DIY, EVENTS, HALLOWEEN, HANDMADE, WORKSHOPS

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.

EVENTS, HALLOWEEN, HANDMADE, WORKSHOPS

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!

NEWS, PRESS

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!

HALLOWEEN, HANDMADE

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

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NEW STOCK & BACK IN STOCK - Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes

WHEEEEE the Boss Lady Patches & Pins, plus the Gin & Tonic and Lazer Gun Pins are back in stock from the epic Scottish brand Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes!

Not only that a couple of new designs have sneaked in too! There's a cute Fish in a Bag pin reminiscent of those poor little fishes you used to win at the fair and for all you Thunder Cats Fans a Sword of Omen's Pin! 

YAY! 

NEWS, NEW STOCK

Dromsjel Signed Prints now available online!

If you have visited my shop or one of my pop ups you will have probably seen the marvellous prints I exclusively stock in the UK for Berlin based artist Drømsjel also know as Pierre Schmidt. 

These wonderful prints, each signed & stamped from limited print runs are all A3 size high quality printed on 300 gsm matte paper and now available to buy ONLINE!

Each is from a Limited run of only 20!

 

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Music & Spoken Word Event @ PLACE / Ladywell

Thunder & Lightning is currently situated in semi-permanent pop up social enterprise hub PLACE / Ladywell in Lewisham, SE London. It's a great little space full or creatives, Indie retailers & services as well as a Cafe & fab Haberdashery shop that I'm always in! 

I'm helping out with organising a Music & Spoken Word Event on Saturday 16th September. There will be interactive workshops for kids as well as an afternoon of performances from local talented Singers, Poets & Spoken Word Artists!

Tickets & full details can be found HERE

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NEW STOCK! McIndoe Designs Toucan Unisex Striped Top

A fab new Unisex fit top from South East London babe Maddy of McIndoe Designs has jest landed in Thunder & Lightning!

Available in sizes Small - Large this unisex fit jersey top features a Navy & White Stripe with a super kitsch Toucan patch on the front!

Head instore or to the online shop to bag yourself this beauty!

NEWS, PRESS

Thunder & Lightning is now on Time Out London!

I'm excited to announce that I've listed the business on Time Out London, all official like! This along side my google business listing will hopefully make it easier for all my customers to find information out about the shop & website & how to find it!

Take a look HERE & feel free to submit a glowing review :) you know you want to because you're such a lovely customer!

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NEW WORKSHOP FROM MORGS & JEN'S SEWCIAL CLUB - Recycled Jersey Knitted Necklaces

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

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Upcycling Party @ The Fox & Firkin

Join Morgs & Jen's Sewcial Club for Upcycling Party at The Fox & Firkin Pub on Lewisham High Street from 8pm on Thursday 17th August

Do you have a boring old denim jacket, t-shirt, Tote Bag, Clutch Bag, Flips Flops, Sandals, Sweatshirt or any item of clothing or accessory that needs jazzing up?

Bring it along to our Upcycling Party and we will give you some ideas to reinvent your item into something epic, using glue, glitter, paint, wool, pom poms, stars,buttons, fabric and many other great trimmings, plus your first drink at the bar is included in the price! YAY!!

Tickets are £25 per person & can be bought at HERE

Skill Level : Basic - There will only be gluing and maybe some simple hand sewing at this workshop.

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POP UP SHOP! Thunder & Lightning @ waterintobeer, Brockley

Thunder & Lightning will once again be popping up with all her awesome wares at Brockley's premier Craft Beer & Brewing Shop waterintobeer!

Come along from midday, on Sundy 13th August, select a delicious beer from the fridge & have a browse of the fab UK Indie brand clothing & accessories, plus hand knitted goodies, art prints plus beer ....... did i mention that already?? Come on down and check it out, full deets here