curious oddities

The Tall Ships Are Coming!
June 25, 2010, 7:52 pm
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If you’re in Toronto next weekend, you absolutely MUST head down to the waterfront to see and board the 14 majestic tall ships that will be docking for the Canada Day weekend. Friday night there will also be a showing the film The Bounty !

The ship pictured above is the visiting German brig, Roald Amundsen

For those wishing for a truly stylish outing,  join the Toronto Steampunk Society on Thursday night for a tour and group photos at the waterfront. Costumes are, as always, strongly encouraged.

For more information on the tall ships, visit the waterfront festival website.

And for those of you who can’t make it, don’t worry, I’ll take lots of pictures!

For those wishing for a truly stylish outing,  join the Toronto Steampunk Society on Thursday night for a tour and group photos. Costumes are, as always, strongly encouraged.

The Mechanical Ark
December 30, 2009, 8:46 pm
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I fell in love with this delightful fountain in Koblenz, Germany. I wish I knew the story behind it, as it seemed completely out of place just outside of a modernish mall exit.

A window to the retro-future

If you find yourself in downtown Toronto, be sure to stop by Malabar Costumes at 14 McCaul Street, they currently have the most fabulous Steampunk window displays. Delightfully inspiring!

Malabar Steampunk window 1

Malabar steampunk window 2

Curious Oddities at the Bazaar of the Bizarre

Hello to all! It is time once again for the delightfully macabre Halloween marketplace, The Bazaar of the Bizarre.


Hope to see you there!

She’s Alive!! The Clockwork Girl is coming to the big screen

Frogchildren Sudios and Arcana Comics have given life to the award winning (and one of my favorite) graphic novels, The Clockwork Girl. (You can read my review from a previous post here)¬† Directed by Kevin Hanna and produced by Sean O’Reilly, the novel’s creators, and with art direction by Barnaby Ward it should be fabulous and true to the original. tinker4 clockwork girlBe sure to check out the teaser preview. It is a little short, but sweet!

Here is the short summary …”the story of a nameless robot girl who has recently been given the gift of life from her creator. While exploring the wonders of an ordinary world she meets an amazing monster boy and they share a friendship that must overcome their warring families.”

I will definitely be looking forward to this one!

Decorus globosa now for sale

Pluck your own Decorus globosa necklace from the collection at the Curious Oddities shoppe
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Copper Decorus globosa steampunk necklace Curious Oddities

Lueurs po√©tiques by Zo√©tises

While wandering the winding streets through Brussels I stumbled upon the most delightful of shops:

Zoétises: Lueurs poétiques located at 10 Rue de la Tulipe, Bruxelleszoetises shop2 brusselszoetises shop 3

In her small and very charming studio, Zoé creates magic with salvaged treasures and light. Antique glass cloche Zoetises lueures poetiques 2domes, steel boxes, baking tins, sieves, cages and industrial scrap all become components of her beautiful work. The light from the wide variety of incandescent bulbs highlights the aged, chipped paint and worn textures, casting strange shadows through the mesh, wire and holes of her lamps.zoetises lueurs poetiques

Zoé also shares my love of old fashioned light bulbs, with their coils, filaments and warm glow. She fears that as Belgium, like many countries, switch to compact fluorescents, the beauties at the heart of her wonderful lamps will be harder to find than the salvaged pieces that frame them. Be sure to visit the Zoétises website to see more of her fantastic pieces.

I can’t thank her enough for introducing me to the daily antique/flea and junk market in Marollen quarter of Brussels…it blew my mind…

Mekanical Relics

Greetings! I wanted to share a sample of the new my new Mekanical Relics line of jewelry, now for sale in the Curious Oddities shop. Fabulous gears, salvaged bits and vintage keys gathered from across the globe, transformed into objects of beauty for you to enjoy. key-necklace-a-by-curious-odditiescog-necklace-by-curious-oddities


I have just applied to vend in some shows in Toronto this Summer, as well as in the Winter One of A Kind Show, YIKES, wish me luck- I will keep you posted.

Beak of the Week

Mister Bertrand Bird and Son

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Embracing the bizarre,  Scottish lass, Miss Tilly Bloom, creates wearable delights from her home in Brooklyn, New York.

Tilly Bloom’s jewelry is strange and charming, taking every form from bracelets to cuff links, earrings to buttons, all incorporating Victorian Era images and styling.

You can subscribe to Tilly’s monthly newsletter here, and visit her Etsy shop for more truly wonderful items including prints of¬† her work.

Anniversary flight of the Silver Dart

Backed by the passion of Alexander Graham Bell and the funds of his wife Mabel, the Aerial Experiment Association was formed. A year, four months, and many test flights later, Canada saw its first powered engine flight.

On February 23, 1909 a group of volunteers on skates pushed The Silver Dart out onto the ice of Baddeck Bay in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Piloted by Baddeck local, Douglas McCurdy, the plane rose almost 9 meters and flew for almost a kilometer and a half at 65 kph.


To mark the 100th anniversary of this first flight, a replica of the Silver Dart was constructed and flown on February 23, 2009. I wish I could have been there to check it out. The plane took and  almost 5 years and a whole lotta cash to construct. Despite a couple of disappointing early test flights, the plane  performed beautifully for the Centennial Celebration.

Here is a video of the replica flight last month

For a bit more on the historical flight The Canadian Centennial of Flight has posted an excerpt of their fabulous 9-part documentary On Canadian Wings.

For More information on the Silver Dart Flight, here is the official site.