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In the meantime, here are a few photos from a recent trip I took to Denver. I stayed in the rather funky Curtis Hotel right in downtown. Very retro! I wish I had one of the Star Trek rooms, but mine was rather more tame, on Floor 9 – the Big Hair floor apparently! Still a very fun place to stay if you get a chance to go to Denver for some sightseeing.
It's a beautiful, modern (although for an island-dweller, overwhelmingly huge) city but in fact there wasn't much time for sight-seeing. There was however plenty of time spent sewing. And one fabulous day out with a visit to Colorado Fabrics.
When I knew I would have a little spare time in Denver I asked for recommendations in the sewing chat group for what fabric store I could visit within easy distance of my hotel. The lovely Virginia kindly offered to pick me up from the hotel and drive me on a tour of the city, including a trip to Colorado Fabrics. I was blown away by her generosity and by the store. OMG – my jaw hit the floor when we came in through the doors, and I grinned so hard it hurt! Row after row after row of the most glorious bright and modern fabrics for every possible project.
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Within minutes I was cooing, oohing, and stroking all the fabrics, rubbing them against my cheek and generally skipping about the store like a fool. Virginia took it all in her stride and didn't even try to hide and pretend she didn't know me. Sewing people are the best! Within minutes we were chatting away like old friends.
Here are just a few of the photos I took. Honestly, I'd never seen anything like it. The colors, the textures, the unusual fabrics, the glamorous fabrics, the quilting cottons, the beautiful displays, the vinyls and furs, the home decor fabrics, the helpful staff, the huge number of trims, zippers, notions, threads…if I could live there, and just sew, I'd be a very happy person. It just went on and on and on. Oh, how I wish I had access to these sort of fabrics and notions. Would make my sewing life so much easier.
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Certainly made me realise exactly what I'm missing out on by living on a small island. Ah, never mind, at least the sun always shines. A very special thank you to Virginia for showing me such a great time.
I managed to keep the customs officer back home reasonably happy by restricting myself to only what I simply could not leave behind, but I tell you, it was hard to not just fill up that shopping cart and then go get another one. I bought just 4 pieces of fabric and a cute lace zipper. No idea yet what any of this might become, but I couldn't leave that sewing mannequin print in the store, and that Ghastlies print – it had to be mine, along with a couple of yards of co-ordinates of course.
I like to think that one of the reasons I was so breathless and giddy was the altitude. Did you know that Denver is know as the Mile High City? It's been a very long time since I saw mountains, and going from living at sea level, the high altitude certainly took some adjusting too.
Even just walking about the city was overwhelming. Such tall buildings, so many people, so many cars, so much noise, so many shops – and they had trams. There is a lot of modern art and sculpture around the city, it's very colorful, vibrant and modern. I really liked the street pianos. It was lovely to hear music in the streets – and some of the people could play really well.
Of course one of the greatest pleasures of travelling is the opportunity to try ‘foreign' cuisine. I wasn't disappointed in Denver – I went to a great Vegan restaurant, and even had a chance to try some varieties of chips I'd never seen before. Yum, the Brit in me loves a good Tikka Masala! Couldn't miss out on this culinary opportunity 😉
All too soon my visit was over and back via Denver and then Charlotte (my favorite airport – they all should have trees, rocking chairs and a man playing the piano), I was back home in the Cayman Islands.
Look out for another article coming up soon to tell you more about my adventures in Denver.