It’s been a while……
Wow doesn’t time just fly by.
It’s been a manic year with house moves, a new job, knee surgery & now a fractured hand but I am back & I promise to share all my new adventures with you.
The fantastic setting of Morecambe’s seafront provided the backdrop that was transformed into a multi-venue playground where, visitors learned the dances’, took in specially curated live performances, listened to exclusive DJ sets, enjoyed evocative fashion, brilliantly conceived food and cocktails, ogled over beautiful vintage vehicles or took advantage of the decade specific hair and beauty makeovers and all the wonderful vintage shopping that was on offer.
The next ‘A Splendid Day Out’ is due to be held on 9th and 10th October 2015 at the Platform in Morecambe.
There will be Friday night entertainment (still TBC) followed by a Steampunk Market and entertainment on the Saturday. For further details visit http://asplendiddayout.com/new-dates-9th-10th-october-2015/
In the meantime – here are some pictures from the last event held in May.
Fine glass paperweights are widely produced, collected, and appreciated as works of art and are often exhibited in museums. They are made entirely of glass by sole artisans, or factories, usually in limited editions. They first began to be produced, especially in France, in about 1845, but began a sustained revival and rise in popularity in the middle of the twentieth century.
Visible flaws, such as bubbles, striations and scratches will affect the value. Glass should not have a yellow or greenish cast, and there should be no unintentional asymmetries, or unevenly spaced or broken elements. Generally, larger weights are more costly and desirable. In a modern piece, an identifying mark and date are imperative.
Types of glass paperweight:
Collectors may specialize in one of several types of paperweights, but more often they wind up with an eclectic mix.
Millefiori (Italian-thousand flowers) paperweights contain thin cross-sections of cylindrical composite canes made from coloured rods and usually resemble little flowers, although they can be designed after anything, even letters and dates.
Lampwork paperweights have objects such as flowers, fruit, butterflies or animals constructed by shaping and working bits of coloured glass with a gas burner or torch and assembling them into attractive compositions, which are then incorporated into the dome. This is a form particularly favored by studio artists. The objects are often stylized, but may be highly realistic.
Sulfide paperweights have an encased cameo-like medallion or portrait plaque made from a special ceramic that is able to reproduce very fine detail. They often are produced to commemorate some person or event.
Swirl paperweights have opaque rods of two or three colours radiating like a pinwheel from a central millefiori floret. A similar style, the marbrie, is a millefiori containing weight that has several bands of color close to the surface that descend from the apex in a looping pattern to the bottom of the weight.
Today you can find a variety of paperweights at flea markets, or car boot sales, but if you are looking for really old or valuable paperweights to add to your collection then most of these would be found in private sales, auction houses, or through dealers.
Collecting glass paperweights can become an investment opportunity if you fancy. However if you do decide to invest in older or more collectable pieces then make sure you are dealing with reputable dealers. Remember to always do your homework first before starting any collection. Also, never forget the most important reason for collecting anything: first and foremost, collect what you like and will enjoy!
A Splendid Day Out is an Steampunk inspired artisan market which is held at The Platform in Morecambe. The last event was held on 18th October.
Featuring many stalls selling a vast array of wondrous and curious things combined with eclectic folk music provided by Rich Tea and and Steampunk guitarist – Brickdust, all topped off with a spot of customary Tea duelling.
From Captain Cumberpatch’s Curious Creations stall.
to handcrafted leather pouches and teacup holders
to everything for the aspiring Pirate (or Piratess)
all topped off with a customary spot of Tea duelling.
It was all in all a most Splendid Day out indeed.
For information on future events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/587905427952979/?fref=ts
I am now half way through my current Silversmithing course and have a new obsession – silver bangles. I just can’t stop making them.
I have fallen in love with simple thin hammered bangles decorated with tiny silver charms and am frantically trying to make an armful for myself and for my online shop before my course ends in a few weeks time.
I think they are so pretty for summer and are really comfortable to wear as they are light and make a lovely jingling sound when you move.
I am hoping to list some on my Folksy shop soon (that’s if I can bear not to keep them all myself) I have also made a chunkier hammered sterling silver bangle and a thinner polished one that will be going on sale very soon. So watch this space.
You can check out my other listings on my Folksy shop here :
For many years I harboured a desire to make my own clothes, dreaming of perfectly fitting garments in a vast array of exciting colours and fabrics, but despite investing in a sewing machine I never actually mustered the courage to have a go.
After watching the last two series of the British Sewing Bee I decided to stop dreaming and actually give it a go. I took the plunge and went pattern shopping in my local fabric shop. After being initially overwhelmed by all the choices on offer the helpful lady in the shop guided me to choose a simple tunic top pattern that was labelled ‘easy ‘ and I chose some simple cotton fabric to make the top from.
When I first opened the pattern I was confused by all the different lines and symbols and even the sizing (which was American) and very nearly gave it up as a bad job there and then. Thank heavens for the internet, as after a spot of Googling, I found some fantastic sewing sites that talked me through the process step by step. So I ploughed ahead and cut out all my pattern pieces and pinned and marked my fabric as instructed and hey presto I ended up with sections of fabric all ready to be stitched together.
I found the sewing relatively easy but was thankful for a sewing machine course I’d done a couple of years ago. Some of the instructions and diagrams on the pattern were a bit difficult to understand but my (limited) knowledge gained from the course did help me to figure out what I needed to do. Afte a few hours at my trusty sewing machine I actually ended up with a top that looked like the picture on the pattern.
The thing I found the most difficult was the sizing and actually getting the garment to fit me. I was over -cautious at first and sized up as I didn’t want to make the top too small as I though it would be easier to alter afterwards. I think it looks ok (for a first attempt) but it is a bit big and I did have to spend a lot of time adjusting and adding tucks and buttons to the neckline to stop it from looking to baggy.
I felt much more confident with my second attempt and cut the pattern pieces much smaller. I also decided not to add interfacing to the neckline as the pattern instructed, as I found it made the top section of the garment a bit too stiff. I think attempt number two is a much better fit and I was really pleased with how it turned out.
I then tried some variations of the top using a different version of the pattern in different fabrics – a Japanese floral print viscose and a multi-coloured spot viscose. I even attempted making sleeves which were a bit tricky but turned out better than I though they would.
I have well and truly got the dressmaking bug now and will definitely say that practice does make perfect. I have also attempted a simple A-line skirt and the next project in the pipeline to to have a go at making myself a dress.
Wish me luck x
The top pattern I used is:
New Look : Misses Pullover Top or Tunic 6871 £5.99
Useful information sites:
The great British Sewing Bee – Sew your own wardrobe
Love at First Stitch – Demystifying Dressmaking by Tilly Walnes
The League of Splendid invite you to join them to – A Family Day Out.
* Under 12’s FREE *
Steampunk fun including:
Markets, Live Music, Fairground Rides, Magic, Clog Dancing and all manor of other splendid happenings.
Saturday 12pm – 5.00pm
Ash Mandrake Balladeer
Tea and Cakes
7pm – Midnight over 18’s only
Live Music featuring: Ghostfire and BB Black Dog.
Vaudeville Magic with Kevin Cunliffe
and DJ Sets