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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 37,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


Military World Magazine and Militaria Show

Kitten von Mew on the cover of Military World. Photo by Malcolm Davis

get your copy signed at the Militaria on 2nd of February!

Remembrance Sunday 2013 – Singing at the Model Boat Show


Singing at the Model Boat Show, Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on Remembrance Sunday

You may be forgiven for thinking that the gentleman to the right is controlling me, but I SWEAR to you, there is a pool full of RC boats right in front of me…

I had a wonderful time at the show and saw some incredible model boats made from scratch and kits. I have to confess though, I am always more interested in the detailing; such as making things look old and rusty, or the little people that help scale the model. So as well as a video of one of my songs, I am posting some images I took. I am love with my macro lens, can you tell? Thank you to everyone who listened in the crowd and over the tannoy speakers, the well wishers and organisers that made me feel so welcome. Singing White Cliffs of Dover straight after the 2 minute silence was the most moving, nerve wracking and poignant thing I have done this year.

model boat show

King George and his chum take out the boat for a spin after purchasing some splendid new lace curtains…

warwickshire exhibition centre model boat show

model boat miniature people

It was only when he replaced his cap that he felt the pink blancmange start to ooze down his neck…

military model ship

scale model people

The twins take in the scenery…

model boat exhibition

funny miniature people

Murder! Murder!

warwickshie exhibition centre model boats

ww2 miniature soldiers

…and suddenly the zombie soldiers were everywhere…

model navy ship

Helen & Dai’s Medieval Wedding

My gorgeous friends H P Saucy and Dai got married at St Mawes Castle in Cornwall, late September. The theme was a Merlin/ Game of Thrones/ Medieval affair! I helped Helen with her styling, did her hair and makeup and also made Dai’s doublet! It was my first time making anything medieval and managed to make my own dress and matching bag AND Mr Moo’s Richard the Lionheart outfit too. Here are a few photos of the beautiful day… I know, don’t I look different?!

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Helen and Dai!

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St. Mawes Castle in Cornwall – The wedding venue!


Our outfits. I made my gown from crushed velvet and stiff silk with a woven pattern.
I made Richard’s ‘chainmail’ cowel, which I knitted, rolled with silver paint and then finished by painting an antique gold line around the rim. The tunic is hand painted crushed velvet.


Game of Thrones inspired wedding outfits. You can just see the doublet I made from heavy duty cotton velvet with hand sewn brass findings and purple velvet ribbon. I also applied embroidered appliques to Helen’s gold and a gold belt with matching arm ribbon.
Dai’s cloak is a 1930’s opera cloak (velvet) with a vintage fox fur.
This is reminiscent of a Merlin character’s cloak.



I know, too adorable right?


My stone! Helen’s Ma collected heart shaped stones from Cornwall beaches and then Dai painted them all with people’s names. What a wonderful token of their day!




Competition Time!!!

Well I guess it is about time! The winner will receive an Ammo Lunch Box, a Grenade Mug and 4 Grenade Egg Cups! The perfect set for any military or WW2 enthusiast! All you have to do is subscribe to my blog,then email me at telling me why you are so deserving of the prize…the funnier the better! I will pick and publish the winner and their email on 11th October! So get friends and family involved to win this explosive prize!!!

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…


Crich Tramway detail photos


Posing with a lovely vintage car!


Some detail shots of one of the beautifully restored trams


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


Interior detail of one of the double decker trams


Some of the lovely folk in their civvies

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‘George Formby’ entertaining the crowds at Crich


The new Blackpool tram at the museum


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




Get your Kitten Pinup Posters!


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