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!

Loving LoveScottishCandles

It’s been a while since I’ve introduced you all to a new candle. Autumn is coming which means it is time to invest in knitwear and cosy candles to get you through the colder weather. LoveScottishCandles is the latest on my homeware must-have list and here’s why…

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Based in Hawick in the Scottish borders, LoveScottishCandles is proof that Scotland are making the best candles you can buy. As their name and quaint labels suggest, their products are crafted with a lot of love. Attention to detail is high and lighting one of these cuties will give you the warm-and-fuzzy feeling that we long for as Autumn approaches.  They smell wonderful, come in a range of fragrances from country to luxury and are beautifully packaged.

What beautiful candles! The fragrances are all devine and last for ages, I can smell them even when they’re not lit. Burn time is great too. I get lots of compliments when I have guests round, they all ask where I got them from. Great little purchase.

LoveScottishCandles not only offer a gorgeous selection of candles but they have been posting updates of their current self-build on their social media sites so follow them on the links at the bottom to get some DIY inspiration, photos of Scottish landscapes and behind-the-scenes making of their candles. Their social media pages add a touch of personal to every purchase; I love knowing where and who my products are coming from. Too often we buy into nameless and faceless corporations and where is the fun in that?

Wow! What can I say other than these candles are a must! They are amazing, the fragrance’s are fabulous and linger when they’re not even lit, you walk into the room and you can smell the fragrance. A hard day at work , light one of these in the bathroom have a long bath , have another one in the living room and Wow totally relaxed and stress free. I can’t get enough of these its like the saying “a woman can never have enough pairs of shoes” well you can never have enough of these candles. Enjoy.

If you’re into floral scents, there’s Scottish Rose and Tiger Lily. If you like those muskier tones, what about Black Pomegranate or Fireside? Having a dinner party? Try burning Apple Strudel & Spice to welcome your guests to the smell of fresh baking. The fragrances have a high pay-off and you can smell it before you even open the gift box, which means all your guests will be complimenting you on the delectable scents. Browse the shop to check out all eight of the LoveScottishCandles’ scents.

I received the Lavender & Chamomile candle as a gift from LoveScottishCandles and I can’t get enough of the scent. I mentioned it in my recent 5 Tips For A Better Sleep blog because lavender and chamomile are both renowned for their relaxing properties which help to relieve anxiety. That means this fragrance is the ultimate snooze-inducing candle. Run yourself a hot bubble bath and light one of these before bedtime. You’ll forget all about your tough day at work.

The LoveScottishCandles website also shares with its customer insightful Candle Care instructions. This is a big thing for me. So many people complain about candles for not burning evenly or producing too much black smoke when, in reality, this could be prevented by looking after their candles properly. There is no point in investing in such gorgeous candles without keeping them in good condition. I am always getting on at my mum for not caring for her candles properly! Here’s a few of LoveScottishCandles top tips to getting the most from your candles:

  1. Do not burn candles for more than 4 hours at a time.
  2. When burning for the first time, burn for long enough that all the wax melts to the edge.
  3. Keep wick trimmed to 1/4 inch at all times.

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There is a reason LoveScottishCandles boast Handmade With Love on all of their candles. They are a delight and will add a special touch to your homes when burning. They’re inexpensive and their wonderful packaging makes them a wonderful gift for a loved one or a special treat for yourself.

Follow LoveScottishCandles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular candle and DIY updates or browse their shop now.

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