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Thursday, 21 January 2021

That's Sew Belle Handmade Clothing

 That's Sew Belle

Let me introduce you to That's Sew Belle handmade clothing by showing you some of their amazing products. All handmade. 

From their Facebook page: At That's Sew Belle we aim to provide quality custom clothing and accessories for children that are long lasting and will grow your child.

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Thursday, 14 January 2021

The Curse Of Mary Ann Cotton by E. P. Kelly - Book Review


The Curse of Mary Ann Cotton

Synopsis from back of the book:

In October 1872, Mary Ann Cotton was arrested for poisoning her Stepson, Charles Edward Cotton, at their home in West Auckland County Durham England. The truth only came to light once Mrs Cotton tried to put her stepson into the local workhouse and was told that she would need to go in too. She told the villagers “of course, he will never be able to get up; he will go like the rest of the Cotton family”. A few days later the child was dead. This raised concern with the locals and the local doctor and the bodies of some of the victims were exhumed. Once tests were carried out on the organs, traces of arsenic were found and Mary Ann was arrested on suspicion of murder. Once the police started to look into Mary Ann’s past, it is believed that she murdered 3 of her 4 husbands, 11 of her children, and a lodger. All of this was by arsenic poisoning and to collect insurance money from each victim. Mary Ann Cotton was hung at Durham Prison in March 1873.In Mary Ann’s last residence, on front street in West Auckland, strange things were happening to the tenants that lived there. An angry spirit seemed to reside on the top floor, a boy was seen on many occasions and people were being scratched.A team of local paranormal investigators were invited along to see if they could discover what was happening within the home. It was a night that they will never forget, but that was only the beginning of a roller coaster journey that has lasted for 4 years.This is the story of what happened on that ghostly night and what has happened since.

About The Author:

E. P. Kelly (Elaine) has, with her group Spectre Detectors, been investigating the paranormal for over nine years in the north east of England, and London. They have videos I recommend you watch on YouTube  

My review:

I have had an interest in Mary Ann Cotton's case for some years now. As children we had all heard the story along with a song made up about what happened. This book isn't about the story as such, it's about a paranormal investigation by a group of spiritual detectives who talk to the spirits of people Mary Ann was alleged to have murdered. I have researched evidence of the alleged murders by Mary Ann Cotton and, if it was presented to court today, it would be thrown out. The book is advertised as For Entertainment Purposes.

I enjoyed reading the book but had to keep going back and forth to ascertain who was doing the talking i.e. spirits or the spectre detectors as there were so many names to contend with. I believe there is another world where spirits reside and I believe we get messages from the spirit world. I also have to wonder if the spirits, over the years, heard residents in the said house talking about Mary Ann (what she allegedly did) and thought the stories were true so passed this information on to the spectre detectors. Who knows?

Shown below is a copy of the actual death certificate of Charles Edward Cotton one of her children she was supposed to have murdered with arsenic poisoning. But, the whole house, utensils and contents, were forensically analysed and no traces of arsenic were found. The teapot, possibly belonging to Mary Ann, which is in Beamish Museum will not be analysed for arsenic (according to the museum) because they are not sure if it is Marry Ann's teapot. 

We also have to remember Mary Ann has living descendants who are constantly bombarded with theories about her. Because of this I think it would be an idea to open a cold case investigation and then we will really know what happened. It can be done.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2020

I Need My 2 Metres Space - Social Distancing - MIND Charity



A couple of weeks ago I ventured into my local Coop wearing a T-shirt I had designed - to support the social distancing rule - called 'I Need My 2 Metres Space'. Manager Helen Whitfield got in touch with me asking if my online store sold Tote Bags. I said 'It does'. Helen thought it would be a good idea to have a small display in the supermarket as the social distancing rule is so important. This year the Coop are supporting the charity MIND

I'm more than happy to support the Coop and MIND therefore all profits will go to the charity. This morning I took in a sample Tote Bag with some posters to be displayed in-store. All you have to do to BUY your Tote Bag, is scan your phone over the QR Code on a poster in-store. Or, you can scan the QR Code on the poster on the photo I have added here, it will take you to my online store Laughing Lion Designs where there are also T-shirt's, Sweatshirts and Hoodies for Men, Women, and Children in the Fundraiser Collection.

All products are made from 100% Organic Cotton and printed in a sustainable energy powered factory in the UK. PLUS, at the end of there useful lives all products can be returned for recycling. As a thank you customers who return goods for recycling will receive a small credit towards their next purchase.

Happy shopping.
Ellen Dean