Limos, Leis and Keepsake Boxes

It is the end of term here in Scotland…the start of summer (??!!)

Our daughter left primary school today in a blaze of celebrations that seemed to go on all week.

Limos picked them all up for a whizz around the coast one day…

The PTA threw a ‘Hawaiian style party’ for the leavers that evening…which was ambitious in the pouring rain, Eva’s teacher, Mr Adamson, knowledgeably pointed out that this weather is actually very ‘tropical’…true, apart from the fact that it is freezing as well!

Here are Doug, Eva & I bravely venturing out for an evening of Hula dancing, cheese and pineapple on sticks and indoor canoeing races to the theme tune of Hawaii Five 0 (everyone officially stone cold sober!?)

Today, they were piped out by Mr Adamson….we were all expecting an amazing, uplifting moment…the rest of the school formed an arch…ready to clap them all through, but they all came out in tears…

The Passing Out Parade

The beach picnic was called off due to the rain, instead, we took all the kids to the local pool, where they had a great time, while the drained parents had a coffee!

In my next post, I will be looking at Keepsake boxes!

Heart & Sole

From shoe lasts, it felt obvious to move on to shoe shops – most notably, my lovely friend Gill McKay’s new venture, with her friend Tracey, in North Berwick High Street: Heart & Sole…Surely it every girls dream to have their own shoe store? Full of perfectly formed, on trend, shoes from all your favourite brands….

Tracey & Gill on their Opening Day!

The shop is just so full of Temptation…

A beautiful selection of scarves – not overpriced – make perfect pressies!

Gill working away – so busy!

White Dove and Wonder

Ever wondered what to do with all those shoe lasts you have lying around?

You could make a Shoelast Mirror?

Sooo want this mirror…it brings ‘Shoe Envy’ to a whole new level really…

A Shoelast Shelf?

A Coat Hook?

A Shoelast Table Lamp?

A Coffee Table?

Susan Gaston owner of this magical company, White Dove and Wonder has a long family background in the shoe trade…She had taken some time out to raise her family and was looking to start a new career, and had begun to trade art and antiques on a small scale. Whilst doing this, she happened upon a thousand lasts, which she bought on a nostalgic whim, much to her husband, Jimmy’s understandable annoyance!

However, her husband Jimmy, an ex photographer from Northern Ireland, has now immersed himself (and his creativity) in White Dove and Wonder, he restores and makes all the shoe last objet d’art by hand.

Their eldest daughter, Grace Waller is graduating this summer from Central Saint Martins, you can find her work on the Central Saint Martins degree show website: http://2012.csmfineart.com/grace.waller Grace has become similarly bewitched by the lasts and her final piece and dissertation were all about the loss of craft and thus industry in this country, with the focus being on the shoe trade. Her work, perhaps unsurprisingly has become very photographic.

Susan and Jimmy have two younger children as well and also live with 6 dogs, 4 cats and between 4 and 9 white doves, so they are kept very busy and hence the company name: they are always wondering where their 9 white doves are and when they will be back!

White Dove and Wonder

Von Ferscht home

OK, OK, realise I need a middle class, arty, and surely, Jewish home to follow up my recent posts about Grayson Perry, Ralph Lauren, the 3 Harbours Arts Festival and our recent family Barmitzvah.

Glasgow based architect, Adrien Von Ferscht’s home is perfect.

The apartment is in a new build block in the centre of Glasgow – definitely a fun place to live!

It really does cover all bases…it is jawdropping, full of beautiful artworks and Adrien is descended from Eastern European Holocaust survivors, like me – making it the perfect ‘Her Indoors’ home!

Find out more about Adrien’s work at cvfdesign

3 Harbours Art Festival

Ashamed to say that I had never been to this before, but was delighted to put that right last Sunday. Was absolutely amazed by how briliant this ‘on my doorstep event’ is…roll on next year!

I bought a beautiful Sea Trout by ceramicist Alison Robinson, a poster advertising Sam Burns Yard for our, soon to be new office, more about that in future posts, and a book by Lynda Wilson, which looks wonderful on our mantelpiece.

Lynda trained and worked as an architect and taught at Edinburgh College of Art for many years. She has now retired from teaching and is a practicing artist. She is a member of The Artist Book Group

Also bought this beautiful Sea Trout by ceramicist Ali Robinson it is now adorning my bathroom wall.

An afternoon well spent, not only was it lovely way to while away the time, but my home has effortlessly enjoyed a real lift too!

3 Harbours Art Festival