DIY Steampunk Kid Costume

Every Halloween, we get creative. And not just Halloween, but it’s something about Fall in general. I love the colors, the feel of the season, and it gets my DIY craftiness going.

Because Halloween is all about becoming something you are not everyday, my son and I have always made our costumes as much as possible. And this year was no different! He wanted to dress up in the Steampunk style (thanks to the TV show Steampunk’d).

With his style in mind and a few ideas on what pieces we’d need, we headed over to Pinterest to gather some ideas and plans to bring his look together. He found one picture that turned in his main inspiration.

Then we took off to Good Will.

There we hit a home run with a $0.99 vest, a top hat, and even some goggles. We filled in the other pieces with things we had around the house. His black pants, white shirt and boots were all clothing items we already had. Then we took an old Nerf gun and some other toys that we would antique for a more steampunk look.

It turned out to be quite the undertaking. You have to lay down a good base before using the Rub and Buff wax to get that antique look. I sprayed a matte black coat on a sanded down Nerf gun and a little plastic squirt toy for his hand. Waiting for everything to dry probably was the lengthiest part to the whole process.

While I waited, I began the task of Gorilla glueing all of the cogs and chains to his Good Will top hat.

Then we waxed and buffed all of the antiquing colors onto his weapons. We used Rub and Buff in different tones and while it made it easy to change the obnoxious orange and yellow of the Nerf gun to a great antiqued weapon, I didn’t quite do it as instructed. I painted it on instead of rubbing and it just took longer than expected. I still think it’s a great product.

In the end Jake LOVED his costume and the overall look. Below are the final results (except for the trench coat he added when it got cooler).

We love to DIY and we love the Steampunk style. Pulling them both together made a great costume that got lots of compliments.

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Are You A Jack Of All Trades? Join the club!

Happy Friday All!

It’s no secret that I have multiple interests in various hobbies. Photography, quilting, sewing, cross stitching, writing, reading and porcelain doll making, to name a few. To those who expound the adage “a jack of all trades, a master of none” I have one response:


No, this is not a rant. I simply want to encourage all of you to go where your creative brain and curious heart leads you. I do, and I feel my life is much richer for it.

I struggle with being a beginner at a new skill. I want to be an expert at everything I take an interest in trying. Of course, this is insane, and though I have never claimed to be completely of sound mind, I have an ounce or two of common sense in regards to beginning a whole new art form.  It can be costly, time consuming and yes, frustrating.  However,  I’ve had the experience of starting a new hobby and working through the beginner stages, seeing if the new artistic endeavor sticks, and moving on to a relative level of knowledge and expertise. On that journey, I’ve met amazing like-minded people who have guided, educated and supported me. Lots of new friends. That alone is worth embarking on an unfamiliar but enticing creative adventure.

I already have a few projects in the works as I write, all of them calling me to come and play. An almost-finished QAYG baby quilt, a cross stitch wedding piece that I just used an extensive “frog” stitch on (rip it, rip it, rip it!!!!), two books (one to read, one to listen to as I create) and a pair of red cashmere baby sox on double pointed needles.  More than enough, I’d say, yes?

And then.  Just this morning on Pinterest….be still my heart!   I saw a photos of porcelain dolls that took my breath away. One was clothed in Steampunk attire;


one, painted head to toe in tattoos, another whose tattoo art included her face;



one looked as though great pains were taken to make her look authentically Goth;


All unlike any other dolls I’d ever seen before.

Most of the dolls I’ve made in the past were decidedly “traditional”. These new images, however, made my arms break out in gooseflesh. Stunning, outside-of-the-box creations, I was inspired to go online (again!), determined to find a resource for porcelain slip to pour into a fairy mold I have stashed on a shelf in my garage. That small adorable mold would be PERFECT for turning out some modern Steampunk or other alternative art dolls, I reckon! I was successful, and with the warmer weather, I expect to begin pouring next week or so. Now to find someone who has access to a kiln lol! 🙂

So, how about we stop hiding the fact that we want to experience many new paths to showcase what’s in our creative imagination? Let’s don’t let the fact that we’ve accomplished a level of mastery of our primary artistry block us from investing the time we need to experiment with something we’re itching to learn.  Deal?

I’d love to hear about what beckons to you.  Has it newly come to your attention, or has it always been in the back of your mind?

Let’s challenge each other! Stretch, reach, risk….and by all means, let’s have FUN!

Your devoted Jack Of All Trades (and proud of it!),