Rooftops and Chimney Pots

These delightful cards are made by Ann of Brookwood Letters.

Here are the details:

6 different card designs

Cards are approx. 9.5 cms square and are left blank inside

Each box has the same selection of 6 cards and envelopes (as shown on the back of the box)

Each box has a different card picture printed on each box

They sell in the Gallery in Ullapool for £12 for a box


She is hoping to increase her stock in 2016 so be sure to check back next year!

Arran Art Bus


If you’re planning on attending the Arran Open Studios event this year ( August 14-17, 2015), there is a handy bus that will pick you up and drop you off at the ferry. Details are as follows:

Friday-south west of the island
Saturday-north of the island
Sunday-south east of the island.
It’s also a great way to have a mini tour of our beautiful island.
The cost is £10 -adult per day.
£2 – under 16 and under 5s free.
The bus will leave the ferry terminal each day at 10.55am

Moocoo Art

Ben Braithwaite painted a picture for his mum’s birthday present.  After getting many compliments on it, he began Moocoo in 2012 and he has a colorful and fun website now, selling his paintings of various animals, mostly highland cows and dogs.  They are very good and he has a sale on his Moocoo cards right now – 6 cards for 3 pounds or even cheaper if you buy in bulk.

There is a good write-up about Ben and his artwork in the Made In Scotland Magazine.



Three Chimneys and Verdant Works

Three Chimneys Book



Found this absolutely brilliant site that has a Chef Masterclass video by Executive Chef Michael Smith from the renown Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye.  He is making a Shellfish Risotto and not only does he show you how to make the risotto but all the recipes needed are included in the article.  So if you’ve ever wanted to tackle Hake and Shellfish Risotto, Mussel and Syboe (spring onion) Pakora with Spiced Shellfish Oil, here is everything you need.



Shellfish Risotto
Shellfish Risotto
Michael Smith
Michael Smith















Doreen Meek is a self-taught artist who uses texture and color in her artwork. Oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic ink and collage are methods she uses to express herself in her paintings.

Verdant Works Gallery in Dundee is showcasing Doreen’s work until April 7th. Admission is free and you could also check out the Jute Museum while you are there.

History of Art in the Clyde Valley

corra_linn_studio veronica liddell


This looks like a fabulous opportunity at the New Lanark World Heritage Site and it’s FREE!!

March 8th at 7:30 p.m.

It is funded by the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership and this is the info copied from their Facebook page.


Join New Lanark World Heritage Site and explore the history and legacy of art and architecture in and around New Lanark. This is a free event. To book e-mail or telephone 01555 661345

From works by Alexander Nasmyth, ‘the father of Scottish landscape painting’, to contemporary artists, and from designed landscapes to public parks, Jane Masters, New Lanark Heritage Manager, will explore how the Clyde Valley, and in particular, the Falls of Clyde, has acted as a source of inspiration for artists and designers for centuries.

The event is being supported by the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. It kicks off a new weekend Landscape Painting Course. Check out to find out more. The event image is a painting by local artist Veronical Lidell who will be leading the course.


Veronica Liddell
Veronica Liddell


Here are some other options from Clyde and Avon Valley:

Course Only, Places Limited
Friday 7.30-8.30pm and Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm
Includes Friday evening lecture, landscape painting classes, New Lanark Tour and Search Room Introduction
All for the fantastic rate of only £50!

Residential Course, Places Limited
Friday – Sunday inclusive
Includes all of the above plus two nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (Friday and Saturday based on 2 people sharing) at the beautiful New Lanark Mill Hotel
All for the fantastic rate of £139!


Corra Linn Studio, New Lanark
Corra Linn Studio, New Lanark


Christmas at Castle Fraser

courtesy of NTS


Exclusively Highlands is having a craft fair at Castle Fraser this coming weekend. Jewellery, bags, feltwork, glass art, sculpture, artisan wood, pottery and original paintings. As well, you can find hand-reared meats, sumptuous baking and jams, jellies and preserves.

  • 24 Nov 2012 : 10:00 – 16:30
  • 25 Nov 2012 : 10:00 – 16:30



Also the Aberdeen Orpheus Choir is giving two performances in December.

02 Dec 2012 : 14:00 – 16:00 and 07 Dec 2012 : 19:30 – 21:30

Tickets are:

    • Adult : £ 10.00
    • Child : £ 7.00
    • Concession : £ 7.00
courtesy of NTS


And finally, something for the kid in all of us, a “Christmas Crackers” day on December 9th.

“Our children’s quiz will allow you to explore the festive castle. You can listen to the storyteller in the Library, have your face painted in the Great Hall, or have fun doing festive crafts in the Dining Room!

Visit Santa in his grotto!

Join the Rhynie Wifies in the Great Hall and make you own Christmas wreath and festive decorations using natural winter foliage.

The Granite City Brass band will be playing festive music in the courtyard from 1.00pm until 3.00pm.

Admission charges apply – including NTS members. Family Ticket: 2 Adults & 2 children; Children under 5 go free!”

Dates & Times:

  • 09 Dec 2012 : 12:00 – 16:00


  • Adult : £ 5.00
  • Child : £ 3.00
  • Family : £ 15.00
  • Concession : £ 3.00

More information can be found on the NTS/Castle Fraser website.



Just a little personal note here:  I am a bit overwhelmed with the amount of truly wonderful Christmas events happening in Scotland.  As December approaches, I am becoming even more aware of all the lovely fairs and shopping to be had. Well, all this to say that my head is buzzing with all the posts I could write … alas, if I had time.  So, my quandry is whether to fire short blog posts off to let you know of events or whether to write at a more inconsistent pace and write a bit longer piece.  I think that until I get this figured out, please bear with me if it is a while between posts and if you are a tweeter, I will be updating my twitter feed on a regular basis so please have a look on there if you’re looking for something Christmassy to do on a weekend.  Thanks for your patience. 🙂

oh mercy me, I almost forgot.  The Country Living Christmas Fair is starting today until the 25th at the SECC in Glasgow.  Hundreds of exhibitors from all over the UK come together for this giant fair.  It’s amazing.  I did a short blog post with some wonderful pictures of some of the exhibits last year.

and last but not least, there is a great list of upcoming fairs and decorating classes on the Craft Scotland website.  Whew! I think that’s all for now.  I’ll speak to you again soon. 🙂