Harris Tweed is known as 'The Big Cloth" in Scotland. It is renown for it's hardwearing quality and will last you forever. Harris Tweed now comes in lots of combinations of bright or muted colors and is made into the most wonderful products. Make sure you look for the 'Orb' so you now your product is genuine Harris Tweed, only made in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
The modern Scottish home is welcoming, warm and bright, full of Scottish style. However, the small ruins that are scattered across many parts of Scotland remind us that in days gone by we often lived together under the same roof with our animals.Happily, nowadays they are more often seen warming up our kitchens on tea towels, aprons, placemats & coasters, or in our living rooms on tiles, pillows and prints. We do love our Highland Cows – or Heilan’ Coos as wee fondly call them – and our sheep. There is something very comforting about them. Perhaps that’s because in echoing our past, these beautifully designed items also reflect who we are today.Not long after moving to North America I discovered that it wasn’t easy to find these reminders of home and set about changing that. Scottish Creations was launched and now, thanks to our wonderful Scottish designers, we can all have a Heilan’ Coo or a wee sheep sharing our kitchen or living room again.Whether they are living in Edinburgh, Auchtermuchty or Newtonmore; the big city, the small village, deep in the Highlands or Islands, our independent designers make their homes in Scotland and we are proud to bring them to you.If you miss Scotland or know someone who does, now you too can create your own Scottish home.
When I first moved to North America, I was looking for gift that was distinctly Scottish but I couldn’t find something that was that bit different. I found many lovely traditional items but none of the new contemporary designer products that had been appearing in Scotland seemed to have made it over here. In Scotland, I’d become accustomed to seeing beautiful Harris Tweed Handbags, stunning sterling silver jewelry, fabulous hand-blown accessories for whisky, and lots of fun quirky items to brighten your day. I wanted these amazing designers to have a place to showcase their creations here in North America, and Scottish Creations was born.
We are a family business, a Scottish family through and through. Most of us, were born and raised in Glasgow, except my children who were born and raised in Linlithgow. We have got about a bit though and moved from country to country as us Scots do, but our family always took Scotland with it. As my Mum will tell you… “the Scots become more Scottish when they move away from home, and the longer they are away, the more Scottish they become”. It certainly seems that way, certainly for our family. Having lived in Scotland, England, Canada and now the USA, our family is a bit like the United Nations, spread all over the globe.
Whisky has been part of our Scottish culture for hundreds of years and its production has a very colorful history. The first recorded order of “eight bolls of malt to make aqua vitae” was at Lindores Abbey in Fife, in 1495. But whether under the watchful eye of an abbot or at one of many illicit stills hidden across our hills and glens, we suspect Scots have been producing whisky for as long as we’ve been digging peat for our fires.
As a relative of one of the many South Uist families caught up in the true story behind Compton Mackenzie’s wonderful 1959 film, Whisky Galore, I can attest to the fact that we also got up to some high jinks over the years doing what we could to avoid the exciseman, or the taxman to our North American friends.
Thankfully we’ve never been discouraged and today 41 bottles of Scotch are exported each second……………now that’s an achievement. Slàinte indeed!
We are delighted to introduce our ‘father and daughter’ team who together created Angels Share in Bridge of Allan, Scotland. Father, Tom, is the master glass blower and makes these stunning water droppers, topped with one of our favorite icons. You can’t possibly drink whisky without honoring it with these fabulous accessories and you can’t have a wee dram without a toast to the Angels, they always get their share!