Dancing Teacakes – Commonwealth Games 2014 Highlights

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This summer, Glasgow (our spiritual home) is hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games.  The much anticipated Opening Ceremony hit the world’s TV screens this Wednesday evening, and was an undoubted riot of Scottish-ness.

The highlight of the Opening Ceremony (and perhaps even of the year?!) has got to be the cavalcade of giant dancing Tunnocks Teacakes that surrounded a tartan-clad John Barrowman, whilst he sang his wee head off.

We’ve selected our favourite #DancingTeacake screenshots from the extravaganza to share with you, or you can watch the whole thing for the next five days on BBC’s iPlayer (skip to 01:05:25 for #DancingTeacake goodness!) Also look out for the foam Forth Bridge supported by 6ft Irn Bru cans: that’s pretty exciting!

 

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To celebrate the Games’ Teacakey tribute, we’re offering free UK Shipping on our original Milk Choc Tunnocks Teacake Cushions until the end of the games on the 3rd of August 2014.

Just enter the code, DANCINGTEACAKES at the checkout at www.nikkimcwilliams.bigcartel.com- and you could be re-enacting the Opening Ceremony’s #DancingTeacakes scene in your own living room very soon!

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Image Credits: BBC iPlayer 2014

 

Personalised Pocket Mirrors

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Personalised products are something that we have a real fondness of- and have been looking to add to our range for some time. We’re hoping to have a personalisation option available for our Cushions very soon, however in the mean time- we’re so pleased to be able to add these cute little mirrors to our collection!

Each mirror features original artwork by Nikki, inspired by her favourite American chocolate biscuit! Every mirror is then personalised with the name of your choosing: it could be your own name, or that of the friend, teacher or lucky family member you’d like to treat! We can even add a nickname- as long as your chosen name is under 10 characters.

Personalised Pocket Mirrors are now available to order in store for only £6 each. Just leave us a “Note to Seller” when you get to checkout, or drop us a line on shop@nikkimcwilliams.com when you order to let us know which name you’d like.

Shop Pocket Mirrors Now!

New Prints: Malted Milkshakes

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One of our sketchbook pages got a lot of attention when we posted it on Facebook a few weeks ago. The illustration, hand painted in chestnut coloured ink, was inspired by Kelis’s “Milkshake”. Those who are fans of Tina Fey’s “Mean Girls” will have a particular fondness for this tune also!

The line itself is a little cryptic, with a hint of innuendo (does she really make a mean milkshake?!) but has nonetheless become totally iconic over the years.

Our newest print, “Our Malted Milkshake Brings all the Boys to the Yard” is available in 2 sizes now, from only £4 each.

Get your Malted Milkshake prints here!

Creative Birthday Celebrations – Giveaway Time!

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***UPDATE 08/07/14: This giveaway is now closed & all winners have been notified! We had over 1000 entries between all 4 channels- so thank you to everyone who took the time to enter and for your amazing response!**

Time flies when you’re having fun eh? Today, we’re celebrating a very special creative birthday. Our Teacake Cushion is 4 years old! I can’t quite believe how much our brand has grown over the past few years and continue to be totally amazed and overwhelmed by the level of support and loyalty our customers show us on a daily basis.

And for this- we want to say a great big THANK YOU.  It is because of this support that I, as creative person, get to do something that I am passionate about every day.  For this, I am so very grateful!

To say thank you for your continuing support, and to celebrate our Teacake Cushion’s 4th Birthday, we’ve got a whole host of birthday treats for you!

 

FREE LUXURY GIFT WRAP

Firstly- we’re offering FREE luxury Gift Wrap on all cushions purchased from now until Monday 7th of July at 6pm GMT. Whether you’re sending one of our Biscuit Cushions to a friend, or if you just want to treat yourself, we’ll make sure it’s ready for you to unwrap as part of the birthday fun! Just add “Gift Wrap It!” to your basket and enter the code HAPPY BIRTHDAY at checkout at www.nikkimcwilliams.bigcartel.com.

 

GIVEAWAY – WIN 1 of 4 BISCUIT CUSHIONS

We’re also hosting our biggest giveaway ever- with prizes for 4 lucky winners! Each winner will get to pick a Biscuit Cushion of their choice, as well as receiving a goodie bag filled with birthday treats. You’ll have the chance to enter via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or by completing a quick Survey. Details of how to enter on each platform plus full competition guidelines and terms are below:

Entering Via Twitter

Follow @nikkimcwilliams on twitter and RT the Giveaway Tweet including the #teacakebirthday hashtag.

Entering Via Facebook

Like the Nikki McWilliams Design page on Facebook and leave a comment on the Giveaway Post with why you’d like to win a Biscuit Cushion.

Entering Via Instagram

Follow @nikkimcwilliams on Instagram and Repost the giveaway Instagram post using the #teacakebirthday hashtag and @nikkimcwilliams in your comment. Your Instagram account must be public so that we can see your entry.

Entering Via The Survey

Complete our Quick Survey & sign up for our newsletter at the end. If you have previously signed up, you can let us know when you take part.

Nikki McWilliams 4th Birthday Giveaway Terms & Conditions

//1// The Giveaway is open from  10am GMT on Friday 4th July 2014 – 6pm GMT on Monday 7thJuly 2014. Entries received out with this period will not be counted.

//2// Only one entry per platform is allowed (you may enter once on each of the four platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & The Survey)

//3// The Giveaway is open to entrants Worldwide.

//4// Entry to the Giveaway is permitted only by the methods outlined in the guidelines above.

//5// The prize for each of the 4 winners is 1 cushion of the winner’s choice from www.nikkimcwilliams.com plus a surprise goody bag. No monetary alternative is available.

//6// The winner from each platform’s giveaway will be notified via that platform. E.g- those entering on Twitter, will be notified via Twitter.

//7// No purchase necessary.

We’ll update this post when the Giveaway has ended. GOOD LUCK to you all- and thank you again for your support & kindness.

Nikki.x

 

Happy Creative Birthday to Us!

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Time flies, when you’re having fun eh? Tomorrow, we’ll be celebrating a very special creative birthday. Our Teacake Cushion is 4 years old! I can’t quite believe how much our brand has grown over the past few years and continue to be totally amazed and overwhelmed by the level of support and loyalty our customers show us on a daily basis.

We’ve got some rather exciting birthday celebrations planned for tomorrow- which we know you’re just going to love! We’ll post an update with how you can join in tomorrow at 10am.

In the mean time, you can follow all of the updates on social media by searching the hashtag: #teacakebirthday

See you then…don’t forget your party hat!

June in Pictures

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June has been a pretty manic month- both personally and work-wise. We managed to squeeze in a holiday, some alfresco dining and some new products. Here’s everything in full:

1. Some beautiful silver-embossed jewellery boxes arrived to house our Biscuit Necklaces. Each of our hand-made necklaces will now arrive in it’s own branded gift box. Exciting! 

2. We took approximately 438 photographs of pattered tiles during our trip to Lisbon. Totally justified, I think you’ll agree?

3. Lisbon also saw us eat Pastel de Nata every day for a week. Where’s the gym?

4. Spent some time back home with my family- my brother made this amazing yogurt cake!

5. New products arrived on our digital shelves: Greetings Cards!

6. We bought our very first wee car! He’s called Klaus. 

7. Tropical temperatures in central Scotland allowed us to have our first BBQ of the year.

8. Picked some Wild Strawberrries- which are very likely the most delicious thing imaginable.

9. Walked 10 miles in Lisbon during one day of our Holiday. We saw street art, ate delicious food, and enjoyed these amazing pastel buildings.

Have you been anywhere on holiday this month? Or have you been to Lisbon and have any memories to share? Let us know by leaving us a comment! :)

£5 Off in our Etsy Shop

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At the moment, Etsy are doing their darnedest to make sure that every man, woman & child in the country know who they are and what they’re all about. Etsy first opened its online doors on this day 9 years ago, and we joined back in 2009. Since then it’s come on in leaps and bounds.

A few weeks ago, Etsy’s First UK tv advert aired on channel 4- and now they’re giving brand new Etsy customers a £5 Gift Card to spend in any participating store (look for the tag line “This shop accepts Etsy Gift Cards” in the store header)

The great news is: This includes our Etsy Shop too! So, even if you have purchased from us via our main Online Store you can still sign up for an Etsy account and claim your free £5 Gift Card, valid on your very first Etsy purchase in our store. Click below to get started:

Get £5 Off in our Etsy Store now

Etsy havn’t yet confirmed when this offer will end- so we’d recommend you act fast to take advantage of the offer. We’ll update this post with any information about the offer ending as soon as we hear.

If you havn’t caught the new Etsy Advert on TV yet- you can check out our own personalised version below:

Happy Shopping!

Nx

New: Biscuity Greetings

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A few of our recent sketchbook doodles got a great response when we posted them online- so we decided to make them into some Greetings Cards!

Both our “You’re Twice as Nice” and “You Take the Biscuit” cards are only £2.00 each, are Litho printed onto satin finish 350gsm stock & are blank inside for your own message.

They’re perfect for wishing the best biscuity greetings to those you care about the most and could even make great Fathers Day cards (which is this Sunday- don’t forget your pa!)

Framing Greetings Cards as mini-prints is also a great way to cheaply add some art to your walls. These cards fit almost perfectly into a standard 6 x 4″ frame, so why not pick up a few and give it a go?

May in Pictures

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May has been one of those months that has been muchanticipated for some time now- as it was due to be totally jam-packed full of great goings-on! Needless to say, it’s been a total ball and we almost can’t believe it’s over. Here’s what we got up to:

1. Venturing to London for what was one of the best weekends we’ve had this year: for Blogtacular! Burgers were eaten (this one was The Don, at our favourite Chiswick haunt: The Gourmet Burger Kitchen, knowledge was shared & pals were made. Thank you so much to Kat, Kat & the blogtacular team for putting on such a super event!

2. One of my blogtacular highlights was Ellie Tennant’s styling workshop, which I had the pleasure of working on with Kim of Finest Imaginary & Fanni of Oh My Superfly

3. Back up north again, I got to pop in to the Isolated Heroes studio to visit Sam the boss lady & her new bundle of furry joy, Donatella the Rag Doll kitty!

4. We previewed our new Fondant Fancy cushions as part of our Spring Pop-Up with Wool & Co in Dundee.

5. We also visited Perth Road’s new art materials store, which happens to have a seriously good floor.

6. Another look at the fun we had whilst hanging out with Wool & Co during our Spring Pop-Up: colour-matching biscuits & yarn!

7. This beauty popped through our mail-box- a beautiful Wedding Invitation we helped design for a friend earlier this year!

8. A busy month for gigs & Glasgow trips- we spotted this amazing street art by Smug while we were through for a Real Estate concert.

9. There’s been a few amazingly sunny days- which calls for one thing: daisy chain making outdoors!

June is set to be an exciting one for us- with a trip to Lisbon on the cards as well as a good few new lines hitting our online store. Hope everyone’s had a super May and that you’re looking forward to the warmer months ahead!

Hello: New Battenberg Cake Cushions!

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We posted a very ambiguous photograph on our Instagram/Facebook feeds last night- inviting our followers to guess what our new cushion would be.

Amazingly- LOADS of you guessed with 100% accuracy- with your Battenberg hypothesis. Great minds think alike, and all that! 

For us: Battenberg represents the ultimate childhood treat. Whether it’s the fact that it’s covered in Marzipan, that its middle is made up of pastel checkerboard chunks of sponge, or that it contains your recommended daily allowance of sugar, we’re not sure. All we know is that it’s our current studio favourite and we couldn’t be happier to be able to curl up on our sofa with a few slices.

Our Battenberg cushions are the second in our drop of cake cushions (see our store for new Fondant Fancy Cushions) and available to add to your collection for £29.50 each.

What do you think? Are you a Battenberg fanatic?

Also- don’t forget- Nikki will be in Glasgow this Sunday 1st of June as part of Love Your Clothes. Pop along to meet Nikki & learn some simple printing techniques from 12-5 at Beyond The Finish Line, Trongate.

Love Your Clothes – Glasgow Workshop

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This Sunday the 1st of June I’ll be setting off for Glasgow to host a printing workshop as part of Betty & Bee‘s current work with Love Your Clothes. I’ll be demonstrating some simple printing techniques that you can use to give your favourite garments a new lease of life!

Either bring along an item to customise (something that is made from a natural fibre, plain material is best) or experiment using fabrics provided.

My very talented cousin Danni McWilliams will also be there, to show you how to customise your clothes with fabric embellishments, as well as workshops and demos from Jennie Loof & Chouchou.

It’s FREE to come along on Sunday 1st of June, between 12-5 at Beyond the Finish Line, 7 Trongate Glasgow.

Are you coming along? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Spring Pop-Up: Thank you!

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After a late night setting up on Friday, we opened the doors to Wool & Co for our exclusive Spring Pop-Up yesterday morning at 10am. Laura gave us free reign to create our own window display in her Union Street store as well as letting us pretty much take over her entire shop with our biscuity delights!

The shop itself was previously an establishment called Gow’s (see the original ironwork under the main window) which lived its previous life as a rather cave-like fishing shop. The transformation that Laura has bestowed upon the building is amazing- and we were delighted to have the chance to be part of the new space for the day.

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We previewed the newest addition to our collection in store yesterday: a whole trio of sweet Fondant Fancy cushions! We had a great response to these on our facebook page- so thank you to everyone who took the time to comment on or share our photograph. We’re hoping to shoot the official photographs of these next week (once they clouds clear and we have a bit of daylight to work with again!) but in the mean time, we’ve added our new Fondant Fancy cushions to our online store, priced at £29.50 each.

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Another newbie came along in the form of our re-invented Jam Ring brooch- which now features a bejewelled strawberry centre. These are also now available in our online store for only £6 each.

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It was lovely to be out of the studio for the day, in a brand new space, meeting lots of lovely people!

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We had a MASSIVE selection of biscuits to treat our customers too- as well as a whole packet of Party Rings that we managed to demolish within about 15 minutes. Before then though, we did manage to take some pretty delightful photos- colour-matching our biscuits to Wool & Co’s maching-knit yarns!

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Wool & Co even got on the Biscuit Bandwagon and crocheted up a big pile of these cute little woolly treats.

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The day absolutely flew in- and I almost can’t believe that we’re not going to be spending all of our days in Laura’s lovely store from now on! We’re heading back to pack up this evening, before heading back to the studio. Wool & Co is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am, where you can find Laura (and her wee pooch Maisie) amongst a rainbow of pretty yarns.

Thank you to everyone who popped in to chat, to add a wee piece to their collection or to have a biscuit with us!

Nikki.x