Saturday, July 9, 2011
Hold on to your hats, fellow Disney steampunk fans, because today I'm going to introduce you to Epbot reader Christina Grey's AMAZING steampunk bride & groom Mickey ears:
Quick backstory: Christina and her hubby came to WDW for their honeymoon last January, and they wanted Mickey ears to reflect their steamy interests (mrowr). So, naturally, they made some themselves!
Since their last name is Grey, Christina dubbed the newly 'punked ears the Earl Grey and the Lady Grey. I love it! And here's what she did:
YOU GUYS. I...I don't own any Mickey ears. Can you believe it? Don't ask me how this is possible, because now I HAVE TO BUY MICKEY EARS AND STEAMPUNK THEM OUT.
A huge thank you to Christina for sharing this amazing steamy awesomeness with us, and also for being incredibly patient with me, since I've had this in my "to-post" folder for nearly six months. (Eep!)
And finally, since you guys have been sending me links to the steampunk Vinylmation figures at Disney for nearly a year now, I thought you might be interested to know that they've finally been released:
The figures are only available as a set ("Steam Park" - cute), which costs about a hundred dollars. There are six figures in the set, and they come in this nifty box:
They're only making 1,000 of the sets, so grab 'em quick if you want one. Personally I'm not into VM enough to spend that kind of money, but they *do* look pretty:
Now, who has some old Mickey ears they want to give me? :D
Friday, July 8, 2011
Instructables user krystylynn84 made these amazing wedding boutonnieres using plastic rings from a cake shop. (You know, the ones you always find on cupcakes?)
Kristy mentions that the fathers were supposed to wear Darth and the rest of the groomsmen (including the groom) were to get Storm Troopers, but due to a mix-up the groom ended up with Darth. Either way, I think it's friggin' fantastic. I just love inexpensive personal touches like this!
Thursday, July 7, 2011
When my brother gave me an Amazon gift card for my birthday, I did something I never do: I bought a book without reading it first. (Usually I read library books, and then buy the ones I know I'll read again.)
After finishing Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, I'm glad I took the leap.
This was quite the revelation, and I found myself going back and looking at each photo again, marveling at how seamlessly the author, Ransom Riggs, was able to weave them into the storyline. These aren't simply bonus illustrations on the side; they're integral keys to the entire plot line. As a result, you can tell that Riggs built some of his characters around their images, as opposed to the other way around. Fascinating stuff.
From the description and cover images I was afraid this was going to be a horror story. It's not. In fact, I am a *huge* wimp when it comes to scary books, and I was able to read this in the dead of night just fine - although I could imagine a few of the creepier images in the middle revisiting the odd nightmare here and there. (The Santa in particular was pretty shudder-worthy.)
The ending was everything I like: enough resolution to satisfy - no annoying cliff-hangers - but enough room left over for possible sequels. And I dearly hope there's a sequel.
So, if you like young adult fiction (and after Harry Potter, who doesn't?) I definitely recommend Miss Peregrine's. For a debut novel, the story alone is fairly impressive - but combined with the photographs, it becomes one of those tales that will stick in your memory for years to come.
And finally, I was about to embed the book trailer here, as it's one of the best I've ever seen, but I just stumbled across something even better: the making-of video. Turns out, Riggs went urban exploring in Belgium to shoot the trailer, trespassing in abandoned old mansions, and the resulting film is filled with jaw-dropping scenes of simply gorgeous urban decay. So, by all means, watch the finished book trailer, but you simply HAVE to see this:
Wow. I think I'm going to watch that again now.
Oh, and if you're inspired to take the leap, too, Miss Peregrine's is currently $10.25 at Amazon.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
My first smile came in the mail today:
Yay, ebay! I scored all these guys, plus an extra Gonzo, for about $6. Now I just need Animal in his red wagon to complete the set. (Because, really, I need more toys on my desk.)
From the always-amazing SuperPunch, a pic that made me squeal and gasp at the same time (squasp?):
That's it, I want to play Atlas. (The short 'bot.) Now I just need to learn how to mold plastics and wire electronic eyes and stuff.
And finally, something I shared on FB last night from LeVar Burton's Twitter feed:
Considering that John and I spent last night watching old Star Trek episodes on Netflix (did you hear? Both original AND TNG are now available for online viewing!), I found this especially apropos. And you've gotta love Brent's expression.
So, how was your weekend, guys? John and I worked, per usual. (The downside of working both at home and for yourself: you have to try reeeally hard to take a day off.) Not that I'm complaining; I love my job. Most of the time. ;)
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