Wednesday, 26 June 2013


Morning WOYWWers, Followers and Bloggers All,

I'll keep this brief as I'm frantically trying to catch up after the hols ... what a difference a week makes! Even the washing machine gave up the ghost during our absence. The new one is being delivered on Friday - yippee, I'm developing wash day hands in the meantime :)

Not actually what's on my desk right now ... it would frighten the horses to see that! No, I thought I'd treat you to the sight of the crafty goodies I brought back from my jollies instead.
First, we happened on, quite by serendipitous accident, a Hobby Craft in Inverness. We were actually looking for a supermarket at the time ... to stock up on some victuals to keep us going for the week. I've never been inside a Hobby Craft before so I could hardly contain my excitement but, as you can see, I was remarkably restrained with my spends. With good reason ... I had other plans for my pocket money :)
 Yep! Ever eagle-eyed, I'd spotted that there was a patchwork shop near Beauly.
As soon as it opened on Monday - at the very civilised time of 10am - I was there and just had to purchase a metre or two of gorgeousness, not to mention a couple of toning fat quarters. The book was found in Ullapool, on the west coast, and I forget where I stumbled on the Quilt magazine now, but the cover just spoke to me :))

And for the fabricaholics and ribbonaholics amongst us here's a couple of shots of the inside to feast your eyes on.

All those scrumptious fabrics are sorted by colour, making the choosing so easy. And what you can't see, because stupid me forgot to take a pic, is the hundreds of fat quarters laid out for the addicted dedicated sewer/patchworker's delectation :)

I could have happily picked that cabin up - well, okay, I would have had to arrange for it to be picked up by a fairly big transporter - to be relocated in a convenient location nearby ... I think the front lawn would be big enough! Ah, the things dreams are made of :))

Oh gosh, I said I'd keep this brief and now look what I've done! That will be me in trouble with our noble leader, Julia Dunnit, keeper of the WOYWW desks over at her Stamping Ground. Don't know what WOYWW, that's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, is all about - just click the link for an explanation and join in the fun!

I'm off now ... it's just after midnight so I'm off to bed for a bit of beauty sleep - I need as much of that as I can get these days - but I'll be back in the morning to link up with you all and join in a bit of blog hopping again.

In the meantime, I wish you all a happy WOYWW!


  1. ah Well done Elizabeth never been in the Hobby craft store but know how constrained you must have been!!!

    ... we do have a patchworking addict's shop here but not up there with that one in ribbon but their array of fabrics is many and graduated in colours.
    My sister often goes there must admit I keep wishing they were papers :D

    happy WOYWW Shaz in oz.x (not posted yet)

  2. Oh Elizabeth, what a lot of temptation there - I am beginning to have a fetish for collecting fabric pieces just like the one I am trying to grow out of for papers.
    Nice purchases! Sounds as if this holiday worked in more ways than one.
    Hugs, Neet xx 13 (unlucky for some?)

  3. Thank you for posting those lovely pictures of the fabric inside the shop Although I'm not a sewer myself I still love to see the array of fabric and the colours!
    Love the bits and pieces you bought at hobby craft
    Sounds like you've had a nice time out and lots of lovely shopping
    Jackie 29

  4. Very well restrained! Hobbycraft is a sight to see I know having been in one. But I felt overwhelmed by it all!! Lush fabrics you found and new goodies too. I do love alphabets. Take care Zo xx 75

  5. That store looks really cute! Thanks for sharing! I actually bought some things on the market myself today :) Uniflame - 96

  6. Oh that's my sort of shop - all that gorgeous fabric - and you have chosen some lovely ones too. x Jo

  7. oh my, what a fabulous patchwork shop! I don't sew but wish I did looking at all that gorgeousness! Hope your new machine is settled in soon!! Helen, 7

  8. Not at all sure how you restrained yourself, Elizabeth - Hobbycraft is something else, isn't it?! Great fabric store! Living here in North Wales, we have Abakhan fabrics on the doorstep (well, 30 miles to the doorstep...but near enough). Amazing place where you buy material by the Kg not the metre!! It does postal service from its internet site should you need the temptation.
    Have a great week.
    Margaret #61

  9. I love a good stocked quilting shop

    Thanks for sharing and have a great week

    Candace #43

  10. Great you had a chance to combine your holiday with some crafting therapy! The patchwork shop looks super! #70

  11. Hi Elizabeth,
    What wonderful finds!! I actually bought fabric last week and made myself some quick summer tops. Haven't sewn in years, and me with 4 sewing machines! LOL
    Krisha #12

  12. I think you should give yourself a pat on the back for showing remarkable restraint! Hugs. Pam#28

  13. A HobbyCraft in Inverness? I love it when I come across craft shops I didn't know about! x

  14. I just started with a group to do quilting. I think I will love it. I have so much fabric I don't need to visit the store at all. You fabric is beautiful. #80

  15. I may have closed the window to soon hope my message went through.

  16. Glad you enjoyed your visit to 'heaven' - all of them!!! We have a Hobbycraft near us and my DH has decided that the car no longer goes there!!!
    Have a great week
    Bishopsmate #82

  17. Awesome goodies Elizabeth looking forward to seeing your creations xx

  18. Hi again Elizabeth,

    Ooooops - sorry!!!!! Yes, Abakhan is rather fun, isn't it?? Years ago I bought curtain fabric there - about 15yards. All their stuff is seconds in the fabric shop - but could I find the fault in my 15 yards?? Not at all. The thing with the place is - you have to know what you are about - as the lengths are not necessarily all on a roll - so to make 3 pairs of curtains you have to work out whether the length available will do for one, two or even three curtains...etc. Great fun though!!!!!
    Sorry about your pocket money. Thanks for dropping by!

  19. Hi Elizabeth - eagle eyed is right - never go anywhere without seeing scrapbooking shops... even if it does take 3 hours to hunt them down LOL - so glad you & flat Susan had fun on your hols... Happy WOYWW - Mxx #99

  20. Hi Elizabeth
    It sounds like you had a lovely time away up there in Scotland (one of my fav places).
    Loving all the new goodies you bought home with you
    Thank you for dropping in on my blog and thank you for your lovely comments

  21. That's a very restrained haul you've got there, love the fabric and the little fabric barn too. Brilliant post below on Scotland, hope you post more. We used to spend two weeks every year on the West Coast, mainly climbing the mountains, so beautiful. Very bittersweet for me but I hope you post more!

    Brenda 2

  22. Oh wow Elizabeth I just love that material cabin....wish it was in my back garden :-) Such gorgeous rainbows of colours and so inspiring.
    Thanks for sharing.
    A x # 62

  23. It's just as well Beauly is a blooming long way from Burbage!! Lol! I'd spend far too much in that gorgeous little shop :-)
    I enjoyed looking at your travel pics from the previous brings back happy memories of when Gordon and I used to holiday up that way. Your cottage looked fab!! I hope Flat Susan was impressed by all the mountain scenery?!
    Hugs, LLJ 31 xx

  24. Ohmyohmy... I'm more of a paper-girl but even I start to drool seeing all that colourful fabric. Just gorgeous! Happy ~ belated ~ woyww and a hug from Holland. Marit #91

  25. Oh what a super shop and nice goodies you have too. I know who'd love the rocking horse stamp. Thanks for visiting my desk already BJ#46

  26. Hi Elizabeth. I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday. You live in such a beautiful part of the world. My Sister and her Hubby have just come back from 2 weeks near Inverness.
    Had to smile at your Hobbycraft purchases. I've just bought those exact same letters!! Great minds!!
    Have fun with your new washing machine.
    Hugs Lisax #76

  27. It's always nice to see what goodies others have bought! I dare not go near a patchwork fabric shop. Far too tempting! And I already have fabric stashed away :)
    Thanks for dropping by!
    RosA # 11

  28. G'day Elizabeth
    thanks for dropping by my desk and leaving a comment for WOYWW. Sorry I am always the late one getting back to you LOL. Yes I too hope the next lot of injections work. Oh good for you finding some goodies to buy. That little material shop is so cute. Have fun with the new items
    Annette In Oz #23

  29. Hugely late but I've been away and am desperately catching up on WOYWW comments!
    New stash - I'm loving the bicycle stamp :)
    Thanks for stopping by


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