£5 discount on t-shirts for new Etsy customers

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For a limited time, the handmade and vintage marketplace, Etsy.com is offering £5 off your first order.  To sign up and claim your discount (we suggest you shop wisely and treat a little person in your life to a Mimi & Will t-shirt), simply follow this link.  

What we did at the weekend

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We had a visit to Smile Acorns, the first retail outlet where you can buy a small selection of t-shirts from our range!  Located on lovely farmland in the North West of England, Smile Acorns is run by Emma, a fellow mum and maker of lovely childrenswear.  

Supersaurus by Neil Slorance for Mimi and Will                   Jelly loves Ice Cream by Lucy Farfort for Mimi and Will

The shop is part of a larger farm complex, called Inglenook Farm.  Other shops on site include a guitar shop, traditional farm shop showcasing the best of the region’s local produce, including Lytham Coffee, and the main product of the farm itself – essential oils and soaps from the fields of lavender growing outside!  The stars of the show at the moment have to be the newly-arrived twin baby goats.  

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There’s also a traditional team rooms and a barn for hire.  Last week was an Easter fun day for children, but chickens were also welcome, and keen to get stuck in!  

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You can find Smile Acorns just off what my dad calls ‘the Southport Road’, or the A570 as the rest of us know it.  It’s close to Haydock, but even with race meet traffic on a busy Saturday, we drove there in about half an hour from the outskirts of Manchester.  A good time was had by all (I went with my daughter, niece, nephew, dad and sister – a real family day out!)

Hello, March!

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Image by Clean Mama Printables

After a blogging hiatus at the start of 2014, we’re back with some Mimi and Will news.  Behind the scenes we’ve been beavering away with new plans for the rest of this year.  We’ve been talking to a handful of very nice shops about stocking our t-shirts so that more people can discover the tops that you and your children love.

We’ve been working on our branding, and making plans for an updated website and a photoshoot now that the light is starting to last past tea time and the weather is brightening up, too.

We also have some new designs on the slate, and have been collaborating with some really exciting people from the worlds of illustration, art and design.  We can’t wait to show you our new samples later in the year once our new micro collection is ready.

We’ll be back again soon with more news, thoughts and musings – we have plenty to tell you.  But don’t forget in the meantime, you can always find us on Facebook and Twitter for more frequent updates – see you there!

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.

Continue reading A little update – and lots of action!

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!

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.

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