I have a fresh pot of a special blend
of Scottish tea steeping.
And I've pulled out one of my favorite little treasures from MacKenzie-Childs in the Mac Lachlan pattern and filled it with Scottish shortbread from Campbells.
The lid of this sweet box features a thistle, which like tartan, is one of the most recognizable symbols of Scotland. The thistle can be found in the Royal Arms of Scotland.
Campbells is internationally famous and according to the Campbells' website, is Scotland's oldest bakery. You can visit their site here.
We have a selection of shortbread
from Campbells' Gold Kilt tin.
I've gathered some of my
tartan pieces to celebrate the day.
Tartan paper maché
balls gathered in a footed dish.
This vertical tin is perfect as a vase, and it
Entitled "Which Hand Will You Take?",
Fortunately, I don't need reading glasses, but I couldn't resist this pair of vintage specks in their own tartanware case.
The case is in the McDuff pattern. TARTANWARE by Princess Ira Von Furstenberg is a great little book full of photographs of tartan covered objects that were produced as souvenirs from Scotland in the early to mid 19th century. Many of the objects are from the Princess' personal collection. Published in 1996, this book is now difficult to find.
You might want to settle in with a cup of tea, a few shortbread cookies, and enjoy my copy.
You can see the Gold Kilt
tin here on the tray.
The kilt is the distinctive traditional dress of the highland Scottish male. As this attire does not have the convenience of pockets, a sporran, (leather pouch) is worn to carry valuables.
I purchased an extra Gold Kilt tin of Campbells Shortbread for one of my followers who leaves a comment on this post. If you would like one of these Gold Kilt tins of Campbells Shortbread for your own tea party, just leave a comment letting me know you are a follower and want to be included in the drawing. I'll draw a name on Sunday, April 10. Unfortunately due to international shipping costs, I can only ship to US residents.