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All the cute and the precious have been found. All the kitties and puppies have homes. The candy colored, the eco-friendly, the hipsters of the handmade are all duly covered elsewhere. Here I will find the slightly odd, the darkly beautiful, the elegant and steamy pieces of goodness. I am very particular in my tastes and though I promise you that I will share nothing but the most intriguing of my discoveries, you may not always like them. I must also confess that I have no real artistic nor fashion background to base my finds upon. These are simply discoveries dug up from the depths of etsy or perhaps elsewhere, brushed off and presented for your approval.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Gemini Rising

Edgy Jewelry
Definitely not subtle...not subtle at all. If I didn't know I would kill myself with that ankh ring, it would already be mine.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Striking

Art
Sometimes I just search and search and just pick what jumps out at me, theme be damned. This is one of those days and I think it was a good one.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Kick Start It



Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday Treasury


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Flickr Day

Steampunk

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Steampunk Morgan le Fay 1

Bradbury Building

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Atlas

Maps Of The World
Sure, I prefer finding my way with technology, but I still love old maps. What wonderful and useful art.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gadgets

And Art
Gadgets and art, fancy and fantastical.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ashes

Gray and Black
Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust and jewelry to cloth.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mardi Gras

Fancy Dress
Just another excuse to get dolled up. Go ahead and take it to Victorian extremes in purple, green and golds.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Kick Start It



Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday Treasury


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Flickr Day

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Modem_____No- Steampunk

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2011-12-10 Archeon MidwinterFair, Nautilus, One-Man-Band

Friday, February 17, 2012

Music

And The Machine
Steampunk music and art, what a lovely combination.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bones

White and Silver
Whether its a naked bone or cast in silver or even just a creative interpretation, I do so love bones and jewelry.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Top It Off

Top Hats
There is no hat like a top hat and there are just so many to choose from.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Stripes

And Bustles
Black and white with just a bit of brown, stripey goodness all around.


Monday, February 13, 2012

Her Majesty's Explorer: a Steampunk bedtime story!

A few months ago I got my second ever request to review a book. I waited patiently as the release date neared for my chance to give this a read and I finally got my copy so it's time to share. First the particulars from the press releases:


About Her Majesty's Explorer: a Steampunk bedtime story: Automaton St.John Murphy Alexander walks the world exploring for the Queen. He sees the most extraordinary landscapes, creatures and weather. He gets very, VERY dirty. Exhausted, he returns to HQ and gets ready for a well deserved rest and some sweet dreams.
 
This gentle book, written by Steampunk novelist Emilie P. Bush and brilliantly illustrated by William Kevin Petty, is the perfect wind-down for a little adventurer. Look for it in the Spring of 2012.
 
About Emilie P. Bush - Former public radio show host and author of the Steampunk novels Chenda and the Airship Brofman and The Gospel According to Verdu, Ms. Bush writes for The Steampunk Chronicle and lectures on publishing throughout the Southeast. Her stories are available at your favorite book retailer, Amazon.com, and in ALL digital formats at Smashwords.com.
 
About William Kevin Petty - National Guard Captain William Kevin Petty has taken on Her Majesty's Explorer as a labor of love, and he works on his illustrations during his down time while serving with the U.S.Army in the Middle East. Look for his work in Steampunk Magazine and at Allied-Aethernautics.com.

 So onto my humble opinion of said bedtime story. I read it with my kids since my own adult opinion matters little if children don't like it right? Well, I am happy to report that they did like it despite their initial reservation regarding the "steampunk" aspect. You see my family is not as in love with the genre as I am. In fact they tend to pat my head with that, 'whatever you like Mom' when I point out something new I've found. This is of course why the Wunderkammer is so important for my personal sanity, but I digress. The story is simple and cute with a natural sense of adventure winding down to serenity making it perfect for bedtime. The illustrations are as well full of beauty and a sense of simplicity that has the same calming effect with a few added elements that are perfect for discovery. So our opinion is, the book is a success combining mild elements of steampunk with a classic bedtime story.

What I really loved though, even more than the main story, was the backup poem, 'Three Cheers For Steamduck'. It is pure whimsy and even the kids wanted a Steamduck after we read it, which I will never let them forget. Do pop by Coal City Stories etsy shop to see a Steamduck t-shirt too.

So now for a few more particulars. The book is to be released on February 28th exclusively through Amazon.com. You can also follow at http://coalcitysteam.wordpress.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/events/347525985265865/ , http://www.site.coalcitysteam.com/ and http://twitter.com/CoalCitySteam

I do honestly recommend this book  for all you Steampunk loving parents out there that want to add a little steampunk into your children's lives.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday Treasury


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Flickr Day

Microscope exhibit: steampunk heaven.

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Steam Punk Pirate

Friday, February 10, 2012

Bird

Mechanical Flying Wonders
I've personally loved the mechanical bird since Bubo. Bonus points if you get the reference.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Corset

Steam and Victorian
There always seems to be more corsets to find. Whether you like classic Victorian or a little Steampunk, there are makers creating them all.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Papercuts By Joe

Just Wow
I beseech you to go to this shop and look at the other listing photos so you can truly appreciate the amazing skills of this artist. Seriously, just wow!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Flame

Let There Be Light
Candle accessories with industrial, vintage and steampunk appeal.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Kick Start It



Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sunday Treasury


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Flickr Day

Kerry X  - Steam Up #2

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Steampunk cruise ship boat harbor sci fi wallpaper dsng

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Seattle Steampunk

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Point

Spiked and Dangerous
Sharp, dramatic and unforgettable. These all make a pointed statement that is definitely darkly beautiful.



Thursday, February 2, 2012

Octopus

She's Got Legs
Lots and lots of tentacled legs. I really don't why so many people are fascinated with the great eight legged cephalopod, but that sure make some compelling art with the inspiration. It also inspires some really epically bad art, but I'm not going to show you that.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Raven

Be The Crow
Now, if only I had an excuse to be a feathered raven because this ensemble would be unforgettable.