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  1. I am delighted to announce the arrival of our new Kitchen Gift Range! This has been months in the making and is a collaboration with the lovely Cotswald gift company Apples to Pears.Main logo 01

    Apples to Pears are best known for their award winning (Gift of the Year) Gift in a Tin Range.  Current partners include BBC Springwatch, the Natural History Museum and now us! As you can see Jack was very keen to try the collie dog items out! See the full range HERE

    a2p jack drinking with ailsa with burd on the bonec tray and mug for web

    The range includes beautiful birchwood trays made in Sweden and a set of 4 square porcelain mugs.  Who would have thought a square mug could be so nice to drink from but if it passes Jack's approval I can assure you it is well up to scratch. 

    broon coo mug cut out

    Also included in the range are a chopping board and heatproof trivet. Refining these items to get them perfect has been a long and careful process with every item passing stringent approval checks (not just by Jack). I travelled to Birmingham to meet the Apples to Pears team early in February and everyone has been hard at work chosing images and selecting and testing the products ever since.

    chickens cheese board cut out

    To finish the collection are hoardie storage tins and sets of coasters in tins. These items really brighten up your kitchen and of course make lovely gifts.

    hoardies storage tin farm yard locals cut out


    You may well see these items popping up in shops near to you so keep your eyes open.  Of course you can also buy them online from through our web shop...I hope you like them!

  2. I'm delighted this summer to have put together a new on line summer exhibition of Scottish paintings for sale. You can see all the paintings that are available in the original paintings section of my website.

    dandie mannies on white

    I have included photographs of the paintings both in and out of their frames. I even have photographs of how they could look on your walls.

    high hopes on the wall

    This means you can see my art and purchase my work wherever you are. As always if you have any queries give me a shout! Enjoy! 

  3. I can hardly believe it's time for my annual Open Studio again but here we are!  I'll be in Kirkbean Village Hall close to my village of Carsethorn, here in Dumfries and Galloway from the 26th to the 28th May from 10.30am - 5.30pm each day.  

    ailsa black in the garden in carsethorn

    On the Saturday I'll be open until 8pm and your welcome to come along and have a glass of wine and some cheese in the evening. I'm delighted this year to have lots of new paintings and prints on a coastal village theme as well as lots of animal paintings too. 

    dandie mannies perfect day

    Oh and I'll have plenty of beautiful new clocks, bags, placemats and coasters and keyrings! All made in the UK.

    silver darlings

    I hope to see lots of you there it's always such a pleasure for Jack and I to meet so many of you. The village hall committee will be serving soup, sandwiches and plenty of tea and cake to keep you all going through the day. My open studio is part of Spring Fling Open Studio routes and you can find out more about all the other studios and see the brochure here.