Morecambe Variety Festival

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Getting Creative???

Have we finished making our costumes for ‘Around the World in 80 days Steampunk Spectacular Cabaret Ball’, yet, boys and girls?

Here are some links for DIY Steampunk accessories to help you along…..


Steampunk goggles from ‘Thesteampunkhowto’


A little steampunk capelet for the Ladies….again from ‘Thesteampunkhowto’


A whole free downloadable e-book of Steampunk ideas from ‘instructables’


A whole page of Steampunk how-tos and Guides from Ryu-Kon


Hints and tips on Steampunk costuming from ‘Steampunk District’


More tips from ‘Steampunk R & D


DIY Steampunk Medals from bohemianromance


The visual clues that make Steampunk


Remember, there is a £100 prize for the best costume!


Fantastic Vintage Magazine Covers

Thanks to the lovely Fuzzylizzie at The Vintage Traveler, here are two amazing Vintage Magazine covers to brighten up a dreary Monday. These are from 1950s America….

Her original posts can be found here and here

First of all, a Glamour Cover from May 1950


Having a Wonderful time on:




And all the time keeping a close watch on the competition with those sly sidewise glances!

then an amazing cover from Seventeen, from May 1951


If you look closely at the full skirt, you might be able to pick out the words, “I Love You”, which are applied in felt. All the separates are by Junior First, a label I’ve never encountered, but they are really adorable. Also note, they are on a ship. According to the cover notes, it is the S.S. Queen of Bermuda. I’m jealous.

Fantastic Vintage goodness!

The Liebster Blog Awards!


*blush* We have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Awards by the very kind people over at The Big Forest. Thank you so much for this, we know we’re doing something right now!

First of all, this is the link to The Big Forest – a jolly lovely blog!


We have been asked to do the following in acknowledgement of this lovely award!

1. Acknowledge the person that gave the award and link back to their blog.
2. Copy and paste the award to your own site.
3. Share five of your choice blogs to award and let them know by commenting on their blog.

We would like to share with you the following utterly amazing blogs, and to pass this award onto them!

The Friends of the Winter Gardens – without the fantastic Winter Gardens and the Friends, our task would have been very difficult! So we send them some blog love!


The amazing Jessica Cangiano at Chronically Vintage– for being an inspiration to us!


The lovely Carol Bean’s blog at the wonderful Itsy Bitsy Vintage Local and fantastic!


The utter gorgeousness of the lovely Fuzzylizzie over at The Vintage Traveler. Superbly researched and executed!


Last but not least, some blog love out to Shona at ‘In the Heyday’– a blog we’ve found gorgeous to look and and informative!



More of What We Were Doing This Weekend

The Setting up of the Chamber of Horrors Set

The wonderful Winter Gardens, star of the show!

Our fantastic banners in situ in the Winter Gardens

The faded grandeur of the Winter Gardens

The Chamber of Horrors Set up and running…

The amazing fairground banners

Set construction

Set Destruction

Visitors and people enjoying the weekend…

Memorabilia in the ‘Sea of Memories’ Exhibition!




What Did You Miss This Weekend at Morecambe Variety Festival???

The amazing Vicky Butterfly!


The stunning Amelie Soleil


The stupendous Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School


The wonderful Dotty’s Vintage Vintage Powder Room with Shelly Alexander


The mind-boggling Rod Laver


The Great Bendini


Fishing in Morecambe


Remember Folks, it’s THIS WEEKEND!

Ooh, we’re all so excited! It’s been a busy day getting everything in place, and more of the same for tomorrow. Then on Saturday, it’s Morecambe Variety Festival in all its’ glory!!

If you haven’t yet got tickets for the ticketed events, you’ll need to do so on Skiddle here, or from Dotty’s Vintage, 99, Marine Rd Morecambe. If there are any tickets left, we’ll be selling them on Saturday in the ‘Sea of Memories’ exhibition (to be found in the shop on the front of The Winter Gardens).


Morecambe Variety Festival All Over The Place!


First, you can find us on Facebook here. This is our Facebook Community Page. The Events in the Festival are listed in Events, on the top right near photos. In order to be able to invite people to these events, you will need to ‘join’ the event first, then an @invite Friends’ button should magically appear!


There are Events for The Family Variety Show, King Neptune’s Ball, Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, The Vintage Tea Dance, etc.


We’re also trying to see if we can get #morecambevarietyfestival trending this week on Twitter- as it all takes place this weekend! You can find us on Twitter here


You can also find us on Pinterest here

Remember boys and girls, the event is THIS WEEKEND!


Daytime activities are mainly free, but you will need tickets for The Family Variety Show which are available on Skiddle here and from Dotty’s Vintage, 99 Marine Rd, Morecambe


You will also need to book tickets for King Neptune’s Ball. These are available on Skiddle here and from Dotty’s Vintage, 99 Marine Rd, Morecambe.


Dotty’s also advise that for an appointment in The Vintage Powder Room, booking is needed. For this contact them directly on 07817497495 or by email at x


If there are any tickets left, we will have a box office open at The Winter Gardens on the day, but to be on the safe side, advance booking is recommended!

The 1950s Lucite Handbag

A lovely post over on The Vintage Traveler glorifies the 1950s Lucite handbag- the characteristic stylish box-bag of the 1950s. It describes what they are, how to recognise them, and how to buy them

You can find the original post here

Since I spent the better half of last week going on about 1950s skirts, I thought I might as well expand the theme into another iconic 1950s piece – the Lucite handbag. I’m not a big handbag person, so I’ve had to rely on the expertise of others. There is a bibliography at the end of the post.

The Lucite handbag is one of those items that just seems to be a symbol of the time in which it was created. Lucite had been developed by Dupont in 1931, but it wasn’t until after WWII that the hard plastic was used to make everything from jewelry and handbags to furniture. It was a new age, and modern materials and design were thought to be the wave of the future. Lucite handbags were introduced in the late 1940s, and they quickly became the evening bag of choice.

Lucite was in many ways an ideal material for making bags. It could be made in many colors, it was easily shaped and carved, and objects, such as glitter and rhinestones, could be embedded in it. On the downside, while the material itself was not expensive to produce, the processes in making the handbags were labor-intensive and costly. As a result, the handbags were not cheap, a fact that often adds to an object’s desirability! There was also a great deal of competition within the plastic purse market, which led some companies to develop even more costly additions such as built-in compacts and satin linings.

It was the development of a cheaper process, plastic injection molding, that led to the demise of the Lucite handbag. With this process, hard plastics could be shaped into handbags at a fraction of the cost of the older methods. When hard plastics were within the reach of all consumers, they lost a great deal of their appeal. By the 1960s, hard plastic handbags were passé. As a little girl in the early 1960s, I can recall one lovely bag sitting on the old dressing table of an aunt who had married in 1958. She had left at her parents’ home those things she no longer needed, including that beautiful bag on which she had spent quite a bit of her secretary’s salary!

Today, there are many collectors of Lucite handbags. This is one area of collecting in which condition is most important. And while Lucite bags are durable and quite sturdy, when stored under poor conditions, they tend to develop cracks, warping and the overall breaking down of the plastic. Veteran collector Leigh of Cosmiccowgirl Vintage has ten questions she needs to have answered before investing in a handbag:

1) With the exception of any intentional design-oriented carvings, is the entire surface of the handbag — including the lid and handle — completely smooth?

2) Are there any scratches, cracks, warping, chips, or repairs? If so, where are they and what size are they?

3) Does the bag have an odor, particularly like vinegar, or a chemical smell?

4) Is there any fogging, smearing or smudging of color or transparency anywhere on the bag?

5) How clear is the lid? Is there any “sun shattering” (spider vein type cracks within the Lucite that cannot be felt on the surface?)

6) Are all the hardware and parts functioning as normal (nothing loose/bent/missing)?

7) Are all the metal parts shiny? Are there any signs of corrosion, discoloration or other damage to the metal? Is there any discoloration, buildup, or tarnish on the interior hinge? If so, what color is the discoloration?

8) Does the lid snap tightly on top of the bag and the clasp hold soundly? Are there any spaces between the lid and body of the purse when closed? If so, how big are the spaces?

9) Any other flaws or signs of wear?

10) If the bag is not as described, may I return it for a full refund including shipping?

For All of you Pin-Ups in Pinnies Out There

A lovely vintage recipe has just made it to my eyes from the ridiculously inspired Jessica Cangiano over at Chronically Vintage

You can read the original post here

A zesty, crowd pleasing 1950s creamy coleslaw recipe

It’s interesting, depending on who you ask, most people generally think of cabbage as either being more of a winter, or conversely, a summer vegetable. It’s easy to see why this is the case when you compare the various dishes that cabbage is often included in.

During the dark, bitingly cold days of winter, one may turn to hearty cabbage rolls, soups laden with stringy strips of cabbage, or perhaps a warming helping of that fabulous Irish classic, colcannon. When the mercury starts skyrocketing, cabbage quickly appears in fresh green salads, Asian rice paper wraps, on veggie platters, and sometimes even as a Jell-o salad ingredient.

While tied a little more closely to summer, it’s safe to say that coleslaw is one cabbage dish that does a particularly good job of transcending the seasons. It can be served as part of a barbeque spread, picnic lunch, supper of cold cuts in when the sun is shinning, or alternatively with roast meats, alongside grilled sandwiches, or as a refreshing side dish partner for any number of warm foods during the frosty fall and winter months (if you’ve not tried it before, I highly recommend making yourself a coleslaw and turkey sandwich, it’s heavenly!).

Today’s vintage recipe for coleslaw is a creamy one centered around Miracle Whip (you could easily use store bought or homemade mayonnaise instead, if you’d prefer) and the tangy, wonderfully yummy inclusion of tarragon vinegar (if you don’t have any on hand, simply add some finely chopped fresh tarragon to white vinegar).

Tarragon – which deserve far more play than it gets, if you asks me – is an alluring, deeply flavourful herb that pairs well with everything from fish to eggs, chicken to lamb, so you can can easily saddle this 1950s coleslaw alongside a wide range of savoury dishes.

{Fabulous with hot meals – like grilled meats, burgers, or ears of piping hot corn – or cold supper alike during the sweltering summer months, coleslaw is a side dish that deserves some love all year long. Vintage Miracle Whip Coleslaw recipe by way of salty cotton on Flickr.}

If however, you (or other members of your family) are not huge tarragon fans, there’s no reason you couldn’t use a different herb vinegar (I’ve made also a similar recipe before with mayonnaise and the zest of from blood oranges, that is thoroughly delicious alongside all manner of grilled meats and vegetables), and by all means, feel free to toss in some carrot, celery, fennel, or spring (green) onion, if you’d like to up the veggie content in this great dish even further.

So while certain cabbage dishes are indeed most often associated with certain seasons, I’ve never felt like coleslaw needed to be tucked away on the proverbial shelf and only brought out when the dog days of summer arrive.

In fact, come to think of it, I probably eat more coleslaw (alongside roasted or pan-fried meats and veggies) in the winter than I do in the summer. No matter the time of the year though, I’m always up for a fantastic, creamy coleslaw like this great 1950s classic.

Peter Pan Collars the Easy Way

There is a post from the lovely Monica Ali at, which shos you how to make the simplest Peter Pan Collar. This could be easily adapted to any style of period collar effectively

You can read the original post here

DIY Peter Pan collar
Posted on April 29, 2012

Cute collars are everywhere. I was looking for a DIY version of Louis Vuittons Peter Pan collars & found this one


For the collar you can use felt or rubber flannel.


If you don´t have this tool I suggest that you glue little rhinestones on it.


Sew a cute button on it to keep the two parts together.


Tie it with a bow behind your neck & your done.


Cute isn´t? The collar is made by & you can visit them here.


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