Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Steampunk Expedition III: Mystery at the Museum (and Mummy Huntress Costume)


SCARF: White Cotton Gauze, Simplicity 2581
HAT: French Pith Helmet, Village Hat Shop
CORSET: Truly Victorian's Edwardian Corset Pattern TVE01
CAMISOLE: White Cotton Poplin, based on Edwardian Corset Covers
BOOTS: Victorian costume boots, (apparently discontinued/nonexistent)
BANDOLIERS & CATRIDGES: Black Poly & Wide Elastic, Glass Vials
AETHERAY GUN: Spray-painted squirt gun with mounted glass vial top (interchangeable vials)
BELT: Combed Cotton, Brass Grommets, Buckle
TROWEL: Marshalltown, Home Depot
MACHETE: Cheapo from Walmart, wrapped handle and sheath cover in faux leather
GLOVES: Crochet, by Zoia on etsy



Mummy Huntress, Cowgirl Adventurer, Steampunk Ghostbusters (with detector and proton pack), Lord-Adventurer, Lady Archaeologist (equipped with Trowel)



 Okay, if I had the energy, I would also write up the Mystery at the Museum, pseudo-clue style, life-size board game I made up for the party, but alas... I'm lazy. Maybe for a later post.


(Some cheating on my part with store bought comestibles)

Chocolate Chip Scones
Choclate Raspberry Pound Cakes
(Frozen/Purchased) Cream Puffs
(Frozen/Purchased) Spinach Puffs
Checkerboard Sandwiches
Roast Beef (French Dip Crockpot Recipe)
Vermont Crackers
Stuffed Dates
Clotted Cream
Raspberry Preserves
Other Additives (Rum, Whiskey, Sortilege)



Sloppy/Cheap Petit Fours = Hershey's Chocolate Raspberry Pound Cake + Cream Cheese Frosting

I made the cake batter to directions, only without reserving part of the preserves to spread over top.   Also, I divided the batter in half, into two 13x9x2 pans. Line the bottoms with parchment or freezer paper, and loosen/remove cakes from pans after cooling for about ten minutes. Cool completely.

My Frosting Experiment 

-8oz Cream Cheese
-1/2 cup (1 stick) Butter
-Approximately 1 cup Confectioner's Sugar
-Raspberry Extract
-Red Food Color

1. Cream butter and cream cheese together.
2. Add sugar and blend, about half a cup at a time until sweetened to taste, keeping the texture smooth but thick (you want it to be able to paste your cake layers together).
3. Add about a teaspoon of vanilla extract (to taste).
4. If desired, add a drop or two of raspberry extract (to taste).
5. Add red food coloring for pink effect. 
6. Blend thoroughly until smooth. 
7. Spread frosting on top of one sheet cake. Place other cake on top. Refrigerate until frosting is firmly set. Cut cake horizontally and vertically into squares.
8. Serve at Tea!


  1. How fabulous! I love your outfit, it's very adventurous! And everyone looks fantastic, it sounds like it was a fantastic event. ^^

  2. This sounds like one h*ll of a party! I am swooned by all the effort that went into cooking and planning. And your outfit is so very you, a different take on steampunk and soooo lovely!

  3. So cool! I love your costume (and the others as well). You guys have great spirit.

    It sure would be nice to be friends with you. :-)

  4. Love that costume, especially the riding pants. You certainly know how to throw a party :)