Friday, September 5, 2014
This blog lumbers into action
in the run-up to Halloween
and the darker days of winter
After all, those are the days you really
want a nice cup of tea by the fire
Maybe some toasted crumpets, too?
(You're probably safer
sticking to the crumpets.)
These are my altered dolls' tea sets,
perfect for spooky tea,
and tucking under a cloche.
You want something to read by the fire
while you sip your tea?
Let me recommend the latest book
from B R Marsten
To celebrate the release of
Oliver's second adventure,
you can read more about the
wicked, charming and pragmatic hit man
Good for one day only.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
When I first saw these videos,
I thought they were digital animation.
These are real!
Syzmon Klimek make tiny
from brass and bronze.
Then, he puts them into
I don't really need to add anything else.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
I found this film through Facebook.
I don't know if it will be available in the US or the UK,
I just know it looks amazing!
(Literally, Jack and the mechanics of the heart)
is a French animated Steampunk film
based on an album by the French band
Jack is born in Edinburgh,
on the coldest day of the year
and his frozen heart won't start.
To save him, the midwife replaces his heart
with a cuckoo clock.
That will keep him alive, with one caveat.
Never fall in love...
Teaser trailer here, in French.
I hope this comes out with subtitles
as my French is mauvais to say the least.
Friday, February 14, 2014
my little corner of
Please keep your vampire safe because...
....I'll be offering helpful hints and tips
for making your own
Vampire Killing Kit.
Like this one.
I was originally inspired by
this post on
and have been adding bits and pieces
over the past two years.
So far, mine looks like this.
For details on how I aged and patinated
the wooden box, go here.
When it's all complete
it's for my lovely Hubby
and will live in his
Contents are all important.
I'm slowly gathering the goodies.
Tiny candles. A valuable note book.
A wooden cross. Little phials full of eldritch potions.
A bible, of course.
I couldn't find an old one.
(Not one I could afford, anyway.)
So I took a Dollar Tree one in white plastic,
sprayed the edges of the pages
with gold spray paint.
I painted the leather effect cover in black.
Painted it and sanded it, and painted it again, and sanded it
until it looks and feels like real leather.
Instant Victorian bible.
I needed a notebook.
This one comes from Dr Polidori's library, as it says.
He was a hunk,
was Dr Polidori.
I bought a $1 hard backed notebook,
glued on a plastic frame,
painted said book and the detail in the frame
and added the Ex Libris plaque.
Inside, I aged it with tea
and the occasional mysterious stain,
and added script and sketches.
There's a lot of Vampire Killing Kits out there.
But I hadn't seen one with an altar.
This is a Christmas decoration,
with a Victorian Sacred Heart print
from The Graphics Fairy.
Glued to the inside of the lid
the box now opens to look like a miniature altar.
I just need something to hold the tiny candles
on either side.
As a fancy touch
I added a brass stamping
of cupids and garlands.
Maybe it's a
Lady's Vampire Killing Kit.?
It's been a lot of fun assembling this,
and I'm not alone.
Vampire Killing Kits
are practically a cottage industry out there.
If you've made one
or are thinking of making one,
I'd love to see!
Thank you for visiting.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Thursday, December 12, 2013
If you love, LOVE Halloween
and you're sorry when it's all over,
you might be interested in this blog post
from last year about making a
Marley Door Knocker Wreath.
It doesn't really need a tutorial.
It just needs a dollar store Halloween knocker,
some round rings
and metallic paint.
The knocker was inspired by
this amazing sculpture
Magnificent, isn't it?
Meanwhile, in the Study,
Mr Narrator and I have been co-writing away
on a Steampunk piece.
Go here to read more of