Vintage Folkloric Beauties in the Shop this Week

Spring is in the air, though it is still very chilly here in the North of Scotland. Mike and I have just returned from a walk in Wrack Wood where the snowdrops carpet the ground all around. They are my favourite flowers– full of the fire of the waking earth.

This week’s shop update we have several vintage horse brasses, each with a fascinating history. These small magical objects make beautiful altar decor and and also accent small corners or spaces in your home.

I’ve also found the sweetest little pewter bat pin back. She is waiting to flutter her way onto your jean jacket or dungarees!

Plus, there’s a new colour in the ever popular fairy drops design. The rustic amber has beautiful colour variants.

Big and Bold Witch Life Earrings


Bold new pentagram earrings with romantic Celtic accents are in this week’s shop update.  Look in the Witch Life collection at feralstrumpet.co.uk and find other pentagram and moon-sister inspired necklaces to pair with these statement earrings.

I love wearing pentagram earrings because they are unexpected. They frame the face with this protective, devotional symbol and are a sign to fellow witches that you are and ally walking a parallel path.

“The Cailleach of the Borehole” at The Bottle Imp

at the Dornoch Witches Stone

Some of you may know I am currently engaged in a project writing about the witches monuments of Scotland. I’m excited to have my piece on the witches stone of Dornoch “The Cailleach of the Borehole” in The Bottle Imp, the online journal of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. You can read it here: https://www.thebottleimp.org.uk/2019/12/the-cailleach-of-the-borehole/

You can read more about my project here: https://www.patreon.com/Allysonshaw

My Short Story “Gald” in Luna Station Quarterly

Luna Station Quarterly Issue 40 cover by Anna Steinbauer

I’m excited to have my short story “Gald” included in this magnificent anniversary issue of Luna Station Quarterly. The beautiful cover is by Anna Steinbauer. “Gald” is about a mysterious Pictish potion and its use in a dystopian future on the north coast of Scotland.

This issue is packed with brilliant stories of potions and makes great holiday reading–curl up with your animals and a cup of mulled wine and these magical stories!  Purchase the issue here: http://lunastationquarterly.com/issue/issue-040/  and support an exceptional journal that has published women writers for TEN YEARS!