Thursday, October 11, 2012

River Song Inspiration

After 15+ people told me, "Oh my gosh, you look just like River Song" when I was wearing this Saturday...

I decided to take inspiration from this

and do a steampunk version of River Song for Emerald City Steampunk Expo!  So far, I am searching for a denim jacket to go over the white shirt and multilayer skirt hiked over ruffled white skirt I am wearing above. Someone told me that they think they have a holster I can borrow, I am bidding on a few replica guns on Ebay, and I have a leather pouch to hang from the belt. I can't quite tell what that white tube is River Song is packing on her belt, so I am going to paint a small flashlight white and call it good.

The other day I was wandering through my house and spotted this handy decorative box....

which is practically begging to be made into River Song's journal. The cover already has squares marked out like the Tardis, so I think I can get away with the bee motif and pass it off as steampunk as long as I paint the whole thing blue. The sides of the box need to be cut down, then I'll make a lot of pages, distressing them by soaking them in tea and worrying the edges.

Hopefully I have an awesome costume for the costume contest at Emerald City!

If you are a member of The Steampunk Empire, come find me! I just joined up, thinking to myself, "Oh fabulous, yet another awesome social networking site that will consume copious amounts of time and dedication." In an article I read somewhere, a mom compared Facebook to a pet, another darned thing to feed and care for. The Steampunk Empire, at least, seems far more informative and helpful than the general fare of political mudslinging and kid pictures that make up Facebook.

Yesterday I was lucky enough to have an interview with a reporter I know who works for the Council Bluffs Nonpareil. He and his photographer coworker took us to a train museum that was unfortunately closed. Instead, we took pictures in the archway and the photographer managed some distant shots of me standing near the chain link fence guarding the trains - in the shots you can vaguely see the fence, but the trains are more visible. The museum was in a deserted, somewhat desolate part of town and the building was slightly run-down; it was rather amusing to stand out on the street in full steampunk gear giving an interview, even more so when a train chugged past us and blew its horn steadily for about two minutes. Hopefully Mike got enough information for an article about steampunk, my work and Kickstarter project, and our local steampunk groups.

Speaking of Kickstarter, today marks 30 days left until the end of the fundraiser! I still have posters to put up in Bellevue and West Omaha and will spend tomorrow contacting local TV stations to see if anyone would be willing to do a news segment. Several months ago, the Steampunk Society of Nebraska were featured in a local news station broadcast and had a fine segment showing many different styles of costumes.

Well, lunchtime is approaching - time for a tuna sandwich and then jumping back into Chapter 17 - I had a few more pages to go, and then it's on to Chapter 18!
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  1. Very crafty - it'll be cool to see when you're done!

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