Monday, October 27, 2014

Steampunk Fashion

I should have been painting the front room.
Instead, I made a hat.
A steampunk hat.
  I couldn't resist posing it on our door gargoyle

 Detail Close-ups...
 Metal-look flowers made from a Silhouette rose cutout and hardware cloth
 Random gears and a band made with black edging finished with gold rub n'buf
hinge made of cardboard and embossed with gold powder

feather sprayed painted silver

The hat form itself was made with black plastic that I purchased at a Habitat For Humanity store for only a dollar!

I used a free top hat template by Tom Banwell.
 I sewed the pieces together with black wire
 It wasn't easy and will test your patience, so I recommend have a side-kick who can laugh at your curses in the room with you!

It was her idea to spray paint the plastic with a rust colored paint. 
Now I suppose I need to paint...

After I post this at Sandee & Amelie's October Steampunk Challenge (Steampunk Couture), of course!

Friday, October 17, 2014

From my girl

My favorite things list includes Halloween and my kids.
 (not necessarily in that order?)

When the UPS truck dropped off this from my oldest daughter, Alyssa,
My day was made!

I love getting homemade gifts from my kids.
I am so glad that they value craftsmanship and the work that goes into making.

My kids are happy,
they are creative...


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Spellbound Matchbox

My witchy creation for Vintage Dragonfly's Halloween Matchbox Swap

A spellbound burial box complete with spells, skulls, eyeballs, potion bottles, a broom and a witch's hat.
The leather hat was made using this tutorial

I was a witch
and again I shall be.
I shall lie silent
'til once again, the moon
does beckon me.

 (I really should consider becoming a poet--hahahahaha!)

And, of course, the requisite goodies included in the package.
 Isn't Halloween the best?
I'll have my others ready to give away later this week!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Halloween/Steampunk Prep Supply

Matchbox Swap prep for has begun ...

 I've decided to make three.
One I will send to my partner and the other two I will fill and giveaway in October.

The two craft supplies I couldn't live without for Halloween and steampunk design:

I've found that the chalkboard paint "accepts" metallic rubs and other finishes better than  regular spray paint, although I have had some problems with it adhering well to plastic.
 Where would I be without my spray paint trigger?
I think I paid $1.99 for it--worth every penny and more!
You spray more evenly, no sore fingers and you won't get spray paint all over your hand.
Now for the fun part...

Monday, September 15, 2014

New Halloween Swap!

My first matchbox swap too!

Halloween is absolutely, hands-down my FAVORITE holiday.
Halloween is my favorite colors, it's creepy, it's vintage, it's a little steampunky, it's just a little bit for the not-right-in-the-head group...Halloween is the bomb!
I've got my work cut out for me
There are many gorgeous examples for inspiration (or a breakdown of self-confidence) on Pinterest.

I've got several ideas in my head and I love making Halloween stuff so much that I'm going to make more than one and then give the extra(s) away, complete with goodies inside.
Look for the giveaway in October.
How does that sound?!


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