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CANCELLED EVENT: Malmesbury Blitz Ball this Saturday!


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Malmesbury Town Council are creating a wonderful 1940’s dance at the town hall to help raise funds for one of my favourite charities – Help For Heroes this Saturday (5th May)!

I will be joined by the D Day Darlings, the Royal Air Force Red White a Blues (by fabulous permission of the Air Force Defence Council) and the JB Jazz and Blues Band!

All this live entertainment (and yes I will be doing my RAF Fan Dance!) AND food rations only costs £35 a ticket with some of the cost going to charity.

Put on your glad rags and dance the night away, catch up with reenactor friends before our hectic events calendar starts and enjoy some amazing music and this wonderful location!

For more information…

Phone: Louise Arkley on 01666 822143
Email: louise.arkley@malmesbury.gov.uk

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Meet and Greet and Lemurs (oh my!)


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On Saturday last I was asked to do a meet and greet in my Mewy Antoinette and Songbird outfits for a fabulously Burlesque-Rococo Birthday party in a rather swish part of London. This camp and classy bash was held in a gorgeously elegant house with the best paintings I have ever seen and the most beautiful Rococo tapestry chairs. Argh. Gorgeous….

Annnnnyway. I got into my Mewy Antoinette corset and thanks to the weight gain, my ‘hubba hubba boom booms’ have inflated themselves enough to create a classic heaving bosom worthy of any 1970’s romance novel. Unfortunately Mr. Mew was banished to the dressing room and I only had the company of the hired clown and his Lemur, so was unable to recreate such passionate book covers.

It didn’t take long for me to become completely obsessed with Curtis, the 20 year old Lemur, people watching on Mr. Anon Clown’s shoulder.  His rabbit-like fur, beautifully large eyes and passion for dried cranberries…all I needed was the ‘GSOH’ and a date between us may have gone surprisingly well if I were not about to be wed.

I asked Mr. Clown whether I may have a photo of Curtis on my shoulder and before he could say “He doesn’t really like sitting on strangers”, the Lemur coolly walked onto his new perch and placed a territorial paw upon my chest (much like Brian Blessed planting his flag on the peak of Everest). And there Curtis stayed for an hour as we welcomed guests into the party wearing anything from a dinner suit to just the suit jacket. Some people noticed my furry parrot and others completely missed him and jumped when they realised they were stood next to a ‘wild animal.’ A lot of people thought poor Curtis was a monkey, which I liked to the fact some people think Canadians are American.

At 9.45 I changed into my Songbird costume, complete with pasties, to work the room, packed with gorgeous bodies of varied sexual preferences, these gorgeously groomed men and women were a sheer delight to prance around with and speak too; even the Birthday boy’s mother let her guard down and asked me to twirl my tassels!

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Handmade Boudoir Dolls – Mae Day


I have always longed for a vintage boudoir doll. Some people find them deeply disturbing and something of horror films, but I find most rather charming and even the smoking bed dolls make me smile. It is something about dolls made for grown women that makes the fact I still have my teddy bear seem acceptable…

Anyway, because of the price of the nicest examples of boudoir doll, I decided to try making my own. I adapted a pattern I found online for the limbs and torso, creating the alien-like body from felt.

I had great fun doing the face and used a doll face mould and cotton wool pads dipped in watered down PVA glue! Once dried I painted with acrylics. The texture of the cotton wool pads has given the face a wonderfully old look. I didn’t want this doll to look brand spanking new, I much preferred a more ‘look what I just found in this old attic trunk!’ look.

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Creating the limbs and sticking on the face of the Mae Day. I later shortened the neck a little! Photo by Kitten von Mew

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2 Boudoir Doll faces I created and painted. The 2nd one will be used for a wedding themed doll! Photo By Kitten von Mew

I originally wanted her to be lounging in lingerie and a Chinese silk robe, but unfortunately we mislaid the bag of silk remnants! I managed to create some French knickers out of two tone silk with old lace trim and a bra top to match. Because these dolls have iconically long limbs, she looked a little disturbing with no hair and more like something from Close Encounters as opposed to Brief Encounter.

After checking my scrap fabrics, I came across an old dress of my sisters with a great crochet overlay and tassels, which lent itself beautifully as a flapper dress! I used an uphostery tassel and beaded trip as decoration and made a long necklace out of some 1930’s and 50’s beads I had lying around. The choker is the clasp from a pearl necklace that exploded a few years back.

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Taken by Kitten von Mew

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Taken by Kitten von Mew

The stockings are made from one of my own seamed nylons that laddered and look aged and tattered as if she has been dancing all weekend!

The hair made all the difference and is beautifully soft alpaca!

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Taken by Kitten von Mew

As a finishing touch I made her leather shoes from a sample swatch and a couple of antique pearl beads.

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My Boudoir Doll Shoes made out of leather swatches. Taken by Kitten von Mew

Her hair is slightly more ‘poofy’ than I originally wanted, but as my first try, I am very proud of her!

She reminds me of Virginia from the 1971 Upstairs Downstairs. What was it with 1970’s period dramas where they would sneak in the bouffant hair do wherever they could get away with it?!

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Upstairs Downstairs 1971

Mad Hatters Hen Party Photos!


Kitten von Mew as Alice in Wonderland with her felt fascinatorKitten von Mew by Candee Photography

 

On Saturday I had my amazing hen party! We arranged it at Candee’s house and she, Becky and I transformed the living room into an enchanted woodland for the occasion.

Livingroom decor for the Mad Hatters Tea Party!

Mad Hatters Tea Party Decor photographed by Candee Photography

Candee’s partner Jacob did an amazing job making cupcakes and coconut macaroons. You would have thought he had a cottage industry going with the amount he managed to make. I felt like swimming through them like Scrooge McDuck and his room of gold coins…

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Jacob icing cupcakes taken by Kitten von Mew

Becky made 4 incredible floor cushions in the shape of leafy hillocks. I nicknamed them ‘My humps, my humps, my leafy fleecy lumps!’ and each had a little ladybird button on it and wonderful detailing. I was amazingly impressed with her craft skills. She also made a huge bag of red tissue roses to adorn the front hedges!

John from The Cake Gallery made the most incredible looking and tasting cake you have ever seen. He made a little version of me, lounging in a sexy Alice costume on a Chaise Lounge! I have never had a professional cake made for me before and this is the best one I have ever clapped eyes or teeth onto! You have to see this guy’s creations, they are brilliant!

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Kitten von Mew Cake by John at The Cake Gallery! Taken by Candee Photography

 

Candee did a brilliant job with ordering bits of decor, organising everyone and making the beautiful invites. Each one had a letter from the Mad Hatter and March Hare and was tied with a ribbon and little brass key! I wore the ribbon and key around my wrist at the party!

I made some chocolate and strawberry swirl Angel Delights and banoffee pies served in china cups and saucers, some talking flowers and a tiny door with the help of Mr. Mew! I hand painted wood grain on the front, a keyhole and bunny shape and then aged it. We were so pleased with the finished article and it was suspended on the front door as people entered.

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Talking Flowers by Kitten von Mew photo taken by KvM

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Fairy Door made by Richard and Kitten. Photo by Kitten von Mew

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Kitten von Mew and the ALice in Wonderland Door made by Mr. Moo and herself. Photo by Candee Photography

 

Becky decided to come as the Cheshire Cat…leaving her smile everywhere…Candee had the most amazing Mad Hatter costume and makeup I have ever seen in my life, Jacob was King of Hearts and I was Alice!

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Kitten and the Cheshire Cat! Photo by Candee Photography

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Candee as the Mad Hatter! Taken by Jacob

I made myself a fascinator in the shape of a cup and saucer with a real spoon sticking out the top and Mama and wide brimmed rose hat with a Rocking Horse Fly stuck to it! She looked like an Edwardian lady and would have fitted right in at Ascot…

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Kitten von Mew and her Mama modelling the Rose Hat! Taken by Candee Photography

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Back of the Rose Hat. Taken by Candee Photography

Shona van Beers of Heyday Online made the perfect Queen of Hearts and screamed the place down at regular intervals with “WHERE ARE MY TWO FAT BOYS?!” and “OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!” She made me laugh so much, it was hilarious!

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Shona as Queen of Hearts! Taken by Candee Photography

 

My 2 friends ‘the Helen’s’ came as Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee with matching bowler hats, braces and black trousers and shirts, Flick came as a Steampunk White Rabbit, Joanna had a fantastic costume with playing cards sewn onto it and my darling Kate was her usual gorgeous self, all the way from Manchester.

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Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee enjoying Tweedle Tea...and me! Taken by Candee Photography


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Joanna and Flick puckering up. Taken by Candee Photography

 

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'The Bunny' Kate and Kitten reunited! Taken by Candee Photography

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Jacob and Candee's cat wondering why there is all this food and non of it is on his plate...

So a HUGE thank you to everyone who made this day so fantastic. I had a brilliant time and you were all amazing!

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Episode 12


For those who didn’t get to watch it, I got a ‘good airing’ with Katherine Higgins yesterday! Although they didn’t use the singing clips (wow…NOT a good hint huh?!) or me pulling out my money from the bra, there was a short clip of my fan dance before we got down to the deal.

On a plus note, the 3 pairs of stocking I bought ended up being 4 pairs! The pink packaging holds 2 pairs with a little motif on the ankle, so a definite bonus. Very pleased that my money is off to a good charity and the experience was well worth it.

Below are a few screen shots of the programme and you have 6 days to watch it here.

Kitten von Mew on Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Episode 12

Performing for Katherine Higgins!

Negotiating a price for the vintage stockings

Katherine Higgins wearing my Pincushion Corsage!

Blowing kisses with our fans!

TRAIN OF EVENTS SPECIAL OFFER FOR KITTEN VON MEW FANS!


The wonderful people at Train of Events have created a special offer for my fabulous followers for The Berliner trip!

This incredible jouney includes…

11th May – A special evening at RAF Gatow including entertainment by myself, a live band and the Black Kilts Pipe Band, and original Candy Bomber Pilot as guest of honour, BBQ and procession of vintage vehicles (and a display of 100’s more!) and the grand unveiling of the ex-Royal Australian Air Force Dakota on the Friday evening

12th May – An excursion to Devil’s Mountain on the Saturday (A 390ft hill made of the rubble from the Berlin Blitz, which was dumped on top of the partially built Hitlers Elite Academy and multi storey bunker). On top of the hill sits the abandoned remains of the American National Security Agency Listening Post and a great view of East Berlin.

13th May – Sunday on The Berliner military steam train with breakfast, recreation of the Marienborn Parade at Marienborn Station and a high profile media event with Major Generals and Lower Saxony at the Grenz Museum!

This would usually cost £215, but you my dears will get to do it all for only £120!!!

The price excludes hotels and flights, but there are cheap flights that we came across for under £100 return and if you don’t fancy a hotel, there will be camping available at RAF Gatow with other reenactors and displays! If you are interested in camping then please contact Train of Events to discuss on 07982 786 529.

Below you will find more information about this amazing trip. It will be lovely to see you all there and some historical photo opportunities too!

British Militay Train Journey to Berlin with Special Offer for Kitten von Mew Fans!

Train of Events Special Offer Page 1

 

The Berliner Special Offer Page 2

The Berliner Military Steam Train Information

Train of Events Cold War Weekend Booking Information

Enchanted Burlesque – Believe


Kitten von Mew, Enchanted Burlesque 2012

On 31st March I performed at Enchanted Burlesque at The Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham. The theatre itself is lovely and the staff are incredibly helpful. I was able to pick my lighting colours and sound check with ease!

Mr. Mew and a stage hand helped me erect my giant birdcage and then I had a chance to meet up with Angel, James, Courtney Blush and Romany before getting ready.

I had a super time and performed my Songbird act and Carmen Mewanda. The stage got a little slippy because of glitter, but these things happen when there is so much glamour in one building!

I had a real giggle with Romany and her magic acts were hilarious. I also really enjoyed Satine Di Monte’s act, which featured her dance partner and silk fan veils. Absolutely stunning! I missed Bam Bam Blue’s unicorn act, which was mortifying as I longed to see it, but hopefully the Enchanted Burlesque videos will be available on You Tube, so I can watch it then!

Mr Mew and I being silly in the dressing room