Friday, 26 September 2014

A Funky Season! 6 Ways To Fall for Autumn....


At this time of year, as summer turns to autumn, it's so easy to fall into melancholy.  Our creative zest can seem to fizzle out.  The nights are drawing in, the days are often drizzly and the sparkle of Christmas isn't close enough to brighten the darkened skies.  So, when the gloom begins to take hold, I try to remember to be extra kind to myself. After all, every season has a reason and sometimes, hidden under all the fallen leaves, we can discover a season full of wonderful gifts, surprises and creative inspiration!  So, here are my favourite ways to celebrate this season!  Kicking through the big piles of fallen leaves is optional.....

1 The Gentle Detox

After summer's energising, outdoor activities and care-free indulgence, we can sometimes feel a little depleted by the time the party's over!  Autumn is a wonderful time to turn inward. The season offers an abundance of nourishing foods that will heal you from the inside and reignite your energy. I've been enjoying apples, plum and all sorts of vegetables from the garden.  There's no time like the present to fill your larder with chutneys and jams or to roast big trays of delicious beetroot, parsnips, potatoes, carrots.... 

Image via Pinterest

Discover more via this lovely post at Mind, Body, Green.  Also, choose a gentle form of exercise. Yoga is an amazing practice for restoring balance and reconnecting with your inner creativity. I love attending a local class, particularly because it's good to have a teacher there to help with technique and alignment. However,  if you prefer the privacy of your own home, you can also invest in a good DVD and create your own indoor yoga retreat.

Image via Pinterest

2  Discover A Rainy Day Sanctuary

When the elements aren't too inviting, it can seem like there's really nothing to do but slump into a chair and switch on the telly.  Instead, have a look in the local what's-on guides - you're bound to find something to pique your interest! When was the last time you treated yourself to a visit to a gallery, museum, exhibition, concert, theatre show or cinema? Alternatively, treat yourself to an indulgent massage or spa getaway.  I recently enjoyed a relaxing, reviving break at the Marine Hotel & Spa at North Berwick. We all need to recharge occasionally and autumn is a wonderful time for a pampering, indoor holiday...


3 Wrap Up Warm And Head For The Coast

I love getting all bundled up in funky knitwear and braving the elements!  Away from technology and everyday chores, it's amazing how quickly a low, lethargic mood can be blown away.  Scientists have even proven that the extra ozone in the air around the seaside can really boost our energy levels. Also, the sea reminds us that our quiet, introspective seasons are are part of nature's balance. Life is supposed to ebb and flow...

Enjoying The Calm Between The Seasonal Storms

4 - Doodle & Daydream

If you're likely to be literally blow away when you step out the front door - and we've seen plenty of days like that here in the East Neuk - it might be best to stay at home.  This is the perfect excuse to batten down the hatches, light a few candles, make yourself a big mug of hot chocolate (or tea...or coffee...or pour a glass of red wine!) and get your notebook out...then indulge in a bit of creative daydreaming!  Write gratitude lists, plan your next big project, write down your wishes for the future or just doodle away an evening...

Find candles & my 'Sea Pottery' notebook and mug at the Funky Scottish boutique

5  Have A Lazy Lunch

I know, most of us are mostly busy most of the time....but now and again, it's worth making time to head out on the town for a wee pick-me-up with a few of our favourite folks! One of the funkiest places to enjoy brunch, lunch, coffees or dinner is Mitchells in St Andrews.  The former butcher shop has retained some of the original character and mixed it up with industrial chic meets autumnal tweed and a retro diner vibe - the menu is fabulous too!



6 - Get Creative

A little time out can do wonders for your creativity, so don't be surprised if you find yourself brimming with inspiration. Follow the urge and see where it takes you!  What do you love to do?  It may be taking pictures of the stormy seas, writing a short story, painting, baking, re-decorating, organising your photo albums and trinkets, pottery or some other craft!  This is the perfect time of year to do something creative and who knows, what you produce might just turn into the perfect gift for someone special. After all, the sparkle of Christmas isn't really so far off ....

Created by Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish

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!  

Thursday, 18 September 2014

You Are The Artist, Seize The Day!


Today is one of the most important day's in Scottish history - and future!  Good luck to all who will be playing a part in this historic decision!  May we all work together to create an even funkier Scottish life...  :) xxx

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Catch Up & Connect! A Decade In The Life Of Funky Scottish...


Did you miss any of the posts in our recent series, A Funky Scottish Decade? 

You can catch up now! Just pick a classic collection by Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish and discover more via up close images and artist's notes...

Introduction
Sea Pottery
Black & White
Puffins
Pittenweem Blue
East Neuk (the original collection)
Bespoke (Part 1)
Bespoke (Part 2)

Also, get our latest projects and connect with Funky Scottish via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/FunkyScottish
Twitter: twitter.com/funkyscottish
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/funkyscottish

Friday, 5 September 2014

Pleasures & Pinterests - The Perfect Pick-Me-Up!


When was the last time you gave yourself time out to relax, with a cuppa and an indulgent,  imagination-sparking session on Pinterest? A little pin-spiration does wonders for my creativity...

Begin your journey at the Funky Scottish pages on Pinterest - pinterest.com/funkyscottish

Discover artistic inspiration from the elements, gifts, clothing, jewellery and home-ware ideas from the boutique and collections and commissions by Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish. 

Then, who knows where it will lead....

After a trip to this wonderland of imagery, you'll come back to reality full of exciting ideas - pinterest promise!

Friday, 29 August 2014

A Funky Scottish Decade! The Bespoke Collection (Part 2)...

  It's an honour to create these unique mementos of precious memories, 
special occasions and the passions of so many lovely people...
- Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish

This year, it's the 10th Anniversary of Funky Scottish, the iconic, East Neuk brand created by Karen Edward.  In celebration, we're producing a special series of blog posts about a decade of her definitive Funky Scottish collections.  You can click here to read our introduction.   Over the past few weeks we've been rewinding back through the years to 2004.

Now, it's the final week! We discover the extensive, bespoke collection - part 2, alongside some artists notes from Karen...

Last week, the bespoke collection focused on special commissions inspired by my East Neuk range.  Often though, I'm asked to paint lots of commissions for weddings, christenings, birthdays, retirements and all kinds of celebrations.  It's an honour to create these unique mementos of precious memories, special occasions and the passions of so many lovely people.  Below, I share some of my favourites created over the past 10 years.

There are so many, I'm showcasing these in celebrations & seasons....

Spring



say cheese - a celebration plate for a couple with a shared passion...


It's a great time of year to spring clean up your body 
and begin a healthy lifestyle - yoga is the perfect choice, I love it!



Summer


Summertime is naturally wedding season - 
it's a particularly busy time for creating original, hand-painted ceramic keepsakes ...



The depiction of this rugby player shows him sporting a black eye because he was always getting punched in the face - the things people do for their passions! 

He actually had the black eye on his wedding day too! 


Of course, summer is also graduation time... 


and it's the perfect season to teach the kids about growing things...


Let's celebrate our french connections too - they know so 
much about enjoying the simple pleasures of summertime!


...golf is an all-year sport, but this is the 
season that a golfer loves to celebrate


with so much fresh, seasonal fruit, 
it's a great time to fill up their plate with healthy treats...



Autumn

 The colours change & the people of the East Neuk 
begin their retreat into cosy homes...
 

It's also time to harvest all the good things we planted...

 
Winter 

Winter - a beautiful season for celebration, 
especially if the little ones have been good... 


After all, who knows what Santa might bring - these plates are really fun additions 
to the Christmas Eve ritual of leaving a treat for Mr Clause...


Thank you so much for joining us on this journey through A Funky Scottish Decade! If you missed any of the previous posts in the series, please have a look below:-

Funky Scottish Decade - Introduction
'Sea Pottery'
'Black & White'
'Puffins' 
Pittenweem Blue
East Neuk
Bespoke Collection (Part 1)

Meanwhile, we look forward to the next 10 years of collections by Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish - thank you again for all your support!!

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, 22 August 2014

A Funky Scottish Decade! The Bespoke Collection (Part 1)


I couldn't find any celebration gifts with my kids names on them -
 the names were too unique - so I started doing them myself. 
 Suddenly, I was being asked to do similar pieces 
for all kinds of celebrations.
- Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish

This year, it's the 10th Anniversary of Funky Scottish, the iconic, East Neuk brand created by Karen Edward.  In celebration, we're producing a special series of blog posts about a decade of her definitive Funky Scottish collections.  You can click here to read our introduction.   Over the past few weeks we've been rewinding back through the years to 2004.

This week, we discover the extensive, bespoke collection.  In the artist's notes from Karen, she recalls her very first bespoke commission and reveals the stories behind these one-off pieces of art....


I've really been doing commissions since I started Funky Scottish.  It all began with a challenge, then finding a solution myself! You see, I couldn't find any celebration gifts with my kids names on them - the names were too unique - so I started doing them myself.  Suddenly, I was being asked to do similar pieces for all kinds of celebrations; when friends got married and so on.
 

Now, commissions are the backbone of my business; engagements, weddings, christenings, birthdays, retirements are a few of the commissions I've been asked to do. I've also been asked to paint peoples pets, panels for kitchens and bathrooms, prizes for clubs etc. I would love to share a few of them for you here.

I mostly paint on my ceramics, but I've been asked to paint a few different ones too! Here is a window commission I did in a house in Cellardyke There was no view so I painted them one!!
 

 
I've done a few on canvas for children like this one here for Emma !


 
Since being asked to paint all the tile panels in the bathrooms at the St Andrews Cheese Farm, just outside Pittenweem, I've had lots of commissions from them!! Here are a few examples.  First up is a set I painted for my friend Audrey for her husbands birthday. That's him and his boat in Cellardyke Harbour...



Next up are two Elie panels, including one with the whole family on it...



 These commissions can also be used to give your home a lovely new look! I was asked to paint 5 panels for a lady for her bathroom, all with the East Neuk theme... 

 
Next, are some special panels to me as I particularly enjoyed painting them; especially the one with the little boy as he became a wee friend!  Also, this panel featured in a newspaper article which his Mum then got me to sign for him!!



There are lots more I want to share! To be continued...

Meet us again next week, for the more from the Bespoke collection!

Meanwhile, you can discover previous posts in the series below:-

'Sea Pottery'
'Black & White'
'Puffins' 
Pittenweem Blue
East Neuk


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!