Monday, 15 December 2008

I'm a traditional stall holder.

Did the stall at FETE yesterday. Met some really lovely people. It was fun to be involved in something different and got to see some brilliant kids getting very excited about my tombola, splat the rat, and pin the tail on the donkey. Thanks to friends who called by and kept me company.

Happy 100th Birthday Alice

Last week it was my grandma's 100th birthday! We all went to Liverpool to celebrate. I find her such an inspiration when I think about all the things that she has seen and experienced. Britain has changed a lot, and been through a lot, in the last 100 years, and she's witnessed it all. She always manages to keep such a positive attitude and be in high spirits no matter what. Her attitude and her sence of humour must be whats kept her going to 100! Keep it up Grandma, Congratulations!

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Time Out Loves it.

The Fete we are taking part in on Sunday was listed on the Time Out's top ten christmas fairs. Quite exciting. Please do feel free to pop by and say hello as I'll be doing the stall on my own and it would be nice to see a friendly face.

12-6 The Old Boys Club

68 Boleyn Road
N16 8JG

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Tis the season to be jolly

The Winter Entertainments Club will be having a stall at FETE in Dalston this Sunday. We'll be playing games like pin the tale on the donkey and hopefully musical chairs. So please do come along to see what were up to. It'll be a little taster to get you in the mood for our Winter Party on the 17th! Hope to see you there

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Happy Advent Calendar

Here is the advent calendar I spent November making for Daniel. All the doors and boxes are collaged, it's got a lovely painted roof and there's lots of teeny tiny letters for Daniel. Here are some other nice advent calendars.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Party Games are in Vogue!

I was given this little book by a number of friends. It came free with the Guardian the other week. It's full of party games to play including a two page spread dedicated to Charades, the timeless classic. It's a good little reference so if you see it poking out of any recycling bins you should pinch it. I'll be referring to it for our Christmas Party!

Monday, 1 December 2008

Save the date - were having a party!

Just wanted to start telling everyone about what The Winter Entertainments Club has got planned for December. Well, not only have we got the usual club night which will be held on Wednesday the 17th of December, but also an extra event! The club will be having a stall at Dalston Fete on Sunday 14th December. But I'll tell you more about what I've got planned for that later. For now just cast your thoughts towards chrictmas decorations, party games, a table of party food by my friends at the ragged canteen (more about that later), and general christmas party fun.

Happy 1st December!

It's the first. Which means the first door on your advent calendar can be opened. I spent all of November making Daniel a rather elaborate calendar, which I will post pictures of in the next day or two. It's very colourful. I've got a few other posts planned for this week. I'll be telling you some things about our December theme. Christmas Party on the way!

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Fab Thursday!

Just wanted to say Thankyou to everyone who came along on Thursday. What a great night! I loved it when Vanessa Eaves showed her own Super 8 film of Blackpool Tower and when one of the smallest teams won the film quiz! It was so funny that every kept giving each other rounds of applause, like being at school, I loved it. I'm all ready planning the next one - party themed. Its going to be on Wednesday 17th December. Can't wait! Eek.
Here's a few photos of the quiz, the winners, people dancing and Laura and I serving jam tarts. I'll be posting more photos soon. Thanks again - I hope to see you all next time.

Monday, 17 November 2008

Thinking caps ready for Thursday?

I just spent ALL day making the film quiz which I'll be doing as part of the night this Thursday. There will be sound bites, a tag line section and other film themed questions to get you brains itching. I'm very excited about it. The best part - it's all British themed. I never knew there was so many British films, ah the wonders of internet. 
Also found this website, all about British film, whilst doing my research. 
Also Ealing Studios has a cute logo.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Next Stop....

I was recently looking at 'London Transport Posters'. It's a really nice book about the lovely old posters which where made by artists of the day to get people out into the countryside and other places of interest by tube. I hadn't realised it accompanies an exhibition at London Transport Museum, 'The Art of the Poster'. Exhibition runs till the end of March 2009, so you've got plenty of time to go see it. Pictured is another lovely book. 

Something To Do

 Josie Long sounds like a funny and rather clever lady. She's performing her show, 'All Of The Planets Wonders', at Soho Theatre, tonight, Friday and Saturday. Apparently it's cool, kooky, loveliness (Time Out). It was this picture that caught my attention. It reminds me of the these curtains.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

and Action!

November is film themed and today I went into cinephilia on Sclater Street, off Brick Lane, London. I always like to check out any new small businesses and my friend had told me about this one. They've got lots of really nice books - all about film. They have a Wallflower Press section, a second hand books section, a lending libary and a student book exchange. They've only been open five weeks so stop by and take a look.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Things to do in November

If you are lucky enough to own an allotment or even a garden (I unfortunately am not), then this article titled 'Things to do in November' may be of interest. It's on the 'Observer Organic Allotment Blog' which seems quite nice. It tells you about how to attract wildlife such as birds and bats to your allotment during the winter months and how to help out our little friends by feeding them.

Lewes was Firey

We went to Lewes on Bonfire night. It was all that I had hoped for and more. So many different costume. So much fire and so very noisy. Bangers were constantly being dropped by people in the parade. All the different societies wore stipey knitted jumpers in their colours. I loved the kids being pushed in prams decorated like kiyaks, the hand painted banners and the giant Guy Fawkes to burn on the bonfire.

Friday, 7 November 2008

Who ate all the pie?

Daniel and Colin came for dinner the other night and I made steak and vegetable pie. I gave it a little winter entertainments club decoration. It's bunting hanging from branches, incase you can't tell.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

All fired up

Today I'll be going to Lewes to see their annual celebrations of 5th November. I've heard a lot about it and I've been wanting to go for a long time. I've had a look on the council website and they try to deter 'outsiders' from visiting. Apparently because it gets so busy and there is so much fire about. There are seven bonfire societies in Lewes, each representing an area of Lewes. Each society wears their own colours and puts on a procession at different times throughout the night. I can't wait. 

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Teacake anyone?

I was delighted to see that Matt at Eye Rocket Books posted about my Halloween costume on their blog. Eye Rocket Books makes small publications which are so nicely crafted. You know the way The Winter Entertainments Club is all about Britain, well EyeRocket is all about America. I love that. They are based in Chicago and they also give talks about their projects. I'm a box of Tunnocks Teacakes in case you can't tell.

Monday, 3 November 2008

World Wide Club

The Winter Entertainments Club is actually quite modern you know. We are on myspace now. I've been working hard to make it look nice so please do take a look. Also we have a facebook account. And I'm excited that a gentleman who writes for two London websites will hopefully be posting about the night. But I'll tell more about that when I know for sure.

November Meeting

Here are some pictures of the November Meetings Invitation. It folds out. I drew it. I've been handing these out about town so I hope you all get one!

Little treats

Not everyone knows that The Winter Entertainments Club makes lots of charming little treats for all the friends and guests. Last month I made 250 limited, hand stamped invitations (pictured). Also everyone who came along on the night was given a little goody bag filled with paper treats when they arrived (also pictured). I've more goodies planned for November.

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Train Spotting

If you thought being interested in trains was for, well, weird men who carry flasks and notebooks then take a look at these fancy trains. A while ago I saw a Pullman train (pictured above), it looked so fancy with it's traditional dining room carriages. I've had quite an interest in fancy trains in the past - The Orient Express, The Trans Siberian Railway and now I've discovered I can go on my very own Bond like adventure in South England (without the villains and fighting of course) on the Bluebell Railway. And it doesn't cost to much either.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Birds like Crumbs

Cute graffiti doesn't really fit in to the traditional British idea, however October is Nature Theme month and I just couldn't resist posting about these photos of sparrows I stumbled across near London Fields.

Deathly Foraging

I have been interested in foraging for food for a long time. I even went on an organised walk once which showed me how to get sap from trees. I know the basics - blackberries, wild garlic, spanish chestnuts but I dont know anything about the daunting subject of mushrooms. This brilliant article discusses the fears, sometimes deadly consiquences and terrifying possibility of picking mushrooms such as the 'death cap' alongside the joy of foraging through the woods all day. I'm not so keen on mushrooms and this definately hasn't won me over!

Monday, 20 October 2008

Jo Blaker A.K.A. The Winter Entertainments Club guest conker speaker, has set up her new blog for her brilliant and lovely conker products. So take a look and if you like what you see then you'd better snatch those goodies up - there aren't many left from her visit to the world conker championships.


Here's some photos of The October Meeting - Nature Theme. Thanks to everyone who came along on Thursday evening! It was a great night - I loved it. Also thanks to Jo and Erik for their brilliant talk about conkers (pictured). I believe there was quite a few bruises from the conker championships although everyone was happy thanks to the jam tarts and prizes. Do come again next month - third thursday at Bethnal Green Working Mens Club.

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