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Thunder & Lightning's top picks for Christmas Gifts!

How's your Christmas shopping going guys, I hope you are are keeping calm...there's only a couple of weeks to go!

If you are anything like me the thought of braving the high street at this time of year is overwhelming, in fact i've pretty much bought all my Christmas presents for friends and family online, from local independent retailers or made them myself!

There's still time to order a few awesome bits from what Thunder & Lightning has to offer, the last date for orders to guarantee delivery before Christmas is Wednesday 20th December, so get those orders in fast!

To help give you some ideas here are my top picks for presents for your faves!

I just love these glitter acrylic heart necklaces from Nic Love, they are handmade in London and are available in Red and Blue for £35 each head over to the ACCESSORIES section now to bag yourself one.

The butter soft real leather chokers and cuffs will beautifully mould to fit the body with wear. The stunning foiled finish will not crack, peel or fade and with care can be worn proudly for years to come!

Foil leather outer, suede lined and have an adjustable stud fastening (2.5cm width choker & 2cm cuff) and available in Hot Pink or Gold. Handmade in South East London by Escoteric London. The Choker is £35 and the Cuff is £24

One of my favourite items in stock at the moment is this hand screen printed Unisex Tshirt by Dogbreath Apparel, featuring an Anime inspired design on the front. These are available in Sizes S - L (the large will fit up to an 16-18 for the girls) and is £20, don't forget to check out the other T-Shirt designs also available, all made to order in the UK.

Next I have the ultimate new home accessory to cheer up any doorway, these are my handmade pom pom and tassel door swag. Available in several colours & commissions are also welcome i'm happy to make them in any colour. They are £14 each and each one is completely unique!

Finally if you are after some stocking fillers, secret santa presents or an extra little treat for under a tenner (in fact none of these are over £7) than look no further than the lovely range of pins and patches that you can find HERE 

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Pop Up Shop @ waterintobeer, Brockley SE4 - Saturday 16th December 2017

I'm really looking forward to my next pop up shop which will be held at waterintobeer in Brockley SE4 London, a craft Beer Bottle Shop & Homebrewing Supplies spot.

Come along from midday for a good shop of my wares, including some great new items that have recently arrived in stock, plus endless salty popcorn and an excellent range of craft beers, full details can be found HERE . If that's not all once the pop up is finished around 6pm there will be a Music Improv performance on that same evening and you can find out more about the performance & purchase tickets HERE

Also if you bring one of my flyers or mention you head about the pop up on the blog or social media I'll give you a cheeky 10% off any purchase (not applicable to the beer i'm afraid!)

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Morgs & Jen's Sewcial Club - Christmas Wreath Workshop at Little Nan's Deptford / Sat 9th Dec from 2pm

Myself & my crafting wife Jen (also know as Morgs & Jen's Sewcial Club ) are hosting a super sparkly, super glittery, super over the top Christmas Wreath making workshop at non other than Little Nan's in Deptford on Saturday 9th December 2-5pm

Tickets are now on Sale!

CLICK HERE to get your ticket as numbers are limited, the price is £25 per person which includes tuition & all your uber Christmas supplies plus a Hot Mulled Apple Juice spiked with your fave spirit!

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NEW STOCK ALERT! Unisex Barbed Wire Sweatshirt by Syd & Mallory

These cool new unisex sweatshirts have just landed from Syd & Mallory's latest Winter drop and perfect timing too seeing as the mercury has dropped to proper wintery levels!

Bag yourself one of the beauts in sizes Small - XL unisex fit at £36.00 each. Numbers are limited so bag one whilst you can 

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Popping Up in December - Little Nan's & waterintobeer

To round off what's been a crazy 2017, I am squeezing in two more Pop Up Shops before the year ends and both are in December!

First up is this Sunday 03/12/2017. I will be back once again at the wondrous Vintage & Craft Market at Little Nan's Broadway Theatre Saloon, Catford, which is held every first Sunday of the month, kicking off as always from 11am till around 5pm I will be joined by local crafts people, makers, vintage sellers or people having a good old clear out of their wardrobes. There is always great bargains and beautiful items on sale, plus endless supplies for yummy coffee, Cat Food Cakes and Teapot Cocktails!

Little Nan's Sunday Market

The second pop up, back by popular demand will be back at Brockley's premier Craft Beer Bottle Shop & Homebrewing Supplies spot waterintobeer. Come from midday for a good shop of my wares plus endless salty popcorn and an excellent range of craft beers, full details can be found HERE . If that's not all once the pop up is finished around 6pm there will be a Music Improv performance on that same evening and you can find out more about the performance & purchase tickets HERE

See you soon, M x

4th pop up thunder and lightning @ waterintobeer

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NEW STOCK ALERT! Pom Pom creations from Thunder & Lightning

As always I have been busy crafting in any spare moment & this time I've produced a small range of brightly coloured pom pom keyrings, brooches and even a mini pom pom garland!

All handmade and all mega cute!

Here's a preview of my faves, check out the rest in the ACCESSORIES section!

Prices start at £4, pretty good for something totally unique and handcrafted I think :) 

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NEW STOCK ALERT ! Flash yer tits sheer top by Syd & Mallory

Check out what had just landed at Thunder & Lightning from one of my fave's Syd & Mallory!

The Flash yer tits sheer tee, is made from a black mesh in a boxy cropped shape, finished with silver metallic, leatherette lightning bolts appliqued on the front. Available in sizes S - XL at £23.00 each, they will fit a range of sizes from 8 - 18, each is hand made to order in Syd & Mallory's Sheffield workshops.

Flash Yer tits sheer

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Morgs & Jen's Sewcial Club at Cabaret Vs Cancer Craft & Vintage Bazaar 2017

I'm very excited to announce that my crafting wife & I, in our other alter ego Morgs & Jen's Sewcial Club (follow us on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM & DM us your email so we can add you to our newsletter) will be hosting a Pom Pom crafting bonanza at this years Cabaret Vs Cancer Craft & Vintage Bazaar, on Sunday 26th November 2017 held at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club 

There will be Pom Pom's and sparkles akimbo from us, come along & help us raise some money for a fab charity!

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NEW STOCK ALERT! - Dogbreath Apparel

Wheeeeee hey guys I've got some new stock appearing online this week from a new to Thunder & Lightning, Brand Dogbreath Apparel based in Sheffield where all the items are designed and made!

Just take a look at my fave picks below and see the rest of the new additions now available via the website, I'm already coveting one in every colour and style!

First up we have the I am Sad Anime Print T-shirt £20 in Sizes S / M / L Unisex Fit

Then next up this super cute canvas Bee & Beetle zip up clutch for £15

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More Halloween Crafting with Morgs & Jen's Sewcial Club - Pom Pom Bats

Next up yet another Halloween DIY for you all bought to you by Morgs and Jen's Sewcial Club (A Pair of crafting obsessives made up of myself & Jenni Wilson, follow us on Facebook and Instagram & DM us your email address & we'll add you to our newsletter so you can get other super special DIY's and Invites to Workshops & Stitch n Bitches!) 

Now back to the DIY, which is for a Pom Pom Bat!

This Pom Pom Bat is so cute and pretty easy to make, it'd be great to do with some friends of kids in preparation for getting the home ready for Autumn or a Halloween Party and is much more special than some of the plasticky, cheap decorations you find in the shops. The materials needed are inexpensive and can be found at Hobbycraft or through craft supply sellers on Amazon or Ebay, but I do recommend seeking out any local independent haberdashers or craft shops first, supporting your local indie retailers is something very close both our hearts!

MATERIALS

  • 50g Black DK (Double Knit) Yarn in Black *This can be any cheap acrylic yarn it does not need to be expensive.

  • One black Pipe cleaner

  • Scissors

  • Large Pom Pom Maker (These come in a set of Four with XL, Large, Medium & Small Sized makers)

  • Yarn Needle

  • Stick On googly eyes

  • Card or Paper

  • Marker Pen or Pencil

  • Contact Adhesive such as UHU multipurpose

  • Black Felt

STEP 1 

First you need to make the pom pom body of the bat, which is super easy using a pom pom maker. You buy these in a set and they are inexpensive but you will get so much use out of them! Take the pom pom maker, open up the curved arms on one side and start to wrap the yarn around. Keep going until the curved arm is full of wool and the inner curve is totally full. The more you wrap the fatter the pom pom! Once this is complete snip the end of the yarn, shut the pom pom maker and repeat the process on the opposite side.

STEP 2 

Next take a pair of scissors and snip around the middle of the outer edge of either side of the pom pom maker, under the yarn is a groove the scissors will slide into. This helps keep the snips even, be careful not to let the maker open up and all the wool to fall out! Do this on both sides of the pom pom maker

STEP 3 

Cut a 50cm length of yarn and wrap and knot it around the center of the pom pom maker, make sure you keep this tight to ensure the pom pom stays in one piece. Open up the arms of the pom pom maker, take hold of the white central circles and pull the two sides of the pom pom maker apart and voila a pom pom is born!

STEP 4

Take your scissors again and give your pom pom a little hair cut, snipping off any uneven straggly yarns. Ensure you do not snip the long ties knotted around the middle as you will need these later!

STEP 5

The next step is to make the template for your bat wings, take a piece of paper or thin card and draw out a bat shaped wing. This can be as big or small as you want, depending how scary or cute you want your bat to be. Fold the card in half and cut around the outside with scissors.

STEP 6 

Open up your wings! Mine are around 20cm wide and kind of skinny because I like the contrast between the bats fat fluffy body and cute little wings! Next place this template on your piece of felt and cut around the edges with scissors.

STEP 7 

Take your adhesive and run a small line of it along the top edge of your felt wings. You may need to allow the glue 30 seconds or so to start to get tacky, then bend and stick your pipe cleaner along the glued edge. Trim off the excess with scissors or wire cutters if your scissors are your pride & joy!

STEP 8 

Using the needle, thread one strand of the long yarn of the pom pom onto it. Then join the wings to the pom pom with a couple of big stitches passing through the felt, the center of the pom pom and back through the top of the bat again. You now trim the long strands of excess wool or keep them attached and hang the finished bat from.

STEP 9

The final step is taking a pair of goggly eyes, I like using different sized ones to make my bat look extra goofy, peel off the backing paper and stick them onto the front of the bats. Mould the pipe cleaner supported wings up in a mid flight kind of position, then make a few more and get hanging them round your home! Experiment with the different sized pom pom makers if you've bought a set and maybe create a entire little family of pom pom bats this halloween.

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A Little Halloween Crafting Collaboration with The Beat That My Heart Skipped

As you know myself and my crafting wife Jenni have started Morgs and Jen's Sewcial Club, so we are delighted to present the first of our three super special Halloween Crafting DIY's, this one is super special a super special collaboration with Rohini Wahi, one of my fave good friends. She is an Interiors Trend Forecaster, Stylist & Journalist as well as the writer & creator of The Beat That My Heart Skipped Blog (celebrating it's 10th anniversary this year!). We once did a Christmas DIY together many moons ago (check it out HERE ) when the blog was just a baby & have only just gotten around to doing another, but we promised each other we would not leave it so long next time!

I did a Christmas Crating DIY with her many moons ago (which you can check out HERE ) and we always talked about collaborating again but didn't manage to do it till now and just in time for Halloween! 

Below is a sneak peak of the fabulous Pompkins DIY that I'm sure will soon be decorating your homes in time for Halloween, to see the full DIY head over the The Beat That My Heart Skipped Blog now!

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NEW STOCK ALERT! - DOOR SWAG IS HERE!

I have been busy creating some new yarn based accessories, this time for your home! I am happy to introduce to you a new line in Door Swag! Brightly coloured home accessories made up of pom poms and mega tassels attached to a plaited yarn cord with loop at the top to hang over any boring door or handle or corner of a shelf to bring a fluffy splash of colour into your home!

Head over to the accessories section now and grab yourself one, each is a complete one off so totally unique!

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An Interview with Thunder & Lightning

Earlier in the year the founder of Thunder & Lightning Morgan (yours truly) was interviewed by Change & Effect Ltd. A new local Lewisham based South London start up, created to help support and promote Urban Businesses in the area. You can check out their shiny newly launched website HERE

The interview was held at my recently ended long term pop up at PLACE / Ladywell and you can watch the full video below where I talk about the kind of brands and items I stock and how I came to start the business. You also get the treat of my mad Cornish voice, so do enjoy that as well!

Thanks so much to the guys at Change & Effect for inviting me to get involved #shopsmall #shoplocal

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SALE BARGAINS ! Grab them before they are gone!

Have you checked out the Sale Section? There are bargains galore and here's a run down of the last few sizes available of our best sellers this year! Don't miss out!

Angela Trouser - Size Large 14/16 - Was £38 now £24

if you're digging the Angela Trouser Print you'll love the Carolyn Maxi Skirt - Sizes S 8/10 & L 14/16 left - was £38 now £24

Next up we have the last Tammy Swing Skirt (I've got one of these's she's a gem!) - Size 18 - was £23.50 now £12

This lovely Owl Print Dress with self tie in autumnal colours is perfect for layering - Size 18/12 - Was £53 now £30

The last of the Recycled Backpacks from Beyond Retro. Recycled from 70's Maxi Dresses - was £36 now £31

Adorable Embroidered Rose Patch Sheer Baby Doll - Size M & XL only - Was £42 now £36

Who doesn't love this Gingham Sophia Playsuit - Size M (12/14) & L (14/16) only - was £42 now £28

Finally there is only one left of these Heartbreaker Sweatshirts, super snuggly and oversized - Size XL only - was £34 now £25.50.

There's these plus lots more in the Sale section so fill you bargain boots!

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It's the most Spookiest time of the year!

I know we are barely into October but I'm already excited about Halloween and the change of the season to Autumn which is my favorite time of year! I am already trying to wear my new snuggly warm coat even though it's not quite chilly enough

If you are looking for some not too crazy and over the top Halloween accessories I can help you out (I'm not really down with some light up pumpkin bopper headbands from poundland tbh!).

Head over to the Accessories section of the website for Glittery Skull and Bone hair clips, Witch pin, Alternative Scouting Badges (impress your friends with your Spirit Medium, Grave Robbery or Curses & Hexes Patches!) or even a hand knitted skull brooch to finish off any October outfit! 

Prices start from £4.50 YAY!

Also watch out for some awesome Halloween Pom Pom Decoration DIY's coming your way real soon!

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GETTING SWISHY WITH IT THIS SUNDAY 8TH OCTOBER!

Hey Gang,

Happy Halloween Month!

Keep a look out on the blog really soon for some fantastic spooky DIY's created especially for you by Morg's & Jens Sewcial Club (which I am one half of!) if you havn't already give us a follow on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK we've got some exciting new crafting workshops coming up soon as well!

In the meantime for those of you in and around the SE London area there is an exciting event coming up this weekend. We are hosting a Clothes & Craft Supplies Swishing Party this Sunday 8th October 2017 from 2pm at the Talbot Pub in Brockley. Nearest Stations are St Johns, Brockley, New Cross, Lewisham and there are a host of buses running nearby on Lewisham Way.

Full details and rules of our Swish can be found on our Facebook Event Page but basically you can bring any good quality (basically bring anything you wouldn't mind getting yourself) Adult or Kids Clothing and Shoes, and / or crafting supplies you have excess of and exchange them for swapping tokens, then have a good old rummage through eveeryhting on offer! It's a great eco freindly, sustainable and cheap way to get yourself some new stuff!

See you there! 

Morgs xx

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ONE DAY ONLY MASSIVE SALE - MOVING OUT OF THE SHOP PARTY!

As you know I am moving out of the bricks & mortar shop in Lewisham this month (if you didn't don't panic you can still SHOP ONLINE & I will be doing a host of pop ups, markets & music festivals) 

The last day of trading in the shop will be Saturday 23rd September and I've decided to throw a MOVING OUT OF THE SHOP SALE & PARTY there will be a massive 40% off all full price items and an additional 10% off Sale items (plus there are a few bits of furniture / shop display items for sale)! Not only that there will be complimentary drinkies, because a  party is not a party with out some drinks is it!? 

Come along and celebrate a year of being in Place / Ladywell with me, bring your friends, bring your mum, bring your dog but don't forget your wallet ;-) 

Love

Morgs xxx

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Changes at Thunder & Lightning

Hey Everyone, it's with mixed emotions I write this post as I am sadly having to close the bricks & mortar shop on Lewisham High Street this month. 

There are a number of reasons this is happening that I will not bore you with here but do not despair the online shop will still remain and I will be taking Thunder & Lightning on tour! I am planning a series of Pop Ups at various bars, pubs, markets, festivals and other events throughout the year.

So please sign up to the mailing list or keep checking the blog & social media pages ( facebook / instagram / twitter )  for more information.

I will also still be continuing the crafting workshops with my Buisness B*tch at Morgs and Jen's Sewcial Club, check out our instagram and facebook pages for upcoming events!

As always I encourage everyone I meet to #shopsmall #shoplocal support your local independent businesses and stop our high streets being over run by cookie cutter, mass produced, chain stores. Ask about where you clothes are manufactured, think about the sustainability of where your purchases come from and if they have been ethically produced, has everyone been paid fairly? If you're buying a T-shirt for a couple of quid then probably not!

I just wanted to say a MASSIVE, HUGE, THANKYOU to everyone who has been involved with getting Thunder & Lightning started (particularly my husband who has been a total babe through all the awesome times and the stresses, particularly in the last few months!) and also to every single one of my past customers and to my future ones too! Thunder & Lightning is not gone, just reincarnated into another form!

Also if you work in or run a venue / establishment in and around London and would like me to do a pop up or take part in a market or festival etc drop me an email at morgan@thunderandlightningshop.com as I'd love to hear from you!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

Morgan xxx

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Morgs & Jen's Sewcial Club - Knitted Jersey Necklace Workshop

A brand new workshop from Morgs & Jen's Sewcial Club at Beer Rebellion Gipsy Hill

Learn how to make a super sustainable, recycled chunky knitted necklace using recycled t-shirt jersey yarn!

Not only will you learn some basics of knitting, we will be showing you how to make your own yarn from t-shirts from scratch, it's the ultimate in sustainable, recycled accesory making! 

The workshop will inlcude tutorials in cutting up a old t-shirt and turning it into fantastic chunky yarn, plus basic knitting techniques to create you're own unique chunky knitted necklace. All materials and instructions are included in the price PLUS a pint of delicious craft beer from Beer Rebellions hand selected menu. £25 per person.

The workshop starts at 7.30pm and will last approx 2 hours. NO KNITTING SKILLS REQUIRED

Beer Rebellion is easily accessed from Gipsy Hill station (it's across the road) and bus 322 & 3 stop close by but is also very close to Crystal Palace Station and many more bus routes

Full Details & to book your ticket please CLICK HERE

If you have any questions before booking please email lewishamsewcials@hotmail.com