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:

Glitter Tunnocks Teacake Pumpkin by Nikki McWilliams DIY Glitter Tunnocks Teacake Pumpkins by Nikki McWilliams

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

Back in Limited Stocks: Dark Choc Caramel Wafer Cushions

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After much trepidation our Dark Chocolate Caramel Wafer cushions are BACK! We’ve got a very limited number available in store between now and the end of the year- so if you’re looking to treat yourself to one of these or even to gift one this festive season we advise that you act swiftly!

SHOP DARK CHOC CARAMEL WAFER CUSHION NOW

FREE EARLYBIRD SHIPPING

Also, we’ve just introduced a little Christmas Shoppe to our online store. This currently contains our exclusive Christmas Cards, as well as range of Gift Wraps- which is available to order with FREE Worldwide P&P until the 30th of September: Just enter the code EARLYBIRD14 at checkout to apply the offer.

SHOP OUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPE NOW

Have a great weekend everyone, happy dunking!
Nikki & Team Biscuit
xx

Inside the Biscuit Tin #2: Ikea Bekvam Kitty Playhouse

IKEA Bekvam Kitty Playhouse DIY by Nikki McWilliams

At almost 12 weeks old, our kitten Frankie is getting bigger and learning new things every day (his Pinterest Photo Diary is coming along well too!) We’ve been trying out different ways to keep him entertained (he loves to watch us draw or make anything) so we decided to draw something for him.

He’s currently adopted an IKEA Bekvam stool as his climbing frame, so we decided to give it an added dimension! Frankie loves to collect things from all over the house (hair bobbles, pens and his toys) and hide them away, so creating a little “house” for him to hide them in seemed appropriate.

Using some cardboard, a marker pen and a craft knife, I drew a facade for Frankie’s playhouse, in the style of a wee shop and attached it to the stool with string. Frankie enjoyed helping with this part!

Adding the panel to the front of the stool gives him somewhere to hide behind too- and it’s great for playing pouncing games with him (when he’s not keeping shop!)

What do you think? Have you ever made anything that your cat loved to play with? Let us know if you give this a try!

Nx

NEW: Biscuit Banners

You Take The Biscuit Banner - by Nikki McWilliams A Cup of Tea Solves Everything Banner - by Nikki McWilliams A Cup of Tea Solves Everything Banner - by Nikki McWilliams

We’ve been settling in to our new workspace over the last few weeks- there’s no better way to do this than to design something new!

This week, we’re introducing our brand new line of Banners! We’ve carefully designed these to showcase our art and illustrations, along with the high standard of production that our cushions are known for.  Our Banners are currently available in our “You Take the Biscuit” and “A Cup of Tea Solves Everything” designs.

Every banner is digitally printed onto heavyweight upholstery cotton with original artwork by Nikki McWilliams. We then back this with a fine white cotton and press neatly before adding a hand-cut pine dowel and natural cotton string for hanging.

The best thing about these Banners is that unlike paper prints, there’s no need for fussing with a frame! Just pop them on your wall with a pretty pin or piece of washi tape and you’re good to go!

Our Banners area available to shop in store now at £14 each.

SHOP BANNERS NOW

August in Pictures

Nikki McWilliams - August in Pictures

August is a month synonymous with the changing seasons- and for us, it’s been a period where a lot has changed in our lives. It feels like it’s happened quite quickly, but I’m feeling surprisingly well-adjusted!

1. We took a trip to IKEA to get a few new bits for the house. This included this delightful little succelent! I’ve started a series of posts entitled “Inside The Biscuit Tin” to document our progress behind the scenes of the business, in our new home. 

2. I spent a lovely evening with Hege as she hosted the very first Pinterest Pinbassador event at the South Block in Glasgow. You can read Hege’s post about the event (and see the moodboard that I made!) over on her blog here and follow her beautiful Pinterest boards here.

3. We tried these for the first time. They’re a pink, squidgy teacake type biscuit by Lees. I’m currently undecided on whether or not I like them!

4. WE GOT A KITTEN! Frankie has been settling in well since we got him 2 weeks ago. I wrote a post about him here and have also started a Pinterest board to document his growth

5. We’ve been doing a bit of painting at the new house. This beautiful “Arsenic” green by Farrow & Ball seemed appropriate for our front door.  

6. It’s been nice having visitors to our new space. My cousin Danni brought these lovely flowers! 

7. Have been adjusting to having a garden to tend to! We eased ourselves in gently with these pot rockeries.

8. Our new studio is taking shape! I DIY’d this using our an old IKEA Rusch Wall Clock and our Jammy Heart design.

9. A wee moving-in treat: have coveted this Swedish Green Trim phone for years. Finally, it’s ours! 

And that was our August! September is one of my favourite months of the year- starting t0 dress for the winter months, making preparations for the festive season ahead…and it’s also my birthday!

Hope you’ve all had an awesome August!

Nxx

Inside The Biscuit Tin #1: Green/Gold Fingers

For those who follow our Instagram feed- you’ll know that we’ve recently moved into a new (to us!) house. When I’ve not been doodling Biscuits and packing up cushion orders over the past few weeks- we’ve been getting settled into our new home. We’ve been doing some painting, DIY, and have been getting accustomed to having our very first outdoor space- we have a beautiful garden! I thought it would be nice to share our progress through our blog- we’ve got a lot to learn!

B&Q recently got in touch asking if i’d like to try out their new “Easygrow” bedding plants. I’d seen them at Blogtacular earlier on this year and was intrigued to find out a wee bit more about them (they’re easy to plant as their roots are encased in a biodegradable teabag-type material! I couldn’t find any at my local store (see Sarah-Lou’s lovely post about them here) so decided to try out a few other bits and bobs instead.

I picked up a pack of 6 miniature bedding plants- which included a very cute holly and a baby ivy. I had a few old terracotta pots in our garden, so I also got some metallic enamel paint so that I could update them.

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I’d bought a few toy dinosaurs from a charity shop a few weeks previous- after having seen some excellent Dino DIY ideas on Pinterest. The enamel paint worked on plastics too- so I decided to give my dinos a metallic make-over. I gave the dinos 2 coats of the paint- which went on really easily. I’ve spray painted plastic toys before- and this was definitely much less messy. I also liked that the paint was water-based- which means there was no fuss cleaning brushes with white spirits at the end.

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My dad dropped by to help me pot up the bedding plants before we added our brass dinos to their new home.

We had a few indoor succelents and cacti at our old flat- so I decided to continue that theme by creating a pot-rockery with these three varieties. These were also from B&Q and as I recall were part of a multi-buy deal.

Creating a full sized rock garden was a bit daunting- so as a new gardener- this was a great starting point. Using a pot has also allowed me to move them around while I’ve been rearranging our outdoor seating area also- which is super handy!

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It’s been lovely to be able to enjoy our new outdoor space while the weather is still mild…and I’m looking forward to being able to use the baby Holly for some photos nearer Christmas time!

Thank you so much to B&Q for kindly providing the plants and materials that we used in this post. 

 

New home, new studio, new kitten!

Nikki_Studio_MovingOut It’s been an emotional week.  We spent some time packing up the studio at WASPS Dundee, and handed in our notice. It’s been an incredible space to work in over the last few years and I’m so very grateful to have had the opportunity to be based there.  Dundee has a wonderful creative community and it’s been a pleasure to be a part of it- however we’re so excited about moving on to a new workspace- in the heart of central Scotland. We’ll be closer to Glasgow and Edinburgh- as well as our 2nd production studio in the neighbouring area. I’m looking forward to be able to streamline our processes and give myself more time for designing new things. Plus- there’s nothing like a change of scenery for a bit of inspiration! We’re in the middle of setting up our new studio workspace- currently it’s a white shell with a few desks (We’ll share some photos soon) However- probably the most exciting addition to our lives is….FRANKIE! Frankie_Windowsill We brought Frankie home to live with us and share our studio space last weekend. He’s a Norwegian Forest Cat Cross and he’s settling in nicely!  He’s currently just 9 weeks old, being born on the 22nd of June, just outside of Edinburgh. So far he’s shown quite an interest in chewing paintbrushes and playing with a Cat’s Painting app for the iPad- so it’s looking like he’s going to be a fairly helpful studio cat!

We’ve spent the last few weeks also trying to squeeze in some decorating at our new place as well as doing some gardening! We’ve never had an outdoor space- so we’re trying to ease ourselves in gently with a little bit of pruning and potting up some plants. The previous owner of our house had the garden done (as a surprise!) by BBC’s Groundforce in the late 90′s. It’s pretty amazing- and definitely one of the reasons that we fell in love with the place earlier on in the year. I’m planning to do a few interiors (and exterior…as I couldn’t exclude the garden!) blogposts about moving into our new space to document our progress.

Has anybody got any good tips for moving into a new home? We’ll share ours over the next few months.

Nikki.xx