Origami Cranes

I love origami. Always have. Unfortunately, I find the instructions impossibly confusing and never managed to make anything. Finally, a family friend taught me how to make a couple different origami items, and I quickly got them (Thanks J!). I decided to make a couple tutorials on how to do them and hopefully, it’ll be easier for you to understand with the photos.

All you’re going to need is a sheet of origami paper! Now, if you don’t have any origami paper, or want to make something smaller, no problem! It’s very easy to turn any paper into origami paper, since the only important thing is for it to be a perfect square!

Step 1

Take the bottom edge of your paper, and fold it to the other side of the paper. It should look like this.

Step 2

Trim off the excess paper, unfold the crease, a you’re ready to fold!

Vwala!

Vwala!

Now that you know how to make a perfect square, let’s get started!

Step 1

Fold your paper in half, take your thumb and drag it along the crease, then unfold it.

This makes the end result much better.

Doing this makes the end result much better.

Step 2

Fold it in half again vertically, then triangularly on both ends.

It should look like this.

When you’re finished, it should look like this.

Step 3

Fold the paper in half, so it’s a rectangle.

Step 4

This step is somewhat tricky and difficult to explain, so follow along the pictures very carefully.

The inside should look like this.

The inside should look like this.

And the outside like this.

And the outside like this.

Step 5

Keep your paper facing you as mine is in the photo above, fold in the front half of the paper like this.

Step 6

Turn it over, and repeat.

It'll look like a miniature kite.

It’ll look like a miniature kite.

Step 7

Take the top part (the triangle) and fold it over. Rub your fingernail on the crease, then flip the triangle onto the other side and repeat.

Step 8

Now undo the folds.

Step 9

Pay attention closely. You’re going to lift the top piece of paper, and fold it over to make a long diamond.

Step 10

Repeat on the other side.

Step 11

Just like in step 4 and 5, fold in the front half of the paper, then repeat on the other side.

Step 11

Turn the paper over, so it’s facing you sideways, then open the fold.

Fold it open.

Step 12

See that crease in the photo above? Take the triangle underneath it and fold it up. Be careful not to rip the paper.

Fold this end up.

Step 13

Take the top piece of the paper and close it.

Then close it.

Like this.

Turn the paper over and repeat on the other side.

This is what it should look like when you flip it over.

Step 14

Repeat on the other side.

Step 15

See the two pieces of paper sticking out? Take one of them and fold them over and pinching it. This will make the beak.

Step 16

Here comes the magical part! Take the two large triangles, and gently pull them down.

Magic!

Magic!

Step 17

To make it stand upright, turn the crane upside down, and pinch the four ends slightly (as you’ll see in the second picture).

Like so.

Like so.

Now your crane is complete! It’s a little difficult to make in the beginning, but it’s extremely easy to do once you get the hang of it. And since you know how to make more origami paper, you can try using candy wrappers! After getting the technique, I made an extremely small one out of a candy wrapper. It was small enough to fit inside a penny!

Tiny!

You can use cranes as decoration pieces, artwork, make a thousand and make a wish, who knows what else! I hope this tutorial was  easy to understand, and once you master the crane, I’ll show you other things you can make out of origami.

Green Tip

When going to the grocery store, bring your own shopping bags instead of using paper or plastic ones. It’ll be better for the earth, and less wasteful of resources.

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Pixie Pumpkins!

Woopee!!!

Only 8 more days left until Halloween!!!

YAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!

YAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!

I’ve been working on my costume all month and I can’t wait to show it to you guys! However, that’s gonna have to wait  until latter because today it’s all about pumpkins.

One of the many things I absolutely love about the fall is the glorious pumpkin. They’re delicious, bright orange, a fun carving canvas, what’s not to love? Now, last year we had a HUGE mini pumpkin harvest, and this year we hoped for the same. Unfortunately, our garden hasn’t been that successful this year. None of the corn grew, all of our wildflowers didn’t bloom so beautifully, the tomatoes took forever to mature, and we only ended up with about 7 pumpkins in total. :^(

These are the only one's I'm using today, so these are the only ones I took pics of.

These are the only one’s I’m using today, so these are the only ones I took pics of.

However, seven’s better then zero! So I “borrowed” the three pumpkins you see in the photo above, and began to experiment. This is what I came up with.

Pixie Pumpkins!

Pixie Pumpkins!

So grab your glitter and acrylic paint and let’s go! (P:S: I forgot to take a supply photo before I started painting the pumpkins! Boops!)

  1. Acrylic paint.
  2. Glitter.
  3. A pumpkin (I used miniature ones but the big ones’ll work just as fine)
  4. A paper cup.
  5. Some glue.
  6. A paint brush.
  7. A foam paint brush.
  8. And a paper plate.

P:S:

Before I began, I glued on a flower bead to the top of one of the pumpkins. To make it look like it still had a stem. You can do the same thing if you don’t want your pumpkin to be stemless.

Tada!

Tada!

On with the tutorial!!!

Step 1.

Cover your pumpkin with an even coat of paint. Your not going to get it all in one go so be patient and let it dry completely between layers!

Patients is key.

Patients is key.

Step 2.

Once it’s completely dry, put your pumpkin onto a paper plate because it’s gonna get messy.

Step 3.

Pour some glue into your paper cup, then add a tiny amount of water. Key word tiny. Any more and your gonna end up with paint peeling off and nobody wants that.

Ick.

Ick.

Step 4.

Take your foam brush, and dip it into the glue mixture. Dab, smear, press, or just take the cup and drizzle the glue onto the top of your pumpkin. The technic is entirely your choice. ( I used the drizzle technic on mine)

Step 6.

If there’s any glue on the plate, move the pumpkin to another paper plate, then douce the whole thing in glitter!!!

Step 8.

Now, DON’T TOUCH IT! I mean it. Just leave it alone. Don’t try to fix anything or you’ll end up peeling off the paint!

Step 9.

Now is the time to use your paint to fix any smears or add more glue and glitter onto areas you’ve missed.

Step 10. FINAL STEP!

Once the pumpkin is completely dry, gently brush off any loose glitter onto your plate, then carefully put the glitter back into it’s container. (let’s not be wasteful with glitter now)..

And vwala! Your pixie pumpkin is complete! Now I tried this decorating technic onto the white gourd, and had some mixed results. The end result is, decent. But not as great as the original. It was extremely difficult to apply the glue and glitter, the paint kept on peeling off, and it just didn’t look as nice. I advise to just skip decorating gourds altogether, and stick to the pumpkins!

Now, some of you might be wondering what happened to the third pumpkin. Well, here’s your answer!

Hala!

Hala!

Enjoy!

Green Tip

Make your own costumes for Halloween. Store bought one’s are not the best quality and use up a lot more resources then homemade ones. Plus, homemade costumes last longer, and are can be  more fun!

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!

A Little Disney Magic…

Here it is! The post you’ve all been waiting for, the third and final day our adventure in Paris, the day where we went, to, DISNEY!!!

YAAAAAAAAaaaaaAAAAAAaaaaAAAAAaaaaaAAAAAY!!!

Ahem. Sorry ’bout that.

So the day started like this, we got up at around 7, packed everything into the car, turned in the keys to the apartment we were renting for the past three days, and drove over to Disney Paris. Everyone was giddy with excitement as we entered the gate and parking area.

SQUEEEEE!!!

SQUEEEEE!!!

After buying tickets, we entered Disney Mainstreet. Inside, we were exposed to a holy homage of  vintage visions!

Woaw!

Woaw!

I took photos of every one of these as I could!

I took photos of every one of these as I could!

Then there was this.

WHOAOOOOZA!!! (:^O

WHOAOOOOZA!!! :^D

I had to really saturate the picture just so you could see what the castle tone was like, but the sky was actually this blue!

:^)

:^)

Also, in case you were wondering, that’s not the castle from Cinderella, it’s the one from Sleeping Beauty!

See?

See?

After taking a boatload of pictures, we made a bee-line to Tomorrow Land, and went in line for the Buzz Lightyear ride.

I only took photos of the line of the ride because I was too busy shooting lasers at everything!

Buzz Lightyear himself!

Buzz Lightyear himself!

Rarrrr!

Rarrrr!

Then we stumbled into the Star Wars area. My inner (and outer) geek was squealing in excitement.

Argh!!!

:^D

:^D

We went into line for Star Tours, and found this waiting for us inside.

Extremely bad and blurry photo of C-3PO. :^(

Extremely bad and blurry photo of C-3PO. :^(

A friendly argument between two driods.

A friendly argument between two driods.

   I was so excited, I forgot to take any photos of inside the ride! Side Note: My parents mentioned that this was the very first Star Tours ride, and the only version of it in the park, which explains why we didn’t go onto it twenty times!

    After the ride, we went into line for space mountain. To tell you guys the truth, I’m not that big of an extreme roller coaster fan, especially  if it make you go upside down or just drops you. But my dad said either Space Mountain, or Tower of Terror.

It was a pretty easy choice, just the thought of that ride makes my stomach clench, *shudder*

It was a pretty obvious choice, just the thought of that ride makes me sick to my stomach! *shudder*

I have to admit, Space Mountain wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and  it was a pretty good roller coaster. I might have even enjoyed it a little bit. But I still don’t want to ride it again.

When we finished Space Mountain, we began to wander around Tomorrow Land. I was a little disappointed when I found out they didn’t have the Wheel of Progress, but the steampunk-iness made up for it!

I really like the glare from the sun in this photo.

I really like the glare from the sun in this photo.

This was a ride, but we didn't go onto it.

This was a ride, but we didn’t go on it.

In Space Mountain, you get "shot" out from a gun Barrel. This is the gun you get shot out of! (PS. I think it's inspired by one of Charles' Dickens novels)

In Space Mountain, you get “shot” out from a gun barrel. This is the gun you get shot out of! (PS. I think it’s inspired by one of Jules Vern novels)

To our delight (me and my parents mostly) there was an empty line for entering The Nautilus, from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (another one of Jules Vern books!) Obviously we went in, but unfortunately the setting was very dark, so all of the pictures I took didn’t look as good as they do in real life. If you ever go to Tomorrow Land in Disney Paris, be sure to check it out!

The backside.

The backside.

The frontside.

The frontside.

Inside.

The inside.

This Giant Squid was really fun!

This Giant Squid was really fun!

Once we came out, it was around lunchtime. So we went back to Disney Mainstreet to find some lunch. We eventually found a vintage themed hotdog place. Good place for hotdog lovers, but not so much for the no-meat lovers.

Lettuce, carrots, cucumber, beans, tomatoes, rice (I think) and ranch.

Assorted lettuce, carrots, cucumber, beans, tomatoes, and ranch.

   After lunch we walked over to Frontier Land, going strait over to Thunder Mountain. However, the line to ride it was well over 40 minutes and we didn’t want to stand in line for that long, so we decided to explore some of the other attractions while we waited for our Fast Pass time.

We explored a bit, then found the Haunted Mansion (bamp bamp BWAAAA!!! Thunder cracking in the distance.)

Just imagine the thunder cracking above the house.

   It was So. Much. Fun! I was (and still am) really upset that it was too dark to take any pictures because everything inside was AWESOME!!! In fact, it might be even BETTER then the Haunted Mansions back in America! They still  the Singing Heads, (which is my favorite part), stretching room, and a much more interesting story! Since, again, no pictures, I’m gonna have to explain it in words and pictures I find off the internet.

If you’ve ever been inside the Haunted Mansion, you might remember the ghost bride.

I saw some very creepy pictures of her as I looked for one online. 0.0

In America, she was just a side character, but here, she’s the whole center of it! You see her everywhere, getting more and more skeletal-like as the ride progresses, and there’s a sad, almost crying woman singing in the background.

 

She looked like this at the end of the ride.

She looked  like this at the end of the ride.

Again, very upset that I had to resort to pictures from the internet, but this teaches us all a very valuable lesson, GO TO THE RIDE IF YOU WANT TO SEE HOW AWESOME IT IS!!!

On the way out I got a couple pics from the graveyard.

This was near the exit of the ride and close to Thunder Mountain. Very nice poem.

This was near the exit of the ride and close to Thunder Mountain. Very nice poem.

We stumbled across this as we continued our exploration.

My siblings really wanted to play this, so we all ended up taking turns shooting at the targets.

We were hunting for Pirates of the Caribbean.  But it was CLOSED!!!  The horror!!!
After that, we took a little break near a lake to come up with a plan for the rest of the day. As we did, we saw Petter Pan and Wendy on the other side of the lake!

Right there!

Right there! ->

With a new plan, we walked back over to Thunder Mountain to get in line, but then, disaster struck! The ride broke down and was closed! NOOOOOOoooooOOOOOOoooOOOOooOOooOOooooOOOOO!!! <:^C

Disappointed, we said goodbye to Frontier Land and walked into Adventure Land.

To our delight, there was a whole Arabian themed section of the park (from the movie Aladdin no doubt)! We were all very thrilled and began to explore.

Fancy chandelier!

Soon we found this.

Ohhh, a mysterious dark and spooky tunnel!

Ohhh, a mysterious dark and spooky tunnel!

This was inside the dark and spooky tunnel. I think it says welcome...

This was inside the dark and spooky tunnel. 

Turns out, it was a walk-through-the-story attraction. Gigantic glass windows held moving scenes from the movie.

Blurry photo

"Who dares disturbs my slumber?!"

“Who dares disturbs my slumber?!”

Dat face! Also, notice evil Jafar in the lower left-side corner.

Dat face! :^D Also, notice evil Jafar in the lower left-side corner.

WOAH! (The snake was HUGE!)

WOAH! (The snake was HUGE!)

So was this guy!

So was this guy!

A view from Genie's angle

A view from Genie’s angle

Goodbye!

Goodbye!

We soon left the world of Aladdin, and found ourselves inside of Arindel!!!

It wasn’t supper fancy though, mostly just Frozen themed tapestries and decorated trash cans.

There was also a very Irish music playing in the background. My family started to chant over and over for me to dance my way out of Arindel, and that they wouldn’t move until I did! Mortified, I began to easy reel (one of the Irish dances I practice) myself out of there as quickly as possible!

After that episode, we made our way over to the castle. At this point, I realized that this was the one from Sleeping Beauty, which I pointed out to everyone.

Come on, the trees are a dead gov away!

Come on, the trees are a dead give away!

Up closer, we saw a sign that led into the castle dungeon. Eagerly we went in. But not before taking a photo of this.

Mwahaha!

Mwahaha!

Once inside we saw a

DRAGON!!!

ROOOOAAAARRRRR!!!

ROOOOAAAARRRRR!!!

It was a fully functional, moving, roaring, smoke puffing, green dragon! I didn’t care how bad the lighting was, I just started snapping as many pictures as I could. COOLEST. THING. EEEEEVVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRRR!!!

EEEEHHH!!!

EEEEHHH!!!

He’s puffing out smoke!!! (It was actually steam, but still!!!)

*Growl*”

ROOOOAAAARRRRR!!!

ROOOOAAAARRRRR!!!

Snorrr...

Snorrr…

Coolest, thing, EVER!!!

Too soon, we said goodbye to the dragon, and went up into the castle itself. It was much more interesting then the Cinderella castle, in my opinion.

We saw this guy on the "stone" pillars in the entrance.

We saw this guy on the “stone” pillars in the entrance.

Evil face.

Evil face.

Inside the castle, there were gift shops, stained windows of scenes from the movie, and other ways of displaying certain scenes. I’m going to start in the gift shop. inside, there were two staff members working on making pieces of art.

A glass cutter at work.

A glass cutter at work.

FLAMETHROWER!!!

WOWZA!!!

WOWZA!!!

We then climbed up to the second level of the castle, where all of the story scenes are displayed.

The spinning wheel actually spin.

The spinning wheel actually spins!

Can't, move!

Can’t, move!

Rargh!

Rargh!

This is a tapestry people. A freaken TAPESTRY!!!

This is a tapestry people. 

*Mwa!*

*Mwa!*( You can also see a house in his shoulder!)

I do declare!

And then we walked out onto the outside of the castle.

I spotted one of my favorite old-time Disney characters!

This owl looks like the one from The Sword In the Stone!

It’s Archimedes! :^D

That guy.

‘Dat guy.

Once we finished exploring the castle, we went over to Fantasy Land, where we went in line for the Snow White ride! It was definitely one of the more longer lines we had to be in, so to keep ourselves occupied, we played rock-paper-sissors.

Welcome to the ride!

Welcome to the ride!

SQUIRRELS!!!

SQUIRRELS!!!

A knife through the heart!

“A knife through the heart! You’re just too much!” (Song reference)

In this ride, I was too distracted to remember that I had a camera, so no pictures. :^l But I can tell you it was fun, even though at the end, the evil witch didn’t try to crush you with a boulder. (I heard that this is what happened at the end of the ride, but since it was too scary for younger kids, they removed it. Oh well.)

We soon marched over to the Mad Hatter Teapot ride!

As we were in line, I found the Mad Hatter himself in the distance.

How come I keep finding Disney characters, only when they're too far away!?!

How come I keep finding Disney characters, only when they’re too far away!?!

Come on! Just one close up shot with a smile?

Oh come on! Just one close up shot with a smile? GRARGH!!! 

Once we got inside, me, and my entire family of five, crammed into a single teapot! Even though it hurt, we had a blast! Shouting like hooligans as we went in circles over and over and over again.

After our heads stopped spinning, we skipped over to the carousel and hopped onto a pony (Not everyone on the same pony, in case you were wondering). All the horses had really cool designs, but I didn’t have enough time to take pictures once we got on and I didn’t want to accidentally get a close shot on a stranger’s kid.

Then we went into the Wonderland Maze. This wasn’t my favorite attraction to be honest, and the castle at the end was way overcrowded! 

Who are you? (Doctor Who!!! :^D)

Who are you? (Doctor Who!!! :^D)

Da castel

Da castel

Once we finally found our way out, we took a small break, sat down, and had some ice-cream.  My sister got a tropical pop, and my brother and I got these gigantic ice-creams!

You peel off the wrapper, and at least four inches of ice-cream is above the cone!

After polishing off our ice-cream, we got in line for the Dumbo ride. Biggest. Line. EVER! But the pictures were well worth the wait.

Look at 'dat view!

Look at ‘dat view!

It was around diner time when we finished the ride. So we went to an all-you-can-eat-buffet before the line got too long. I took a couple cool pictures before we went in.

Look at that bronze!!!

Look at that bronze!!!

Another view of the castle.

Another view of the castle.

Even though it was thirty minutes before the crowds at restaurants were really big, the line in the buffet took forever to go through! But it was well worth it.

First course, buttered noodles, a helpful of coleslaw, bitter olives (bad kind of bitter), cucumbers, a baby radish, and my favorite part, scalloped potatoes!

First course, buttered noodles, a helpful of coleslaw, olives, cucumbers, a baby radish, french fries, and la peace to resistance, scalloped potatoes (it was like a bite of heaven in your mouth)!

For dessert, a lemon meringue pie, a cheesecake dusted with coconut (a little too much), a mini donut, and a cream pastry.

For dessert, a lemon meringue pie, a cheesecake dusted with coconut (a little too much), a mini donut, and a cream pastry cake (I’m still trying to figure out what it was).

Once we stuffed our guts to the brim, we went outside just in time to hear the speaker announce that there was a parade starting in a few minutes. So we sped up to where it was starting and waited. Five minutes later, Frozen music began to play, and six staff members (wearing matching uniforms) stepped out and began to do some arm motions. Then a carriage came out, pulling Anna and Elsa.

Helo.

They’re looking at us!!! :^)

And behind them was… Not much else. Two staff members were holding up a banner, and a small group of people were following them behind, that’s it. At first we were a little disappointed, then realized, almost everyone was watching the parade. Meaning, most of the lines were a lot smaller. As quickly as we could, we hurried over to the Pinoccio ride, which earlier in the day, was too long of a line to go into. We were on the ride in less then ten minutes.

Unlike in Snow White, I managed to get a few photos. But it was almost as dark as the Haunted Mansion so most of them weren’t very good.

"I had strings, but now I'm free" (Everytime

“I had strings, but now I’m free” (The whole time I was thinking of Ultron :^D)

ROARGH!!!

ROARGH!!!

After the ride, we went over to Frontier Land one last time to see if Thunder Mountain was fixed yet…

And it was!!!

Sure, the line was still a 30-40 minute wait, but at this point, we didn’t care! It was our favorite ride (even my little sister’s) and it was amazing. My brother kept on shouting, “I’m alive!”, my dad screamed with joy in his “Goofy yelp” (you know, whenever Goofy goes YAHOHOHOHOIIII!!!”, we all had a wonderful time. The one thing I didn’t like about it, was the loud screech whenever we paused, but that’s it! Man, we were all laughing so hard when we got off!

We were now officially satisfied with our Disney Paris experience. But wait, there’s more! On the speaker there was an announcement that there was a laser show (in Europe they do laser shows instead of  big fireworks) about to commence in about twenty minutes. But we quickly went through the Arabia section of Adventure Land before we went to the show, the lights there, were amazing!

Oooooooohhhh...

Oooooooohhhh…

It reminds me of lace!

It reminds me of lace!

Then we hurried over to the castle, where the show was beginning. My battery died in the middle of it though, so there’s no pictures of the fireworks (they set off a few), lasers, or movie scenes, but I did manage to get a couple decent pics.

Oooohhh.

Oooohhh.

Ahhhhhh.

Ahhhhhh.

Sparkles!

Sparkles!

Then we went back to the parking lot. Bad move. After the laser show, everyone was leaving. EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. It took forever just to leave the park! Even though I enjoyed the laser show, I don’t think it’s worth the chaos that’s gonna follow if you stay until the end.

So, we said goodbye to Disney Paris, piled into the car, and drove back home.

I’ve gotta say, this was indeed the highlight of our trip to Paris and we are definitely coming here again! Maybe around Halloween! I hope the Haunted Mansion will be double-decked out when we do! I hope you had fun sharing our adventures! Stay tooned in for more coming in real soon!

Green Tip

Whenever you see litter, stop for a moment, find a trash can (or recycling bin) and toss it in! Trust me, it’ll do more harm in the wild then in the landfill!

We Have Returned!!! (To France)

This post is looooong overdue, but I’ve been extremely busy lazy and haven’t gotten around to posting this, but here it is at last, our trip to…

Wait for it…

(ratatatatatatat)

DISNEY PARIS!!!

YAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!

YAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!

Oh, and the Palace of Versailles.

Ever since my parents told us the news, we have been preparing for the trip; discussing where we’d be staying, packing suitcases, packing a snack bag, and most importantly, packing a camera (my mom brought a camera, since I still don’t have one, I brought my phone).

Day 1 The Drive and a Stroll Through Disney Village

On September 8th, we crammed everything into the car and began the four hour drive (I was so enwrapped in my video game that I only managed to take two pictures!).

Once we got to the apartment we were renting and unpacked, it was only six o’clock. So, after a little rest, we hopped back into the car and drove over to Disney Village.

I’ve gotta say, it was very… quiet…

The parking lot upfront was mostly empty, somewhat creepy “magical” music played inside the parking garage, and only a few people were walking around! Kind of like a, post-apocoliptic Disney, but then, school was starting back up so…

When we went into the actual Disney Village, we saw more people. It was definitely a crowd, but as my parents said, not a true, Disney crowd (but I’m not complaining!).

We walked around a couple stores for a little bit, and found a Lego store! (Swooning from excited giddiness)

*Squeeee!!!*

*Squeeee!!!*

Cute!!!

So cute!!!

There was also a GIGANTIC Lego mural of Prince Fillip fighting Malfeasant, unfortunately I didn’t manage to catch a photo before we went out. <:^(

We found this hovering above a small lake on our way to dinner. All I have to say is (.  .)O

Wowza!

Wowza!

Then, we walked over to the Rainforest Cafe for our first bite of Disney Paris chow. Inside, there was a little bit of a line to get in, but the animatronics and fish tank made the wait go by swiftly (at least for my little sister it did!)

We were seated right next to a realistic-ish elephant that occasionally blinked.

I'm gonna call him, Leroy!

I’m gonna call him, Leroy!

Every 10-15 minutes, Leroy (along with all the other animatronics) would begin to stomp around, make animal noises while thunder echoed inside the restaurant. We found this very funny, but a couple of little kids found it unnerving.

For my dinner, I ordered a veggie-burger (I’m a vegetarian) that came looking like this.

Tofu burger toped with avocado and sprouts along with a pickle, some coleslaw, and a side of fries.

Tofu burger toped with avocado and sprouts along with a pickle, some coleslaw, and a side of fries.

I’ve gotta say, it was the very best tofu-burger I’ve ever tasted! Although I’ve eaten very few tofu-burgers in my life time…

Then, (to our surprise) we found out that the kids meals had a free desert, so I ended up sharing some chocolate mousse with my little sister.

The little candies are kind of like skittles, only softer and has a more sutler taste.

The little candies are kind of like M&M’s.

After dinner, we walked around the gift shops looking for sweaters for my brother and I. We forgot to pack ours in the suitcase! (oops!) My brother got himself a Darth Vader sweater, while I got a Jack Skeleton sweater.

Once we finished splurging, we hopped into the car and drove back to our temporary home.  We went to bed as soon as we put our pjs on, and a good thing too! Because tomorrow was Versailles…

Day 2 Viva Versailles!

After a quick breakfast of oatmeal, we drove to village of Versailles, to visit the palace of Versailles! (man, that sure sounds weird!) Parking was, surprisingly more convenient then we thought it would be, upfront parking!

Soon, we found ourselves standing in the second longest line we’ve ever been in! Second only to Saint Petter’s Basilica!

Outside the palace grounds...

Outside the palace grounds…

Inside the palace grounds!

Inside the palace grounds!

That's all covered in gold!

That’s all covered in gold!

Then we went inside the palace… Not gonna lie, it was kind of disappointing.

Imagine hundreds of people crammed into about 15 rooms, shoulder to shoulder, pushing and shoving in an endless stream of people, shoving you along and only giving you a couple seconds to take any pictures, that’s the inside  :^/ But despite the crowd, I did manage to take a couple decent pictures.

That's actually painted to look like marble!

That’s actually painted to look like marble!

This's real marble.

This’s real marble. See the difference?

This painting reminded me of the haunted Mansion because it was only this guy's head!

This painting reminded me of the haunted Mansion because it was only this guy’s head!

A scenic view of the gardens bellow.

There was little bits of gold embedded into the marble.

Argh! My nose itches!!!

There were little bits of gold embedded into the marble.

There were little bits of gold embedded into the marble.

Sparkly!

MRPH! MRRRRPH!

We paused in our tour of the palace to grab some lunch. We grabbed some sandwiches from a cafe, and found a place to park and chow down. Another reason why the palace was a bit of a disappointment, there  were barely any vegetarian friendly sandwiches! And the only one they did have, tasted kind of gross.

Yum. :^I

Yum. :^I

Then we walked around the rest of the palace,

"This way to the bathroom!"

“This way to the bathroom!”

and soon found ourselves outside. We were pretty surprised (and super excited) to see that there were some pretty cool modern art hanging around to great us.

Coooool...

Coooool…

And we found this few waiting down after a flight of stairs.

Ohhhh, what's down there?!

Ohhhh, what’s down there?!

We walked down and went over to get a better view. To our surprise (and dismay) we saw this.

VANDALISM!!!

VANDALISM!!!

<:^(

<:^o

A tour-guid was standing nearby, explaining what happened to a group of tourists. He explained that this piece of artwork is on loan to Versailles, and it was recently vandalized. None of us read French, but the tour-guide said that it anti-Semitic.

<:^(

<:^(

This kind of thing makes me very sad. Vandalizing something that someone spent time and effort into making, just to express a very violent, hateful, and racist opinion meant to hurt people just because they’re different. In school I’m learning that a lot of war, pain, and suffering is caused just because people are different, for what they believe in and because of what they look like. It’s very sad to see that, even after hundreds, even thousands of years, people still feel this way towards other people just because they different…

On a happier note,

That's the greek god Apollo, the sun god. He's rising up out of the waters to begin his cycle of the sun.

That’s the greek god Apollo, the sun god. He’s rising up out of the waters to begin his cycle of the sun.

We walked around the fountain, and found something truly jaw-dropping.

WIRLPOOOOOOOLLLLLLL!!! (:^O

WIRLPOOOOOOOLLLLLLL!!! :^D

Another piece of modern art that shook the earth. Literally! You could feel the ground vibrating it was so powerful! Since it’s so stinking dangerous, (if you fell in, you’d be crushed under the pressure and drown!) there was a metal fence lining the permitter, and two guards keeping tabs on it. We stood there for five minutes, drooling over it’s swirling void of death awesomeness! I definitely consider this the highlight of our experience at Versailles.

Into the abyss!!!

Into the eternal abyss!!!

Finally, we said goodbye to the whirlpool, and began our 2-3 hour walk around the gigantic man-made canal that stood before us. History Note: The rich French aristocrats would sometimes play out battles on the canal. With mini battleships re-enacting battles for their amusement. Talk about fancy theatricality!

We took a little break over here.


That's Versi all the way down there!

That’s Versailles all the way down there!

It took about 2-3 hours to circle the entire lake! When we did, we went into the other palace next-door to Versailles. So back when King Louie lived in Versailles, there was a second palace, kind of like a family home where he and his family could be a family, without all the hustle and bustle of a royal household. This place was much better then Versailles, a lot less people were inside, and all of the furniture and artwork was intact. But my phone was almost dead, so I didn’t manage to take as many pictures as I wanted to. :^|

I swear, all of these beds look so tiny!

I swear, all of these beds look so tiny!

Chandelier!!!

Chandelier!!!

A half-woman, half-lion, half... snake?

A half-woman, half-lion, half… snake?

This was probably the coolest picture I took!

This was probably the coolest picture I took!

After this, we walked over to a little little park area and bought some ice-cream. After all, no trip would be complete without it!

Vanilla. Very good quality I might add.

Vanilla. Very good quality I might add.

After this, everyone was pretty tired, and we decided to go back to the apartment and rest. Everyone was too exceeded to get any sleep, because the next day was Disney Paris!!!

Ok, I’m going to stop right here and save the Disney for another day. Why? Because I took so many photos, it would make this post way too long! But don’t worry, it’ll be worth the wait! ;^J

Green Tip

Have any worn out boots that you don’t wear anymore? Fill it with soil, plant a couple seeds, and BOOM! You’ve got yourself a nifty flower pot! This’ll work for any other types of shoes, you’re just gonna have to line the inside of it with plastic so the shoe itself won’t get all muddy.

That's a little oak tree in there. :^)

That’s a little baby tree in there. :^)

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.