Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

This is the punchbag 
in the gym
 that we put facing the door
and dressed up
to scare little kids
into taking our candy.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Steampunk on Sunday: Miss Havisham's Roses.

I have kept every single rose 
Hubby has bought me
over the past eight years.

Not made from coffee filters
I am reluctant to throw them away;
 I'm an old-fashioned girl
about being given flowers.

So, when they fade or droop,
I gather the roses together and 
hang them upside-down, 
letting them dry.

Some dry beautifully,
 papery blooms that smell
faintly of musky sweetness.
Some fall apart.

Red and white roses, blue sea holly

Yes, I hear you say.
All very romantic
and frankly,
a bit creepy.

Miss Havisham

Well, yes.
A bit.

So, I decided to make something
 with the best of them.
and throw the rest away.

So, for
Hubby's Steampunk Study
I made a garland of roses,
blending with it
some sea holly I'd bought
for my wedding.

Sea holly is a symbol of fidelity,
as in this betrothal portrait.

I made the garland the simplest way possible.
A thin grapevine wreath
from the Dollar Tree and hot glue.
It used up most of the roses 
and looks suitably Victorian.

However, it's a absolute cow
to photograph.
So, you'll just have to see details.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Trick And Treat

Just a quickie.

You may remember my post last year 
about the edible Vampire Killing Kit?

The same artist and confectioner 
has opened shop again
for Halloween.

is a Chocolate Shop of Horrors,
 perfect for All Hallow's Eve. 

Or, for added realism, as a gummy?

Cthulhu not your thing?

(See the pun? )
It's delicately flavoured in blood orange.

Want to commune with the Green Fairy?


There are items that are more traditional,

Masterpieces of anatomical design
all in chocolate.

Speaking of anatomical design,
you could always give your beloved



This evil laugh thing is hard on the throat.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Epic Craft Fail and Other Stuff.

First, the Epic Craft Fail.

These are not creepy, newborn conjoined baby mice,
even though conjoined is really big right now.

No, this is my attempt to make 
a pair of hand-dipped candles.

Failure on an epic scale.

Onto something else.

I found this fancy arched shelf
in an antique/junk shop.

It was solid oak and yes,
 I know this grey distressed finish is very attractive,
it just won't go in the Steampunk Study.
I don't want the room to look abandoned.

So I bought it ($20, as you asked)
and took it home and used this stuff on it.
(Warning, product endorsement.
No, they didn't pay me for this.
I'm just trying to justify how much it cost!)

Please note, this isn't your bog-standard orange cleaner
this is specially made for wood furniture.
It has safety warnings all over it and it cost about $5.

Anyway, it's worth every penny
because it  does this.

 See this warm, glowing oak?
See the beautiful grain and the depth of colour?
All I did was squirt and spray, wipe a bit, all done.

(No, you may not paint it white!)

Hubby wants all his little curios and objects d'art
fitted in the arches, maybe with some old postcards. 
There's a groove at the back to support something.
Not plates, the arches are too small.
I do wonder what it was originally made for?

What about the epic craft fail? I hear you say.
How did I recover from such a crushing blow?
I did this.
You can do it, too.

Go to the Dollar Tree
and buy a chunky little clockwork insect.
(I danced about when I saw these!
It's been months since I've seen anything suitable)

Start gluing on stuff.

 What kind of stuff?

Well, here I have; a bit of a plastic doily,(on one wing)
the end of a Worcestershire sauce bottle,(between the jaws)
 half of a plastic compass, 
(hard to see but it's on the head)
an eyelet and a random nut.
(see here more on the delights of
altering clockwork toys and a

Spray the whole thing.
I splashed out and bought a tin of brass spray, 
instead of gold, but gold will do.
Or silver, chrome, oil-rubbed bronze. 

Add more stuff, now in metal so it doesn't need to be sprayed.
Old pens are a good source of small springs.
 You can stretch them out longer, if need be.
Propelling pencils have really long springs.
The glass tube at the back is an inverted fairy light.
Add other colours, if desired.
I used a permanent ink pen for the red enamel.

Fit the plastic compass back together.
I was going to print out a new dial for the compass,
but having directions on the insect made sense 
and the compass rose is nicely printed and vintage-looking.

You can either leave it shiny-new
or you can age the finish with some thinned brown paint.
This also brings out the detail.


Check the clockwork still runs 
every time you add an item or a layer of paint.

It's fun and it's embarrassingly easy
and very gratifying.

Unlike making candles.