Friday, August 29, 2008

Summer's Over

And I'm not what to make of this project. Of all my blogs, it got far and above the most hits. But it seems no one is reading it now. I'm not sure to count that as a success or a failure. I was hoping that maybe I could expand this project into something more---a book, a community, guest writers, etc. But then, I always tend to dream big.

I'm keeping this blog up for now. We'll see if the poll gets any responses. I probably won't be able to write here as I go back to work next week. All my writing efforts will probably go into DoI. Who know though...maybe I'll try again next summer? Maybe sooner?

In the mean time, enjoy what's here. There may be more...eventually....

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Updates and a Poll.

I have some articles in the works. In the mean time, I've been playing around with the gadgets on this site. I added a gadget that should make it easy to subscribe to whatever feed you use to keep track of your blogs. I added the fairy of the day artwork because I thought it was cute.

I've also added a poll. I'm curious to see if a)people actually are interested in this blog and b)what in particular they are interested in. So please, if you like the idea of this blog take a second to fill out the poll on the right. You can select as many answers as you want. So if want me to cover all those topics, then feel free to select them all. I'm going to leave up for all of September, so if you want some time to think about it you can.

Anyways, there will be some more on styles and interior design in the coming months.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Would you like a little Steam with your Punk?

What can I say? I love the Steampunk aesthetic. It takes my love of Victoriana and combines it with my love of technology. It definitely fulfills the Enchanted Life philosophy of transporting you to another time and place. If you don't know what Steampunk is, I suggest you check out Brass Goggles. It's a blog about all things Steampunk, including modded computers like this one.

Looking for more? You might want to check out some Steampunk inspired movies such as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or Steamboy. You may also find some inspiration the pages of graphic novels such as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (which is better than the movie) or The Five Fists of Science.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Offbeat Bride

You may have noticed I always mention weddings in my list of things that can be done in the Enchanted Style. That's because I love weddings. My first job was salesgirl in a wedding & formal gown store. And besides, I can't think of anything more enchanting than two people who are truly in love promising to spend the rest of their lives together.
However, as I learned on my job and when I planned my first wedding, sometimes it becomes less about that and more about the "what you are supposed to do". Which isn't enchanting at all.

So, if you are a bride-to-be or a groom-to-be who's more about the "being married" part and have definite (or not so definite ideas) on the best way to celebrate that, may I suggest Offbeat Bride by Ariel Meadow Stallings. Best of all, it comes in three great flavors of book, blog, and community. The book is what started it all and if you can get your hands on it, it is a highly entertaining and comforting read for any married person-to-be. The blog is chock full of great ideas (or wedding porn!), advice, and advertisements for vendors who carter to brides and grooms who like to think outside the box. The community is full of all sorts of offbeat brides and grooms from a wide variety of other communities including geeks, gamers, goths, hippies, Wiccans, artists, enviromentalists, and well, just about anyone you can think of.

So whether you planning a magic fairy theme or chic cyberpunk theme or just want to make your traditional wedding more your own, I highly recommend trying out Offbeat Bride.