so, this morning i had the best shopping spree. it was a combination of shopping online, having a brilliant personal shopper and being on an exotic vacation all rolled into one. when my friend marc left for south africa in early may, i told him how i wished he could bring me back oodles of gorgeous african cottons and that i was jealous of all the amazing fabric that he would have such easy access to. well early this morning, as i was cleaning the kitchen, while the house was still, i got a text. marc was hitting the fabric district of cape town, and taking me along, via text. the next couple of hours there was a stampede of colorful photos coming to my phone. he went from store to store, going through rolls upon rolls of endless fabrics, searching the best deals, making sure they were 100% cotton, and sourcing the fabrics he thought i'd like the best. it was fast paced and such a rush. non-stop for hours. i was giddy through it all. and in the end over 50 metres of amazing fabric that i will cherish and use delightedly to bring a new level of flair to my quilts. all of these fabrics are produced in south africa, printed and dyed there as well. it's a good purchase on so many levels!
after the rush of the acquisition, the decisions, the movement and flow, had all settled and he was back at his house, he sent me a photo of the entire stash. and he said...."they smell heavenly. i hope the smell stays". i wondered if they smelled of incense. "no, soft smelling. it's hard to explain". and then he found a way to explain...."it smells like old jamaican mamas from toronto when i was a kid". an evocative scent and a beautiful story image to help me live it just a little.