Welcome to Tarts & Crafts website....

Tarts & Crafts is open on Friday 29th ~ Royal Wedding Day ~ as usual.  Why not come along and relax in a nice quiet atmosphere with friends....

~April 2011~

Tarts & Crafts is a community cafe, staffed by volunteers.  The initial idea behind the cafe was to provide a focal point for the village of Balmedie, a rapidly growing commuter village.  Any profits made are used to support a suitable cause in the village.

We serve freshly-ground Fair-Trade coffee, a wide assortment of teas, Fair-Trade hot chocolate and lots of cold drinks that are sugar free or organic. Hungry? Choose from home-baked cakes, toasties and snacks and home-made seasonal soup with freshly made organic rolls and cheese scones. All food is made on the premises by our fantastic volunteers using Fair-Trade sugar and cocoa and organic flours and we endeavour to make soups with seasonal British ingredients.  We also serve a selection of glutten free homebakes and bread.

We are a showcase for nearly fifty local crafters, with crafts ranging from handmade chocolate to jewellery, wood turning and ceramics.  We are continually changing and adding to our range of local crafts and are always looking for new exhibitors.

We run a variety of craft classes on a regular basis, please come into the cafe to sign up for these. If you would like to suggest a class you would be interested in then please let us know and we will endeavour to arrange one in the near future. There is also a meditation night every fortnight on a Friday.

Our Gallery features a different local artist each month, the programme for 2011 is featured on our exhibitions page.


May 2011

Paul Woodburn ~ Paul takes beautiful photographs around Aberdeenshire
My interest in photography goes back to my early teens in Yorkshire where I enjoyed taking mostly black and white photographs of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. After pursuing a career in music, photography was rekindled when I changed career to a lighting product designer and found the need for a photographer who understood lighting products. Since embracing digital processing in year 2000 I have been experimenting with enhanced, altered and colourised images as this gives me an additional dimension for expression and emotion, adding further individuality to my work. My theory on photography is that the photographer should give the viewer a fresh, different or alternative perspective on a subject and that at the time of taking the photograph should have a clear vision of the finished product.


We have just received a selection of decorated Horse Shoes just in time for the wedding season, or a special birthday.

We have a lot of new talented crafters exhibiting in Tarts & Crafts for the first time.  Felted pictures, handbags, glassware and bunting to name a few.  We will put some photos up soon, but please come in and have a look as they are all very unique.  To top it all we have a massive reduction in prices to welcome in the new season, so if you are looking for a gift then why not come and have a browse.....

Hand painted glasses by Pam Mcleod
Felted pictures by Jo Learmonth

Balmedie Gala

11th June 2011 ~  Find Tarts & Crafts at Balmedie Gala with a selection of homemade produce for sale as well as a whole host of different crafts and games