Dec 192013

Alright, as part of the current/upcoming holiday season, a lot of people are visiting friends and family. I just got back from a graduation party/pre-Christmas visit with my brother and parents myself. Of course, one of the questions that everyone asks is ‘what have you been up to lately?’ or something of that sort. After going on about finals and classes and other stuff, I eventually came around to the Cleveland Zeppelin Union meet-up the three of us attended a few weeks ago. Which in turn lead to explaining what the group is based on- steampunk. Every single person’s reaction?


“What’s steampunk?”


So I was wondering- what is everyone’s best method or strategy for trying to explain what steampunk is to friends or family that have no  idea. I used to try and use the movie ‘Wild Wild West’ but… for one thing, besides Will Smith and Kevin Kline having some pretty good buddy-cop type chemistry, the movie kind of sucked. And not a lot of people have seen it so it really doesn’t help.


Any tips?

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Dec 012013

So this year, we’re moving literally the week of Christmas and New Year’s: we take possession of our new place December 22, and we’re promising to be out of the old place by January 1. In light of this, we’re not doing a tree this year 🙁

Instead, we’ve agreed to a compromise: we’re going to make a few smaller decorations, such as a fake wreath we can re-use next year, and maybe some garlands. So this post is where I’ve been collecting some inspiration 🙂

First off, of course, there’s Jen from EPBOT’s steampunk wreath:

Click to view the walkthrough and details

While I like the gold embellishments, I’m not sure I want a green wreath like that. If I do go green, I’d want the items to be more tree-themed, like little clockwork birds or squirrels or brass pinecones or something, so it feels thematically together.

I found this one on Pinterest:

I believe this is by Megan Crandall Cooper, click for her facebook

I like the idea of this better, it feels more thematically solid, but it seems a bit skimpy and flat compared to a proper wreath. So as you can see, I am a fickle person and cannot make up my mind on anything 🙂

This one’s from Etsy, available for purchase if it tickles your fancy:

Listing is for a totally custom work by splendidcolors, click for her store

It feels very solid thematically, with being made entirely of gears. And it’s definitely more full than the previous one. But it’s still very flat, because gears are flat.

Here’s the mistress of crafts, Martha Stewart:

Martha Stewart. Click for tutorial

This could be a nice alternative to green, I think, but I’d want to avoid making it too one-note probably. Maybe. I don’t know. Hmm.

Here’s one from a blog called Crafts n Coffee:

Crafts n Coffee. Click for tutorial.

I don’t like this style at all — too flat and silver — but I love some of the embellishments. That bird on top is gorgeous, as is the dragonfly and those cute little Victorian flowers.


So now I’ve got some solid ideas; I try not to let anything be too firm in my mind before I go to the craft store because, as I learned with Nettie’s Hats, it’s often the spur-of-the-moment inspiration at the store that helps really make the idea come together.