We’ve got a wonderful range of framed prints available in store. Each print has been framed using our Bespoke Picture Framing Service in locally grown native hardwoods from the borderlands of Scotland.
Framed prints start at £49 and are available in our Dumfries shop and online.
“Rising Up” – Illustration by Gail Dixon, framed in Ash
“Four Stags” – Photograph by Mike Dixon, framed in Elm
“Heart of Light” – Photograph by Mike Dixon, framed in Elm
“Morning Light” – Photograph by Mike Dixon, framed in Beech
“Lighthouse” – Print of an original mixed media glass painting by Gail Dixon, framed in Elm
“Out of the Woods” – Print of an original mixed media glass painting by Gail Dixon, framed in Elm
“The Homestead” – Print of an original mixed media glass painting by Gail Dixon, framed in Ash
Broken Path – Framed print of a Pen and Ink illustration by Gail Dixon
“Arisaig” by Erik Petrie, open edition print framed in whitewashed Beech
The Gossips – print by Tori Ratcliffe in handmade Ash frame
“Lighthouse” framed print of an original mixed media glass painting by Gail Dixon
Poppies on the Sand Dunes – print by Liela Aitken framed in Sycamore by the Handmade Craft House
Red Alert – print by Tori Ratcliffe in handmade Ash frame
Some new Beech cheese boards have arrived in store. Like all of our cheese boards and serving platters, these are handmade by Mike Dixon using locally grown timber from the borderlands of Scotland.
These boards feature some truly beautiful grain and have a lovely, delicate milkiness to the colouring. As with all our boards, they are suitable for preparing and serving food or just to bring a touch of rustic charm to your kitchen!
The boards featured here start at £18 for the small, handled platters, ranging to £39 for the table runner.
This is the final part of my series on making my own homemade guitar. You can read the first two parts here and here.
So, at the end of last week I had everything glued together and it looked suitably “guitar-shaped”. This time I had the challenge of making it actually playable and adding the finishing touches. This was by far the hardest part of the build and had me sweating with concentration on more than one occasion!
We’ve got a few new designs in our popular Photocards range. These cards feature photographs taken by Mike Dixon and come cello-packed with a recycled kraft envelope. Each card is blank inside for your own message.
The Photocards range – which includes wildlife, landscapes and flowers – can be found here – each card costs £2.50.
This is part two of a series of three posts, you can find the other parts here and here.
As I mentioned last week, my goal was to go into our workshop and make myself a stringed instrument from the materials I had at hand. I’ve set myself the limitation of not buying any specialist materials or tools – everything has to be sourced from the workshop. That means that frets, tuners, saddles and nuts (the bits the strings sit on) all have to be made by me.
After much “um-ing” and “ah-ing” I’ve decided to make a 6-string guitar, rather than the usual 3-string Cigar Box variety. I just felt that after putting so much time and effort into the project it would be a shame not to play it as often as my “normal” acoustic guitar. So, that’s 3 more strings, goodness knows how much more strain on the neck and I need a way of keeping the thing in tune… what could go wrong?
This is part one of a series of three posts about making a homemade guitar, you can find the other two parts here and here.
I always get an immense satisfaction when something that I’ve made not only looks the way it was meant to but is actually usable. It’s a wonderful feeling seeing that your design and hardwork has produced something that works!
This all goes to say that when I received a beginner’s Cigar Box Guitar (CBG) as a gift earlier this year, my mind soon turned from playing it to working out how to replicate it. Now, there are hundreds of blogs and forums on the internet about the instrument, along with countless plans available to build your own. But what I like most about the instrument is that it is homemade; originally built out of scrap and junk that people had lying around. They didn’t have to be perfect; they were meant to make a sound; and as long as they made a sound they could be used to make music.
We love these fantastic limited edition bronzes by Richard Cooper and Company. A lot of ‘bronzes’ that are available on the market are merely resin that has been painted to look like bronze. These pieces however, have been cast in solid bronze from finely sculpted originals.
Each has the sculptor’s mark and edition number stamped on the base and comes complete with a certificate of authenticity. Richard Cooper and Company’s work is highly collectable and these make a great gift for any nature lover.
These brilliant style books feature all manner of interesting inspiration for your home – from bedrooms to bathrooms and everywhere in between! There’s ideas for storage solutions, tips for displaying your belongings and for styling your rooms.
Simply Scandinavian – Style inspired by the classic Danish minimalism mixed with natural materials
A pared-down, function Scandinavian inspired kitchen.
Casual Living includes ideas for creating a relaxed mood in your home using your own pieces
A child’s room full of interesting odds and ends.
Coastal style isn’t all about blues and fishes; the ideas in this book can be used in any home.
A coastal inspired living room
Interior design superstar Rachel Ashwell’s book on Shabby Chic Interiors
A double page spread from Shabby Chic Interiors
Each hardcover book features an abundance of lavish full-colour photographs. Prices start from £19.99
Celebrate Father’s day with these quirky cards illustrated by Tim Pattimore. Each card features a particularly “daddish” hobby with a variety of items that go along with that pass time. The cards are blank for your own message and come complete with recycled a envelope.