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Gracie Wheels Debut! Wartime in the Vale 2011

We took Gracie Wheels out on her first ever trip last weekend to Wartime in the Vale in Evesham. This was a great way to make sure she hadn’t got any major problems before The War and Peace Show in July.

She towed very well and looked fantastic in the sunshine, especially after we hung bunting out! She got quite a lot of interest as we were parked opposite the military vehicle exhibits!

Kitten von Mew outside Gracie Wheels at Wartime in the Vale 2011

The show seemed to be 3 times bigger than last year, with many more vehicles on show. DJ Woody was back with his awesome music, there was a much better dance floor, Fiona Harrison sang and I also did a singing set each day and debuted my new Carmen Mewanda act in the evening! It went down a storm and I am so glad I altered the act from a fan dance. I was really pleased with the way the costume came out too. It was the first time I had tried to make anything out of sinamay and I was proud of the results for the headdress. The costume itself looks fab but I put on weight since making it last year (I always lose so much weight after the busy season has finished and put it back on again in winter!), so had to alter it at the last minute.

Kitten von Mew's Carmen Mewanda Costume!

On the Saturday my parents joined us as they kindly brought the caravan. I think we would have more hope of a parrot on a bicycle towing Gracie than my little Picanto. They stayed and watched my singing set of which I had added 3 new songs to! I had a great time on stage and had 2 tiny tots running around by my feet throughout. I was on the dance floor so there was no real barrier between  me and the public. The little ones disappeared after a while and the baby girl came back in my last song with a huge bag of Quavers. She looked up at me, then sat down about 2 feet away. I thought ‘If you can’t beat em…’ and sat down with her whilst I sang We’ll Meet Again. It was so funny and dad took a gorgeous photo of us…

Kitten singing at Wartime in the Vale

I found a few bargains whilst we walked around including a pair of women’s mosquito gators dated 1945 for £3 of which I am currently wearing with a tweed skirt, a US Army jacket for Richard at £5 (believe it to be 50’s), a fabulous 1950’s swimsuit for £17 and a 1940’s black wool skirt for £7. Not too shabby huh?

Mr. Mew after my performance on the Saturday evening in the entertainment tent

About Kitten von Mew

Vintage pinup girl in Great Britain, singing at WWII events, vintage fairs and Blitz Balls with 1940's, 50's and Christmas classics. I also model for Heyday Online, Luxulite Jewellery and have been featured in many publications including Vintage Life, Daily Telegraph, WW2 Reenactors Magazine and more. My other interests include creating Steampunk hats and accessories, writing, being a mother to Betsy Boo, vintage fashion and flea markets! I run a none-profit crafter's group in Snitterfield every week to help combat loneliness, depression and more.

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