We’ve teamed up with buyakilt.com to offer not one, but two of our lucky readers the chance to win one of their lovely pure wool tartan blankets.
Buyakilt.com is an online Scottish retailer of – yes, you got it – kilts! But along with kilts, they stock a huge array of Tartan fashion, gifts and homewares.
You can choose from any of their tartan blankets featured on this page. Entering is simple, all you need to do is comment below saying how you’d use your blanket if you won. You can improve your chances of winning by liking them & us on social media.
Tartan blanket giveaway
This week we’re touring Scotland in our World Dolls Series of books.
There are twelve little books in the series. We’ve managed to get hold of them all, so we can do quite a comprehensive tour of Europe now.
Our doll guides for this trip are Andrew & Sheena – sporting their national costumes which they wear for high days & holidays (they dress down in jeans & T-shirt the rest of the week!)
Fabulous illustrations once more – this time the work of M. Russon from the Birmingham School of Design.
They’re very atmospheric with a distinct 1960s feel.
We love the colours in this book – subtle shades of green, ochre & blue with flashes of bright red.
Some illustrations are full of tiny detail, but they retain a simple, spare quality too.
We take in towns, harbours and the wonderful Scottish countryside.
We love the depiction of life on the croft.
Next week we’re heading off to Wales – hope you’ll join us!
What is it about tartan that makes us feel Christmas-y? Think tartan, think roaring fires indoors, snowy blizzards outside; hot toddies and wee drams of whisky!
Tartan is often made of wool and tweed – thick, warming and water resistant – ideal outerwear materials to combat the ‘dreich‘ Scottish weather. The pattern & material is often brought indoors and used for blankets and throws, seating upholstery and curtains. Tartans are strong patterns and often vibrant colours – great for adding flashes of interest, but don’t overdo it – unless of course, you happen to live in a Scottish baronial castle!
- Lois 2-seater sofa and armchair Highland tartan, wool – £749 and £499, Made
- British Isles hand-crafted fabric map – £399 to £449, Mappliqué
- Cardboard cake stand – £8, Paperchase
- Barbour stainless steel hip flask, brown – £26.36, John Lewis
- Hamish McPlaid cheeky chicken doorstop – £12, Etsy
- Turnberry fabric lampshade by BeauVamp – £175, Notonthehighstreet
- John Hanly pink & green lambswool throw – £110, Liberty
Marks and Spencer are selling these Christmas biscuit selections…
…with gorgeous tins designed by Sanna Annuka.
Future classics with their vintage Scandinavian folk art feel.
She was responsible for this Swiss biscuit tin last Christmas – it’s currently changing hands for £15-£20… without the biscuits!
We’ve bought ours early this year – they’re sure to be popular again.
We’ll be giving a few tins as presents – but some will have to go under our own tree!!
They’ve also got a butter shortbread tin with a sweet little Scottie dog on the front.
We recently posted a blog featuring illustrations by Miroslav Sasek – we don’t know who designed this tin – but it also has a vintage feel is very reminiscent of his work.
Here are the actual illustrations from the book…
…published in 1961.
It’s not only going to be a tin-tastic Christmas in our house – looks like it’s going to be biscuit-tastic too!