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Join Morgs & Jen's Sewcial Club on Saturday 24th March from 2pm for a bright & sunny (hopefully!) joys of Spring filled crafting workshop at the fab new Hop Stuff brewery tap room, Taproom SE8 in Deptford Market Yard.
We have 3 crafting options on offer for this workshop, guaranteed to brighten up your home!
Yarn Wall Hangings
Spring Inspired Pom Pom Wreaths
Pom Pom and Tassel Door Swag
Pick one to work on during the crafting sesh for only £5. To quench your thirst there is a fab selection of craft beers and cocktails as well as AMAZING wood fired oven baked pizza's!
To book your place CLICK HERE as soon as poss to avoid disappointment!
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After the successful inaugural Swish back in October Morgs & Jen's Sewcial Club will be SWISH SWISH SWISHING again upstairs at The Talbot in St Johns / Brockley on Saturday 10th February 2018.
If you've never been to a Swish before here are the details & rules, it's a super fun & sustainable way to clear out your wardrobe & bag some fab new things!
- Unisex, Womens & Men's clothes only
- 10 Items per person (1 item = 1 swished item)
- Arrive at 2pm, drop of your items to be sorted, grab a pint & come back at 3pm to get swishing!
- Good quality items only, please only bring clothes or a nice quality you'd be happy to take home personally
- No fighting, any disputes are settled with a coin toss to see who gets the item
- Pay £3 cover charge to take part
If you have any questions do not hesitate to drop myself & Jen a message via the WEBSITE
We are hoping to make this a regular event, every other month so do not despair if you miss this one. We will be back again in May!
50% of Morgs & Jen;s Sewcial Club & 100% of Thunder & Lightning...that some how makes me 150% of being a busy bee indeed!
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Head over to the Vintage Section ASAP because, for a limited time only there is a massive 40% off everything, that includes already discounted items!
Use discount code VINTAGE at the checkout to claim your 40% discount! Hurry this offer is only valid until Midnight on 2nd Jan 2018!!
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How's your Christmas shopping going guys, I hope you 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
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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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 heard 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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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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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!
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
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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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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.
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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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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
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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!
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
Large Pom Pom Maker (These come in a set of Four with XL, Large, Medium & Small Sized makers)
Stick On googly eyes
Card or Paper
Marker Pen or Pencil
Contact Adhesive such as UHU multipurpose
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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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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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!
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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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
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!
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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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!
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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 ;-)