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Steampunk World's Fair 2014

UncategorizedSamantha Extance

It's been a while since I blogged, forgive me. I have been a busy little bee lately. Mainly, I was getting ready for my very first Steampunk World's Fair held annually in Piscataway, New Jersey. I had an amazing time. I saw so many inspiring costumes, creations, and gadgets and I met some lovely people. Here's a little snippet of the weekend: 2014-05-15 14.36.18I flew up to my hometown of Brewster, in New York. I was lucky to make a mini-vacation with my family out of the show. I was especially excited to see my mom, grams, and 4 & 1/2 year old niece, Avery Jane. Early in the week, I played with Avery on the swings, took many rambling walks, and spent some time being creative. While Avery watercolored painted and my grams sewed a set of wedding pillows, my mom and I were busy making some new steampunk creations.

2014-05-19 16.25.20On Thursday evening, my mom and I packed the car, picked some violets that grow all along our front lawn for good luck, and we were ready to go! Roadtrips with my mom are always a blast!

2014-05-15 14.36.30After checking into our hotel, we went over to the event center to start setting up. Since I flew into NY, I didn't have my usual displays. And so the booth was a combination of scavenged items from our family home and items my mom has squirreled away for our shop someday. I love how everything came together! Here it is before we put out all of our creations!

2014-05-15 22.10.14A few of our displays that I just love: our box with large lightbulbs...

2014-05-15 22.10.24..our backdrop painting of a Victorian lady. It's titled: "The Eternal Question," we've renamed it "The Puss" since she has such a sourpuss expression on her face!

2014-05-15 22.10.31...My gram's old wooden stool which we used to display canes & umbrellas...2014-05-15 22.10.36And of course, old standbys: vintage & antique photographs, printer drawers, a model diving bell helmet, wooden boxes, and oddities.2014-05-16 15.40.45  2014-05-16 20.25.16  2014-05-16 20.25.20  2014-05-16 20.25.34 The part of our booth that I felt the most pride in was our hat display. The vintage hats my mom embellished were displayed over large Industrial spools, candelabras, tiny stools, and antique hat stands.

2014-05-16 15.40.38Of course, no booth is complete without your ensemble! I took greats pains to come up with outfits that would not only be in the spirit of steampunk & the fair, but that would be wearable for long hours. Day Two is my favorite! (Thanks Briana, of Bifftastica, for the awesome vest! I got so many compliments on its rows of gleaming buttons!)

SPWF Outfits Sam CollageThe weekend was full of many great costumes. Here are some that stood out to us:

2014-05-17 15.30.00The Diver

2014-05-18 10.46.37The Airship Mechanic

2014-05-17 12.48.26and...The Gentleman (who also purchased one of our steampunk ties which is pictured above!) One of my favorite accessories that I saw was an elaborate set of finger armor. I may have a new obsession!

2014-05-17 11.29.06There's a lot I won't forget about that weekend...Our first sale to a dapper gentleman & pirate, "Obscur Idy." That first sale was so exciting. It made it all seem real. We had a lovely conversation about steampunk and creations. It was his warm smile and sense of whimsy that touched us both. 2014-05-17 18.12.50...The Lady Mad Hatter who gifted me a capsule from Wonderland (with included white glittery ribbon, a jack, and a tiny wooden mushroom) after I fixed her button that was falling off of her vest. It's a great feeling to be handy, even better when it's appreciated.2014-05-18 14.33.31...And last, but certainly not least, spending time with my mom. We always have a good time when we're hanging out together, and it's made even more fun when we can share a love of steampunk, a passion for making, and a renewal of creativity.

Me & Mima SPWF CollageCheck back again later in the week, I'll be posting a DIY on how to steampunk a cake stand!