If you love to craft then you will love Hobbycraft. As a family, we are quite into art and craft and have been doing more and more recently. Especially now that we are in lockdown due to the Coronavirus, almost 3 days a week we are involved in doing some craft or other.
Years, ago on a holiday to the US I discovered Hobbycraft and the vast array of treasure it stocks. I bought so much I was required to pay for my luggage being overweight!
When I returned to my home country, Jamaica, my friends were amazed when I told them how much I paid for my haul…..far less than I would have paid if I had bought them in any other craft store.
Fast forward many years later and I am now living in the United Kingdom. Imagine my sweet bliss when I discovered that Hobbycraft exists here! It’s not just a US store! It is such a comfort to know.
There was one little drawback, however, and that is that the distance between me and the nearest store is not a distance I plan to drive! But, the saving grace is that Hobbycraft has an online store with excellent customer service so it allows me a chance to do more craft. Get in!
Recently I ordered some supplies for an ongoing project. Imagine my dismay and dissatisfaction when I opened the package and did not find the letter ‘V’ which I was sure I had ordered. I quickly searched for the order I had placed. I was seething. But alas! I had to swallow my pride! It was all my fault. Don’t ask me how, but somehow I managed to miss out the letter V which I needed to make the word LOVE.
So I called Hobbycraft and pointed out my error. The lovely lady on the end of the phone was very understanding especially when I explained that I was running close in terms of time to complete the project. She offered to send me a letter ‘V’ as an offer of goodwill. Now that is what I call customer service! I was touched. In a time when expected standards of customer service seem to be slipping across the board, I think Hobbycraft needs to have a pat on the back.
Hobbycraft offers a wide range of materials for all sorts of craft; from sewing to knitting, and papercraft including my new favorite: decoupage. In addition to all the materials for various crafts, they also do super storage solutions for your craft supplies. These storage ideas are some of my favorites
Another plus for Hobbycraft is the fact that their products are not expensive in comparison to others on the market, making them suitable suppliers of art and craft supplies for those who do not have a lot of disposable income. This is great for students and families who want to get their children into art and craft.
Recently I was looking for a mache stag head for a project. I went to Hobbycraft online as my first port of call. Sure enough, they had the item! But then I had a niggling thought – ‘why not check the cost and availability of the item online?’ Well, being a frugalist, I did check and there were a few others that I found but they were more expensive than that of Hobbycraft. So I needn’t have looked!
By the way, you can see the original stag head I purchased and how I transformed it with some gold spray paint and diamante eyes. It was really easy to do and is such a classic piece. Don’t you think?
We also bought our Cricut Explore Air 2 from Hobbycraft and we have been using it quite a lot especially during the lockdown. Here are a few of our makes.
You might also like this old stool which was repurposed with materials bought from…. you guessed it, Hobbycraft!
All I needed was:
A piece of fabric from which I cut the black and white designs with a modern, fresh, look
I also like the fact that there are various ‘how to’ videos online on the site. I have watched most and I have learned so many new tips and tricks to do various crafts. So check out Hobbycraft. You will be glad you did.
Also, do check back to see more of my craft ideas which I have so much fun doing.
Here, for example, are some cushions my students made.
So what are you getting up to? And where do you get your craft supplies from? Let us know in the comments below.