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Nov. 9th, 2009



November 7, 2009 meeting notes

 Greetings, fellow explorers! Not a lot to say for this past meeting, except:

1. Marcus brought in a very pretty doll he and Regina have made. 

2. In light of the fact that our Navigator and myself will be in California getting married this weekend, leaving us little time to plan, and also in light of the fact that the artworks in the side room at Sipping Streams are very pricey and somewhat fragile, we (Seth and myself, and our Captain and Quartermistress) have decided that it's probably not a good idea to have a dance party with music and movies in that room. So unfortunately the event I mentioned for November 20th in my last post is cancelled. This will give us more time to plan for a Christmas party in December, though! 

3. Scrabble is fun, even when you lose. 

4. Our Capitan made our group a Facebook page, though we need photographs and other content to put in it, and on the website Seth is constructing. 

I hope you all have a great week and look forward to seeing you at the craft meet, which is still going on for the 3rd Saturday this month (November 21st). The theme, if you recall, is 'Bustles and Rayguns', so pick a project, bring your expertise, and come and hang out! 5-7 pm at Sipping Streams tea house. 

Cordially, your Secretary,
Elizabeth Diamond

Nov. 1st, 2009



Steampunk: October 31 notes

Greetings, fellow explorers!

Friday, November 20th, from 9 - 11 pm there will be a steampunk-themed music and silent movie night (with chocolate and tea) at Sipping Streams Tea House. Come in costume if you can! Donations will be accepted to pay for refreshements. 

Saturday, November 21 is our evening craft night: the theme is Bustles and Ray Guns. Bring a water pistol and paints and parts to glue on your gun, or fabric and pins and sewing knowledge. 

December we'd like to do a Christmas (or Winter Holiday) party- ideas are welcomed! There will be no wassailing with alcohol if the event is held at Sipping Streams (though virgin cocktalis can be made), but perhaps this is just as well. Comments welcomed.

If someone can get me contact information for John Brown (who is also in the SCA), I'd like to put him on the mailing list and ask if he'd like to start a Space 1889 roleplaying game. If anyone else is interested in playing, let me know.

It is also National Novel Writing Month, and our Captain is bravely forging ahead with his idea for a steampunk novel. More information on this event at: http://www.nanowrimo.org/

We spend a lot of time at Sipping Streams, and this month they are collecting food for the food bank. If you come in during November with something for the food bank, you can get a discount. I forget the details, but bring something in for the food bank anyway- it's cold out and people are hungry. 

Hat making: in Steampunk magazine, there is an article on making ladies' hats- I wasn't able to find it online, though. If there is a link and you find it, please post that.

I hope you all had a happy and safe Halloween, and look forward to seeing you all later this month.


Elizabeth Diamond, Secretary
Queen's Arctic Expeditionary League

Oct. 19th, 2009



Call of Chtulhu recap, and video

Our first get-together on Oct. 17th was a success! There were a few technical difficulties, but aside from that our silent film was entertaining and enjoyed by a fairly full and well-costumed house, as were snacks and Play-Doh. Suggestions for another film night are welcomed. 

John has provided some steampunk science fiction novels about a Civil War regiment lost in time, and has in his possession some steampunk science fiction role-playing games, if anyone is interested. I believe the title was "Space 1898" or something like that.  

Our Quartermistress has forwarded this video to me, and I provide it for your enjoyment:

Oct. 3rd, 2009



Steampunk Meetup: October 3, 2009

 Greetings, fellow explorers! Today was another fine meeting, though we may want to start scheduling actual business meetings if we have important things to discuss. 

Our Captain (Steven) brought up the idea of having a specific URL for our group, which is a little easier to advertise than the URL for this community. It is a fine idea, and hosting sites on GoDaddy shouldn't cost that much. We are thinking if we get a dollar per person from most of us, it should pay for hosting the site for a year. 

As for site content, our Navigator (Seth) is able to make a fancy-schmancy website, but lacks time, so we may simply have a few photos and a link to this site, until somebody has the energy and time to make an actual site with features such as an interactive forum. 

We need a treasurer and someone to keep books if we are going to have collections and so on- I can keep rudimentary books but I may need help with this. Also, if I am to handle money I would be tempted to ask to be called Secretary of the Exchequer... and we could keep a cash box called "The Exchequer". My little joke, the Exchequer is the branch of government in the UK that is responsible for financial matters.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exchequer

Other news: Our Captain and Quartermistress are hosting a Halloween event that you might be interested in: it's not necessarily steampunk themed, but you could dress up for it if you felt like going anyway. They are planning on having black and white horror films playing in the side room (Sipping Streams Tea House) on Oct. 31. 

Also, Deb McQueen, who has her steampunk-themed jewelery on display this month at Sipping Streams, has offered to teach a class in making wire embellishments for goggles or clothing or basically anything you want to embellish. I think this would make a fun idea for a craft night.

Reminder: Call of Cthuhlu Movie Night is October 17th.

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I am going to dig out my sewing machine and work on my lab coat tomorrow (got to look fancy for Cthulhu). The movie is only about 30 minutes long, so either it will be played more than once, or only once and people will have the lights on the rest of the time to work on their projects. 

Query: Is anyone here interested in a steampunk/Victorian era role playing game? Our Navigator wants to put together a gaming group, and I thought it would be fun to ask here if anyone (a) wants to play and (b) knows of a suitable game. I did come across one in the Comic Shop called "Rippers", in which supernatural creatures are battled in Victorian times, but what I know about role playing games would fit into the bottom of a very small thimble. 

And finally, one more find in the Comic Shop which has apparently been circulating for some time, but which I feel you need to know about if you haven't already encountered it:

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Sep. 26th, 2009



Check out Regina's digital steampunk outfit!


I'd love to make this for real!


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Sep. 23rd, 2009



Red Green Regatta?

It has been suggested that the Queen's Arctic Expeditionary League create and float a raft at next year's Red Green Regatta. What say you?

Sep. 12th, 2009



September 12, 2009 meeting notes

 Greetings, fellow explorers!

1. We are planning a Call of Cthulhu movie night at Sipping Streams tea house on October 17th (3rd Saturday in October). As this is close to Halloween, it's been suggested we come in costume. Our Navigator (Seth) may DJ at this event, and we may have fun giveaway swag donated by Vampire Freaks in New York. 

2. To increase the visibility of the group, it's been suggested that we carry out events in public in costume. One suggestion was that the Queen's Arctic Expeditionary League could have half a table (shared with someone else) at a Christmas bazaar where we staff the table in costume, and have something to get general attention, such as a theramin or some other kind of display. Your humble secretary would be wiling to donate some soaps and bath salts for sale to raise money to pay for the table, and other members present at today's meetup (Steven, Greta) also mentioned they could donate things for sale. Any extra money we raise could go toward decorations or food for our January Steampunk Tea.

3. Another suggestion for a public event would be an open mic night, with our Captian (Steven) performing. :)

4. There was much discussion of a variety of things, including jewelery making, computer mods, glove making and the similarities between lutefisk and Cthulhu/Deep Ones. It was suggested that we have a glove making craft meet, and the possibility of an embroidery class was also raised. 

5. Next Saturday we're meeting at Sipping Streams at 5 pm (until whenever) to have another crafting session. Last time people brought all kinds of things they were working on, so something similar is encouraged for this craft meet. 

6. It's also been suggested that we have an outing to see the antique cars at the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum (http://www.fountainheadhotels.com/auto/). I believe admission is $8 unless you have a membership. They give group tours, and mention that the tours are $6 per person, but they require a minimum of 15 people. 

7. Our expedition now has a doctor among its members: Dr. Amelia Harrington (aka Althea, I hope I didn't get your name wrong!). We'll hear more of her back story in future. I encourage all members to develop a steampunk personae, though this is optional. 

8. If you have empty Altoid tins, our Quartermistress (Jenny) wants them. 

Aug. 30th, 2009



August 29, 2009 meetup

 Greetings, fellow explorers

Something that might interest you: a gear pattern maker for wooden gears, but I am sure you can use it for just about anything: http://woodgears.ca/gear_cutting/template.html

It's been suggested that we dress up one of our meeting days, either the 2nd Saturdays of each month, or the craft meet night (3rd Saturdays). I myself don't have a work space to work on a new steampunk lab coat, since I am sure my old one does not fit any more; and given my glacial pace of working I'd need more time to finish it before I could wear it. But I am open to the idea of dressing up; I could put on a skirt and my brown boots if nothing else. 

How do other folks feel about having an official night each month to wear something steampunk? And when should this be? Please let me know, preferably by commenting below.

Aug. 22nd, 2009



August 22, 2009 Minutes

 Greetings, fellow explorers!

We discussed absolutely no business at today's meeting, but here are some things that were brought up that you might find interesting:

1. Historical patterns for clothing - free for one week after you log in, or perhaps only until Aug 25:

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password: pattern 

From the University of Rhode Island. Their database goes back to 1860. They even have pattens for old-timey bathing suits! (Trip to Chena Hot Springs, anyone?)

2. Seth took some photos of Marcus's computer mod-in-progress, which is looking good. To be posted soon. There was much discussion of computer mods, actually. I like Steven's idea of making a mod of a Commodore 64. (<3)

3. There is a stash of glass cigar tubes (they look like test tubes) up for grabs, should anyone have a use for them. Jenny has some and Seth has the rest. It should be possible to drill holes in wood to make old-fashioned test tube holders, and one can buy cork stoppers from many places.

4. Thanks to Marcus for bringing in images of Reggie's steampunk character in progress! Those pictures were amazing. I now want to make the waist cincher and overskirt, which means I first have to develop the sewing skills to do this.

5. The Teaching Company is offering lectures on Victorian Britain, on sale until the 27th of this month: http://www.teach12.com/ttcx/CourseDescLong2.aspx?cid=8490

I have a couple of their courses and they are very good in quality- I just can't afford this one right now or I would buy it and offer to share. 

That's all for now.  We didn't actually discuss this at the meeting, but if you have steampunk works (art, photos of projects) that you are interested in sharing for First Friday at Sipping Streams, please reply in the comments or write to sippingstreams@gmail.com.

Hope to see you next week (remember, regular meetings are 11:30-12:30 on Saturdays at Sipping Streams Tea House).

Aug. 15th, 2009

white corset


Steampunk Works needed, Tea in January, and other news

 Greetings, fellow explorers!

Based on discussions which ocurred at this evening's Craft Meet:

1. Sipping Streams Tea House is planning to have an exhibition of Steampunk work (crafts, art, photographs of works in progress, jewelery) this upcoming first Friday in September. However, Deb McQueen, who makes steampunk jewelery, has a ruptured appendix and may take a while to recover. If you, or someone you know, has something to contribute, please comment below or contact Sipping Streams (sippingstreams@gmail.com). If there are not enough contributions by then Jenny & Steven might have to move on to a different theme for the night, which would be a shame, as this would be a great way to advertise what our group is about.

2. The Queen's Arctic Expeditionary League is having a Steampunk Tea in the third or fourth week of January. This gives us plenty of time to plan it, advertise it, and work on creating fabulous costumes. We are planning a Tea before a full-blown Ball because we aren't sure that there would be enough tickets sold to make a Ball economically feasible, and it would be more fun to have a smaller venue if the event is going to be small.

3. Everyone interested in Steampunk has his or her own idea of a fun crafting or art project associated with this theme. We encourage folks to work on something and use the various meets, or this LJ community, as a forum to present and discuss your works in progress. We hope that by stimulating discussions among those interested in this aesthetic, that we can help each other's ideas develop and possibly provide technical help or supplies as well (for example- do you need baseballs to make goggles? Ask Jenny & Steven). Your humble Secretary is, for example, harboring some ideas for a triptych of Victorian science fiction writing-based collages using paper and fabric. I'll post mockups of them once I have found the images I want to use.

My question to you all: does anyone know where to find brass-coloured foil?

4. It's been suggested that we each develop a persona as a member of the Queen's Arctic Expeditionary League. I've started on mine- Elizabeth Diamond, Secretary- and encourage each of you to do the same, though this is not mandatory. Please let us know what your persona's name is so I can start referring to you by that name in future bulletins. 

Thank you all for your attention,

Elizabeth Diamond
Secretary of the Queen's Arctic Expeditionary League

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