Tartan Twist


Found a lovely shop online today that sells beautiful Scottish jewellery.

This is how it all began:

“Like all the best ideas, Tartan Twist began on holiday – one of many wet and windy ones we have spent in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

As sisters growing up in Scotland, we have always been inspired by our rich heritage and the dramatic Scottish landscape. That particular autumn, with the leaves changing colour and the heather still in bloom, we kicked off our boots, poured a glass of single malt whisky and settled down in front of a blazing log fire, sketchbook in hand. With our experience in the design and creative industries, our first collection soon started to take shape.” (taken from website)

Tartan Twist …. website is here.

If you want to look through their catalogue:  http://www.tartantwist.com/downloads/Tartan_Twist_Look_Book.pdf


potpourri: a miscellaneous collection.

I have decided to say goodbye to Twitter and I am going to focus more on my blog again. It was an interesting exercise but more than anything, I found it was time-consuming and it was just one more thing that I had to check each day.

I’m also not much good with the short and sweet. I would rather wax eloquently and go on for a bit about things and places I like.

One of the benefits of Twitter is that I did find some great websites of places to stay and some lovely shops. The “potpourri” part of this post is just to highlight in summary form … not quite as short as Twitter but pretty concise … a few of the places I have found.

To begin with is the Brig Farm Shop in Bridge of Earn, close to Perth. If you are ever close by, please consider dropping in to the shop.

“Brig Farm Shop is based near Bridge of Earn in Perthshire, overlooking over the River Earn and surrounding fields and countryside. Sourcing quality produce from local suppliers our farm shop and café offers customers seven days a week, 52 weeks a year access to delicious seasonal ingredients and a mouth-watering café menu.”

Or if you are wanting to stay in the Oban area, check out the self-catering accommodation at West Coast Cottages.

and finally, a Scottish jewellery outlet that makes gifts from heather. Heathergem‘s outlet shop is in Pitlochry and they have everything from brooches to pendants and lockets.

(I apologize for the lack of pictures or videos.  I tried to load videos but they didn’t work so if you’d like to catch them, try clicking on the links for West Coast Cottages and Heathergems.  I hope that works out for you.) 🙂

Broch of Burrian Necklace

Ola Gorie produces some fantastic Celtic jewellery. This Cross necklace was featured today on her blog and I have taken the liberty of sharing what she has written about it. I am still trying to figure out the reblog business so I hope Ola Gorie is okay with me just cutting and pasting for now. 🙂


“The Broch of Burrian is on the shore on North Ronaldsay, the most remote and northerly of the Orkney islands. This cross suggests the presence of Celtic Christianity amidst Pictish culture in the middle years of the first millennium. The broch, a defensive tower house, is thought to date from the first or second centuries BC although there is some evidence of earlier habitation.

The mighty broch has four defensive ditches and there were Celtic dwellings beyond the tower. Inside the broch there was a well or chamber and perhaps the beginning of stairs to a series of underground chambers. The most significant find in 1870 was a stone engraved with a cross and Ogham script. The Burrian Cross, on which Ola has based her Celtic cross necklace design, has since become one of the symbols of Orkney. It is now displayed in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Celtic Cross Necklace Based on Symbol of Orkney

The builders of this stunning broch placed their stout defences next to the fierce tide roosts where the sea boils and roars where the tides meet. Visitors today may see cormorants drying their wings on the shore and seals basking on the rocks.
The Pictish Ogham script has yet to be translated although there have been several attempts. Current thinking is that the language spoken by the Picts, was a form of British similar to P-Celtic Welsh rather than Q-Celtic Irish.
The broch was excavated by Dr William Traill in 1870. It is suggested the cross shows evidence of the existence of a Celtic Christian community. Also found was an ox-bone with Pictish symbols and a pebble with Celtic designs. A Celtic bell of the earlier type (5th – 9th century) was also found and three bone dice and a perforated bronze needle.”


Ola Gorie Jewellery

Ola Gorie was born and still lives on the Orkney Islands.  Her jewellery reflects her Celtic and Norse past and her intricate designs give credit to the creativity she possesses.  Being a bit of a Celt myself, I found her workmanship moved me and I think her creations are very beautiful and stirring.

If you are interested in buying Ola Gorie jewellery, you can buy it online or visit the shop, which is located in the Longship (7-15 Broad Street, Kirkwall). There is also a blog site if you are interested in following the news on this fantastic craftmanship.

If you would like to order a catalogue of Ola Gorie jewellery, there is a link on the website.  The pictures and information here have also come from the website. (If you post pictures of her jewellery, please reference her …. thanks!). It is only a portion of what is on offer so please check it out for yourself.  I think her work is absolutely gorgeous. (I have just found a wonderful interview with Ola on a different website).

Pebble Heart

Today I experienced one of those fantastic surprises in that I won something!  In fact, I made it out of a draw for one of the beautiful pots above, created by Pebble Heart.  The draw was made by my fellow blogger Scotland4thesenses and I love getting presents in the mail so I am very excited!  Thank you so much … big shout out … to both Scotland4thesenses  and Pebble Heart.

Here are some highlights of the delicate gifts on Pebble Heart’s website:


A ring:

Some chokers:

If you are interested in buying anything here or seeing what else Tracey has to offer, please see Pebble Heart’s website.

Sheila Fleet

Skara Shard
Sheila Fleet is an Orkney jewellery designer who has a passion for the environment where she lives.  She creates original designs reflecting the natural beauty around her and Orkney’s history and folklore inspire her jewellery.
Following graduation from Edinburgh College of Art, Sheila worked for 26 years as a designer and throughout her career, she has won many awards in Britain and Europe.  In 1993, she set up on her own and she now has her website http://www.sheila-fleet.co.uk/.
Her designs promote a distinctly Northern style … you could even say with a Scandinavian influence as the Orkney Islands have been linked historically and geographically.
There is a list of shops where you can buy Sheila’s work on her website.  I think her work is beautiful and is a heartfelt response to the sea, sky and surrounding landscape.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  Birsay Disc
Primula Scotica
Book of Kells
Sands of Time