Friday, September 5, 2014

A Book at Tea Time

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, 
Halloween decor
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

Steampunk on Sunday : What's better than a message in a bottle?

A machine in a wine glass!

When I first saw these videos,
I thought they were digital animation.

But no!

These are real!

Syzmon Klimek make tiny
steampunkery devices
from brass and bronze.

Then, he puts them into
wine glasses.

I don't really need to add anything else.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Steampunk on Sunday: The Scream.

So, I took some photos
of the Steampunk Study
as it's almost complete 
and I wanted to show
the nice, new cuckoo clock.

Here are the photos.

I didn't add anything.
There is no Photoshopping.

Eat your heart out,
Everard Munch

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Steampunk on Sunday: Jack et la Mecanique du Coeur.

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 Bloody Valentine

Welcome to 
my little corner of
Holly's Horrorland

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 
Steampunk Study.

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

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

Invention of love

Invention of Love 

A  Steampunk love story
and a cautionary tale.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Ghost of Christmas Past

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