Mad March Teadance with a Steam Punk twist.

Today I had the surreal experience of running my Tea cup candle stall at a Mad March Tea dance ~ with a Steam Punk twist 🙂
I had never heard of Steam Punk until the lady who organized the event in aid of Fairtrade fortnight asked me and my teacups to attend…..
Steam Punk in the dressing up sense seems to be a mixture of Victorian costume with a sci-fi element.Here are a few snaps I took today.
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As you can see it was all very Jules Verne! I wish I had taken more pics but I was doing a roaring trade on my stall.Yay 🙂
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Myself and Lisa, who sells lovely tiles and tags ( including some darling Alice In Wonderland ones below) probably didn’t get steampunked enough. But we sure know what to wear next time………x
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Eyelash Bars and Cocktail Bars : A Girly afternoon in Manchester :)

Sometimes its just nice to get away for a few hours with the girls for a spot of retail therapy and a couple of cheeky drinks 😉

Luckilly we live only a little over an hour on the train from Manchester City Centre which is the perfect place for a girly shopping trip!

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MANCHESTER

First things first, my friend Vicky wanted to try out an Eyelash Bar.As im not really one for eyelash batting beautification , I wasn’t aware that such places exist.But they do! There is one in Harvey Nicks.

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At the eyelash bar there are hundreds of different styles of lashes.Vicky chose the peepers at the top of the picture below 🙂

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It didn’t take long for her to be adorned with her lusious new lashes. Vicky looked very glam and maybe Arwen and I would have been tempted ourselves but for the £28 price tag.Yikes!

Next stop one of my fave indulgences ‘LUSH’ for bath bombs.Scrumdiddelyumtious 🙂

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I went for my old favourites ‘Space Girl’ and ‘Twilight’ and couldn’t stop inhaling their gorgeous aromas for the rest of the day.Divine!

Time for a spot of lunch.Our first choice ‘The Hard Rock Cafe’ at the Printworks had an hours queauing time.It is not true that us Brits like to Q. We hotfooted it over to’ Waxy O Connors ‘instead ( also in the Printworks), which does good pub grub and we couldn’t fault it.

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Love this display in Oasis 🙂

After our ‘good pub grub’ we hit the shops.Manchester has all the usual High street names and plenty of designer shops too.Arwen was on the hunt for wedding clothes( she is super organized- the big day isn’t until september), unfortunatly today she didn’t find what she was looking for.It was fun having a good nosy round the stores though.:)

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Hmm Giant rats performing Paul Weller songs outside Primark.Spooky!

Shopping is thirsty work though  girls so I would highy reccommend you recharge with some delicous cocktails at http://www.cloud23bar.com.This is a fab cocktail bar with amazing views on the 23rd floor of ‘The Hilton’ on Deansgate. Ok here you may just have to queaue at weekends…..but it is well worth the wait.Before 4pm and you might avoid it altogether.Cloud 23 even has its own elevator with only one stop, the 23rd floor.Take me to the clouds above!

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Our cocktails left to right: Vertigo, Alexander Park & Chocolate Martini.All were divine.

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Clouds from Cloud 23

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Enjoying our Cocktails.:)

You don’t get much change from a tenner for your cocktail…..but it did feel like we had really treated ourselves. We also noticed you can order Afternoon Tea here which did look heavenly.These have to be pre-booked though.A definate for the future I hope.;)

Really didn’t want to leave `Cloud 23 ‘but home was beckoning , via a glass of prosecco at ‘The Oust bar’ on the way to catching the train back from Salford Central.

A fabulous afternoon out was had by all.:-D

Teacups and Tails.

Anyone who reads my blog may realise that I love my Vintage Crockery and I also love my animals.My blog post today combines the two.:-)

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A nice cuppa refreshing Orange,mango & cinnamon tea.

Im relaxing with a cup of Twinnings tea.I love the fruity blends and this one is soo delicous.My plan for this year is to save a few teacups from my teacup candle craze, keep one of the divine cake stands I get my lovely bf to drill and …….acquire a teapot.Then I can maybe invite some friends over for Afternoon Tea. 🙂

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Pretty Cake Stands.

I had a fab wknd doing my first craft fair of the year and managed to sell the two beauties above.I also met a few adorable dogs with long waggy tails!Tails and Teacups shouldn’t mix but I would have forgiven a few breakages……the dogs were so cute.:-D
Anyway I sell my candles and cake stands under the name of Mrs Tibbs Teacups ( Mrs Tibbs is actually my cat and the brains of the operation lol ) so hey maybe Teacups and Tails do go together.

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Tibbs not letting me use the Lap Top.
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Jake the dog mostly just wants More Tea......of the food variety.

Also at the wknd I bought a frame for this lovely picture of Boxing hare I purchased from a little gallery in my Mums home village at Christmas.Love it!

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Before I go I will just mention my friends dog Sparkie who went missing on a dog walk on Valentines day.

Look at This Face!
Look at This Face!

Don’t worry there is a happy ending.Sparks ran off into the woods after catching the scent of a deer. Usually he would come back but this time my poor friends spent five hours looking for him in the cold and dark before giving up for the night. They shot up there early next morning and there was Sparkie looking wet and bedraggled on the end of a kindly dog walkers lead, who had found him nesting in some leaves and mud under a tree.Tears of joy and straight home for breakfast and a kip in front of the fire. 🙂

Sparkie none the worse for his time in the wild.
Sparkie none the worse for his time in the wild.

I love a Happy Ending. 🙂

Lets Get Crafty Fair :-D

I love to do the occasional Craft Fair as I make Teacups into Candles and trinket stands.One of my favourite fairs is Lets Get Crafty which is held on the third sunday of every month in the Lancashire Village of Whalley.

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Mrs Tibbs Teacups & Candles ( Thats Me!)

I always look forward to the fairs as you get to meet some really lovely and creative people.Lets Get Crafty has lots of super talented stall holders.Any money I make usually ends up in their pockets.:).So many Pretty Things!

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Lets Get Crafty is organized by Charlie of Crafts By Charlie.He makes the gorgeous scented soaps, Bath bombs and candles above.

Lisa from http://www.tileproductions.co.uk  specialises in handmade tiles,tags, buttons and gifts.

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Lorna of http://www.blackrosecrafts.co.uk creates gifts and jewellery using brightly coloured fused glass.

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To see more of Nancys handcrafted nursery and interior decor items and jewellery look up http://www.n5nsy.com

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I love Tracys stall! She makes all sorts of pretty things with yarn.I purchased an adorable crochet pin cushion and have a ‘Hattie the hare’ on order.All Tracy’s proceeds go straight into her animal charity which she blogs about on her Olive and Harry blog.

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I also bought my kitty Tibbs a lovely collar from the Felix and Fido Pet boutique.She wasn’t for posing for a piccy though!

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Another regular at Lets Get Crafty is http://www.babyblingbling.co.uk.I love these glitzy little shoes.:)

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So that was only a small selection of some of the goodies that can be found at the fairs every month.There is also a fab food market outside too but I didn’t get chance to grab any sneeky pics.

Maybe we will see you at the next Lets Get Crafty on the 17th March!

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Orton Farmers Market.

Today on the way to visit family near Penrith we spied a sign saying ‘Farmers Market, Orton’. Of course we love tasting  local produce so decided to take a little detour.:-D.
It turns out the market is held every Saturday in this pretty Cumbrian Village. There were a scattering of stalls in the village centre and some indoors too.

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A couple of folk singers perform from their wagon.

We purchased some tasty treats including a soft scottish cheese rolled in oats and black pepper, Bessy Beck smoked trout pate and a decadent chocolate covered meringue.
I also noticed a sign saying Bric A Brac and an arrow pointing to the church so dragged a rather reluctant boyfriend inside.

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All Saints Church

I am always on the look out for a pretty vintage teacup or two but I didn’t uncover any at the Church sale.:-/ I did buy this rather fine brooch for £1 !

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And when I saw Mum later I discovered she had found me 15 Teacups! I am now all set to make lots of gorgeous teacup candles for my first craft fair of the year next wknd in Whalley.Thanks Mum 😀

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Also in Orton there is a rather nice Chocolate Shop called Kennedys.They already have an  enviable Easter Egg display.

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The Tasty treats we purchased today.

Can’t wait to tuck into the goodies !

Films to snuggle up to with your Valentine ( or a tub of Ben and Jerrys :) )

Well its approaching that Hearts and Flowers time of year again…..so I thought I would share with you my TOP TEN list of movies to watch with your Valentine, or on a girls night in, or snuggled up with a furry cat face and a grumpy black labrador. 🙂 Some of my choices are old, some are more recent.They are all firm favorites of mine!

10) Under The Tuscan Sun(2003)
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Diane Lane plays a writer whose life is in a real mess when a good friend offers her ten days in Tuscany.Once there she impulsively buys a ramshackle old villa,throwing herself into a life changing adventure filled with unexpected surprises,friendship and romance.Could well make you rush and book a dream holiday to Italy!

9) The Ghost and Mrs Muir(1947)
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A gentle atmospheric romantic comedy about a young widow (Gene Tierney) and her little daughter who move into a lonely English seaside cottage which is haunted by a former occupant ,Rex Harrisons grumpy seafarer Captain.LOve this film 🙂

8) When Harry Met Sally (1988)
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This charming Manhatten romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal examines the age old question “Can a man and a woman stay just good friends? ”

7) Grosse Point Blank (1997)
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John Cusack is Martin whose Career as a Hitman has lost its appeal.With one Last Job, A ten year High School Reunion and a shot at rekindling a romance with a girl he stood up on prom night all on the agenda,this is a fun comedy packed with action and laughs.

6) A Life Less Ordinary( 1997)
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Poor Robert ( Ewan Mcgregor) has been replaced by a robot at work, made redundant and been dumped by his girlfriend all on the same day.Not the most promising start to a kooky rom com which features Cameron Diaz as the spoilt brat bosses daughter he kidnaps and Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo as a couple of gun toting angels 🙂

5) Some Like iT Hot (1959)
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Screwball comedy starring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon as musicians who accidentally witness the Saint Valentines Day Massacre and go on the run with a women’s band disguised as…..Daphne and Josephine! They both become enamored of the bands gorgeous vocalist ‘Sugar Kane’ (Marilyn Monroe) who has sworn off male saxaphone players and vows to bag’ a sweet bespectacled millionaire ‘ instead.Madcap hilarity follows!

4) Bridget Jones Diary (2001)
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Our favorite Single thirty something staggers through the perilous world of dating in this modern take on Jane Austins Pride And Prejudice. 🙂

3) Twilight (2008)
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Ok I admit it I am a BIG Twilight fan.So There! Teen Romance starring Kristen Stewart as ‘Bella Swan’ a high school student who falls in love with the dazzlingly beautiful ‘Edward Cullen’ played by Robert Pattinson, only to discover he is a vampire.And his skin Dazzles in the Sun.Tee Hee 🙂

2) Bridesmaids(2011)
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Kristen Wiig takes on the role of Maid Of Honor for her best friends wedding with an eccentric cast of bridesmaids. I laughed out Loud so much when I saw this film at the pictures. Lol Lol :0)

1) Breakfast At Tiffanys (1961)

Holly being woken up by her flatmate 'Cat'
Holly being woken up by her flatmate ‘Cat’

I love this whimsical tale of a country girl trying to make her mark as a New York socialite. Audrey Hepburn is alluring as ditsy Holly Golightly who stares longingly through the window of the famous jewellers whenever she feels blue ( or gets the mean reds!) and George Peppard is a frustrated writer who falls in love with her. And she has a cute cat companion, Cat. X

Hope you enjoyed my Valentines Top Ten. Feel free to add any film treats to the list!

Yummy Nutella Muffins.

A friend told me about this very easy muffin recipe she found on Pinterest. 🙂

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Ingredients.

A jar of Nutella.
2 Eggs.
9 tbspoons Self Raising Flour.

Method.

Mix all the ingredients together.Bake in the oven for thirty minutes on a medium heat. Easy as that!

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I also dusted them with icing sugar.My friend added raisins to hers and topped with hazel nuts.

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Yummy Nutella Muffins.Enjoy!

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