Perth Museum & Kinkell Byre

Ooofftt! Another busy weekend (a huge thank you to the people of Perth and the team at Perth Creative Exchange) to be followed by 5 days of panicked making! But I’m on the home stretch now with my last two events of the season this week.

On Thursday December 8th I’m returning to Perth Museum and Gallery for the 2nd Christmas shopping evening. Last time was a very civilised affair with mulled wine, minced pies and a choir singing carols (some in Gaelic- a beautiful backdrop).

Then on Saturday and Sunday is the Kinkell Byre Christmas Market near St Andrews. In addition to an array of gorgeous art, design, craft there will be street food and refreshments available. This looks like a gorgeous venue with spectacular sea views so the perfect place for a spot of coastal Christmas shopping.

Hope to see you there!

An Indie Christmas

Like a lot of people I find myself constantly struggling to comprehend where the time goes, no more so than 5 weeks before Christmas. No really, what happened to Autumn?? How come all the festive craft fairs I booked back at the start of the summer are now imminent??? Yes, this happens every year and it still always takes us by surprise…

So – time to get organised. Fortunately, shopping for Christmas presents is a complete scoosh these days due to the plethora of independent businesses producing gorgeous, original products. It’s never been easier to buy beautifully-made, unique gifts, whether it’s from a local artisan fair or shop, through marketplaces such as Etsy and Folksy, or direct from a maker’s website. Over the next three weekends I’ll be selling my work at the following fairs in Perthshire and Glasgow (full details are on the ‘Shop’ page):

They all promise to be fantastic events with a very high standard of work being exhibited; there really will be something for everyone, and it is a lovely way to shop in your local neighbourhood.

Which is more than can be said for Black Friday, which is almost upon us; a lot of small businesses will be feeling under pressure to reduce their prices to try and compete with big brands and businesses. To combat this, the wonderful Just A Card campaign has come up with INDIE FRIDAY!

Indie Friday Square by Angela Chick

Across social media Just A Card will be promoting the work of independent makers and shops from all over the UK – look out for the #JACIndieFriday #IndieFriday hashtags on Twitter and Instagram and join in the fun!
And remember – when you’re out Christmas shopping this year, don’t pass by an independent. Take a look – you never know what you might find!