Wanderings

Vermont Steampunk Festival 2017

Attending a Steampunk show with young kids in tow can be HARD.  If we ever figure it out (or feel like we have made some progress in that direction) I’ll share a how-to post about it! xD

There were a lot of moments over last weekend where we had expired children and had to take them out of main areas – so I know there was probably a lot of great entertainments that we missed.  But my main focus in life is of course costuming – and we did get our fill of prancing around in costume, so I’m happy!

We like to attend festivals in costumes that are collectively cute, hilarious, or ridiculous (preferably a combination of all three!) and this year’s main outfit was no exception.

Our Family, as Steampunk Devils and baby Angel

We enjoyed the silly contrast of our Steampunk World’s Faire outfits so much that we decided to repeat the idea – but backwards!  This time most of the family was rocking the Gothic Victorian darkness-incarnate look – but JJ was a Steampunk angel (complete with white tux.  I love you ebay, and people on ebay who re-sell their ring-bearer outfits for ridiculously cheap!)

This would be Tristan jumping in front of the camera lens…

Steampunk Monster Child

…And J.J. asking for his own turn at it (but needing a boost due to shortness!)

Steampunk Celestial Child

Lol we were in Vermont – but I don’t think Vermont got the memo that it is a Northern state.  We had 86, then 91 degree highs over the weekend!

Tristan is autistic, and he doesn’t talk much, but I’m pretty sure this is his “OMG it is way too friggin hot for this!” face:

Funny Face Steampunk Festival

And here’s me hogging the shade – like all black leather Victorian ball gown wearing ladies should!

Gothic Family Picnic with Mom in the Shade

And this picture just amuses me:

Steampunk Celestial Lunch

You are wearing a white tux, child.  You can have this spaghetti-sauce laden pizza only if you EAT IT OUT OF MY HAND!

On the second day, I made a very important discovery.

I can hula hoop while wearing a Victorian ball gown!

Yes, it is possible to Hula Hoop in a Steampunk Ballgown

…Mostly.

Steampunk Hula Hooping Mishap

While Mommy was being silly, the kids were having fun crafting steampunk treasures at the tent:

Steampunk Kids Crafts

Tristan made Yog-Sothoth!  (At least, this is what I have decided.)

Steampunk Cthulhu Crafts

By the way – if you are interested in getting a set of ridiculous matchy matchy-ness for yourself and family/significant other – it is a possibility!  I don’t make vests – but there is this awesome lady on etsy who does, and is happy to do so using my fabrics.  She made the ones my sons and hubby are wearing in the photos.

Handmade Victorian Steampunk Costume

Didn’t she do a gorgeous job?

Mens Double Breasted Button Steampunk Vest

The garden out back of the bed and breakfast is GORGEOUS.  I’ve been wanting to take pretty pictures there ever since I went to the first festival two years ago.  We managed to this year!  Those are on my camera camera (the big one that takes my pretty business pictures) but I’m planning to have them finished within the next couple weeks to share with you!

And in the meantime, here’s a teaser:

Handmade Steampunk Wedding Ringbearer Outfit

Steampunk World’s Fair 2017 – Highlights

I’m back from Steampunk World’s Fair (my second year attending) and still working on trying to get back into the swing of things!  I did, however, find the withdrawal symptoms were much less advanced this time – possibly because of the Watch City Steampunk Festival happening only one week later?

Last year it was just me (and a whoooole lotta vending stuff) but this year I decided to bring the family and just attend the convention.  My latest opinion on vending is that it involves too much work and too little cosplay!  Although when my children are old enough to tip the scales more toward the “help” than the “hinder” range, I do plan to dip my toes into vending at shows again.  ^.^

Andi (a family friend) also came with us this year.  It was kind of funny – because the first day, we were all wearing our matchy-matchy Victorian/Steampunk outfits and thus looked quite brightly and happily Steampunk (as you can see in the photo above).  Meanwhile, I had put some things together from my closet to fit Andi, and they were more my standard line of dark and gothy-looking steampunk pretties – polar opposite of the rest of us!  People would see us, go “awwwwwww”, and then they’d see Andi and start laughing – “OMG she is perfect!  It’s the gothy teenage daughter!”  So we went with it – and Andi started posing in dramatically disinterested ways for all the photo moments.

Many thanks to Edward Arneson for this great shot of us!

My favorite quote from a passerby – “The family that brocades together, stays together!”

Saturday night, my favorite Steampunk band (This Way to the Egress) did something awesome.  They teamed up with Emporer Norton’s Stationary Marching Band (who has a very compatible/similar style) and did this crazy long back-and-forth concert.  One would play a few songs, and then they would all join up to play a song together, and then switch to the other band for a few songs.

The key thing about this is – BOTH of these bands play the absolute most amazing dancing music – along circus/vaudeville/swing lines.  And I don’t mean that it’s music that you can dance to – it’s more like you HAVE to dance – not moving your feet/bouncing/wiggling/etc while this music is happening would feel like absolute travesty!

I’ve been to a couple of This Way to the Egress concerts now, and the tragedy is always that it’s over way too soon!  I mean, sure, dancing with that high a level of energy does totally drain you – but OMG the fun!  With both bands coming on to give each other a break, the fun didn’t have to end – at least not until I had thoroughly tired myself out, literally danced a hole in my favorite pair of shoes (anyone know where I can get another pair of black beaded satin ballet slippers??!) and… well, let’s just say – you know that saying, that it isn’t a party until the police get called?  Condition met.  The bands had to finish and unplug at midnight to please someone who shall not be named (who apparently calls the cops on us every year…) but holy crap 2 and a half hours of crazy bouncy dancing!  Yaaaaah!

Sunday is always a quieter day (because after effects of alcohol) but I still like to do the fancy-dress thing.  We didn’t have matching outfits for the kids in those colors, so we did the suspender look for them instead.  And Andi got creative, combining some of my things, with some of her things to put together a cute anime-flavored steampunk look for herself.  Here we all are together:

Following is my favorite photo of the trip.  I had said something along the lines of “oh we don’t have any pictures of me by myself yet, can you take one here?” and I’m posing, and then my oldest (Tristan) just decides to jump in front of the camera and photobomb me.  Tristan is autistic, and while he does some strange and unusual things from time to time, photobombing is not typical!

The best and most amazing thing about Steampunk World’s Fair is all the cosplayers!  My stuff is really pretty – and fairly over-the-top – and most of the time I’m one of the fanciest dressed when I go to an event.  At SPWF, I’m just one, of many, many awesome cosplayers (and no where near the best dressed either!)  I absolutely love seeing everyone else’s amazing creativity in motion!

I’d want to finish by posting an album of all the amazing cosplay we got pictures of – but we had camera issues this year.  In the future, we’ll have to pay more attention to tiny sneaky grubby fingers getting too close to our camera lens!

Instead I’m going to provide a link to Babs Who Takes Pictures’ album from 2017 – she always takes great shots!