Yesterday evening I realised a childhood dream of starring in my own crafty version of Supermarket Sweep, but without a time limit. This seriously magical experience was all thanks to my ex-colleagues, who gave me a Hobbycraft gift card as my leaving present.
I had no way of knowing how much it was worth until I got to Hobbycraft, so finding out I had £70(!) to spend on crafts was a rather overwhelmingly brilliant surprise! Naturally, being a lover of all things thrifty, I'd already signed up to the Hobbycraft Club to get the 15%-off discount code to use on my first in-store (or online) purchase, meaning I actually had £83 to spend!!!
After I'd recovered from my excited squeaking, I grabbed a wheely basket thing, and got stuck in. This is what I ended up with:
1. Fillable Christmas Baubles
I'm already excited about trawling Pinterest for inspiring ways to fill these beauties to go with the as yet undecided colour scheme for this year's tree. That said, there's no reason they have to be Christmassy - I might fill them with different things (/snacks) for every holiday!
2. Boodles t-shirt yarn
I've wanted to try crocheting with t-shirt yarn for ages- it feels so cosy! If you've got any project recommendations, I'd be very grateful for links in the comments below!
3. Springform cake tin
I'm looking forward to the luxury of freeing cakes from their hot tins without having to push the loose bottom out with an oven glove and catch the tin on my arm and/or set up a cunning upside-down pudding-bowl system. My arms are pretty excited about it too.
4. Glass beads
These were probably my most impulsive buy because I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with them. They're just so colourful that I couldn't resist! I'm considering stringing a few of them on a simple chain to make a necklace, and perhaps using the others to decorate Christmas presents. I'm feeling strangely psyched about Christmas today!
5. Leopard-print Duck Tape
Because sometimes you need to fix things in a damn classy way.
6. Pompom trim
I've got so many projects I want to use this for! I have a sneaking suspicion that this weekend will mainly revolve around trimming anything I can reach.
7. Screme Eggs
These were my final, only-got-£2.39-left choice. Mostly because they're delicious, but also because they remind me of Dr Seuss.
8. Felting wool
My Mum mentioned last weekend that she wanted to learn to needle-felt, so I decided to get her a kit and some wool to get started. She chose natural colours so she could try and felt a hare.
9. Homemaker magazine
I wouldn't normally spend £5 on a magazine, but as this one was free to me I grabbed it to be the perfect accompaniment to a cosy evening on the sofa. With a screme egg or two too, obviously.
Something I actually needed, as all of my current brushes are at least 10 years old and so scruffy-haired they look like this:
Obviously not EXACTLY like that, or I would
11. Needle felting mat
Again, for my Mutti. Although once she's perfected felting I'm definitely putting in a request for a homemade version of these beauties.
12. Crochet hook
This beast is seriously chunky, but apparently it's what one needs for crocheting with t-shirt yarn.
13. Putty rubber
My Mum asked for one. Seriously, a whole warehouse of glitter-encrusted, neon-trimmed, leopard-print crafty goodness, and she wants a putty rubber. Sometimes I wonder if I'm adopted.
14. Felting tool
AKA a plastic handle with four needles stuck in it.
15. Embroidery thread
Because cross-stitch is quite possibly my favourite craft. Mostly because it's easy to transport and work on while watching a film. And I plan my patterns with graph paper, which makes me feel all smart and maths-y.
I'm feeling very lucky indeed after gathering all these treasures :) What's the best leaving present you've ever received?