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Pompadour Roll Hair Tutorial


I thought after my last post that I’d do a quick video to show you how to do the front roll. As you can see, it only took a few minutes and that was with Betsy charging about! I have also incorporated some super-quick victory rolls in the second half, but I have a video dedicated to these on YouTube.

Apologies for it being in 2 halves, someone tried to call me half way through and it stops the video.

Retro Hairstyle using Sponge Rings!


Hello!

I’m a huge fan of these sponge rings. From beehives to Bride of Frankenstein, pompadours to Princess Leia buns, they are so useful!

I have a small one that I have cut in half to use for front rolls, which look super with rockabilly, pachuca or 40’s styles. I’ve added a bun at the back this time as my friend was asking how to use one. 

So here is a quick photo tutorial. I hope it makes sense, please post questions if not!

For the bun…

Put your hair into a ponytail. It can be at the side, high up or at the base

Place the bun ring over it so your ponytail comes out of the centre. Fan the hair out to cover the sponge all the way around. I just use my fingers to figure out which bits aren’t covered. 

Next put another hair band over the top, so you have a bun with straggly ends all the way around.

Tidy these ends with hair pins around the base of the bun.


For the front roll…

This takes a bit of practise, but is really effective. I have by bangs cut shorter, but I can still roll these up with the rest of my hair. This is where the cut sponge ring comes in. 

Take the front section of hair (I usually do a triangle from the top of my head to the sides, but you can also do a side one of these which looks awesome) and start rolling it around the sponge. Try to spread the hair out as you go to cover the length of the sponge.

Once you have reached the top, curve it into a half oval and pin the hell out of it. I usually have to tidy up the 2 ends and sometimes find it impossibly on a bad hair day. This can be remidied with a scarf, flowers or victory rolls!


So there you have it, a vintage hair tutorial that can be used in so many different ways! 

Black Country Museum WW2 Weekend


I am soooooo sorry that this post (and others coming) is crazily delayed. To put it bluntly, I not only have my computer in a rather nippy brick shed, but little Betsy likes to come in here and throw my crafting things around. It takes me a good hour to edit photos before even attempting a post, and that is if Richard is here to look after her!

So I thought I would go through my camera card to see what delights we had in 2016 and this was one of them. I have been to the Black Country Museum several times, but never to one of their wartime events. The open air museum is a huge expanse and is also linked to the waterways. Some of you may recognise parts from Peaky Blinders, which used it as a set!

Workshop BCM

Workshop

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Mock fire in the main street. It did make me chuckle howt hey had to aim the water at the brick wall, but it was a nicely done reenactment

You can take a really great tour on the barges through the limestone tunnels that were important networks for the iron industry in the 19th and 20th century. It is an extra fee, but seriously worth it and a nice sit down after all the walking.

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Inside the limestone tunnels

Richard and Betsy

Richard and Betsy

Kitten and Betsy on the Barge

Kitten and Betsy on the Barge

Barge Trip on Dudley Canal

Barge Trip on Dudley Canal

It was lovely seeing the place themed to wartime and the amount of people dressed up in civilian and military! There was a little Land Army set up in a garden, plenty of fabulous vintage vehicles, the old fun fair (extra charges again), a mock house fire in the main street, Churchill making appearances and some vintage stalls. We found the best clothing was in the brick buildings as you enter the museum! The school house had a very interesting exhibit of original clothing and brooches that I was swooning over for a rather long time…

ww2 Women's clothing exhibit

Women’s clothing exhibit

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The Children’s Clothing Display

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Brooches and Pins Display

Live music was scheduled throughout the day, but unfortunately we were too busy walking around to see any of it. BE WARNED! There is an awful lot of walking, so if you have young children, prams, high heels, this can get rather tiring. The ground is uneven or stony in many areas. Things are very spaced out, so be prepared. Also, one thing to point out is that by the coal mine, there is a lot of coal gravel. Betsy enjoyed picking these up and her shoes (and Richard’s white trousers) got covered in coal dust. Not a major thing, but just a heads-up to parents.

We had a wonderful day and I think Betsy enjoyed the strange sights and sounds too. There is a little park area that she could toddle about in and she didn’t cry once in the darkness of the canal tours. There are plenty of places to eat and we chose the restaurant after the barge ride. It serves hot and cold food and we ate a little early to avoid the huge lunchtime crowds! So here are a few photos of our lovely day. Maybe you could go this year!

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Williams Motors motorcycle helmet

Williams Motors motorcycle helmet

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Land Army

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Wearing a 1930’s dress coat, 1940’s crepe dress, original hat and handbag.

Kitten and Soldier

This wonderful chap interviewed me at Severn Valley Railway 10 years ago!

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Having a natter

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Churchill needs longer trousers…

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Remembrance 2016


Usually I perform at Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, but this year I am raising money for the Royal British Legion by singing at Tesco Stratford upon Avon today (Saturday) at 11.15am and then at Snitterfield Village Hall at around 12.30 on Sunday. 

Please come along and show your support and drop a few pennies into the WW2 helmet as you pass! The Stratford Herald should be popping along to Tesco too!

Q20 Goodwood Revival Video


Q20 made a fab little video of the Goidwood Revival entertainment this year! Check it out!

https://vimeo.com/184835448?ref=em-share

Daily Mail Article


Click here to read the article.

Ah yes, another corker of an article released today about our lifestyle; full of misquotes and fabrications to make us look weird. Always take this type of thing with a pinch of salt and a smirk! 

Apparently we eat like they did in the Blitz (you know…powdered egg, rationed bacon, spam, pizza, tiramisu, korma…)

Betsy’s Bing and Peppa Pig toys are from an ‘erstwhile age.’

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Oh and of course Betsy loves the wartime classics (?!), like this fairies book from 1950 for instance (blatantly on the front cover)…

The grammar is impeccable…if you aren’t fussed about punctuation and sentences making sense…

This wonderful image below was used in the article and not credited. It was taken by the talented Candee Photography!

As you can see from part of this email, I previously contacted the company about misquotes and other info. Some of it was taken onboard… I mean, they corrected my name.

Finally, thank you to Koray Erol the photographer. He did a great job on the day!

Remembrance Sunday


I am actually free on this date, after many years performing at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre. If anyone needs a daytime 1940’s singer in the local area  (Stratford upon Avon, Warwick, Leamington Spa, Birmingham, Evesham)  for Remembrance services or after service events then please get in touch.