Shop Announcement

I won’t be taking orders from mid Jan to early May as I’m going travelling and volunteering in Central and South America.

If you need something made get your orders in quick! If you message me I’ll let you know if I’ll have time before I go, some pieces are already made.

Season’s Greetings!

I got to model for the lovely and talented Emma Watts done up as Krampus for a festive photoshoot the other day, here’s a sneaky dressing room shot. I’ll post some of the finished shots when they’re ready. Happy Christmas everyone!

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Make up hair concept and photo – all by Emma Watts. Clothing my own , other than the killer horns. Corset is by Restyle pl. Shot on location at Murder Mile Studios

 

New B-Movie Glassware

b-movie-glassesAfter overdosing on classic horror flicks since Halloween (OK, I’m not fooling anyone, since the beginning of time) I’ve started making some b-movie influenced glassware, so far I’ve done a pentagram, an anatomical heart complete with blood splattered stem, and a plucked out eye that I affectionately call “horrible eye”.

Not only are you now able to drink your cocktails out of a handpainted martini glass with a horrible eye on it feeling all gorey and magnificent, you will also be able to do it for the bargain price of £10 – yep, these are a lower price point to my other glassware, so snap them up before they go.

I’ve not listed these in my shop yet, so if you want one send me a request via my Etsy store for a custom order, stating which design you’d like, and I’ll bill you the amended price. Unfortunately, p&p isn’t any cheaper – put if you are London based we can organise collection from somewhere.

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Anatomical heart

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Pentagram

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Horrible eye

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Blood splatter detail on stem

I love it when my glassware goes to a good home…

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My lovely customers from the Satanic Flea Market took this photo of my handpainted Martini glasses alongside their home cocktail making kit filled with one of their cocktail creations.

And they sent me this too “of course they were Satan, nor stirred” …amazing work guys!

Satanic Flea Market Christmas Fayre

satan-flyerI had a stall at the Satanic Flea Market Christmas Fayre recently, helped by my glamorous assistant Mic, Like last time, it was a great day out – we were so busy the time flew by and we met lots of lovely customers who signed up to the mailing list (guys, I promise I’ll get on it and send something out!). Luckily I had my camera/phone to document some of you who made a massive effort, or were canine, which is just as good if not better.

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One of the proud winners of Bonez or Stonez with his prize

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My glamourous assistant Mic with our stall

The good things about this market: it’s at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, which is a great venue where booze is available, as you drink you you can peruse a mixture of handcrafted goods, second hand stuff (records, tapes, bric a brac etc), potions, bones, taxidermy, magic and occult goodies, get your fortune told, meet artists and bring your dog along.

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#customeroftheday we love a dog friendly market

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Us with some excellent customers , look at this effort

As a stall holder, the stalls are cheap enough not to break the bank (take note lesser market organisers!), the organisers, Satanic Mojo and Guerilla Zoo, are lovely guys who make sure you have everything you need and sort everything before hand (nice to have a floor plan before the event and tables set out ready when you arrive – thank you so much, I’d love to come back again!), you meet some wonderful people both customers and other stall holders, you can drink as you work, pet lots of cute doggies, and generally have a damn good time. The bad things about it are: you will want to spend all your money and spend more time nosing at other people’s stalls than selling on your own…though this time I was prepared and had my blinkers on to stop this from happening.

We returned this time with the infamous “Bonez or Stonez” lucky dip, some second hand bits and my handmade items, all which went down well. Big thanks to everyone we met, who bought things or played lucky dip with us, and the very talented Cas from Engineers of Desire who let us model her amazing handmade leather corsets all day.. Nothing says festive like a Satanic Flea Market!

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Me modelling an Engineers of Desire corset

 

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Bonez or Stonez even has a take out option – get yours today!

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Satanic-Mojo-Comix/543993089011280

http://www.guerrillazoo.com/

http://engineersofdesire.com/

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Happy Cinco De Mayo! Here are a few options for celebrating in London

http://theculturetrip.com/europe/united-kingdom/england/london/articles/where-to-celebrate-cinco-de-mayo-london-s-top-5-mexican-restaurants/

And because I love any excuse for all things Mexican I’m doing a 10% off code to be used on any of my items which are Mexico related – sugar skull jewellery, glassware and glass paintings:

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Valid only until Monday 9th May – click on the shop tab to use it

 

Voodoo Betty’s Boutique Mexican Treats

I love these handmade Mexican hat hair accessories from Voodoo Betty’s Boutique, perfect for Cinco De Mayo. Contact her to order, links are below:

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There are also some lovely Day of The Dead themed handmade hair bands and flowers:

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www.voodoobettysboutique.co.uk

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/voodoobettysboutique

 

 

 

The Latin Boutique and Cinco De Mayo

I interviewed Manuel, one of the founders of The Latin Boutique, about Mexican art, Cinco de Mayo and what inspired him to start his business:

Hi Manuel, can you tell me a little bit about yourself and the Latin Boutique?

I am from Venezuela and I’ve been living in Manchester for three years now. I came over the UK to study and then I decided to run my own business here.
I started the Latin Boutique in 2015 with my sister Vanessa who currently lives in Mexico. Our aim is to offer authentic Latin American handcrafts in the UK. We sell online on thelatinboutique.com and in trade fairs. We work directly with local artisans and ensure that we are selling products we would use ourselves. Also, we want people feel that they are purchasing something with a story, something made with skill and care and not mass produced in countries like China.

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Why did you start your business?

We have noticed that in Europe over the last few years the interest for Latin American culture has been growing rapidly. For example, the number of mexican and peruvian restaurants has been constantly increasing as well as salsa classes and other latin music lessons and venues.
On the other hand, We have been traveling for years all around Latin America and we particularly love exploring street markets located in remote villages where unique handcrafts can be found. We like these handcrafted products a lot, they have been present in our lives since I can remember.

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Unfortunately not everyone has the chance to travel so far away, so we would like to bring them to people here in Europe.

We help the local artisans promote their goods and we’re finding customers for them. Except for that we aim to popularize Latin America as a tourist destination and we would like to encourage people to discover that amazing part of the world.

Tell us about some of the artists you represent/sell work for over here

In case of Venezuela for example, we sell products from two indigenous tribes called “Wayúu” and “Warao”. They are settled in the north west and north east of the country respectively. Each one of these products comes with the name of the artisan who crafted it, so this establishes a special link between the producer and the consumer. Also we work with them under a fairtrade scheme.

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It’s coming up to Cinco De Mayo, what’s the significance of it?

Cinco de Mayo represents the celebration of the “Battle of Puebla”, which took place in the city of Puebla, on the 5th of May 1862, when the Mexican army defeated the French.

It is so important for Mexicans, because it was the first time that their military managed to beat a foreign stronger and better prepared army.

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How is it celebrated in Mexico?

It is heavily celebrated not only in Mexico but in the U.S. as well by mexicans living over there. They remember the courage of soldiers who defeated French army and they call it “Día del orgullo Mexicano” (Day of mexican proud). They organize parades in different cities, people wear traditional costumes and they even make beauty contests to choose the “Miss Cinco de Mayo”. There are also Mariachis and “Bandas Mexicanas” playing music from different regions of Mexico. They don’t have a special meal for this date, however for Mexicans a celebration without food is not a celebration. Therefore, they prepare a variety of typical dishes depending on the region such as: Botanas, Mole poblano, Pozole, Chiles en nogada, Ensalada de Nopales, and so on.

Visit the Latin Boutique online at www.thelatinboutique.com

Last Days Of The Maya Print Dress by British Retro

I am completely in love with this Last days of The Maya print dress by British Retro, even though I’ve a feeling it won’t fit me because I’m so tall. I think I’ll have to give it a go anyway – perfect for Cinco de Mayo, or anywhere in fact. I’d want to wear it all the time.

Available from British Retro, pre order now:

http://www.britishretro.co.uk/shop/new-in/last-days-maya-aztec-50s-vintage-pencil-dress/

www.britishretro.co.uk