I was lucky enough to receive some Hobbycraft vouchers recently which were beginning to burn a hole in my pocket! Last week the 2 year old went to spend some quality time with Grandma while we had a trip up to Dundee to visit the new Hobbycraft that just opened before Christmas.
Its quite a smaller shop than I'm used to - I've visited the Glasgow and Aberdeen stores (Aberdeen in particular is HUGE!). I had thought about putting my vouchers towards a Big Shot cutting machine....but then changed my mind... and thought I'd spend them on lots of little things instead.
Here's what I got -
A cute little selection of lacy ribbons/trims. I love how these have a vintage/shabby chic look to them. I'm thinking of adding them to some new notebook covers to make them extra pretty.
A sweet little stamp. If I'd had more time last year I would have made my own Christmas present tags, so maybe this year...... I also saw a great idea on City Girl Gone Costal's blog for using stamps like this to make embroidery patterns.... this heart would make a lovely scandi type embroidery - I'm thinking red thread on white fabric...?
I also got some of this -
Any idea what I'm going to (try) to make with it??
Buttons of course! The 2 on the right are actually really nice and shimmery so will hopefully look lovely. The white one on the left will be more to use to practice with and also with it being plain I can paint/varnish the buttons when finished.
I also got myself some magazines. Handmade Living is one that I found a while back but is a little harder to come across at my local shops, luckily my mum got me a subscription to it for Christmas so I won't have to try to source it any longer. (This issue is an older one so I know I'm not going to receive it as part of the subscription!) This magazine has a lovely mixture of crafts, recipes, outdoors etc and it promotes a more handmade and sustainable way of living.
If you fancy subscribing you can do so by clicking here. As a special treat for you I can also give you a code to give you 10% off your subscription! Simply enter '1UWXB017'. The publishing group also publishes titles such as 'Sew Hip' and 'Inside Crochet' and you can use the discount code on these too!
There's a new magazine coming out by this group in February - Modern Quilting. I managed to drop a big enough hint to my other half and he got me this subscription for Christmas too! (If you'd like to try this mag, the discount code will also work for this subscription).
Now, I didn't show you the best bit of my Hobbycraft goodies - look closely -
That's right, they were in the bargain bin at only £1 each!! It's because it's an older issue, but luckily one I hadn't already bought...and hadn't paid £4.99 for (otherwise I'd have been really annoyed!). AND I got 2 copies....I for me, and 1 for you. I thought it would be nice to bring a little cheer into January and offer you the chance to win a copy of Issue 7 of Mollie Makes. The free gift is also included. This is the issue these lovely mug cosies were featured in -
Luckily, one of my Twitter friends has offered to knit me one (since I don't knit). Aren't I a lucky girl??
So, all you have to do to win the copy of Mollie Makes is leave me a comment...why not let me know if you have any big projects planned this year? Please, please make sure your email address is visible in your profile otherwise I can't notify you if you've won. (Just to make sure you could leave your email address in your comment). I'll draw a winner next Monday (16th January). Good luck!
16/01/12 - Edited to add - Giveaway is now CLOSED.
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