It’s December tomorrow and I’m feeling very festive today. Which is handy, because I have a lot of Christmas content to write! This part of my Shop Scottish Gift Guide is actually the part that got the ball rolling in the first place, as I wanted to showcase some of my favourite Scottish makers just in time for the height of the Christmas shopping season. I love supporting Scottish talent by shopping from them on a regular basis (basically, I’m a bit of a shopaholic) and I wanted to share some of that love by shouting about them on my blog, too. It was hard to categorise this one, as a lot of the designers included have many talents on show, but the main focus is their incredible artwork – be that on stationery, prints, jewellery, pins or mugs and more – so that’s the route I’ve decided to take.
I’ll get the most obvious out of the way first, shall I? There was no doubt in my mind when it came to including Claire Barclay Draws, one of my all-time favourite makers. Claire features in a lot of my posts, and over the past two or so years I’ve built up quite the collection of her work. She’s my go-to gal for gifts, with sassy Scottish slogans and the best of Weegie humour being a regular feature in her prints, totes and jewellery. I buy my Christmas cards from her year on year, and they always get hundreds of compliments in return! I may have made another order from her just last weekend, but I’m also really looking forward to paying her stall a visit at Etsy Made Local on Saturday too.
Another designer I have loved for years is biscuit queen Nikki McWilliams. Chances are, you’ve seen her incredible biscuit designs at some point in your life, with her iconic cushions taking the likes of Instagram by storm. Nikki stocks the most amazing range of biscuit themed bits and bobs, including pins, patches and passport covers. I have quite a soft spot for biscuits (read: I eat way too many biscuits) so it’s no wonder that I love Nikki’s work. She’s also excellent on Instagram and I genuinely look forward to seeing her stories pop up in my feed.
It was Instagram that first introduced me to Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes, and I fell for Sally’s mix of sassy pop-culture references and the perfect colour schemes. Her Feminist Killjoy collection is all sorts of heaven, and I’m eyeing up more than a few of the Self-Care stocking fillers, too. HOYFC just sums up my aesthetic in one handy shop, what more could a girl want?
Neil Slorance is yet another person who I discovered through social media, but this time it was Facebook. Neil posts some hilarious comic strips over on his Facebook page, and it was his political strips that first caught my attention. I bought Paddy some of his Star Wars themed illustrations last year because they were just far too cute to resist, and they went down a treat.
I have a couple of beautiful prints from Pearl and Ink Lettering (including the Be Happy print in the photos) and absolutely love them. I’m a sucker for pretty calligraphy, and wish I could do it myself, but I know I’d be terrible at it! It’s always handy to have someone to hand who can do gorgeous lettering, and Pearl and Ink is definitely a shop to follow for all of your calligraphy needs.
For more pretty lettering be sure to check out Xoxo Designs by Ruth, who has a gorgeous range of cards, art prints, gift wrap, enamel pins and patches. I’m forever on the lookout for cards that are a little bit different than what you’ll find in the bog-standard stationery shops, and Ruth’s designs are perfect for every occasion.
If you’re looking for cards that aren’t quite so fluffy, then you need to check out the latest offering from one of my favourite bloggers Emma Inks, who has recently launched her illustration venture: Emma Inks Designs. With a range of gothic greetings cards designed to celebrate your spookier side, these make for something a little bit different this Christmas!
It’s getting close to the new year, and a new year equals new stationery. Edinburgh based Busy B recently hosted a little blogger event through in the capital and I was blown away by how beautiful their range is. I’d picked up the odd bit from them before, but I hadn’t really taken the time to fully appreciate just how gorgeous their products are. I was very kindly given this gorgeous day-to-a-page diary which I can’t wait to cram with to-do lists in 2018, and I’ve since picked up a couple of Christmas presents from them too. They have so many different styles of diaries that are perfect for busy schedules, so they’re well worth checking out if you’re still looking for your 2018 organisation companion.
La La Land fulfil my love of fun pop-culture references with sass-filled clothes and gifts for all occasions. It was their v. funny foiled pencils that first caught my attention a few years ago and I’ve been a big fan ever since. There’s something for every fan from La La Land, with everything from Stranger Things, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Mean Girls to Louis Theroux and The Thick of It goodies. Let’s pretend like I didn’t just lose a solid half an hour browsing the site yet again. Is it weird if I buy myself these pencils? Ironically, of course…
Doris Does Doodles is another Glasgow based artist with a gorgeous stylised eye. I’m a big fan of using pattern and colour, which Doris Does Doodles does in bucketloads. There’s something a little bit kitschy about Doris Does Doodles, which I’m kind of in love with. Unsurprisingly, this kitty cat necklace has made its way into my saved items on Etsy to shop later. I’m nothing if not predictable!