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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I'm meeting so many of you while out on the CW tour, and I've had several extreme geek-outs when I realize just who I'm talking to!

Case in point: last night in Philly I got to meet Ginny, who recently sent me an email about her kids. They wanted to be "steampunks" for Halloween this year after seeing all my Dragon*Con photos. So, Ginny put together these *amazing* costumes for her 7-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son:

LOVE.

What's more, Ginny used my DIY steampunk gauge tutorial for both of their costumes!

Seriously, how cool is this jetpack?!

And prepare to swoon over this dashing gentleman:

So. Cool. (His gauges are on his arm bracer.)

I got to meet both kids tonight as well, though sadly they didn't come in costume. Heh. Ginny tells me she cobbled together their costumes from things around the house, thrift-store finds, and a few ebay purchases. Talk about resourceful!

And speaking of Steam celebrities, in Richmond I got to meet the steampunk Mickey ears couple - and they wore their ears! And - AND! - THEY MADE ME MY OWN PAIR OF STEAMPUNK EARS!

*squee!*

The goggles are tinted green. Sorry for the less-than-ideal cellphone pic; I'm too impatient to wait for better light here in the hotel room.

The ears are translucent, so you can see the front medallion from the back, and each gear is hand-stitched on. Ah-mazing. (Thanks again, Christina & Christina's hubby!)

I am getting so spoiled, guys. For realz. 'Course, most of our other gifts have been scented hand sanitizers and alcohol wipes, but still. (I'm so not kidding. And it's hilarious.)

Along that vein, I'm happy to report that John and I have remained bug-free so far, and it honestly feels like every show is even better than the last. All of the store employees keep telling us what an amazing group of people our readers are, and we can only agree. It's like a giant family reunion, minus the grumpy in-laws: nothing but laughs and warm welcomes and comparing geeky t-shirts. If it weren't for the actual *travel* part, I'd want to do this all the time.

More updates to come!

Posted by Jen at 11:00 AM Labels: ,

30 comments:

  1. Yay! I know you guys are busy, but I'm happy to see a travel report. Best wishes.

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  2. 'twas great seeing y'all in Exton last night - my mom went home saying just how CUTE you and John are together. :-)

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  3. I would just like to throw it out there that Farmington, Michigan has a Steampunk bookshop. Just saying. There's an airship hanging from the ceiling.

    So you know, when you're planning the next book tour, you should totally keep that in mind. (hint hint)

    Glad the tour is going well!

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  4. My daughter's been counting down the days until she gets to see you for a month now! See you guys tonight!

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  5. Those mickey ears are pretty sweet!

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  6. VERY cool. We are doing the photoshoot with my steam kiddos on Thursday. I still feel like they need more accessories but I am running out of time.

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  7. Those kids are lucky to have such a creative mama! And those ears are amazing, lucky girl. :) Glad you guys are having so much fun!

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  8. Myself and my brothers and cousins are all going steampunk this Halloween. I'll have to send you pictures, as it's our first year doing anything of the sort. :D

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  9. Okay, I believe I will be wearing a mask when I see you in November. I have caught your bug and can't speak without my voice changing octaves, whistling (!!), or dropping out completely. I will douse myself in Clorox products before I shake your hands, promise!!

    Shelley in So. Illinois

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  10. They should carry these AWESOME Steampunk halloween buckets!
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Steampunk-Pumpkins/

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  11. The kids.... the costumes.... the creativity...! Simply jaw-dropping. Not to mention beyond adorable! Wow.

    Safe travels, you two. And stay bug-free!

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  12. Holy cow! It's like these that frighten me! I've been worried that someone else is going to give you the gift I have for you and John before I can! The 9th can't come fast enough!

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  13. Love your Mickey ears!! Way cool!

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  14. Love your Mickey ears! Way cool!

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  15. glad the journey's been safe so far! keep up the good work :D

    -Barbara Anne

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  16. what fun ... wish you were headed out to Colorado! I could make the trip! :)

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  17. See you guys next week!

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  18. Insanely jealous of your steampunk mouse ears, that's what I am. So. Cool! Glad you're bug-free and having a great time. Take care!

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  19. amazing steampunk costumes!! What a creative Mom! Received your book and am thoroughly enjoying it.

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  20. Super cool ears!! I do hope you try to make your own, tho... OF course, that comes from the girl who believes you never can have too many Mickey ear hats.

    (My halloween costume will be a Disney Park guest.. decked out head to toe, including ears.. and in talking to my mom last night on the phone, she asked if I was going to wear Pirate ones.. I said, "No, I won't wear any of them, because they all have bandanas where you can't see my name" and she said, "WAIT, WHAT? You have more than ONE pair of Pirate ears?!" Ooops.. Then again, my father told me that I wasn't really dressing up either, I just wasn't hiding who I really am anymore! ;))

    I do wish ya'll were swinging through Tennessee this time.. Oh well, maybe next year?!?! (HOPE, HOPE, HOPE!)

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  21. LOVE the ears!

    I'm dressing up as a Jedi for halloween. And did at the Not So Scary halloween party last week - did you know Jedis get more candy? TRUE!

    My youngest was Belle at the park, will be Hermione at school, and Link for trick-or-treating. She MAY have too many costumes...

    Capcha = Zipally. Song: Zipally do dah, Zipally-ay. My oh my what a wonderful day.

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  22. Those costumes are FANTASTIC! My kids will be adorable in their (perhaps I've had some influence here) own geeky ways... but those are top notch! Glad you guys are having a great time!

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  23. These are so cute, and I'm insanely jealous of your new ears!

    I love steam punk, but I always get a creative block when I try to make anything steamy.

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  24. How about Steampunk R2-D2? http://walyou.com/steampunk-r2-d2/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheWalyouBlog+%28The+Walyou+Blog%29

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  25. Even though Greg Evans claims he is horrible at drawing clothes, I think he captured steampunk quite well in today's Luann!

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  26. Awesome! Have a great tour! And I must say, you are quite the inspiration when it comes to steampunk costuming. I am nearly sold on making myself and my guy steampunk Mickey & Minnie outfits. (I guess that means I need to buy myself some proper ears, huh?) :)

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  27. Dear Jen- I'm so sorry I missed the Pittsburgh CW show! I really wanted to meet you. School called at the last minute and I couldn't make it down to the Waterfront.

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  28. You have been such an inspiration to me - my family are going to Mega-con in Feb totally steampunk (including my hubby who is actually excited about it - he doesn't costume). I so wish you were coming to "my" B&N on a night other than tuesday (thats the one night I cannot make it) but maybe next time. Looking forward to seeing more pics of your travels and the steampunk kids you've met!

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  29. Starting to think people might actually pay real live money for the ears we make. Wonder if I can convince Christina to make custom steam ears to sell on etsy? ....probably couldn't turn a profit, since they cost 40-60 bucks a pair to make. No one would pay more than that, right? Heh.

    It was really nice to meet you. Thanks for posting the ears!

    Dylan (Christina's husband)

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