However, that does not explain the conference stash. I'm always on the look out for things that might be stashable but there was a decided lack of them. However, I did know that there was a little shoppie in the Grassmarket called 'Helios Fountain' (I've been there before) so I nipped out one lunch time and picked up some A5 card bags that I needed for the Think Pink card sale and some nice black and white buttons and a couple of cards of ribbons fell into my basket. On the way back from Helios Fountain (all of two minutes from the hotel) I saw that there was a lovely embroidery shop which I hadn't seen before.
I went in to have a look and found this lovely space-dyed mulberry bark and the beautiful space dyed thread. I have no idea what I am going to do with them but I really love the colours.