The Starfish Chair

This is one of the last posts featuring the creation of my playhouse “Under the Sea”. I’m hard at work on “A Midsummer’s Nights Steam” but I wanted to share the creation process of the starfish chair.

It started with drawings, an ottoman and some wood provided by another crafter and friend Jon Sanfilippo:

   
          

Then I braced and “stuffed” it: 

  

  

  

  

  

  


Then added the cover (hand stitched mostly) and legs: 

       Please follow at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW for progress on the “Under the Sea” playhouse. It will be picked TOMORROW!

I like to take a moment to thank my All of my readers yet AGAIN! I hope you are enjoying all my works. The sale ends soon!

As always, thank you for reading!
-Victoria

-Upcoming shows:
-THIS Saturday May 30th Corvid’s Cafe, 6-9pm, Cakeway To the West Artists Show
-Friday June 5th 1900 Park Creative Space, A Midsummer’s Night Steam, a steampunk installation, open the month of June.
-Thursday June 25th The Heavy Anchor Art/Craft Fair
-TBA July Stray Rescue’s Urban Wanderers dog art show
-July 25-26th The AKC Museum of the Dog, solo weekend dog art show
-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Sorry for the delay, working out a few kinks and have sooo many irons in the fire right now.
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle AND IS ON SALE FOR $.99, extended THROUGH MAY! Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! All of The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series stories are on sale for only $.99 as well. My amazon author page link:
http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428805315&sr=8-1

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Corset Rehab

First of all, thank you to the fallen on this Memorial Day. Below is a print from an antique post card I’d bought at the Gypsy Caravan a few years ago:

  
Last week was crazy busy. Today’s feature, corset rehab. I finished a corset panel for a client. The corset she’d bought had some tears which I’d fixed. Then I created the panel, cutting the leather from good pieces I already had. 

 
The trim came from a year old purse I’d loved but was falling apart.  

Trim cut and measured:

 
I hand stitched the edges of the panel. This is not for the faint of heart. It took a strong needle and almost three hours to complete.  

Added the grommets and trim to the existing corset and panel, done! 

  
 Please follow at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW for progress on the “Under the Sea” playhouse. It will be picked up soon!

I like to take a moment to thank my British readers yet AGAIN! I hope you are enjoying Strax and the Widow and The Vampire’s Little Black Book series!! I hope to return to your lovely country soon.

As always, thank you for reading!

-Victoria
-Upcoming shows:

-Saturday May 30th Corvid’s Cafe, Cakeway To the West Artists Show

-Friday June 5th 1900 Park Creative Space, A Midsummer’s Night Steam, a steampunk installation, open the month of June.

-Thursday June 25th The Heavy Anchor Art/Craft Fair

-TBA July Stray Rescue’s Urban Wanderers dog art show

-July 25-26th The AKC Museum of the Dog, solo weekend dog art show

-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Sorry for the delay, working out a few kinks and have sooo many irons in the fire right now.

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle AND IS ON SALE FOR $.99, extended THROUGH MAY! Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! All of The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series stories are on sale for only $.99 as well. My amazon author page link:

http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428805315&sr=8-1
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
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-Fine Art America-store coming soon
 

Steampunks at Wizard World Comic Con 2015

Yesterday I enjoyed working a booth with the Gateway City Ghostbusters. They offered me a free pass and I was very grateful for their generosity. However, I’d worked so hard on the playhouse, I didn’t have time for to create the cosplay I wanted. But I had a decent Batgirl and a lot of fun!!

I was really looking forward to seeing all the great steampunk and NeoVictorian outfits and my hometown/region did not disappoint. Here are some of the steampunk sightings from St.Louis. Note that I asked each person for use of their image for my blog. Enjoy!

Darling in pink:   
    The lady in red hand made her coat. The pic doesn’t do it justice. 

        This young man had such a great pack!!! How creative.

  

  You’ll know who this is if you look in his left hand. Clever!

  

   These ladies were here last year and out did themselves. Incredible detail and gorgeous lighting.

   
     

 House of Genevieve had some really lovely pieces. Some respect from one milliner to another.

  Wares from Dolls Gone Wrong. 

   
 

Characters from the steam web series Antediluvian looked fantastic:

   
 

  A friend and local steampunk who won last year as Tink has some interesting headgear and awesome weaponry.

 And I finally got to meet Marcibel MusicalAutomation who is part of Airship Vindus and Antediluvian.

Lastly, me and a few other favs from the show:

Who you gonna call? 

 With Gateway City Ghostbusters

Giving Slimer a kiss: 

  

  Above, when the floodgates opened!
Some of my favorite interesting characters:   
  

  

 

Me and Captain Jack: 

 
And one really fine dancing Iron Man: 

 Updates on the finished playhouse and A Midsummer’s Night Steam coming soon. As always, thank you for reading!

-Victoria
-Upcoming shows:
-Saturday May 30th Corvid’s Cafe, Cakeway To the West Artists Show

-Friday June 5th 1900 Park Creative Space, A Midsummer’s Night Steam, a steampunk installation, open the month of June.

-Thursday June 25th The Heavy Anchor Art/Craft Fair

-TBA July Stray Rescue’s Urban Wanderers dog art show

-July 25-26th The AKC Museum of the Dog, solo weekend dog art show

-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Sorry for the delay, working out a few kinks and have sooo many irons in the fire right now.

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle AND IS ON SALE FOR $.99, extended THROUGH MAY! Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! All of The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series stories are on sale for only $.99 as well. My amazon author page link:

http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428805315&sr=8-1
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
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-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Coming Home Soon

This week I wrapped up painting “Under the Sea”, my playhouse for Raise the Roof. I have final pics coming soon. I also finished a corset rehab (to be featured in an upcoming blog) and selected three works for an upcoming show at a cafe (details below). 

This weekend I’ll be at Wizard World Comic Con with the Gateway City Ghostbusters. 

Please follow at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW for progress on all the houses.

I like to take a moment to thank my British readers. Some of you are enjoying (I hope) Strax and the Widow and The Vampire’s Little Black Book series!! I hope to to your lovely country soon.

As always, thank you for reading!
-Victoria

-Upcoming shows:

-Saturday May 30th Corvid’s Cafe, Cakeway To the West Artists Show
-Friday June 5th 1900 Park Creative Space, A Midsummer’s Night Steam, a steampunk installation, open the month of June.
-Thursday June 25th The Heavy Anchor Art/Craft Fair
-TBA July Stray Rescue’s Urban Wanderers dog art show
-July 25-26th The AKC Museum of the Dog, solo weekend dog art show
-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Sorry for the delay, working out a few kinks and have sooo many irons in the fire right now.
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle AND IS ON SALE FOR $.99, extended THROUGH MAY! Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! All of The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series stories are on sale for only $.99 as well. My amazon author page link:
http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428805315&sr=8-1

-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc

-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP

-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Etsy-TheHauteHen
-Instagram-Steampunkcountess
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-Fine Art America-store coming soon

 

In the Home Stretch

Closing in on finishing the painting. Photo updates:

  

       Please follow  at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW.

Note, I’ve expanded the book sale on amazon, and I’ve added another show in the listing below, thank you for reading!

-Victoria

Upcoming shows:

-Saturday May 30th Corvid’s Cafe, Cakeway To the West Artists Show

-Friday June 5th 1900 Park Creative Space, A Midsummer’s Night Steam, a steampunk installation, open the month of June.

-Thursday June 25th The Heavy Anchor Art/Craft Fair

-TBA July Stray Rescue’s Urban Wanderers dog art show

-July 25-26th The AKC Museum of the Dog, solo weekend dog art show

-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Sorry for the delay, working out a few kinks and have sooo many irons in the fire right now.

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle AND IS ON SALE FOR $.99, extended THROUGH MAY!. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! All of The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series stories are on sale for only $.99 as well. My amazon author page link:

http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428805315&sr=8-1

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-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc

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-Fine Art America-store coming soon

 

Coming Along

My playhouse for Raise the Roof is coming along! Just a few updates via photos:

   

      Got the windows in and almost done painting. Getting ready for touch ups and sealing!

Please follow  at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW.

Note, I’ve expanded the book sale on amazon.

Listed below are MORE updates and as always, thank you for reading!

-Victoria

Upcoming shows:

-Saturday May 30th Corvid’s Cafe, Cakeway To the West Artists Show

-Friday June 5th 1900 Park Creative Space, A Midsummer’s Night Steam, a steampunk installation, open the month of June.

-Thursday June 25th The Heavy Anchor Art/Craft Fair

-July 25-26th The AKC Museum of the Dog, solo weekend dog art show

-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Sorry for the delay, working out a few kinks and have sooo many irons in the fire right now.

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle AND IS ON SALE FOR $.99, extended THROUGH MAY!. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! All of The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series stories are on sale for only $.99 as well. My amazon author page link:

http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428805315&sr=8-1

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-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc

-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP

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-Fine Art America-store coming soon

 

Random Thoughts on the Playhouse 

I didn’t want to spend Mother’s Day any other way. Today I painted for 8 hours. My mom, who passed in 2015 was my biggest supporter of my art. So mom, this set of random thoughts and pic updates are for you:

E-6000 is amazing but stinks. I could still smell it with the windows open, the AC and a fan on. But oh how it holds together. The starfish chair is coming along nicely.   

          Well duct tape and screws are awesome too.

It took way too long to mix paint. But I saved time in the end.

Painted the water inside today. It rained outside. One lightning crash scared me, but I’d already grabbed a flashlight. It was so close there was only a split second between the flash and thunder. No paint spilled, LOL.

   
             

I got blue paint every where. Turned into a smurf.

 Even in my hair. I might keep it, LOL.
Despite not having any music on, I heard songs in my head all day. And I sung a little bit of Evita.

All in all, I got pretty far.  

  

             Food tastes so good when you’ve worked all day. It’s awesome to find that you have more graham cracker fudge cookies that you remember.

Somewhere my mom is smiling.

Victoria

Under the Sea Progresses

My playhouse for Raise the Roof has come so far. Finished the treasure chest and almost finished with the starfish chair for the inside:

          
The outside is almost finished and the inside painting has started:

It’s so exciting to have people in the store checking it out!! You can follow other artists at #RaisetheRoof.

A lotta news coming and I’ve expanded the book sale on amazon.

Listed below are some updates and as always, thank you for reading!

-Victoria

-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Sorry for the delay, working out a few kinks and have sooo many irons in the fire right now.

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle AND IS ON SALE FOR $.99, extended THROUGH MAY!. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! All of The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series stories are on sale for only $.99 as well. My amazon author page link:

http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428805315&sr=8-1

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-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc

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-Fine Art America-store coming soon

 

More Work in Progress

This weekend was BUSY. I did take time out for the Art Walk in Lafayette Square and to visit 1900 Park Creative Space. This is the gallery where “A Midsummers Night’s Steam” will commence on June 5th! I stopped for a quick chat with some photographer friends and the gallery owners.

  
Then back to work on the playhouse for the Raise the Roof project, the latest images here:

   
               

And a surprise, one more proposal is going out tomorrow. It’s a biggie, and I am hopeful to be a part of “it”. Details coming soon!

As always, thank you for reading!

-Victoria