Saturday, April 13, 2013
here. (And it's probably best if you don't explain to me how Polyvore works; I have a feeling I'd get seriously addicted.)
Caged pendant lights are nothing new, but I really love this assortment of styles from blogger Mockabee 7's kitchen makeover:
[Update: A-ha! I knew I could trust you guys to find them! The lights are from Shades of Light, and cost $450 for the set of 5. They also come in polished brass and silver, but those options are $200 more.]
I'm thinking I'd like to hang caged pendants like those kind of like this for our dining room:
More proof the internet makes the world a smaller place: I heard from New Zealand "junk artist" Sean Boyd this week, who said one of you readers pointed him toward Epbot. So I went to look at his work, and lo and behold, I've had this ray gun of his on my "Steampunk Inspirations" Pinterest board for ages now!
Sean does a variety of both steampunk and sci-fi inspired work. I'm particularly smitten with these sleek retro styles:
Flickr gallery, or visit his website for available pieces or to ask him about commissions! (P.S. My birthday is next month. JUST SAYING.)
This one has already sold, but Smith has a similar style here for $169. I can't get over how gorgeous that detail is!
Cut to 30 minutes later, and here's mine:
She started out as a steampunk Tinkerbell, then turned into a potion master. Heh.
Cut to another 15 minutes later, and here's my second go:
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Wow, so many goodies online this week! Let's get right to 'em:
MentalFloss put together an awesome post called The Faces Behind 31 Disney Villains, and it is so. cool:
This sketch Katie Cook tweeted made me realize I am in dire need of some Rainbow Brite art:
One of my most popular recent Pinterest finds:
I finished my own play-through of BioShock Infinite this week, (YAY EASY MODE) and I'm already resisting the urge to start playing through a third time. (I watched John play the first time.) Can you say "addicted?"
Anyway, so of course I was beside myself to see Anna of Anna The Red has already made a custom Songbird plush!
I really want to make my own, even though I can't sew and know nothing about constructing plush dolls. (How hard can it be, right? Uh... right? Guys? Hello?)
I want to make mine out of pleather, though, since the game dolls look (to me) like they're made of leather:
My parents are down this week for their big Disney Anniversary & Birthday Celebration, and are living large at the parks as I type this. I love hearing about all their little surprises and cast member interactions each day; wearing a 40th anniversary pin really gets you a lot of attention over there. :)
Anyway, we spent yesterday evening with them at Epcot, where I spotted the one and only lawn flamingo I've ever been tempted to buy:
Oh, and my folks keep calling Epcot Epbot, which is hysterical. MY EVIL PLAN IS WORKING. Mwuah-ha-haaa.
More Disney goodness courtesy of Julie A.: a tiny Jungle Cruise diorama!
See the pain-staking process shots over at Imagineering Disney.
Like I said: right in the gut. Thanks again, Cheryl.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Since "Industrial Chic" is all the rage in interior design these days, I thought I'd show you guys how easy it is to make and install the pipe shelving John and I used in our Steampunk Laundry Room:
I'll also tell you where I found the materials, since the wrong stuff can be super expensive at your local hardware store.
To give you an idea: John and I purchased all the pieces to make a single bracket from Lowe's, and the total was over $25. FOR A SINGLE BRACKET. And we needed five or six!
I was about to give up on my dream of pipe bracket shelving, but then I took to ebay, and after a lot of digging, I hit gold:
Yep, these pieces are called black malleable fittings and flanges, although you can rest assured they're not in the least bit "malleable." Some stores only carry galvanized iron pipe, which is a bright silver, and - get this - is more than double the price of black malleable.
So while it costs more than $10 for a single flange of galvanized iron, the same thing in black malleable is only about $4. Cha-CHING! (Not to mention I think the black version looks better!)
I couldn't find black malleable pipe at our local stores, but I did find an ebay seller who very nicely put together a custom listing of exactly what I needed for all five brackets, with free shipping, for fifty bucks. Ten bucks a bracket? Now THAT's more like it!
If you'd like to build the same brackets we did, then here's a handy cheat sheet.
For each shelf bracket, you will need:
(2) 3/4 inch flanges
(1) 3/4 inch elbow bracket
(1) 3/4 inch X 2 inch pipe nipple
(1) 3/4 inch X 5 inch pipe nipple
And this is the ebay seller I used, in case you'd like to buy from the same place. (Rest assured I don't get any kick backs or anything; just trying to save you some time, since it took me a while to find a seller who has all the parts I needed!)
Put them all together, and you get this:
Screw the flanges into a wall stud if possible, or use heavy-duty wall anchors. (We still have to paint over the screw heads, since you can see they're waaay too shiny.) Then use any old wood planking for the tops, or buy pre-cut shelves, and you're done!
Oh, and a quick safety tip: you'll probably need to clean your pipe pieces, since ours arrived with a fair amount of grease and a little rust on them, but be careful; the edges and seams are sharp. John sliced a finger while he was scrubbing, so he recommends wearing thick rubber gloves when you clean them.
I hope that was helpful, guys! And feel free to ask any questions in the comments, since I'm sure I may have missed something!
Monday, April 8, 2013
No, this isn't a Game of Thrones post - sorry. ;)
Saturday John and I drove out to the Bay Area Renaissance Festival, a massive outdoor event that opens shop for seven or eight weekends each year in Tampa.
There's live jousting, chess games with human chess pieces, carnival-type games that allow you to throw real throwing knives and axes, the highest per capita of corsets in the southern U.S., and lots and lots and LOTS of alcohol.
I would say it's kind of like a convention, only with more dirt, sweat, and drunken carousing, but that really doesn't come close to capturing it. Ren Fairs are a unique phenomena all to themselves, and you kind of have to experience one for yourself.
That said, everyone's friendly and having a grand old time, and I fully realize I'm a big ol stick-in-the-mud. So even though I'm there strictly to gawk, I still have a good time from the sidelines.
I especially like the mix of attendees you get at a Ren Fair. There are equal parts hippies, goths, SCA enthusiasts, whole families, and everyday geeks and gawkers.
One area where Ren Fairs really shine is in the merchandise. The majority of the100 or so vendor stalls were filled with authentically handmade goods, and you could stop to watch glass blowers, glass forgers, sword smiths, leather workers, and more at their trades.
Then there's the entertainment. There are something like 13 different stages set up around the grounds, with shows ranging from comedy to music to - I kid you not - mud wrestling. John and I have two favorites that we go to every year. Johnny Phoenix:
There's also plenty of more family-friendly fare, like this sword-fighting class that reminded me of the Pirate and Jedi academies at Disney:
And finally, there are the "street" performers: buskers who set out to amuse or amaze:
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