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Ice Bucket Challenge


Yup, I finally did it, in support of Macmillan Cancer Research. I nominated my 2 friends Trampy and Stephanie. I would say it is passing on the love, but I now know what this feels like! All those people who wimped out and just used tepid water…pfff…

War and Peace Revival 2014 Photos


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First World War Exhibit Entrance at War and Peace Revival 2014

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Always lots to gawp at!

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Some vintage stalls were just an old boar….

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This talented lady was crocheting berets. I bought the one she is just finishing here as it matched my Heyday coat!

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The civilian tent

Berlin Border Patrol!

Berlin Border Patrol!

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Hanging out with A Company in the reenactor’s field!

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You weren’t there maaaaan!

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German reenactment camp in the haze of a humid day

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poly-what?! David Burt outside the fabulous NAAFI Wagon!

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The Allo Allo cast! My darling Sue just after she has jumped up and down in greeting. I love the fact she recognises me each year, she is such a cutey!

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Mr & Mrs Mew plus shifty-eyed GI

Most of the War and Peace Revival Entertainment Crew! Swingtime Sweethearts, Scott Elvis, Adam Hoffman, Holly, Myself, Viv the Spiv, Luna Nightingale, Sincerely Yours, Peekaboos, our wonderful dancer friends and Rosy Apples

Most of the War and Peace Revival Entertainment Crew!
Swingtime Sweethearts, Scott Elvis, Adam Hoffman, Holly, Myself, Viv the Spiv, Luna Nightingale, Sincerely Yours, Peekaboos, our wonderful dancer friends and Rosy Apples

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Sincerely Yours and an adorable young follower

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Scott Elvis!

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Mr Mew modelling a rather dashing look in ridiculous heat…but the boy was determined.

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Forget Woody’s Roundup, this is Patton’s version!

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Just reading our favourite military magazine!

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Visiting my wonderful friends at their stall. I look slightly Suffragette-esque!

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The gorgeous Luna at the Heyday stall wearing her ‘Poppy Nipple Hat’

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The staff at the show are always so attentive! Lee Parker either proposing to Luna’s big toe or massaging her foot. I will let you decide the most attractive scenario.

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My new half and half act!

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Taking in the scenery with my darling General Patton

Kitten Von Mew in Military World Magazine Issue 10


As many of you know, I regularly write articles for the magazine, but issue 10 has a rather big surprise in the middle! Taken by Candee Photography and modelling the Heyday Mary Dress, this pinup poster is perfect for your reenactment camp and already has an aged look to it!

Kitten von Mew with Military World Mag Issue 10

Kitten von Mew with Issue 10 of Military World Magazine

Kent Online and War & Peace Revival Schedule


I came across this lovely article on ‘tinterweb’ tonight so thought I would share! I also wanted to let you know my performance schedule for the War and Peace Revival Show. This is liable to change, but should give you some sort of timings to aim for. There will always be someone on hand to ask in the Victory Marquee!

Victory Marquee

Wednesday – Adult evening performance, time TBA

Thursday – 2 daytime performances (Family Friendly)

Friday – Family friendly daytime performance and an adult evening performance (Time TBA)

Saturday – 1 daytime performance and 1 evening performance (as part of a “floorshow” cabaret with the John Miller Orchestra) – both Family Friendly. Around 3pm and 8.45pm

Sunday – Daytime family friendly performance, around 3pm

 

Jazz Club

Thursday – Live singing slot and burlesque performance from 11pm (time TBA)

Friday – Live singing slot from 11pm (time TBA)

 

I will also be doing picture and Military World Magazine signings, so make sure you collar me when you get the chance, because this will be one busy kitty!

 

See you all there!

 

 

Disguising Modern Items in your Vintage Home


There is nothing worse than creating a wonderfully authentic living room, only to plonk your big TV and computer on top of all your fine work. From bank statements to makeup, here are a few handy tips to discretely store your modern items in a sympathetic way to your vintage style!

The first is your television. Unless you have a tiny one in the wooden cabinet of a 40’s or 50’s model, this is usually out and proud; playing fisty-cuffs with your antique furnishings and snarling at your original lace doillies. Why not stash it away in a sideboard! It took me a while to find the right size admittedly. My first idea was to use a Tall Boy so that I had storage for the DVD player also, but it was far too small and now houses part of my DVD collection instead!

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Kitten von Mew’s Art Deco sideboard housing a TV

This Art Deco sideboard was bought at a carboot fair for £15 and as the inside wasn’t in a great condition, I had no worries in making a hole in the back board for the plugs and wires. I actually do not have a stand on this 28″ television set, it is resting on an old wooden drawer with no movement at all. The great thing is that you can shut it away when not in use and you wouldn’t know it was there at all! We also use it to play CD’s through the speakers, which is great when you don’t want the blue screen of the TV glaring at you! I stripped some of the dark varnish from the doors as it looked very dull and picked out the odd detail with gold paint. I recently painted the sunburst on the inside of the doors, which gives it more of a cinema feel when you are watching a film! We also store some of our more frequently watched DVD’s in a big vintage suitcase underneath the sideboard for easy access.

The second (and our favourite!) is the fishtank! Having aquired a 50’s wooden television cabinet, there were no gubbins and whatsits to tear out, which was fabulous. Our fishtank is actually larger than it looks in the set and sits on bricks so that we can pull away the cabinet easily for feeding and changing the water. By placing in WWII themed ornaments, it almost looks like you are watching a movie and keeps us transfixed for hours. Fish are wonderful pets for reenactors as they don’t need quite as much looking after as any other!

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Our 1952 television fish tank!

So what about paperwork, bills and unsorted mail? Well I am a huge fan of Manor Bindery who have everything from false book doors to lever arch files that look like antiquarian books! All handmade in the UK with amazing workmanship, you can just imagine a set of them on a bookshelf. Visit them at www.manorbindery.co.uk!

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Old book style lever arch files

And finally makeup and hair products. Before becoming a vintage model I had a brush and a black eyeliner pencil to my name. Now I could set up my own shop! I have found that a great way of storing such items is a sewing table with lift up lid or these Cream Metal Office Boxes from Dotcomgiftshop! Another great idea is a small vintage suitcase of which you could always stick a mirror inside. The brilliant thing about any of these is that you can have your suitcase, tin boxes or sewing table in your livingroom or bedroom and they wouldn’t look out of place!

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Vintage style storage tins from Dotcomgiftshop

Heyday Online’s New Spring Range for 2013!


It’s what sooooo many of us have been waiting for! Shona at Heyday Online has been working tirelessly to bring some new lines into her fabulous collection for 2013. PaPa Mew took some lovely shots in the garden and Candee Photography and I did a wonderful shoot just before Christmas. Mr Mew and I took some snaps this January for the men’s line too!

Here are some of the exciting styles that you could be wondering around War and Peace Revival in this year…and yes….the purple dress is THAT yummy…

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Kitten von Mew modelling Heyday’s 50’s dress. Taken by Candee Photography

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Kitten von Mew modelling Heyday Online’s 1950’s style dress. Taken by Candee Photography

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Heyday Online’s new 1940’s style dress modelled by Kitten von Mew. Photograph by Candee Photography

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Kitten von Mew modelling Heyday’s New long sleeved blouse. Taken by Malcolm Davis

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Kitten von Mew modelling new long sleeved blouse by Heyday Online! Taken by Malcolm Davis

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Heyday Online’s new pinstripe trousers, modelled by Richard von Mew. Photo by Kitten von Mew

So start saving up those ration stamps now and treat yourself to some incredible new trousers, blouses or dresses for this year’s events. Keep checking the Heyday website for new items!

The Craft Fair


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We had such a wonderful time at Warwickshire Exhibition Centre last Sunday! It was the first time I had been and I was very impressed with the space and creative table displays. It was hard not to get tempted by some of the goodies on the stalls as I was there to make money not spend it, but still treated myself to a lovely hand knitted top which was a ridiculously good deal.

Along with my pincushion cups and hair clips, Mr Mew had brought along a few of his handmade wooden toys and a couple of light boxes. We had also made some cute bird feeders which proved to be rather popular!

Mr Mew and his wooden Bi-Plane

As well as selling our beloved crafts, I also sang some Christmas tunes and vintage songs to get everyone in the mood. I nearly laughed out loud when the most adorable little tot you have ever seen started jigging around like a dashboard hula girl to Santa Claus is Coming to Town! It was quite chilly, but adrenaline kept me reasonably warm for the most part and only my toes seemed to suffer the feeling of loss of life. I wore a wonderful new dress that I am utterly thrilled with, but cannot reveal where I got it as of yet!

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Kitten von Mew singing at the Craft Fair, wearing a pincushion corsage from her stall

In the end I sold 2 pincushion cups (My favourite one (the rabbit in lettuce leaves) and a bird in a nest of pins, a pincushion shoe, 3 pincushion corsages and 3 bird feeders so not bad at all! Next up is a vintage and crafts fair at Hatton Park Hall THIS Sunday (9th Dec) where I will be singing and selling some of my vintage clothing collection! The fun never ends!

Vintage Style Christmas Gifts 2012


Modern Christmas Gifts for the Vintage Lover
By Kitten von Mew

My parents always seem to find my Birthday and Christmas gift buying a nail biting experience. Not being into the 1930’s and 40’s themselves, they are always worried about getting the wrong thing when it comes to antiquities. Luckily, vintage seems to be somewhat the fashion at the moment (huzzah!), meaning that modern shops often stock homeware and accessories fitting to our lifestyle.

I have decided to bring you a few ideas that may help when you are out of ideas and are fed up with ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ products!

First I bring you Royal London Watches. I met this company at War and Peace 2012 and saw their stunning timepieces for myself. They have a special line of WWII inspired watches, fitting for any civilian outfit and even one that would blend in perfectly for military! Waterproof, battery powered and with leather straps, they will certainly stand up to outdoor events, without letting you down in the style stakes. With ladies and gentleman’s watches, the main 2 greats are ref. 41109-01 and 41110-01 on their website.
Cost: Between £59.99 and £69.99 from www.royallondonwatches.co.uk

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Royal London Watch Company and Kitten von Mew at War and Peace 2012

Dotcomgiftshop has some fantastic vintage gifts for the home and garden. So many in fact that it took ages to narrow it down to 1 item! Luckily Candee Photography and I had done a photoshoot including their beautiful Birdcage Cloche Glass Cakestand. With a little bird handle on the domed cover, it is ideal for housing cupcakes, biscuits, cheese selections and more. Too pretty to keep hidden in a cupboard, this glass cakestand is an ideal Christmas gift for those who love to entertain!
Cost: £19.95 from www.dotcomgiftshop.com

Dotcomgiftshop Sugar Bowl with Kitten von Mew. Copyright Candee Piccies

Dotcomgiftshop Sugar Bowl with Kitten von Mew. Copyright Candee Piccies

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Glass Bird Bell Jar and Cake Stand from Dotcomgiftshop. Copyright Candee Piccies

The Wartime Farm House on the BBC has been a hugely successful and informative television series off the back of Edwardian Farm. The book that accompanies the series is full of farming history, wartime recipies, useful hints and tips for using herbs, making natural shampoo and even a footstep diagram of how to do the foxtrot. Beautifully laid out, this hardback book is a great addition to any 1940’s home.
Cost: Around £20 from www.wartimefarm.co.uk
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BBC Wartime Farm Book

Finally a fantastic Christmas gift for men, this is in fact the official Torchwood Dressing Gown from Find Me a Gift! Based on a WWII RAF Greatcoat, it features brass buttons, shoulder boards and 2 pockets. Made of 100% cotton towelling the bathrobe is a fantastic way to lounge around the home or trudging to the showers at WWII events! It fits men’s sizes medium to XL, but I am hell bent on having one of these myself, so the extra room will come in handy for stashing biscuits and hot water bottles… It is currently on pre-order and due in 26th November, so get your order in now in time for Christmas!
Cost: Around £49.99 from www.find-me-a-gift.co.uk

Torchwood Dressing Gown from Find Me a Gift

Torchwood Dressing Gown from Findmeagift.com

And for those who want to bring a little vintage into their Christmas decor, check out these gorgeous Union Jack paper chains too!

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Union Jack Paper Chains on our Christmas Tree!

 

Hazards In The/ In My Field


On a rather soggy weekend at Wartime in the Vale (June), Mother Nature slapped me round the face with the back of her gale-force hand and tested my hairspray and heels to the limit with rain. It then struck me how different and more prepared you have to be as an entertainer at WWII and other open air events.

Walking around as a visitor, you bask in the glory of vintage vehicles, reenactors, stalls and entertainers, but forget that those singers, dancers and models that enthrall their audiences aren’t effortlessly immaculate. They have to walk the same cobbled streets you walk, brace the same weather and still have to look as if they stepped out of a magazine or movie, no matter how boggy the fields.

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Lola Lamour in the rain, by kind donation of her good self (please do not use without her authorisation!)

I always love watching such performers as Lola Lamour, who (like me) is a complete devil for iconic 1940’s fashions, but to abandon her original snakeskin heels for a pair of wellies would degrade her star-like status and outfit. So we must hop, wobble, hobble and skip to dodge the hazards that may turn our nylons into “Goodbye, so long!”s and beloved pinup shoes from ‘irreplaceable’ to ‘untraceable’ under the mud. I stare enviously at those wearing military gear and warm boots, but am hell bent in wearing my lovely hats and 40’s dresses! Sure I could shelter in a tent for the entire event, but what would the fun in that be? I want to be out, meeting people, seeing things and buying bargains!

Portaloo’s can also be a strategical nightmare as you force your layered outfit into the confined space, dodge the floor of mass disruption (the glory of mud caught in the deep tread of boots), try and balance your handbag as you struggle with your straight-jacket underwear and test the endurance of the wall and door with many an accidental elbow ‘thwack’ as you try and rearrange your outfit again. You either exit looking as if you have been wrestling hippos in there or with an upturned nose and shudder. Classic signs of a girdle struggle is when you can hear the lady in question jumping up and down in the cubicle and she comes out all red faced and puffed out. I almost feel like waving a little flag and giving a cheer to those poor souls that survive the porta-hoopla.

Performing at field events can be the most tricky of all, especially if the changing room is in a completely different area. I say room, when this could actually be a tent depending on the event. I remember fondly getting ready in the back of the USO tent with just a gas lamp and tiny compact mirror; ducking and diving behind stacks of debris to change into my Burlesque outfits and praying that my pasties would be somewhat even…

My most recent event was a huge challenge because of the weather! Getting changed in a nice large mess hut was great, but then negotiating the journey back to the performance tent (where I would have to wait outside to make my entrance) in the mud and rain was a different story. I had decided to do my Pipe Dreams act, which is a gorgeous, sparkly WHITE costume (silly, silly kitten….), which would also showcase my new, spangle-tastic silver shoes from Johnson’s Originals (yes…I know…).

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Pipe Dreams being performed at War and Peace Show 2011 – Image by Mr Mew

As I hid beneath my ghillie ‘tobacco’ cloak and staggered towards the entrance of the tent, a rather lively German reenactor didnt realise I was creeping up behind him and gave me a prompt kick on the knee (He was performing an energetic Morecombe and Wise dance move that would have been impressive without the plastic beer glass in hand). As the mud gave me friendly pat on the back of my fishnets and greeted my NEW SHOES with as much enthusiasm, I suddenly realised that the front of my white panel skirt also now resembled a piece of used toilet paper and I hadn’t actually started my performance yet. So what happens in this sort of situation? Do you storm off like a big stroppy Diva? No, you ruddy well get on with the show and laugh it off. Yes there were swear words later and even a disgruntled huff with furrowed brow (I know, stand back when you see these signs), but those are the hazards you have to face when working in these environments. They still enjoyed the show and I fear most of the audience were more ‘moths to my light bulbs’ than my disgraced shoes, but that is all the better. More importantly the shoes are now clean and lovely again! Huzzah!

BBC’s Wartime Farm Book by Octopus Publishing


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Kitten in her kitchen reading Wartime Farm

This week a rather exciting parcel arrived on my doorstep from Octopus Publishing! If anyone was a fan of The Edwardian Farm series on the BBC, they will know that the latest is Wartime Farm, taking you through pre and wartime farming life. This wonderful parcel was the book to accompany the series.

Beautifully presented with lots of interesting photos, fact and recipes, the reader can learn all about farming in the war, the machinery and techniques, the Women’s Land Army and my favourite part…wartime recipes for food and Soapwort shampoo! There is a splendid section dedicated to country fashion, hairstyling (with instructions for Victory Rolls) and entertainment (You can learn the basic foxtrot with the footstep diagram!) and even about the wartime evacuees that descended on the countryside.

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Women’s Land Army Poster

It always shocked me how much food was rationed in WWII, but to see it in pictures really does bring it home when you see the size of a piece of cheese or lard that had to last your family a week. There is a chapter on preserving and drying meat and fruit with some fantastic and at other times baffling recipes with step by step instructions.

I will definitely be trying the elderflower cordial recipe and possibly the Baked Potato Pudding (A pastry base with raspberry jam, topped off with mashed suede and potato which is baked in the oven). Im not too sure about the mock marmalade which uses crab apples, but the Soapwort shampoo certainly sounds interesting and Ruth Goodman said it was the best she had ever used and was now converted to it!

BBC Wartime Farm Series

BBC Wartime Farm Series

If you are looking for Christmas gifts or perhaps an interesting coffee table book for fans of the TV series, you can get this stunning hardback book from the publishers, Amazon or other book retailers.