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Like the look of my SWIGs? Think you'd love to get one as a prezzie for someone? Eyeing your bank balance nervously? Hiding from your bank balance in abject terror?
So, until Saturday 25th November, I have three SWIG Gift Sets to sell - not for money, but for swapsies.
It's your chance to ease up the Xmas spending, spend more on whisky, and have a bit of fun.
1. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what you'd like offer....
- It can be: Skills/Items/Advice/Services
- It can't be: Custody offers of family members.
2. I'll pick my 3 favourite offers (over a nice SWIG of Bushmills).
3. We'll seal the deal by Saturday 25th November and you get any gift set of your choice in return.
SWIG SWAP 2016...
I made THIS video last year. It was an awesome response. I got over 50 offers (see some below)...It was a difficult choice, but I was only able to take up 3.
- Steven Robbins who runs Fiddle Foundry offered me the pick of his store, but when I saw the Copper Hammered top Spinning top I knew it was the one. It has spun many a time across my table over the past year.
Fred Huergo got in touch about his awesome 3D rendering skills (more of which can be viewed here). It wasn't just that his work was so good, but when he told me about his two friends reuniting in London over Christmas, I was sold! You can see his work HERE.
- Andrew Mills knew the way to my heart; "I have been infusing and maturing my first batch of blackberry whisky, the process started April 2015 and will reach optimum swigging maturity in time for Christmas" Disclaimer: there is no picture because I drank it all before I could snap one...what can I say it was Christmas!
Last years runners up:
- Nick Shack; A years supply of 'SWIG' bespoke stickers. He designed them from scratch and I've been including them in every order. Also put them all over the workshop :D
- Lizzie Ecrichley; Homemade Amaretti Biscuits and 3D dinosaur Gingerbread biscuits. These were RIDICULOUS. There was so many of them and even included a SWIG Flask made of Gingerbread. A* for effort.
- Annette Covey; Handmade bracelet from wood gathered from the Forest floors of Wiltshire. Loved how much care and attention went into this one.
Also a shoutout to Gray Mears.. He offered a tour around the Emergency Operations Centre in London. I was super tempted but didn't find a time to get over to London! Also Darren Thompson who was offering out a full marketing consultation service via Skype. I was so damn busy with Christmas that I didn't have time to change up my strat. But super interesting regardless!
Now that the creative juices have been stimulated, what are you waiting for? Get in touch now with your offer, as you can see there is no limit to the skills that have been rewarded!
Deadline is 25th November 2017.
Some awesome new pouches have just landed through our Port view doors over the past month. But there is one that stands out - check out the new Kangaroo Collection limited run (only 10 left).
'Australian Heritage' SWIG Flask
(by Australian Artisan James B. Young)
A genuine 'Australian Heritage' Vegetable Tanned Kangaroo SWIG Flask.
After 4 months of work & waiting, I've launched my new Kangaroo SWIG. It'll divide opinion, I know- but with Crystal Glass SWIG Flasks on the horizon- my goal is to have a 1st class of pouches to dress the world's finest flasks.
"The leather is a vegetable tanned kangaroo produced in Australia for making stock whips.
Kangaroo has the highest tensile strength of any leather - 3 x that of cow.... the skins are a premium resource with a global demand (that mostly goes into high end football boots.
I have used a hand-rolled waxed thread (barbours linen of course!), the buckles are solid brass spur strap buckles - another reference to Australian heritage."
If you're looking for something extra special (maybe for that someone special), this is the one.
I’m dreaming of a SWIG Christmas… yes I know I can hear you from here “its only November…Halloween was only yesterday" etc etc...
But, it is only 42 days until the big man in the red suit pops down the chimney, and if you’re anything like me it seems like a million miles away. But I am assured by our SWIG team that before I know it, Christmas will soon be upon us (and am I quite sure I don’t want to start ordering presents).
So this is a thumbs up to you guys that are thinking… "aye right its still at least a month away", I got your back.
Check out our postage options below:
20th December - Last orders for 2nd Class Postage
21st December – Last orders for 1st Class Postage (48 hours)
22nd December – Special Delivery Guaranteed (24 hours)
23rd December – Special Delivery Saturday Guaranteed (next day)
24th December – Pre arranged with myself (collection only)
But if you're on the other side of the fence and are getting your ducks in a row, you'll be pleased to hear we've been getting orders since August...yes August you did read that right. So you are not alone - it's never too early to order a SWIG Flask.
PS if you’re based in Northern Ireland I can get you a SWIG flask on 24th December even if it means donning the red suit and picking up the black sack and delivering it to you myself.
On the 16th September Culture Night dawned and I decided to "be cultured" and see if it was all it was cracked up to be. It had a festival vibe with lots of people about that would not normally be there...loitering... and of course a heaving amount of craic. I had just got my hands on my Limited Edition Capped Flask and couldn't wait to take it out on it's first adventure, and what an occasion for its maiden voyage.
One of my mates known as 'Turtle' (right) was feasting on the free Veda bread, but nothing matched up to the bacon on top, or the free cheese in the Tesco tent.
Now you might be wondering what on earth Culture Night is, but basically it's a free for all for businesses to show case local produce, entertainers to entertain and a wee night out for the locals. Check out this guy, he was cracker -nothing wrong with belting out The Gambler and donning a pair of cowboy boots.
A quick pitstop to refill the Capped Flask with some Absinthe, designated driver short straw was drawn by Nicole... So it was in fact her steady hand that rescued us that night (there was a funnel knocking about but unsure where that went along the way).
A quick sweep and browse around the food tent ensured we didn't have to stop off at a rammed restaurant. And finally a wee sit down on the straw bales (do not ever call these hay bales when there's a horsey woman around you will get corrected) to watch the line dancing saw the end to an awesome evening.
If you're ever in Belfast do stop by to see the sights, apparently there's a whole lotta culture here to be soaked up.
G'day... I've been up since 6am debating which pouch I should snuggle my Limited Edition Capped Flask into today (what it's getting cold outside- I do live in Belfast remember).
Now that you've stopped the judging and I have my EDI in check (Every Day Items... I learn something new every day from my USA customers). I thought why not learn some more and check in to see what the most popular pouches are - go on give it a guess before taking a look below :D
To add drama I've decided to go in reverse order...
In 3rd Position: The Scottish Heritage
Can't say fairer than that, our awesome heritage pouch maker is based out in the sticks of the Scottish hills. Every one is hand crafted, using British leather which means each pouch is unique. Can't go wrong with having some Scottish whisky to pair it with eh :D
In 2nd Position: The Harris Tweed Brown
The traditional Harris Tweed is sourced from our supplier in the Isle of Skye, known for keeping the hands warm (and the insides even warmer) the Harris Tweed Brown is a great choice for taking a hike in the hills.
And the greatly anticipated 1st Position is:
Wahey, sourced from the same supplier as the Harris Tweed Brown, the Harris Tweed Black is more versatile (I don't feel like I need to get the wellies on and buy a land rover... although I am sure there will be a point in my life where this is essential) and can be brought to any occasion without drawing too much attention.
I know you've been dying to find out which I decided on today... well who can argue with you lot. The Harris Tweed black it is.
In the Christmas of 2013 (When I was generally offline and down to my last pennies) I met a gentleman at the 'Spirit of Christmas' Fair at Kensington. He wanted purple.
He was after a SWIG, but it had to be purple. No problem! I had a couple of shades in stock (my old summer range was REALLY varied with whatever was available from my leatherworker that week). I set about packaging up one of my light purples in a SWIG numbered well below 500!
He urgently advised me to not do something as ridiculous... as he would only accept a very specific shade. An almost violet purple. One we only had left in our lovely glass cabinet.
I shoo'ed him off. Hinting that I may help him if he comes back in 4 days at the end of the exhibition when I wouldn't need my beautiful display anymore.
I think I saw a tear form, but he maintained his dignity and wished me farewell.
4 days later, guess who returns? He proudly showed me his phone to backup his eagerness... It was one image of him in a full set of Purple Shooting Gear! The exact same shade of purple. Everything- the hat, coat, gloves and shoes... It looked so damn good. and he was so damn proud!
So in honour of this gentleman, I have commissioned the exact same shade for a trial run of 35. Get 'em while they are hot and enjoy. (PS it is 33 now as me and Nicole refuse to share).
Let me know what you think!
Well it's now the last day of the launch and I am oh-so very close to hitting my milestone. I can tell you now, I'll not be so keen to set such an ambitious one again!
I'm sure you're curious about some of the stats, so you can take a nosey at some of the ones below:
-72% of our USA orders went to East Coast. Those New Yorkers certainly know how to SWIG. (NB: West Coast swiggers... it is not too late to represent!)
-We got nearly 25 of our pre-orders for the capped flasks from USA alone.
-60% of our customers wanted to order a SWIG hip flask for themselves because they'd already gifted one before.
-For my initial milestone (25% of our SWIG's going to USA by 1st September), I'm currently only 7 SWIG hip flasks away from success!
If you are on the fence, or are thinking about flasks for the future- just give me a shout at swigflasks.com/natter.
It was truly overwhelming to receive the feedback responses and ideas. My meeting with the Propel programme is on Monday next week to show off the results and convince them that SWIG has got potential in USA. I'll let you know how it goes!
PS- If you know of anyone with a wedding coming up or know where a SWIG might be a good gift. Please do refer our flasks on. I'll owe you a wee whisky for sure.
This week has been a tough one, but not in the conventional way - there just appears to be a lot trying to get through the door all at once. Both work and home, might need to dig out a time turner and do the week over a few times (don't worry there are no Cursed Child spoilers here).
Anyway, I digress! What's been happening behind closed doors at Newtownards Road? Well, I've been flat out fulfilling wedding orders, chatting to USA customers about makes them tick and doing some investigative work on a new product (everyone say ooooooo) - more on that one in a couple of weeks.
Update: I'm 13% through my 25% USA milestone set with the Propel Programme through Invest NI so it's looking positive, but I'm not one to rest on my laurels. Loads more to do, some of the feedback has been awesome and completely correct :D (hint: free shipping worldwide for orders over £100)
With all that work there had to be some sort of play, so Nicole took me on a mystery tour which ended up at a Drumbo Park to watch the greyhounds. What a good night, and a random punt in the 6th race made it even better :D (she might talk me into getting a dog yet...although our cat mightn't be as impressed).
That's about it for now, I'm away off for a SWIG and a lie down (phew).
I was just finishing up for the day when this wee email pinged into my inbox, the name looked familiar and as soon as I opened it, the story came flooding back.
Robbie had bought his mum an Orange Executive SWIG Hip Flask (#07615) and told me when ordering how she was off on a trip to Canada.
Of course, I challenged her to bring her SWIG hip flask on the plane (yes it's possible to bring it through security... as long as its not full *sigh*). So I couldn't wait to see the pictures attached...
It's fair to say I was hooked on seeing where she ventured next - I needed to see more, and of course Robbie obliged (check out some of my favourites below).
Have you and your SWIG Hip Flask been somewhere awesome? Care to share? Email me at: email@example.com.
The SWIG Society is bowling me over with the amount of pictures I'm getting these days, and the places SWIG hip flasks are getting to see are just insane.
Although sometimes the pictures closer to home are the best ones, check out #02723 and #02724 (both of which have been filled with some awesome Sloe Gin)
(Pictured @ Gorran Haven)
I have to say camping is one of the best occasions to bring a SWIG, and this Executive Blue looks right at home.
(Pictured at Brockenhurst)
Curious as to who is behind the numbers? Check out this blast from the past - celebrating new years in style! Cheers guys.
Got a SWIG Society story to share? I'd love to hear about them, drop me an email; firstname.lastname@example.org