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The legendary Viva Cake was back last weekend for one night only and we were there with our badge-a-rama stall! On what felt like the hottest day of the year so far I have to say the thought of winching myself into a fifties frock and stuffing myself with tea and cake all afternoon was a bit of a worry but I just about managed it! We set up quite quickly at 3 in the afternoon and tried to help the Viva Cake gals as they had to overcome leaving their cakes behind, finding milk and a leaky urn. They were ready just in time for the doors to open and my what a wonderful display of vintage cake holders and doilies! We watched with wonder as all the lovely ladies in red lipstick and fancy hats swung by arm in arm with their dapper beaus.
Lashings of tea and cake were promptly served by a voluptuous tea girl in a kind of french maids' outfit and a roller skating, top hat wearing boy with bells around his ankles - it's true! The well groomed punters sat around playing cards, dominos and of course making badges. Later on there were Lindy Hop lessons and the Brick Lane Boogie boys covered a string of Johnny Cash songs which was amazing. Then it was time for the Baron of Piccadilly (that's our Sam) to take to the decks and begin his first ever DJ set - a rockin' 3 hours of Boogie Woogie and Honky Tonk Piano, 40's and 50's Rhythm and Blues, Hillbilly, Rockabilly, 50's British Rock n Roll, Skiffle, Savage Rock 'n' Roll, Sleazy Burlesque Bump n Grind, Surf Instrumentals, Soda Shop Pop, Mondo Hawaiian / Jungle Exotica, 60's Beat, Garage Punk / Psych - It was a blast!
A few weeks ago I received a very exciting Myspace message from Kate of the original rock'n'roll tea dance - Viva Cake! Two years ago we hosted our first ever Badge-A-Rama stall at their summer fete in the George Tavern and the same year the Viva Cake gals hosted a bake-off at Superette's first birthday party. The girls decided to disband last year but the good news is they're back this Saturday for one night only at the Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes. The night starts early at 5pm with FREE tea and cakes served by roller skating waitresses along with a beauty bar, bowling, parlour games, a raffle (including prizes donated by us) a bake off and we're hosting our Badge-A-Rama stall! Later on there will be Lindy Hop lessons, some ace bands and then Sam (aka the Baron of Piccadilly) will be DJ-ing from 11.30pm to 2.30pm!
So guys 'n' dolls scribble Saturday May 10th in your diary coz it's gonna be a whole lotta fun and we hope to see y'all there!
Happy May Day folks! It's lovely and sunny in Shoreditch today and on our way into the studio we saw a group of six little cygnets in the canal it was so sweet. So it seems fitting to be launching our very own collection of fuzzy wuzzy critters today! It's another handmade collection and another new technique we've created ourselves over the past few months after collecting lots of boxes of vintage fuzzy felt. The cute characters are Fuzzy Bunny, Fuzzy Fawn and Fuzzy Skunk and they're all available as brooches or long gold necklaces with a ding-a-ling bell.
The adorable little play things are handmade from flock decorated wood and when we'd perfected the samples we began to plan the photoshoot. I remembered one of my fave Jackie Annual covers from 1980 which involved a super cute model hugging a furry white tiger. I have a small collection of vintage stuffed toys but we needed more! So last weekend I set off on my first thrifting jaunt of the year so far. I spent all day Saturday charity shop hopping in North London (I took the tube to High Barnet and then the 263 bus down to Archway jumping off every time I saw a charity shop!) and then on Sunday we were up at the Spring chorus to go car booting. My fave finds were a 1960s dog shaped doorstop (we had to glue his eyes back on though) and some old school pink curlers - we were going for a beauty school dropout look!
We called up our bestest model friend Suki Sou to come along for a day of fun and frolics in our newly refurbished Superette photographic studio in the basement of our shop. It was our first time working with hair and make up student Rachael who'd come all the way from Somerset and she was just great! Hope you enjoy looking through our photos and if you're going to treat yourself to a fuzzy friend I hope you enjoy hanging out with him, he'll make sure you look bunny cute at all times!