Monday, November 29, 2010

South First Saturdays now a weekly event

Stumbled across this video clip featuring Sugar Mama's Bakery and Secret Oktober!
They are talking about shopping local and how South First stores are coming together to offer specials running on Saturdays for customers that might not normally be available during the week. Check it out!

A Steampunk Christmas

Did you miss the Makers and Bakers Holiday Bazaar: A Steampunk Christmas?
Unfortunately I was out of town and missed it.

If you still need your steampunk fix go check out The Mysterium at Community Renaissance Market, 6800 Westgate Blvd. There is a nice variety of flasks, hats, accessories, jewelry, fans and clothing!

The Austin Steampunk community received a bit of exposure in the news due the to the event too!

Arms Race - Steampunk Short Film

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Turner's Tokens Now Available at The Mysterium, Austin, TX

Now located at: 1806 W.35th St. Austin TX
The physical shop is open Mon-Th-Fri-Sat 10a-6p, Sun 12n-5p Closed Tu-Wed
As of Dec.5th, we are located inside Things Celtic at 1806 W 35th St, Austin TX 78703.


Turner's Tokens are now available at The Mysterium located at 6800 Westgate Blvd, Austin, TX, 78745 (at Westgate & William Cannon, in the old Albertson's building.)

Stop by and visit with Sam and let her know I sent you!

Mon - Tues: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wed - Thurs: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm!/pages/Austin-TX/The-Mysterium/102513063154435

The Mysterium has a great selection of fans, accessories, flasks, watches, clothing and much more; be sure to check them out!
The owner is extremely friendly and is currently looking for more artists. Reach out to her through the Facebook page or stop by in person.

Currently they are carrying these pieces:

Back in town and hitting the ground running!

These are some shots of the loot I picked up while in Amarillo, TX from Alley Katz, one of the shops where you can buy some of my pieces! They are located off of Route 66.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fighting Trousers by Professor Elemental

Heheh, been jamming to this all day. Not sure if it is the Nyquil that makes me love it so much or if he is just that awesome. Want to hear more of his work?

I first came across his work on a steampunk compilation I bought at the Steampunk Ball held at Elysium on October 30th.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Finished my first half marathon & GBS

This is me and my sis at the starting line.

This is me and my sis at the finish line of the San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and 1/2. They ran out of medals by the time we crossed but I had my husband holding a red bull to give me at the end of the race. Heheh, finishing the race and having the Red Bull in hand made me happy enough. :)  They said the medals would be mailed to us. My sis and I will have to take pictures together once we get them.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Octopi Necklaces

My first half marathon

I am doing my first half marathon on Sunday.

Turner's Tokens got started because I was hit with something called Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) after having a simple stomach bug on May 2, 2009. Basically your immune system gets so pumped up about attacking the virus that is attack you, that after the virus is fended off it turns and starts attacking your nerves and destroys the part that sends messages from your brain to your muscles. Eventually it realizes it is doing something wrong, backs off and your body then has a chance to recover. Some recover all the way, some don’t; there is no way of knowing which one you will be.

It’s amusing that May was chosen to be GBS Awareness Month by the GBS Foundation International; I became very aware of it.

On May 18th I checked into a hospital after getting out of bed and falling only to find my legs were not working, tongue was going numb, arms were weak and chest was tight. By the 23rd I was fully paralyzed and on a respirator for a couple days. On the 26th my body began the slow reversal of the paralysis and I was able to come off the respirator before they put me on a vent. On the 30th I was transferred to a rehab facility to relearn how to eat, stand, walk, write and pretty much everything else. I spent about a month there and on July 9th I was released with a wheelchair and a walker. I continued attending outpatient therapy until September of 2009. From there I joined a gym and began training for the Houston 5k Turkey Trot in November of 2009.

December 2009 I started Turner's Tokens to help me build my hand/arm/core strength along with fighting boredom when I was too tired to do anything else. In between making tokens and trinkets, attending events and working part time for an ad agency I have been training for the half marathon that my sister suggested we do about 4 months ago. I continue to struggle with endurance and some strength issues but I can tell I am improving, even if it seems like it is a crawling pace.

I have been so busy with other things lately and I have not had time to train for 2 weeks and the race is on Sunday. It worries me a bit that there is a time limit of 4 hours but I think I can stay ahead of that. Otherwise a truck drives around at the end and picks up everyone who has not finished. I don’t care if that truck is chasing two feet behind me; I’m going to cross the finish line on my own two feet. My only goal is to finish.

I am going to be pushing hard and hopefully on Sunday I will be able to have a picture taken with a medal after completing 13.1 miles.

I am attending the Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Half Marathon on November 14th.

For more information about GBS/CIDP please check out the GBS Foundation International website:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Steampunk Ball Loot

I didn't really have a chance to take pictures this year but I did pick up the Steampunk Compilation CD that Black Tape for a Blue Girl was selling at their booth.

A Sepiachord Passport
It is on sale for only $9.98 here:

Been jamming to this for the past couple days. It is great to have a chance to discover so many new names on the CD. I'm going to have to start hunting some of these guys down...

Here is the track list:
  1. Tiger Lillies: Roll Up
  2. Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys: Off With Her Head!!!
  3. Bakelite 78: Aurora Ave Motel
  4. Bat Country: Knockin' on My Coffin
  5. Miss Mamie Lavona the Exotic Mulatta and her White Boy Band: Thief Song
  6. Nathaniel Johnstone & the Brazilian Surf Mafia: Scarlet Carpet Interstate, Part One
  7. Huxley Vertical Cabaret Nouveau: Early Chill
  8. Circus Contraption: If I Told You Once
  9. Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band: Kibosh on Your Scene
  10. Veronique Chevalier: The Dance Master
  11. The Clockwork Dolls: The Ballad of Black Jack Jezebel
  12. Blackbird Orchestra: Hollowland
  13. The Men that Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing: Charlie
  14. Black Tape for a Blue Girl: Rotten Zurich Cafe
  15. Professor Elemental: Sweet Cold Colation
  16. Sxip Shirey: Mehenatta
  17. The Peculiar Pretzelmen: Hammer Nails 
  18. Rhubarb Whiskey: Lilacs from Canada
  19. The Magnificent Seven: The Last Waltz
  20. Toy-Box Trio: Stamp Collection
Some songs on the collection: