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Geek Jewelry Roundup: Sherlock Apples, Hat Box Ghosts, & Toothless!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

You know what helps with Dragon Con and/or holiday weekend recovery?

GEEKY JEWELRY SHOPPING, that's what.


First, because I KNOW how much you guys love Toothless:


Squee!

That seller has LOTS to choose from, too, and some are only $25!


The cute, it burns.


 Next, for you steampunk Whovians:


Really, steampunk & Doctor Who are a match made in wibbly wobbly heaven. 
(And from this season's new intro, I'd say the writers agree!)


I thought I'd seen everything with Harry Potter jewelry, but then, this:


BRILLIANT. I seriously (see what I did there?) want to wear this with a black & white striped shirt for a little Potter-iffic closet 'play.


I'm sure you've seen some of the Mario Piranha Plant earrings before - which are so cute - but check this out: now you can get a matching necklace!


Looks like they're sold out now, but watch her shop for re-stocks.


Hey, Haunted Mansion fans, would you believe each of these Hat Box Ghosts is hand-drawn and one-of-a-kind?


I know because Blake, the artist, is a fan and sent me one. :) That vivid purple & teal is so pretty IRL.

Blake also makes some drool-worthy vintage comic book jewelry. I'm especially loving this little DC Comics ring:


It's made from a damaged 1958 comic book, so you can wear a little scrap of history on your finger! Love that. (There's also a larger pendant version.)


Next, for anyone into Middle Earth, Game of Thrones, or medieval stabby things in general:


AAA!! SO COOL. I'm a sucker for jewelry with moving parts, so this sword had me at "removable scabbard." (You can get it with a safety chain connecting the two, if you're afraid of losing it.)


And to go with your sword, how about Cap's shield?



What I love about this one is how BIG it is; a good two inches across! Check the link for a reference pic; it's a great statement necklace.


Something clever for us Sherlock fans:

Who recognizes it??

Yep, that's Moriarty's apple from the Season 2 finale. Awe. SOME. Geekalicious makes two sizes; this is the larger one, which costs just under $15, and the smaller version is about $11.50.


And finally, these stoneware pendants are awesome for two reasons: First, don't they look like fossils?


And second: SEAHORSES!!

Ahem.

Ok, I think I've done enough damage to your bank accounts for today. ;)

'Til next time!


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Supernatural Fun At CONjure Orlando

Thursday, August 28, 2014

With Dragon Con starting tomorrow, I guess I better wrap up our last convention: a little local event called CONjure.

This was CONjure's first year of existence, and if I had to guess, I'd say also its last. Because despite having some great celebrity guests, a pleasant staff, and a hefty $1000 prize for the costume contest, almost no one showed up.

In fact, attendance was so dismal on Saturday that the con let everyone in for free on Sunday, hoping to draw more crowds. Even then, the vendor room was a ghost town for the few hours we were there, and it looked like some sellers didn't even bother coming back after Saturday's disappointing turnout.




A look at the vendor room from the main entrance.


I can't say for sure WHY no one was there, but I'd mostly blame timing; both Leaky Con *and* Tampa Comic Con were going on that weekend. 

The main reason John and I were there, of course, was to see Mark Sheppard's panel and give him his custom figure, since we're big Supernatural fans. We wandered the vendor room twice working up the nerve to approach his table, and I stopped to take pics of this replica of Supernatural's own Impala:



The Impala's guardian invited me behind the caution tape for more pics, and I'm so glad she did. Check out the awesome details inside!

On the floor is a box of old classic rock cassettes, and on the seat, Dean's knife and their dad's notebook: 

Beside the car in the back was a cooler topped with the boys' favorite brew and rock salt shotgun cartridges:


And the trunk... Ohhh, the trunk:


Propped on the side is a cigar box filled with Sam & Dean's fake IDs, burner phones, and other miscellanea:

Looks like they even ended up with Charlie's driving license. Ha!

But the best detail of all? Let's see if you can spot it:

Yes, it's the green army man wedged in the ash tray, made famous by the emotional season 5 finale. [sniffle]

After we gave Sheppard his figure and took a few pics together - at his suggestion - it was off to his panel.

Now, keep in mind, Sheppard had just come from San Diego Comic Con the previous weekend, packing out massive convention halls with thousands upon thousands of screaming fans. So when he walked out onto the stage of a big ballroom and saw maybe 50 of us scattered among the first few rows of chairs, you can forgive him for saying, "Is this it? You're joking."

There was no heat to it, though, just surprise. And I've gotta hand it to Sheppard; he recovered like a champ. He gave a mild "what're ya gonna do?" shrug, hopped off the stage, and strolled down to us to take questions face-to-face.


And when I say "Take questions," I mean Sheppard would listen to a question, and then talk about whatever the heck he wanted, related or not. It was kind of hilarious. I'm not exaggerating when I say he spent the first 35+ minutes of his hour panel talking about Doctor Who - what a great show it is, where newbies should start watching and why (with #11, if you're curious), the motivation and intricacies behind certain characters - the works.

When someone tried to derail him by asking about Supernatural, Sheppard blinked twice... and then resumed his Who fanboying. Like I said: kind of hilarious.
 
 (Yes, that's a real bird in the background. It belonged to some of the attendees.)

Sheppard also had a way of reverse-heckling the audience. You want to know about on-set pranks? Do you KNOW how many times a day he's asked that question? Now, as he was saying about Doctor Who...

He personally greeted anyone who arrived late to the panel, inviting them in, asking how they were, where they'd been, that kind of thing. On the flip side, if you tried to leave early you got the same treatment. o.0

This lady asked the very first question, and as she was speaking Sheppard strolled over to her, getting closer and closer and kind of looming over her seat. She responded by standing up to face him, and guess who was taller then?

That got a good laugh out of the audience. :)

Sheppard is extremely soft-spoken, so everyone really had to lean in and hush up to hear him. I've never been in a panel quite like it: you could hear a pin drop when he paused for thought. I quickly had to stop taking pictures with my camera, too; the shutter click sounded like a gunshot in there.


I've had someone remark since this that Sheppard isn't very talkative in person, but I think - like most of us - you just have to get him started on something he's interested in. He's quick, extremely intelligent, and not terribly interested in faking enthusiasm. On the one hand that makes him a bit intimidating, but on the other, at least you know what you're getting is genuine.

For example, after the panel, when this group of Moulin Rouge/Supernatural inspired Can Can dancers lined up for Sheppard and lifted their skirts, he didn't so much as quirk an eyebrow:


Instead he looked them over, gave a grave nod, and said, "Very nice."

:D

Another celeb there - Chad Rook - was more enthusiastic, diving in for a picture:


I can't tell which characters all the dancers are supposed to be, but the last two on the right are dressed as Bobby and Crowley:

Check out "Bobby's" little trucker hat fascinator - complete with small angel wings! [sob] BOBBYYY!!!

Ahem.

And Crowley's dress has a beautiful Devil's Trap on top of the circle skirt in red sequins - plus note she's wearing a red flame tiara. Appropriate for the king/queen of hell, no?

They told me they worked on these dresses for months, and with all those ruffles, I can see why!


A few days after CONjure I watched the Supernatural Nerd HQ panel, and it was quite a difference, seeing Mark have so much fun with the fans. Give it a watch here, if you haven't already; it's always great seeing the four guys tease each other nonstop. Heh.




And now that I'm caught up on convention coverage: Off to Dragon Con! See some of you soon!

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My Steampunk Dining Room: New Update & Pics!

Monday, August 25, 2014

You guys! After years and years of searching... I finally found a dining room light fixture.

Let the rejoicing... BEGIN.

See, I was forever drooling over stuff like this:

via Houzz


But I was also completely in love with banded globes, like these:



It had to be vintage enough for steampunk, elegant, but still casual, and with down lights for functionality, since I do most of my crafting at the table.

After a few years I decided the light didn't exist, so John - ever resourceful - drew up plans to build one:

But then we'd get to the point of discussing welding the iron frame (!!), and I'd tell him it was too much work; I'd just keep looking.

And finally - FINALLY - after scouring every light store in central Florida, and then every website I could think of, I found this:


At $336 it's the most expensive light we've ever purchased, but considering how long I've been looking? - totally worth it.

(It'd be nice with bare Edison bulbs instead of globes, too, but since those would cost another $60 this is great for now. Maybe I'll try removing the globes later.)

This is also a great excuse to photograph my dining room again, since I just realized you guys haven't seen it in a couple of years:


Looking back at my old dining room photos, WOW am I glad we found that antique radio cabinet. Really helps fill the space.


Funny; you see so many of these metal globe fixtures now, but this is the only one I've seen with lights pointing down, and also on the outside of the sphere. (You watch; now they'll be everywhere.)

We have it on a dimmer, so at extra low light the globes glow orange:


The ceiling medallion was a plain white one from Home Depot, so John threw a little brown glaze on it to age it down:
 
 The glaze helps the design stand out more, too.




And since I'm so proud of John, I've also gotta show off the frame he made last week:


I've had this art print rolled up for over a year now, since I'm too cheap for custom framing. Finally John took a giant clearance frame we bought for $25, cut it up, re-assembled it, & refinished it to an aged coppery gold to match the art. And it is SO PRETTY.

The print itself is perfectly matte, so it almost looks a velvet painting up close - only, you know, in a good way. (You can buy it directly from the artist here on DeviantArt - only $23!)


Aaaand that's a perfect segue into announcing this month's art winner! So congratulations to... AliceGracey!!
Please e-mail me your mailing address, Alice, plus your choice of prize from my Pinterest art give-away board.


Hope you guys liked the new mini-tour of our steampunk dining room!

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