Monday, September 15, 2014

100 Days Until Christmas

I have begun the countdown to Christmas on the Steampunk Christmas Facebook page. As of today, there are 100 days until Christmas.

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Please feel free to join us, to see holiday craft project tutorials, recipes, festive steampunk outings, and costumes. Share what you're making for the winter holidays. Don't worry if you don't celebrate Christmas. Post your festive winter steampunk projects or projects you've made for any other winter holiday.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sunday at DragonCon 2014

The War Doctor and Miss Frizzle prepare to go out for the day:

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The steampunk detective:

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Tea dueling (no I have not improved since last year).



The Tesla vs. Edison debate:

Thomas Willeford may have thought to sway votes in favor of Edison, by having a beautiful, leather bikini clad minion, but it didn't seem to work.

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The results were decided by which contestant had the most money in their donation box and Tesla won. All proceeds were given to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.




We met this lovely Tardis when we went out to dinner at Meehan's Irish Pub next to the Westin.

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The Mechanical Masquerade:

Friday, September 5, 2014

Airship Races

The large crystal starburst chandeliers in the Westin Hotel's Peachtree Ballroom sure are pretty, right up to the point where your delicate RC airship can't seem to steer away from them.

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This was the second annual Dragon*Con airship races, which is not much of a race, in the traditional sense of the word, but more of a contest to see who can make their airship maneuver even close to the set course. It's a lot of fun to watch the helium filled, mylar blimps bumble around the room and the audience often has a little thrill of danger, as the airships veer off course and careen towards their heads.

Here are some of this year's highlights:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Saturday at Dragon*Con

We missed the parade this year, because after eating nothing but salty snack foods on Friday, I woke up with a migraine. DH didn't want to go to the parade anyway, so he wasn't too heartbroken when I announced I was going back to bed.

By 10:00 a.m., the Aleve I had taken was working and I was a functioning human being again.

Blaze as an inventor and DH as the War Doctor:

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Our first event of the day was the airship races, but I'm going to give the airship races their own post tomorrow.

After the races, we looked at all the amazing creations in The Museum of Alternate History.

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That evening, Blaze and I went to The Georgia Aquarium's Dragon*Con night.



Dinner was slices of pizza, eaten while sitting on the floor in the Marriott, people watching. That carpeting is surprisingly comfortable when you have tired feet and it would be hard to find a more entertaining dinner show.

After a little rest, we were ready for the midnight concert with The Cog is Dead.

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I did not take this video, a gentleman named Mark Rossmore did, but it's the best one I've seen of the concert and it shows the very talented Tempest preforming with the band.



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back from Dragon*Con tired, but happy

So, you know those horrible check-in lines that conventions are famous for? They weren't here. This was the fastest, easiest check-in we have ever had at Dragon*Con.

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This is not to say that there weren't crowds elsewhere.



There were some really amazing costumes at this year's con. Here is just a small sample.

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There were so many things to see and do during the 4 days of Dragon*Con that I will have much more to post in days to come.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Completed Costumes for Dragon*Con

Except for proper shaving, DH's War Doctor costume is complete.

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My costumes for Saturday and Sunday are also ready.

For Saturday:

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Victorian schoolmarm, Miss Frizzle, for Sunday:

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Final Wakulla Springs Day of the Summer

The Tallahassee Homeschool Group has had some wonderful programs at Wakulla Springs this summer, but today was the last one for this year. The theme was nature art.

Blaze and I arrived about a hour early, so we found a nearby trail and took a walk.

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The children were shown both impressionistic and realistic nature art, before going for a hike to collect materials to draw.

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This was the display that Blaze brought back:

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All of these programs end with the children being able to go swimming. Since public school started at the beginning of the week, this was the quietest I've ever seen the swimming area. It was a good day for cold spring water, too, since it was 95 degrees.

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There were three manatees playing and eating near the swimming area.

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Crafty Crow