I have always been fascinated with the steampunk subculture. I’m old enough that when I was young, steampunk only existed in the works of Jules Verne and the like, but once it started growing on the internet, I watched it with great interest.

I’m not much of a steampunk myself, I’m more of a punk goth when I dress up and demure goth at other times. (Yes, these distinctions matter!…) But the aesthetic is fun; I love the aviation narrative with airships and so on, the Victorian fashion, etc. I’m not too keen on the blatant British Empire copying that some people do, but apart from that it’s all good.

See, I can be steampunk too!

Anyway! I’m currently preparing for a steampunk fair – the Eastbourne Steampunk Festival (links to Facebook event) – where I shall be selling my wares like the trader I am! It’s been a lot of fun trying to think in steampunk ways rather than my usual stainless steel, Viking sort of ways, with bronze and gears and keys and all that stuff instead of my hammers and simple chains.

I’ve also been playing with ribbon maille as a result of this, which I think I will make a fixture in my Etsy shop too once the festival is over.

Ribbon maille bracelet.

So are you joining me in Eastbourne on the weekend of the 9th and 10th of September? Remember to look for the Destai banner!


I have been completely and utterly taken in by the idea of BuJos. I know, I know, all the hype, right on trend, so unlike me, right? But it’s great!

“What’s a BuJo?” I hear you ask. A bullet journal (BuJo for short) is a specific way of journalling/planning that makes it easy to keep track of stuff even for disorganised people.

Naturally I don’t follow it to the letter. I’m way beyond disorganised; I had to find my own way to work it.

I use a completely normal notebook from some supermarket or another. It’s lined, and that’s all the features it has. Everything else I do myself. I write in a short To Do list every morning, of 2 – 4 things I want to get done in the day. I never go beyond 4, because I get easily overwhelmed and I need to keep it manageable. I also keep a Gratitude journal, where I write in three things every morning that I’m grateful for. This was an idea from Coaching for Geeks, which is a life coaching group specifically for geeks. It helps me think of positive things in the morning and helps my mood generally. As someone who is severely depressed, this is important for me!

I also have a few trackers – coffee, water, mood and a few tick boxes for various daily tasks.

Finally, I have an Achievements heading. This hasn’t been filled in as of 10.55 Sunday morning because I haven’t really done anything yet today. The idea of this section is to write down things I do that make me feel like I’ve achieved something. This can be anything from cleaning the kitchen to just having a shower on a bad day. This section helps me remember that even on the worst of days I do something that’s worth it, even that just means getting rest.

I also have a bunch of stickers!

My stickers help add a bit of colour, fun and focus. This big pile features designs from Stupidcats, Ellen Bee Makes and The Geeky Planner. It’s anything from a coffee cup to track my caffeine consumption, via “I ate my feelings today”, to mood trackers and urgent markers.

I also have a Nopebook.

I’m (kinda not really) sorry, but this punny notebook is one of my favourite pieces of stationery. I got it from Ohh Deer and it’s a lined A4 notebook with, like, the best illustration ever on the front.

Despite the big “Nope”, this is very much a big part of my newfound organisation. Inside is my monthly Habit Tracker. In this I have written a much longer list of things to do daily, semi-daily or weekly, and the goal is to track how well I stick to it over a longer period.

I refuse to show you what the list actually says, because some of it is very personal and depression based while other things are about work / social media/ etc. However you can see how it works – I fill in the squares when I’ve done something that day and I can track it over the month(s) that I do it. Gives a bigger picture of how well I stick to new habits.

So that’s all about how I’ve adjusted the BuJo idea to suit me. Do you have a BuJo? Do you use it regularly? I’d love to see pictures of your layout in the comments, or perhaps on Instagram. (I’m @destaidesign on there!)

Starting Afresh

So I had some slight technical difficulties with my other blog… It disappeared! Far be it from me to try to fix it (this time, I’ve fixed it before with much faffing about and a whole list of new words), so I’m starting anew here.

Perhaps some day I’ll be able to import my blog archives…

Either way, July has been quite busy for me. Not only have I been working hard, I’ve been working hard at the right things. Orders have come in and gone out, new designs are happening, all exciting stuff!

Playing with components...
Playing with components.

My workbench is as messy as ever, though, and I suppose I should clean it sooner or later..!

But in more interesting news, I am going to be part of the Eastbourne Steampunk Fair in September! And after that, I shall be selling my wares at Mammothfest in Brighton! If you’re in the South East of England, I highly recommend showing up to one or both. I went to Mammothfest last year and it was SICK! (Meaning good, extremely good.)

Hope to see you there! And if you can’t make it, find me on social media. Links are at the bottom of the page. 🙂