Saturday, 29 September 2012

Tea at the Mad Hatters Tea House

Outfit Friday 28th September

I took this picture before I put on the cameo necklace.
Lace top, waistcoat with short sleeves and skirt all second hand.

On Friday the 28th of September I went to the shopping centre with my boyfriend's mother and grandma. Afterwards, we went to a place called Hatters Tea House. We had Turkish apple tea and rosewater and pistachio maccarons. The place itself was one of the most lovely I have ever been in. It was full of old furniture, tea sets, and hats. The most amazing hats! Stepping into that place felt kind of like coming home! I wanted to move in there!

Wonderful logo!

I would live in this room!

The rosewater and pistachio macarons. (Not my hand, I stole the pictures off their facebook.)

Friday, 28 September 2012


Outfit Tuesday 25th September

Hairstyle and outfit inspired by one of the many versions of Northanger Abbey that was on TV that day. It's kind of like Neo-Regency. (For anyone who is wondering how this is regency, the inspiration is in the colour palette (blue and white), the short jacket and empire waisted dress and the hairstyle. I do intend to make a real Regency jacket and dress in the future, when I have more time to sew.

The ribbon has white embroidered flowers on it. I curled my hair around it, but it didn't really work out that great. All the items of clothing are from the opshop.

Cool steampunky keys and pendants on the jacket.

Victorian Hairwork and a blog to check out

In the Victorian era, hair was often made into jewellery, either as a love gift, or to remember a dead loved one. There are some fascinating examples of this! 

If you are interested, check out these pages:

This episode of the show I mentioned the other day, Oddities, features a unique piece of hair art that is truly worth checking out: Oddities Season 2, episode 3: Three Little Piggies. If you ever get a chance to see the series, make sure you check that one out.

Strangely enough, it also has in that same scene, the lady whose blog I want to mention. Victoriana Lady Lisa is a charming and wonderful woman, who lives the kind of Neo-Victorian life I dream of. I have been following her on facebook, but I just found her blog, and am very excited. You should really check it out.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Oddities, haunted dollhouses, and forgotten books

I am doing well with Cloud Atlas, loving the interwoven threads of the stories. The chapter An Orison of Sonmi~451 chapter is my favourite so far, I can't wait to get to the endings. I've just reached the middle chapter, which I think will be the most difficult, because of the accent it is written in. Things like that always take a lot of concentration.

Here are a few things I found online that I wanted to share.

I just discovered the TV series Oddities. It's like a bit like a pawn shop show, and a bit like American Pickers, only the objects are much stranger and more wonderful!

Also the lovely Lisa from Victorian Mourning is in season 2, episode 3.

Jenny Lawson, AKA The Bloggess has an amazing haunted dollhouse that she has been working on for ten years. It is really the most amazing dollhouse I have ever seen, all the gorgeous details! I want it! Check out the wonderful slideshow.

And going along with the dollhouse theme, I adore this! If only I could afford it! All of the 300+ books can be rearranged, and one of them even has a hidden key in it! I can only imagine the love that must have gone into it!

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Costumes, Wigs, Méliès, Cloud Atlas...

As I was saying in the previous post, this page is a really wonderful source of movie costume images. I almost wish I hadn't found it, as I am having trouble tearing myself away from it to get any work done.

Through a link on that page, I found this wonderful tutorial of how to make a 1770s pouf wig.

It's fairly similar to how you do the hairstyle when you're trying to do it on yourself. It has more volume though, and it looks amazing! If you are into historical fashions, you should check it out!

Also while I was watching Rage (Australian version of MTV :P) last night, I happened to see this video by the Smashing Pumpkins. Made back in 2006,  (a year before the publication of the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and long before the movie), this music video is a tribute to the films of Georges Méliès. Well worth watching!

I'm also reading Cloud Atlas at the moment, which is really amazing. I will post a review when I am finished, although I'm not sure how much I can say without giving it away, as the mystery of it is part of what makes it so wonderful!

Pre-Raphelite Dress

I'm still having a bit of a problem with the blogger format, but in the meantime, I really wanted to share this.

If you're a big fan of Pre-Raphelite art, you may have already noticed that this dress in a picture by Edward Burne-Jones,

and this one by Frank Cadogan Cooper

is really similar to the one in Sleepy Hollow.

I always loved that dress anyway, because it was reminiscent of the ones that Miranda Richardson wore as Queen Mab in the Hallmark Merlin Miniseries, that pretty much influenced my entire clothing taste since then, but now that I know it's a Pre-Raphelite dress, I love it even more!

Anyway, I am sure a lot of people realise this already, but I had to share it anyhow! I'm so excited!

I also just found this wonderful resource, this page has links to so many wonderful movie costumes!

Friday, 21 September 2012

Lady Laura Morrigan

Outfit 21st September

Hat secondhand
Clockwinder necklace from redheart13 on Etsy
Shirt from Shop 55
Corset style top secondhand
Skirt from Shop 55
Socks from eBay.

I love hats, I am planning to get more hats when I have some  money! I love the hats by Lady Birds Habadashery and Le Hat Noir.

Steampunk Crafts on

Instructables is a craft site where people put up their own tutorials. They have lots of Steampunk ones.

This pair of auto-folding wings is truly awesome! You would need someone with woodwork skills in the family, but if you could do it, this would be an amazing one to make!

Steampunk Homes!

Steampunk homes! I have no money at the moment, but this is the stuff of dreams for me! Check out the rest of the blog, too! Pinterest account from the same blog

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Air Pirate Princess

Outfit 20th September 
I went to a workshop on writing for comics run by a friend.

Silver clock key from a clock my family were throwing out. 
Dress and pleather waistcoat second hand.
Socks from eBay.

Jacket second hand.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Steampunk Twins

This may be my favourite steampunk costume picture ever! Conjoined steampunk twins!!!

Here is another picture, and now one of them as a BFG (big f-ing gun) arm! Are they the most awesome girls ever, or what!

I found these images on Steampunk Beauties, which is a great source of outfit ideas. Although apparently it may be Not Safe For Work in future. :(

Steampunk Music

I know very little about music, except that sometimes I hear something and I like it. I've heard songs from Vernian Process and Abney Park, and I like them both. I've also recently heard of Carnival Symposium, which is a Steampunk album project, and it sounds really amazing, and also recently heard of Jardin Mechanique. There are still many Steampunk bands out there I am yet to check out. In the meantime, here are the links to their sites- also available under my steampunk blogs and literature tab. I'm not sure if I should create a new tab for music, what do you think?

Abney Park
Carnival Symposium
Jardin Mechanique
Vernian Process

As I discover more Steampunk groups, I will keep you informed. For now, here are a few that the fantastical Tommy Tophat told me of when I was asking him for music suggestions: The Men who will not be Blamed for Nothing, Doctor Steel, Sunday Driver, Unwoman, The Cog is Dead, Steam-Powered Giraffe, HUMANWINE, Melting Clock, Ghostfire

My two favourite steampunk songs at the moment:

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Steampunk in Warehouse 13

I've gone on in the past about how much I loved Warehouse 13 for it's steampunk elements. Here is a link to the post if you want to read it.

Anyway, I got this video off SF Crowsnest. Enjoy.

Twix commercial

Even chocolate companies are getting on the bandwagon, such as this steampunk inspired Twix ad I just saw on TV. No, it's not very steampunk, but you can see that that is kind of what they were aiming for, probably without much real steampunk knowledge.

I guess I better hurry up and get my book written! Although, of course, for me it's a life, not just cheap commercialism.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Interactive Steampunk Adventure: Clockwork Watch

Clockwork Watch is apparently an interactive Steampunk adventure, that lets followers be involved through a shared world. While your characters will not be featured in the main story, there is apparently another part in which you can role play your character, film, interactions, etc. 

I don't really know all that much about it, because for one thing, I haven't read the story, which I am not sure I can afford thanks to being a penniless student and the fact that the UK exchange rate for me means I would be paying three times the price! But it seems very interesting.

If you are interested, head over the the link and check it out. I assume it would be best to buy the first book if you want to role play, so as to not constantly annoy everyone else with asking what is going on, who the factions are, etc. 

Anyway, I urge you to follow the link and read the about page, because they actually know what they are talking about and explain it way better than I do.

If you do already participate, please let me know how you find it. :)

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Highwaywoman of the skies

Outfit Saturday 15th September
Modern Victorian

Cameo brooch, lace, and velvet.
Most items opshopped.

Vegan Taxidermy

Amazingly real 'taxidermied' animals made of paper! Impressive!

Historical Dress Shapes

Check out this blog post on historical dress shapes, very useful, with some good pictures. 

Blog Format Update- New Tabs on Steampunk!

Hello, beloved readers, and thank you so much to followers new and old. I just wanted to let you know that I am adding tabs to my blogs. Soon, there will be links on these tabs to steampunk shops, blogs, news, all sorts of exciting things. Any suggestions of favourite shops, blogs, etc. will be very much appreciated.

I have already added some shops to the list!

Saturday, 15 September 2012

A working steampunk computer and a few other aethernet finds

An actual working steampunk computer! I might actually do my work if I had one of these! (Well, probably not, but I still want one!)

A brief survey of Victorian Science Fiction:

Free download pattern: Eye of Providence Pyramid paper toy. Who doesn't want a 3D eye of providence with floating capstone?

"The stars are bright tonight, Captain Rogers, I fear that the omens do not bode well for this journey..."

14th September
An elegant Victorian inspired outfit.

Click on image for larger view.

Winged key pendant from boyfriend's mum (it's a steampunk crafts thing)
Velvet jacket with black lace trim from opshop (originally Tree of Life)
Skirt from op shop
Black lace flowered tights from kmart.

Title a random line I made up. It may crop up in one of my stories in the future, we will see.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Lili MacCarthy AKA The Necklace Killer

Lili MacCarthy was well-liked by all who met her. An elegant young woman from a good family, she was married to the charming Senator MacCarthy. They moved easily among the good families of Wendigo Creek, Maine. Everything seemed perfect in their life.

Then one day, Senator MacCarthy was found murdered, strangled with a string of Lili MacCarthy's favourite black pearls.

Lili fell under suspicion, but her natural charm and the elegant outfits she wore to court soon had everyone supporting her. She was let off without charge. The beautiful young widow soon had a string of suitors vying to be the next in line.

Then one night, after a party described by the few survivors as 'the most exquisite and tasteful ever held! The very end in taste!' a terrified housemaid called the police. Arriving upon the scene, they found all of the overnight guests strangled, some hanging from the chandeliers. All wore around their necks a string of black pearls.

Lili MacCarthy was nowhere to be found.

Anyone knowing the wherabouts of this woman is urged to call crimestoppers! Do not confront this woman unless you want to be the next target of The Necklace Killer!


Earrings and necklaces from costume jewellery shop
Top and skirt from opshop.

Colleen Atwood's Amazing Costumes (also known as Why I am going to kidnap Colleen Atwood)

While I was searching the aethernet for images of outfits I want in the future, I came across this blog post:

It's about Colleen Atwood. She did all of the wonderful outfits that I so loved in Tim Burton's movies, but not just that, she also did outfits for other movies, like the amazing clothes that Violet Baudelaire wears in the movie of A Series of Unfortunate Events! 

Basically, my aim in life is now to kidnap her and make her my outfit slave. Is that wrong?

A few of her amazing works, there are more on the blog I linked!

Also check out the original post, and let the author know how much you love it! :)

(Everyone knows I am kidding about the kidnapping, right?)

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Rich and Strange

Those who know me may have noticed that I have rather strange, arcane tastes. They may also know that the reason I would like to one day have quite a bit of money is so that I can indulge some of those tastes. These taxidermy creatures by Sarina Brewer are (in my opinion) as exotic and beautiful as they are disturbing. Yes, I want to be rich and strange! (I'm already strange, so why not?)

The little capricorn is by far my favourite, followed by the dark griffin, and then the brown one. I also think the winged monkey is a great one, but too creepy for me. (I know it's weird I think the monkey is strange and not the others.)

Check out her work. And if you are feeling kind, buy me one. Ha ha.

And also, doesn't Sarina look like the most delightful lady?

The London Paralympics Closing Ceremony

The other night I saw a post on a Facebook Steampunk fashion group I belong to, mentioning that the London Paralympics closing ceremony featured Steampunk! I was very excited when I managed to catch it on the highlights on TV. It was really mostly just the beginning that was Steampunk and it's disappointing that the musical acts didn't bother to dress up, but the beginning was really epic!

Also none of the few videos that have been put up show the awesome pre-filmed into sequence, which almost made me cry with it's steamy magnificence! I am pretty mad at the moment because there are videos of Rhianna performing but not this! 

I am also disappointed that there aren't many good photos online. There were some wonderful white clothed bouffant wigged acrobats hanging from hoops, among other things! Here are the few good ones I have managed to find. Hopefully more will be put up.

There were several of these amazing machines! I can't believe there aren't more pictures!

Tintype photos at Vixen Vintage

If you read my blog, you probably know that I love all things archaic, even when they don't fit my exact timeline. I was blown away when I came across these photos.

The blogger, Solanah and her husband Sam went to a civil war enactment in full period costume. There they had their photographs taken by an authentic period photographer who took photos the way they did back in the civil war era. They had their photos taken, and they really look just like they came out of the past! Most look completely historically accurate but the one which shows Sam's tattoos might be particularly counfounding to someone who might discover these photos in the future!

Visit the link and take a look!

This is definitely going on my list of things I need to do one day!