The REAL TeaseMaid since 2011! Take a peep at my blog: a sweet and sexy cocktail of Tea and Tease, a cupcake and cream-tea blog with a burlesque twist. Let's face it, afternoon tea is the most fun you can have with your clothes on! So read on for some tasty tit-bits that you're not gonna get from the 'old dears' at The Tea Guild.... ;-) If you fancy coming along to my monthly Clandestine Cake Club, see the link below. And don't forget to check out the date of my next 'Avon' retro cosmetic party "Cake It On".... Love from The TeaseMaid xox

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Time for 'Tease....with Khandie Khisses
Pancake Day went well for me and involved lashings of chocolate sauce, lemon and sugar but now Lent has started and I gave up dairy again! So what to do when you run a tea blog which involves whipped cream, butter and milk?? Luckily this blog encompasses tea and 'TEASE so it seems like I’ll be focussing on the 'tease for the next six weeks ;-)
Fortunately, at a recent meeting of the ‘Dalston Darlings’ (that’s the Dalston branch of the Women’s Institute) we were treated to a lecture and burlesque lesson from the ‘Burlesque Tornado’ herself Khandie Kisses!
Khandie is an accomplished DJ, MC and model, and is expanding into the world of film with an imminent role in a movie penned by the legendary Alan Moore (most well-known for writing From Hell, Watchmen and V For Vendetta). However it is her burlesque skills we’ve come to witness today….even though it has to be said she is as funny as she is sexy, so her burlesque skills were on a par with her comedy skills!
She started the session with a chat about her journey into burlesque and how it actually began with a career in the Royal Air Force – it was hilarious to hear how she’d gone back to her old barracks to do a performance for fellow servicemen and women who were now seeing her in a new light…!
She also talked of her involvement with different burlesque festivals around the world, and the huge range of acts she could do, my favourite being ‘Baby of the Blitz’ which can be seen at: http://youtu.be/XT0WHrJVk58 and is inspired by her RAF history
Then of course, it was time to shake our own bootys with a little lesson on how to do some of those signature moves! You may have seen Christina in ‘Burlesque’ or the Abi Titmuss DVD but nothing is as good as the real thing. I only wish I hadn’t had a broken rib at the time! But it’s not a problem as Khandie is working around the UK and sometimes offers lessons in London. See http://khandiekhisses.com/ for details. I will definitely be heading to a lesson or two while she's in England....if her star keeps rising we may lose her to the allure of the bright lights of Hollywood!
Until next time xox
Also see http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dalston-Darlings-Womens-Institute/159653610732407 
and follow both on Twitter:
@KhandieKhisses and @dalstondarlings

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Tea and Cake in the 'Refreshment Room' at Milford Station, February 1945....
So Last night I had an amazing time with the fabulous Mia, Ali and Zara at Crimson Heart (@CrimsonHeart1) I was able to spend my Saturday night doing the one thing I like best....dressing up. 
And not just in any old costume: 1940's style with Victory Rolls, pussy bow dress and more....my favourite!

Thanks to Secret Cinema's new expansion known as The Other Cinema, I spent my evening with the characters from Brief Encounter. I was surrounded by the mouth-watering smell of freshly made popcorn, not the 3 week old crap you get at your local Odeon (that they serve you from bin-bags by the way) and transported to a world of ushers, security guards and refreshment room customers in full vintage clothing. The 1930's grandeur of the Troxy on Commercial Road was the venue of choice tonight, but there will be a different one every month.

My only experience of this venue so far has been for the cage-fighting, so it was fantastic to see the features brought to life by the burlesque acts, the chairoscuro of the projector and the live band. And it was even better after the movie when the floor opened up to swing dancing....I was terrified of being flicked in the eye by a fur stole! 

I genuinely can't think of a better way to see a film than being totally immersed in it in this way and I suggest you check out http://www.futurecinema.co.uk/news.html to see where the next one will be held xox

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

"Love Makes the World Go Round" Charity #14 -
The British Heart Foundation
This is it, the big one, Day 14...Valentine's Day! And what more appropriate charity than the British Heart Foundation? Go to http://www.bhf.org.uk/ to see what you can do to help. There are so many interesting ways to get involved, such as volunteering in their shops or hosting an event.

Today, I'm contributing by holding a heart-related seminar at my Pathology Museum, with all proceeds going to the BHF.

We also have some lovely cakes to raffle off, courtesy of Mia at Crimson Heart (See the review of this lovely tea shop at http://www.afternoon-tease.blogspot.com/2012_01_01_archive.html and pop in for a cuppa as soon as you can.)


Monday, 13 February 2012

"Love Makes The World Go Round" Charity # 13 -
The British Red Cross
I've been really ill over the weekend so I'm way behind in my charities! However, apart from the red/valentine connection it is also quite fitting to mention the Red Cross during my illness as they are synonymous with first-aid and health. In fact the BRC also contribute to health and social care, emergency preparedness and disaster response, as well as finding missing family, refugee services and teaching resources.

6-12th May will be host to Red Cross Week 2012 and you can find out how to contribute to that here: http://www.redcross.org.uk/Get-involved/Red-Cross-Week
However, in the meantime, take some time to see what else you can do at http://www.redcross.org.uk/ or follow them on Twitter @BritishRedCross xox

Friday, 10 February 2012

"Love Makes the World go Round" Charity #10 -
Breast Cancer Campaign "Wear It Pink"
The colours red and pink are as synonymous with Valentine's Day as chocolates, heart and roses, but in more recent years pink has taken on a different significance. The success of the Wear it Pink campaign for breast cancer means that every October we can wear, eat and drink pink for charity and even buy related beauty products and toiletries etc. 

I even dyed my hair pink for this charity! See what you can do at: http://www.wearitpink.co.uk/. Fitting in with my ChariTEA idea, there is now a recipe for pink cakes by Lorraine Pascale at: http://www.wearitpink.co.uk/recipes_lorraine-fondant.aspx

It's all for a very good cause as:
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer
1in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime
12,000 people (men and women) die of this disease each year.
Wear it pink month isn't officially until October but that means you have plenty of time to prepare a pink party or event (260 days according to the timer on the website). Check the website and see how creative you can be with pink xox

Thursday, 9 February 2012

"Love Makes the World Go Round" Charity #9 -
UNSEEN (UK) to fight Sex Trafficking
This really is a worthwhile cause so please read on to make a massive difference in the lives of trafficked victims. According to Unseen ( http://www.unseenuk.org/):
1) Human Trafficking is the fastest growing form of International Crime and is now the second largest illegal trade in the world.
2) It is estimated that 600-800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year.
3) Human Trafficking is the modern day Slave Trade and must be stopped.

You may not have a lot of money or time to help with causes such as this, but there is something SO simple you can do with any unwanted Valentine's gifts (or any gifts) this year....create a 'care package' for survivors of trafficking containing toiletries, pyjamas and clothes. Please contact info@unseenuk.org if you'd like to assist and also see
http://www.unseenuk.org/content/what-you-can-do for other things you can do to help xox

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

"Love Makes the World go Round" Charity #8 - Gresham College
Not strictly a 'charity', more a 'cause', Gresham College has been holding free lectures around London for 400 years! They receive no money from the government and are mainly funded by generous trustees who see the importance of the work they do

It is commonly said that 'knowledge is power' and the immense priviledge we have in this country of recieving free education should never be underestimated. If you can't afford to donate to the college, simply look up their epic list of forthcoming lectures on their website:
For me, a particular 'Valentine' related lecture is the one on 21st Feb entitled "Whatever Turns You On..."
but there are many other topics including Divinity, Astronomy and Music. Check them out xox

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

"Love Makes the World go Round" Charity #7 - Organ Donation (NHSBT)
According to their statistic, only 29% of us have actually registered as an organ donor, yet when asked nearly 100% of us say we would happily recieve an organ if we needed it! It may not be the most cheerful of topics but if you feel strongly about it you must remember to opt IN to the system. Unlike some other European countries, we don't have an opt OUT system

Maybe this is the one instance where it seems like it's not better to give than to receive, but it's best to be prepared for any eventuality....
Get yourself on the register at http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/ukt/

Monday, 6 February 2012

"Love Makes the World go Round" Charity #6 - The Eve Appeal
For some people, sexy underwear is a must at this time of year, but do we really stop and think about the bits we put inside the underwear and how much care they need? Recent high profile cervical cancer cases are creating awareness of the need to diagnose these illnesses early, but more still needs to be done : 7,500 women a year die in the UK alone. The Eve Appeal funds vital research to develop better methods of prediction, detection, treatment and care of all gynaecological cancers and is a worthwhile fund to donate to: http://www.eveappeal.org.uk/

If you’d like to be more actively involved, March 2012 is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and there is a new campaign being launched: “Make Time For Tea”. Keep checking this blog as I will be organising a few ‘chariTEAS’ this year, and Eve will definitely be one of them J

Sunday, 5 February 2012

"Love Makes the World go Round" Charity #5 - Present Aid
This one's fairly self explanatory... Do we really need to buy each other crotchless knickers, red furry handcuffs and pasta shaped like penises this Valentine's Day? Especially when there are people out there who could do so much more with the same amount of money...

Go to their website and donate instead - http://www.presentaid.org/ and you'll be able to reap the benefits of knowing you did a fantastic thing for someone who really needs it. And if you'r partner doesn't appreciate that, I suggest trading them in for someone less selfish :) xox

Saturday, 4 February 2012

"Love Makes the World go Round" Charity #4 - Guerilla Gardening
Instead of buying flowers for a loved one this Valentine's day, why not plant some foliage in a place that really needs it? At least it won't be dry and dessicated within a few days like a shop-bought bunch would be. That's what the philosophy of Guerilla Gardening is all about: planting flowers in urban areas under the cover of night (balaclava optional..?)

If you don't have time to join a troop yourself , then you can make a donation or buy gifts (like lavender pillows) to fund the cause here: http://www.guerrillagardening.org/ xox

Friday, 3 February 2012

"Love Makes the World go Round"Charity #3 - The Orchid Project
When you head to the salon to get your bikini wax and beautify yourself for Valentine’s Day, think about the women in places such as Africa, The Middle East, Yemen, Oman, Asia, Malaysia and Indonesia who are still forced to undergo Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) There are charities, such as The Orchid Project, which raise money and awareness about this barbaric procedure - one that is becoming increasingly common in the UK. Donate to put an end to Female Genital Mutilation and see how you can get involved with the cause at http://www.orchidproject.org/
Also, you still have time to get involved (or should that be in-'vulved') with the fantastic 'Embroidries Project' spearheaded by the Shoreditch Sisters Branch of the Women's Institute: http://embroideriescampaign.org.uk/index.html xox

Thursday, 2 February 2012

"Love Makes the World go Round" Charity #2 -
Craftivist Collective
Every year, the Craftivist Collective hijacks Valentine’s Day to remind people to “show some love” to their global neighbours. All you have to do is print out the template letter, make the key ring which was designed by cult jeweller Tatty Devine, and add a ‘love-heart’ sweet. (All info is on their website - http://craftivist-collective.com/ )
Then hide it somewhere subvert but out in public and spread the love. Go on!! You’ve got nearly 2 weeks! Take a pic of where you placed it and send it to the Craftivist Collective, and see how many we can get this year.

PS - London craftivists are meeting Thursday 6pm to 9pm 9th February in Fabrications craft shop open studio (7 Broadway Market, Hackney). All are welcome to come for the whole time or just drop in for a cuppa tea, biscuit and to make as many as you can. We are encouraging people to give a donation of £5 to cover costs.
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/events/286462724746662/?context=create

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

"Love Makes the World go Round" Charity #1 - WOZA (Women of Zimbabwe Arise)
Since its formation in 2003, members of womens rights organisation WOZA have been repeatedly harassed by Zimbabwean authorities for speaking out about social, economic and human rights injustices. Every year, on Valentine's day, they march - and roses have been handed out at these marches since 2005. Here in London I understand there is a demonstration organised for Feb 14th (12-2pm) outside the Zimbabwean Embassy (426 The Strand - nearest station Charing Cross). It is planned that roses will be hand delivered to the embassy on the day and possibly there will also be a petition to sign.

If you can't make the demo, please use the link to the WOZA action sheet to carry out 2 important tasks:
1) Send a rose to the Zimbabwean Embassy in London
2) Write to the Zimbabwean deputy Comissioner general.
Link to pdf is:
Link to Amnesty UK info is:
"Love Makes the World go Round": 14 day Charity Countdown
Valentine’s Day is traditionally the day we declare our love to our partners or the people we’re admiring from afar. For me, Valentine’s Day has never been limited to just that – I send messages to members of my family to show I’m thinking of them, and I spend the evening in with girlfriends, watching kitsch movies, eating chocolates and drinking pink fizz. It has become more commercial over the years, so I think it’s time to strip it back to its basic message of love and remove all the trappings. This year I’ve organised an event on the 14th Feb to help raise awareness of heart health and raise money for the British Heart Foundation. That got me thinking….what other ‘relevant’ charities are there that people could be made aware of at this time of year? And it also fits in with my plan to organise more ‘ChariTEAs’ this year…
From my days in Amnesty International and my recent involvement in other campaigns, I decided to compile a list of my most worthy charities loosely connected to Valentine’s day in a 14 Day countdown extravaganza called ‘Love Makes The World Go Round’. So if you agree with what I’m doing, then please re-post the basic details and take the time to check out the more in-depth information on my blog as I post the charities daily. Thanks!J


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