Writer, Musician, Speaker, and general enthusiast about all things Steampunk.
Currently exploring ways of applying Victorian elements with a Steampunk twist to my own home.
Terrariums – a Victorian Passion
In 1829, Dr. Nathaniel Ward invented, purely by accident, the enclosed glass terrarium for keeping delicate plants safe. These “Wardian Cases” are now experiencing a resurgence in popularity, along with additional embellishments. In this presentation, we will provide all the information necessary to get into this fascinating hobby.
Deborah Castellano’s book is Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want (Llewellyn, 2017).
Her craft shop, The Mermaid & The Crow specializes in hand blended ritual oils, handspun yarn and other goodies.
In a previous life, Deborah founded the first Neo-Victorian/Steampunk convention, SalonCon which received rave reviews from con-goers and interviews from the New York Times and MTV.
She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their cat, Max II. She has a terrible reality television habit she can’t shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.”
The Scene Is Never What It Used to Be: A Retrospect
Glamour Magic: A Reading with Questions and Answers
Glamour is the art of taking what makes you exciting and interesting to others and using it as leverage in accomplishing your Great Work. This fun romp of a book helps you use glamour to accomplish total world domination . . . or to revolutionize your magical practice if ruling the world isn’t your thing.
Glamour Magic encourages you to be crafty, cunning, and unafraid to want something fiercely. Learn how historical figures used glamour in their campaigns for greatness. Discover experiments, exercises, and rites for your Craft. Glamour is your secret weapon—your guide to finding what you want and getting it, too.
How to Hostess Your Own Tea Party
Tea is so fun to attend, but it can feel completely overwhelming to hostess your own tea party. Learn about the difference between High Tea and Low Tea, how to serve tea, recipes for your party and different party styles.
Manners Matter: A Lively Discussion About Con Etiquette
The Steampunk Community is known for impeccable politeness, but what about the finer points of how one should behave during a convention? What is the most polite way to chat someone up? How do you ask someone to remove their gear wings from your personal space? An interactive discussion!
The Language of Flowers comes from the Victorian time period where handing someone a small bouquet of flowers (or tussy mussy) could be laced with intrigue, secret longing or the brush off. Come learn about tussy mussies and make your own!
Did you ever wonder what a “BJD” is? Do you know what a “BJD” is, but want to learn more? Do you have “BJD’s” and want to meet others who have them? Come to our panel and learn! Stay after the panel and enjoy meeting other owners and their BJD’s! That’s right! We’ll have a meet up after our panel!
Facebook BJD Group Winged Wolf Caravan
What the heck is a “BJD”? and Beyond!
With Leah Weatherby
If you ever wanted to learn what a BJD is, why they are so popular, how to get one, or just see some in person, this is for you! We will educate you and follow the panel with a meet up where you can bring your own BJD’s or just meet other who own them!
Victorian Calling Cards and the Art of Calling on Someone
With MaryAnn Metz
The social etiquette of visiting is almost lost. The art of calling on someone was a great way to meet people, to get to know them, as well as politely reject someone without hurting their feelings. In current times, it is a great way for folks who feel shy or awkward to meet others, or just have fun meeting people.