Price Updates 2015

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Over the last few years, we’ve done everything we can to keep our prices the same, but our material costs have been slowly creeping up.
All of our cushions are made with care and joy in our workshop in Scotland- and we want to keep things this way. This means that we need to slightly increase our prices, to cover our higher materials costs.
We wanted to give you the chance to take advantage of our current prices (there are also a small number of super sample sale goodies left!) before our prices change on the 1st of March 2015.
Thank you again to everyone for your continuing support- we’re so lucky to be surrounded by such a wonderful community of biscuit fanatics!
Nikki.xx

It’s Sample Sale Time!

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We are pleased to announce our 2015 Sample Sale!

WHEN: Friday 30th January 2015 / 7am & 7pm GMT

WHERE: Online ONLY at www.nikkimcwilliams.bigcartel.com

Unlike all other Sample Sales before, our 2015 Sample Sale will be hosted online only- giving those who live near and far the chance to grab a bargain!

Our Studio & Online Sample Sales have previously sold out in a matter of hours- so set your alarm and make sure you’re there sharp!

Our 2015 Sample Sale will be in two drops:

1) 7am Mystery Cushion Drop: Snap up a bargain ahead of the main sale- great for those who like a surprise!

2) 7pm Full Sample Sale Drop: Choose from our selection of samples, never before seen one-offs and slight seconds.

2015 Sample Sale Shopping Guidelines:

1) At 7am our Mystery Cushions will be available to purchase at the price of £15. These will be sample stock- some of which are previously unseen. Mystery Cushions will be available to purchase until 5pm (or until they sell out). Any remaining Mystery Cushions will be available in the main sale at the price of £18.

2) At 7pm the Main Sale opens. This will include a mixture of samples,  slight seconds and never before seen one-offs at up to 50% OFF their RRP.

2) All Sample Sale items are non returnable.

3) Due to high volumes of sales, P&P costs on multiple Sample Sale transactions cannot be combined. To get your order out to you as quickly as we can, we’ll ship orders as they come in.

4) Stock is limited. Orders will be taken on a First Come, First Served basis. We can’t reserve or hold Sample Sale stock.

We’ll be posting updates nearer to the time of the sale via instagram, twitter and facebook- so be sure to follow us as well as #biscuitsale for up to the minute goings-on.

See you at the sale, pals!

Nx

Nikki McWilliams X Boomf Gourmet Mallows – Giveaway

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Late last year the wonderful folks at Boomf got in touch to ask me if I’d like to design some Gourmet Mallows for them- and of course I said yes!

My Nikki McWilliams X Boomf Gourmet Mallows are on sale for a limited time from our Online Store and we’re also giving you the chance to win a set!

Two lucky winners will be chosen- to enter all you need to do is comment on this post below by answering the following question:

Q: How would you eat your Nikki McWilliams X Boomf Mallows?

We’re interested to hear all about the creative ways you might use your Mallows- in recipes, for special occasions or unusual ways to eat them.  You can enter once by commenting on this post- the giveaway is open to entrants worldwide.

We’ll select our two favourite answers this Friday the 16th of January- and announce them here after 18:00 GMT.

In the mean time, you can buy your own Nikki McWilliams X Boomf Gourmet Mallows here. They’re £15 per box and include free worldwide shipping. Woohoo!

Good luck everyone!

#NikkiMcWilliamsXBoomf

2014 Highlights

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This year I marked each month with a series of photos that were significant- [Each Month] in Pictures.  We say it all the time- but the days and months pass so quickly- so I wanted to find a way to reflect on each month. As a visual person- instagrams seemed like the perfect way!

Each block of 9 photos (see the original Month in Pictures posts here) tell the story of each small segment of time- what a year it’s been!

I had my nails done by one of my mani-heroes, Nancy Mc. We launched my now favourite cushion- the 2014 Jammy Heart, along with limited edition Mean Girls inspired Custard Cream cushions and a whole bunch of new charm necklace designs.

I attended the very first Blogtacular in London and met so many awesome people. We travelled to Lisbon and ate our weight in Pastel de Nata, got some wheels (hello Klaus the car!) and bought our very first home!

This also meant that we moved across the country from Dundee- the place we’d called home for 10 years- for new adventures in Central Scotland! We set up our new office in the forth valley and brought home a new furry team member: Frankie! Frankie got his own instagram (@frankietheforestcat) and is the cutest/most mischievous/cleverest wee thing on 4 legs that we know.

We had a fantastic festive season and were blown away by the support and kindness of our customers. To everyone who shopped with us, told their friends about our things, sent us lovely post, shared a facebook post, tweeted us, pinned one of our photos or chatted with us on instagram- we feel so lucky and grateful to have you.

Looking forward- I’ve been busy making plans for new projects in 2015- and I can’t wait to share them with you!

A very happy Hogmanay from all of us at Nikki McWilliams: May your tea be hot, your biscuits fresh and your cushions plump this 2015!

Love, Nikki & Team Biscuit

xxx

December in Pictures

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I’m posting the December in pictures post a wee bit early this month- as I’ve got a special post lined up for tomorrow!

December has whizzed by in the blink of an eye- here’s what we did:

1. I visited Etsy House in London where our Biscuit Cushions were on sale for their first ever UK pop-up! (see the video here)

2. We launched our collaboration with Boomf magical mallows! Our box of edible treats are available to order for a limited time here.

3. Our kitten Frankie turned 6 months old and got totally wrapped up in the festive season! He has his own Instagram account now too- follow him @frankietheforestcat.

4. We upheld our tradition of baked bacon & eggs for breakfast on Christmas morning (recipe here)

5. Our Teacake cushions were looking all kinds of festive on their way to their new homes!

6. We celebrated our first Christmas in our new home. I’m still in love with our mint green front door- I wish we could hang our wreath all year round!

7. Gift-wrapping was super popular for our festive orders!

8. You kept us busier than ever packing up mailbags of Christmas treats!

9. Our new kitchen was finished just in time for cooking some festive delicacies. I couldn’t help but chalk up a Christmassy message on our new fridge chalkboard!

Hope everyone had a super Christmas- keep an eye out for our special 2014 round-up post tomorrow!

Nxx

November in Pictures & Christmas Pop-Up News

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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

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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.

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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

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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!

 

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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! 

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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!

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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!

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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

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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

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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.