Weekends when you can be a flower fairy one day and a mermaid the next!

The title of this post comes from something Ellen said as we were walking out on Saturday at the Whitby Steampunk weekend and just really sums up why we do this. She got the chance to debut two completely new outfits, one of which was the flower fairy one which she made during the first lockdown when she was furloughed.

The other, Ariel the Little Mermaid, has been in the pipeline for a long time, the wig having been bought about 4 years ago and the tiara last year at Kelham.

When she was little she had the mermaid outfit from Disneyland and loved it so she was very pleased on Sunday when she got asked for photos with so many little girls. She is of course, and always will be a Disney princess at heart.

I sadly did not get chance to complete the cream outfit, just too much to do with sorting the house but did manage a new ensemble for the Friday night 1920s themed ball and a new hat. I also bought a new skirt in a light pink, in the same range as all my others, so had some new things to enjoy.

We stayed at a wonderful apartment on the cliff side, a fantastic location only 10 minutes walk from both the town and the seafront where the pavilion is. It was beautifully decorated with everything we could need, so we have already booked if for next year.

This year’s trip was for four nights so that we could have a day at Saltwick Bay fossil hunting and a leisurely trip back on the Monday. The bay was amazing, the cliffs are so impressive, though sadly eroding fast and we had a lovely time looking in rock pools, paddling and finding some very impressive fossils.

Both days over the weekend we visited the market, not much was bought but we had a lovely time and really enjoyed talking to all of the stall holders and again admiring all the wonderful possibilities for future outfits (Ellen does keep reminding me that I have three to make already though so I can’t buy anything else until those are done).

The Friday night ball was such fun! There were people and a band and dancing, just like the good old days 🙂 Ellen already had a 1920s dress that she created from a sari set from Bombay Stores and I went for a Marlene Dietrich theme with my dinner suit and top hat, plus a bit of bling with some marvellous earrings from Bombay Stores, and a lovely new cane.

Ellen had another evening outfit which was an ensemble of previous ones, with her new hat.

We didn’t take many other costume shots, partly as we were just too busy talking to people and the inside of the market was quite crowded but met one of our favourite Steampunk couples again, what a wonderful Adam Ant, one of my teen heart throbs!

This Mad Hatter’s tea party hat was another lockdown project, all the felting was done by its creator and it is probably one of the best of that theme that I have every seen.

This was our last Steampunk for this year, we have been very, very lucky to be able to go to three this year and are so very grateful to the organisers who have had to overcome such hurdles to get everything to go ahead within all the restrictions. It has been wonderful to see people and be out and about again.

Fingers crossed there will be a re-enactment event soon as well, don’t want to jinx anything as we didn’t actually get to go to the last one due to a change in the rules last minute but here’s hoping.

I have hopefully got an exciting week ahead of me and will be able to share those plans and the re-enactment event in my next post. Until then have fun, take care, stay safe and thanks for visiting.

4 thoughts on “Weekends when you can be a flower fairy one day and a mermaid the next!

  1. I know, we were sitting having a drink in a cafe on Sunday and a family asked us and some other Steampunks what it was all about. The other couple started talking about the Victorian influences and the Age of Enlightenment and I said. ‘it’s basically adult dressing up and it’s brilliant fun, you can be anyone you want to be’. I just love it and all the fantastic effort people put into it.

  2. Some of these outfits are just incredible, I must admit to having a soft spot for the flower fairy and also Adam Ant. The felted hat is just a work of art, the creator must have been so pleased with what she achieved. It all looks so much fun. x

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