Crafter Bio – Straps 4 Strings

Hello, my name is Rona Carson. I design and make leather items from my shed in Kelton Bank, Dumfries. I aim to create unusual designs and hope you enjoy what I have created. The look and feel of the chosen piece of leather inspires me as to the design and individuality of every piece I create.


I originally started making musical instrument straps. This came about because I could not find a comfortable strap for my own instruments: mandolin, guitar and 5-string banjo. Most of the straps I tried were solid, one piece leather that I found most uncomfortable and I wanted something that would mould to the body and yet let me  move. I designed something I felt might work and found an excellent leather supplier selling a pull up leather in various colours. I have a selection of sample colours in store if you would like to see them in person.This leather ages beautifully with its original markings and grains. A plus was the colours that I could work with as I just love bright colours to enhance teh look fo teh instruments.


I was then asked to make a bag… this evolved into making lots of bags, with unusual designs and then a belt, which again set my imagination rolling as to different colours with quality buckles that have proved a great success. You can find a selection of my items for sale here.


I have had many requests for bespoke items. I can make all musical instrument straps with several colour themes with a choice from 22 colours.


The leather bags and belts can also be make to your own specification of colour, size and design – your own bespoke item. You can order through Mad Notions, or they can pass on my phone number if you would like to discuss further.


Deb’s Kids Portraits in Mad Notions, Annan

I am Debbie, a professional children’s photographer and I am excited to be returning to Mad Notions, Annan to capture Mini Children’s Photo Shoots on 1st & 3rd June ’17.

As a qualified Nursery Nurse as well as an experienced Photographer I understand the individual needs of children as well as the art of children’s portrait photography.

A Mini Children’s Photo Shoot consists of a 30 minutes portrait session for your child(ren) in my mobile studio at Mad Notions with various age suitable props. Within a few days of your Mini Children’s Photo Shoot a selection of approx 16-25 watermarked images are uploaded to your own secure online gallery on my children’s portrait website

The gallery is password protected so the photographs are only viewable to anyone you choose to give the password to. A (40.5cm x 30.5cm) mounted print of your choice is included in the £40 cost with other photo products and prints available to purchase at extra cost. I will deliver your free mounted print and any extra photo products to Mad Notions for you to collect from there within a couple of weeks of receiving your order.

Laura’s craft room in her premises at Mad Notions is perfect for children’s portrait photography as it is just the right size for my mobile studio. It also has plenty of natural light entering from the window, sometimes the light needs boosted by my flash which is very well diffused firstly through a diffuser and secondly by an umbrella and is carefully positioned to never fire directly at your child. All children’s photographs are left as natural as possible however if you would like any blemishes such as spots or bruises airbrushed out with Photoshop just ask and I will be happy to oblige. Sibling groups are welcome but may take a little longer to capture so may result in not quite so many images to view/choose from in your online gallery.



A Mini Children’s Photo Shoot by Deb’s Kid Portraits at Mad Notions Costs £40 & Includes:

  • 30 min Children’s Photo Shoot at Mad Notions
  • 1 (40.5cm x 30.5cm) mounted print of your choice (extra photo products available at additional cost)
  • Full editing/processing of all images
  • A password protected online gallery of approx 16-25 watermarked images
  • Free delivery of your photo order to Mad Notions

More information about my children’s photography and customer reviews can be found on my website and my Facebook Page

If you would like to book a Mini Photo Shoot by Deb’s Kid Portraits on June 1st or 3rd contact Laura at Mad Notions, 1/3 Bruce Street, Annan, Scotland and pay a £15 deposit – the outstanding balance of £25 is payable on the day before your Mini Children’s Photo Shoot (£40 payable in total).