By Roz Macaskill
Walking into the Kraft Kabin feels like taking an enchanting step into another world - one filled with jewellery, candles, knitwear and crochet. Tucked away in Lower Breakish, the Kabin is a craft-lover's paradise.
The Kabin's story starts when owner, Angela Dougan, was gifted a jewellery-making kit by her husband, Derek. Angela says: "I told Derek I had always fancied doing something artistic. He bought me the kit, then immediately booked me into the Clan Donald Craft Fair - which freaked me out!"
After Angela's very first craft fair, her creative skills blossomed from jewellery-making to encompass knitting, weaving, needle-felting, photography, candle decorating, crocheting, resin, wire weaving and incorporating Skye Marble and heather into her designs. "The whole thing snowballed from a wee hobby to a 36-metre shed," she laughs.
The Kabin was built to give Angela a dedicated workshop - and "so Derek could get his living room back!" The Kabin's name is thanks to Angela's son. "He said it would be more funky if I used 'k's' instead of 'c's'," explains Angela.
Angela's craftwork fits around the couple's Bed and Breakfast and self-catering business. Although busy, Angela still tries to find time to attend the occasional craft fair when she can. "We have our own wee Christmas fair," says Angela. "We hold it over two days and give our visitors mulled wine and mince pies. It's always a popular event but last year was our busiest ever - at one point we had a queue in the garden!"
Angela's Kabin is a testimony to what can happen if you follow your heart. She says: "I always wanted to be self employed, but never thought I'd be able to see anything through. Between the B & B, self-catering and the Kabin, it works.
“Don't be scared to follow your dreams - as that's what I'm doing and it doesn't get any better than this!"