I treated myself recently. In a very BIG way. I flew all the way to the good ole' US of A for a shopping trip and to meet up with some virtual friends I had only ever ‘met' before online.
That's me above about to burst with excitement and disbelief at all the fabric – a gazillion yards in every conceivable color, fiber and weave. Sigh – shopping heaven. This is Mary Jo's in Gastonia. A fabric shop that's as big as my town center here.
I went to Charlotte, NC and met up with some of my online sewing friends. This is us enjoying a lunch – the coffee shop had more choices for food in one place than I think I can get on the whole island here. And did I want a free cookie with that – hell yes I did- thank you very much.
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I behaved like a total idiot the whole weekend, asking silly questions, being far too outspoken, shouting out “look at THAT!” at all the things they found quite ordinary. And you won't believe how long it took me to work out in my hire car that there simply isn't a place to put the ignition key – the car starts without it. Huh? I hadn't realised quite how far behind the modern times we are out here on a small island. It was like landing on a much more advanced alien world!
But an alien world that had shops!
But wow, was it COLD! That's me wearing the thermal underwear and 2 sweaters while the girls dance around in short sleeve t-shirts telling me how lovely and warm it is for this time of year. Er, no. It's below freezing surely…I was lucky not to catch frostbite.
Sadly the customs police only allow a limited amount of shopping to be brought back into Cayman so I had to strictly limit myself. Once I'd bought my new Christmas present, there wasn't much of my allowance left for fabric, so I had to shop carefully and try to think about what I would need for upcoming projects, make sure I bought thread and zips to match and not just get carried away with all the bright colors and phenomenal choice.
So I brought back my shiny new serger, a fairly modest selection of fabric for upcoming bag projects and a couple of bra making kits for use in the Craftsy Bra Making class. Learning to use my serger and making a bra that actually fits me is my challenge for the New Year. Not necessarily at the same time.
A big thank you to Heather, Becky and Molly who made my trip such a lot of fun.