I'm currently very involved in working towards the creation of a community cafe in Johnshaven, so it was also useful for me to talk to some potential food, drink and equipment suppliers - very different from buying lovely handmade goodies for Starfish Studio, but interesting nonetheless.
Taking the car down would have been a hindrance as we stayed in a city centre hotel. It's so much more relaxing to take the train, and I borrowed my daughter's DS and Professor Layton game to play with on the journey!
I placed orders with some existing suppliers and a few new ones too. Keep checking back for pictures as things start arriving in the shop.
Today boxes of gorgeous goodies arrived from two new suppliers - Highland Fairy, based in Ardross (near Alness) and Country Style Clutter from Edzell (near Brechin).
Highland Fairy's clay bird necklaces are absolutely gorgeous. I have ten to choose from in assorted colours and patterns.
Linda from Country Style Clutter hand paints a variety of home accessories. These photos just show a small selection - there are loads more in the shop.