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Organic Soaps

We would draw your attention to the range of Kushboo soaps we carry, made from organic and vegan ingredients in Lancashire. We are using it as Sheila has had skin allergy from alchol based sanitisers and finds it really works. It lasts well, does not dissolve into mush. There is a range of scents and they are available online or instoresoaps, organic, vegan, kushboo

Covid 19, Opening to Public

Retail outlets are now permitted to open subject to restrictions and we have been reorganising so that the downstairs areas are temporarily out of use, meaning there is maybe more than usual upstairs. As a trial, we will open Fridays and Saturdays 2pm to 4pm but please check this blog or Instagram/Facebook before travelling. We can only allow 2 customers or 1 family group at a time for social distancing, we have tape markings and a one way route. We have sanitiser at the door, including an alchol free one as we know some cause allergies. We will also need contact details fot track and trace purposes.

We will be wearing face visors, more personal and marginally more comfortable than coverings and would request customers to have appropriate protection. Please also respect our gifts and handle as little as possible, also the unframed artwork is cellophane wrapped but try to handle by the edges.

We will of course still be doing click and collect, free local delivery and still offer a mail order service for customers at a distance. Post options come up at web checkout.

Sorry about all the do and do not`s but we are in exceptional times. Stay safe

Penguins by Rikki o`Neill

Rikki has been busy and we have fresh stock, his supply of blanks is now low so buy now before they all go, great range of cartoon characters. They are all now online but going quickly. Great gift.

Ceramic Seals

We have managed to acquire a small stock of smoked ceramic seals by Vivienne Sillar and they are now in the gift gallery. They are very tactile, she smokes them with seaweed, banana leaves and aubergine leaves over wood shavings, in an outside smokery on Arran. We also have gannets, puffins and a wren in stock. Availability has been low as she is not on Arran all the time and from lockdown, access was denied.

New Stock Line, Acrylic Photo Blocks

We have had some acrylic blocks made of Sheila`s images, size is 10cm x 10cm and 2,5cm thick. They give a unique 3D effect and are a great gift as a paperweight or small display item. They are now online in gift gallery, they come in a presentation box and are at an introductory price of £25.  

Local Delivery

With our click and collect in person facility, we are happy, and in fact prefer to offer delivery in the Newport, Wormit and Tayport areas at no extra cost. This helps us plan better and avoid calling for collection of goods. We will do this once weekly, usually Fridays. All we ask is clear route details and a safe place to leave goods if nobody is in.

Origin of Goods

We always try to favour smaller independent suppliers, many from Scotland and North of England. We have very few imported items and several like our favourite felt animals are from Fair Trade makers. Our policy now is nothing Chinese, all this crisis starting from there and many of their workers are not fairly treated. With the best will in the world, a small amount may have slipped in over the past but we are now being extra vigilant as to supply sources.

Post Free

As well as collect in person, we can now post from home small, light gifts post free. Please allow a reasonable time as post is a bit slower just now. Categories are sets of greeting cards, books and zines, tea towels, coasters, silk scarves and jewellery excluding the new felt range. All are sourced from independent UK makers so give us a chance instead of Amazon or Ebay. Please contact us for more information. These can be ordered online.

Contact Details

We can be contacted on Sheila`s I Phone, 07769953282, by call or message or email to me borthwickalan710@gmail.com We try to respond promptly.