Sunday, 28 November 2010

Sunday Night

Well, it’s Sunday night. I meant to go to Glasgow tonight but…

I decided I’d rather not slither thirty miles. This also put a bit of a damper on one of my other ideas, sorting out the gravelled bit of the garden and making it look finished. But that was fairly low down on my list, so I’m not too bothered about it.

Cake is baked. The house was tidy, but then I started trying to clear out the spare room.


Some Progress.
More Progress.

Anything still on the floor here is either rubbish or recycling. That does include the laptop. What do you do with a dead laptop? Throwing it in the bin feels wrong, but it has no logic board, no hard drive, and no RAM.

This room actually has quite nice bones. It was built in 1890, so it’s in the right period for steampunk. Unfortunately, upstairs’ sink leaked last week and some of the cornicing above my window looks like it has melted slightly. I suppose that could be made a feature, but to be honest I’d rather they fixed it.
I’ve spent a lot of the past few weeks reading right through the archives of The Steampunk Home. I love a lot of what she’s got up, and I can browse through the links she posts for hours. In fact, she’s my main source of inspiration. My first introduction to steampunk, though, came from browsing the Cake Wrecks blog and following the link to Jen’s other blog, EPBOT. She’s amazing.

A short list of (new) things that I want to do:
  • Make this. Isn’t it great?
  • I found a shredder under the junk in the spare room. It must have been there when I bought the house, because it isn’t something I would have bought. I wonder if it could be steampunked?
  • Do lots of fancy baking, and ice a cake prettily. The one I made today is chocolate and walnut, so tastes good but looks… brown.
  • Paint that messy red chair matte black and upholster a red leather seat for it.

What I’m going to do tomorrow:
  • Measure and cut what I can for the cabinet for under the window. Work out what else I need to build it.
  • Go shopping. Very girly shopping - a jig-saw, a chisel, some wood stain, some varnish and a shower! I think it might be slightly odd to be excited about buying power tools.
  • Sort out fabric for curtains.
Let's see how far I get with that lot.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Week Off Begins

As of 1pm Friday, there are 9 days before I go back to work! 

Given how little time off I have, I have to make the most of it. The spare bedroom is the big thing, but I also have to install an electric shower (gulp - me, water and electricity all at once?) and spend some time at my parents' house. Those are the must-do things. The I’d-like-to-get-this-done things are to numerous to list, but as I complete them I may mention them.

The past week I’ve been gearing up for this, and I’ve acquired a small pile of loot.

There is more on its way, but it hasn’t arrived yet. Tomorrow I’m going to go to all the charity shops in town, both to see what steampunkable things I can pick up and to drop off some stuff. Oh, and to buy Christmas cards and an Advent calendar. Oxfam have done the best of both of those as long as I can remember. 

One thing I’m very excited about is this.

I’ve ordered the plans from Clayton Boyer Clock designs, and I’m keeping them for the end of the week as a reward for industriousness. He has lots of incredible designs. It was difficult to keep from ordering several. If this one turns out well I might get one of the more intricate ones for my (non-steampunk) living room.

If I plan too far in advance, I get off track and give up. So here is my plan for tomorrow only:
  • Tidy the house.
  • Clear out the spare bedroom.
  • Check to see if I have enough wood already to begin building the cabinet for beneath the window in the spare room. Measure and cut what wood I have.
  • Bake a cake.
  • Attend the Farmers’ Dance. I might get pictures. After all, my camera is shockproof. It ought to survive ceilidh dancing!

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Initial Enthusiasm

I was going to start this blog after NaNo was over, but Life intervened. Finishing the novel this month is not within the bounds of possibility. Writing with fingers swollen from a dog bite is just not going to happen. There’s always next year.

Anyway, this lets me get on with my next big project - steampunking my spare bedroom!

It's basically where I dumped everything
 as I decorated the rest of the house.

I have lots and lots of plans for this. At the moment I’m waiting on a parcel of books from Amazon, and some bits and bobs from Ebay. I have a week off from the end of next week and this project is going to take up a lot of that. Of course, I will also have to find time to do some writing, some exercise and some baking, and go home to my parents’ for a bit. 

There isn't even a carpet in this room at the moment. The walls are very pale for steampunk, and the wood is painted, but I'm not changing those. I thought a deep red carpet and red velvet curtains would be enough to restore the Victorian feel. I'm going to oak stain and varnish all the IKEA bookcases and get some leather paper to cover all my work and craft books. There are other crafty plans too, but I feel that's a good start.