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Gilded Guttersnipes

Rich in style, but low on cash? Come share your thrifty steampunk projects and fashion.

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Capt. Robert of Abney Park shows a quick and easy way to dress up some inexpensive canvas pants

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Around the House

Started by Lisa Rooney. Last reply by Lisa Rooney Apr 9. 54 Replies

I love looking at the blog The Steampunk Home, even though many of the featured items are WAY out of my price range. Occasionally there is an…Continue

altered books

Started by Ilah B. Last reply by Scrybe Jul 31, 2013. 3 Replies

I have just started exploring altered books.  I am working with taking an notebook or blank book and dressing it up a little.This is a composition notebook that I have covered with some parchment…Continue

crafting with brown bottles

Started by Ilah B. Last reply by Sharon Fiscus Apr 4, 2013. 3 Replies

I like the look of brown glass bottles.  You can but them, but some of the cooking extracts I get come in brown glass bottle so it becomes a recycle craft. Brown bottle look a bit steampunkish all on…Continue

the no sew doily corset style belt

Started by Ilah B. Last reply by Josephine Daphne Boone Apr 4, 2013. 1 Reply

I do not really like the way a corset feels on me.  I have been experimenting with alternatives. Wide belts with corset style lacing are much easier to make than corsets.  They are not designed to…Continue

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Comment by Lisa Rooney on July 6, 2014 at 8:03pm

An old men's suit converted into a cute outfit for a woman

Comment by Lisa Rooney on June 9, 2014 at 9:00pm

Here's is a thrifty idea for a dress that I would have never thought of: 

Toilet paper dress

Comment by Lisa Rooney on February 8, 2014 at 11:28pm

I redecorated my white top hat this week. I'm getting a lot of milage out of this $6 hat. It is still a time machine, but now it matches my new black and white skirt.

Comment by Lisa Rooney on December 28, 2013 at 7:40pm

The used "big wheel" that I modified for the little girl I babysit:

Comment by Lisa Rooney on December 9, 2013 at 9:34am
Comment by Lisa Rooney on October 18, 2013 at 7:10pm

One of my former students is doing free sewing and alterations as a way to earn the public service hours she needs for high school. The client must provide the materials and shipping costs, but she provides the labor:

Comment by Lisa Rooney on October 18, 2013 at 11:27am

I just finished turning two old skirts, plus one old curtain panel, into a new skirt:

Comment by Lisa Rooney on September 22, 2013 at 2:48pm

I'm sorry I haven't been posting much lately. I've been busy with children and crafting. I have also discovered a couple new online obsessions, that have been sucking up large amounts of the little bit of free time I have. One is Pinterest and the other is the Steampunk Christmas Group I started on Facebook a couple weeks ago. I will post some of my more recent projects soon, but please feel free to post whatever inexpensive steampunk projects you've been working on.

Comment by Lisa Rooney on August 3, 2013 at 5:44pm

This past week, I used a thrift store curtain rod to make a nice cane for my son to carry when he gets all dressed up in his tux:

Comment by Lisa Rooney on July 31, 2013 at 1:17pm

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