The Steampunk Home

I have a confession to make.

I am not an interior designer.  I wish I was.  I grew up with my grandmother, a seamstress extraordinaire, who worked with many of the local interior designers to make drapes and valances and all sorts of beautiful interior design….stuff.  But I am odd.  My surroundings are much to eclectic.  They make all the designers wince.  Which is sad really.

But NOT the topic of this post!  Ha!

For those of us who need a little help designing bits and bobs of our rooms, I give you:

http://thesteampunkhome.blogspot.com/

Check it out.  Really.  It’s got some amazing ideas and designs for those steampunkers who want to steamify their homes.

*blinks* Steampunkers and steamify….yeah.  I’m making this shit up as I go along.

*shrugs*

I’m okay with that.

Seriously though….http://thesteampunkhome.blogspot.com/ = amazing.  Makes me feel like an underachiever with my little blog.

Still okay with that.

 

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Hot Damn!

There are so many wonderful things to say about this outfit.  Let’s make a list!  I do so love lists.

  1. The shoes.  I love these shoes.  Time appropriate and cute!
  2. I love the colors, brown and creams.
  3. I love how the top skirt get’s jacked up on one side, it shows off the petticoat so nicely
  4. Corset….WITH A POCKET.  I assume it’s for a pocketwatch…or a few bits of change or whatnot.
  5. I love the cut of the jacket.  I love that it shows off the corset.  It is one of my favorite things on this outfit.  It gives it a lovely sillouette. It makes the corset the focus of the dress.  But not in such a way that it is the ONLY focus on the dress.
  6. The hat is cute.  The model has amazing hair, so the hat works really well with her.  Not sure I would wear it, but for /her/ it’s fantastic.

Overall this is one of the best outfits I’ve come across.  I would so wear this.  You can find this and more over at Clockwork Couture.

To My Husband

Husband,

my gorgeous green eyed lover
I sing a multitude of praises
to the nurturing wights
that guided my heart
into your hands

like leather and lace
my love for you
our souls drifting
together along the ever winding river
we call life

though the road we take is not an easy one
through sorrow made to break hearts
over obstacles that would shatter lesser loves
you still, my star,
shine upon my path

we have held our souls to an oath
we have held our souls,
connected as they are,
to love.

Oh blessed Queen
Oh goddess of hearth and home
great Frigga, may you and your handmaidens rejoice
for our love has held fast
and I cannot fathom a life without it.

Oh husband, your presence in my life has given me such strength
such hope for the future of our world
for my future
for our future.

Your presence is a salve upon my wounds and a balm upon my heart.
You laughter rings through out the halls of our home
your arms safe and warm around me
and I am at peace.

Over the Top Hats

*GASP*

 

Ok, first off, I love this hat.  You can’t *quite* tell in this picture, but it’s a small hat, made for a lady.  I love the colors of the knotwork, and of course the knotwork itself.  The cogs are subtle and balanced and the feathers and curlicues aren’t huge and overbearing, giving the knotwork the attention it deserves.

Secondly, I love this picture.  There are several things I struggle with when I post my works to Etsy (which, if you follow the link, is where this hat is currently for sale.) and one of them is picture quality.  This picture is fantastic, it’s interesting, it’s clear and in focus, and it highlights the ‘mood’ of the object.

Lastly, This hat makes me dream of the dress that would match it.  What ensemble would fit this hat?  The colors would be breath taking.  I have an idea in my head formulating perhaps I shall draw it up and post it in another post.  Underbust corset with shoulder straps over a plaid chemise and a blue and gold overskirt.

Ooooo, the ideas it gives me…and after all, this blog is all about stimulating and showcasing ideas!

A Little Art Deco, a Lot of Love

First off, what a lovely picture.  If only I could get my jewelry shots to be half as lovely.  Secondly, I absolutely LOVE the designs on these earrings!  It reminds me of my wedding band.  So perhaps this stirs emotions in me that are rather personal, but screw it, my blog, ya’ll can suffer through the pretties.  I mean…They ARE pretty, with or without the unnecessary emotional connections.

Aaaanyway.  You can find these earrings at Sandrandan Jewelry.  They have a whole line of wonderful stuff.  Like the Moon Goddess Brooch:

And the Basket Weave Crystal Earrings:

All of which are totally my style.  LOVE!  ❤ ❤ ❤

Affordable Corsets

I’m the kind of person who believes you get what you pay for.  You buy something cheap and more than likely it is going to be low quality and poorly made.  Either that or your paying someone pennies for literally HOURS of their work.  As an artist myself, I find that a bit disappointing.  Truthfully, I don’t mind paying a fair price if I know that I am getting quality merchandise, or, even better, helping an artist to survive.

I personally would LOVE to be able to subsist on the income of my art.  But two things prevent this.

1. Artists have a hard time charging what their work is actually worth.  A few of them don’t, and charge outrageously for their creations.  But many artists I have spoken to, and read about have a very hard time charging the price their work is actually worth.  Goodness knows I do.  For instance, if I create a peyote stitch bracelet, it takes me a minimum of four hours to do so and that is underestimating.  Now.  If I were to completely disregard the cost of materials, and just go with hours put into the bracelet, I would be able to charge at LEAST $40.00 for the bracelet….but let’s be honest, *I* wouldn’t pay that much for a bracelet, why should I charge that much to someone else? So you see the dilemma that we artists have to deal with.  How much is too much, and when do we have to just eat the cost?

2.  Marketing is essential, and one of the most difficult things an artist is going to do.  Most artists are artists because we like to create things, because we NEED to create things.  NOT because we are marketing gurus or queens of business tactics.  I love that Etsy has vast amounts of help with this aspect of business, but really, if the artist doesn’t market him or herself, they can pretty much kiss their income goodbye.

Luckily in the days of the internet, Artists have loads of avenues to address both of these issues.

But that is not what this post is about…really.

*steps down off her soapbox*

What I wanted to discuss is an amazing website that has reasonably priced corsets!  Because let’s be honest, you don’t come to this blog to be preached at.  *laughs*

These corsets seem to be quite reasonably priced and better than that, they seem to be made fairly well!  I have not yet purchased a corset from this website, so I can’t make any guarantees (and wouldn’t, to be honest, even if I had) but it seems like a lovely way to get well produced, low cost corsets.  So check them out, and let me know what you think!

https://www.corsetwholesale.com/index.php

And no, I have received nothing from this company to advertise for them.  I just love corsets, and love a good deal.  They have many corsets that would be fabulous for your goth or steampunk needs. (check out the pinstripes or the skully corsets!)

Lift Me Up

Lift me up

Lift me up from the darkness I have surrounded myself with.

Blinded by the wounds of a thousand words, I feel your hand grasping mine.

Lift me up over the tops of burnt and broken trees

Their branches torn from their trunks by winds formed from the screams of frustration and anger.

Lift me up from the black mud of despair,

the sticky muck sucking at my feet, holding me tighter the harder you pull.

Lift me up out of the valley of dread

Let me ride upon your shoulders a while, until I can walk under my own steam

Lift me up.

Give me life once more, let me walk among the sunshine.

Lift me up.

Let me know love, the warm embrace of your arms

Lift me up.

And let me breathe in your scent, your heart beating against mine.

Lift me up.

Flash Game – High Tea

I am a gamer.  We know this.  My husband has accepted it…mostly.  The waves of geekiness tend to flow outward from our house in every direction so I’m sure the neighbors even know of my love of all things geek.

That being said, this flash game caught my attention.  It’s a short one.  But gives you insight into Victorian times, which any steampunker would tell you is integral when forming a persona for ah…steampunk….ing.

Ok, so maybe grammar isn’t my strong point.  *waves her hands to hide this fact behind the wonderful awesomeness of the game*

High Tea Flash Game

Amusing Knitting Patterns

There are so many amazing knitting patterns out there I hardly know where to start.  But I have found a few of the ones that most amuse me at this moment and have placed them here in this post, just for you!  Well….for you and for my memory.  I have a wonderful memory when it comes to plot points and costume design, not so much when it comes to remembering webpages, and where I saw what.

So…Like I said.  Mostly for you…ya’know…mostly.

I love these socks.  Keep in mind, I’ve never learned to turn a heel.  Or how to knit in multiple colors.  I’m still learning how to make straight rows.  So this is a bit out of my league, but still.  Who wouldn’t want socks with the first page of the Beowulf saga on them?

Ok…don’t answer that.

Still the geek in me is totally squeeing right now.  Check them out:

This next scarf is something more within my skill set.  It is the first few words of the Jelling Runestone.  It’s done in the Younger Futhark Runes.  I’m not thrilled with the color.  But I suppose they were going for something that looked like stone.  It’s a lovely little conversation starter though:

 

I absolutely fell in love with this shawl.  It’s supposed to look like the well of wyrd that the Norns sit at.  It is located at the base of the world tree.  It’s beautiful!  If I had the talent and the patience, I would totally knit this.  But I don’t, yet, so I will have to just drool at the pictures.  At some point I hope to be able to learn how to make such amazing awesomeness.  It’s on my bucket list.  I would love to make this, and then hand dye it to give it some depth.  Fantastic: