Monday, November 12, 2012

All about the Steam

Steampunk. 'Nuff said.

It's brilliant. Creative. Endlessly fascinating.

I've been reading steam novels for the last couple of years. Some of my favorites include Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, Philip Reeves' Mortal Engines series, Scott Westerfeld's steam series beginning with Leviathan, a highly disturbing and endless novel called the Glass Books of the Dream Eaters and its sequel, Dark Volume. The list goes on and on.

I've tried so many times to switch over to a mainly steampunk wardrobe, but I always end up in black. Once you go goth, you never go back. Maybe it's just easier to do laundry when it's all black or jeans.

In the meantime, I had been saving up bits and bobs to make a steampunk sweaterdoll. I love this pattern. The doll can look like practically anything!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sweaterdolls and me

Mr. True Love hates birthday celebrations. He hates shopping. He hates owning stuff.

I am the same.

But I'll be going away for the first time in 18 months and since we LOVE to be together, I decided to make him a mini-me in absentia. We even hate to be apart for the day when he goes to work. He usually heads straight to the coffee when he gets home but every day we have a major hug fest before the coffee. I am honored.

I made him a little Allison sweaterdoll. Sweaterdolls are upcycled from.....sweaters. But sometimes I use other types of clothing to make them.

Yes, I wear jeans ALL the time. And usually a little black pullover. I have a tattoo and a nose ring and I even added a little jewel on my left hand for my wedding ring. I wear glasses but have brown eyes and figured the buttons would have to accomplish both.

Now don't spoil the surprise and sent him pix.'s a secret!

It's supposed to look like the jackalope I have tattoed on my arm.