The Wild Way

Created by Nicola Allan

Reconnect ↟ Remember ↟ Rewild

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Tweed Pouch Trouble? Read Me! ☺️
2 months ago – Thu, Dec 21, 2023 at 02:55:16 PM

Hello Wild Ones! 🎄✨

A few of you have been in touch regarding the tweed pouches, noting that are too small to house the deck. They’re not! They have been designed to fit the deck *exactly* and because they are made from brand new woven tweed fabric, they will be quite *snug* to begin with. Over time, with use… the wool will soften up considerably!

To begin with, please just insert and remove the deck in two or three chunks… it might need a little wiggle, but it will happily slot inside without damage. It shouldn’t touch the zip at all.

I‘ve just created a little video for one backer who found it helpful and suggested that I share it, so hopefully you will find it helpful too! 👇

Seasons greetings to you all! ✨

Nicola x

P.S. It’s so exciting to hear about you all receiving your goodies! Yay!

Shipping Complete! 📦🙌
2 months ago – Fri, Dec 15, 2023 at 10:54:20 AM

Hello Wild Ones! 🎄✨

Just popping in to confirm that all eligible packages have now dispatched! You should have received an email from Backerkit with tracking details for you to follow. If nothing has dropped into your inbox, check your junk. And if you don't see anything there, you can access tracking details in your Backerkit account here—when you have logged in, just click on View Confirmation.

Here's the Royal Mail van stuffed full of your goodies, one of many... my postman and I have had a very busy couple of weeks!  

Some of you have already received your package (hooray!) but hopefully the rest won’t take too long to arrive. That said, it is probably the busiest time of the year for the postal system, so please be patient! 

And finally, just a wee heads up that there's a free zodiacal wheel poster waiting for you! Just head over to the shiny new website by clicking here and sign up to the mailing list (scroll to the bottom of the front page). You'll then be sent an email with this super helpful guide to the zodiacal year which will help you keep track of each decan as the Sun passes through... just one of the many ways you can use your new deck!  

This project (although challenging at times!) has been a complete labour of love and I feel extremely thankful for all your kind words and the unwavering support you have shown. I couldn't at all bring this work to life without you, so I just want to make sure that each and every one of you knows how much you are appreciated. Thanks again, from the bottom of my heart, for supporting me and the project. You're the best! 🫶✨

A very merry festive season to you too!

Love,

Nicola x  

P.S. There are a handful of you who have still to pay your shipping or complete your survey. As I mentioned in my last update, I'll now be taking a break until into the new year so if you update your account now, your rewards will be dispatched in January.

Woohoo! Shipping Starts Next Week! 📮✨
3 months ago – Sat, Nov 25, 2023 at 01:05:34 AM

Hello Wild Ones! 🎄✨

I have some exciting news… the decks have arrived!!! I had been expecting them all week and yesterday morning they finally turned up on an extremely large truck that blocked the entire lane while they were unloaded…

After almost two years of work on this project, I couldn’t be more pleased… the print quality of the artwork is incredible and gold foil looks amazing. Massive thanks to my excellent printer! 👏👏👏

Here's a little unboxing video if you are too excited to wait, although it won’t be long now! It's a bit grainy and dark because "Scotland" and "November" but hopefully you'll still enjoy your first glimpse of the deck...

I’m planning to start dispatching early next week and will ship the furthest addresses from me first (i.e. Australasia/Asia/Africa) followed by those closer to home (Americas/Europe/UK). 

🚨 Addresses have now been locked so if you have any last minute changes, please get in touch with me directly. Please email [email protected] if you need to make an adjustment! 🚨 

As soon as dispatched you’ll automatically receive a tracking notice so you can follow your package. Please be patient though as it's just little old me packing them all up!

Finally, there are still a few of you with uncompleted surveys/outstanding balances which will need to be attended to as soon as possible if you’d like your package to be prioritised in the first batch. It will probably not be dispatched until after the holidays otherwise as it’s a very busy time over here!

Oh! And a wee reminder again that shipping charges will show up on your bank statement from ASTRAEA CREATIVE as this seems to have thrown a few people off...

Super excited to start sending our all your goodies now!

Nicola x

It's Nearly Time! 🤩📬✨
4 months ago – Wed, Nov 01, 2023 at 11:44:33 PM

Hello Wild Ones! 🌲

I've had an exciting update from my printer... 

They have been working away and should be finished by next week, woohoo! I've also now received the last of your rewards, and have been sorting everything out, ready to be sent to you. 

So! With that in mind, it's time to get you organised for shipping:

1. Have you completed your survey? There are a very small number of you who still haven't completed your surveys. Your final opportunity to do this is nigh! So please hop to it if you'd like to have your rewards dispatched on time.

2. Is your address correct? If you've moved since you completed your survey, please log in to your Backerkit account to update your address. We want to make sure your rewards are being dispatched to the correct place! 

3. It's now time to charge for shipping! Your Backerkit account has been updated with the amount that will be charged on Friday 3rd November. If you'd like to check the amount, please log in to your Backerkit account. You'll also shortly receive an automated email from Backerkit with a link to your survey.

Although a wee bit higher for most international backers, happily the shipping charges have come out fairly close to the estimates on the campaign page. Obviously if you have ordered extra bits and pieces, this will be reflected in the final price.

Oh, and just so you aren't left wondering, ASTRAEA CREATIVE LIMITED will appear on your bank statement, and every package will be sent with a tracked and signed shipping service!

The link to log in to your Backerkit account for each of the above steps is here: https://the-wild-way.backerkit.com/

That's all for now! I'll be back in touch when the decks arrive with me—I'm getting pretty excited to see them now. I hope you are too!

Nicola x

P.S. Here's a little peak at the Cairngorm tweed pouches that arrived last week—they have been beautifully handmade right here in Scotland... 

Woohoo! Final Artwork Completed! 🤩
5 months ago – Sun, Oct 01, 2023 at 10:01:29 PM

Hello Wild Ones! 🌲✨

I can't believe its been over a month since I last updated you but I'm delighted to report that all artwork has now been completed and is with my printer, woohoo! I'm a little behind where I was hoping to be by this date (thanks COVID) but still on track to get your parcels dispatched in November. Keep your fingers crossed that the printing process goes smoothly!

Now, there was a mix of responses as to whether you'd like to see the final completed set of cards so what I've done is included them at the very end of this note. If you would prefer to be surprised on delivery, do not scroll to the bottom of this update! ⛔️

In other news, you may remember from an earlier update that a few months ago, I had to find an alternative printer... it was a bit of a challenge as I had a very specific list of requirements to ensure the eco credentials of this deck were met.  After obtaining a squillion quotes from a load of UK based printers, I finally found a winner. However... as I was scouring the country, it became apparent that not one printer was willing to gild the edges of the deck, a massive disappointment as you can imagine. So what to do?! In the end (after a few sleepless nights), I decided that keeping carbon emissions low would always be more important to me than going overseas to find gilded edges. 

So! In order to find you an alternative stretch goal, I launched into negotiating with my printer to get you a box upgrade. And I'm really pleased with how it's turned out... instead of a basic tuck flap box, you will be getting a fancy hard lid and base box smothered in gorgeous gold foiling! It's way more fitting to house the deck and will hopefully last a lot longer than a basic box. I hope you like it... 

While the deck is being printed, I'll be starting to prepare all your rewards! With that in mind, if you are one of the few people who haven't yet completed their surveys, please please pleeeeeease could you do that now? If I don't have your address, I won't be able to send you anything! There are also a few people with outstanding payments so it would be great if you could attend to those as soon as possible, you might need to update your card details.

Equally, if you need to update your address, please make sure to do that soon. I will be shortly be sending a note out to confirm when addresses will be locked and shipping charged. You can access your survey here! 🙏✨ 

If you're scrolling down, please let me know which cards are your favourites in the comments!

I'll be back in touch soon!

Nicola x

P.S. I will be closing the pre-order store at the end of this week so if you know anyone who was on the fence about ordering a deck, please let them know!