Shop Local!

You might have seen various calls this Christmas urging you to shop local and support local and independent businesses (Shop Local Saturday this year is taking place on December 7th.) If you’re around the West End of Glasgow, there are loads of opportunities to do this. The area has just won the Great Neighbourhood award from the Academy of Urbanism, praised in part for its community spirit and the wealth of creativity in the area.

It’s no surprise then that independent retailers, bars, restaurants and designer-makers and artists across the West End are banding together to put on Christmas events to give residents the opportunity to shop local, support independent businesses and have a great time! Here’s a quick round-up of the events we know about; they’re all on different dates so you can go to all of them if you so choose!

Yuletide at Cushion and Cake

First up, quite shamelessly, is an event we’re involved with: Yuletide at Cushion & Cake. It takes places on November 28th from 6-9pm and will be in the Cushion & Cake tearoom and across the road at the new Cushion & Cake Too function room (where the C&C Crafternoons are hosted). Sellers who’ll be joining us include Glasgow Craft Mafia alumni Pumpkin Sputnik, Ding Dong Designs and Make Stuff With Us, as well as A Canny Squirrel, Jill Kirkham and loads more! Keep an eye on the Cushion & Cake website and Facebook pages for details of more sellers as they are confirmed.

You’ll also be able to buy from Cushion & Cake’s lovely selection of regular suppliers, including Lovely Pidgeon, Cherith Harrison and Herb Lester. Local traders on Old Dumbarton Road have chipped in to sponsor the event, Duke’s Bar are hosting carol singers and serving mulled wine, and the Old Dumbarton Road Cake Club will be selling cakes in aid of Yorkhill Children’s Hospital.

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A week later, and a bit further down the road Festive Finnieston is happening (5th December). Artists and makers based in the Hidden Lane including Finch & Fouracre, Shona Jewellery and Pink Grapefruit will be taking part in a pop-up shop in the Hidden Lane tearoom, and other laners will be welcoming the public to an open studios event.There’ll be lots more happening; follow @festive_finnies on twitter to keep up to date.

The Shop of Interest is also participating in Festive Finnieston- but if you’re about this Sunday, 17th November, they’re hosting their annual birthday sale.

Up at Queen Margaret Drive, the Queen Margaret Drive Winter Festival will take place on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December between 12 noon and 6pm. Queen Margaret Drive is home to lots of independent businesses, including Ae Fond Kiss, the Black Orchid florists and the North Star Cafe. There’ll be a brass band, DJs, stalls, and a whole lot of fun to be had.

Finally, we have to mention ethical fashion retailer Think Boutique and Rapa Nui Gallery, who are once again teaming up to open a festive Pop Up Shop on Byres Road from 21st November to 21st December.

We’ve only mentioned a few of the businesses involved here;  if you’re taking part in any of the above events, please leave a link to your business in the comments. Likewise we’ve listed West End events because that’s where we’re based. If there are any similar events happening elsewhere (Glasgow or other cities and towns), please stick a link in the comments.

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!

What next?

At the time of writing this, we have around 36 hours to go on our indiegogo campaign. We’re nearly at the end! We’ve been running this campaign since August 31st, which seems like ages ago.  You might be wondering what’s next on the horizon for Mimi and Will.  And, if you don’t reserve a t-shirt now, when will your next chance to buy come along?

Well, one of the key reasons for running the pre-order campaign was to help us build inventory in the most popular sizes and designs of our ethically-sourced t-shirts.  So for every design we sell now, we’ve ordered a bunch more in that size and design for our online shop, which is coming very soon to mimiandwill.com

We’re also liaising with the designers who have contributed designs for the rest of our first 12-shirt collection, these shirts will go on sale in the New Year – purchasers of our colouring book will get a sneak peek at these designs first!

Talks are also ongoing with a handful of carefully-selected independent boutiques to bring the new collection to a high street near you.  But if you can’t wait for that to happen, place your pre-order now!

Remember you can buy a colouring book, badge, single (earlybird price) t-shirt, or even a year’s worth!  If you’ve already reserved one or more t-shirts, we’re in the process of contacting buyers to reserve their preferred shirt size and design.  We’ll be sharing your 10% store discount with pre-orderers once our online shop is up and running, too.

If you’re a designer, maker, writer, shopkeeper, blogger or anything else-er who would like to work with us, please drop us a line using the ‘contact us’ form, DM us on Twitter or catch up with us on Facebook.  We’d love to hear from you!

Space Week!

Every October, World Space Week celebrates mankind’s greatest achievements in space. This year, the focus is on the exploration of Mars.

In recognition of World Space Week, here are some space-themed reads, activities and goodies:

Comic Strip History of Space
Comic Strip History of Space

The Comic Strip History of Space– read a review here

Aspiring Asronauts Dress by Sewing Circus
Aspiring Asronauts Dress by Sewing Circus

Aspiring Astronauts Space Dress by Sewing Circus. Sewing Circus make clothes that encourage an interest in STEM subjects regardless of gender. As well as the space dress, check out the dinosaur skirts and space trousers.

Make a Consellation Viewer
Make a Consellation Viewer

Make your own constellation viewer– a DIY by Glasgow Science Centre. The Science Centre‘s a great day out if you’re in Glasgow. If not, try this DIY at home.

Space Octopus Card by Ketchup on Everything
Space Octopus Card by Ketchup on Everything

Inspired by vintage 50s and 60s flashcards, here’s the first octopus in space: Space Octopus Card by Ketchup on Everything.

Doodle on the Moon by Mr Printables
Doodle on the Moon by Mr Printables

Doodle on the Moon . Printable activity by Mr Printables. Draw on a giant moon for your wall, or a smaller one for doodles.

Space Shuttle Cushion
Space Shuttle Cushion

Space Shuttle Cushion by MyWifeYourWife. For space shuttle fans of all ages.

Lotta Magazine the Space Issue
Lotta Magazine the Space Issue

Australia’s Lotta Magazine produced a space issue with lots of activity ideas, from baking alien cupcakes to making your own space station. Buy the magazine or check out the activity templates.

And some reading material for the older/ big kids amongst you…

The Amateur Astronomers Journal by Neil Slorance
The Amateur Astronomers Journal by Neil Slorance

The Amateur Astronomer’s Journal by Neil Slorance. Neil’s story about a girl who escapes the stresses of everyday life by stargazing was nominated for several SICBA awards. Read a review here.

On Comely Issue 17
On Comely Issue 17

Read an interview with NASA’s spacesuit designer and find out how to cook your own rocket fuel in Oh Comely, issue 17

Our Designers- What a Talented Bunch!

They most certainly are. Here are some of the marvellous things they create:

Cats and Castles Patchwork Cardigan by Jolly and Hodie
Cats and Castles cardigan by Jolly and Hodie.

The Classics Notebook by Lucy Farfort
The Classics notebook by Lucy Farfort.

Treasure Tote by Showpony
Treasure Tote by Showpony

A Sinking Night Poster by Neil Slorance
A Sinking Night poster by Neil Slorance

Freckles the Lion by Poosac
Freckles the Lion by Poosac

Waves and Arrows Bowl by Julia Smith
Waves and Arrows bowl by Julia Smith

Two Weeks to Go!

We’ve got two weeks left of our indiegogo pre-order campaign. Here’s a quick round up of what we’ve been doing over the last few weeks, in case you missed anything!

We have seven designers on board for the launch collection and have six sample shirts (we’re still waiting for Lucy Farfort’s design to come back from the printers, but you can see a proof below:

I Love Puddles by Emma Henderson
I Love Puddles by Emma Henderson
Winter of Our Discount Tents by Laura Donald
Winter of Our Discount Tents by Laura Donald
Supersaurus by Neil Slorance
Supersaurus by Neil Slorance
Puffer by Julia Smith
Puffer by Julia Smith
Lion by Poosac for Mimi and Will
Lion by Poosac
Treehouse by Jolly and Hodie
Treehouse by Jolly and Hodie
Jelly Loves Ice Cream by Lucy Farfort for Mimi and Will
Jelly Loves Ice Cream by Lucy Farfort for Mimi and Will

We visited the Children’s Wood for their Bake-Off. Laura Donald came to visit us and blogged about it.

We also sold some of these badges, which we’ve decided to offer as a limited edition reward on Indiegogo.

Supersaurus Badges
Supersaurus Badges

And that’s about it! Remember, if you want to guarantee a shirt before Christmas, pre-ordering is the way to go!

As ever, give us a shout with any questions, queries, or just to say hello!

Lion by Poosac

Kim is the illustrator and maker behind all the wonderful Poosac creatures.

Kim has created a design for Mimi and Will based on her ‘Freckles the Lion‘ toy.

Lion by Poosac for Mimi and Will
Lion by Poosac

The design is taken from an original illustration by Kim, and is screenprinted on a yellow shirt.

Lion by Poosac for Mimi and Will
Lion by Poosac