One of the activities I enjoy the most about CONvergence, the sci-fi/fantasy convention I attend every year, is wandering around the dealer’s room. There are always goodies to drool over that you can’t find in every day shops. Even if your budget isn’t big enough to pick them up, most people have business cards so you can get in touch when your wallet is a little fatter.
Last year, I stumbled across this little booth full of the most amazing steam punk goods. If it wasn’t so crowded, I probably would have been dancing around in little circles and making the most undignified squeaking noises imaginable. I was able to hold it together, but y’know, I was still impressed.
I connected with the co-owner/co-creator, a very nice guy by the name of Jeff, through Facebook, and he’s graciously agreed to let me feature his online shop, Highwind Steamworks for May! Here are my three favorite listings:
This is such an adorable, unique idea. I’m impressed with how cleverly it’s constructed, too. Let’s hear it for physics, creativity and art coming together! This one’s great for anyone who loves their tea.
I’m a sucker for these types of belts. This one in particular caught and held my eye, because it reminded me of my husband, who’s very mechanically inclined. Sadly, this isn’t his style, and if he wore it for work, it would get beaten up in a hurry.
That aside, I’d certainly wear this sort of thing in place of a purse any day. If it’s attached to me, I can’t lose or leave it anywhere, right?
These spats are beautiful, and they’re the sort of thing you could wear even if you don’t do the cosplay thing. They have a loop that goes around the arch of the foot, so they wouldn’t ride up, and the top looks tight enough to hold them in place without being uncomfortable. Extremely cool idea.
Highwind Steamworks has a lot more to offer, including more beautiful knitting, wonderfully unique jewelry (including gearwork cuff links!), leather work, hats and assorted other goodies. If you enjoy steampunk, or just appreciate amazing handmade goods, check them out!
You can also find them on Facebook for some work in progress pictures, custom work and updates on what these awesome folks are up to.
I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Jeff for letting me feature some of his (and his wife’s?) amazing work here. Keep up the great work, and if you’re at CONvergence again this year, maybe I’ll see you there!