Last weekend I made my annual trip to the American Museum Christmas opening. I always enjoy visiting, but in the winter certain parts of the museum, like the Conkey's Kitchen section, seem extra cosy.
This beautiful handmade lamp was making lovely patterns on the walls and ceiling.
The "icicles" in one of the rooms upstairs seemed appropriately seasonal.
The theme for this year's Christmas trail was American inventions-Thomas Jefferson's swivel chair, Thomas Godfrey's octant (invented at around the same time that James Hadley independently invented it across the Atlantic), the sewing machine, and so on. Now while this is all very lovely and informative, the trail has you going around the museum looking for parts of a time machine-cogs, gears, oversized pocket watches, keys-and all I could think was, well, steampunk. Not that I am complaining about this, at all!
There were a few deviations from the theme-one room is full of Audubon prints, so had a rather appropriately owl covered tree.
I have a fondness for old maps, so these tables littered with maps, an octant and globes caught my interest. Once again, steampunk in the extreme.
This mermaid weather vane was very striking, but the blank eyes were rather haunting!
This Christmas themed bridal quilt was seasonally appropriate and just gorgeous. I would love to make something like this.
Then we came to the main entrance hall, where the majority of the decorations are. I was greeted by the sight of metallic hot air balloons. I think I may have squeaked. Oh so steampunk.
Just to add to the extremely steampunk feel of the whole affair, the gigantic, real, wonderfully scented Christmas tree at the bottom of the main staircase is decked out with glittery, cog and gear shaped decorations. I was ridiculously happy by this point.
I have decided that I MUST have balloons like this in my home.
I tore my attention away from the tree for a moment to look at this stunning grandfather clock. Such craftsmanship.
Another fireplace added to the cosy, wintery feel. I miss having fireplaces like this!
This tree was a little more traditional, decorated with candles and handmade paper decorations.
Most of the decorations were made by quilling-a technique of coiling and shaping strips of paper. After seeing these, I would really like to try this technique myself.
I really like papercuts and also plain, white Christmas decorations, so I really loved the decorations in this room. I am definitely going to try making some little trees.
By the time we left it was already dark, and the lamps outside were shining. It was the perfect finish to our visit, and again, helped round off the steampunk feel!
I loved looking at all the lovely decorations, which were all made by very talented and devoted volunteers-apparently it took 500 hours in total to make the decorations and put them up. I thought they were wonderful, and would quite happily have taken them all home with me! So all in all a very enjoyable afternoon.