November in Pictures & Christmas Pop-Up News

Nikki McWilliams - November in Pictures

A super quick November in pictures post this month- as we’re now well and truly into December and we are super duper busy! This month, we’re going to let the pictures speak for themselves.

We’ve got a few Christmas Pop-Ups arranged- if you’re in Glasgow or London- you’re in for a treat:

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Tomorrow (4th December 2014) Nikki is setting off for London for the opening of Etsy House- which is popping up in the heart of Covent Garden from the 5-7th of December.  Nikki will be visiting Etsy House on the morning of the 5th of December, so why not pop along and say hello? See our Event listing for full info.

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We’ll also be popping up in Glasgow with Analogue Social for their 11 Mitchell Lane Design Show & Shop. Join them this Friday the 5th at 6pm for their house-warming party or pop along at the weekend during the times above.

If you can’t make it along, you can always shop with us online from the comfort of the sofa!

Free Printables – Letter to Santa

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We know that lots of you are putting together your Christmas wish-lists at the moment and we wanted to give you a helping hand in the form of a free printable letter to Santa!

Whether you’ve got Biscuit Cushions on your list to Father Christmas or anything else, we’ve got 3 different letter & envelope sets that you can download and print out for free for your own personal use.

Click below to download:

PINK: Letter / Envelope

BLUE: Letter / Envelope

MINT: Letter / Envelope

We’d love  to see how you use yours- if you take any pictures of your letters- don’t forget to tag them with #nikkimcwilliams or #biscuitxmas!

Inside the Biscuit Tin #4 Tunnocks Teacake Christmas Puddings

Nikki McWilliams - Tunnocks Teacake Christmas Puddings

With Christmas only 4 weeks away we’re getting properly into the festive mood here at Biscuit Towers! We’re always looking for seasonal ways to pay tribute to the loves in life- which obviously has to include the noble Tunnocks Teacake- which inspired us to create our best-selling cushions!

These little Christmas puds are super easy to do and make an excellent alternative to petit fours during Christmas dinner.

Nikki McWilliams - Tunnocks Teacake Christmas Puddings

You will need:

-  1 pack of Tunnocks Teacakes 

-  Icing: mixed to a thick consistency

- Strawberry Laces

- Miniature Holly

How to:

These are very easy to put together! Just open up your Teacakes & top with icing. Cut up your Strawberry laces (the thicker kind are best for this) with kitchen scissors and carefully place them on top. If your icing is thick enough, they shouldn’t slide off. Trim some of your miniature Holly (I got mine from B&Q) and place around your “berries”.  The holly can be pretty spiky, so an adult should do this.

NB: Remember to remind those eating them to remove the holly- this is not edible!

Do let us know if you give these a try and don’t forget to tag your photos with #BiscuitXMAS! Also- if you’re planning on shopping with us this Christmas, don’t forget to check out our Last Order Dates.

Nikki.xx

At Home With: Oh No Rachio

At Home With: Oh No Rachio

We always love seeing where our cushions end up. Everyone has their own style when it comes to their home- and it’s lovely to see how our biscuit cushions fit in with such an eclectic selection of interior ilks. With that in mind, we’ve decided to launch a new regular feature on our blog- celebrating the interior style of Biscuit Cushion lovers across the globe!

We’re beginning with Rachel, of Oh No Rachio. Rachel is the creator of beautifully simple typography & nature inspired illustrated ceramics & stationery- as well as being the proud owner of a pair of our Biscuit Cushions! We caught up with Rachel to find out a little more about her passion for mid century design, buying handmade and plants!

Tell us about you- what do you do on a daily basis?

I’m a full-time designer maker based in {sometimes} sunny Southampton where I work from my home studio space. I make and sell a range of hand illustrated ceramics, stationery and gifts which I sell through my shop {store.ohnorachio.com}. I also run a little blog which is filled with lots of recipes, health & fitness posts, DIY craft projects, and sneaky pesky product updates too!

 

At Home With: Oh No Rachio

Which of our Biscuit Cushions do you own and are they your favourite biscuits to eat?

I own just 2 lovely biscuit cushions  - the Dark Chocolate Tunnocks Teacake & the little Custard Cream though I have lusted after the Caramel cushion for as long as I can remember {one day it WILL be mine!} and also the Chocolate Digestive too! I can’t get enough! 
 
My favourite ever biscuit has to be the Viennese Finger – we used to get a Marks & Spencer biscuit selection tin from my grandparents every Christmas, I used to dive for those and also the thin circular biscuits that were half coated in dark chocolate and sprinkled with coconut –  not sure what they are called but oh MY do I love them! 

At Home With: Oh No Rachio

How would you describe your style when it comes to interiors?

I’m a BIG lover of mid century design, and my home reflects that. I’m especially fond of Ercol’s mid century furniture – we have their iconic studio couch and pebble tables in our lounge as well as a few other pieces we inherited from my parents! In the studio I have an original G-Plan dresser that stores all of my materials which was my grandma’s {she had great taste!}.
 
I tend to find strong vintage pieces that I love and build the rest of the room around them, mixing in modern pieces {gotta love Ikea!} a TON of plants and little vintage homewares that I’ve collected over the years and handmade pieces I’ve bought from other British independent makers!

At Home With: Oh No Rachio 

What’s on your current interiors wishlist?

I can’t wait until we eventually are able to buy a ‘proper’ house – I have an interiors wish list as long as my arm, as well as a heap of room specific {maybe a tad sad I know!} Pinterest boards {pinterest.com/ohnorachio} chock full of inspiration I intend to one day draw on!

At Home With: Oh No Rachio

 

Thanks so much to Rachel for a glimpse into her beautiful home! You can find out more about Rachel and Oh No Rachio illustrated loveliness here.

Christmas Last Order Dates 2014

Nikki McWilliams - Last Order Dates Christmas 2014

With the festive season ahead and Christmas fast-approaching, we thought it no better time than to blog our recommended last order dates for 2014!

We’ve started using our new festive hashtag: #BiscuitXmas- feel free to join in if you’re writing your letter to Santa or have even started your Christmas shopping.

Happy dunking, pals!

INTERNATIONAL (Delivery Outside UK)

Friday 28th November 2014 - Asia, Far East, New Zealand, Australia, Africa, South America, Middle East & Caribbean
Wednesday 3rd December 2014- Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Canada, France, Greece & Poland
Thursday 4th December 2014 - USA & Western Europe

UK Orders

Friday 12th December 2014 - UK Standard Orders
Monday 15th December 2014 - UK 1st Class Upgraded Orders
Saturday 20th December 2014 - UK Special Delivery Upgrade Orders

NEW: Golden Custard Cream Foil Prints

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This week we launched something brand new in our online store: The Golden Custard Cream!

The Custard Cream is truly one of the most classic biscuit tin favourites- with our Custard Cream Cushion still being amongst our top sellers after its launch in early 2011.

Our new Golden Custard Cream Foil Prints are the perfect way to add a touch of precious metal to your decor- whilst paying homage to the most classic of biscuits!

Each Golden Custard Cream is approx 7 x 5.5cm in size and is foiled and subtly debossed onto heavyweight 300gsm Accent White recycled paper.

The paper size is 21 x 29.7cm (A4) and has a portrait orientation- allowing the print to be framed* in either portrait or landscape.

These have been selling VERY quickly so far, and with a limited batch available in time for Christmas (at only £12 each) you’ll need to be quick to bag one of these wee beauties!

SHOP GOLDEN CUSTARD CREAMS NOW

 

October in Pictures

Nikki McWilliams - October in Pictures

October, you weren’t bad at all! This month has been all about appreciating the colours of the season, whilst preparing for our busiest time of the year. Here’s what we did:

1. We revisited Govanhill Baths for a dining experience like no other with Section-33: eating fish tacos & chocolate mousse in an abandoned swimming pool.

2. Yellow cushions were a big favourite in our online store.

3. We got ready for Halloween with some crafting: DIY Glitter Teacake pumpkins!

4. I started a crochet project for Frankie based on this pattern.

5. We played with Autumn leaves to make some pretty compositions.

6. We were listed as Finalists as Best Scottish online independent retailer at the #Heraldfashion awards! We celebrated with some fancy biscuits from Greggs :)

7. We got crafty making some autumnal decor for the studio with these glitter-dipped leaves!

8. Our updated Morning Coffee Cushions hit the online store.

9. We’re working extra-hard getting ready for CHRISTMAS!

And that was October! We know that some of you have already started your festive gift shopping- don’t forget to check out our Ordering Info page for all of the important dates you need to know for worldwide shipping.

The Herald Fashion Awards 2014 – Finalist!

Nikki McWilliams - Herald Fashion Awards 2014

This morning we had some exciting news. We are finalists for Best Scottish independent online retailer, with The Herald!

We’re proud to be sharing the category with some of our favourite indy businesses: Bonnie Bling, DIY Nails & Isolated Heroes.

With a focus on all things online, there’s whole host of categories, including Best blogger and Best use of online marketing.  Winners will be announced on Sunday 16th of November, in Glasgow. We can’t wait!

For the full list of finalists, visit the Herald’s website, and don’t forget to follow updates on twitter and instagram using #HeraldFashion.

NEW: Cookies & Cake Mini Charm Necklaces

Nikki McWilliams - Fondant Fancy Necklace in Lemon

Our Mini-Charm Necklaces have been taking our Online Shop by storm since we launched the first few designs last year- so we couldn’t resist expanding the range to include our super sweet Fondant Fancy and Battenberg designs too!

Nikki McWilliams - Fondant Fancy Necklace in Pink

Our Fondant Fancies are available in both Lemon and Pink flavour (Pink is definitely a flavour, right?) alongside our pastelly Battenberg design.

Nikki McWilliams - Battenberg Necklace

As with all of our other Mini Charm Necklaces, each charm is individually digitally printed and laser cut in the UK, before we thread them onto silver-plated chains and pop them into their own embossed Gift Boxes in our studio in Central Scotland.

Nikki McWilliams - Chocolate Cookie Mini Charm Necklace

Last but not least is this addition to our Biscuit Mini Charm family!

All of our Necklaces are in good stocks for the festive season ahead and make excellent stocking fillers! They’re available to order from our Online Store for only £12 each.

Which one would you wear?

 

NEW: A Mightier Malted Milk

Nikki McWilliams - Supersize Malted Milk Cushion

Ever felt the need for a slightly mightier Malted Milk cushion? Well, you’re in luck this week!

We’ve just added this Supersize Malted Milk cushion to our online store, priced at £44.50. These are exactly the same size as our Supersize Custard Cream and Nice Cushions- and a whole loads bigger than our original Malted Milk cushion- coming in at a whopping 56 x 47cm.

Shop our MASSIVE Malted Milks now!

 

Inside The Biscuit Tin #3: DIY Glitter Tunnocks Teacake Pumpkins

Glitter Tunnocks Teacake Pumpkin by Nikki McWilliams

Autumn is here, there’s no doubt about it. We’re looking forward to Halloween and have decided to decorate the studio this year with some Tunnocks Teacake inspired Pumpkins! We loved this Glitter Pumpkin DIY on Pinterest and decided to give it our own Tunnocks twist- as a tribute to our best-selling biscuit cushion.

We picked up this cute seasonal squash at Lidl for £1. With a little PVA glue, glitter and a lot of patience, we created this sparkly tribute to our favourite Mallow treat. Here’s how we Teacaked our Pumpkin:

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Let us know if you try out our DIY, or if you give it a go with your own design! (Also, you can see the rest of our Halloween DIY Inspiration on our spooky Pinterest board)

September in Pictures

Nikki McWilliams - September in Pictures

Well well well. September has got to be one of my favourite months of the year. The seasons are changing- but the days are still quite long. Here’s what we got up to!

1. Welcoming Autumn with Barry M‘s Mustard Nail polish and Farrow & Ball’s Radicchio door paint. 

2.  New trainers! Coral beauties from Reebok

3. We taste tested this bizarre Custard Cream sandwich spread. See the full write-up here

4. We added Banners to our shop! They come in 2 designs and area available to order now.

5. I treated myself to a Donna Wilson pineapple! 

6. We caught an amazing “blood moon” on a drive home. Incredible!

7. Frankie got creative with us and added this DIY to our Fun Times with Frankie Pinterest Board

8. Added this beautiful red leather Roberts Radio to the studio (it may have been a lovely 29th Birthday gift!)

9. Have been eating well and enjoying shopping at our new favourite supermarket, Lidl!

I say this every month, but man, does time fly! Tomorrow we’ll be entering the last quarter of 2014 and our busiest time of the year.  We’ll be looking forward to Halloween and making preparations for the festive season ahead.

Enjoy Autumn, everyone!

Nx