Mad Dog, Cheese & Winchin’: Claire Barclay Draws

Claire Barclay combines my love of Scotland, cheese puns and adorable illustrations in one beautiful and colourful online Etsy store.

Claire Barclay Draws epitomises why shopping independent is the best. Nowhere on the high street would you find so many Scottish culture gems, like this Mad Dog 20/20 print,  AND cheese puns, That’ll Brie Nice, all in one place. Through her greetings card, jewellery, tote bags, art prints and bunting, Claire combines nostalgic Scottish banter with vibrant pop culture and the result is magical.

I always smile when I receive my purchases from Claire. She delivers every time with amazing fun products and it’s even reflected through to her packaging! Would highly recommend. – Fay

Claire is animg_3910 illustrator and designer who works solo from her “wee studio” in Glasgow, Scotland. She loves making work based on funny elements of Scottish culture as well as anything else that’s jazzy, colourful or cute! She creates a whole range or products including greetings cards, art prints, tote bags and jewellery all with her quirky doodles on them. Claire also works on custom orders such as family/pet portraits and wedding invitations.

Super cute and super great also the Claire Barclay Draws customer service is amazing and one of the main reasons I will be a returning customer 🙂 – Jamie

I have been lucky enough to get my hands on a bundle of Claire’s incredible designs and I can testify that the products are as adorable in person as they are on your computer screen. I received two awesome A4 prints, a gorgeous tote bag and a “cat lady” brooch.
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Designs by Claire Barclay and candle from Love Scottish Candles

Art

I’m originally from bonnie Ayrshire but after four years studying at The University of Glasgow, I’m a self-confessed Glasgow wean who is now living in Edinburgh. Claire’s Glasgow Girl designs were just so fitting for me so they were really what drew me in. Claire’s illustrations are personal and you can really engage with them. They’ll have you and your friends giggling with a sense of nostalgia that I don’t think many people are capturing in the same way Claire is.
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Claire managed to combine both my new home and my love of Glasgow in the two art prints I received: Edinburgh Girl and You Can Take The Girl Outta Glasgow, But You Can’t Take Glasgow Out The Girl. These make wonderful gifts for any Edinburgh or Glaswegian gals who want to show off their love of their city or memorabilia for a guest visiting the city for the first time. You can also have these prints personalised to showcase your own home city; I recently spotted a Paisley Girl print on Claire’s on Instagram, which you can buy in the Slug in a Bottle Shop that will be popping up in Paisley soon.
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For anyone that grew up in Scotland, there a few special items that will definitely capture your hearts and imaginations. I’m sure many a Scot’s teenage years were spent drinking one of the following: Tennents, Buckfast, Mad Dog, Lambrini, or Frosty Jack’s – which brings back fond memories of shoving my drunk boyfriend into the back of a taxi after he drank a bottle of ‘fabulous Frosty’s’ at a house party in Glasgow. Claire pokes fun of Scottish youth culture with a variety of prints, greetings cards and jewellery.

Fashion

Claire Barclay herself is a bit of a fashionista and self-proclaimed “jazzy outfit enthusiast” so the jewellery and tote bags she offers are just the cutest. I am so in love with my Glasgow Girl tote but, unfortunately, it has met a sad fate in an accidental washing machine fatality. As long as you don’t mix yours in with a hot wash of towels then you are sure to have a gorgeous tote bag with a long life and the ability to get everyone talking and smiling.

I keep my Cat Lady brooch pinned to my Alohomora Design tote and proudly display it at University every day. It is super cute and sturdy and, if nothing else, it sparks that age-old debate: do you prefer cats or dogs? If you are inclined to obsess over our feline friends then you need one of these little pins in your life. Claire’s brooches range from £3.50 to £9 depending on which design you’re looking for and they look awesome pinned to an oversized denim jacket. Other designs include Geeze a WinchGeein’ It Laldi and, for those of you looking for something less Scottish, there’s a motivational Be Happy brooch.

Claire also makes necklaces (like this quirky and colourful Unicorn Necklace) and earrings (my personal favourite: Taps Aff earrings)


Follow Claire on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check out her Etsy page and don’t forget my 15% off code expires at the end of October so hurry, hurry!

Classic Bibliophile Literary Designs

Ever get so super excited about a product you just wanna squeal every time you look at it? That’s how I feel whenever I catch a glimpse of my beautiful literature inspired jewellery by Classic Bibliophile.

Who’s Behind The Brooch?

ClassicBibliophile is ran by the lovely Lauren from Devon. In an attempt to make a little extra cash, Lauren first started making Steampunk inspired jewellery several years ago. However, it didn’t capture her interest enough so her ideas developed into literary designs. With encouragement from her dad, Lauren turned her passion for books and reading into her creative outlet.

Lauren has many plans and prototypes for business expansion so keep updated by following her on Instagram. You don’t want to miss out. She is looking to add home decor items as well as jewellery to her shop and can’t wait to reveal them to us all!

Outlander Giveaway

I first came across ClassicBibliophile on my epic hunt for all things Outlander for my Instagram giveaway (which you can find on my Instagram account or check out over here) I thought the Outlander inspired brooch was just stunning so I reached out in the hope that Lauren would like to get involved with my Highlander giveaway.

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Fortunately, Lauren was more than happy to share her designs with all my readers and followers and sent me her Sassenach necklace especially for all you lovely Outlander fans! The lucky winner of my giveaway will get to keep it forever alongside an AlohomoraDesign tote and Mulderie Wood candle! It is the perfect way to finish off your OOTD and subtly show off your love of all things Outlander.

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As for me, Lauren discovered my love of all things Charlotte Brontë and I now own a stunning Jane Eyre set (necklace and pendant earrings) to cherish forever. I have been wearing my ‘Thornfield’ necklace every day so I’m carrying a little bit of Jane Eyre with me everywhere I go.

Something For Everyone

ClassicBibliophile jewellery come in a wide variety of quotes, colours, shapes and sizes from brooches to rings to earrings. Sherlock Holmes fan? Try this ‘Watson’ ring? Are you a Shakespeare lover? There’s loads to choose from! What about Alice in Wonderland, Charles Dickens, Narnia, Breakfast at Tiffany’s? ClassicBibliophile is literally a book-lover’s dream.

Lauren focuses on classics for her inspiration because its her favourite genre to read (hence the name ClassicBibliophile) but if you don’t see what you’re looking for you can place a special request for your favourite piece of literature. Lauren is more than happy to create some modern or YA pieces for custom requests too. Just contact her on Etsy.

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What Are You Waiting For?

If you’re stuck for a gift idea for the literature lover in your life then you should definitely consider a piece of vintage-styled ClassicBibliophile jewellery. Not only are they unique, and a memento to keep forever, but they come beautifully packaged in little boxes. But don’t wait for someone to buy you one… Treat yo’ self! Why not wear your favourite book around your neck or on your fingers? I can’t think of a prettier way to show off your passion for books.  

You can find Lauren’s wonderful literary designs on Etsy or by following her on Instagram and Twitter.

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Totes by Alohomora Design

In the midst of my current Outlander obsession (I’m currently reading Dragonfly in Amber), I have been on the hunt for all things Jamie Fraser with a Highland themed giveaway in mind featuring my lovely Mulderie Wood candles. During this search, I came across a wonderful Etsy page selling bookish and nerdy tote bags: Alohomora Design.

Main designer, Alli, from Southern California, has been interested in craft and design from a young age and has cultivated this passion into a full-time job. She has combined her interest in design with her favourite books, movies and television shows to create something magical! Plus she’s a super lovely person too which makes communicating your order really easy.

I’ve been lucky enough to sample five of the Outlander designs from Alohomora Design: “Take Me Home to Lallybroch”, “Your Face Is My Heart Sassenach And The Love Of You Is My Soul”, “Dinna Fash Sassenach”, “James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser” and “Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ!” I’m sure all of these will have every Outlander fan grinning. I can’t wait to share these totes with all of you Outlander lovers in my Instagram giveaway.

If Outlander isn’t your style, there are Game of Thrones totes, Sherlock Holmes totes, Parks & Rec, Harry Potter, The Walking Dead, Big Bang Theory totes… The list is endless! Whatever your nerdy downfall is, Alohomora Design will have you covered with their diverse designs, I promise. One of my personal favourites is ‘When In Doubt Go To The Library’ from Miss Hermoine Granger herself. If you’re a wizard wannabe then there is a 20% off sale on all Harry Potter totes for the month of July to celebrate his birthday.

Each tote comes in a variety of sizes and colours. There are two tote styles: 15″ x 16″ or  15″ x 12″ with 4″ gusset (natural colour only). You can also choose from the following colour combos to suit your OOTD: natural tote with black ink, natural tote with gold ink, black tote with gold ink and navy tote with gold ink. I was lucky enough to sample all four and they’re all gorgeous.

Not only is the range of designs and quotes impeccable but the quality of these totes is very high too. They’re made from 100% cotton making them lightweight but strong enough to carry your books and laptop. They’re ideal for holding all your library books on your way home from school or University or simply for showing off your love of pop culture while you’re out shopping with friends.

If you’re looking for a tote-ally (yes, I went there) unique gift for your friend then these are perfect. You could even pair a geeky tote with one of the literary candles by Meraki Candles. Or, of course, you can treat yourself to something fun and original. Check out all Alohomora Design totes on their Etsy page. Keep up to date by following them on Instagram and Twitter too.

Remember these totes will be up for grabs in my next giveaway so to stay updated follow me on Instagram.

*Shipping costs vary.