A little update – and lots of action!

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Inver Cottage

So we’ve been a little bit quiet around these parts for a couple of weeks, but here’s what we’ve been up to:

  • Received, quality checked, folded and squirreled away 80% of the t-shirts you ordered via our indiegogo campaign
  • Had our first public appearance with actual t-shirts at Inver Cottage – thanks to their lovely patrons we are currently out of all additional stock of the Treehouse design, and down to very limited stock of Puffer
  • Finalised the last two designs of our original collection and continued working with exciting new designers behind the scenes for next year’s collection
  • We’ve been in talks with potential stockists of our collection and put plans in place for our first trade fair
  • Worked on the packaging for our first orders, which will be shipping soon (once said packaging and remaining 20% of orders arrive in the post!)
  • Discussed arrangements for the colouring books and badges so they are ready to ship with the t-shirts at the end of the month
  • Planned for our next event, at Yuletide in the West End of Glasgow on 28 November – there’ll be reindeer and everything!
  • We’ve also eaten A LOT of chips and drunk A LOT of coffee in the interests of getting things done and we also spent a couple of weeks slowing down and generally being kind to ourselves so we didn’t get ill or burnt out.

We can’t wait for the next step – to send you your packages and hear your feedback, too.

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Find us at Inver Cottage – this Sunday, 10 November

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Inver Cottage really is one of the West Coast of Scotland’s best places to visit.  A restaurant, a visitor attraction, a cosy (and well-stocked) bar, a view you could bottle, space for events both public and private, and home this weekend to the annual Christmas shopping event, which we’re proud to be a part of.

An independent, family-run business, Inver Cottage is one of the UK’s top restaurants for ethically-sourced fish, including local hand-caught scallops and langoustines.  You can have a delicious lunch then take a walk to the ruins of Old Castle Lachlan, to build your appetite back up for scones and tea.  Although you should definitely bring your wellies, we’ve seen hardier locals swimming in the bay just outside the picture window at the front of the restaurant at this time of year!

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All the information can be found on the Inver Cottage website, and facebook page.  We’ll see you there with a small selection of our t-shirts, which are being couriered direct from the printer as I type.  We can’t wait!

Winter wrap up

Did anyone else have to scrape ice from the car this morning?  It’s getting chilly out there.  Our thoughts have turned to getting cosy, and we’ve found some very nice things out there to warm up your day.

We want to snuggle with Mabel the Hedgehog, available from Sara Carr on Folksy

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As t-shirt makers, we are also big fans of the winter layer.  This basic but stylish pattern for a cover up is available from The Velvet Acorn on Etsy – crochet versions are also available, and patterns for all kinds of winter woolies come in styles which work for boys or girls.

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One for the mums and dads, here.  Cashmere socks are a staple of my winter evenings.  This oatmeal textured pair are from Toast, which is a fine purveyor of all things toasty-making.  

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Although Brora.co.uk is new to me, the brand has been making fine cashmere products in the Scottish Borders for more than 200 years.  They also have a very generous sale right now, with this traditional blanket for children reduced from £72 to £45.

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Be warm out there!

Busy busy!

We’ve been a little bit quiet this week as we focus on fulfilling our first orders and preparing our online shop for launch.

Looking around the internet, it seems that our designers are just as busy.

Neil Slorance, designer of our Supersaurus t-shirt, was featured in an interview by a local TV company.

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Julia Smith, designer of our Puffer t-shirt, participated in the Make/Works tour of Scotland, who’ll be making a short film about her ceramics work and processes.  Some stunning still photos are published on the Make/Works blog.

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Like us, Lucy Farfort has been busy, but found a minute to post this time-saving pizza recipe on her blog.  Yum!  We recommend it followed up by jelly and ice cream, obviously 😉

Illustration by Lucy Farfort
Illustration by Lucy Farfort

 

And we have a busy weekend ahead of us – you’ll find Jo here, at the Rowdy Roddy Ghoulish Gathering at the Sparklehorse in Glasgow and Katy here, enjoying herself with the family in Dublin for the weekend.

Find us amongst the gin and teacups

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No, it’s not just another Thursday night in at M&WHQ, we’re talking about an event taking place this Saturday at The Arches, in Glasgow. Next door to Central Station, just under the Heilanmans Umbrella, you’ll find The Arches – a great little space that’s host to every kind of entertainment, including live music, performance, art and even aliens.

This Saturday we’ll be there with our Mimi and Will samples for you to see in person, as well as assorted goodies from our alter egos with StellaMyStar and GirlIndustries.  Gin in Teacups is a well-established Scottish vintage and crafts market and we’ve been assured that their events at the Arches are always a good time.

So come and join us from 12-5, check out what’s on, and maybe treat yourself to a bite to eat or stick with the theme and go for some gin in the bar.  Hope to see you there!

Can’t make it along to see us?  Remember you can always place your order online – but only for the next 6 days – at Indiegogo.

Another key milestone!

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With just a week left to go in our Indiegogo pre-order campaign, we’ve made it to 25% of our target, with a flurry of activity in the last couple of days.  Having broken through the £500 barrier is particularly significant, we’re now searchable on Indiegogo and unhidden from the public again, so we stand to reach a lot more people on Indiegogo who might wish to back us on our way.

We’re so grateful to everyone who’s decided to invest in one (or more) of our products, and to everyone who’s liked a facebook post, retweeted us on Twitter, followed us on Pinterest, read our blog or been there for us through what is quite a stressful as well as exciting process.

But we aren’t there yet!  While we’ve now sold the equivalent of 25 t-shirts, we need to take pre-orders for another 75 in order to reach our first target, to release more designs in our collection and to help develop and grow our business, all the while ensuring that you get your t-shirts, badges and colouring books in good time.

If you’re intending to buy but aren’t sure which designs are your favourites, don’t let that put you off.  There’s no need to make your mind up on sizes or designs until after the campaign closes, when we’ll send you an email with all your options.

Best of all, there are still a handful of t-shirts available at early bird prices, if you thought you’d missed your chance, think again! Now the countdown is on for our next key milestone of £1000 – who’s with us?  Simply click here to visit Indiegogo and chose how many t-shirts you wish to buy – see you there!

The perfect fit

There are only a few days left to pre-order to guarantee that your Mimi and Will t-shirt will arrive in time for Christmas.  To help you make your mind up, here is a guide to sizing on the t-shirts:

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And because we can’t resist another look at the whole of our collection so far, here’s a little reminder of the designs we’ve released for pre-order.

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Don’t forget to get yours here: www.tinyurl.com/mw-preorders