg of the Let’s Get Acquainted 2013 Blog Hop. Make sure to check out the other live performers below:
*Yes, that was a historic Z-snap.