This a directory of the events/holidays Memeow Gifts currently caters for. I hope to add more designs/cards to the list as the year progresses. You can shop the full range at: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MemeowGifts!
To celebrate the new year I’m running a giveaway for Memeow Gifts, I’m running this give away through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The prizes are as follows! 1st prize – £10 credit for Memeow Gifts 😺 2nd and 3rd Prize £5 credit for Memeow Gifts.
Hello and welcome to another Memeow Blog post! I noticed a lot of people were doing end of decade lists so I thought I do my own.
10. Game of Thrones – I know, I know! This one will probably end up on most people’s lists but theres no denying its impact on pop culture. I like many others was not such a fan of the latter seasons but the earlier seasons were enough to land it a place on this list for me. Also DRAGONS!!! The show often kept you on your toes not knowing who to trust, who to root for and having to accept that even the most popular character could be killed (brutal) This taking no prisoners approach would pave the for other tv shows to follow suit.
9. Orphan Black – TATIANA MASLANY – how just how??? I’m still amazed at how many characters this actress was able to pull off for this series! A gripping thriller focusing on mystery surrounding clones all played by Tatiana Maslany. A few times in the show a character pretends to be another clone but you can still tell that it is the other character despite them looking identical.
8. Steven Universe – An animation about a young boy and his 3 mother’s, Crystal Gems! The Crystal Gems (Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl) are aliens that have lived on earth for many years, Steven is a gem/human hybrid. Steven’s mother Rose Quartz (former leader of the crystal gems) gave up her physical form so Steven could be born. Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl all act as matriarchal figures to Steven giving him life lessons while also going on various wacky adventures. The show has fantastic amount of world building and lore throughout with tiny details inserted into even the earlier episodes. The show has some lovely representation for LGBTQ+ people with one of the best examples involving Garnet, who *SPOILER* we later found out is a fusion of two gems Ruby and Sapphire two female presenting characters. Fusions are when two or more gems fuse to become a stronger gem, gems that are more compatible can stay fused longer. This makes Garnet a fusion made from true love, awwww cute!
7. Orange Is The New Black – This hilarious and emotional prison dramedy gave some good representation for women of different ethnicities, races and sexualities as well as highlight very real issues in America. The show concluded this year with a fantastic final series which showed the realities of immigrants in the living in an ICE detention centre. Interwoven with flashbacks throughout, the series fleshed out its characters with pre-prison back stories. With many iconic storylines and episodes like “the chicken” this show really left an imprint on the TV landscape.
6. Schitt’s Creek – a rich family falls down on their luck and has to move a not so pleasant town. A show that could have easily been something completely different based on the premise is perfefctly crafted by the writers. giving all of the characters heart and personality. All of the characters in show have something to bring to the table, with my favourite being Moira Rose – a dramatic divaish washed up actress with a delightfully odd/enchanting transatlantic accent! I also particularly like the main same sex relationship which was perfectly crafted over the 3rd and 4th seasons.
5. The Good Place – This afterlife comedy from the creator of Brooklyn 99 and Parks and Recreation, really shook up the comedy genre with its twists and turns. The season 1 finale twist really impressed me as the show the went into very different direction to what I was expecting. This kind of show also demonstrates how we as an audience are tired of shows dragging on storylines for seasons. If this show premiered in the 90s you could imagine them spinning out he Eleanor doesn’t belong in the Good place storyline until the final episode!
4. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – A musical dramedy with great songs, characters and a realistic portrayal of mental illness. I stumbled upon this gem on Netflix after hearing a few positive things on the web about it. The show was highly praised on the internet for the song “Getting Bi”, as Bisexual representation is sparse on mainstream television, to have a whole song dedicated to the subject was a great win for representation. Rachel Bloom does a fantastic job of portraying main character Rebecca who we eventually find out has Borderline Personality Disorder which the show handles with care. Oh and the songs are absolutely brilliant! You can read my previous Crazy Ex Post here!
3. Stranger Things – A show perfectly crafted from an amalgamation of 80s movies, tropes and nostalgia. this sci-fi series has been a massive breakout show for Netflix and with the general pining in our society for 80s media its not hard to see why! The first season alone for me was one of my favourite seasons of the decade, second was kinda meh but the 3rd season put it back on track for me.
2. American Horror Story – Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s Horror anthology series has been running for 9 seasons with themes ranging from Coven’s, Asylums, Haunted Houses and most recently a summer camp. I love the campiness of the show which has spun off various memes with the most popular being “Surprise Bitch!”. The show is not for the feint at heart which I guess goes with the territory of a horror show! My favourite seasons of the show have to be Asylum and Coven but I love seeing what the writers have cooked up annually. With the anthology format the show remains fresh with some connections to past seasons but constant changing of the setting.
1. The OA – The mark of a good show to me is the ability to stay with you long after you’ve viewed it, I do find myself thinking about the show quite regularly. (I’m not obsessed I promise!) The show asked you to believe in impossible things, to leave your mind open to what you are about to witness. Parallel universes, psychic octopi and synchronised dance moves all feature and it completely works. A Weird/crazy/epic show full of hope, which Netflix sadly decided to cancel as they seem to care more about gaining new subscribers than retaining old ones. Especially disappointing after S2’s mind bending, awesome meta ending. I believe one day we will get a conclusion to this brilliant show, we’ve just got to keep our door open! – Also BBA played by Phyllis Smith is a delight <3
I had never quite gotten into the US edition of RuPaul’s Drag Race, mainly as I wasn’t sure where to start! 11 seasons is fairly daunting for a new comer to the show! My drag race obsessed friend convinced me that I needed to watch the UK version and I’m sure glad I did!
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK has to be one of the most different BBC programmes in a long time! As Baga Chipz (my fave Queen of the series) says in one episode “this is not the BBC I grew up with!”. Baga Chipz delivered the series most iconic line as Becky the maid in the drag parody of Downton Abbey, Downton Draggy. “Much Betta” Baga/Becky exclaims after successfully wrapping Lady Carey’s dead lover up in a rug (dark!), Baga/Becky swinging her fist as she delivers the now infamous line. Her Rainy Day runway look was brilliant with the rubber duck on her head, perfection. Baga really shone in the snatch game episode where the queens were tasked with impersonating famous celebrities with Baga embodying a red eyed Maggie Thatcher with hilarious lines like “thank you, thank you bring on Brexit!” and ofc “the Lady is not for turning!”
Divina De Campo was another stand out, I absolutely loved her high fashion laundry bag jump suit outfit complete with Parasol! Boasting a powerful 4 octave range, acting and sewing skills, Divina was a true triple threat!
The series spawned a hit single with Break Up (Bye Bye) by The Frock Destroyers, band made up of the queens, Baga Chipz,Divina De Campo and Blu Hydrangea. The song features some crazy high whistlenotes from Divina at the beginning and Baga’s “Much Betta!” catchphrase. All three queens did a great job on the track which also won the girl group challenge.
Cheryl Hole was another one of my faves, an Essex queen with a passion for death dropping! She may have been shady in her to the camera moments but came across as very sweet and genuine with the other girls. Also just a very entertaining person to watch!
Other highlights of the series for me were Sum Ting Wong’s Bullring look and Postage Stamp Queen Elizabeth inspired look, The Vivienne’s impeccable Trump impression on snatch game and Blu’s rainy day look! (her make up was incredible)
In the end it was The Vivienne that was crowned the first UK’s drag superstar, with Baga coming in 3rd place and Divina 2nd.
Hello I’m back with a new blog post after a month of being ill twice and a short holiday to Wales!
I’ve recently finished my series of Pride Ponies representing the identities that make up the LGBTQ acronym. I’m thinking I will initially sell the series as greetings cards but tempted to do a postcard set of the series.
As well as finishing this series I have also designed a new Christmas card coming soon to my Etsy shop!
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 2 years, you have probably heard of the heartwarming reality makeover show ‘Queer Eye’! Queer Eye has become a massive hit for streaming platform Netflix making stars of its ‘Fab Five’, one member being the fabulous Jonathan Van Ness! (JVN).
JVN is a hairdresser, grooming expert, comedian, podcaster, cat parent and trainee figure skater. The list just continues to grow! (Yaaaas Queen). JVN’s natural bubbly comedic personality makes him easily the highlight of QE for me, his positivity is contagious! He comes across as very genuine person and I love how freely he wears his emotions on his sleeve. In a world that often makes us feel we should bottle up our emotions, its a lovely contrast to see someone so freely being their true emotional self.
It’s this vulnerability that I really admire about JVN. A few days ago in an interview the NYT, JVN bravely came out as HIV Positive. This will hopefully add to the destigmatisation of HIV with a star of JVN’s magnitude coming out. JVN is already educating people about undetectable status “Undetectable = Untransmittable”. JVN came out as gender non-binary in June, educating his fans on what this meant. He again he is using his platform to help educate people on being HIV+. This is great especially for the younger members of the LGBTQ+ community.
I loved this quote from JVN (from the same NYT Interview) “I want people to realize you’re never too broken to be fixed”. This a great message and is completely in line with JVN’s positive, self love attitude.
Thank You, Jonathan Van Ness, for sharing your truth with the world, you’re helping so many people in the process.
P.S I highly recommend JVN’s podcast ‘Getting Curious’, a podcast where JVN speaks to an expert about a subject he is ‘curious’ about. These topics range from “Should we be scared of snakes” to what is it like being a pop star.
P.P.S Another reason I’m a JVN fan… He is a cat person! JVN owns 4 cats Larry, Liza, Genevieve & Matilda. Larry regularly gives us weather updates on Instagram!
P.P.S I’ve just posted some Christmas cards on Etsy click here to check them out!
Charli XCX dropped her latest album on Friday 13th September 2019, her new album ‘Charli’ promising to be her most personal work to date.
Charli XCX is most well known for song ‘Boom Clap’ which featured in he film the fault in our stars. Charli is also known for her hit features on Iggy Azalea’s Fancy and Icona Pop’s I Love It (which Charli originally wrote)
Charli’s musical career changed when she dropped Her Vroom Vroom EP in which she debuted her new style inspired by PC Music and produced by experimental pop artist/producer SOPHIE. The song Vroom Vroom features loud,clunky, metallic beats with a super pop chorus, the hard instrumental and spoken word verses giving the song an extra edge. These songs won her a cult following, but not so much mainstream success.
Charli later released two mix tapes ‘Number 1 Angel’ and ‘Pop 2’, these mixtapes were met with critical acclaim especially ‘Pop 2’. A. G. Cook Head of PC Music was a producer on both mixtapes and also co-produced Charli’s new album. In between these releases she released stand alone single ‘Boys’ a more digestible offering for the mainstream crowd.
Anyway…After a hacked a google drive, a few standalone singles and two mixtapes the much talked about 3rd album has finally now been released! And this album is crazy in the best way! I imagine this glitchy futuristic pop style to not be everyone’s cup of tea (Click’s outro sounds like your speaker exploding) but I love how fresh it sounds especially in today’s pop music landscape.
A vast amount of the album features collaborative tracks with artists such as Christine and the Queens, Lizzo, Haim,Cupcakke, Brooke Candy and Troye Sivan. On the collaborations Charli is in full on party mode and on the solo tracks she seems to be brought back down to reality as she sings on ‘White Mercedes’ “I hate the silence, that’s why the music’s always loud” which perfectly sum up these quieter, more stripped back solo tracks.
Social anxiety anthem ‘Gone’ featuring Christine and The Queens, finishes with an brilliantly addictive glitchy break down, which perfectly replicates the feelings of the song’s protagonists.
It seems that ‘I Got It’ from Pop 2 was a blue print for ‘Shake It’, looped sample from charli? Check! Cupcakke, Brooke Candy and Pablo Vittar?Check,check,check! Big Freida also teams up on the track. A completely bonkers track which gets crazier and crazier with Charli’s vocals getting chopped and changed through out,
On 2099 Charli teams up once again with Troye Sivan to gives us a weird, crazy, chaotic, alien sounding Bop! The beginning sounds like an alien spaceship engaging the tractor beam and it literally ends with a bang! (And some alien interference)
Track 10 from ‘Pop 2’ gets a re-working on ‘Blame It On Your Love’ with a new instrumental and verse from Lizzo. I wasn’t sure what to think of this new spin on ‘Track 10’ when it was released as the first single but it has definitely grown on me, I do wish Lizzo’s verse was slightly longer though! One of my favourites of the album has got to be White Mercedes, but then again who doesn’t love a good ballad? Its a sweet a song and probably the most for lack of better words ‘normal’ of the whole album.
My top 3 songs from the album are White Mercedes, Gone and February 2017 (I love how different the structure of this song is to most songs)
For me this album cements Charli’s status as a great experiment pop artist finally creating the kind of music they want to make.
P.S. I have recently added some new cards to my etsy shop including the “Happy Birday!” and “Toucan do this!”, I’ve also added some more pocket mirrors. Click here to check out my shop!
Hello 👋 I am back! After some busy past weeks normal blogging to resume now! Without further ado let’s get into it! on Saturday 17th August I did my first official Memeow Gifts Stall at Warwickshire Pride which was held in leamington Spa pump room gardens.
I setup the stall at 8am with the help of my Dad and Jon my partner. Arranged tables, put up gazebo, hung the Memeow Gifts banner and set out the Merch! The event started at 11am so we had a bit of time to soak in the atmosphere before the event got busier. Memeow T-shirt, rainbow shorts, money belt, I was all prepared for 11!
The event had a great turn out with many atendees throughout the day. I was very impressed with how many people came along undeterred from the hateful acts preceding the event – rainbow flags ripped down from the shopping centre promoting the event and death threats sent to the Warwickshire Pride fb page. The day was full of acceptance, happiness, laughter and love, a stark contrast from these hateful acts from small minded people.
As Gaga says “It’s always wrong to hate but it’s never wrong to love”
Lots of people stopped at the stall and looked at the range of Merch so far. It was interesting to see how people responded to the products as the LGBTQ community is my main audience with Memeow Gifts. One of my main reasons for setting up Memeow Gifts was to bring more LGBTQ visibility to the Greetings card market. I would have liked to make a few more sales but then again this was a fairly small event compared to some of the bigger prides and was great to support my local pride event.
I also gained some good feedback with which designs sold well or got a good response. The free MemeowGifts.com stickers went down very well especially with kids and the younger crowd.
The weather was good for the event with lots of sunshine and no sign of rain throughout the day. It was however very windy which meant that I had to keep being aware of the products/flyers attempting to fly away! I did manage to break away from the stall for a couple of moments throughout the day and was impressed with the amount of entertainment on offer, I also enjoyed the rainbow pony!
All in all it was a great day and look forward to attending again next year!
Hello, it’s only 10 days until my first ever pride and stall at pride! Nervous and excited at the same time, can’t wait to blog about the experience on here after! Hopefully I’ll get back to blogging more regularly again soon, been very busy the past few weeks.
I’ve created a (super short) survey about LGBTQ+ Greetings Cards as research for my business Memeow Gifts and would love your feedback, please see link below!