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Scotland is the ancestral homeland of the Deerhound, a charming and elegant hound, described by Sir Walter Scott as “a most perfect creature of heaven.” Thinking about my own shaggy jokester, my beloved Dogwood, I searched Etsy to create a picture of today’s Scotland, that complex mixture of independence, granite, water, myth, grit, humor, fire and brimstone. Some may find its history romantic, Bonnie Prince Charlie and all that, but the story is actually much richer. It is both tragic and stubborn, a tale of a great diaspora of talent and intelligence. While nothing is better than visiting the source, exploring the land through movies and books is a voyage unto itself.

[Clockwise from top left: Collar necklace with Neolithic flint spear head from Beardiebloke;  "A Foggy Morn" print from Quarry; 20 Scottish sea pottery samples from Scottish Beach Finds; PDF pattern for saltire mitts from knithappens]

Scotland is not Brigadoon — in fact, it wasn’t even filmed there. Mystery writers Ian Rankin and Denise Mina chronicle contemporary life.

[Clockwise from top: "Golf at Bora" print from glynsatterleyprints; "Winter Sky in Glasgow" oil painting from lucieferguson; Vintage style Harris tweed cap with veil from AgnesHart; Black resin magnetic bangle from KAZrobertson; "Lady of the Lake" vintage photogravure from Nakisha]

I Know Where I’m Going is one my favorite movies filmed in Scotland. With excellent acting, photography, drama and humor, it also features Deerhounds at their most natural.

[Clockwise from top left: Rubber latex mini dress from shhhcouture; Irn-Bru illustration card from RedRoadDesign;  1980s vintage Dr. Martens from Atomicfireball; Da.tura metal destroyer dress from TheBeaProject; Watercoleur Scottish cow painting from janegardiner]

Trainspotting depicts a darker, hazier view of contemporary Scotland. Justifiably known for their potent whisky, Scots today even have their own special hangover cure – Irn Bru.

[Clockwise from top left: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde brass cuff from JezebelCharms; Earring studs in mixed metal from colinduncan; Bonnie Prince cuffs from InnerWild; Deerhound art print from AlmostAnAngel66]

My Life So Far was filmed at the ancestral home of Miss Anastasia Noble, one of the formidable preservationists of the Deerhound.

Pragmatic Scotland has provided the world with an abundance of inventors, scientists, writers and politicians. Its beauty has inspired painters, poets, musicians and filmmakers. Traverse Scotland’s horizon through Etsy to discover many expressions of this feisty, beautiful and talented country.

What are your favorite books and movies set in Scotland?

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Cate Fitt, a.k.a. knitfitt, has been a member of Etsy since 2007 and is an experienced critic, curator and juror. She earned her MFA in fiber in 1978, later receiving an artist’s fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Through the years, she’s been a maker of one-of-a-kind hand-painted clothing, pottery, jewelry, and linocut and monotype prints. She lives in a little house close to the James River with two whippets named Moose and Peach.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Great finds!

    2 years ago

  • thepressgang

    thepressgang says:

    Scotland is a beautiful place. All the finds fit it beautifully.

    2 years ago

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations says:

    Lovely find. Scotland is definitely on my To Travel list.

    2 years ago

  • NutfieldWeaver

    NutfieldWeaver says:

    My favorite Scottish stories are the ones that we used to read aloud to our (used-to-be-small) children, many of them old fairy tales & legends, and also "Hamish & the Wee Witch." And Robert Burns wrote the blessing that my family has recited for generations, "Selkirk Grace."

    2 years ago

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers says:

    ever since I read Diana Gabaldon's Highlander book series I've been totally diggin' all things Scottish. especially those fellows in kilts :)

    2 years ago

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime says:

    I love all things Scottish.

    2 years ago

  • amtonyan

    amtonyan says:

    Are you watching Case Histories on PBS? Their adaptation of the Jackson Brodie mysteries is a love letter to Edinburgh, where I lived for a year. Makes me homesick!

    2 years ago

  • clembondar

    clembondar says:

    cow links instead of golf links laddies

    2 years ago

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns says:

    Love your post. Thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • GemmaBeads

    GemmaBeads says:

    I love this! Being of Scottish descent, I especially love it!

    2 years ago

  • lltownleyceramic

    lltownleyceramic says:

    If I ever get a dog, it would be a Deerhound. And I'm a big fan of Ian Rankin. This post also reminds me that it's almost time to get the homemade haggis out of the freezer for Thanksgiving!

    2 years ago

  • NoFrump

    NoFrump says:

    Scotland the brave! xoxo :)

    2 years ago

  • needleyou

    needleyou says:

    Scotland is definately on my list to go & see someday. * I'm a fourth Scottish * I want to check out these movies you listed too. Thanks for neat read.

    2 years ago

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies says:

    I have been trying to get my bangs like theirs for 5 years now. Too cute!

    2 years ago

  • choisette

    choisette says:

    you haven't partied until you've been to hogmanay in edinburgh.

    2 years ago

  • pinkelish

    pinkelish says:

    I am Scottish, born and bred and now living in the USA. It is truly God's country. If you have never been, then what are you waiting for, you will love it.

    2 years ago

  • bigbluebed

    bigbluebed says:

    Love the shoes! Great.

    2 years ago

  • BlueRoseRetro

    BlueRoseRetro says:

    LOVE InnerWild's Bonnie Prince Cuffs!

    2 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    What a great collection! Sea pottery? Cool!

    2 years ago

  • smellyrhino

    smellyrhino says:

    how perfect, and I'll bet they all go well with Gerry Butler!

    2 years ago

  • SucculentsGalore

    SucculentsGalore says:

    I'm going to Scotland next summer to visit my mother's homeland. This is SO cool! Love those plaid shoes.

    2 years ago

  • freerangeart

    freerangeart says:

    So wonderful to see Scotland featured here on etsy. A truly beautiful place. After visiting there, I just could not get enough and have been back 3 more times and planning the next trip! A must for everyone's bucket list! Bring a camera for each hand because it is impossible to get a bad shot.

    2 years ago

  • ReAdore

    ReAdore says:

    Only 8% of the UK's population live in Scotland!

    2 years ago

  • expressyourself

    expressyourself says:

    Wonderful post!

    2 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat says:

    The Scottish people are so friendly & welcoming, it's my favourite place to go on vacation. I also love Deerhounds & all giant breeds. Are those kids at the top really creepy, or is it just me being extra sensitive & Halloweeny?

    2 years ago

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy says:

    those are really great. love.

    2 years ago

  • Auteurl

    Auteurl says:

    I absolutely adore Scotland and feel it is one of the most special places on earth, and I'm especially partial to Edinburgh - just the loveliest people and I appreciate it's haunting atmosphere. It captures your soul and won't let go - I cannot wait for my next return. Thank you so much for putting this together! It's wonderful!

    2 years ago

  • UrbanCountryPhoto

    UrbanCountryPhoto says:

    Never been to Scotland, but really want to go. I love the photo of the cattle on the golf course.

    2 years ago

  • bloominhappy2009

    bloominhappy2009 says:

    Thank you for this. I loved it. Born and bred in Scotland and have now lived in the US for the past 13 years. The only thing I don't miss is the weather but I really miss the beautiful scenery. I go back to visit my Mum every couple of years and she comes here to Florida for some much needed sunshine... in fact she'll be here in a couple of weeks!! Can't wait :)

    2 years ago

  • swanmountainsoaps

    swanmountainsoaps says:

    Loved the move Dear Frankie, which was filed mostly around Glasgow. I probably would have loved this movie even without Gerard Butler's pretty face - but hey, it sure didn't hurt any. Gotta love that brogue as well. =]

    2 years ago

  • GallusTreeCreations

    GallusTreeCreations says:

    How great to see this post of my precious homeland, I´ve lived abroad for many a year and the older I get I miss it more, looking forward to visiting at Christmas, and who knows it might get me back someday,, Irvine Welsh is a brilliant writer (of the fantastic Trainspotting fame) and one of my favourite films is Gregory´s girl, also check out Local Hero and Highlander. Yes Scotland might be a tad on the cold and wet side(hence all that gorgeous green scenery) but it has much more to offer than people may think,, Beardiebloke´s collar necklace is just amazing, and those beautiful cows faces on the golf course print, magic, thanks again for the post, it´s made my day.

    2 years ago

  • HeatherH4481

    HeatherH4481 says:

    it's my hearts home

    2 years ago

  • anotherfeather

    anotherfeather says:

    I am leaving in 3 days to live in Scotland for 2 months, so this is perfect timing! More inspiration to get me excited!

    2 years ago

  • Queenadaritz

    Queenadaritz says:

    Scotland is the land of my ancestors. I am very proud of that fact. I never got to go there,and it won't happen now. But when they came here to North America. They instikked in all of our family a great love for Scotland.

    2 years ago

  • Queenadaritz

    Queenadaritz says:

    oopps!!! that was supposed to be instilled. Sorry

    2 years ago

  • sharper4

    sharper4 says:

    I had the best vacation in my life while hiking in the west of Scotland. It's a wonderful country and I hope to go back. I'd add the novels of Alexander McCall Smith to the list -- many are set in Edinburgh. They are cozier than Ian Rankin's by a long shot (although Mr. Rankin does have a charming cameo in one of them!)

    2 years ago

  • hampgirl59

    hampgirl59 says:

    I have Scottish roots going back to a castle and pirates. Thank you for the reminder of were my tree grows from.

    2 years ago

  • kisforkitty

    kisforkitty says:

    Yes! Scotland! Love the brogue, "Jackson Brody" and Alan Cummings!

    2 years ago

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop says:

    Scotland is just beautiful I took a sleeper train from London to Edinburgh almost 30 years ago and the experience is still magical to think of.

    2 years ago

  • ShilohWinterJewelry

    ShilohWinterJewelry says:

    We have Scottish roots! I'm so inspired by the sounds of Scotland and other Celtic music, and the images of castles and moors are so breathtaking, and I'm fascinated by the Loch Ness Monster. Our family has traveled back to our homeland and found our tartan, and discovered that our family (the MacIlwraiths) was from the MacDonald clan, and traced some of our roots. It's wonderful! I have a doll necklace with a MacDonald tartan in my shop right now, and my mom has a One of a Kind doll that I made her that is a Scottish lass in full attire! So magical! Three cheers for Wallace and Bruce!

    2 years ago

  • poorlulu

    poorlulu says:

    Yaaaaay for Scotland!!! The best hangover cure does involve a can of Irn Bru but a greasy bacon roll along with it and you will be well on the road to recovery : )

    2 years ago

  • gothicreations

    gothicreations says:

    very nice

    2 years ago

  • pamwares

    pamwares says:

    great article with fun finds to feature!

    2 years ago

  • RossLab

    RossLab says:

    Scotland it's so dear to me. I biked for three weeks under the Scottish rain to visit the country... that's definitely love!

    2 years ago

  • BrittneyWest

    BrittneyWest says:

    Beautiful land and great article and art! Thanks for sharing! "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." --Rumi

    2 years ago

  • jamiespinello

    jamiespinello says:

    Love the collar necklace. Thanks for sharing

    2 years ago

  • rosieaugustine

    rosieaugustine says:

    OCH AYE the NOO! If you understand that you are very Scottish! Great post. It's fun to read great comments that connect with my homeland. I'm Edinburgh born and bred. Oh, I miss the bread! And brown sauce at the local chippie. Left there when I was 23 but I still call it home. There are lots of Scottish connections here in the NW (Oregon) so there's always someone that wants to tell their stories and try to speak with a brogue. :] Love the navy blue gloves with the white Saint Andrews cross on them. Brilliant idea. We all grew up knitting and I still like to knit once in awhile, maybe I'll get the needles out again. By the way, Irn Bru is made from girders..... Also ... my neighbour in Scotland lived for a short while next door to Shawn Connery - before he became THE James Bond. Visit my store and see my martini art tribute to the One And ONLY 007. Happy Etsy-ing to all. Rosie

    2 years ago

  • FalconandFinch

    FalconandFinch says:

    My husband and I just got back from our Scottish honeymoon this weekend! This was my third time visiting, and I'm always surprised to discover a new side of this ancient and beautiful land and it's people. Great finds here, thanks for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • ambika

    ambika says:

    I have a Harris Tweed hot water bottle from a blogger in Scotland that I adore. Love that little fascinator--and the post!

    2 years ago

  • Thistledelight

    Thistledelight says:

    awwwwwww this made me get moist around the eyes, it has been a year and a half since I was last home in bonnie scotland. Love this feature, I am from loch lomond and miss it every day. Thank you

    2 years ago

  • cursiveart

    cursiveart says:

    My husband's family is of the Gunn clann of Scotland. We're hoping to go next summer for their international reunion. Very cool post.

    2 years ago

  • PrettyPatriots

    PrettyPatriots says:

    Love Scotland and hope to someday visit. I love the mix of hard and soft, old and new. Beautiful...and the Deerhounds help too =)

    2 years ago

  • GoddessEngraving

    GoddessEngraving says:

    I would love to go, but I'm afraid I wouldn't come back home LOL. Guess it's in the blood to see home when I see Scotland.

    2 years ago

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio says:

    My grandmother was born in Edinburgh. Loch Moigh!

    2 years ago

  • OuterKnits

    OuterKnits says:

    Love the vintage style Harris tweed cap. Only been once, hope to go back soon!

    2 years ago

  • kclarkphotography

    kclarkphotography says:

    Always my favorite place to me.

    2 years ago

  • chucklingchickadee

    chucklingchickadee says:

    I was so happy when I saw this post about Scotland! My husband is Irish & I'm over half Scottish-both of us born in the US-and we both love learning & experiencing both cultures. I like that you included lesser known books & movies about Scotland. The mainstream sources most of us associate with Scotland are wonderful,idealic versions but can also be romanticized & in some cases far from accurate.I enjoy both kinds of portrayals & you put together a good variety in your post. I highly recommend a t.v. show called "Monarch of the Glen" which aired on BBC Scotland some years ago. In my opinion it has the perfect balance of romanticism and accuracy-I love it so much I bought all 7 seasons!

    2 years ago

  • bedouin

    bedouin says:

    Great mix ~ Love love the Deerhound art print from AlmostAnAngel66]

    2 years ago

  • PatinaArtsAlchemy

    PatinaArtsAlchemy says:

    Ha, Gle mhath! Mar sin leat.

    2 years ago

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana says:

    Seems like a great place to travel to. It would be great to go there someday and experience the culture and the cuisine.

    2 years ago

  • ShastaBlastaMasta

    ShastaBlastaMasta says:

    Scotland such an amazing place :) and some great movies were filmed there, would love to go one day.

    2 years ago

  • ArabesqueAromas

    ArabesqueAromas says:

    I Know Where I'm Going is my favorite film!

    2 years ago

  • juradesigns

    juradesigns says:

    Gateway to Scotland - A very enjoyable blog to read. Scotland is a favorite and a number of years back we visited Miss Anastasia Noble after attending a Deerhound show near Edinburgh. It was lovely to get to see the exterior of her ancestral home. I was not aware the movie My Life So Far was filmed there. Very interesting to read about Scotland. Thank you.

    2 years ago

  • fhionn

    fhionn says:

    Thank you for your wonderful blog - a joy to read. As home is where the heart is, mine will always be found there on a quiet road in Perthshire.

    2 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Love Scotland and the highlands! Thanks for this blog1

    2 years ago

  • boxerlovinglady

    boxerlovinglady says:

    Exceptionally well-written piece; I really enjoyed reading as well as exploring your lovely finds. Impressive background. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    2 years ago

  • FileUnderVintage

    FileUnderVintage says:

    Thanks so much; I miss Scotland!

    2 years ago

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez says:

    Beautiful collection!

    2 years ago

  • PixelBerryPieDesigns

    PixelBerryPieDesigns says:

    Oh, I love Scotland sooo much! I read books about it all the time and MUST share... to everyone: "Greyfriars Bobby" is the most heartfelt book you could ever read, and you should watch the old movie too. Such a loyal dog could be found only in Scotland. And for people wanting to learn more of Scotland's culture and landmarks, read an armchair travel book like "My Heart's in the Lowlands: 10 Days in Bonny Scotland." My favorite.

    2 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Love it!

    2 years ago

  • Beardiebloke

    Beardiebloke says:

    Rosie, all I have to say is "Jing!". Perhaps even "Crivvens" or "Help Ma Boab"! Glad everyone is so enthusiastic. There is such a great craft scene here just now and I'm pleased to say that this collection illustrates the diversity, the humour and the ability to work with the past without being hidebound by it which is part of that scene. As to favourite books, well it has got to be either James Hogg's "Confessions of a Justified Sinner" or Alasdair Gray's "Lanark". Favourite film, "Trainspotting". And if anyone is interested in music, check out the late Martyn Bennet who rocked out with bagpipes before his untimely death in 2005. http://www.martynbennett.com/index.php

    2 years ago

  • peshka

    peshka says:

    Lovely finds

    2 years ago

  • suzibuchan

    suzibuchan says:

    It's so nice to see an article all about Scotland! I'm Scottish born and bred, and have lived all my life in the North East of Scotland. The town I live in began as a small fishing village, which later became the larger white fish port in Europe. Being Scottish means a great deal to me, but the fishing industry is one of the most important parts of that. My grandfather was a fisherman, my great grandfather was lost at sea while working as a fisherman, and my great uncle was the town's harbour master for many years. I'm really proud of my roots, and of being Scottish. Thanks for writing this article!

    2 years ago

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    mattyhandmadecrafts says:

    There is nothing better than Scotland... From Edinburgh to Aberdeen...everything in between.. :) And even though you can find all these treasures, castles, history, festivals, Higland Games, tartans, scottish pancakes, etc.... Scottish people are simply THE BEST of THE BEST!!!

    2 years ago

  • GreeneStitches

    GreeneStitches says:

    It seems the more genealogy I do, all lines lead to Scotland. I can't get enough of it! This is a tremendous feature.

    2 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Ah I miss living in Scotland! I lived there for four years, it was fantastic lovely people and such dramatic weather and scenery. Its certainly a very inspiring place to be.

    2 years ago

  • girlindustries

    girlindustries says:

    Great feature! I've been living in Scotland on and off for nearly 20 years, and love it here. We just moved out to the countryside recently, and seeing the mist rise over the mountains as the sun comes up is the best start to any day.

    2 years ago

  • Gelada

    Gelada says:

    inspiring stuff! made me wanna go there... ♥

    2 years ago

  • DearOhDeer

    DearOhDeer says:

    love this! scotland is my ancestral homeland. oh aye.

    2 years ago

  • DiscoBeach

    DiscoBeach says:

    You've inspired me. I had pulled some tartan fabric out a week ago, and I kept putting fabric on top of it. I'm going to dig down and make a Scottish mermaid today! BTW, love Scotland--love all of it. Love, love Edinburgh's lovely thrift stores. Treasure troves!

    2 years ago

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink says:

    nice article, never been there but I had a professer from Scotland and I loved his class because of his accent :)

    2 years ago

  • TinkerbellsVintage

    TinkerbellsVintage says:

    My Mom, her parents and their family were born and raised in Scotland and moved to the states when when my mom was a baby. My daughter Jill and I had always wanted to visit Scotland. We did once to the Braveheart Convention in Stirling in 1997 and then again two years later. It was the best time of our lives. Jill and I talked about those trips constantly. We even talked about moving there.Two years after out last trip Jill and I were talking about going back to Scotland again for a third visit. We suddenly and unexpectedly lost Jill that year. She was my best friend and traveling buddy. I can't tell you how much those memories of those two wonderful trips with all of the beautiful scenery and lovely towns and villages and wonderful people mean to me. We had such a wonderful time. We felt like we were home. I miss my Wee Bonnie Lass. I love your article and I love Scotland!

    2 years ago

  • WolfmoonJewellery

    WolfmoonJewellery says:

    This is wounderful blog Scotland is where I have spent all my lift and can't think of living any where else.

    2 years ago

  • cutthemustard

    cutthemustard says:

    Great article - great to see a wee feature on us Scots! Perfect autumn day here by the sea in NE Fife. If you're looking for a good feel good movie try Local Hero, I can hear the theme tune already....! Right all this Scot talk has got me in the mood for a tattie scone for lunch I think!

    2 years ago

  • templeofvintage

    templeofvintage says:

    Going to Scotland Thanksgiving week. Hopefully bringing back awesome vintage treasures from various charity shops and car boot sales for my shop!

    2 years ago

  • britishvintage

    britishvintage says:

    Born in Edinburgh and lived here all my life. Gorgeous day here too. My favourite Scottish book is The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Great film too, with the wonderful Maggie Smith.

    2 years ago

  • ethniquetrendy

    ethniquetrendy says:

    just wonderful!

    2 years ago

  • LapisandLimeStudio

    LapisandLimeStudio says:

    Scotland is brilliant!

    2 years ago

  • ScotlandUK

    ScotlandUK says:

    I love this Blog with it's wide and diverse show of creative works, I don't need much prompting to burst with pride of my dear and deep country but it's nice to have a wee reminding nudge now and again. I was born in Glasgow and now live in Ayr (Burns country) but I did live for short period in Helensburgh and hanker to go back. A few of my favourite places in Scotland are Helensburgh (of course) Melrose on the Borders - The delightful market town of Kirkcudbright - Edinburgh - Glasgow and Byres Road, a real must vist for just about anyone who walks this planet. Thank you for writing this wonderful piece.

    2 years ago

  • ValerieGalloway

    ValerieGalloway says:

    Fantastic post-oh how I wish I could go now! I've never been, but somehow I just know that one day I will. My father's side of the family has roots there...

    2 years ago

  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

    I have never been there but my husband went lots of time there! He is saying formidable place ! I hope we can go together too :) Thanks for great post and for your time ,

    2 years ago

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons says:

    You've painted a beautiful picture! I once took the train up to Edinburgh from London when my littlest one was only a few weeks old. It is a gorgeous journey especially once you are in Scotland and a magical destination... very romantic!

    2 years ago

  • PursuitOfCraftyness

    PursuitOfCraftyness says:

    I would love to visit Scotland someday. Being a poor college student though, I have had to settle with reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Easily the best descriptions of Scotland (and those men in kilts!) ever!

    2 years ago

  • knitfitt

    knitfitt says:

    Thanks for all your great comments. Muriel Spark (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, etc.) is a great favorite of mine. I also have a weakness for Chris Brookmyre's outrageous & funny thrillers. Loved Local Hero and Martyn Bennett gets regular play on my iPod. Sorry to burst any bubbles but Grayfriars Bobby was a fabrication by a journalist on a slow news day. Still, it is a sweet monument.

    2 years ago

  • sugarlumpstudios

    sugarlumpstudios says:

    Alba gu bràth

    2 years ago

  • RococoBarocco

    RococoBarocco says:

    Fab blog, love all things Scottish, even my grandfather that was born in Scotland but we don't know his family! Had a great time in Tweedsmuir and Moffat trying to trace him. A lovely cottage we stayed in at Melrose, called Post Box Cottage, it was so cute and handy for the Scottish Records office.

    2 years ago

  • lacerubbish

    lacerubbish says:

    i'd give my left pinky finger to find myself back in the faerie glen on the isle of skye. it'd just give me an excuse to scoot down to the bridge of allan and drink my pain away at their brewery.

    2 years ago

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign says:

    I really enjoyed this blog. I just visited Edinburgh for the first time this Spring and fell in love with Scotland. My grandfather was born there. I can't wait to visit Scotland again.

    2 years ago

  • AgnesHart

    AgnesHart says:

    Great! and thanks for including my little Harris Tweed Hat!

    2 years ago

  • iambetty

    iambetty says:

    Scotland was home to my all time favorite author, George Macdonald. Considered in his time and equal to writers such as Charles Dickens, and noted by J.R.R tolkien and C.S lewis as their inspiration and aspiration as writers, he was an absolute treasure to the country and has sadly been forgotten. It has been said that MacDonald is to Scotland what C.S Lewis is to his imaginary Scotland. He has given me an immense love of his country.

    2 years ago

  • iambetty

    iambetty says:

    Correction: * his imaginary Narnia.

    2 years ago

  • LoveButtons

    LoveButtons says:

    Inspiring collection representing some great Scottish talent :)

    2 years ago

  • Starstruckbooks

    Starstruckbooks says:

    So much love for our wee country! It's well deserved. I love this place so much because it seems to hold a bit of everything. It always seems sunny to me, although maybe that's a wee nip of whisky talking there. Slainte Mhath! :)

    2 years ago

  • elleandpea

    elleandpea says:

    Great wee blog! Can't imagine living anywhere else! Cheers x

    2 years ago

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 says:

    I'd love to visit. What are your favorite books and movies set in Scotland? Braveheart.

    2 years ago

  • colinduncan

    colinduncan says:

    When the hurlyburly ’s done, So fair a day I have not seen! Magic! Barry! Radge!

    2 years ago

  • tuckooandmoocow

    tuckooandmoocow says:

    After growing up listening to the Corries and other Scottish folk music, I am just completely in love with all things Scotland. It's one of my deepest dreams to be able to someday visit that beautiful country. Every time I tell people I want to go there more than anything they poo-poo it citing the weather. Frankly, it wouldn't be a perfect trip without at least one solidly strong storm. I can't wait!

    2 years ago

  • deerhoundjulie

    deerhoundjulie says:

    Love the post! I can't wait to visit Scotland some day, and of course go to the breed show too! By the way.....Dear Frankie is one of my favorite movies!! :)

    2 years ago

  • joywindle

    joywindle says:

    What wonderful idea, Cate! My latest Scottish find: Case Histories on PBS Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, The Patriot) stars as private investigator Jackson Brodie, the tough former soldier and policeman with a heart of gold, in this series based on the acclaimed novels by Kate Atkinson. Brodie, haunted by a past family tragedy, struggles to balance his personal and professional life while coming to the rescue of the bereaved, the lost and the dysfunctional in the Scottish city of Edinburgh. The city is a major presence. I also enjoyed Alexander McCall Smith series set in Edinburgh with Isabel Dalhousie as the philosopher-detective.

    2 years ago

  • rvoltingdevelopments

    rvoltingdevelopments says:

    I'm Scottish born and bred and fiercely proud to be! All you lovely americans should definitely make it over for a wee visit :)

    2 years ago

  • KiltedWoman

    KiltedWoman says:

    Yay for Scotland! Of course I would say that considering my shop name! I think Beardie Bloke's shop is awesome, what creativity! My other favorite Scottish etsy shops: aubeebop jewellry, scape, cranachan, and sea glass sparkles. My favorite places in Scotland so far: Orkney-Skara Brae and The ring of Brodgar at Stenness-older than the pyramids The Isle of Iona-holy and inspiring-burial place of kings The Clootie Well outside of Inverness-spooky! Rosslyn Chapel-intricate carvings, setting for the Da Vinci Code Doune Castle where Monty Python and the Holy Grail was filmed-great tour Greyfriars kirkyard (haunted) in Edinburgh The Howff, Dundee (ancient burial ground) Old Dalquarran Castle, Dailly-a rarely visited castle in a wild forest A drive across the Isle of Mull-one track road, desolate and beautiful The Necropolis in Glasgow-Very Victorian and an amazing view Kelburn Castle and Country Park-great enchanted forest walk Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute-amazing excess of marble and stained glass My favorite Scottish films of all time: Ratcatcher, Morvern Caller, Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself and the original Wicker Man. Of course Braveheart, Rob Roy and Trainspotting are good as well.

    2 years ago

  • RedRoadDesign

    RedRoadDesign says:

    Brilliant collection of all that is Scotland - and a big thank you for including our national drink! Irn Bru - made from girders! LOL!! Yes - we have a sense of humour too! Thanks so much for including my illustration! Much appreciated in this great feature! Jay

    2 years ago

  • JenMcLamb

    JenMcLamb says:

    I lived in Scotland my senior year in high school and loved it! (even though it was cold and dark by 4 pm) I love the film Local Hero which reminds me of a little town I visited in the Orkneys! Thanks for this lovely walk down memory lane!

    2 years ago

  • janegardiner

    janegardiner says:

    Fab blog post, and even more fab comments - fascinating "to see ourselves as others see us" as Burns put it! Particularly interesting for me at the moment while I'm busy trying to raise money to visit New York - probably one of the most complete opposite places!

    2 years ago

  • vixxstar

    vixxstar says:

    I must read this when I get home from work!

    2 years ago

  • BethanyTea

    BethanyTea says:

    Oooh thank you, I'm off up to the bonnie wee highlands tomorrow and this has put me properly in the mood! Lovely post :) x

    2 years ago

  • FatCatDesignStudio

    FatCatDesignStudio says:

    We visited Scotland three years ago (too long!) and I came home and ate up "Monarch of the Glen" on Netflix, even though it was a bit cheesy, but all the kilts you could want! i recently discovered "I Know Where I'm Going" which was a treat. There is nothing like the Highlands. I've had an affinity for Scotland since I was a kid (okay, admitting: I was a Bay City Roller fan) and it was so sweet to finally be there. You've put together a lovely post and collection!

    2 years ago

  • hellostrumpet

    hellostrumpet says:

    We are so proud to be based in Scotland and using Scottish made fabrics (Harris and Shetland tweeds). There are some amazing makers in Scotland and it's so easy to feel inspired by our wonderful scenery and dramatic weather!

    2 years ago

  • colinduncan

    colinduncan says:

    Check out Julian Cope's Modern Antiquarian for his ecstatic description of megalithic monuments in Scotland, nae bad for an Englishman! I think he misses out Dunino, tho' small happens to be the origin of the Universe.

    2 years ago

  • luminousspectrum

    luminousspectrum says:

    we're not all about haggis and tartan, but we're all creative, maybe something to do with entertaining ourselves when the weather is dreich!

    2 years ago

  • TRAMPmillinery

    TRAMPmillinery says:

    Makes me proud to be Scottish, fantastic, some great finds, Maggie

    2 years ago

  • ailsacraig

    ailsacraig says:

    It's a braw bricht moonlicht nicht the nicht an nae rain !!

    2 years ago

  • TheOmegaWorkshop

    TheOmegaWorkshop says:

    Wonderful!

    2 years ago

  • homedecorlab

    homedecorlab says:

    Love this post. Wonderful items!

    2 years ago

  • vintagevavavoom3

    vintagevavavoom3 says:

    yay! i live here

    2 years ago

  • GypsyJunction

    GypsyJunction says:

    nice little collection: I'm part scottish too-anybody else get the sensation of the hair on the back of your neck standing up when you hear bagpipes? The plaid thing is true, too: I visited Scotland a few years back, and over there, they wear plaid like we wear denim: everyday casual wear. Anyway, nice stuff!

    2 years ago

  • HannahsMetalIronwork

    HannahsMetalIronwork says:

    id have to say favorite books would be the outlander series. they show what i think is the true scottish history very well and very historically. it captures the romance of the land that we foreigners love and the true grit and stubborn honesty that really lies in the heart of scotland. Then again ive been obsessed with scotland since i was about 10 and have a very strong biased for the culture history and country(oh and the plaid!)

    2 years ago

  • peonyandthistle

    peonyandthistle says:

    As Scottish Etsy sellers, we're delighted to see this post about Scotland! We're based in Glasgow, Scotland and it's lovely to read how much affection there is for our country! It IS a fabulous place to live and visit. I love the film, I Know Where I'm Going - a few years ago I did a trip to the Isle of Mull (where some bits of the film was shot) and visited some of the spots from the film (is that a bit too keen?!) It's a gorgeous island to visit even without the excuse of the film! Thanks for featuring Scotland!

    2 years ago

  • alvelo6

    alvelo6 says:

    My church "Vintage 21" is helping to plant a church in Scotland and I am hoping to visit one day. I can't even imagine what an amazing country Scotland is! I will have to look into some of the colors and textures of Scotland and see if I can paint some quiltblocks that might reflect Scotland!

    2 years ago

  • silkmonkey7

    silkmonkey7 says:

    Love your feature! Gorgeous cuffs and little tweed hat - never will tire of the beauty of tweed, work with it whenever I can. Living here in the West Highlands on a golden day like today makes me realise how lucky I am - thanks for the fab pictures of such individual and inspirational creations!

    2 years ago

  • celticstudio

    celticstudio says:

    Love the history, legend and lore... I have been making Scottish Clan crests for 38 years and I am still excited every day!

    2 years ago

  • mybunnystitches

    mybunnystitches says:

    Such a lovely place to search around and find new gorgeous items and crafts...

    2 years ago

  • elysiumlivingco

    elysiumlivingco says:

    I too am a 'Fifer' born and bred and wouldn't live anywhere else in the world. I am also fiercly proud of Scotland. Greyfriers Bobby is without a doubt my favourite as is Braveheart (all though Braveheart isn't the 'real' story) For anyone who loves haichi:a dogs tale with Richard Gear, you will love Greyfriers bobby. Anyone who wants any help with anything Scottish or wants to do a secret swap parcel , Scottish items for your country's items PM me. <3 x

    2 years ago

  • bymi

    bymi says:

    Everyone needs to watch Whisky Galore, it's amazing. I love living and working in Scotland and the one Deerhound I have met was such a lovely thing. Go Scotland!

    2 years ago

  • 1900boudoir

    1900boudoir says:

    Scotland Pride! Love all of these creations and looks!

    2 years ago

  • amandapouillot

    amandapouillot says:

    You have inspired me to start looking at my Scottish roots. Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • ClareLoveday

    ClareLoveday says:

    Great piece, I moved to Glasgow from London a few weeks ago and I absolutely love it. I also think I'm going to have to check out that beautiful dog print!

    2 years ago

  • PetiteRoseFleur

    PetiteRoseFleur from PetiteRoseFleur says:

    IT'S A PURE DEAD GIVE-AWAY THAT YOU'RE SCOTTISH IF :- -you consider scattered showers with outbreaks of sunshine is good weather -the only sausage you like is square - you have a wide vocabulary of Scottish words such as numpty, aye, aye right, auldjin, baltic... -you happily engage in a conversation about the weather with someone you've never met before -even if you normally hate the Proclaimers, Runrig, Caledonia , Deacon Blue and Big Country, you still love it when you're in a club abroad and they play something Scottish - you got Oor Wullie and The Broons annuals at Xmas - you can tell where another Scot is from by their accent - "Awright, pal, gonnae gies a wee swatch oa yur Sun ? Cheers, magic pal." Or "Fit ya bin up tae ? Fair few quines in the nicht, eh ?", etc -you have eaten lots and lots of random Scottish food like mince 'n tatties, Tunnock's Caramel Logs, oat cakes, haggis, Cullen skink, Lees Macaroon Bars, etc - you know the right response to 'Ye dancing ?' is 'Y'askin?' followed by 'Ahm askin' and finally 'Then ahm dancin' -you don't do shopping... you 'go the messages' - you can have an entire phone conversation using only the words 'awright', 'aye' and 'naw' -you know that ye cannae fling yer pieces oot a 20 storey flat, and that seven hundred hungry weans'll testify tae that. Furthermore you're sure that if it's butter, cheese or jeely, or if the breid is plain or pan, the odds against it reaching earth are 99 tae wan -your holiday abroad is ruined if you hear there is a heatwave in Scotland while you're away -you can properly pronounce McConnochie, Ecclefechan, Milngavie, and Auchtermuchty -you're used to 4 seasons in one day - you know what haggis is made with and still eat it -somebody you know used a football schedule to plan their wedding day date -you've been at a wedding where the fitba results were read out -you aren't surprised to find curries, pizzas, kebabs, Irn Bru, nappies and fags all for sale in one shop -your seaside holiday home has Calor gas under it -you know that Irn Bru is an infallible hangover cure - you used to watch Glen Michael's Cavalcade on a Sun day afternoon with his side kick Lamp Paladin -our national team goes 2-0 up against the Czechs in a qualifier in Prague and your mate says we'll end up losing 3-2 here and you think "Probably" .... and, finally, you are 100 per cent Scottish if you have ever used these terms - "How's it hingin'?", "clatty", "boggin", "cludgie", "dreich", "bampot", "bawheid", "baw bag" and "dubble nugget".

    2 years ago

  • nessie80

    nessie80 says:

    STOP ....yer all making me homesick...really enjoyed all your comments. I haven't been home in 13 years and have been living here in Ohio for the past 32 years. I laughed when I read Petite Rose's comment, how true.......j

    2 years ago

  • yqsl66

    Ada Ada from idajewelry66 says:

    those are really great. love.Thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • thevintagearcade

    Mary Lindsay from thevintagearcade says:

    No matter where you are in the world a wee bit of Scotland is always with you, tucked away in your soul to give you a warm reassurance some nights when you think of home, wrapped round your heart to soften the ‘Hame Sick’ moments. Pride rises right up in your throat when people say how they love your Scottish accent and your dander rises just as quick when you hear sayings like ‘ getting off Scott free’ or ‘I can’t understand a word you're saying!’ Folks from Glasgow are a generous bunch, ask them directions and the reply you're most likely to get is - Och ! It’s not far out my way so come on and I’ll walk you there, I should know I’ve done it many times myself and find it bizarre that people think I’m so kind, it’s just easier and nicer to walk with you . Go way up north or over to some of the small islands and you’ll find our native tongue still the first language and where serpents roam the long grass not snakes, where seaweed has been eaten since time and memorial and a wee dram still the preferred tipple. So never fear if like many Scots, you are far away from Bonny Scotland, Bonny Scotland is never far away from you.

    1 year ago

  • colinduncan

    Colin Duncan from colinduncan says:

    Finally saw "I know where I'm going", Surreal!

    1 year ago