Steampunk Costume Reveal (Late, but worth it!)

Hi guys! Sorry for waiting so long to post this, but at log last, my steampunk costume reveal!

No face-shots for safety reasons, sorry!

This costume was SUPER last minute. We were literally sewing on the last pieces seconds before we were out the door! So it might not be the best it could have possibly been, but, HEY! not bad for my first try!

The corset and gloves we bought online, the hat, the two skirts, and underskirt we made at home.

Remember me?

Remember me?

The shirt I am wearing underneath the corset was from my own closet. And my favorite blouse I might add. Underneath the skirt, I wore a hoop skirt, to give the skirt more volume.

We used metal coat hangers, string, ribbon, and electric tape.

We used metal coat hangers, biased tape, ribbon, and electric tape.

When we went out to trick-or-treat, we were in such a panicked rush that I forgot my phone, which is SUPER ANNOYING there were so many cool costumes around that I could have shared with you guys! :^C Oh well, better luck next year!

So how was your Halloween? What did you dress up as? Let me know in the comment section!

Facorns (Fabric Acorns)

Acorns. Man, who doesn’t love em’? They’re tiny, cute, and hold the power to create a huge tree inside their tiny shells! When I was eight years old, I would cram as many acorns into my pockets whenever I stumbled across an acorn tree, then empty them into jars once I got home.

The jars disappeared, as well as my habits of collecting acorns, as the years progressed, but I never creased to enjoy their natural beauty. Finally, a couple weeks ago, when those little suckers started falling from the trees, I began to collect them again. Pretty soon, I started finding them everywhere, falling out of my coat pockets, and littered all over my room. I contemplated what I should do with them, then I found a small pile of acorn tops missing their bottoms.

I had a “Uricka!” moment, took out some scrap fabric, and came up with this.

These are really easy and fun to make! Here’s what you’ll need.

  1. Some scrap fabric.
  2. A sewing needle.
  3. Some matching thread.
  4. A pair of scissors.
  5. An acorn cap. (To make sure it doesn’t start to decompose, store your acorn caps in a dry area for several days before use. This’ll remove any moisture that might still be there.)
  6. Your trusty hot glue gun.
  7. A sewing pin.
  8. A pen.
  9. Pillow stuffing.

Let’s get started!

Step 1.

fold your fabric in half, put the acorn cap on top, then take your pen and draw a loose acorn shape around it. Be sure to make it a little bigger then you want your actual acorn to be.

Step 2.

Take your sewing pin and put it through your fabric. Then, take your scissors and cut along the lines.

Step 3.

Thread your needle and sew around the perimeter.

Step 4.

Take out your pin, then turn the fabric right side out.

Step 5.

Stuff your facorn with pillow stuffing.

Step 6.

I had fun taking this picture.

I had fun taking this picture.

Re-thread your sewing needle and sew the opening shut.

Step 7.

Fill the acorn cap with hot glue, then quickly put your facorn into the cap before the hot glue can cool.

And you’re done!

Tada!

Tada!

The background is a miniature door I got for a birthday present.

Now that you’ve mastered the technique, why not make a couple dozen?

Now comes the hard part, finding out what exactly to do with them! Decided to turn one of them into a removable button and attach it to one of my hats.

Tada!

What ideas will you come up with for using the facorns? Let me know in the comment section!

Green Tip

Just because it’s getting colder doesn’t mean you need to turn the heater up! Keep them as low as possible, then open all of your windows to let sunlight and warmth inside and bundle up!

Relaxing Exfoliating Facial Wash

Hi guys! Sorry about the large gap, my family and I have just started school (Yay!) and it’s taking a while to find some spare time for blogging.

Anyway, a few days ago, I ran out of my fancy-smancy facial wash. Now, being an overreactive environmentalist (if I do say so myself) I didn’t want to go to the store to buy something that can easily be made at home and make a bigger carbon footprint. So I quickly searched for a good, environmentally friendly recipe for face wash. This is what I settled on.

         Need:

  1. 1 cup of sugar
  2. 10 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 3tablespoons epson salt
  4. 2 teaspoons honey
  5. 3 green tea bags
  6. 1 lemon to zest
  7. Grater
  8. Large mixing bowl
  9. Smaller bowl (for the lemon zest)
  10. container

Let’s get started!

Step 1:

Grate your lemon rind into a small bowl and set aside the zest.

SUPPER IMPORTANT INFO: Do NOT grate the white part of the lemon, you don't want any juice leaking out.

SUPPER IMPORTANT INFO: Do NOT grate the white part of the lemon.

Step 2:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, epson salt, and tea (carefully rip open the tea bags and dump the tea leaves in).

I thought it was a smart idea to take photos of what it looked like when you mixed the ingredients in.

I thought it was a smart idea to take photos of what it looked like when you mixed the ingredients in.

Step 3:

Add in your olive oil and mix. It’s not going to be completely mixed in until latter so don’t worry.

Step 4:

Put in the honey and mix .

Step 5:

Mix in the lemon zest.

Step 6:

Once everything’s evenly mixed, place the mixture inside your container. I used a canning jar my mom didn’t use when she made jam.

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

  I really like this project, it’s relaxing, exfoliating, and it’s eco-friendly. You can also use this anywhere, I recommend scrubbing it into dry elbows, since this stuff works really well as a moistener.

  However, you absolutely CANNOT get the stuff you’re not using get wet. It’ll harden, and’ll be extremely difficult to clean out, other then that, it’s perfect! This stuff will go great as a gift for holidays, so double the batch so you’ll have enough for yourself and a friend!

Green Tip

Before you buy bathroom products that claim to be “eco-friendly” or “organic”, read the ingredients, research the company that manufactures the stuff, then you’ll know if it’s “organic”.

Weeping Angels! (Don’t Blink…)

Ok, this is a question for all of you Doctor Who fans out there. What is the scariest alien monster out there? (let me know in a comment). The one monster, that scares me more than anything else in this dangerous world, are the Weeping Angels (Google them and you’ll see why, I’m too scared to post a picture!).

So one day, my mom asked me to make her one out of this tutorial.

Weeping Angel!

I was pretty skeptical at first, then I thought,”Hey, this might be fun.” So I took out my glue gun, and began to make my worst nightmare become reality.

Hello.

Hello.

Nice to meet ya!

 Pink permanent marker stain.

So after getting permission, I started to fix chop off the doll’s hair.

That's a lot of hair.

That’s a lot of hair.

Already it looked much better.

Bun.

Bun.

Then I took out a Monster High doll stand and attached the doll to it. With a lot of hot glue and fishing line, it worked.

Hot glue and fishing lin can do anything.

No one’ll see it!

Next, I cut out two pairs of identical wings from cardboard.

Wing one.

Wing one.

I didn’t take any photos of me chopping off the doll’s hands, making it’s dress, or glueing the wings on (oops!) but I did take one of what it looked like once I finished glueing the feathers on.

Neon purple feathers... What's not to love?

Neon purple feathers… What’s not to love?

Then we had to spray paint it… It took forever to find one can of granite textured spray paint, but we eventually found a can. Now for the fun part, SPRAY PAINTING TIME!!!

Safety first!

Safety first!

Le back.

Le back.

Le front.

Le front.

And vwalla! It’s finished!

Tada!

Tada!

This was surprisingly more fun then I thought it would be! And, to top it off, it’s not a real one so I don’t have to worry about ARGHHHHH!!! (I blinked)

Bwahahaha.

Bwahahaha.

 Greep Tip

When buying food, don’t buy individually packaged products. When you do, you end up making more trash, and wast more resources. 

Statement Bead Necklace

A lot of crafters have crazy amounts of their favorite craft supplies; whether it’s duct-tape, scrapbook paper, or glitter-glue. In my closet I have a couple hundred beads stashed inside.

Bad lighting.

And that’s not even all of them!

I haven’t done a DIY that involves my beads in a long time, and I really wanted to use some of my cool glass statement beads in a project.

Most of these are from Turkey

Most of these are from Turkey!

After reading a lot of craft magazines while listening to an audio book (that’s what I do when I try to come up with ideas off of the top of my head), something caught my eye.

Yes, that's an Elvis Presley background.

Yes, that’s an Elvis Presley background. So sue me!

This was an old necklace that I made a while back for a costume, and I could almost hear it saying,

“Gee wiz, you still haven’t made a DIY about me?”

So now that the angry necklace has been established, let the DIY commence!

Need: Enough ribbon to go around your head plus a couple more inches, a pair of fine tipped scissors, and a statement bead.

When choosing your ribbon, go for a complimenting color, not something too big or patterned. Also make sure that the ribbon will be able to go through your bead twice.

Step 1:

Put the ends of your ribbon together, and thread your ribbon through the doubled ribbon.

Step 2:

Tie the two ends of the ribbon together, making sure that you have about half an inch at the end.

Step 3:

Add a couple more knots so the bead won’t slip through.

I'm knot happy. Just had to put that one in there :^)

I’m knot happy. Just had to put that one in there :^)

Nice and secure.

Nice and secure.

Step 4:

Trim the ends so they’re even and won’t fray.

Ta-da!

Which necklace is your favorite?

Which necklace is your favorite?

It’s simple, easy, and a great way to show off your pretty beads! Just be sure to start out with a lot of ribbon or you’ll have trouble putting it on!

Green Tip

Try to use rainwater when caring for plants and gardens.

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!