Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Over the Crescent Moon: Please Help Fund a Bike for Blaze

Over the Crescent Moon: Please Help Fund a Bike for Blaze: This is Blaze: He is 12 years old, is very friendly and outgoing, and is homeschooled because of developmental delays. He loves Legos, e...

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Steampunk Chess and Checkers

I just found this great fabric that makes Steampunk Chess or Steampunk Checkers! They were designed by Lindyd on Spoonflower and available here.


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Buttons Baby!

The right buttons are a most for the well dressed gentleman and lady. Here are a few great button options for your next project.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday Fabric Finds

Start the week right with some fabulous fabric finds! Every Monday I will be sharing some great new steamy fabric for all types of sewing.


(Would work for a vest) 

hemisphere world -1830

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Edgar Allan Poe Inspired Fabirc

Recently I made a skirt with some of the Nevermore fabric from Micheal Miller. This fabric line was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and is a great option for fans and steampunks alike. Enjoy!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Steamtress Fabric

While exploring the fabric shops online I came across some great new fabric for steamstresses. I hope you enjoy.

If you know of a great steamstress themed fabric please share in comments.  

Steampunk Alice

On April 29th the Tampa Bay Historical Society will be hosting an Alice in Wonderland Tea. As an avid supporter of this worthy group I will of course be attendance along with the crew of the Airship Annabel Lee. To get in the spirit and for inspiration on my wardrobe I present the following.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Oggles and Oggles of Goggles

Goggles are as iconic to the steampunk genre as the bat is to baseball, and just as important. The right pair of goggles can make an outfit while the wrong pair can detract. Below are a few of the different styles available but don't forget that in steampunk the sky is the limit so let your imagination fly!

Round Eye Piece Style
Created by Mann & Co

These goggles are the most popular with the steampunk crowd and come in a variety of colors. They can be purchased from many different tinkerers or you can make your own with the help of

Flat Top Goggles

Flat top goggles are also popular and though larger and heavier work well with a variety of costumes. This style often has flip up lenses.


Glasses with a steampunk flair and round lenses are a great look for all ages. Whether detailed or plain these glasses are a great pick.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Gear, Rust and Pixy Dust!

What does a Steampunk Pixy need? Pixy Dust of course! This lovely pink bottle was created especially for me by Melanie Grace at Live Steamy. In addition to my new lovely you can get Aether, Rust, and Steam. At just $17 each these are an affordable accessory that goes with a variety of looks. Remember if you don't see what you want you can always ask for a custom order. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

How to Sit in a Victorian Bustle Dress

How to Sit in a Victorian Bustle Dress

This is a great tutorial that explains how to sit in a bustle dress. After learning how to sit check out these amazing dresses for some inspiration of your own. Or visit Bustle Bums for Charity to buy one and support a great cause.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Bustle Skirts for Charity

The Airship Annabel Lee is selling made to order bustle skirts to raise funds for our upcoming Walk for Autism Speaks. The skirts are a steal at $100 each and 100% of the proceeds go to charity. Details about the skirts and how to purchase them can be found at Bustle Bums for Charity.

Please purchase one of these amazing skirts and help us support a worthy cause!
If you don't need a new skirt but would like to help donations can be made at our Autism Speaks website.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Nerdy Kid's Choice Awards

It is a truth universally held that I am raising a nerdy child, and am proud of it. Last night was the Kid's Choice Awards on Nick and I wondered how the results would vary from the nerdy kid perspective. So I asked my kid his opinion and here is what I found.
(To create this list I used the results of the 2013 Kids Choice Awards compared to my sons picks. )

Mainstream Picks VS The Nerd Picks

Favorite TV Show
Award Winner
Victorious: A show about a girl who wants to become a star. The show has few strong adult characters, and most adults are shown to be stupid and incompetent.

Dr. Who: A show about a time traveling alien and his companion that save the world and place a high value on intelligence, and all life.

Favorite Animated Cartoon
My kid and the mainstream both love:
Sponge Bob Squarepants: No description necessary on this one. J

Favorite TV Actor
Award Winner
Ross Lynch

Matt Smith

Favorite TV Actress
Award Winner
Selena Gomez

Karen Gillian
(Note: Billie Piper was a close second but was not on the show in 2012.)

Favorite Book
Award Winner
The Hunger Games

Harry Potter (He has read the first three and likes them all.)

Favorite Video Game
Award Winner
Just Dance 4


Favorite App
Award Winner
Temple Run

Smurfs (I wouldn’t let him pick Minecraft twice.)

Favorite Movie
Award Winner
The Hunger Games

The Hobbit an Unexpected Journey

Favorite Movie Actor
Award Winner
Johnny Depp


Ian McKellen

Favorite Movie Actress
Award Winner
Kristen Stewart: As Bella Swan

Anne Hathaway : As Cat Woman

Favorite Animated Movie
Award Winner
Wreck It Ralph


Favorite Female Buttkicker
Award Winner
Kristen Stewart: As Bella Swan (Really?!?)

Anne Hathaway : As Cat Woman

Favorite Male Buttkicker
Award Winner
Dwayne Johnson

Thorin Oakenshield

Favorite Villian
Award Winner
Simon Cowell from the Voice



Just looking at this I have to say that my nerdy kid has far better role models.