Friday, 25 December 2015

My Weekend up to Christmas

I have been busy over the last couple of weekends and wanted to post about it, I've been busy and haven't felt in like writing. 

During the festive season, I like to attend Christmas fairs and church fete, then again I like to visit any time of the year.  A couple of weekends ago I visited two in one afternoon the first was a Victorian Christmas fair and the second a medieval fair. My first port of call was to North Sheilds annual Victorian Market that is annual Christmas Festival; held in the town centre and people don Victorian clothing selling a variety of crafts, food and drinks. 


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On my way to the main event, I passed through the library where they were two women spinning fibres into wool and were offering demonstrations. That was incredible to watch how quickly the threads were spun into yarn. 

                                       
Unfortunately, the weather was atrocious it unexpectedly snowed and the conditions were extremely muddy, damp and freezing. I walked around on brought a necklace and an earring set from one of the vendors, I previously bought a garnet necklace from her before about ten years ago. This time, I purchase a black bead necklace with complementing earrings. I highly recommend her jewellery it's stylish and unique designs check the website out Sterling Crafts




Afterwards, I ended up at a small church fete, where I was persuaded to dress up and have a photo taken the nativity scene at the same time I was dressed in black with a PVC corset on which made look like Uriel the Archangel of Death rather than Gabriel. I donned a pair of fairy wings, fairy wand and a fuzzy white halo.


While I was bought some home made jams and a couple of knitted tree decorations. 




I also paid a visit the medieval Christmas fair and took photos I did stock up on mead and honey for the winter; I love mead. I was slightly disappointed in comparison to the Victorian market, still, at least, I checked it out. 

My outfit 

This was my first time I wore a corset all day but surprisingly I found it quite comfortable. My top its a charity shop find, skirt has brocade pattern I made and PVC underbust Burleska  




Thursday, 24 December 2015

My Christmas Eve

Hello, all of blogosphere it feels forever and a day since my last post, despite being approximately three weeks. A lot has happened as the days have rolled into one without any comprehension.  We're now approaching the night where St Nicholas showers us with presents. I don't want to discuss what's been going on apart from there's been a lot of rubbish going on.

This year, I've found it's been difficult to find the Christmas spirit and cheer, until about 10:33 this morning I had a euphoric epiphany of Christmas cheer and happiness surge through my body to my inner core intern lifting my spirits causing a sense of joy I haven't felt for a few weeks.  I haven't listened to many Christmas songs at the time I was listening to Chris de Burgh Spaceman, which always has a sentimental effect on me. 



After finishing work, I met up with the boyfriend at our local haunt Trills and had a few drinks while meeting up with a few friends I got slightly over excited and got far too tipsy after consuming too much  strawberry and lime Kopparberg cider, I decided I wanted to grab something to eat. 

Personally, there is something quite traditional about eating Chinese on Christmas Eve. We were quite fortuitous in finding a chinses which was a quiet yet pleasant. The boyfriend and I ordered from a set menu of chicken and sweet corn soup, crispy perking duck in pancakes, lemon chicken, beef in black been sauce and pork in sweet & sour sauce; for drinks I ordered Jasmine tea.



 During our meal, the boyfriend showed me a picture of his friends Christmas tree decorated with foxes, it resembled my upcycled Christmas tree. He posted a photo of my Christmas tree on facebook and people commented on how they loved it. Certainly makes a change as a lot of people have insulted it, but they entirely miss the point I have used to decor that is individual, unique and something that's made by crafters and small business owners rather than have a commercialised copy cat like everybody else. The important thing is I love my Chrismas tree. 

Afterwards, we went back to Trillians for more drinks, sadly, Trill's closed early.  So, I decided to look at Fenwick's Christmas window; Fenwick is a major department store, established since 1882, and every year they organise a Christmas display window was based on children fairy stories. Ever since being young, I love to see the windows as they bring back nostalgic memories.  This years window is about Santa delivering presents to the children in Newcastle. It features  some iconic buildings. 




I love this one with the reindeer in the  cloud made me laugh 





Wishings everybody a Merry Christmas 


Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Up-cycled Christmas Tree



The days are counting down until Christmas comes, and in the Geordie Goth's household, the Christmas Spirit and preparations are non-existing, well slightly non-existing in comparison to last year.  

Last year,  the boyfriend celebrated, and I celebrated our first Christmas and spent minimal effort, we mainly exchanged gifts and a catastrophic Christmas meal. 

Last year, we had no Christmas decor, but this year we have upcycled my Halloween tree into our Christmas tree with a few additions. The boyfriend surprisingly bought some Christmas lights from Poundland, a pack of stars and colourful lights that are battery powered. 

Pictures from the Poundland website. My Starlights are blue but a pound I can't complain, as they add a bit Christmas sparkle to my tree I am happy. 




 also made some Christmas salt dough decor and decorated it. A couple Christmas wooden decor I bought from the Germany and a stained glass mistletoe I brought from a Christmas fair. It looks quite decent, and I am very happy with it.



















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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Bensham Grove Christmas fair

Today was a pleasant afternoon out of with the boyfriend, despite the harsh winds blowing, that the North of England is presently experiencing. After making the boyfriend's wake-up potion, consisting of dark rich cocoa powder, Carte Noir coffee and a dash of bovine milk, essential for any nocturnal creature to awake. We venture to a Christmas fair, and afterwards to the Cluny's Beer and cider festival to part take in the merriness of the holidays.

The Christmas fair was held at Bensham Grove, a delightful and charming two-hundred-year-old Quaker Cottage,  a hidden gem of Gateshead. Bensham Grove is a community hub that host arrange of adult learning courses, support groups, interest groups, toddler and services for over ninety years.

The house was built by Joshua Watson a Cheese Monger, who built the country house situated in rural countryside allowing for a healthy lifestyle for his family.Over the years the house continued to thrive and expand over the generations, the family continued residing there until 1919.

After the death of Robert Spence Watson wife's Elizabeth, the house became an Educational settlement centre. The family established a trust to instrument educational courses. Lettice Jowitt, one of the main wardens, opened the home where people rented a room and space. Jowitt worked with the Gateshead Medical Health Officer to establish A Mother and Child Welfare Clinic that also included Midwives and Health Visitors. The Health visitors visited the local community and offered to train mothers, who lacked knowledge of child care, this lead to creating a network and helped to establish the North East's first Nursery School.










A lot of Benshams Grove values, beliefs and services have been inspired by the Quaker principles. There has a rich history of arts and crafts as the house was opened to Pre-Raphaelite painters and William Morris, concededly the house even contains Morris's fireplaces and stained glass. 

The house has always adopted a tolerance and respect for Multiculturalism through Quaker beliefs remained to this day as the centre welcomes everybody. It was inspired by Joseph Watson the second generation to reside at the residence believed in the ablation of Slavery and often invited fugitive slaves including William Wells Brown and Frederick Douglas. 

The centre has always promoted and believed in education from all walks of which is still being carried on to this day with the venue hosting Adult learning courses and supporting disabled students. Robert Spence Watson, third generation, believed in Education should be open to the working class, and he provided urchins with cleaning materials to shine shoes as a way of providing an income.

Infomation from www.benshamgrove.org.uk

Pictures from The Bensham Grove Facebook account 

Bensham Grove held the Christmas fair as a way to raise vital funds for so many public services has been offloaded through cuts to local authority funding. I wanted to show my support by attending the event. The centre is where I attend my sewing class, and my sewing tutor informed the group of the event. Bensham Grove was an ideal place to hold a Christmas fair as in the spirit of the arts and crafts movements the vendor were local crafter selling their handmade and unique craft. 

I thought they would be a larger turnout of vendors; still there were reasonable numbers of selling various goodies. However, there was a good turnout from the local community and users of the centre showing their support. Also, many of the stall vendors were offering workshops on trying out different crafts including card making, jewellery and even some proggy mat making. 

One of the vendors at the fair was Sam one of the lasses who attends the sewing group. Sam runs Pikku Panda Designs designs and make bespoke jewellery and decorations out of perspex plastic and engraves personalised designs by laser cutting. I even commissioned a necklace myself, I fell in love with one of Sam's design and donned. I fell in love with the necklace instantly,  it was amazing to see the final product; I opted for a sparkly black perspex engraved with a design similar the image of an atom. The design makes me think I'm looking at a picture of stars. Sam offered me a choice of chains, but I opted for a 40-inch chain that adds to the ethereal hippy look I like. I even bought a pair of butterfly's earrings or the boyfriend bought a pair for me.  


   




I highy recommend to check out her FB page Pikku Panda Designs

I even bought a couple of items a stained glass mistletoe that was perfect for decorating my upcycled Halloween tree and a homemade candle.





P.s, I apologise for not taking more photographs 

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