Top it Off Top Hat!

Raise your hand up if you know about steampunk.

I do.

I do. (The expresion on her face is priceless!)

Keep your hand up if your into steampunk.

I do.

I do.

If your hand’s still up, hooray!

  Recently, I have been obsessed with the wonderful world of steam, and I have been trying to find ways to show it in my wardrobe. Unfortunately, I’m not anywhere near as advanced as I need to be in sewing, so I can’t make anything like these beauts.

Keep prancing Lindsey!

Keep prancing Lindsey! (Prancing: dancing and playing a musical instrument at the same time)

So for now, I’m going to go in the “accessories” approach.

Steampunk Top Hat

For this DIY, I followed the instructions on this video.

Mini Top Hat

Here are some photos of the hat making process.

I used a part of a cereal box to make the base.

I used a part of a cereal box to make the base.

We didn't have any card stock, so I used a blank card. (They're the same stuff right?)

We didn’t have any card stock, so I used a blank card. (They’re the same stuff right?)

I used duct tape. No one's going to see it underneath the fabric!

I used duct tape. No one’s going to see it underneath the fabric!

Hot glue.

Hot glue.

The top is a little uneven, but that's the beauty of it!

The top is a little uneven, but that’s the beauty of it!

While I waited for the glue to dry, I joined my family watching a Tinker Bell movie.

While I waited for the glue to dry, I joined my family watching a Tinker Bell movie.

Feathers.

Feathers.

I then  finished gluing on the bottom part of the hat, added my ribbon, and more steampunk features. Just in case you think it means gluing on gears, then no.

Just Glue Some Gears On It

The most agonizing part was, I had to wait overnight for it to dry. :^c But it gave me some time to do more research for more steampunk DIYs and inspiration!

My sister's creepy unicorn is the head model. (Don't judge!)

My sister’s creepy unicorn is the head model. (Don’t judge!)

Here’s a closer look.

Closer.

Fancy.

Fancy.

This is my favorite handmade accessory ever! I’ll definitely be making more. ;^J If you want more mini hats, here’s a link to a tutorial on how to make them out of bottle caps and cardboard.

Mini mini Top Hats

Be prepared for more steampunk in the future! ;^)

Green Tip

After using any electronics that need to be plugged in, pull the plug out. Even if you turn it off, the plug will still guzzle up energy.

UPDATE (8/3/15)

Since this hat is steampunk themed, I swapped the penny for a British coin.

And I also made a white hat with pink lace, a teacup, and a teapot!

:^)

:^)

Lightbulb Charms

   Hello everyone! Summer vacation is OFFICIALLY official! Wahoo! No more school, and more blog time! To start off the season, I’m going to share a DIY! Presenting, the lightbulb!!!

  No not that one! This one!

This one.

This one.

Here’s what you’ll need.

A six 1/2 inch pice of wire, wire cutters, a pair of pliers, a pencil, and a medium-small sized bead that can be strung onto your wire.

Step 1:

Wrap your wire around the pencil four times.

Round and round we go.

Round and round we go.

Step 2:

Take the wire off your pencil, and bend down the bottom loop of wire.

Blurry photo.

Blurry photo.

Step 3:

Straighten your loop, and thread your bead on.

Step 4:

Use your pliers to bend the wire into the ring of loops, (It sounds kind of funny) and trim any wire poking out.

Step 5:

Now take the top strand of wire, and using your pliers, make it turn into a large loop. Cut off the excess wire that might poke through the bottom.

Up.

Loop.

Tada!

You can also squish the sides to make it look more like this.

Other than earring charms, I haven’t quite found other uses for them, but look for future craft projects involving these! ;^J

Green Tip

Try to use rain water if you have to water your garden.  There are lots of different ways to collect rain water, just look online (and make sure you’re legally able to) to see all of the different collection and storage systems!

There and Back Again, A Traveler’s Tale Pt. 2

Ciao! (hello in italian) Almost a week ago, we began our journey through Italy (by car) and saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Roman Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Pompeii, and Saint Peter’s Square. Today, I will share the rest of the journey.

Day 6 Oh Romeo, Wherefore art though Romeo?

After a yummy lunch at the house, we drove to Verona and explored the city. Our first big stop was at the Arena.

Even today the ancient building is still used for entertainment. Minus the gladiators and lions. :^P

Zoom!

Zoom!

After exploring the arena for a while, we left and explored the streets of Verona. We made a quick stop for gelato before visiting the “house” of Juliet.

Flavor: Lemon. Tasted a lot like slightly sour lemonade.

Flavor: Lemon. Tasted a lot like slightly sour lemonade.

That's a lot of sharpie!

That’s a loooot of sharpie!

Me giving Shaksheper bunny-ears. :^J

Me giving Shakespeare bunny-ears. :^J

Fireplace.

And as we walked to the car, we got a second cone of gellato!

Almond. The best gelloto I've EVER had!

Almond. The best gelloto I’ve EVER had!

Day 7 Checkmate

In the morning, we drove over to Marostica. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because my mom posted pictures of it on her blog (<- Be sure to click the link) when she went shopping for pottery. I was really excited because I am a big chess fan. :^D

Rook to b5.

Okay… Kinda creepy.

Rook takes Bishop.

Rook takes Bishop.

Jerk-face.

SLYTHERIN!

SLYTHERIN!

An origami dragon. Now I've seen everything.

An origami dragon. 

Then we drove over to Bassano del Grappa.

Unleash the tourists!!!

Unleash the shoppers!!!

After lunch, we visited the Poli Grappa museum.

That's a lot of adult grape juice.

That’s a lot of adult grape juice.

Everyone thought this was fun.

You press a button, then smell the fumes.

You press a button, then smell the fumes.

Flavor: Pistachio. Actually tasted like pistachios!

Flavor: Pistachio. Actually tasted like pistachios!

We then drove back to the house, and chilled for the rest of the day.

Day 8 Venice!!!

This was the place I was most excited about visiting, partly because I really wanted to see what it was like to ride a gondola. We drove to the train station, and rode to the city.

We drove over that!

We drove over that!

Once in Venice, we took a water-taxi. I was extremely scared that I would drop my phone into the water!

This reminded

This reminded me of Rainbow Road in South Carolina. Another reason why I liked Venice so much.

Boat!

Gondolas!!!

And they’re off!!!

First one to the gets gellato!

WEEEE!!!

Once we got off, we went to a fancy restaurant for lunch.

It tasted great. Though the sauce was WAY to salty for my taste.

It would have tasted great, but the sauce was WAY to salty.

We then walked over to Saint Marco’s Square.

Those horses up there are replicas of the real thing.

Those horses up there are replicas of the real thing.

That's also another tile.

That’s  another tile mural.

Then we had gellato while we wandered around the shops.

Flavor: Vanilla and chocolate swirl. The cone tasted like foam.

PHINOX!!!

We then rode a gondola to the water-taxis. It was a little wobbly, but fun!

We then drove back to the house.

Day 9 R&R Day

We spent all day at the house, resting and packing up our stuff for the drive home.

Day 10 Home at Last!

Driving.

Lunch.

Driving.

Driving.

DRIVING…

You get the picture.

Souvenirs 

Aha! What’s a giant trip without souvenirs?

In Verona, our mom bought us these little Pinocchio toys.

He's sitting next to some of my beads.

He’s sitting next to some of my beads.

And in Venice, I got this glass necklace.

My mom says that it reminds her of seaweed.

My mom says that it reminds her of seaweed.

   So that was our trip in Italy! I really hope you enjoyed the photos of the amazing experience we had, and hopefully, maybe you can do it too!  (without the Trevi Fountain under repair :>( ). Thumbs up if you want to see more blog posts like this! Ciao! (goodbye)

Green Tip

When driving, don’t throw your trash out the window! I know, obvious, but some people still do it.

There and Back Again, A Traveler’s Tale (See what I did there?) Pt. 1

HELLO EVERYONE!!!

  How was spring break? I know, I know, it was three weeks ago, just keep your corsets on! I’ll explain in a minute! Drumroll please… (rat-a-tat-a-tat-a-tat-a!)

 For the past two weeks, my family and I have been lounging in (pausing for dramatic effect) ITALY!!! (WAHOOOOOOOO!)

Since the trip was ten days long, I’m going to start out with the first five days. Then on part two I’ll reveal the rest of the journey!

Day One The Fourteen Hour Drive

   Just like in The Hobbit our adventure started at home. Early in the morning, my parents woke me and my siblings up early (around 3 a.m. >Yawn!<) and stuffed us into our car. Along with our suit cases, cooler full of food, pillows, and audio books, we began the long drive.

Driving.

Driving.

Driivviinngg…

Snore…

When four hours latter, we were in Switzerland!

This was when we were in Switzerland.

House.

We made a quick pit-stop, and discovered the weirdest toilets ever (I was too scared to use it).

The weirdest toilet I've ever seen.

It’s intimidating alright?

   We passed through some breathtaking mountains.

WOAHHH...

WOAHHH…

How many goblins do you think live up there? (another smuggled reference to The Hobbit)

How many goblins do you think live up there? (another smuggled reference to The Hobbit)

Finally after a few more hours, we were in Italy. But we still had a couple more until we came to our stop.

We spent the first three nights here.

Finally in Italy.

We spent the first three nights down here.

We spent the first three nights down here.

      By the time we got there, it was night. We settled in and were asleep instantly.

Day Two Exploring the Town

In the morning, we slept in and hung around the house for half of the day.

This was close to the house we rented.

This was close to the house we rented.

  When we eventually got dressed and went outside, we discovered that there was a motorcycle race going on.

When we arrived, there was a motorcycle race going on.

 

   We spent that afternoon walking around, and dodging motorcycles!

 

 We then had our first gelato. Our parents decreed that we’d have a scoop of gelato a day for as long as we were in Italy.

Flavor: Cherry and vanilla, with chocolate and vanilla. Topped with whipped-cream. It was kind-of ice-y.

Flavor: Cherry and vanilla, with chocolate and vanilla. Topped with whipped-cream. It was kind-of ice-y.

Day Three Pompeii

In the morning we drove all the way to visit Pompeii. (This song kept on playing itself over and over again inside of my head.)

Vesuvius!

Vesuvius!

   Before we ventured inside the ancient ruins though, we stopped for lunch.

Three types of cheeses with cream. It erupted when I ate some!

Three types of cheeses with cream. It erupted when I ate some!

   After a delicious meal, minus the octopus my dad tried (and failed) to make me eat, we bought tickets to go inside. Let the pictures commence!

Texting...

Texting…^

Let’s go this way!

Shadow self-i!

Shadow selfie!

PIGONS!!!

PIGONS!!!

Did you know the Romans used three main types of columns? There’s Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian.

This one’s a Doric Column.

This one's a Corinthian

This one’s a Corinthian

  I couldn’t find any Ionics though. (Put pouty-face image here) ):^T

That's someone's body.

That’s a cast of someone’s body.

These were probably used to store wine.

These were probably used to store wine. The Greeks and Romans had a god of wine, and also a goddess of closet hinges. (I’m not making that up)

I don't read ancient roman, but I'm pretty sure this means "BEWARE DOG".

I don’t read Latin, but I’m pretty sure this means “BEWARE, DOG”.

You can see his or her teeth.>Shudder<

You can see his/or/her teeth .>Shudder<

In the mid dal, you can see someone hold up a bearded guy's severed head.

In the middle, you can see someone hold up a bearded guy’s severed head.

I just had to take a photo of this because I found it hilarious for some reason.

I just had to take a photo of this because I found it hilarious.

We then marched over to the colosseum.

After leaving Pompeii, we grabbed some gelato, then drove back to the house for dinner.

Flavor:

Flavor: Tiramisu (coffe and cake)

Day Four When in Rome…

We woke up and drove over to Rome. Even though it wasn’t tourist season yet, there were still a TON of people.

Toot! Toot!

Toot! Toot!

After wandering around a bit, we stopped at a restaurant to have lunch.

Potato nequi and pears in cheese sauce. The pares tasted excellent.

Gnocchi and pears in cheese sauce. The pears tasted excellent.

Then we walked to Saint Petter’s Basilica.

The line for the church was extremely long. Scary long.

The line for the church was extremely long. Scary long. But moved pretty quickly.

We were eventually able to enter the church (after fifteen minutes in line). Before we went in, I was already wide-eyed by how much detail that went into it.

That's one BIIIG door.

That’s one BIIIG door.

Wooaahh…

This is a mosaic, by the way.

This is a mosaic, by the way.

After a quick stop at the gift shop (my mom collects magnets) we hopped on a bus to visit the Roman Colosseum. The big, famous one.

And of course, it's under some repair.

My dad’s shoulder.                                              ->

After buying tickets, we entered.

That maze down there, was the basement before the wooden floor rotted away.

That maze down there, was the basement before the wooden floor rotted away.

Another Corinthian pillar.

Another Corinthian pillar.

What happened to this guy's head!?

What happened to this guy’s head!?

Those are seeds my friends.

Those are seeds my friends. Seeds.

And my brother complains about me giving him bunny-ears...

And my brother complains about me giving him bunny-ears…

We then left and hopped onto the metro. We got our gelato and walked over to the Trevi Fountain, when disaster struck.

Flavor: Strawberry Cheesecake. Didn't really taste any cheese...

Flavor: Strawberry Cheesecake. Didn’t really taste any cheesecake…

WHAAAT!?

WHAAAT!?

NOOOOO...

NOOOOO…

It was under repair, and we weren’t allowed to toss in our coins. :^( Oh well. At least we saw it.

Day Five The Leaning Tower of Pizza Pisa

We spent the day driving to our next destination. We made a stop here in the middle of the car-ride.

Personally, I liked the church more that the tower.

Although it still looked pretty cool.

Although it still looked pretty cool.

Four hours latter, we had dinner at the next house.

Day 5 The Curse of the Dead Camera

Today we visited Lago di Garda and it was amazing! Unfortunately, my phone/camera was dead when we got there (I swear I didn’t waste the battery on Angry Birds!).

   First, we visited the castle, then walked through the shops. There was some really cool stuff people were selling (decorative birdcages, plates that look like celery, spider man toys that turned into jets…). We had lunch and while the adults enjoyed some coffee, my siblings and I sat near the lake (under supervision) and tried to convince our parents to let us feed the ducks breadcrumbs, with little success. At one point a swan swam by!

  Then we then hiked up a large hill (small mountain?) To explore some more ruins. Poppies and olive trees were everywhere. When we stopped for a snack, some ducks joined us, at a distance. My dad joked about me trying to “become one with the duck”. :^]

  After wandering around some more, we had our gelato. I had mint and chocolate chip. After devouring all of the ice-cream, I had some cone left over. Two ducks came by, (I named them Ms. and Mr. Quackers) I fed them the remainder of my cone. I think they’ll plan on stealing the gellato store’s supply…

   And that’s the first five days of our journey through Italy! I’ll soon share the rest, but for now, I’ll be fighting Azac the Defiler.

 GRARGH!!!

GRARGH!!!

Green Tip

Did you know that it takes an aluminum can 200 years to decompose (National Geographic’s). Be sure to toss your soda cans into the recycle bin!