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Diary of a London Club Kid

So the health wobble ended up being a bit shorter lived than expected, but as I ended up on 3 types of ‘do not drive or operate machinery’ drowsy making medications at once for 10 days, those days were mostly spent in bed! 😦

Which left us having to do an awful lot of cleaning last weekend, which unusually for us we got on with like whirlwinds! As always happens with cleaning, one thing leads to another. You realise half the reason its messy is there are lots of orphan things lying round that do not have a home, or used to have a home and that home is already full. And before you know it, in order to put away this one thing, you’ve rearranged the living room completely.

One of the main things that for us had been falling foul of the orphan stuff problem of late has been my flyer collection. I’ve been collecting flyers and gig tickets since late 2000, when I left my parents home for the first time and was therefore able to actually go places and do things (showing my age). The gig tickets are all stuff I’ve been to. The flyers are stuff I either went to or would have gone to if I hadn’t already been hungover from something else. And I’m actually quite proud of myself for keeping hold of them all this time; a little less proud of the fact I haven’t actually filed any of them since 2003 :-S when I moved in with my boyfriend basically (blaming him, its all his fault). But by this weekend the boxes I stashed my fliers in were all full, they were piled anywhere there was space on the shelf the boxes were on, and had started migrating across every available surface in the living room. So I decided to do something about it.

This is the biggest box full I had….

this is the smaller box full….

and this is the bag of fliers that were lying round in places they should not be.

So I looked at it all, groaned for a bit, and then headed off to Poundland and Smiths and came back with two scrap books, a load of photo corners and 16 cardboard files for £2 and got to work…..

3 hours later it all looked like this….

from left to right, the heart shaped box, which is the only bit I have left to sort, my original flyer album, and 12 files all with a different year written on them with flyers organised according to year inside them. And quite a large folder of flyers I have no idea what year they are, but as everyone is considerate enough to give a date and a day of the week on their flyers I reckon I can work it out from that!

It is obviously an ongoing project, but I am quite proud of finally after 10 years getting motivated to sort it out!

I also took a load of pictures of my original flyer album c2000-2003, cuz it is pretty, and I find it interesting anyway…..

the album cover, with pretty stickers I picked up over the years. (tsar, anti product, glam-ou-rama club, the strokes, foo fighters…and mo-ho-bish-o-pi (wtf?)!!)

the first grown up club and gigs I went to in Cardiff! (Band was My Ruin btw, not entirely sure its the first gig I went to , but its the first one I had the bright idea of saving the ticket for)

the first time I went to Stay Beautiful (with bonus Amen and Eminem flyers)

early early glam-ou-rama flyer, may even be from the first one.

the first time my mates band The Renegade Playboys played with the Darkness..probably the first time I ever saw the Darkness.

Foo fighters secret gig at ULU (university of london union)

First Manics gig that wasn’t at a festival I went to

Dragonforce looking cute and young!

Trash and Slimelight…the more mainstream clubbing options! 🙂

The Cats Meow (I think the night I first got with my boyfriend at) and Jet black and bleached.

A whole page of B-Movie flyers. The ones that look like film strips were printed on acetate, how cool is that!

Dom’s night Panic.

A rather boring looking Rachel Stamp gig ticket. When I get the later stuff sorted there are some flyers of theirs with hilariously optimistic artwork on them, but not at this stage :-S

So yeah, the day of that same Stamp gig I was in Cardiff and bought King Adoras new album purely so I could go and chat up the boy behind the counter in HMV with nail varnish and millions of bracelets on, and see if he was going to the gig that evening. But he wasn’t, he was going to another gig with a band that also did eyeliner and too many bracelets, but not the same one. And that was just Cardiff on one night. It was such a big scene, Weird to think its a vanished world now!

So hopefully i’ll get that all finished in the next few weeks.

Have also been doing a bit of sewing, but nothings finished yet and some charity shopping, but i haven’t had time to take photographs. So yeah, hopefully get that all up soon! 🙂

it can’t rain all the time!…….(I hope!)

Hadn’t realised it’s been an entire month since I posted on here, but actually I’ve been super busy and done quite a lot, its just taken till this week to collate it all together.

So started the month by trying to make some jam..Image

I haven’t done this for 3 years since we lived in Hitchin, but I want to make some onion marmalade at some point, I mean £2.50+ for a piddley little jar at tesco – rip off! And Lewisham market had peaches for £1 for about 1.5kg, so I bought £3 worth and had a play. Well its very nice tinned fruit! And my biggest jam pan does not take 4.5kg of fruit, which is good to know, but meant I couldn’t boil it enough to set it properly else it would over boil. Oh well, it was my first attempt in years, and it goes very nicely with yoghurt and ice cream! :-S

Then I spent two days trying to dye my hair purple and burgundy. So I’ve been having problems with hair dye for ages, salon and home permanent colour washes out in about 3 weeks so I thought I’d give La Riche Directions ones a go as someone said they were better. 2 days and many hours wandering round with my head covered in dye later, this happened….Image

and lasted for all of 3 days/2 washes. Which was most irritating, so now my hair is back to the manky faded red it usually is. Oh well!

Then things got a bit more successful and I made a top….Image

It is another Sewaholic Renfrew top, and in loads of ways is my most successful so far, I got a sensible looking neckline this time, except the jersey I used, although really pretty was £3 a meter off Goldhawke Road and was stretchy as anything and stretched like mad as I was sewing, as it has mostly cleared up with a go in the washing machine, I am taking a lot of the responsibility 😦 and must remember to actually wash fabric before i sew with it! But the neck being so wide after I’d totally nailed the technique for getting the neckline even is totally annoying!

Then last week I went to my mums and hit the charity shops in one of the small country towns nearby. Countryside charity shopping is the best! Especially pet charities and hospice shops where they don’t make a habit of sending choice vintage down to London to make more money.

So in the first shop I went to I got this…

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A totally amazing 80’s prom dress for £6! Not sure if it’ll fit yet, despite having been back 5 days I’ve barely seen Jon and I need him to be around when I try it on incase it doesn’t! If it doesn’t I will chop the skirt off and use that and not the top or something.

In the second shop i found this…

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A really cool vintage hand mirror. Was really happy to find this as it was cheap, is not scratched or pitted at all and was actually on my list of things to buy this month. (realised I needed one whilst trying to dye my hair.)

And then last of all I found this beauty….Image

Now every one else thinks its hideous, and true it was made in bits rather than one piece and doesn’t have a makers mark, so it obviously came form a fairground or woolworths at the time, but its all iridescent an pearlescent and pink!!! And it is sooo big, its not obvious from the picture, but its the size of a Barbie and Ken! And the features and the way its carved is done so well for something that bad quality, that until you see its jointed not whole it looks a lot better than it is.

It is still at my mums at the moment as I couldn’t carry everything back, but I can’t wait to get it home and I know exactly where its going to go! 🙂

This month I have to take some medication I am not overly keen on, so may be suffering a little from side effects of it. However I have 4 new sewing patterns and an endless stack of Renfrews to get through, so hopefully the ill will let up long enough for me to do stuff! 🙂

Hats

This evening I made a hat…..Image

It is a total rip off of this one from Angelic Pretty

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which apparently is from last year.

I am really happy with my version,(though looking at the inspiration, mine might need more rhinestones) except I got the hat base from Barnett Lawson and they have changed the shape of their mini top hat block slightly or something , the one I bought before has a tilted crown that splayed out slightly at the top and was far more elegant, this one just goes up and down, which is not as pretty.

However on reflection I may have got my previous hat base from the Millinery Centre in Victoria instead, so I might have to go back there some time and check..which is a pain cuz there is absolutely nothing else in Victoria…I do think their hat bases are cheaper though, which is never a bad thing!

Anyway.close up of the hat….Image

It ended up with a Hello Kitty on it cuz that was genuinely the only appropriately sized toy I could find.  Whatever happened to tacky miniature teddy bears? I tried tescos and the pound shop and the slightly seedier rip off of Clinton Cards in Catford and Hamleys in central London and nothing, the world used to be crawling with them..has the mini teddy bear gone extinct?

Also today I put the clip on a bow I made ages ago to go with my Ghastlies print dress..

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It does not look majorly impressive, but the struggle I have been through to try and find hair clip blanks has been truly epic! For about a year all the haberdashers have been out of them, and every time I asked  kept suggesting Superdrug would do them, which really they don’t. So I am totally glad one of them finally has them in again!

In other news, it would be nice if it stopped raining!

t-shirts and posters

After several months being slightly under the weather and rearranging my fabric collection in increasingly elaborate ways…..I finally perked up and have actually sewn something. 🙂

Behold my attempt at the Renfrew Top by Sewaholic..an independent pattern designer.

I’ve seen a lot of pictures of these on the internet and I hadn’t seen a bad/massively unflattering one, so I was hoping it would work out alright. And for a wearable muslin I don’t think its that bad. the fabric was from Rolls and Rems in Lewisham, which is my local fabric store, and I use it fairly often for basics and emergencies, so I shouldn’t slag it off too much…but the quality is apauling, as is all the jersey they have in at the moment. For £4 a meter I’m not that impressed. I mean I know really good quality jersey can be ruinously expensive, but when a fabric shop is selling something that is basically primark quality for a price where the finished garment will cost as much as/more than it would cost at primark…one does wonder whom the target market is exactly. Hence it is clingy and stiff and see-through, so you can see the top of my trousers through it…which is not a great look.

However I will probably wear it again, as its a fairly attractive print (little black bows – if you can’t see from the photo) and I constructed it, so it should last a while longer than something actually from primark.

As far as the instructions and the fit goes, it was fairly straightforward, though I did have to look up how to sew with jersey on the internet first (was my first attempt). I will take it down a size on the main body for my next go, as its actually a bit loose (that makes me so happy 🙂  ). The only thing I’ve seriously had to alter is the bottom of the sleeves. I have quite small wrists anyway, but I had to take the cuffs and the sleeve bottoms in massively to fit/look normal . The lady who designs the patterns and all the people doing early attempts of this one I saw are all a lot thinner than me. When one puts on loads of weight, unless one gets massive water retention, your ankles and wrists do grow a bit, but at nowhere near the rate the rest of you does. Thus when scaling up a pattern from a (Uk) 10 or so to a (uk) 18 or so, although you need to scale up the wrists a bit, you don’t need to do it by as much as you do the tops of the arms. Otherwise it gets a bit 1970’s looking. 😦

But it was easy (albeit a bit untidy) to fix on this one, and will be easy to fix properly on the next one…which is using proper expensive jersey (eek!) and is already cut out!

In other creative stuff I’ve been doing this week… I can’t remember whether I mentioned last time, but I sent one of those pictures I made last time as a test print.

The resolution was workable with, so the printing company were obviously talking rubbish! However I was a bit annoyed because what was referred to on the website as a ‘poster’ was actually a giant photo..on thick glossy photo paper. I know its not much of a distinction but I was a bit pissed off, cuz I wanted them to look like cool posters I’d picked up somewhere, not artworks of some kind, which is what photo paper made them seem.

I asked around for a few days and did some research on the internet, but I couldn’t find anybody who would print 6 actual posters on poster paper as one offs, not a large print run, for anything approaching a realistic price.

Whist I was procrastinating, the company I used in the first place for the test print, sent me an email with a one day only sale code, which got you 50% off for any prints you had done that day.

So I bit the bullet and went for it with them. I’m still not too happy about the excessively shiny (when I took the photo I couldn’t stop the end one having a massive reflection mark on it 😦 ).. but I don’t think it looks too bad…

Only 4 of them worked well enough as that size image for me to be happy putting them up, but at the price I ended up paying for them, having two rejects doesn’t matter at all really.

They’ve properly brightened up the bedroom, 🙂 though I might shop around for a better printing company before I attempt any more.