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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Return to War... And peace

After the great time at last years War and Peace Revival show, I had already planned that I would go back in 2014.

I brought my tickets well in advanced and this time my Mum was coming along too.


I had been really looking forward to the event and been gathering pieces for my 'costume'  two months in advance as I have never done a 1940s style before.
This included some coral sandals from "Miss-L- Fire" shoes, which I had to stretch to fit into.


 I picked up a wonderful maternity red gingham and cherry dress from Pin-up parade and I had been doodling what I was hoping to look like on the day.





We decided to go on the Wednesday as it was set to be the best weather. I woke up early wanting to do my hair with a suicide roll at the front and two victory rolls meeting in the middle, with the rest of my hair in a red snood. Suffice to say, my hair was not cooperating and I should have got up an hour earlier to achieve the look I wanted. In the end I had to settle with a single roll at the front and all the rest tucked into the snood. 

We were running late now and still had to get to the Folkstone racecourse where the event was held. However, because I had brought my tickets in advance there was no queuing up when we got there. Result!

Me and my Mum made a bee line for the vintage market as my Mum wanted to buy herself a dress, either vintage or repro. We found the trader I got my lovely red and white dress from last year and Mum got a gorgeous blue flowered dress.
While I was browsing the racks of beautiful dresses I found a dress with Antelopes, acorns and oak leaves. Well it was the red and white dress all over again! I had to have it, won't be able to wear it for much longer as my numb gets bigger but It will be something to look forward to wearing after baby is here.


I haven't go a photo of me wearing the dress but here is what it looks like.

Close up of pattern.- I love it!



After browsing the stalls, we went to the Home Front Cafe and had cream teas. Someone in the cafe asked me if I worked there and I told her no and she was quite embarrassed, apologising and said how well I matched the ww2 deco. 

While the boys went to see the battles going on in the main arena, me and Mum headed for the Vintage marque to see what was going on in there. It turned out to be not a lot. The program specified that there was to be a introductory to vintage at 12:00, followed by Jive lessons at 12:30. This did not happen.
In fact the organisers seemed flustered that there was a audience gathering and they had nothing planned. 
They quickly put on a quick dance demonstration and I learnt how to do 'The Stroll' and then we headed to the Victory Marque to see the Jive Aces perform.

The Jive Aces
Enjoying the show.


Like last year, we could have stayed in the Victory marque all day as it had a steady line up of great performers but we decided to have a wonder around the venue. 
We went and had photos taken next to the impressive Mechasmit model and talked to some of the home front Re-enactors, who are always pleasant and interesting to talk to.
There is a little village set up to teach people what life was like at home during the Second World War. I couldn't help but pose in front of a wireless. Listening out for news from the front line.







Before we knew it, it was lunch time and afterwards we separated from the boys again so they could do a tour of the vast army camps and Mum and me headed back to the vintage Marque to catch the second part of the fashion show.
When we got there we were disappointed to learn that the schedule for the day had to be scrapped. Apparently they had so many children visiting for the school open day wanting to learn how to dance, that everything which was written in the programme had to be reshuffled or cancelled all together. I was quite disappointed to hear this as the vintage side of the show was what I had enjoyed so much about last year.
We were told to go back at 4:15 for the 'best dressed person/ couple' competition and then there would be the group tea dance.
So we took ourselves back to the Victory marque to watch more of the performers.
We saw the Swingtime Sweethearts and they sang one song which made me feel very emotional. It made me think of my Grandma and I could imagine her singing along to the song and I had a few tears in my eyes.

I checked my watch and saw it was for 4:14 so we headed back to the other marque in time before the competition... For it not to happen. 
Instead they skipped that and went straight into the group tea dance, which me and Mum decided to join in with. I absolutely loved it. I learnt two dances, including the Gay Gordon's, which was a favourite dance of my Grandma's.

Feeling out of breath, we then went for another browse in the trade stalls and spent more money and I got Leon a lovely shirt from Steady Clothing, an American company. The shirt cost more than my dress but it's so difficult to find vintage repro clothing that Leon would wear.
With slightly sore feet but happy hearts we waved goodbye to War and 
Peace revival for another year.
We will be going again next year but I have learnt a lot from this year.

1) We won't be going on a Wednesday. This is the same day all the children from local schools go and they were everywhere! It was lovely seeing them dancing to the Jive Aces and taking a interest in our history but for me it really spoilt my day.

2) If I can afford to I want to go for two day. One day is not enough but they only sell day tickets and it is a shame they don't do a two day ticket deal.

3) I can pull off a 1940s look! I had so many compliments about my style and my accessories, especially my glass bird and leaf necklace I brought off eBay a week in advance.

If you are thinking about going to the show next year, go! You will have a great time!

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Big, big news!!


I feel terrible for neglecting this blog. I didn't even get round to posting about my trip to the Steampunk Glastonbury event, which was fabulous!

Steampunking up the Faery ball in Glastonbury. How amazing does 
Esther look? Please check out their new website www.tribamythica.com for amazing leather crafted goodies.

With the very talented Linda Ravenscroft and Laura Daligan. My friends.


The months have gone by and we are now in June and I would normally be looking forward to going on holiday in Cornwall and partaking in 3 Wishes Faery festival, but not this year, or the next...

You see I am pregnant!

Yes, yes it is a complete surprise. Especially after my in depth post I made just before my 30th birthday about how I felt about having kids. Well the choice has been taken out of my hands and I am now 13 weeks and 3 days pregnant at time of writing.

I had my 12 week ultra sound scan and everything is looking very good. There is just the one Baby (phew) and all limbs seem to be present and correct.
Yes that is a Baby!

Everyone I have told are so happy for us and both mine and my partners parents are over the moon. This has definitely been the boost my mother has needed after everything that happened last year.

My due date is 11/12/14 so after my birthday and will be another Sagittarius.
I am not sure yet if I want to find out if it will be a boy or a girl. Some say it will be a boy and others are sure it is going to be a girl. What ever we have, life will never be the same again!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

The Overtones

 Oh gosh would you look at that! It's March already and this is my first blog post of 2014!
To be fair I have been posting on my other blog about my pyrography which you can read here.
Www.wyldeembers.blogspot.com


So what has been going on?
We have a new fluffy member of the family. Her name is Izzy, she is a keeshond and a rescue. She is such a sweetie and I adore her. Luckily Keijo adores her too but a little too much if you get my meaning.
Keijo and Izzy


Now on to the main subject of this blog. The Overtones.

I have liked this male singing group for quite a while and I have all their albums. It is great music to drive and sing a long to. For my birthday my brother and Sister-in-law got me tickets to see them in concert at the Brighton dome on the 1st March.
Now for those that don't know, I work for a rather large car retailer and as such the 1st March is extremely important in the car industry as it is when new number plates are released. I had booked the date of well in advanced but it had not be authorised. It wasn't until the weekend before he gig that I was told I couldn't have the time off!
Panicked I had the awful realisation that I wasn't able to go! Lucky for me a work colleague agreed to a shift swap so I worked their Friday afternoon and they covered my afternoon on Saturday meaning I was free to get to Brighton in the afternoon, have dinner and then see the boys!

We had very good view from the stage and was only a couple of rows from the front. I hadn't been told who was supporting the guys in concert so I was really excited to find out it was Si Cranstoun. I had found out about Si at the same time I heard J D McPherson's music, so to finally see him singing live was a real treat!
Si Cranstoun's video- check him out!

The Overtones themselves were fab! It was music from their newest album, Saturday Night At The Movies, including the song, Do you love me?, Pretty woman, King of the Swingers and More.
The stage had a Hollywood glamour feel to it and the backing band was very good as well. All in all a great night out.
Afterwards we queued to meet the boys and get merchandised signed. I got a kiss on my cheek from Mike as I said I was there for my birthday present. Even though my birthday was back in December... Oh well. ;)

This is their newest video. Superstar. 


Oh yes, it was a good job we did get to Brighton late as the Collectif shop was closed and I needed to save money for Glastonbury. That will be in the next blog post. :)

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Back to the 80s!

 Firstly I want to say thank you for those who contacted me after my last blog post. It was something I needed to get off my chest and the wave of support I have had is amazing.

Now on to the party post! This was meant to be posted last weekend but I was thwarted!

So 7th December I turned 30 and with my friend Clare, who also turned 30, we hosted a:


Preparing for the party was a huge stress but it all went very well!
We prepared 80s party food, trawled the internet for costume inspiration and rummaged in the loft for our childhood board games.

The party itself was a huge success, I am happy to say, with guests telling me after what a good time they had. This was the whole point of the party as I know it is has been hard lately for everyone and we all needed to let our hair down and boogie the night away.
And did we boogie!

Celtic moon members showing how it is done!
The 80s were so colourful!
Look at the hair! The clothes, the outrageous makeup! Is there nothing here that doesn't scream 1980s?!
The birthday girls!


The night end all too soon, unfortunately but I was so happy with how everything turned out and was pleased at the effort guests put into their costumes. There was a lot of neon going on!
The DJ was fab and the dance floor was busy with 'Prince Charmings' and people (attempting) to vogue.
The tuck shop was a big hit too! Unfortunately I didn't get any photos of them or the cakes. 
Here's to the next 10 years and if I say I want to organise another party...
Stop me!!!!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

30 years old... Seriously.

This time next week I will be 30.

I would have had my awesome joint 80s school disco party and I will be another year older.

I am not ready to be thirty. For one I don't feel like I have been on this earth for thirty years. I still feel in my mid twenties but that is not the case.

At thirty I am suppose to be married, or had my first child/second or a full time job and own a house, even if it is just renting.

I have none of those things.

I still work my part-time weekend job.
I live with my boyfriend at his parents house
I have no kids and still don't feel the want to have kids yet.
I thought I would feel that way by now but I just don't.

Is there something wrong with me? 

I am happy with my life as it is. Sure, I would love to have my own home and have more money in a better job but with this job I can at least dedicate serious time to my craft business.
I have big plans for Wylde Embers. I am more excited about that than the thought of having a child! To me Wylde Embers Pyrography is like a newborn enfant. Something I want to nurture and grow. This year has been the play stage, gaining the knowledge and skills needed for pyrography and next year will be the growth of my business. That is what I really want to do.

I know many women are leaving it later to have a family but with that comes the risks and dangers. The later I leave it, the bigger the age gap between me and the baby.
I worry about it a lot but I can't let that be the reason to have a child! It has to be the very fibre of my being, what I want most in the world and right now... I don't feel that it is.

I know that my family are waiting for the grandchildren to come. I feel like I am letting them down as they are also are getting older and our family is getting smaller.
Again, I can not use that as an excuse to have something so important, so life changing, as a child!

Where am I going with this post? I don't know but it's thoughts and feelings that just needed to come out.

The next post will be about my 30th party and will be a lot more upbeat I promise.
Thanks if you have taken the time to read this.

Until next time!

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Busy, happy, sad times.


Sorry for being so neglectful of my blog of late but October came and went in a whirlwind of excitement and sadness.

Firstly on the 10th October my Grandma passed away. She was a lovely woman who I will miss deeply. My grandma loved her family and when I was younger she used to babysit me and come on family holidays.
I even made a documentary about her for my uni course work and with my Mum we looked after her so she was still in her own home right until the end.
It seems funny that I used just two paragraphs to sum up how I feel but words have been difficult to put down which is why it has been such a long time since her passing before I could write anything.
Gone, but always in my heart. <3

Also in October I went to several events. The first one was the Samhain Pagan future festivals in Bedford.
This was quite a small event and the best part was. I got to drum along with the pentacle drummers!

Celtic Moon at the Samhain pagan future fest!


The second event was the Samhain Faery ball and fair in Glastonbury.
We went up on the Friday to see Linda Ravenscroft in her beautiful shop on Glastonbury hight street before booking into the Travelodge.
The next morning we had breakfast with Breaca and Vandrake from Cetlic moon before meeting up with other circle members to shop in the faerie faire.
This year, because of everything which had been going on, I decided to purchase a very special item. A Fayble by the very talented sculptor Armorel Hamilton. www.armorelhamilton.com
I have drooled over her little fluffy creations for years and have wanted my own for a long time and I just decided to go for it.
So meet Marshall Binx the Pine Sprig!

He is wonderful and I called him Marshall in remembrance of my Grandma, who loved Marshmallows.
He is a one of a kind Fayble, fully poseable  and has a little bell on his tail. I absolutely love him! <3 nbsp="">

I also brought an axe head necklace from Terry English for Leon and a Elen pendant from fellow artist Laura Daligan.

In the afternoon we headed back to the Travelodge to get changed for the ball. This year I decided to go as a tribal fae warrior, complete with roe deer skull head dress, war paint and spear.
Faery warrior troupe! 


The nights entertainment was provided by the Dolemen and a wonderful band called Rapaljie. I have never seen a man in a kilt playing a bagpipe with a Helmet on fire and fire coming out of the instrument. It has to be seen to be believed!

The next day we went back into Glastonbury town to mooch around and spend more money before heading off to the Camelot inn for a hearty meal with the other members of Celtic Moon and friends. It was a lovely evening but we had to head off early to get home before the impending storm which had been forecasted.

Rather than go on the A303 the Sat Nav suggested the M4 route home. Of course this then meant we were travelling through the center of London of a very wet Sunday night. Luckily we got home safely and the storm didn't effect us too much.

On the 1st of November it was my friends Halloween party in Essex, so after work I went home, got ghoulishly dressed as Morticia Addams and Leon as Gomez Addams for a fun night of chatting, laughing and dancing.


Phew! What a busy time it has been!

Until next time!

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Pin-up photo shoot

A few weeks ago I decided to practice my pin up poses and do a photo shoot. Having a boyfriend who is also a photographer has it's perks!

First off I modelled my new dress by Hell bunny.  Have wanted this dress ever since I saw it in a shop in Edinburgh back in 2011 and I got it for a great price in a sale from online store Lady Luck Boutique! www.ladylucksboutique.com

Keijo couldn't help but pose with me too.
I absolutely love this dress and so glad it is finally mine!

I then got changed into the dress I got at the War and Peace show.
Keijo photo bombing again!

 I sent this photo in for a modelling competition for clothing company Voodoo Vixen but unfortunately I didn't win. :(

There are more photographs from the shoot but these were the only ones that have been edited so far.

I really enjoyed the shoot and hope to do another one soon!

Hair and make up by me.
Photos by LJS Digital Photography
Hibiscus Dress  and petticoat by Hell Bunny
Red dress by H and R.
Shoes from Deichmann