Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Is it March already?

What happened to my Business Plan I wonder? By now I should have at least made approaches to several local retail outlets, be working on wholesale orders, have my database updated and sent out a quarterly newsletter.

Oh well, the best laid plans and all that. Instead I've decorated the bedroom:

Improved my golf handicap by one point:

and made some really great bags and cushions (

Then there are the holiday plans, the clearing of snow (yes, it was white again this morning), the family gatherings, the meeting of friends ....... maybe I should learn to be a bit more flexible.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Best of Scottish Crafters - Furniture

There's method in my madness this week - I'm looking for a new coffee table (but preferably not to be delivered until after the visit from my nephew with his two small children). I came across this website ( and tried to find one craftsman to feature but couldn't, they're all so special and individual. Wood appeals to most of my senses (well, can't say it actually tastes great) but in particular, my sense of touch; it's just so damn sexy don't you think?

So, did I find a coffee table? Possibly, but I defiitely found my next bed. Clive, have you finished decorating the bedroom yet? This bed is made by Greg Brown Furniture (

Enjoy and have a great week.


Thursday, 15 July 2010

The Crafters Blueprint - A development plan for the UK

Did you know:

  • 38% of crafters in the UK earn between £10,000 and £19,999 per year?

  • Craft contributes £2.9 BILLION GVA to the UK economy each year?

  • 88% of all crafters reside in England, 6% in Scotland, 4% in Wales and 2% in Northern Ireland?

  • There is a Development Plan for Craft in the UK?

These are just some of the facts I've discovered by checking out the craft section of the Creative and Cultural Skills organisation (

Check it out, you might just learn something that will help you develop your craft and your business - I did!

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Scottish Crafters - The Borders

It's always been a favourite area of mine but since we moved to the east coast of Scotland we can be in the borders within 15 minutes. My theory is that since the railways were removed from the Borders it's more difficult to access and so has become a bit of a hide-away. Perhaps that will change if the current plans to create a rail link go ahead.

Anyway, yesterday we got in the car with no fixed plans - just to enjoy the scenery, find a good pub for lunch, perhaps an antique shop or two and maybe even a craft studio if we were lucky. Well, we got lucky - The Crafters in Melrose is a co-operative housing many talented artists under one roof - take a look:

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Scottish Crafters - Hinnigan

I met Brian Hinnigan at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh. His fabrics caught my eye in a big way. They are, in my opinion, some of the best and it's oh so nice to to see a modern range of designs, yet still made in a weaving town in the Scottish Borders using some traditional techniques . With his wife, Anna, (they are both graduates in textiles and previously worked for high profile companies before setting up Hinnigan) they produce beautiful fabrics and accessories from their studio in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Scottish Crafters - Moo Moo Jewellery

Meet Helen from Moo Moo ( Helen's work with beads really caught my eye especially since she makes cufflinks which my husband, Clive, still wears. She spent a childhood in Africa which ignited her passion for beads. As well as cufflinks, Helen designs and creates a lovely range including bracelets, earrings and charms as well as taking custom orders.

Since it's been a while since my last blog I better update you with a few of our comings and goings! I won a golf competition! In fact, I've won a couple. The club are threatening to lower my handicap so I'll enjoy the winning run while I can. We've been to a couple of concerts (Mark Knopfler and Paul McCartney) but still have the best to come in October where we have tickets to see Carlos Santana in Newcastle. And we also got along to the Royal Highland Show - couldn't do a blog this morning without sharing this beautiful picture of a special Scottish icon (just for you Jan).
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Badger cull in Wales

I was researching for my blog and came across this wonderful artist, Dunc Smith, who used to be the head lampworker for Perthshire Paperweights in Crieff before setting up his own workshop in Perth.

His badger reminded me that on last night's Countryfile programme they announced that a decision has been made to go ahead with a £9million pilot cull in an attempt to eradicate bovine TB. It will take several years and will cover an area of 288 square kilometers.

There are, of course, two sides to the argument. I can understand both sides but you know it still makes me so sad.

As a child I can recall a great midnight adventure when my brother took me into "Badger Wood" to see these special nocturnal creatures in their own habitat. Surely we can allow these beautiful creatures a place in "our" world?