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Crich Tramway Museum 1940’s Weekender


For those who have yet to go to this show…you must! Nestled in an old quarry mine, this open air museum hosts tram sheds, a gorgeous Victorian pub, old buildings and trams from all over the country. On entry you are given an old penny that is used to ‘buy’ your ticket on any tram you please and this ticket can be used again and again.

There is always some great entertainment at the show including singers, spivs and a wonderful parade of vehicles too. You will also fine a good handful of vintage stalls offering clothing and housewares, which I always head to first!

I did not take many pictures this year as nowt has changed. I think the most exciting difference was the addition of an open top Blackpool tram with strings of lights. It almost looked like a boat on rails!

Crich Tramway also has a lovely woodland trail for those not wearing heels.

Here are some photos for you…

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Crich Tramway detail photos

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Posing with a lovely vintage car!

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Some detail shots of one of the beautifully restored trams

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A candid shot of some soldier in a Willy’s Jeep in the parade

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Interior detail of one of the double decker trams

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Some of the lovely folk in their civvies

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‘George Formby’ entertaining the crowds at Crich

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The new Blackpool tram at the museum

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I may or may not have been a bit over-tired and in a silly mood when having this taken…

 

 

 

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Festival of Quilts 2013


On 10th August I went to the Festival of Quilts with my family at the NEC in Birmingham. I have a fondness of quilts, purely through the fascination of memory quilts and for sentimental reasons; one that used to be on my bed at Grandad’s house. This is one craft I would not be any good at. Following a strict pattern and everything needing to be just-so, my techniques are more organic and I prefer to just dabble and go with the flow as opposed to be regimental with my methods.

The amount of work that went into these gorgeous pieces was astounding and the creativity truly brilliant. It wasn’t all hexagons and bowties either. People experimented greatly with different mediums, painting, embroidering words and taking modern approaches to a traditional craft.

I imagined a chocolate box image of women working at their little Singer sewing machines on an evening, listening to the radio and nibbling on biscuits whilst muttering distastefully at the sex scenes on The Archers…but oh how times have changed! I was gobsmacked to see huge embroidery machines that could work on a king size quilt and embroider swirls and feather designs with ease. This somehow put a dampener on my view of the quilts as I expected them all to be worked on differently to this, but I supposed with the size of these things it would have taken many more years to complete without such tools.

Here are some photos I snapped on my phone before the battery died. Impressive works indeed!

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Swirl quilt made from tiny hexagonal pieces

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Bee quilt!

flower circle quilt

One of my favourites. Beautiful flower like circles with beading, buttons and great colours!

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Poppy quilt with a wonderful burst of sunshine.

swirl quilt

How incredible is this? Can you imagine drafting this as a pattern?!

sea life quilt

Great use of patterned fabrics in this sea life quilt.

man quilt

A modern interpretation of quilting and a very effective one too!

necktie quilt

A quilt made entirely of neckties!

landscape quilt

A stunning landscape, I cannot stop looking at this one

Get your Kitten Pinup Posters!


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Kitten von Mew, Cowgirl Calendar Cutie act

I have 2 styles of Cowgirl Calendar Cutie Posters available! One is an over 18’s (above) and the other is a family friendly (I am wearing a bra). These will be available at my events apart from Goodwood Revival for £6 and are beautifully printed on lightweight A3 card. It is the perfect addition to a reenactment camp or can be framed as an art print!

This and my new act dedicated to Terry Elliot who has been fantastic to work with these past 7 years and my fabulous supporters in the USA, not to mention Don and Steph!

Get yours at Military Flying Machine’s Show, Essex this weekend, just hunt me down! x

New Dates added!


Check out my performance dates page for new Burlesque and singing dates!