Steampunk is your friend

A while ago — perhaps a year or more — I realized that I am a fan of the steampunk genre. I love the old world, Victorian sort of style; I’ve been amassing a large stash of inspirational images, and caches of links all over the web (including the Werewolf Specimen and Hunting Kit and the lightning pirates on Stardust). I visit the Brass Goggles site occasionally (and lurk about their forums), and take part in a passive MMORPG called The Nethernet. I even joined Steamy Stitches on Ravelry. I’m that obsessed.

So instead of doing normal July 4 celebratory things, when I woke up Saturday morning I decided to get crafty. I got out the Rustoleum I purchased some months ago to re-paint these fancy fancy sconces I got from a friend of mine. (Her mom is a fan of garage sales and auctions, and I think they were some of the many odd items that were given to Bandbabe.) She wasn’t a fan of the olive green, and didn’t really care to make space for them in her home, so I took them off her hands. It’s only now that I’ve gotten around to making them a color less like my walls …

See? Contrast!

See? Contrast!

Since I had the Rustoleum out, I decided to tackle my cheap-o speakers as well. They used to be a silvery gray; now they look a bit careworn and much classier. I also got a few decor-type items at Michael’s on Friday: six small, empty bottles and a plain wooden box with a display top. You can see the box with the speakers in the photo below (set on top of my “new” Martha Washington sewing cabinet that my dad picked up at an auction).

Old world speakers?

Old world speakers?

I first gave the box a yellow acrylic base coat. After that was dry, I put some blobs of brown and gold in a cup with water, mixed them up, and painted over the yellow. I did a couple of layers of this, wiping it off with a used dryer sheet in between. (I didn’t want to completely cover the yellow.) The end result was a nice aged look. I popped a small faux butterfly in the display section. (The other three from the package are in the main compartment of the box for now; different colors for different seasons, perhaps?) At any rate, it looks neat. I might mount the box to the wall or something.

Yesterday after lunch, I decided to re-arrange the living room. I didn’t take any photos, of course. We’ll see how I like it. It seems a lot more open now; the biggest thing I shifted was the over-size shelf piano, which now has a short end against the wall instead of its back. It almost gives the impression of having a proper entryway now (except that generally I don’t use the living room door as an entry, as my porch steps broke some years ago. Now I use a fancy old tire. And by “fancy” I mean a boring old spare tire.)

And, very slowly, I’m getting things unpacked from camp. (Two weeks now I’ve been home; obviously it’s not like I don’t have the time, having spent parts of the weekend painting things and hauling furniture around.) Even slowlier, I’m decorating my house in a combination of old world and Steampunk style. I think my next endeavor might be to turn my styrofoam wig head into a phrenology head with the help of paint and markers (my painting hand isn’t very steady when it comes to lines and lettering, so I figure Sharpie over paint will be fine). What can I say? I’m a dork.

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