At the Children’s Wood Bake Off

Yesterday, we were at the Children’s Wood Bake Off at North Kelvin Meadow. We had a great day. We were showing our sample shirts and explaining all about Mimi and Will and the designers we’re working with. The weather was gorgeous, if a bit windy (thanks to everyone who periodically helped us retrieve flying colouring-in sheets), we met some lovely people, got some good feedback on our shirts and had some cake.

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Because it was a bake-off, we brought along some cakes with t-shirt designs on them, and we had a little colouring in station for children to design their own shirts, or colour in our designs.

Read more about the Children’s Wood, or follow them on Facebook for more pictures from the Bake Off and details of future events.

Julia Smith

 

We were at the Children’s Wood today, and had a fantastic time (and the weather was amazing).

Anyone there would have had a sneak preview of the seventh shirt in our collection, by Julia Smith.

Puffer by Julia Smith

Julia’s a ceramicist based near Inverness. She produces ceramics in earthenware clay using traditional techniques and digital decals of her own illustrations. We’re really excited about adding Julia to our list of designers we’re collaborating with; one of our goals when we started Mimi and Will was to work with a range of designers across different disciplines. Julia’s puffer image appears on her ceramics, but we thought it was crying out to be on a t-shirt!

Julia Smith for Mimi and Will

Lucy Farfort at the Fab Little Shop

One of our collaborating designers, Lucy Farfort, has recently started selling through The Fab Little Shop. You can buy some of her prints and cards there, inlcuding this print, which I love,  Light the Way.

Light the Way by Lucy Farfort
Light the Way by Lucy Farfort

If you’ve not checked out The Fab Little Shop before, they’re an online store selling children’s products. They’ve got a nice selection of Halloween things in at the minute, check out these cosy looking pumpkin slippers by Winnibriggs House!

The Bake Outdoors – our first event

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We’re looking forward to our first ever event at The Children’s Wood this weekend.  One of our very favourite places in Glasgow, and something of a hidden gem, this square plot of land in the North Kelvin area of Glasgow is like nowhere else in the city.  The best way we can describe it is as something like a wild park – although it’s carefully looked after by a team of dedicated volunteers.  There’s woodland, a meadow, allotments, lots of cool shady trees, all kinds of urban wildlife and plenty of room to simply run, sit or be at peace in nature.

Invited by our friends in the Glasgow Etsy Team, we will be taking a stall in the handmade and vintage section of the event – although just try and keep us away from the cakes – where you can see samples from our first collection of t-shirts in person. For the little ones, we have a competition to design a t-shirt, you can make your own badges, and we’ll have a few of our own badges, cakes and colouring sheets available to buy.  We’ll be taking pre-orders for delivery of t-shirts and colouring books at the start of December, and you can sign up to our newsletter (if you haven’t already!) so you can be on top of all the latest Mimi & Will news.

But it’s not all about us – there’ll be storytelling with a foodie theme, a mud kitchen, biscuit decorating, local artisan and independent food producers and did we mention the cake?  Find out more at the Children’s Wood event page on Facebook – or turn up and be very pleasantly surprised.

Arrrr mateys

It be international talk like a pirate day, and so we plundered a round up of cool stuff for kids all the way from Davy Jones’ Locker.

First up be this fancy pirate costume, arrrr, by HerFlyingHorses on Etsy.

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There be nothing more comforting to a landlocked pirate than the shanties and sounds of the sea.

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Ho! Check the rigging for mice, sailor!  Felties Ate My Homework on Folksy has spied a few on the loose!

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Pirates quake in their hob nailed boots at the Goonies – and this handpainted collection from Kris Teeny Tinys can go treasure hunting on our behalf any time.

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That’s it for another 19th of September, and the treasure map is back in the attic until we dust it off again this time next year.  Ahoy, mateys!

Emma Henderson

Emma Henderson is the designer- illustrator behind Showpony.  She produces screenprinted textiles and products ranging from printed chevron bags to her ‘hot dogs‘:  wheat warmers printed with images of dogs (and the occasional cat). Her work is stocked all over the world, in a number of small independent boutiques as well as larger stores like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Paperchase.

Emma also designs more complex, colourful patterns which are available through society6.

Emma’s designed ‘I Love Puddles’ for Mimi and Will.  It’s printed in shades of blue on grey marl.

I Love Puddles by Emma Henderson for Mimi and Will
I Love Puddles by Emma Henderson
Puddles T Shirt for Mimi and Will by Emma Henderson
Puddles by Emma Henderson

We’re taking this show on the road!

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In the first of a series of events this autumn, you can find us at the Bake Outdoors
 
Our friends at the Children’s Wood in Glasgow are celebrating food and creativity at their home in the North Kelvinside Meadow.  This wide oasis of calm and nature in the heart of Glasgow is a wonderful place to spend time and its events are always a huge success.
 
Open from 12-5, the Bake Outdoors will have everything from home baking to mud pies.  And us!  Alongside a whole lot of friends from the Glasgow Etsy Team, we’ll be showing the samples from our collection, taking pre-orders and we’ll have a stack of goodies and some child-friendly activities on hand, too.
 
We’ll tell you more nearer the time, but why not pop over to The Children’s Wood website or their Facebook page for more info, and how to find us.