Wednesday, 28 November 2012

A Sunday of Three Dresses: Hairstyle

Sunday 18th November

This hairstyle was created by putting in a hair extension piece, separating it into two sections, and plaiting my hair into each. I then rolled the plaits up and pinned them to the side of my head. I had to be quite precise to so the ends didn't stick out and the rolls looked even, but it was surprisingly quick and easy compared to some of the ones I have done in the past. Having more hair definitely makes it easier to work with and I loved the final effect. I'd definitely do this one again.

If anyone has tried any interesting historically inspired hairdos, or knows of a good tutorial, I'd love to have a look. Leave me a link in the comments!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

A Sunday of Three Dresses #3

Outfit Sunday 18th November

Links to Outfits #1 and #2

Last one! When we went over for dinner, my boyfriend's mum gave me this awesome skirt. It's partly woven out of soy, not sure how. It's really soft and comfortable, and it's got these really cool gathered bits that make it look kind of Steampunk. It's hard to see in the pictures, it looks awesome in real life!

And that's it. The hairdo is coming up next.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Thank You!

A huge thank you to all my followers, old and new! Your comments, and just the fact that you are following me warms my heart! I appreciate it so very much!

The card is from The Frugal Crafter.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Alice in Wonderland home decor and Christmas trees on EPBOT

I really want to add something like these to my home decor one day. They are from EPBOT's Christmas decoration post which is gorgeous, and well worth checking out.

I've actually always wanted to collect pretty coloured bottles. I think they look really lovely, and would give the house a bit of a magic shop/ mad scientist's laboratory look.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Aethernet Roundup: Fairytales, Steampunk, Fashion, and more

I decided to make a post where I share interesting things from the aethernet, as I always find too many things to post. Here's a pile to start with, and there are still more to come!

I adored this blog post in Fairytale Inspired Fashion Editorials. Of course, there's a lot of Tim Walker and Annie Leibovitz in there!

Also this post from the same blog. She has quite a few fairytale inspired posts, actually. Check out the tags/ wordcloud.

Gothic Faery Tales: A collection of Gothic fairytales. You can submit your own.

This future book about Victorian werewolves looks fascinating!

A useful glossary of older clothing terms.

This series of one page comics is strange and often beautifully philosophical.

This is kind of a Twilight Parody and also a really well written piece of dark humour with a really interesting take on werewolves. It does have sex so consider yourself warned.

Free online steampunk reading:

Boston Metaphysical Society

Clockwork Quartet

The Dead Isle

Three of Swords

Favourite Murdoch Mysteries Quotes

Some of my favourite quotes from the last few series of Murdoch Mysteries.

‎"Yes, that's quite a feat, to reduce a man to a slogan." 

"That sounds less than scrupulous!"
"Scrupulous? Scruples have nothing to do with it. Acumen, I call it!"

"Ted Manson took his dog hunting, but his son swears this ferret will follow a trail of blood like no hound he's ever seen." 

‎"What's my motto Murdoch?"
"You have several sir, all gems."
"No, no, those are aphorisms! I have only one motto and that's 'follow the money'."

‎"Look outside, smell the maple leaves, this is Canada!" 

‎"Arrogant little prick. No wonder half the world hates the bloody monarchy." 

"But sir, if you had seen the pattern of the other circles. It'a almost mathematical. You can climb a tree if you want to see for yourself"

‎"Sir, why is your scotch in my desk?"
"The missus has joined that bloody temperance lot. She knows all my hiding places."

‎"William you can't let this brief moment in history change things. McConnell, Blake, Sutton, they're just blinks in time." 

‎"A hunch, sir. Something all the young people are saying these days."

"Our automaton has capabilities far beyond that of the Prussians. It is the ultimate war machine therefore the ultimate instrument of peace."

"Any woman that can recite 'To A Skylark' while cutting open a human heart is a rare woman indeed." 

"I myself am fascinated by the idea that someday tiny electrical circuits will be capable of calculating vast mathematical algorithms."

"It's The Telltale Heart. Sir. The Edgar Allan Poe story. A killer buries his victim's heart below the floorboards but he keeps hearing it beat and it grows louder and louder and louder and then... well then I stopped reading, I was too terrified." 

Dreaming of boots

I really want a pair of these in each colour. I have heard them known as Bordello Boots, Whimsey boots and my favourite Dream of Steam Mary Poppins boots. I wish I could afford them, hopefully they will still be around by the time I have the money.


Friday, 23 November 2012


Saturday 24th November

Apparently it's crazy going shopping in America and the moment thanks to Black Friday. It's lucky I'm not in America, I went to the shops today and it was fairly quiet. Not bragging or anything :P

I got some things I needed.

A nice looking back up pair of ankle boots for $49. They're just synthetic, maybe not the best quality, but they look nice. I am tempted to paint one of my other pairs pale blue now that I have another pair.

A new camera- I really really needed one. My old one is about 8 years old maybe. It's old, and it's been dropped quite a bit and a lot of the pictures are coming out really blurry now. I have to be careful not to drop the new one.

I feel bad taking a picture of my new camera with the old one! Ha ha.

Fabrics! We stopped off at spotlight on the way home and found the pretty and cheap cottons. There were about 7 shades of blue and purple that I really liked, but I decided to just get two and this nice discounted offcut of birds. I can go back for more later. They're for the learning to sew so I can make Neo-Victorian and Steampunk outfits project.

Blue cotton fabric, $3.99 a metre
Bird fabric- got the remaining about 2m for $10.
The black and red is my quilt.

What would the bird fabric look good as? A skirt? A blouse?

Guillermo de Toro on darkness in children's films

I really have to agree with this. Some of my favourite films as a kid had really evil villains. It is surprisingly reassuring when they meet a fitting end, and I find I am always nervous when an evil character just gets away and isn't punished. One of my favourite movie villains as a kid was Rasputin in Anastasia, a rotting corpse in limbo who often falls to bits. Some of the scenes really scared me, but I watched it time and time again. 

I am a huge fan of del Toro's frighteningly beautiful imagination and was blown away by his imagining of the Goblin Market in Hellboy 2. I also loved that movie because the villain had an understandable purpose, trying to preserve the last magical creatures that humans destroy as "monsters".

Read the whole article here:

"What's the biggest mistake people make in telling stories about children, or for children?
Well, I think that one of the things is to actually try and create a sense of darkness in the tale. A lot of people just make this sanitized super happy-go-lucky, "bright sunshine and clouds" type of childhood movies. And you really need an element of the dark in it. In the case of Kung Fu Panda 2, we really came up with a psychotic, sociopathic villain. In the case of [Rise of the] Guardians, we have Pitch, which is an incredibly sophisticated and articulate guy that tries to control your fear. In the case of Puss in Boots, we had a bad guy who was Humpty, who was capable of changing and capable of doing a good action at the end. He was incredibly neurotic.
Guillermo del Toro explains the biggest mistake people make in telling stories for childrenAnd I think that people don't acknowledge that kids have all these sides. Kids are neurotic, kids deal with fear, kids are confronted by really hostile impulses from the adults around them and the other kids, and you know, movies should acknowledge all this and create these fables that help them deal with those things."

Tea Duelling

(Picture from Frog's Pad blog)

Here followeth the official rules for tea duelling, as originally set out in actual documents from the Kew Steampunk Exhibition. I got these from my local steampunk group of Facebook, you can also find them on Frog's Pad blog.

Articles of the Honourable Association of Tea Duellists

Third Edition 1899

(As compiled by the signatories of the Hague Convention, December 1899)

For those of you who would like a copy of the rules of Tea Dueling, as practiced at our card night tonight, read on!

Article 1.1: A duel as constituted under the auspices of the International Association of Tea Duelling shall be known as a “Tiffin Party”

Article 1.2: The only permissible beverage is tea. Coffee and chocolate are strictly prohibited. This beverage may be any blend of chai as supply allows. The combatants may add milk and sugar to taste. This beverage must be no less than 65 degrees at the time of competition. The beverage should be known as the “Brew Martial”

Article 1.3: Upon agreement of all parties an agreed alcoholic tipple may be added to the Brew Martial on the understanding that it does not unduly reduce the temperature of the Beverage. In such circumstances this shall be known as the “Toddy”

Article 1.4: The drinking vessel, known as the “Keg” shall be no less than three and one quarter inches depth. Kegs should be of pottery or metal.

Article 1.5: The provision of the Brew Martial along with the approval of Kegs etc. shall be the responsibility of the “Pot Master”. See section 2.

Article 2.1: The duel shall be facilitated by the appointed officer known at the “Pot Master”. The Pot Master is responsible for supervision of Kegs and Brew Martial. The Pot Master is also responsible for the provision of suitable bisquits. (See section 3).

Article 2.2: The duel shall be presided over by a president/umpire known as the “Tiffin Master”. When honour requires satisfaction and insufficient suitably qualified officers are present the Pot Master and Tiffin Master may be embodied in one person.

Article 3.1: The Tiffin Master shall supply the bisquits. Ordinarily these are “Malted Milk” otherwise known as “Cows”. With agreement of all parties these may be substituted for “Nice” bisquits, known as “Nickies”. Unfortunately those honourable snacks, biscuits brown and biscuits fruit are forbidden for use in Tea Duelling under Queen’s regulations. In the most dire of supply emergencies when honour must be satisfied then Digestive Wheatmeals or “Rusgetifs” may be substituted but the size of Kegs may need to be adjusted accordingly. All other varieties of bisquits known as “fancies” are prohibited under the Hague convention.

Article 4.1: Each duel should be attended by the two protagonists or “Dunkers” and their seconds. All accept fully the articles of the honourable association.

Article 4.2: Should a Dunker suffer a crisis of confidence and withdraw before the duel then their second should step into the breach. The second will be afforded full honours.

Article 5.1: The duel will begin with the laying out of the bisquits by the Tiffin Master. Six bisquits will be lain upon a white napkin on a serving plate. The laying out of the bisquits will be done in the full presence of the seconds or in the case of a full tournament by officers appointed to this task known as “Cosies”

Article 5.2: The Pot Master will supervise the provision of the Kegs of Martial Brew ready for the duel to commence.

Article 6.1: The dunkers will take their Kegs of Martial Brew and place them on the table which is set up between them.

Article 6.2: The Tiffin Master will place the charger of bisquits on the table between the dunkers.

Article 6.3: On the command “choose your weapons” the dunkers will each select a single bisquit. No handling or replacing of bisquits is permitted.

Article 6.4: The dunkers will hold the bisquit in one hand with finger and thumb no further than one half inch from the edge.

Article 6.5: The Tiffin Master will give the order “Ready” and both bisquits will be positioned over the appropriate Keg no further than six inches above the lip.

Article 6.6: On the command “Dunk” both dunkers will immediately and swiftly lower their bisquit into the Brew Martial. The Tiffin master may declare a penalty a “bagging” against any dunker who unduly delays their dunk and the bisquits will be removed and discarded. Replacement bisquits will be chosen by both dunkers from the remaining four. If a dunker is penalised twice for bagging then he or she shall forfeit.

Article 6.7: If the Tiffin Master is happy that there has been a clean dunk he shall count to five. Dunkers shall not remove their bisquit from the Brew Martial before the Tiffin Master calls “five”.

Article 6.8: Once five has been counted and the bisquit removed the dunkers shall attempt to eat the bisquit. 94% as adjudged by the Tiffin Master must end up in the dunker’s mouth for a clean “Nom”.

Article 7.1: If a bisquit falls back into the brew martial this is known as a “Splash” and the dunker is considered beaten.

Article 7.2: if a bisquit falls onto the table or floor etc. this is known as a “Splatter” and the dunker is considered beaten.

Article 7.3: If a bisquit falls onto the dunker’s person this is known as a “Splodge” and the dunker is considered defeated with credit.

Article 7.4: Where both dunkers manage a clean Nom then the dunker who last mouthed their bisquit is considered to be the victor with their opponent defeated.

Amendment (i) In extremis plain hot water may be substituted for tea.

An interesting post on Gothic non de plumes

If you enjoy Gothic novels, you will find this blog post fascinating. It's about male authors writing under female non de plumes due to the Gothic genre being seen as a 'female' genre.

A Sunday of Three Dresses #2

Outfit Sunday 18th November

Top and skirt from second hand shops.

I wore this over to dinner.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

A Sunday of Three Dresses #1

Outfit Sunday 18th November
(I had about two and a half or three outfit changes :P Technically none of them are dresses, but it sounds better that way. Writer's prerogative.)

"Spirit of Springtime"

(I was planning to wear this out, but then I changed my mind.)
Lace top from second hand shop. Unfortunately, it is on it's 'last legs', falling apart.
Skirt from second hand shop. I had the purple version when I was younger, actually.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Girls and boys come out to play, the moon doth shine as bright as day...

Outfit Wednesday 14th November or therabouts

My usual cameo, blue dress from op shop. Click on larger image to see details. It has a lovely yoke detail which doesn't come out well in the photo. I liked it because it reminded me of a little Victorian girl's dress.

Title: An old nursery rhyme I remember from my childhood. Apparently it has existed since at least 1708 and may allude to a time when children had to work during the day. 

"Girls and boys, are come out to play,
The moon doth shine as bright as day;
Leave your supper, and leave your sleep,
And come with your playfellows into the street.
Come with a whoop, come with a call,
Come with a good will or not at all.
Up the ladder and down the wall,
A halfpenny roll will serve us all.
You find milk, and I'll find flour,
And we'll have a pudding in half an hour"

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Blood and Bone China Web Series

Blood and Bone China is a set of 12 webisodes that together form a wonderful little movie. It is a Victorian mystery about vampires, with just the right combination of humour, Gothic melodrama and some clever little twists.

Rachel Shenton, who plays Anna, reminds me of a cross between two of my favourite actresses, both in appearance and acting style. She reminds me a bit of Anna Paquin (Rogue in the X-men movies) and also of my beloved Elaine Cassidy, (Fingersmith, The Lost World, The Others) in all her delightfully reserved period piece acting.

Anthony Miles as Newlyn Howell is adorably bumbling and hopeless, not so much so that he becomes annoying. Despite being well out of his depth, he continually tries his best to help out with the horrific situations he finds himself in, which is quite touching. It was funny to see him making scared puppy eyes at the indomitable Anna.

The costumes were a little bit Steampunk, and very nicely made. The sets also, looked acceptably period, rather than just sets. Obviously, it was filmed in historical buildings, but it's the little things like the clutter in a room that make it seem real, not just a set just created for filming.

I vastly enjoyed watching this! You can see it for free on YouTube, or buy your own copy of the DVD. I'd really like to make something like this myself from one of my stories in the future, although there aren't really many historical buildings where I live that aren't surrounded by really obvious looking modern ones. Maybe I can find someone who's good at CGI.


This was what I wore to Wordstock, on the last friday of term. (November 9th). Wordstock was great, I got to see other people from the writer's society, my other classes, and my film studies tutor Sarah, who organises it. I also read one of my short stories.

This was what I wore, I was going with a 20s vibe after spending about 6 hours straight the day before watching The House of Eliott. (But don't worry, I'm still a Victorian girl at heart!)

You can also see these pictures and others on my devinatart stock account. Feel free to make beautiful images with them if you are so inclined.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Transylvanian Lullaby

You absolutely have to listen to this haunting piece by talented independent artist Kate Covington, also known as Erutan.

In other news, I am still watching Murdoch Mysteries. They had an episode about automatons! I am also still working on weaving the myriad of ideas I have into a novel. I guess I have to decide which things I have to leave out, and put in the next story. I was on #steampunkchat today on Twitter, which was really fun.

Tim Walker: Magical Photography

 So many of the inspiring images I have seen recently on the aethernet have turned out to be by Tim Walker. His shots really are magical! Apparently, they actually create all the props for his shoots, no special effects. Which is pretty impressive when you see some of the things like hanging tables, miniature greenhouses, giant sculptures and more.

Jenna of Worn Through blog was lucky enough to work as art department assistant on some of his sets, you can read her story here.

She also has a review for a book of his photography, which includes a video flip through of the book.

Tim seems like a great guy, and I hope I will be able to meet him, maybe even be photographed by him one day.

Here are a few of his images. I think quite a few of the ones in my Ethereal Fairytale post were by him, too. I just want to climb into his world and live there!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Institute Music Video by Psyche Corporation

Amazing song! I also love that the music video is not high budget- no big studio or special effects- but is just so mesmerising and beautiful. I also love their music video for "Meant to Be", where she dances in the water. Reminds you that you don't always have to have a huge amount of money to make something wonderful! They used crowd funding to make their recent "Oh" music video. They are so talented! I really hope they will come to Australia one day!

Steampunk Outfits

I put a couple more images up on my deviantart stock account, these are two of the nicest shots. The photography isn't the greatest, because I took it myself with a self timer on an old digital camera, but I love the outfits I put together.

Mini hat, jacket, corset top, blouse and skirt all secondhand.
Clockwinder necklace by Redheart13 on Etsy

Hat from some girly shop
Cravat/scarf and brooch secondhand
Blouse from sale store
Skirt from Shop55 Vintage

The Mortal Elements: City of Bones Trailer

I have been waiting so long for this! So excited! I am a little disappointed I didn't get to be in the movie (ha ha), but I am dying to finally see the movie! Hopefully it will soon be followed by the others, and then the steampunk prequel series!!!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Oz The Great and Powerful trailer

I have heard criticism for this, but you know what, if it looks anything as beautiful as in this trailer, I really don't care!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

A slideshow of costumes from Les Misérables

Photographs by Annie Leibovitz. The first two are my favourites. I can't wait to see the movie! I am excited about all the costumes, and I am pretty sure I am going to cry a few times. Also I sang Castle on a Cloud as a child, so I always like to see others perform it (although I am pretty sure that mine was the best rendition ever, ha ha.)

There are no words for how much I need this dress:

Monday, 12 November 2012

Inspiring Quote

"The world is wide and old and without mercy. Nature is indifferent to everything.

So you have to ask yourself, "What really counts? How do we measure happiness and success? What is a moment worth in a thousand days of moments. How do we remember that moment and hold it apart from the rest?"

I am struggling to finish a final assignment today. The assignment itself was fine, writing up explanations and linking it to subject literature is always the hardest part. I am so much better at fiction.

Anyway, I find this quote from my friend Melinda's blog very inspiring. She's doing NaNoWriMo at the moment, which is also very inspiring! 

The Devil Within

Novella/ short story by Madeline Holly-Rosing
(eBook, available as kindle, nook or smashwords)

An intriguing and well-written prequel to The Boston Metaphysical society, that gives us a view into the character's early life, and that of her father. I really enjoyed reading this story, and it made me even more eager to see what will happen next. The author's explanation of mechanical things in these stories always seems flawless, making the machinery seem real, even if I don't really understand it myself. I enjoyed the descriptions of Andrew's unusual talents. I also find the idea of the wire decorations fascinating. I really think this series will offer something new and wonderful!

Oh, and the Kindle book only cost me 99 cents, which is well below what it is worth!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Steampunk Rat

Short story/ novella by Madeline Holly-Rosing 
(available as kindle, nook and smashwords)

This short story was a real pleasure to read! Holly-Rosing uses brilliant innovation of style and technology, with a real understanding of mechanics that makes the steampunk feel more real. The story has a great turn of phrase, well-written characters and understanding of human nature. The adventure was engaging, and I was moved by the events. Madeline Holly-Rosing is definitely an author to watch!

Outfit for a Picnic at Hanging Rock

I was lucky enough to find this at a secondhand shop for $10 around about the 2nd. I think it's handmade. It would be good for a picnic at Hanging Rock. Or maybe even for an opera mad scene. Or being chased around a Gothic ruin by a mad villain in a cape.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Novel by Ransom Riggs

This is a brilliant and unique story that left me enchanted. Based around a collection of real life strange postcards, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children tells a peculiar tale that you won't forget.

When he was a child, Jacob was frightened and delighted by his grandfather's tales of the orphanage where he lived in his youth, and the children who lived there with him, who all had their own strange and wonderful powers. When he grows older, he stops believing, until a tragic event leads him to question all he has ever believed about his world. Now he must find the home, and the peculiar children for himself.

The children are fascinating, and I loved them all. I can't wait to learn more about them in the sequel! I loved Miss Peregrine too. I would like to know more about her. I would also love to dress up as her one day!

I liked the juxtaposition of the character's life in America with that of the remote island in Wales. The mythologies of the children and the ymbrenes were well thought out and very interesting.

The language used in this book was great, very engrossingly descriptive, never overly so. The plot was well-paced, as were the revelations. I absolutely adored the use of the real odd historical photographs. I love the idea of basing the story around them! It's fascinating to look at old pictures and wonder at the story behind them, and I love the idea of creating your own one.

All in all, this was a unique and wonderful experience, and I cannot wait for the next one! I suppose it might be a while, as Ransom Riggs will have to find some more photographs for the second one, and I await it with bated breath and great anticipation!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

The House of Eliott

I've fallen in love with the 1990s TV series The House of Eliott, after seeing it mentioned in this post on The Vintage Dancer. Set in the early 1920s, it is the story of sisters Beatrice and Evangeline Eliott, who, after their fathers death, find themselves almost destitute, and start their own fashion business. I absolutely adore Bea, and wish she was my own sister. I also love Evangeline and Jack. Yesterday, I watched seven episodes in a row!

I've also fallen in love with some of the early 1920s styles. I still don't like the looser, drop waisted dresses on myself, as I don't think they flatter my shape at all, but there are some other really lovely gowns, coats, blouses. I adore the white lacy sundresses, I can't get enough of that sort of thing. I am longing for some of the items in this to add to my wardrobe. I love all the black and white and blue in the dresses, and I'm thinking of building a wardrobe in these colours. I already have a lot of black and white, anyway.

The hats are wonderful, too! I have decided you can't have a proper wardrobe without some nice hats.

Here is a top of Bea's that I particularly love in episode 8:

I also really love her aunt's black beaded cocktail dress.

I really think I will have to extend my future wardrobe into the 1920s. At the moment, I was mostly sitting somewhere around the Edwardian Era and the Victorian 1877-1822 natural form era.

I still like long elegant dresses, so the more demure 1920s fashions should still echo this. I would love a long, delicately beaded evening gown too, in the future. And it looks like there will be a lot of pale blues in my wardrobe in the future.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Etsy Christmas Wishlist

I just realised how soon Christmas is coming up. So I thought I'd better quickly dash off a Christmas Wishlist to give you all time to get these for people if you so wish.

Make sure you check out the galleries of these sellers. They all have piles of wonderful things besides the ones I have pictured here. SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS AND ARTISANS!!!! :)

(20% off all items, code: NOVA20 )

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By MySecretFace:

(These are my personal choices. I love them all! I was not asked to promote any of them. In fact, if anyone wants to get any of these for me, you are welcome. Ha ha ha.)