Monday, 30 April 2012

We've Moved!

After I started blogging back in 2009 I've enjoyed a good three years posting my updates with blogger.  However, today I'm really excited about launching my brand new website- and with that will also come a brand new blog!

The very talented Kim Lawler (owner at Finest Imaginary, and web developer extraordinaire) has been working her socks off to build me a beautiful new internet home- and now that it's done- I can't wait to move in!

You can find my lovely new site at my original address:  From now on I'll be blogging from my new abode- so be sure to add the new address to your Google Reader/RSS Feed/Blog Lovin'.

You can still read all of your old favourite posts right here- or even better- come and find them in their new home at! I'd love to here what you think, so don't forget to leave me a comment...the new blog need christening!

See you there!


Tuesday, 24 April 2012

New Postage Prices- 2012

A few weeks ago- Royal Mail announced their annual price increase on postage.  The day that the news was announced, my Twitter feed was ablaze with stunned small business owners- and rightly so: with postage prices increasing by between 30% and 39%.

The unfortunate reality of this is that many of the postage prices in my shop are going to have to increase- however, I am relieved to say that it won't be by as much as 30%.  The service which I use most frequently (Royal Mail Packets, for sending individual cushion orders) has only increased very slightly for the average weight I send- so in the case of individual cushions- the P&P on these will only see a small increase.

P&P on smaller items (for example brooches and prints) will sadly have slightly higher % price increase than that of the cushion P&P- with the price on large letter stamps jumping from 75p - 90p.

New postage prices will take effect in all of my online outlets, including Big Cartel, Etsy & Folksy from the 30th of April 2012. 

Apologies for such a gloomy post- I promise I'll have some good news in my next blog article!

Thursday, 12 April 2012


Ok- so I'll be the first to admit it has been AGES since I last blogged. March disappeared beneath my feet, but here's some instagram snaps of the last few week's highlights and happenings.

Top to bottom, left to right:

1: My Caramel Wafer cushions got a mention in May's British Vogue!
2: A bizarre mix of summer & winter weather in Dundee led to some confused looking outfits...
3: ...Even the ladybirds were huddling together to conserve heat!
4: Been doing LOADS of travelling around. I couldn't count the hours I've spend on trains/buses/cards recently.
5: Helped the other half move into his new studio at WASPS, Dundee. It's looking GREAT!
6: Shopping for chairs, Chair City, Dundee.
7: A pic of my Frightened Rabbit inspired rainbow Snake got retweeted by the band themselves!
8: I rediscovered my love of Babycham on Easter sunday. It really is "The Happiest Drink in the World"!

My Malted Milk cushion was spotted on the sofa of trendy-lady Alexa Chung (pictured above with Tennesse Thomas of The Like) . Thanks again to Sarah at Magasin for pointing me towards Alexa's instagram stream!

I've got some exciting things to share with you soon- but until then, I'll leave you with some rainbow snake draught excluder inspired tunes to keep you going :)

P.S- Hello to all of the new Instagram for Android users! You add my by searching for my username: nikkimcwilliams

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Jamie Oliver Mag- Bake Your Own Biscuits

If you're a fan of home-baking, cooking or (like me) eating delicious food then I strongly suggest purchasing the current Jamie (Oliver) magazine! I was so excited to hear that the issue was going to feature lots of DIY biscuit recipes- and also that they would be featuring some of my biscuit cushions, in tribute!

I have to admit- while I enjoy watching Jamie's 30 Minute Meals (30 minutes is my approximate time ration for dinner-time at the moment!) I'd never before bought a copy of the magazine...and I am so impressed! The current issue (Mar/Apr) is full of loads delicious and achievable Greek inspired recipes- which my Cypriot granny would approve of as well as the aforementioned DIY biscuits. There's recipes for baking your own Custard Creams- Bourbons and even Jaffa Cakes (genius!)- which I will definitely be putting to the test at some point soon. You can even find out how to make your own Jammy Dodger biscuits here (and take a look at my Jammy cushions here!)

Jamie Magazine are currently giving away 2 of my cushions- so buy a copy of the magazine or head over to the website to enter the competition today!