The Steampunk Empire Symposium!

So, while usually I’d be rambling about my werewolf costuming adventures, this year, I wanna talk about how I think I might have Neville Longbottom-ed the Steampunk Empire Symposium.

The main events of the Symposium are The Airship Games. Registered Airships select members to compete in various contests of skill, such as Big Deal events such as Tea Dueling, or racing miniature remote-controlled dirigibles. This year there were several events that were in line with the con’s theme, Star Wars, such as Lightsaber Cricket. Another event in the games is the Curiosities Exhibit, where makers such as myself can display props in one of several different categories.

As it turned out, the competition was extremely close this year, and after the Big Deal events, it came down to the curiosities Exhibit, and there were so many amazing things on display. Like woah guys. It’s cool stuff. I did not take best in show, but I am happy to lose to two amazing steampunk lightsabers (Maybe next year!) I feel bad, because I don’t recall if anyone else from Passepartout took any prizes in the Curiosity Exhibit; I was kinda flustered and flattered and distracted. Why? Well, I myself was extremely fortunate, and received two awards, first, one as a best in the Items of Mysterious Origins category but then later, I got one as a What Tickled the Calamity Dawn and the Airship Curiosity Staff, who I am so thankful for, and who looked after my kit all weekend.

Aaaanyway, Passepartout had just enough points to with the Airship Games! I didn’t survive any Nerf Duels or win any Pod Races, but I helped a little, and apparently, just a little was all that was needed. Miss Gentia Peaseblossom, the co-owner of the airship, even took a photo of me with the trophy the airship won!

I already know what I wanna build for next year (If I can figure out how. Time for Research!) and I’m excited to try again.

If you're interested, I'll be spamming my personal Tumblr (as opposed to the werewolf one) with more photos and things!

Be a Deity Meme!

Stolen from corvus_animus

Element: Earth
Colors: Primary: Forest Green and Warm Brown Secondary: Black and Silver
Gemstone: Moonstone, Malachite, Lodestone, and Pumice
Plantlife / Flower: Primary: Moss, ferns, Red Clover  Secondary: Lichen, Ivy, Dandelion
Tree: Apple, Oak, Maple, Spruce
Animal/(s): Primary: Wolf Secondary: Crow, Barn Owl, Coyote, Garter snake
Domain: Temperate deciduous forests, autumn, and night.
Offerings: Earthworks, interesting or unusual natural specimens of all kinds, revelry, learning, and contemplation
Bio: Nashoba often appears as an anthropomorphic or composite figure including plant, geological, and animal elements, and is most easily contacted at night.  Many of her tales involve lessons learned through shapeshifting, and creative problem solving.  She is a nurturer of curiosity in nature and creativity at home, a guide of those on the path of natural inspiration.  She will often bestow creative motivation upon those who ask for it, but, being a nocturnal deity, Nashoba has a habit of doing so shortly after midnight, or just after going to bed.

Shut up and take my money!

In case you haven't seen...


If the article is to be believed, this is is an honest to god flying, fire breathing, puppeted dragon, reportedly created by Disney Imagineers. There's no mention of riding it, but it looks like someone might be seated on top... Regardless, this is so freaking cool it hurts.

Here's the article:

If this is for real, I want to see this thing in action. I want to ride it.

Gah! It makes me so happy!

Field Notes: Purple Deadnettle

I need to post more often... and, hmm, it's been spring for a while. I guess I ought to post something about flowers or growing food or... hey, why not both?


The flowers in this photo are called Purple Deadnettle (Lamium purpureum). This plant is also called Red Deadnettle and Henbit, though, if I understand correctly, Henbit is actually its cousin Lamium amplexicaule.

This is a common garden weed that also happens to be edible. Now, that may seem unlikely, given such an ominous name as ‘deadnettle.’ However, the dead in deadnettle means that the little hairs on the plant won’t sting and are ‘dead’, unlike stinging nettles (which, indecently, also happen to be edible, though you have to prepare them properly first!) Ironically enough, Purple Deadnettle is actually closer in relation to common garden mint.

This plant has a vegetable-like ‘green’ taste with a hint of bitterness, but the flavor is otherwise mild and unremarkable in comparison to common garden herbs. The texture of it is much like lemon balm… a slight crunch to the leaf, but covered in plant down, somewhat similar to peach fuzz. The little flowers have a similar taste to the rest of the plant, albeit milder, with a little bit of sweetness at the end of the flower.

In the past, this plant has been used to treat digestive issues, gout and joint pain.

This plant is very common in the spring, and its primary identifying characteristics are its fuzzy leaves, tapering top, gradient from purple at the top to green at the bottom, and its square stalks.

Regarding wildcrafting, remember, never take plants from local parks or property that isn't yours, unless you have permission. Always use caution when eating any kind of plant found away from your grocery store, and keep your own potential allergies in mind. Always be absolutely certain of any plant you are eating… when in doubt, leave it out.

Random Toph Cosplay

So, what happens when you suddenly give Nash two days off and leave her alone with access to Joanne Fabrics’ clearance bolts?

Apparently, spontaneous, not completely accurate Toph cosplay happens.

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No, you will not see photos of me in it. I’m a ‘plus size’ cosplayer, and while I’ll still cosplay, I know better than to put photos of it on the internet.

The bangs need work, and I need to add studs to her belt, none of the seams are actually ‘finished,’ and I want to make a fake rock with speakers in it for a prop… but, well, it’s not intended to be anywhere near competition quality, just some derpy clothes to go to an anime con in. I’m seriously starting to think that deciding to give up competitive costuming was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a while. It’s so freeing to be able to make mistakes and just move on!

So, at the end of the day, while I’ll add a couple of touches, it’s good enough, and now I can spend my time focusing on more monstery endeavors. I wanna work on a new werewolf head, and a body suit, and leather armor and… oh man, so much to make. XD

New Year...

Guys... thank you for letting me share this past year with you. You all mean so much to me, and some folks are just so darn important to me. There's a few of you who really, really helped me out this year, and helped keep me sane. I hope that I've enriched your past year as much as you guys have mine.

I... I don't think I'm exactly making resolutions this year... rather, I plan on setting a theme for myself: balance. This year, I want to learn about balance, and maintaining it, as a foundation for things to learn in future years. Let's see how it goes. Maybe I won't be so darn tired all of the time, and I'll get more done.

I wish you all the best new year possible! (Here's to hoping that silly myan calander is wrong ;D)