As the nesting urges start settling in we've been getting super excited about all the costumes and clothing and keepsakes that we want to make for our baby. I started with a few little things: the Star Wars onesies I made for Travis' first expectant Father's Day (if you got to see them), and I had already been making Steampunk baby/kiddo merch. So going full force with it all wasn't a huge leap. Fitting it all in with Live Steamy? Now that seemed tough to work out. So we've opened a new etsy shop just for our awesome, geeky baby stuff!
I'm so happy to announce:
Your new destination for adorable, hand made and personally designed baby and child clothing, costumes, keepsakes, gear and gifts, with all manner of geekiness to start your little one off right!!
This one is really unique and though it may seem a bit freakish it's meant to represent the balance of the beauty of life and the horror of death. Both are part of our world and the focus of the Day of the Dead celebration.
Someone posted asking what songs you sing your baby/kids before bed because they were bored with their own repertoire.
This is one of my favorite nontraditional lullabies and I can't wait to sing it to my little guy.
I always liked Mandy Moore, I think she's adorable and her voice is great. However, I've loved this song for years and I never knew it was her's until I came to make this post. I'm actually going to check out this album now. Guess you do learn something new everyday.
Fatality Fest was quite the experience. For us it was the first time that we actually pulled things together in the way we've always been hoping to. Our booth looked awesome! At first I was a little worried that we wouldn't look as professional as others because we don't have all the black grating or tent frame set ups. If truth be completely told half our fixtures are things from our backyard, our metal plant shelves, an old piece of lattice we found and wooden stakes. But between Travis and I we get really creative and resourceful and that proved to work in our favor. It's taken some trial and error but I think we are getting so much closer to figuring out what works and, much to my dismay like my gorgeous antique trunk, what doesn't.
So here is what our booth looked like~
We did get gorgeous labels by Travis on all those bottles, the Humours and the bone bottles, but it wasn't done yet when I took the video. I'm sad that's missing because they looked so killer.
It was Fatality Fest's first year and the show had some hiccups. The turn out wasn't what was hoped for but those that did come totally rocked it. We met so many amazing people (and some celebrities too!). Though the people we got closest to were the other vendors. There were so many incredible vendors and we made some really great friends. By the end of the event we were all trading this for that and I got some seriously great things! I'll have to show them all off in another post.
My baby bump started lots of conversations and I just love getting to share how excited we are. Though I was really low on energy. Thank god I have such a fantastic husband. I couldn't have done this weekend (or any of this) without him. I've never been so happy in my life to crawl into a bed at a hotel. And I was out like a light every night.
Our "Once Upon a Fantasy" bottles were a huge hit! I even had to make more on the spot (I'm so glad I had brought along all the supplies). Now with our stock so low I'm guessing that's what I'll be making more of this week. Also my Dieselpunk gas masks were gone in a flash. Looks like we will be making more of those as well. Yay! I also sold those adorable yellow bloomers that I've always loved so much. It was sad to see them go but also so happy to have seen someone appreciate them so much.
West Palm Beach was a bit far of a drive for us and coming home late last night we missed two really important turns and we ended up in the total boonies, driving through terrible fog and rain. And just hoping to god that we didn't get eaten by hill folk. But we did make it home safely having not been gnawed on by neither wildlife nor cannibals. So all in all I guess that's a win.
Fiends I do sincerely apologize for the delay but I have kept my word at last. Here it is the GIVEAWAY we have been waiting for to celebrate our 1,000 likes on facebook (now 1,084! And counting)
So easy peasy just click in your entries and continue sharing every day for more and more entries. Bwahhahahah!
The prize is one of our "Once Upon a Fantasy" light up bottles of your choice, including if you would like your own unique label.
There is no doubt that Isabelle Thornton of Le Chateau des Fleurs is talented. This French-girl-gone-Utah has a wildly popular blog full of interesting DIY posts, photography, giveaways, and great reviews. Aside from being an awesome blogger, she also creates fun apps for phones. Previously her "Make Me Skinny" or Bon Bon app has kept many entertained as they edited and adjusted photos on their iPhones, and now I'm excited to announce she's released an entirely new app! This one is different, and for Android!
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Smartphone DNA is an app dedicated to Twitter users, and it allows you to collect your Twitter DNA via your Android phone, and then compare it against other twitter users to see how much you match! This is a great way to locate new Twitter friends that have things in common with you!
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I hear this band often on Sounds of Steam radio show but have just recently started exploring them on my own. And I love them! They are really fun and I do so love that they make wonderful music but avoid the techno. Yea, techno fits well and is easy to make "Steampunk" music with but honestly it wears on me sometimes. Frenchy and the Punk's music is something I can really enjoy in concert or while I'm working in my studio or just chilling out at home.
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
Just something I needed to hear today.
Please don't forget that we are currently raising money for Bustle Bums Costumes for Causes and all funds go to Autism Awareness! See last post for details. :) We really appreciate your help and support. xoxo
If you got a chance to read our previous posts we announced my long awaited pregnancy and our desire to name her Annabelle Lee if she is a girl. But speaking of Annabel Lee I met a few members of an amazing airship crew who are doing the most amazing fund raiser!
Airship Annabel Lee is raising money for Autism Awareness! As part of
this effort we are selling custom bustle skirts on Etsy designed and
sewn by our crew. ALL of the proceeds for these skirts will go to the
Autism Speaks charity. Each skirt is custom made to the purchaser’s
measurements and is of the highest quality. There is a wide variety of
fabric combinations to choose from and two lengths ( ¾ length and floor
length). There are limited quantities and we will only be making and
selling these skirts for charity. If you are interested please check out
the Etsy shop at:
We have added a donate button so it's easy peasy! Donate in any amount you like! Every little bit helps. This is the first Steampunk community full charity that I have seen and we couldn't be more happy to help the Airship Annabel Lee in this noble endeavor.
I've been waiting for this all my life! I'm so filled with happiness. My husband and I couldn't be more excited. I could do with out the hormones, exhaustion and nauseousness in the middle of the night (that's apparently when my morning sickness has chosen to strike). But I know it will all be so incredibly worth it.
My tarot reading said we are having a GIRL!! Which is what I always thought I would have first anyway.
If so, we are going to name her Annabelle Lee, after Edgar Allen Poe's Annabel Lee. And you may have noticed the spelling.. of course nothing is set in stone until she gets here but I prefer the longer spelling. I'm not such a fan of Ann as a nickname (I think it sounds pretty mature) so I want her nickname to be Belle but just Bel doesn't fit as well. Though I always prefer full names. I love that the name is from classic literature but more so it's very southern but still unique. My Travis picked it and I think it's the most perfect name I've ever heard.
Of course if this one actually happens to be a boy we are ready for that too. Then his name will be Grayson Francis. Francis is a family name from Travis' side. And I just so happen to find out that Grayson, Louisiana is where my own beloved Grandfather was born.
Anyway that is our biggest and most wonderful news ever!
Thanks for reading! And I'm sure to bore you with unwanted details and on goings about this as it continues along. But making babies is the super best creative project I've ever been a part of!!
So if you are looking for a fun Dieselpunk movie to enjoy sometime soon it is my recommendation that you go with crazy Nazi's from space. I love Noir as much as the next Dieselpunk girl but even having Angelina couldn't really get me into "Sky Captain..". ;)
Have you ever watched the show 'Once Upon a Time'? My husband and I started watching it just recently. It's pretty clever and really fun. But what I really love are the freaking costumes! In fantasy land they have done the most amazing job with all the costuming and hair styles and props. Serious, serious kudos to the crew.
So in the show there is a magic dude (not going to say names for anyone who hasn't seen it) and at one part it shows his magic bottles where he has captured all manners of magic. And it's all SGI of course and inside the magic glitters and swirls all lit up and bright. And all I could think forever was that is awesome, how can I do that?!?
I am exuberant to announce that I did it. I made a shimmering magic bottle that lights up. (It doesn't swirl but I don't have fairy tale sorcery or a mobile SGI device so we all have to work with what we have, right.)
The first one I made I called 'Fairy Dust' and it was blue. We now also make a pink 'Fairy Dust' that is adorable.
I love the fairy ones. When the light turns on and all the sparkles shine I swear I could just stare into it for hours. But my real excitement are our Steampunk ones!
Please follow the links and check them out! The pics are marked so they can be posted and shared anywhere. This is a unique design that took us a lot of effort to work out and create. As always please support individuality, creativity and small business!!
I had quite the wonderful discussion with a friend of mine, who is a historian, about Steampunk. And he showed me this music video. The video was based on a silent movie from the 20's. It was the first time the Neo-Victorian style that has turned into Steampunk was explored in today's pop culture media.
I loved this song when I was young and this video just cracks me up! But hey, thanks for Steampunk, Pumpkins. Great thanks, indeed.
Today my little baby business has been shipped off to Oklahoma to be presented to the public at a genuine Steampunk convention. The amazing Captain and Crew of the Airship Horizons has offered us a space at their table, and though we will not be there in person I'm there wholeheartedly in exuberant spirits!
I'm so full of gratitude for their kindness and support. This is the type of community that I have been missing. These are the kind of people who change the world. And today they have changed mine.
Thank you very much Miss Michelle, Mr. Dan and all crew and memebers of Airship Horizons.
Besides that I have been working like a mad woman!! our dear friend at Airship Horizons is be so very gracious and giving Live Steamy a spot on his table at each of the up coming cons that he and his crew are attending! I'm preparing the first box of merchandise to be sent off to him now. So though we cannot be there in person at least we will be there in steam spirit. (ha! I honestly couldn't resist)
Then we have another event in March. We will be selling at this event http://yknotevents.com/coming-events/ It will be our first convention that we've ever sold at and I'm bursting with excitment but also totally stressed. I've been making things like crazy but even after so much time I still feel like we just don't have enough merch. But I'll keeping working on it until the very last minute! Guess that's just the way of it.
As a side note: if there is something in our etsy store that you have been eying I would really suggest digging in and getting it now! Our etsy is going to be totally barren during these events and those things you love may not come back. So get them before they are gone forever! www.etsy.com/shop/livesteamy
So if you are new to Live Steamy's awesome, wonderful and incredibly fascinating blog *:) every Monday... ha! ok, ok, most Monday's we join in a linksy party called Musical Mondays hosted by our dearest miss Angie of My So Called Chaos (button to her blog at bottom!).
For this weeks song I picked a new country song I heard while driving the moving truck down to Florida and country was the only station I could get. But I totally adore this song. So cute.
"Mama's Broken Heart" by Miranda Lambert
She sings another song I really love and I'll have to post that sometime. Not Steampunk at all but sharing music is one of those things that shouldn't be limited!!!
So our second order of business is my goal of completing a project every day. And today's project was more of those little bottles but this one is so great!!!
So today's finished project is the flower covered mini top hat I've been working on.
The idea was to be kinda Alice in Wonderlandie and somewhere down the road do a shoot with big hair and really bright make up. I don't know if I personally like it but someone who really really loves gardening might.
I just took a pic of it on my art desk so you can't see a lot of the detail but there's the jist. I'll put it up on etsy when I can get some good photos.
Oh blog I have missed you. Oh people who read my blog (that may or may not have given up on me) I have missed you even more.
But I'm way excited because I finished a way overdue project yesterday! And I finished another today! (the secret here is that my husband has forbade me from buying any new craft supplies, gathering any more junk and certainly from obtaining any more fabric and clothing until I finish a large % of the unfinished projects that plague my art room and that we just spent so much energy moving into our new place) So my goal is to finish one project every day. And yesterdays was...
Our second pair of my Perfect Romance lace shoes!!
When I was younger I loved moving. The whole house got a good clean and you got to start fresh in a new place, rearrange everything, change it all up. I didn't even mind the process- the packing, cleaning, canceling old utilities, starting up the new ones, loading and unloading and unpacking again. For me it always felt freeing. Moving on to a new adventure. Since moving out of my parents house I have never ever lived in a place for more than a year. The same city a few times but never the same house/apartment or part of town. From college in Utah, to loving Denver, returning to friends in Salt Lake City, an amazing year in San Francisco and here to beautiful Savannah, and many places in between. Great adventure indeed.
I don't know where I lost that itch to move. Well, in truth the itch is still there it's just that the process has become more and more taxing and my attitude less and less enthused. Maybe it's because I have so much more stuff. Or because the move from one side of this country to the other was absolute hell. But either way my husband and I (and Live Steamy, of course) are right in the middle of that whole moving process, again.
So if things seem slow or distant on our facebook, blog and etsy it's because well they are. Because I'm busy out of my mind. (how do you make the little emoticon with the hair ripping out and crazy face? well pretend I know how to make him and he's right...here ----> )
But for all my craziness I am very very excited to get to where we are going. Once settled we are planning to seriously kick Live Steamy into high gear (hehe). And this year I'm really going to work hard to find ways to attend some Cons and start getting out there to meet some of you all!!
I'm so excited about the huge stash of bullets I just got. Picked them up from the nicest man in the world who calls himself Santa Clause (no joke!) and it fits because I lit up just like a wee one on Christmas morning.
I've always had a thing for guns and weaponry is a big part of the Steampunk culture. However, I originally started this post talking about why I like guns but suddenly it's freezing me in my tracks. Though I have always had positive experiences with guns personally, I know many people have not and as a country we have been badly hurt very recently by our own. And everyone is bursting with opinions about guns. My personal thought has always been that it's not about the weapon it's about how you use it. If someone wants to cause hurt they will always find a way. I think we need to look at people, at communities and even at our culture to repair this kind of damage and work on evolving towards a more responsible kind of world where violence is not our first choice.
But in Steampunk we march on with our painted nerf guns, transformed stage props, pieced together vintage parts and mock weaponry bursting our seams. And we can't lie that we love our (totally pretend, non-lethal, just for the awesome show of it) weapons.
Live Steamy has always been about finding uses for junk and I couldn't be more thrilled about finding all the great and plentiful things to do with these casings! At the moment I'm making belts like this:
For our next photo shoot which is going to be Dieselpunk themed!! Yay!
Now bullet belts are not an original idea and you can get them at Hot Topic or at Abercrombie -for goodness sake (and yea I have no idea how to spell that, it's been a very long time since I shopped at those stores). But anyway ours are awesome simply because it's upcycled junk instead of newly made in a factory in China. So not original design but still cool beans. :)
What I'm making that are original are our chokers. Combining bullets with clockwork and lace to make a piece that is very feminine but totally kick ass at the same time! The first one I ever made I made just for myself. I had one shell that a friend had given me. Until a few days ago I didn't have a supply for shells so I just made the one for me and totally loved it. But now I can make them for everyone! And I'm so thrilled about it. I'll have them up on etsy today!
We have plenty more uses of bullets in store. Our seamstress and designer, Tamara, is working with some now making bullet buttons and who knows what else she may be conjuring in her brilliantness. And I'll be working on adding bullets and bullet holders to our utility belts and other accessories and fitting them into other designs.
If you need bullet casings for your own projects and don't know where to get them let us know and we will put some up as supply on etsy it use for your own crafting!
As always Steamy fiends- we love you because you're awesome! Thanks for reading. xoxo
A friend asked on her facebook "What is your one word for the new year?" I responded immediately "Success". Which is all well and good and true. My goal is to succeed in my business, my marriage, my new home and in everything I set my mind to. But now that I'm thinking about it more and more; I really think my word for the year should be Balance.
As my life stands right now I've just returned from an awesome holiday in NY with my in-laws and came home to a copious amount of.... well... me. I'm not saying I'm fat or anything, though I did eat a fair share of all those Holiday sweets. But I'm just a bit overwhelmed by myself. I have way too many things that I love to do, want to do and need to do. Once again my white board is covered, edge to edge, with 'To Do' lists. And a huge part of that is the move, of course. But another part of that is just me being me. I want to have a great art business, I want to be a true yogi, I want to get back to dancing, I want to read everything, I want to have a clean house, I want to host tea parties and dinners and house parties, I want to do this and I want to do that. We can slip into some real backwoods southern speak and say I'm busier than a one legged man in a butt kicking contest. *giggle, I just had to. And within the next year or so we would really like to be getting to all that baby making and what not. So yes, my word for the year is Balance. I seek to find ways to balance my business, my home, my body and health, a growing mind, a growing family and a happy, connected, spiritual self. :D
What is your word for the year?
In other news-
I love my work both as an artist and designer and today I'm loving it as a business woman as well. I got asked to do another interview! And I'm so incredibly excited.
Also we do have some new stuff up on etsy! And we have more to come in the next little while so check all that out. www.etsy.com/shop/livesteamy
Other than that we want to say that we are sorry for abandoning our blog. :( And I hope you start visiting it again because I promise I will start posting again. :) And thank you all so so so much for the great support you have given Live Steamy over the past year. I'm hoping this next year will get us on the road, into conventions and meeting you all!!! Plus lots of new trinkets, outfits, decor, photos and more! Keep at it Steamy fiends!