The day in the life of a Scotsman.

Failte to one & all.

As we mark the fourth year of our wee business we still manage to get the same buzz from promoting & selling the fantastic array of gifts that Scotland has to offer.
We seem to have had a nice easy winter this year , no snow over 12″ which is very usual for Auchterarder so we have managed to get out and about around scotland, the Highlands on a cold wintery day is a thing of beauty.This also gave us the chance to visit some of our favourite distilleries, Dalwhinnie,Blair Atholl, Edradour (Scotland’s smallest distillery) & GlenTurret (Scotland’s oldest distillery) we would like to try to make you believe it was hard work, but who are we kidding? We have also managed to catch up with some of the good folk who produce the gifts we sell and also had the chance to meet some new & exciting suppliers.It never fails to amaze us just how clever & creative people are, to us what looks just like a lump of wood or a old sixpenny piece becomes something you just have to look at and admire.
we would like to introduce you to four new and exciting Scottish craftsmen & women we have added to our shop.
Below we have added a wee right-up on our new suppliers.

Louise Pringle  Unique Jewellery.

I used to love as a child going with my parents to antique fairs, car boot sales and auctions. They are collectors of antiques and curios and they soon got me interested in what to look for in items and what prices I should be paying for them. I studied ‘textile design’ at Heriot Watt and left with an honours degree in ‘Textile design’ specialising in constructed textiles. Whilst many of the students concentrated on working on garments and interior textiles, I decided to concentrate on creating jewellery designs instead. By weaving and knitting gold and silver wires and combining them with crystal and pearl beads, I was able to create unusual and beautiful pieces.
I started out by selling the knitted pieces and found that the vintage brooches I had collected over the years looked good on them. This kind of jewellery seemed popular with brides to be, therefore, I exhibited at wedding shows and fairs at this point. Since then my designs have evolved into creating vintage pieces which are full of charms, keys, cufflinks and anything else I like the look of. This is now the signature ‘look’ of my work. I especially enjoy upcycling vintage jewellery in my work. It is pleasing to see something which no longer has much use or appeal given a new lease of life in one of my designs. Using vintage and old jewellery means you are working with original material and no two pieces are the same. This always makes the outcome of the design that little bit more exciting.

Whisky Frames.

Whisky frames makes rustic photo frames made from old Scottish single malt whisky barrels.

Every frame is handcrafted in their workshop just outside of Edinburgh. They are made from American oak barrels which are no longer usable by the whisky industry.

They are passionate about the local and traditional crafts of Scotland’s industrious past and their frames pay homage to the rich history of the Whisky industry and cooperages here.

They also source Harris Tweed from the Outer Hebrides to add the finishing touches to their frames.

These Whisky Frames make the perfect rustic yet refined gift.


Lydia MacDonald Designs.

Established in 2012, Lydia MacDonald Designs makes bespoke, hand-etched glass products, ranging from vintage and reclaimed lanterns to customised vases and beautifully unique wedding gifts.

Drawing influence from the natural world, Lydia’s work has previously featured native British fauna and flora, including birds, stags, flowers and insects.

Along with one-off commissions, Lydia also produces a range of designs for some of Scotland’s leading independent design and homeware retailers, most notably the acclaimed House of Bruar in the Scottish Highlands.

Lydia, who recently collaborated with Great British Menu judge and Michelin starred chef Michael Smith on a range new of glassware for his new ‘Loch Bay’ restaurant, sought inspiration from the woodlands closer to her studio in the village of Pencaitland.

Speaking about her new collection, Lydia said:

“For this collection I sought inspiration from the beautiful woodlands that are close to my studio in East Lothian.
“I really enjoy walking and exploring in the outdoors, so for this collection it seemed fitting to bring together some of the familiar creatures of the Scottish woodlands, such as foxes, deer and hares.
“I’m really looking forward to sharing my latest designs. Each stencil I make for my glassware is only used once – little variations occur, making every piece unique.”

Jamie Boult Designs.

Designed & made in Oban Scotland by Jamie Boult.

Made using up-cycled materials collected from Scottish estates. The selected materials include fired bullets & cartridges,highland red deer antler & leather.

All are inspired by the Scottish landscape & the traditional highland way of life. each piece is of a high quality & is handmade.


David & Karen.