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Saturday Steam 5/12/12

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I know I just mentioned this not too long ago, but if you're not already watching Felicia Day's Flog then you should at least give this week's show a try. In it Felicia visits the famous Clockwork Couture and does a hilarious fashion shoot - meaning you get LOLs *and* steamy fashion eye candy. Great stuff!





Guess why I've been searching ebay for an old bicycle horn?

By Flickr user lowtechatmo, found via Craft:

This iPhone speaker uses nothing more than a pvc pipe and old brass bike horn to naturally amplify the sound - no cords needed!

But believe it or not, that's not the only non-powered iPhone amplifier I saw this week. Check out this 3D printed version I found via Mashable:


The iVictrola Gramophone comes in two pieces (the horn and the base) in your choice of colored plastic, which you can then paint to match the scheme above or leave a solid color for a neat modern look. Pricing starts around $95 for both pieces. (Isn't 3D printing cool?!)


Caitlin W. spotted these bookends with gears that actually move:


Yep - the hand crank works! Awesome. They'll be available in August for about $50 here.


And speaking of cranky things, check out this adorable "Hootch-Owl" bottle opener:

 $50 from Red Envelope
 
D'aaaawww.


Oh! For those of you who live within driving distance of Waltham, MA, get yourselves over to the Watch City Festival, the city-wide steampunk celebration, STAT! It's going on now through tomorrow. And I want pictures!


And finally, check out my new steamy side table!

John and I stumbled across this on sale at Hobby Lobby for $90 - not bad, considering it's all heavy wood and metal. The legs especially have some neat screw and hinge detailing.

Here's a view looking out towards the dining room:


And here's a closeup of all my goodies on it:


I love how steampunk is slowly but surely creeping outward from the dining room into the rest of our house. I still try to keep a lot of color with it, but the aged pieces and leathers and metallics add so much warmth and character to the place. It's all quite cozy, really.


And now, if you'll excuse me... IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!! So I'm off to be spoiled rotten by John and then have dinner at Boma, my all-time favorite restaurant (which just happens to be at Disney). I hope you guys have a great weekend, too!

Posted by Jen at 1:30 AM Labels: ,

60 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Jen!!! Is your cake going to end up on Cake Wrecks because that would be too funny.
    Where do you find these great gears at? I have looked around but can't find anything. Suggestions?

    Maureen

    P.S. It was great to see you in Pittsburgh!

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  2. Yet ANOTHER thing we have in common; Taurus women RULE SUPREME! (Mine was last Thursday!) Hope your day is excellent; may the bloodwine and chocolate flow freely, sister!

    Oh, and FIRSTIES ON JEN'S BIRTHDAY, FOOLS! HA!

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  3. Hippo birdie two ewes,
    Hippo birdie two ewes,
    Hippo birdie two ewes, deer,
    Hippo birdie two ewes.

    :)

    (Yea, Boma!!)

    -Barbara Anne

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  4. First everything is awesome, as usual.... But I got really crazy excited to see where you were going for your birthday supper, the hubster is taking me to EPCOT for Food and Wine in October the week after my birthday because Sister Hazel (one of our most favorite bands, ever)is playing for the Eat to the Beats concert series they have, but we are going to eat at Boma the night before, so of course I expect a reveiw of everything, and whatyour favs were, so I can try them!!! It's so funny, we got our ressie yesterday!! Only 5 months and some days!!! Can't wait!! It will be the best 31st birthday celebration I have ever had!!!

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  5. Oh, also HOPTY BIRFDAT!!!

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  6. Happy Birthday! :)

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  7. Many happy returns of the day!

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  8. Merry birthday and felicitations! Have a wonderful day and enjoy some well deserved spoilins!

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  9. Happy Birthday, Jen! Have a fabulous time at dinner.

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  10. Happy Birthday!

    ps how on earth do you keep your cats from knocking stuff off the tables??

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  11. Happy Birthday Jen! You deserve an amazing one!

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  12. Happy Birthday, Jen! Hope you day is full of steamy awesomeness! Thanks for sharing your side table. I see a trip to Hobby Lobby in my future!

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  13. First of all, happy birthday!

    Love the new side table. I might have to make a Hobby Lobby run to see if I can find one for myself.

    Also, I have the Hootch Owl and it is awesome. I highly recommend it.

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  14. A very merry not-un-birthday to you, to you! ;-)

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  15. Happy Birthday!!!! Best wishes.

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  16. Have a wonderful birthday! Heather

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  17. Happy Birthday! You deserve it for all the happiness you bring the rest of us :)

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  18. Jen, John told me what he got you for your birthday, and I know you're going to love it! Have a great dinner! Happy birthday!

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  19. Squee!! Boma is my absolute favorite as well, and I go for my birthday too. Ahhhhmazing! Have a fabulous birthday!

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  20. Happy Birthday! Have a great day. :D

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  21. Happy Birthday! :) Hope you feel better soon!!

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  22. Happy Birthday!!! To my favorite blogger of all time!

    I hope you have a great day! Thanks for making so many of my days wonderful with your blog!

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  23. Happy Birthday!

    I have a HUGE old bike horn - if I ever decide to part with it, I'll send it to you. (But I doubt I will ever get rid of it since it's a little piece of tv history that I bought at an end of production sale.) The rubber honker still works and it is LOUD! My husband likes to torment the dog with it, hehe.

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  24. Happy Birthday!!!

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  25. Happy Birthday! Hope it is fantastic.

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  26. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the pretty pictures :)

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  27. Lucy from ScotlandMay 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Have a really wonderful birthday, Jen!! Hope you bave a fantastic dinner too! :-D

    Lucy

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  28. I wish I could come visit your house. I think it would be great design inspiration, cause I love all the pictures you've posted. I could just drive down, since I only live about 2 hours away....

    Hope you have a fantastic birthday!!

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  29. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

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  30. Happiest of Birthdays, Jen!

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  31. Teresa (the Swedish one)May 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Happy Birthday! I hope you are having a great day! :)

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  32. Happy Birthday Jen! Hope you have a wonderful day! =-]

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  33. Happy Birthday Jen! I got to eat at Boma when we were at Disney in March (we stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge too!)... that place is SUPER yummy! Have a blast (and something with that tasty Boma Mustard on it for me)!

    PS: I love your floors. I get major floor envy for any hardwood/laminate floors, especially handscraped like you've got there :)

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  34. mmmm. Boma!! Oh, and Happy Birthday.. but.. mm.. Boma.. Zebra Domes.. mmm.. Yummy.. AKL is quickly becoming a favorite place of mine to eat, both Boma and The Mara when I'm short on time!

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  35. Happy Birthday Jen!

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  36. Happy Birthday!

    I wish you had come to Watch City today! I would have showed you my new red steampunk shoes. Now a photo will have to suffice:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/35191986@N08/7186085900/in/set-72157629701545804/

    Hope you get some Saturday Steam and some Sunday Sweets!

    -Aimee

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  37. Happy Birthday! Have a blast at Boma! We love that place, too!

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  38. Loving the steam-punkiness! (is that a word?) Hope you had a wonderful birthday! :)

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  39. Happy Birthday, Jen!

    I HIGHLY recommend Echo Bazaar/Fallen London (the 5th of Felicia's fave five on this weeks flog). Though it is kind of confusing at first, it gets really fun and intriguing, has wonderful writing, and is even a little steam-esque. I hope you try it and have fun!

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  40. Hey Jen!
    Just wanted to wish you a happy birthday! May 12th is my birthday as well...nice to know I share it with someone awesome. :D
    Robyn

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  41. Hey Jen, you know what you need? One of these!
    http://9gag.com/gag/4167401

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  42. Belated Happy birthday wishes :D

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  43. Happy Birthday!! Love the new side table!

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  44. Happy belated birthday, Jen! I may have to pick up a Petey P. Cup plushie and send it to you as a late birthday present.

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  45. Felicia is so my hero, both as a geek girl and business woman! Soooo glad she launched her own vlog. Hope you had a magical birthday! The new side table looks gorgeous.

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  46. Happy Birthday Jen! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  47. Happy Birthday!! I sent you some pics from Watch City on the facebook page :)

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  48. Happy Belated Birthday! I love Boma, too. I just wish I lived close enough to go there more often.

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  49. ECHO. BAZAAR. I love Echo Bazaar. It's such a deep, mysterious world, that gets opened up to you bit by bit as you play, and, since it involves reading, it's one of the only games I'm GOOD at.

    Jen, if you don't play Echo Bazaar, you should so give it a go. It's amazing, steampunk, gothic, witty...LOVE. Love in a browser.

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  50. Belated happiest of birthdays! It looks like it was epic! (cept for teh food poisoning part)

    Echo Bazaar is also crazy addictive! Much like Felicia I've had it open on my browser for months now. I finally got into the labryinth of Tigers!! :)

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  51. Google tried to make me sign up for blogger, so I'm trying this post again.

    Please convince Felicia Day to make a steampunk calendar. She looked super adorable and pretty hot in some of those shots. And some of the quotes should be on the calendar pics too.

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  52. Happy Birthday! Do you think you could come to San Francisco sometime? I'm dying to meet you. Even though I'm 10, so I'm probably your youngest reader. We have Maker Faire! (which is only in May. :( )

    But seriously. Come to San Francisco. :)

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