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First, let's talk about the amazing Mexican fabric store.
Wowee. So much to tell.
Okay, so in short, the Crafty Chica Cruise was freaking amazing. I think I'll report on it in a series of posts, so I can go on and on and on in some kind of organized way. Suffice for now to say that Kathy is every bit as lovely in person as she is online, and Hoo, Boy did she round up a lot of crafty for us to play with!
In this first post, I want to share a fabric store we visited in Cabo - Parisina. Two vanloads of us (about 25 crafters) descended on it one bright afternoon, and collectively lost our minds.
(Before I go on, I want to point out those pricing signs you see in the photo above. They're in pesos. The dollar-to-peso exchange rate was sitting at about 12-to-1 when we were there. So, for an easy conversion, just move the decimal point one place to the left.)
There was an insane selection of trims - all kinds of ribbons, beautiful bright-colored lace, sparkly gold ric rac, beautiful sequin chains. Lordy. And so affordable, you kinda wanted to weep a little.
This, my friends, is burlap - in every pretty color under the sun. And less than two bucks a yard. I didn't get a photo, but they also had some absolutely stunning oilcloth, in many patterns I've never seen here. Also just a couple dollars a yard.
(That's right - oilcloth at two bucks a yard. Imagine my hair-pulling angst at already being over my luggage capacity. There were others in our group who simply bought extra luggage.)
Felt yardage, incidentally, was running about a dollar a yard. Mixed in with all this amazingness were so many gorgeous Mexican textiles, in a riot of colors.
Now we'll have a little digression about sequins. All day, as we were traveling around Cabo, our group was talking about this fabric store, where rumor had it, "there were sequins the size of your head!"
Well, at last we found them! A whole big box of shiny giant-sequin goodness.
Here's Bridget, offering a head-size-comparison.
...So actually, they're closer to the size of English muffins, but still! (Sequin nerds, you may feel compelled to point out that these are actually paillettes. It's okay - no need to rain on my parade.) :-)
Anyway. I was also blown away by this display of craft foam. It was also available in gigantic 24" x 36" sheets. What does one do with all this craft foam?
So, imagine 25 women running around this store, clutching all this precious cargo to their chests. Parisina has a fairly complex process for purchasing. First, one of the staff has to write your entire purchase up on a paper ticket. (For those of us buying a meter of nearly every trim in the store, this took some time.)
Next, you took your merch and ticket to a kind of holding area, where another staffer bagged it up. And after that, you proceeded to a third station where you paid for your purchase. Then you went to the holding station and claimed your bag.
After getting all of us through that, I can only imagine the store staff heaved a great sigh of relief to see our vans pull away at last.
Here's my modest haul - well, aside from those aforementioned sequins! I have no idea what I'll do with any of this stuff - right now, it's enough to have it.
But next year, you can bet I'll be bringing a whole extra bag for my Parisina haul.