When we were up in Scotland at our cottage over the bank holiday I went to all my favourite places in our nearby (only) town. They are predominantly independent shops that have been there since my hubby was a wee lad.
In the stationers Moodys I bought old fashioned Cash books – I use these for my day to day shopping and tracking expenses…
and Sweet cases ready for Christmas when I hope to make some more chocolates for presents. They have some pretty coloured ‘Christmassey’ foil ones and some stylish plain black paper ones.
From the hardware store Reids I found these clear Christmas craft stamps in the sale and thought I could probably use them to make some cards or gift tags – reduced from £11.50 to £4. Too much of a bargain to pass over.
On the way back home we called at the Tebay motorway services and I found a book on Places for Afternoon Tea – just right for a stocking filler for mum or part of a food hamper for my little sis for Christmas.
I also found these grow your own Cosmos pouches which I thought would be lovely for my two friends birthdays in October.
And this beautiful paper which is quite thick like handmade – I thought I would use it to make little present bags.
We also called at Tesco where I bought one of their cards for a £1 – I have so many September birthdays at work and I know I won’t get to make any cards at the moment. The special ‘This is a hug…’ card is for my colleague and best mate at work who goes in to have her mastectomy on Wednesday morning.All in all I arrived back home with a nice little treasure trove and felt extremely pleased with myself.
Is anyone else thinking about Christmas yet? I generally use this period to gather bits and pieces together as I see them but try not to think about it too much until much nearer the time otherwise it would spoil being able to fully enjoy the Autumn season.