Thursday, 18 December 2014

Our Festive Top 6 - Stocking Fillers!


The festive holidays are getting into full swing this weekend!!! It's a final chance to catch our breath and choose a few last minute gifts for the stocking before the official celebrations begin...

Here are our Top 6 gorgeous little gifts in the Funky Scottish boutique on the high street in Pittenweem.

1  - seaside themed, port-hole inspired bracelet
2 -  flickering, festive candles
3 -  christmassy scented soap
4 -  bright, funky scarf
5 -  'sea pottery' themed stationery and mugs by Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish
6 -  soaring bird necklace (dove of peace)

So, choose something for a loved one...and when we say 'loved one' you're allowed to include yourself!

Hope to see you in Funky Scottish.

Meanwhile, enjoy the final countdown....

xo






Saturday, 13 December 2014

It's A Colourful Life! Funky (& Arty) Films For The Festives...


There are few lovelier ways to spend a quiet afternoon or evening in deepest winter, than curled up under a snuggly throw, with a big mug of something warming, candles lit, festive light sparkling, watching a great film.

If you've seen the Christmas classics one time too many, spark your imagination with something different.  The recent cinema release of 'Mr Turner' starring Timothy Spall -  a biopic about the famous painter J M W Turner - seems to have piqued our interest in films about great artists of the world. 



Yet, some of the lesser known films are really the best ones to see...

One of my absolute favourites is Seraphine, about a little-known but uncommonly brilliant painter. Frenchwoman Séraphine Louis (Moreau), aka Séraphine de Senlis, lived from 1864 to 1942. Though ostensibly a shepherdess and housekeeper whose chief duties involved cooking, cleaning, and ironing, in her off-hours Séraphine joyously turned to natural elements of the outdoor world, with which she felt a tremendous degree of emotional and spiritual communion.  Discover more here.

It would make a wonderful Christmas gift for an art lover!  Or, just rent it on Netflix.

And if you really want to brush up on your artists knowledge, there are plenty more to see, including  Lust For Life about Vincent Van Gogh, Frida about Frida Kahlo and The Agony & The Ecstacy about Michelangelo's troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel. 

They're all featured in the Top 10 of IMD's Top 60 Movies About Painters/Artists!

Enjoy!



Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Delicious Seafood & Beautiful Art - A Recipe For Joy In The East Neuk...


Delicious seafood and beautiful art! These really are the perfect ingredients for a happy visit to Pittenweem and the East Neuk...

....as seen on international cook show series, The Spice Traveller!



A few weeks back, Indian celebrity chef Saransh Goila visited Pittenweem for his popular youtube series. He was here to meet with Jim Knox from The Fisherman's Larder and to discover more about delicious, just-caught, local seafood - as seen in Episode 16!

Before leaving Pittenweem, he visited Funky Scottish and bought a memento of his visit - one of our hand-painted tiles, created by our own resident artist/owner, Karen Edward!

In Episode 17, the talented Chef prepared a mouth-watering canape - Crab Kasoori Methi. Ingredients include dressed crab sourced from The Fisherman's Larder, freshly picked vegetables from Kellie Castle & Garden and of course...spices!

AND...we were delighted to discover, it's all beautifully presented on our decorative tile! We absolutely love this original idea for our tiles - steal it for your Christmas parties!
 

Meanwhile, you can see both episodes below....

Episode 16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwpEavABfuc
Episode 17: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zjsr1eJ6EI

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A Little Something For Santa....


Santa has lots on his plate during the festive season, so give him a memorable, delicious treat this Christmas Eve...

When your children leave their cookies for Santa (and perhaps a few carrots for Rudolf), add a little extra magic by serving the goodies on Santa's very own crockery!

Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish creates bespoke plates for displaying festive treats for Santa's supper on Christmas Eve! These cheerful, hand-painted plates are a fabulous gift for your little ones this Christmas...and Santa too!!

On Christmas morning, watch your child's face light up in wonder when they discover an empty glass and just a few crumbs on the plate....

If you'd like to request a hand-painted, bespoke plate for Santa's Supper please get in touch with 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, 6 November 2014

Washing Away The Cares Of The Day....




Work up a luscious lather + wash away the cares of the day...

Our gorgeous range of luxurious, natural soaps -  traditionally handmade in Tobermory by the Isle of Mull Soap Company - are now available in these 3 scrumptious scents!

Visit the Funky Scottish boutique to see more - these make wonderful gifts for loved ones!!!  Of course, we think you should treat yourself too.... :) xxx

Thursday, 30 October 2014

6 Magical Ingredients Of A Happy Halloween (for Grown Ups)...


Happy Halloween! So, how do you feel about this slightly spooky and a little bit magical time of year?  If you're not into carving out a pumpkin, guizing or dressing up in a scary costume, here are six funky, alternative ways to celebrate Halloween with style...

Invoke The Light...


According to one version of Halloween history, in the olden days people carved out turnips and pumpkins as a way to light a path for lost souls. Well, whether or not that's your intention, we can just as easily cast the customary halloween glow with lots of pretty candles!  Set them in your window and in darkened corners of your room to create a comforting, atmospheric space.  It beats clearing up the mess of post pumpkin creativity!  We have some gorgeous seasonal scents in the Funky Scottish boutique on the high street in Pittenweem...

Be Creative With Your Cauldron...


This is the very best time of year for creating a soul nourishing soup.  Use home-grown goodness from your garden or locally grown vegetables; butternut squash makes an especially delicious, autumnal soup! Get the recipe here.

Commune With Nature...


The ancient celtic origins of Halloween - Samhain - was deeply rooted in the celebration of nature.  The occasion marked the turn of the season from summer to winter and the beginning of a new celtic year.  So, this is a rejuvenating time to get out there and connect with the simple pleasures of fresh air and sunlight. As an artist, I love living by the sea where, as if by magic, the unique play of light and colour on the water always sparks the imagination...

Watch A (Not So) Scary Movie...


One of our favourites (and yes, it's a girlie classic) is Practical Magic with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman!  It's a feel good film with just a sprinkling of ghoulishness to make it acceptable Halloween viewing...

Create A Magic Potion - Strawberry & Rum Spellbinder

 Ingredients

1 shot of rum
a big squeeze of lime juice
a glug of strawberry liqueur (homemade jam works well)
crushed ice
a dash of soda water

Whiz all the elements together in your magical cocktail shaker (or mini blender) and you have a beautiful drink which, if you close your eyes, will magically transport you back to a summer's day! Also, it tastes suspiciously like a strawberry daquari.... 

Image via pinterest.


Work A Spell...


Nope, eye of newt is not required! Simply, get really clear on what you want to create in your life and...make a wish! Even modern science is beginning to accept the good ole' fashioned power of visualisation and positive thinking. So, surely it's worth a shot...

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! 


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Seasonal Style - The Chic Scarf...


Yes, it's that 'transition' time of year again!  A chic scarf is a colourful, vibrant update for any autumn/winter wardrobe! We have some gorgeous new styles in the Funky Scottish boutique! 

Also, if you're looking for more stylish ways to wear a scarf, visit the article '15 chic and creative ways to wear a tie a scarf' which is packed with inspiration and instructions on creating many gorgeous looks, with one pretty scarf!