In every issue of Create & Decorate Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil, share a flea market junking journey with us. The pair are well known for creating vintage chic from flea market finds, and have completed a new book packed with their creativity. We are happy to share this book review with you, and the sisters have been kind enough to share a bonus project with our Create & Decorate friends as a small taste of the flavor of the book!
Steampunk Chic: Vintage Flair from Recycled Finds
By Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil
All American Crafts Publishing, Inc., http://www.allamericancrafts.com
Steampunk is a design style all its own. Recognizable by its whimsical use of clock gears, watch faces, and skeleton keys, it may not be to everyone’s taste. But to those who sense the magic of this curiosity, the design possibilities are seemingly endless. Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil, experts at repurposing flea market finds, turn their found treasures into “Victorian restyling of everyday objects into home accents imbued with mystery and romance.”
If you have a penchant for making up stories about found objects, then steampunk crafting offers ample opportunities for your imagination to jump the fence. The O’Neil sisters themselves spin artful tales about each of their creations, combining crafty witticisms to inspire you—and have you running for that box of gears you bought for 25 cents at a garage sale that you knew would come in handy one day.
The Alchemist’s Garden would make the perfect gift for the budding horticulturist in your life. A plant stake crafted from flatware—and embossed with the genus and species of said plant—adds just enough steampunk charm to any potted plant. If you’re looking for something a bit more fantastical, then the Candela Obscura chandelier is the perfect edgy accent for your foyer—or even to light your workspace. Looking like it came straight from a mad scientist’s lab, this light fixture is composed of wire-wrapped light bulbs, vacuum tubes, and a countless array of steampunk ephemera. Looking for a conversation piece? Place a Gas Lamp Love Story on the coffee table when you throw your next party. The middle is carved out of a hardcover book and replaced with a post office box door, then sealed with a padlock, creating a clever book box that must be opened with a key.
The O’Neil sisters offer easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photos. Weaving through it all is their unique voice, making you feel as if you are journeying on a crafting adventure with dear friends. A handy guide to gathering steampunk finds, as well as an inventory of necessary tools will have you on your way in no time.
To order this book, please call All American Crafts at 973-347-6900 ext. 115, or visit www.createanddecorate.com/bookshelf/. The book price is $15.95.
What’s that you say? A free project?
For the instructions for this Christmas Wishes Wreath by Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil, click here!