Friday, 20 March 2015

Hello Sunshine...


Did you see it? 

We were so lucky to experience the total eclipse of the sun in the East Neuk! Blessed with blue skies and sunshine glistening over the sea, people watched all around the villages, as the moon passed in front of the sun and dimmed the lights for a while....

Our next chance to experience this celestial wonder will be in 75 years!

It's a beautiful reminder to stop and appreciate all of life's precious moments as they pass.

So, for now, lets take pleasure in the sunshine, the spring equinox and tonight's new moon. It's all happening...

Happy Weekend! xo



Friday, 13 March 2015

Love And Marriage, Love And Marriage...



Oh, we do love a good wedding! 

The only tiny challenge is that it can be tough choosing a special gift to give the happy couple.

On the other hand, if you're a friend of the bride and/or groom, you'll no doubt know a thing or two about their passions and pleasures - and this is the key to giving the perfect present!


With this information in mind, Karen Edward at Funky Scottish can hand-paint a beautiful, commemorative plate featuring a truly original, bespoke design that celebrates the couple, their big day and their ongoing adventure together! 

If you'd like to book a commemorative plate, get in touch via www.funkyscottish.com


About...

Living by the sea, Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish is naturally drawn to coastal themes and has developing her own unmistakable flair for showcasing the unique character of the East Neuk. Her favourite subjects include the houses, animals, boats and seascapes she observes in and around the fishing villages. Karen will also happily paint bespoke ceramics reflecting your own unique character and interests. Choose a gift or crockery collection to celebrate special occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. If you'd like to order your own exclusive, hand-painted piece, please get in touch!  

Friday, 6 March 2015

Month Of The Puffins! New Arrivals On The Isle Of May...


This month, we revisit the Puffin Collection by Karen Edward at Funky Scottish.  At this time of year, puffins are getting ready to arrive on the Isle of May, a small island in the East Neuk, which will be their home and breeding ground until late summer.

The young, known as pufflings, will be 5-7 weeks old when they're strong enough to leave the island, ready for an adventure on the open seas!  They won't return again until they're of breeding age, in around 5 years. Naturally, these beautiful birds attract a lot of interest. During the coming months, countless visitors will flock to the Isle of May to see the puffins in their wild, natural habitat.

Artists are particularly fascinated with the characterful little birds and Karen Edward is no exception.  Discover her up-close depictions of puffins and via Karen's artist's notes, learn how she transforms her paintings into a collection of cards, tiles, mugs and booklets for you to enjoy.

 

"this range is taken from paintings done in acrylic, then scanned into the computer."



"The images can then be used on cards and note books, which are printed for me elsewhere - they make lovely, popular gifts in the shop. The ceramics are a little more complex.  The images of my puffin paintings are tiled up and sent to a company that makes them into sheets of transfers" 


"...I then apply them to blank tiles and fire them in my kiln."


 "it's a different process from the hand-painting but I love doing them".


 "it's very restful and I usually sit in my studio, turn the music up and get on with it!"...


About...

Living by the sea, Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish is naturally drawn to coastal themes and has developing her own unmistakable flair for showcasing the unique character of the East Neuk. Her favourite subjects include the houses, animals, boats and seascapes she observes in and around the fishing villages. Karen will also happily paint bespoke ceramics reflecting your own unique character and interests. Choose a gift or crockery collection to celebrate special occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. If you'd like to order your own exclusive, hand-painted piece, please get in touch!  

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Spring Is In The Air...



Yes, we have it on good authority from the met office that this Sunday 1st March is officially the first day of spring.

So, celebrate with a big jug of flowers!!! Here's one we made earlier...


What's your favourite way to celebrate springtime?

We also love...

sowing the seeds of exciting new projects
getting ready to plant a garden
looking forward to the puffins returning to the Isle of May!

See more from Karen Edward, our resident Funky Scottish artist at our little studio-gallery-boutique on the high street in Pittenweem and at www.funkyscottish.com
 
xo

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Secrets Of A Funky Scottish Life: Capturing the Creative Spark...


The #1 secret to capturing the creative spark is...


...stepping away from the studio!


It may be where you write, paint, cook or craft your art, but the experiences that ignite your imagination often happen away from your creative workplace.

You may find everyday inspiration...

  • enjoying quality time-out with loved ones
  • going to your favourite place in nature (do it often!)
  • cultivating a kitchen garden
  • sitting in a cafe and watching the world spin around you
Take pleasure in the details of life! It will help you see - and create - the bigger picture!

See the work of our resident artist, Karen Edward, at www.funkyscottish.com


About...

Living by the sea, Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish is naturally drawn to coastal themes and has developing her own unmistakable flair for showcasing the unique character of the East Neuk. Her favourite subjects include the houses, animals, boats and seascapes she observes in and around the fishing villages. Karen will also happily paint bespoke ceramics reflecting your own unique character and interests. Choose a gift or crockery collection to celebrate special occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. If you'd like to order your own exclusive, hand-painted piece, please get in touch!  

Friday, 13 February 2015

Putting A Little Heart Into It...


The pretty little heart symbol is everywhere right now! Yes, it's Valentines Day tomorrow, a special time for celebrating hearts and romance.

More importantly though, we believe in putting your heart into life...
..any moment, every day, any reason, every season!

Whether it's starting a creative project, feathering your nest, getting dressing, relaxing alone, socialising with friends or choosing a gift for a loved one...give your passion to everything you do! 

Happy Valentines! 

xxxxx

S.W.A.L.K

PS.  As always, never forget to include one VIP  in your list of loved ones...YOU! xo

 



Thursday, 5 February 2015

A Funky Scottish February in the East Neuk...


We love...

  • brisk and bracing walks
  • curling up under cosy blankets
  • fishing boats rocking in the harbours
  • wavy washing lines
  • candles flickering in the evening
  • fish and chips for supper
  • big waves and blustery skies

Happy February!


About...

Living by the sea, Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish is naturally drawn to coastal themes and has developing her own unmistakable flair for showcasing the unique character of the East Neuk. Her favourite subjects include the houses, animals, boats and seascapes she observes in and around the fishing villages. Karen will also happily paint bespoke ceramics reflecting your own unique character and interests. Choose a gift or crockery collection to celebrate special occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. If you'd like to order your own exclusive, hand-painted piece, please get in touch!