Origami 101: The Cuddly Fox

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Double Cute!

Hello everyone! Today, I’ll be starting off a brand new, semi-weekly series of posts called Origami 101! :^D

Now, I originally posted another tutorial last week, but somehow, it got deleted, and is totally erased from the internet! (*GRRAAAA!!!!* <- Me, screaming at the computer in frustration.) So, let’s keep the introduction brief for today, and just jump right into the tutorial!

Level: Easy

Step 1.

Place of your paper color side down, then fold in half triangularly.

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Step 2.

Unfold, then fold in half the other way.

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Step 3.

Flip the paper over. Then fold the two corners up to the third corner. (As shown bellow)

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Step 4.

This part’s tricky to explain so watch the slide closely. Grab the two ends between your fingers and fold in half.

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Step 5.

Fold one of the right ends over.

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Step 6.

Open the fold, then flatten it. This will create the face.

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Step 7.

Flip your paper over, and repeat what you did for step 5.

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Step 8.

Flip your paper back to the front, and fold the left corner over. This will make the tale and keep your fox upright.

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Step 9.

Last step! Take a black marker and add the eyes, nose, and little feet!

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Cute!

Naturally, because it’s winter, I gave this little fox an even tinier fox in his winter coat!

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Double Cute!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post! Have any suggestions for what next? Leave a comment!

New Year’s Resolutions!

Happy New Year’s everybody! Only a couple more hours until 2016, and only a couple hours left of 2015! Aren’t you excited? Cause I am!  The new year will be representing the third year of this little blogs existence, so YAY!

 Now, to be honest, I’ve been a little  extremely lazy with this blog last year, and I’m really sorry that I haven’t been as attentive as I should have. For my new year’s resolution, I promise to spend a lot more time posting, instead of fermenting into a couch potato. ;^)

Along with the new year, there are going to be a couple major changes around this place. All will be revealed in time,  but until then…

Ten Resolutions for Creative People

Green Tip

Be sure to clean up the remains of your fireworks! 

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.

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!

Disney Magic, The Sequel!

Yep! It’s that time again! The sequel to the epic magic-ness of Disney Paris!!!

Last time we went, (see the adventure here) the tickets were much cheeper then we thought they’d be, (still expensive, but definitely less) and we ended up buying enough tickets for TWO trips. So at six am, we piled into the car and drove to Paris.

Four hours later, we arrive at the gates of Disney.

Ohhhhh... Halloween. BWAHAHAHA!

Oohhhoohhh…Spooky. BWAHAHAHA!

One thing’s for sure, it’s MUCH more crowded then the last time! Partly because of the entire Halloween-iness, and that most schools were on a two week break. So we had to wait about ten-fifteen minutes in total until we entered the park. It was still not as long as I’d expected it to be, and we quickly found ourselves in Main Street, which was totally decked out with ghosts!


They also re-bulbed the lampposts. Lovely touch.

They also re-bulbed the lampposts. Lovely touch.

Another fun thing they did was insert sound effects into the buildings. About every ten seconds, there would be a ghosty moan or an girlish shriek emanating from them. It annoyed a couple people, but I was grinning every time there was a burst of insane laughter.

Old car!!!

Old car!

Old car!

They had a lot of life-sized ghosts hanging around everywhere so people could take pictures with them. I only managed to take a photo of a few, but I hope they make you grin.

I was really tempted to pull everyone over and take a picture of myself in this.

I was really tempted to pull everyone over and take a picture of myself in this.

More vintage cars!!!

More vintage cars!!!

Since we’ve already ridden (almost) every ride in the park,  we just slow rolled through everything. After hooking up with a friend, we headed over in the general direction of Fronteir-land. Eventually, we found our way inside.

Oh! What's that in the distance? BIG THUNDeR MOUNTAIN!!!

Oh! What’s that in the distance? BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN!!!

To our delight, the place was just as equally decked out as Mainstreet, only in a more, autumn-y pumpkin-headed scarecrow filled way.

Runaway Pumpkinface!

Runaway Pumpkinface!

I really like those lanterns. Maybe I'll be able to recreate them with some card stock...

I really like those lanterns. Maybe I’ll be able to recreate them with some card stock…

Since we didn’t want to risk missing it like we almost did last time, Big Thunder Mountain was the first place we went to. However, the wait in line was an hour long, so we decided to go in the Haunted Mansion while we waited for our Fast Pass.

Welcome, foolish mortals!

Welcome, foolish mortals!

This was the only photo of inside the manor I could take before it was too dark.

Can you read what they say? The first one says, “Faithful Butler. Kept the master happy.” and the second one says, “Faithful Chambermaid. Kept the master happier.” ;^)

Our view once we exited the ride.

Our view once we exited the ride.

I’ve gotta say, the ride gets better the more you ride it!

These guys were playing outside the ride when we got out.

These guys were playing outside the ride when we got out.

At this point, everyone was starting to get hungry. So, after a bit of searching, we decided to eat here. Warning: This restaurant has rather bad (photo-taking wise) lighting so the photos are not going to be as good!

Warning! Bad lighting inside!

Warning! Bad lighting inside!

The picture can’t capture how beautiful this place actually is, so you’ll have to go there yourself to see.

Fun fact: The restaurant itself is actually part of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride! We watched people pass by in little boats along the “river” as we waited for our food to come.

Our drinks and appetizers quickly arrived. My siblings and I were half amused, half disappointed, of how small the drinks were.

Here's a side-by-side comparison of how small they are. They're only slightly nigger then my pointer finger!

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of how small they are. They’re only slightly higher than my pointer finger!

Since practically everything on the menu was seafood (again, I’m a vegetarian) I ordered from the kid’s menu. This is what I got.

The veggies in ranch weren’t that great (the ranch was sour and the veggies were dry) but the pasta, with the side of tomato sauce (upper right corer) was delectable.

Then, for desert, my little sister and I decided to get a mango smoothie.

There was a large chocolate stick embedded into it sitting atop whipped cream The smoothie itself though, was extremely sour and I couldn't eat it.

There was a large chocolate stick embedded into it sitting atop whipped cream. The smoothie itself though, was extremely sour and I couldn’t eat it.

Since the smoothie was gross, my mom shared her desert with us.

FIRE!!!!

FIRE!!!!

We ended up spending two hours inside the restaurant, and by the time we got out, it was around 2:00. We decided to go over to the Aladdin attraction, and walked across a maze of rope bridges and really dark “caves” to get there.

This was the biggest bridge we had to cross.

This was the biggest bridge we had to cross.

Romantic no?

Romantic, no?

PHOTOBOMB!!!!

PHOTOBOMB!!!!

Then we walked over to Big Thunder Mountain. We ended coming across two Disney characters along the way.

Zazoo and… the snake from the Jungle Book. (I forgot his name!)

Big Thunder was a blast! Just like last time, this was without a doubt, everyone’s favorite ride!

After that, we marched over to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Last time we came to Disney the ride was closed, but thankfully it was opened this time around. The line was very long, but definitely worth it. And the best part, the ride was totally original, no Davy Jones, no Jack Sparrow, and it even had the talking skull and crossbones!!! After that and a quick coffee break, we continued on to Tomorrow Land.

The adults really wanted to go onto Space Mountain again, and I really didn’t want to go onto it again. Since I’m old enough to wait outside, and won the choice not to ride it, I got to wait outside while everyone else went on. During that time, I took a couple photos of my surroundings and chatted with my younger brother (who also didn’t want to go on the ride).

After about fifteen minutes, the adults and my little sister came out of the ride and we headed over to Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

And now, the superstar of the park, THE DRAGON!!!

Psst! Mr. Dragon! Wake up!

Psst! Mr. Dragon! Wake up!

Poof!

Poof!

Oh! Hello there, foolish mortals!

Oh! Hello there, foolish mortals!

Once we exited the dungeon, we found the back of the castle thrashed by a threshold of thorns!

Gasp!

Gasp!

MALFEASANT!!! SQUEEE!

MALFEASANT!!! SQUEEEEEE!!!!

Sadly, we didn’t have enough time to say hello (curses!) and we went on our way to the Teapot ride.

This was a picture I snapped of the castle inside the center of the Wonderland Maze. Words of advice, just skip it. It’s a pain in the butt, and way too crowded, even the last time we went there!

Soon, we were in our teacups. After spinning around for about a minute (that’s how long the ride lasts) we got off and headed back towards the castle for the parade. We found Malfeasant (and the huge crowd around her) gone, leaving me a clear view of the giant thorn bush.

By the time we reached a spot to watch the parade, all of the front row seats were taken and the sun was setting. I did my best to take the best quality photos I could do under the circumstances, but my photos don’t do it justice.

Fairies!!!

Fairies!!!

The fairy from Pinochio.

The fairy from Pinochio.

MERLIN!!! :^D

It’s MERLIN!!! :^D

Everyone's favorite, Elsa, Anna, and Olaf.

Everyone’s favorite, Elsa, Anna, and Olaf.

I wonder what’s behind that secret panel…

Rapunzel, ridding on a swing in a flowery climate attached to the other side of the Frozen float.

There’s Rapunzel. Ridding on a swing in a flowery climate attached to the other side of the Frozen float.

I really like the lanterns.

There’s Pascal!

MAD HATTER!!!! (Such a pleasant fellow)

MAD HATTER!!!! (Such a pleasant fellow)

I’ve gotta say, the Alice in Wonderland float kind of freaks me out a bit…

Creepy...

See? Creepy…

There are no strings on me! :^D

There are no strings on me! :^D

Run Pinocchio, RUN!

Hup hup hup hup hup!

Hup hup hup hup hup!

Hello there, partner!

Whiny the Pooh!

Whinny the Pooh!

Eore! (DANGE IT! I couldn't get a front side picture!)

Eore! (DANG IT! I couldn’t get a front side picture!)

Tigger and a bumblebee!

Tigger and a bumblebee!

This next part is probably my favorite. Right before the Lion King float, there’s a group of people carrying parrots on sticks. They look really pretty when they’re spun around.

Ohhh.

Ohhh.

Ahhhh.

Ahhhh.

Look at all the people with their cameras!

I really like how this pic turned out.

I really like how this pic turned out.

Simba.

Simba, Pumba and Timone!

The BABOON!

And the BABOON!

Mr. Smee and a group of other pirates.

Mr. Smee and a group of other pirates.

Peter Pan and, I think that's Captain Hook...x

Peter Pan and, I think that’s Captain Hook driving the float…

Just to let you know. Favorite float. Right there.

Just to let you know. Favorite float. Right there.

Hang on Bert! HANG ON!!! :^D

Hang on Bert! HANG ON!!! :^D

Very blurry photo.

Very blurry photo. :^P

And now for the finally!

Mini and Mickey!

Mini and Mickey!

Donald and Goofy! Gettin down with it!

Donald and Goofy! Gettin down with it!

Guess what's behind the float?

Guess what’s behind the float?

It's Tink!

It’s Tink!

Quickly, before the crowds could stampede us anywhere, we marched over to Tomorrow Land to ride the Buzz Lightyear ride (sorry, no photos). The ride itself kept on pausing, allowing us a lot of time to hit the same targets over  and over again. In the end, I ended up with a high score of 20,000, while my dad got over 60,000!

Then, we walked over to Star Tours. This one, is another must. I mean, sure, all of the Star Tours rides are epic, and even though there’s only one version here, it’s the original! Plus, there’s also a Star Wars themed arcade near the exit, so you can goof off a little bit before continuing your Disney venture.

After exiting the arcade and the gift shop, it was pretty dark and my battery was almost dead. I used what little battery I had left to take nighttime photos.

Blurry Photo! (I actually like how this one turned out)

The castle's really pretty at night.

The castle’s really pretty at night.

We saw that there was a Disney show going on near the castle, so we hustled over and caught it just in time.

It's hard to tell, but there's the evil queen from Snow White up there.

There’s the evil queen from Snow White.

Then my battery died. :^L

The “show” turned out to be a meet-and-greet with Disney Villains, and since my phone was, again, dead, we left and looked for a place to eat. We sat down at the restaurant inside Tomorrow Land, and ate some fast food very similar to, Mc Donald’s. (Eh! Eh! Get it?) Then we exited the park, and drove home.

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The day afterwards, I took a photo of my souvenir, which I bought at the Star Tours gift shop.

Awwww, look at dat face!

Awwww, look at dat face!

They had a fun, “build your own droid” section, where I made this little guy. I sat him up on a shelf with two other Star Wars toys.

Why yes, those are candy things.

Why yes, those are candy things.

All in all, not a bad day! I had a lot of fun and hope you guys can to, if you ever decide to visit.

So long, folks!

P:S: Stay tooned for Halloween costume reveal.

Green Tip

It’s Halloween everyone! Lot’s of candy everywhere, which means lots of candy wrappers too. If you trick-or-treat, be sure to recycle all of your candy wrappers, instead of throwing them away.

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!