Day of the Dead 2014

It’s been an insanely busy Halloween season. I managed to squeeze in some new creations, all with a Day of the Dead/Halloween theme. My last creation first, a Dead of the Dead, Mardi Gras bunny mask, now available in TheHauteHen Etsy store.

I built this on a pre-existing black mask, a template I have used before in “The Heroine” series.

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After hot glue, some embroidered trim and roses, I got the result I wanted. A sassy bunny mask that’s perfect for any costume occasion.

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Add a little makeup…

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And let the photo fun begin…

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Then on to business…I had a great buyer in my Etsy store who bought my Day of the Dead Groom Hat with a few modifications…

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And then she commissioned a voodoo belt for her husband, which was really fun to put together. I sent her a sketch, bought some neat pieces including a beaver skull from the Etsy store (and friend) Guiditta Testa.

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And Elizabeth Rios and her husband looked fabulous in their creations!

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So much more happened last month, but that is for the next blog. Thank you for reading!

Victoria

And then some style. Day of the Dead Indeed

And then some style. Day of the Dead Indeed

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Random Thoughts on Being Sick

This is a short one and not what I expected to blog for October. My car got broken into about a week ago, but they stole nothing, just busted a lock. I’ve been working like crazy. Hopefully the next blog will be filled with Halloween and costume happiness. Meanwhile, enjoy these random thoughts on being sick:

-I absolutely hate being sick. Period.

-I have now returned to my classic pre-summer vampire white skin.

-Of course we have two of the most wonderful Fall days in St. Louis. The Cardinals lost in the playoffs, but the Rams and Blues won this weekend. Yet I am stuck on the couch or in bed.

-Why does everything look so good on tv, yet I have no appetite?

-I wanted to at least severely reprimand the guy (an adult mind you) that picked his nose in the fitting room line. OK, I wanted to kill him, but I can’t afford to go to jail.

-The part I hate most about going to the doctor (besides cost, I don’t have health insurance), explaining my low body temp. Today at Urgent Care I checked in at a comfortable 97.7. Yep. I feel like dirt and have the temperature of a reptile that runs through it. But my neck is swollen like a chipmunk. I’ve had strep and the flu and not run a fever. OK, at least my blood pressure was awesome.

-This time it hit pretty fast. Went from a slight headache Friday afternoon, to not sleeping that night because I felt like I’d gargled with razor blades.

-Sleep is my friend at last. When I did finally fall asleep on Sat. morning I had to text in sick to work. Got some OTC meds and gatorade and went back to bed. Watched some tv and did a little work on my costume. Took another nap. More tv. Bed early. Slept ten hours. Text in sick again. Urgent Care and pharmacy about 3.5 hours. Home and another nap. As of 3:30pm today, I’ve slept almost twenty-four hours. Sad to see most of my waking hours were at the doc’s office or getting meds.

-Surreal sick moment of the day, got my windows open and wake up from nap to people yelling and stuff. Turn on the tv to see that the Rams won. Lookout to notice the happy traffic of fans and the leaves changing color on the Arch grounds. Another beautiful day wasted. Cursed flu, but at least it’s a pretty day.

-The Countess is having tea and a bit of a lie down as they say in the UK. Stupid f’n virus, as we say in the US.

OK, will stop groaning now. What’s coming up?

Will the vampire returns soon in v.9 of The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, “Svetlana Red and the Chevaliers”. Since I really don’t feel like doing anything else, I will be writing a bit later on. Keep a watch on my social media links for its release.

Stay healthy my friends, and thanks, as always, for reading,

Victoria

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Strax and the Widow Is Released! The Lady Has Arrived at Her Destination.

When I opened my email this morning, I was greeted with the notification that my Steampunk Western, “Strax and the Widow“, was published. It’s an ebook on amazon/kindle that’s been a labor of love, two years in the making, over twenty hours of editing, and it survived a major computer crash. I am tired, elated and relieved, all at once. I hope you enjoy the story of Kate Church. I have been chomping at the bit to release her on the world. Today is a “soft” release with some promotion. I’ll have a “solid” release with contests, etc. and hopefully hard copies of the book soon. Updates will be here, my social media links below, and on my Facebook  pro page, The Countess Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc (link here): https://www.facebook.com/MySteampunkProject

If you’d like to purchase Strax and the Widow here is the amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Strax-Widow-Society-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00NSENACA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411413477&sr=8-1&keywords=Strax+and+the+Widow

Strax Book Cover

I would also like to share that my Etsy store blew past the 3,000 views mark last week, much to my delight. I have a pre-Halloween and holiday sale and am adding many more items to shop, some as low as $5! My Etsy link is here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

And WILL RETURNS! Volume 9, “Svetlana Red” of The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series is soon to arrive, followed by v.10 “The Vamp Hit List”. I hope to have the whole series in a collection, “The First Ten Bites” available by Christmas/the holidays.

Thank you for your support. And as always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

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Getting Wiggy With It and Changes

I have eight wigs, none of which of are real human hair. Now that I’m working for a costume/Halloween store full time, I have access to even more strands of colorful delight.

Last month I decided I was done with the rat race, the nine to five.  I quit a new day job I’d only had for six weeks. Although the pay was good and it was in my field,  some things I was promised at the onset didn’t evolve. I had just been through seven years of that madness in my previous employment. I’d decided I wasn’t going to go through another seven years of not being happy and broken promises.  So I quit and went full time to a fun job that will also allow me to write and create more. I was ready to make a leap of faith, ready to change.

It’s put another delay in finishing “Strax and the Widow”, but I am much happier and less stressed.

I find inspiration everywhere in the shop, in all the fun costumes and accessories.  I love the endless styles of wigs.  They too help me to change. I’m happy to share a bit of the selection here. Enjoy, I’ll keep you posted on the nifty things coming soon. And note I have reduced prices for a pre-Halloween sale in my Etsy store, so please take a gander.

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A bit pensive.Wig test and a smile.I have to say this is now my favorite wig. I love the antique blue look and the ringlets.

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 My real hair, although heavily lightened in these two pics.

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Cover of Everyone Looks Better Undead.

 

And then some style. Day of the Dead IndeedAnd some roses.A black wig under the veil and under the hat below.

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Doing my best Foxxy Cleopatra at the premiere of Austin Powers “Goldmember” in a fine afro.

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An Amy Winehouse bouffant black wig.

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The second use of the red bob wig. I jumped out of that coffin for three hours.

I hope you enjoyed this retrospective of my wigs. Thank you for reading,

Victoria

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Jewels from the Painted Ladies

At the Lafayette Square House tour, I picked of some fabulous jewels. These aren’t the standard kind of  “jewels” you might be thinking of. Instead, they are pieces from the Victorian houses of Lafayette Square. Specifically, they are key hole plates from the locks of the doors and frames.

On my jaunt to the Lafayette House tour (mentioned in the blog before this) I wrote of running past the antique market and stopping at one certain vendor. I was stunned at the beauty of the key plates he had obtained after rehabbing many of the painted ladies in the neighborhood. I bought a few.

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I was pleasantly stunned at their detail and knew immediately I’d use them for jewelry. I found some great belt clasps at the Gypsy Caravan a couple weeks before. I suddenly had matches made in Steampunk jewelry heaven, as seen here on my drawing/craft board:

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I was particularly enraptured with dual key hole plate. It has a rotating cover that was stuck with rust, dirt and grime. After some careful cleaning and oiling, I was able to make it operational again. It became the center piece of the dual keyhole necklace below. I added some chain, gears and an antique looking time piece for a really stunning necklace. This one might be a keeper!

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Checking the lay of the chain and pieces.

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An antique belt closure I chose for the clasp.

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Time piece detail. Note, this is not an antique; I picked it up at a craft store. However, I felt like it fit the necklace perfectly.

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The amazing dual key hole plate with rotating cover.

The finished product is stunning!

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I used another, smaller, simpler plate to make a second necklace. I again paired it with an antique belt clasp, but this time I used ribbon for a more genteel look.

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Antique belt closure used for the clasp.

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The key hole plate is the centerpiece of the design.

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I added some gears and a sweet little crown trinket.

Again, the results were lovely.

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Both pieces will be available for viewing and purchase as part of the CAM Open Studios tour at The London Tea Room, 3128 Morganford on Sunday 6/29/14, from 11am-5pm. I will have many drawings, paintings and artistic gift items available as well. Some sample items starting at $1! Would love to see you there.

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Thank you for reading,

Victoria

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Comic Con STL Part 2-Con, Cars and Cosplay!

Welcome to part 2 of this blog of mysteampunkproject.wordpress.com. For this segment, I wanted to share the other parts of the Comic Con including the vendor room, a whole bunch of cosplayers and of course, the Costume Contest!

I had worked the Cosplay Circuit booth on Friday, so by Saturday I was chomping at the bit to see the show and dress up. My Steampunked/Mardi Gras’d Joker revealed:

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With Lady Loki, Karen Simoncelli-Stone. My wig, Leg Ave. Jacket, Rubies c/o Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon. More on Lady Loki a bit further on…

 

So then off to the vendor room. Stopped by the Full Moon Features booth to say hi to a good friend, Dave Dyer of Dyer Straights Productions. I was hypnotized by all kinds of items.

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Lightsabers! Sabers by Ultra Sabers. And more eight tentacled friends from jaynedanger.com

 

Saturday and Sunday afternoon was filled with cosplayers!

 

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Thor cosplayer and costume contest judge Ryan Frye stopped by. He was just as charming and strong as Thor!

 

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Even my vampire “Will” showed up; my vamp model, actor/writer, Patrick Renfrow and his family. FYI, wife Casidee Renfrow is in the online contest, hint, hint…

 

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Amazing cars from the 1960’s Batman, the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazard and the Monte Carlo from Breaking Bad were there.

 

But the best moments belong to the Saturday night Cosplay Costume Contest. DJ Aflex pumped up the crowd at the start. Spontaneous dancing transpired. Even Elmo and the Cookie Monster got in on the action!

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Close to 200 participants walked the stage, but in the end, the best of the best were announced including honorable mentions from each of the four judges (just a sampling pictured here):

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Lady Loki won best in her category female villain. My reaction, I screamed like a five year old that had her candy stolen! Way to go Karen!

 

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And for the second year in a row, Captain Jack Sparrow won Best in Show!

For a complete list of winners see Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis 2014. They will be returning to St. Louis in 2015, May 15-17.

PLEASE vote for any of the cosplayers in the online Cosplay Circcuit contest- search for this link on Facebook: Cosplay Circuit Digital Hall Awards – St. Louis

Thank you for reading, and for my likes on Facebook; I recently hit 200 and some prizes will be given out soon!

-Victoria

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Comic Con STL Part 1-Steampunked

This is the first part of a two part blog on an awesome weekend with Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis 2014. I really wanted to go after missing it last year to go to an urelated show out of town. As I was a little short on the entry fee, I volunteered to be a part of the Cosplay Circuit, or basically the online costume contest through Facebook. I spent about half the weekend taking pics of some fantastic costumes and cosplayers. Good show everyone!

I did have a little time to do some exploring around the show and my own cosplay. But for this first part of the blog I’d just like to share some photos of my Steampunked Joker and some of the Steampunks that showed up for the event.

Here is my makeup and wig test shots before going to the show on Saturday.

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Wig-Leg Avenue

 

The Steampunk Panel including Joshua Hart and Steampunk Boba Fett.

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A friend, Julie Wilhelm debuting a new character.

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Josh Thompson and Erin Howat. Erin would go on to win an honorable mention in the live Cosplay Costume Contest.

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Various other Steampunks with all kinds of great gear!

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One of my favorite vendors had little fun Octopus! Courtesy of jaynedanger.com

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If you would like to vote for any of the cosplayers in the online Cosplay Circcuit contest search for this link on Facebook: Cosplay Circuit Digital Hall Awards – St. Louis

Thank you for reading, part two coming later this week. Also a quick thank you for my likes on Facebook; I recently hit 200 and some prizes will be given out soon!

-Victoria

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-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle.

-“Strax and the Widow” will debut this summer on Amazon/Kindle.

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