'Til then, here are the finished steampunk nutcracker ornaments I mentioned last week on Facebook:
steampunk tree. I started with this bare wood set, which was about $5 from the craft store:
I glued thin strips of card stock around the heads for goggle straps:
... then used a hole punch to make a bunch of tiny "goggles" out of thin craft foam. Glued those on, plus some metal gears for decoration:
(John added the eye hooks to the tops for hangers.)
Then I sprayed them metallic copper, with brushed-on gold leaf accents:
Saturday night John and I packed up all the Christmas stuff (BOO), and with his help we were done in just two hours - not counting shrink-wrapping the two trees. (The trees took another hour, but only because we ran out of shrink wrap. :D)
We store everything in a small closet in the back of our garage, and since I get so many questions about it, I snapped a few pics:
Yep, it's all in there.
There's a small recess to the right, so there's more room in there than you might think:
Welp, I hope the new year is treating you guys well so far. Here's to lots of new projects, new friends, and new fandoms to geek out over!