Monday, June 25, 2012

Steam Traveling in Michigan

 I just want to say thank you to all who came out in support of the Steam Travelers Picnic. The Steam Traveler is a concept dreamt up by many. To go to different beautiful historic locations and have tea, take pictures, and enjoy the company of friends. 

Don Watts said something that is very true about out little community of Steampunks. We are a close knit group. Between us there isn't much competition between us, to show others up and prove who is the best. There is a strong sense of artistry and refinement among us, yet we don't let it go to our heads. This is a rarity I believe in all walks of life and what makes our community strong & healthy. We shall persevere for years to come, and continue to grow as people and as a community. 

In the Spirit of community, I would love to tell you about some other awesome events going on this summer that I am sure you are all aware of, but if not then none of this was in vain! 

Thursday July 28th 2012
gam1:00 pm
We have been invited to The Van Hoosen Farm in Rochester to watch The Rochester Grangers take on The Waynadotte Stars. Guests can enjoy a complementary hot dog and are encouraged to bring a picnic or a dish to pass to join both clubs for a meal after the game.

Sunday July 1st, 2012
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This events is at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor. Bring your picnic basket and a dish to pass around if you wish. Gallup Park also boast bike trails & canoes to rent. Come join us for a summer picnic at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor! Bring your picnic gear and food to share with others, there are also rumors of "Best Dish" and "Best Picnic Kit" awards to be given out :-) (No alcohol or glass bottles though, please!)

We will be at the far end of the park, so when you enter, go over the one lane bridge, turn left and go down all the way to the end.

 Saturday July 14th 
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Come join us for the second annual Steampunk summer outing to Greenfield Village for their Ragtime Street Fair. It's free if you have a members pass or just the cost of admission to the Village. Depending on the weather this year, summery Edwardian apparel is encouraged. Think white, cream, linen, light fabrics, Boater hats, and summer straw hats for the ladies. More info as the date draws closer so SAVE THE DATE!

Sunday July 15th
10:00 am - 5:00pm
This is a great event to bring the kids! Come join us as we make an expedition to the zoo in search of exotic animals, real or stuffed, & see how many people will look at us funny.

Saturday December 8th 2012 
Time TBA
Join us for a rollicking day of fun, food, friends, and Christmas Spirit while we stroll among the quaint streets of Holly, Michigan during the annual Dickens Christmas Festival. Come in costume if you choose (Steampunk, Dickens, Victorian, or Shop Troll) or just don your warmest coat and mittens while we stroll the streets, sample roasted chestnuts, shop for Christmas, and end the day with a warm and hearty dinner at the local brew pub.

Closer to the event I will take opinions if a group would like meet for Tea at the Holly Hotel. Opinions welcome. So save the date! We were warmly welcomed last year by the actors and visitors in 2011. Lets do it again and show Holly that we aren't just about the Renaissance Faire.

Photo By: Laura Baron

Photo By: Laura Baron

Photo By: Jen Conrad

Photo By: Jen Conrad

Photo By: Jen Conrad

Photo By: Jen Conrad

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Hey there are you picnic goers. The time is drawing near for this years event, and we are so excited to inform you of all of the amazing things that we have in store for you this year! 

Tiny Box Dessert Auction
Last year we had an abundance of desserts and ALL of them were creatively delectable. So this year we decided to challenge those of you out there with baking talents to make a dessert, put it in a pretty package, and set it up on our auction block ALL ENTRIES WELCOME no need to sign up. The tickets come with everyone's admission and we encourage all of your to participate. The TOP THREE bakers who get the most tickets will ALSO receive a prize from the 2012 Spectra Nova Couture Collection.

Couture Key Chains, Faux Military Medals, & OOAK Pendant Necklaces
Vendor Silent Auction 
We have an awesome line up of vendors for your shopping pleasure. Each vendor is required to donate one item for the auction block, so you will have a chance to win a REALLY unique item from some of the best artisans and craftsmen/women in Michigan. 
 Couture Jewelry & Props By: Spectra Nova with Vespertine Nova Lark aka Sarah
Stained Glass & Metalwork By: K3 Creations with Kerrie Moyer
Herbal Soaps, Bath Salts, & Whipped Shea Butters By: Moonflower Creations with Yvette Willis Newell
Gorgeously Embellished Vintage Leather Gloves By: Ann Marie Lenceski
Tiny Top Hats, Jewelry, & The Artistic Creations of Alissa Meyers 
 Magan VanBuren Rodriquez with lovely Victorian Inspired Shawls, Mitts & Acessories
Marie Kidd who makes gorgeous Vintage Inspired Jewelry Pieces from Vintage Parts

Taro Card Readings
You'll also have the opportunity to have a taro card reading by a lovely Mystic.

Monday, June 4, 2012


If you are looking for a good parasol for the picnic, you can get one just a small trek away from the Warner Mansion. This is the one I got, it is freaking bad ass!

 Victorian Lace Elegance
23616 Farmington Road  Farmington, MI 48336
(248) 474-4690

So I was thinking about the idea of a well made Key prop. The fob of fobs. It should be utilitarian with lots of medal and shiny personalize images. It would have to be heavy of course. Mostly worn on the belt, preferably next to other heavy chains and thick leather pouches and belts.

For those who enjoy looking at tiny things or have trouble seeing smaller items in the light, the magnifying glasses are most perfect for your plight. The handled ones are removable for your leisure of observation.

Spy Glasses for ye pirates, sailors, travelers, and nosy ninnies. Sand Timers for all you mad scientists & nurses from the dirigible corps and beyond. Snuff bottles that can pass as a vial for poisons and other tinctured spirits. And of course ANTIQUE KEYS because that is precisely what it was intended to be in the first place. Look for these to be on my Etsy shoppe soon.

Prices are in the $45 - $55 Dollar Range but Coupon Codes for percentage off are available Here & On My ETSY SHOPPE in the ANNOUNCEMENT SECTION.