Halloween Baby Rave

Friday 28th October 2016

Yesterday saw the Little Lady and I attending our first Halloween Party.

And it wasn’t just any old party.

It was a Halloween. Baby. Rave.

Missuswolf Halloween baby rave Albion Centre Blyth dark room uv lights

I’m not the most creative of people. So when it came to Ella’s Halloween costume, it was a good old trip to Asda (Actually it was more like a lazy-online-order-in-my-pjs-while-necking-wine).

No doubt there would be other’s in the same outfit (turns out I didn’t see any).

It was suitable Halloween Baby Rave attire.

A bright orange pumpkin vest with a fluorescent green tutu and stripey white and green tights.

I’m actually jealous.

I want an adult sized one.

Instead I took the opportunity to wear the darkest and vampiest shades of my Urban Decay Naked 2 eyeshadow coupled with my new Crimson lippie from Boots Natural Collection (recommendation by a very good friend). Hell I even did a bit of backcombing of my hair to save me from brushing it properly.

Missuswolf Halloween baby Rave woman holding baby in pumpkin outift looking at each other

Halloween Baby Rave Ready

With it being the closest I’ll get to a rave in these toned down years of my life I’m bliddy making the most of it!

So off we trot to the Albion Centre in Blyth. The Rave started at 12.30 (and was on until 2pm) so this gave me a lovely long morning to potter about.

It turns out the more time I have, the worse a mammy I am. I packed her milk, just not the actual bottle.

Or any kind of plug device (dummy).

More fool me as we stood in the queue and she just whinged the entire time. So much so that we had to borrow a dummy from my really good mammy friend (high-five to the mammy tribe!)

Once we signed in, we parked up our buggies in the buggy park-come-chill- out-room. Cue mammy friends standing round catching up seeing how each other is and offering moral support to those who are having a tough day.

That’s when the music started.

Ah the distant memories of being pulled towards a nightclub for the pulsating music. Now I’m being pulled towards a soft-play in the dark.

Shoes were not permitted in the Rave Room so we all played pass the babas as we took it in turns to take off our footwear.

Once inside, the room had been darkened but there were plenty of UV lights to still be able to see where we were going.

Missuswolf Halloween baby rave darkened room with UB lights and soft play

We made our way through the room, stopping to chat to people we knew before taking our place with our mammy tribe (cake club) next to the ball pool.

Halloween Baby Rave baby in a ball pool holding a red ball

Although the room was really warm to start with, it did cool off a little as the party went on.

The lovely Rachael Logue who organised the event, did a speech about Tots and Tums and her experience with Postnatal Depression. This was then followed by glo-sticks and dancing at the front of the room.

Missuswolf Halloween baby Rave people in a dark room with uv lights

There was a set-up in the middle of the room with soft mats and soft play toys. Cushions were scattered for little babies to lie on or for mammies to perch their tired backsides.

Ella played in and around the ball pool with her little playmates until I had to do the mammy jig to calm down her whinging. Of course I still wanted to chat so I was up and down with her while I nattered on.

Halloween baby Rave two babies in pumpkin outfits sitting together

Floozy Ella flirting already

The sensory aspect of the rave was hugely successful. It wore a lot of the babas out – including Ella. She NEVER falls asleep on me but she was passed out on me towards the end.

That’s how I measure a successful baby event!

Enough to wear her out that she falls asleep on me.

Back home I troop to feed and change her. I think someone must be teething as an incessant whinge ensues the whole afternoon – enough to drive me to avoid bedtime.

Instead I escaped to ‘tidy the kitchen’ where I promptly popped open a bottle and hid drinking fizz.

And had my own mammy rave.

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

Elementary V Watson: Up and coming Halloween Events 

Monday 3rd October 2016

Today on the blog I have Victoria Watson who is a copy-editor, writer and Creative Writing tutor.

 

Funnily enough,

Halloween

is my busiest time of year.

OK, you may think that with a face like this one, I must get plenty of work as a witch but thankfully that’s not why my diary is so full.

Missuswolf Elementary V Watson

As a Creative Writing tutor, I run two weekly groups in Newcastle (Mondays, 7-9pm at Quilliam Brothers Teahouse) and Whitley Bay (Thursdays, 4-6pm at Di Meo’s Delaval Ices) and members of my groups – the so-called Elementary Writers – have been giving performances at different events and venues for a few years now.

In October 2013, we put on ‘Thrills ‘n’ Chills’ at the Avalon in Whitley Bay. Members of the group were tasked with creating original horror stories to perform in front of an audience which included writers Zoe Sharp and Rod Glenn. Well, that evening went so well that Wild Wolf Publishing offered to put together an anthology of the poetry and short stories featured at that event. To launch the book, ‘Thrills ‘n’ Chills’, readers performed their works at the historic Lit and Phil to a packed audience.

Last summer, I was approached by The Cumberland Arms to produce their Halloween show. The brief was simple: create original gothic horror stories and get dressed up. We were asked to write ghost stories as opposed to graphic horror. Candy skulls and gore were out, old fashioned Victorian gothic was in. The set, designed by the incredibly talented Ian J. Young, was beyond what I could have ever imagined and the lighting added to the atmosphere of the evening. I even got to lay flowers on my own grave! The writers who were involved thrived on the challenge and their original stories and poems got the attention of Wild Wolf Publishing once again. ‘Blood from the Quill’ was released in April this year and, finally, Elementary Writers will officially launch the book at October’s Stanza (Thursday, 20th October at Beldon’s at The Exchange in North Shields).

Following our sell-out performance

at the Cumberland last year,

we were in demand for this Halloween.

Our gig at Old Low Light – ‘The Visitation’ (Saturday, 29th October) – was booked in March and we’ve since added ‘After Dark’ at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade to our listings for Saturday, 5th November. Earlier this month, I had someone asking me what we had planned for Halloween 2017!

All of this has made me reflect on why Elementary Writers are so popular at this time of year. Sure, we have other gigs throughout the year as a collective and as individuals, but October always seems particularly busy.

Many of the writers who attend my workshops like to write sci-fi, horror and fantasy which seem to inspire strong ghost stories. However, even the writers who often write historical fiction or contemporary tales relished the challenge of producing something original to a specific brief.

I’m very lucky that the writers who attend my workshops are open-minded and willing to experiment. And many of them really seemed to enjoy the performance element of picking costumes and being onstage.

So, whether you’d like to hear ‘Blood from the Quill’ works read aloud or if you’d like to experience original Halloween stories for 2016, get yourself along to one of the performances coming in October and November, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Missuswolf Elementary V Watson Bloof From The Quill

Blood from the Quill launch at The Stanza: Thursday, 20th October – Beldons at The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields. NE30 1SE. Doors open 7pm. £3 on the door.

Missuswolf Elementary V Watson The Visitation

The Visitation at Old Low Light: Saturday, 29th October – Old Low Light, Clifford’s Fort, Fish Quay, North Shields. NE30 1JA. Doors open 7pm. Tickets can be bought through Eventbrite or by emailing admin@oldlowlight.co.uk

After Dark at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade: Saturday, 5th November – Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House Museum, Spanish Battery, North Shields. NE30 4DD. Doors open 7pm. Email enquiries@tvlb.org to book tickets.

You can find out more about Victoria’s business, Elementary V Watson at www.elementaryvwatson.com

 

 

Jody Gehrman – Audrey’s Guide To Witchcraft

SUNDAY 18th NOVEMBER 2012

Please note this post does contain affiliate links,

Today I finished my Halloween themed-read, Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman, a Young Adult novel about a seventeen year old witch in training.

Missuswolf Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft bookcover

Synopsis

Falling in love, baking a magical cake, fighting an evil necromancer–it’s all in a day’s work for Audrey Oliver, seventeen-year-old witch-in-training. When her mother goes missing and her mysterious “cousin” shows up out of the blue, Audrey knows something’s gone horribly, dangerously wrong. Now it’s up to her to get her own magical powers up to speed before everyone she loves is destroyed by the sorcerer intricately connected to her mother’s secret past.

Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft is more than just a novel; it’s a book of spells, a collection of easy recipes, a charming coming-of-age tale, an enchanting romance, and an action-packed adventure. As Audrey overcomes her insecurities and learns to protect herself against the wicked black magic of her nemesis, she grows into a heroine we can root for–a witch who knows that true power comes from deep within.

A great piece of fantasy

that is poetically written.

What I appreciated the most was the poetic style of writing that the author has, her descriptions and use of language really caught my attention. I loved the flow and rhythm of the sentences which were so beautifully described, the author really has a way with words.

Examples are:

The sun had set but enough light remained to stain the splotchy clouds a beautiful orange (36%)

Buttery moon (41%)

And one of my favourites – totally fab desc:

We looked out over vineyards aflame in red and gold, brilliant fiery swaths of colour draped over rolling contours. The scene radiated peace. I sipped my water and watched the starlings swoop like a team of tiny acrobats. There were so many of them they formed a cloud in the air, one that changed shape and undulated constantly (43%)

Veins throbbed as if filled with ground glass (93%)

There is a great fantasy storyline carried by vivid character’s; such as cheerleader Dallas, who you love to hate, as well as Audrey’s adorable best friend Bridget. I particularly loved the contrast of Audrey’s younger sister Meg to that of her own character.

There is a sequel to the book so the end is left on a pleasant cliffhanger and I look forward to reading more books by Jody Gehrman. Her writing style reminded me of that which is similar to Rosemund Lupton.

Get Your Copy Here  Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft: Volume 1

Visit her website here.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Happy Halloween

WEDNESDAY 31st OCTOBER 2012

Happy Halloween!

Here’s a little poem I thought I would share with you that I wrote as part of my homework for my Creative Writing Class last year. As it’s half term, the class isn’t on tonight so I will leave you with this poem.

A  Frightful Flashback

Gathering at our neighbour’s house

Bairns full of Excitement, Enchantment

Anticipation

Fright

 

Dancing, Chanting:

 

‘Its Halloween night,

Its Halloween night,

We’re going to dress up as ghosts and witches.’

 

Around the cauldron,

A table oozing with berry juice;

Pumpkin Pie

Apples

 

Letting loose:

 

‘Its Halloween night,

Its Halloween night,

We’re going to dress up as ghosts and witches.’

I will leave you with pictures of mine and the hubbys attempts at Pumpkin Carving.

 

Have a Spooktacular day everyone!

Love Missuswolf xxx

A Piece of HeART

THURSDAY 25th OCTOBER 2012

Personalised heARTWORK from your heART! Made with ❤ & totally unique to you!

Looking for Halloween treats and Festive presents?

Well look no further than the fabulous A Piece of HeART! A very good friend of mine, who has a special way with words, has created this magical business making personalised  frames and keyrings with messages from the heart. They are amazing and make ideal gifts.

She currently has a Halloween theme ongoing so if you would love a special reminder of your very own halloween party…why not order a cute little piece of heart.

For ANY HALLOWEEN Keyrings Ordered…Proceeds will be donated to the Halloween Charity night that she attends & split between their chosen charities!

Another project that she has just started work on are her Christmas designs, so if you are looking for a stocking filler, why don’t you get a cute little keyring? Or an annual keepsake frame that you can display year after year (I know I’m putting my order in!)

A Little Snippet into A Piece Of Heart’s Heart….

You currently have some fabulous Halloween pieces displayed on your Facebook page – what’s your favourite time of year?

CHRISTMAS!!

If you could be a Disney Princess which one would you be and why?
I’d be SNOW WHITE or Belle….belle or snow white??? Or tink if she was a Disney princess. Or aerial I want to be a different one each day of the week!! Ahhhhh toooo hard!!

What is your favourite book that you have read?

To Kill A Mockingbird

What is your favourite movie?

Tooooo hard!! Tooooo many!!
Peter Pan, Stardust, Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman the list is endless

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A Piece of HeART recently featured at the engagement party to Geordie Shore’s Vicky and Ricci, involved in the design of the dessert table alongside Symphonyin Sugar and a personalised Frame to the happy couple. Congrats A Piece of HeART!

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And guess what? She does international orders too! Delivering a print to none other than AUSTRALIA today!!

Take a peek at these fab frames she has made for me; a TimeLine for my flat and a personalised frame on the birth of my nephew as a present to my sister.

Check out the website here. www.apieceofheart.bigcartel.com

Like her on Facebook

Follow her on Twitter @APieceOfHeartNE

Love Missuswolf xxx