Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Forest Hill

So today I turned half of 90, not much you do as an adult for your birthday but alongside some Lego I got taken out for brunch by a friend to glorious underrated Forest Hill.

If its not enough that the South East London borough has the Horiman Museum it also is home to some of the capitals finest independent shops and cafes.

Canvas & Cream is not only a fantastic eatery but also is home to art in the C&C gallery, I'd be quite happy to get the train just to come here to be honest.

THE only haberdashery shop that also feels like something out of Bagpuss, Stag & Bow. This treasure trove of threads, fabric and pins also has art, gifts by local designers and runs courses. If you have a sewing machine or knitting needles you would be mad not to visit.

After getting your fill of threads from Stag & Bow I can highly recommend a coffee and cake in The Archie Parker - I didn't visit today because I was too full from early but I did pop into Sugar Mountain. This sweet treat of a place is 80's heaven I had no idea it was there until today! Ice cream sitting in a booth with an E.T. and Back to the Future posters what more could you ask for? oh yes a Metal Mickey annual to hand!

SE23 has a heck of a lot to offer, if you haven't taken a look then go! especially if you're on the orange line (you know the overground).

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Badges of Pride

Today I was working in a museum without my sewing machine! I did feel sort of naked to start with because, well thats what I do isn't it? stitch? not today, I was back to my children TV roots with 'makes' and was very lucky to be a part of the National Maritime Museums Rainbow Week for LGBT History Month (#LGBTHM17).

Kicking off with the London Gay Men's Chorus (who were just amazing), rainbow ships, mermaids, cross dressing pirate stories and I got to help children make their own version of a ships badge (ships badges took over from figure heads - showing the identity of the vessel, think of it as a boat family crest) the idea was to look at your identity and how you could sum it up in simple image and colours - its not as easy as it sounds! I took a sewing machine and made it into a penguin feeding its chick mother/sewing being pretty much me, and well I like green so that worked.

Penelope's fruit filled jelly was fantastic! (and very original!)

Dragons were popular

as were bunnies

rainbow girl did an beautiful rainbow

Thank you to everyone that joined in, I am exhausted it was so busy! Please take a look at events round the country for LGBTHM in museums as there are some fantastically fun ones about for half term.