What we’ve been up to this week…

We had a stall at Gin in Teacups at the Arches, had a great time, met some marvellous people and ate fantastic onion rings. 
We got a lovely write up on the Life is Peachy Blog
We ‘re nearly at the end of our Indiegogo Campaign. Thanks to all who’ve supported by buying, tweeting and sharing so far. It’s really appreciated! Only a few days left!

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.

A new way to pay

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With only a few  days to go for pre-orders, here’s a friendly reminder to count up all the children on your Christmas shopping list, to have your favourite designs in mind and your order placed here: www.tinyurl.com/mw-preorders.  Previously, supporters in the UK have only been able to check out from Indiegogo (who is hosting our pre-order campaign) via PayPal, but now we are delighted to announce that you can also pay directly with your credit card – we never see your details during the transaction, but you don’t have to go through the extra step of PayPal to pay up.  

If you’ve decided that Indiegogo isn’t for you, or you’ve experienced problems with the checkout process (we’ve heard it can be tricky on some phones), but you’d still like to pre-order t-shirts, colouring books or badges, drop us a line through the contact us form or via our facebook page and we can send you an invoice to pay direct via PayPal, cheque or bank transfer.

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!

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.

Reading, writing, and the rest

Here’s a round up of a tiny handful of our favourite things to do and read… on paper.

First up is one of our favourite magazines for children, Anorak.  Founded in 2006, it describes itself as “all about a child’s world from fashion to stories, culture to science and sport to food”.  We love reading about all those things, and the bright colours and clear layout of the magazine always make us happy, as does the smell of the real paper and ink they use.  We’re suckers for a good theme, and the latest issue is all about games, just the thing for getting outside in the sunshine, or getting together as the nights draw in.

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Of course, Anorak has online content, too, and we really enjoyed their latest blog post about screenprinting.  But we would say that, wouldn’t we?

A favourite bedtime story in our house right now concerns a forgetful robot named Bernard, who leaves his bottom behind on a swing in the park.  I don’t want to spoil the ending for you, but let’s just say it involves seafaring rabbits and a trip back to the swings.  What’s not to like?

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By Sue Hendra, it’s available in both hardback and softback.

Speaking of Robots, we just found this adorable set of activity books that’s bound to keep children amused for hours.  Culture of Beauty is an Etsy seller based in London, and has a gorgeous shop of crisp fresh paper good and stunningly understated baby quilts.  This sounds like an unusual combination, but click through to check out the shop, you won’t be disappointed.

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For mum and dad older children, show them what they missed by not growing up in the 80s, when digital was something to do with watches and your music may or may not have skipped when you were jogging.  Mel Simone Elliott, superstar illustrator best known for her cultural icon colouring books, has created a 52- project bumper book of activities that both reference and recreate the film, music, tv and trends of the 1980s.  Oh, and there are free downloads for colouring in on her website, too.

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So that’s our little round up of things to read and do, but we’re always ready to find more – share your favourites in the comments box below.