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!

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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!

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”.

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.

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!

Rainbow Easter Cupcakes :^c]

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a a HOP-y Easter! (thumbs up for cheesy jokes!) Ever since I’ve seen this video, which teaches you how to bake a rainbow inside a cupcake, (WHAAAAT!?!) I’ve been waiting for the perfect excuse to make them. So when Easter came around…

This happened

The only thing I did differently was use homemade cake filling for the outside. I’m not the biggest fan of store bought cake mix :^P.

Tada!

Tada!

I didn't make the lines as perfect as they did in the video, but I did OK.

I didn’t make the lines as perfect as they did in the video, but I did OK.

I had some leftover, so I'm making a cake also!

I had some leftover, so I’m making a cake also!

Baking, baking, baakkiinngg...

Baking, baking, baakkiinngg…

This is what it actually looked like. No bad photos here.

This is what it actually looked like.

So I cut off the top...

So I cut off the top…

Shizam!

Shizam!

Unfortunately, the rainbows floated up to the top with this batch. :^[

Unfortunately, the rainbows floated up to the top with this batch. :^[  The rainbow cake was thawed by the time I baked it in the cupcakes.  I wonder if that had anything to do with them floating?

My parents suggested doing it flat ways and stacking two up top.

My parents suggested doing it flat ways and stacking two up top.

It turned out a LOT better. :^)

It turned out a LOT better. :^)

It was way past bedtime when I finished making these, so I set these out on a rack to cool and put the decorating off for the morning.

In the morning, I made the frosting. Here’s what you’ll need.

I originally wanted to hand mix it, but I decided to use an electric mixer instead.

I originally wanted to hand mix it, but I decided to use an electric mixer instead.

               Need:

  1. 4 to 6 teaspoons of milk.
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  3. A stick of butter (at room temperature)
  4. 16 ounces (a box) of confectioner’s sugar.
  5. An electric mixer.
  6. Some coconut (I forgot to add the coconut and bird’s eggs in the photo).
  7. A couple of bird’s eggs (not real ones!).

1. Mix your butter before adding your other ingredients. Add in your confectioner’s sugar a spoonful at a time (You don’t want to have it snowing indoors).

2. Add your green food dye.

3. Toast some of your coconut until it’s a nice brownish color (be sure to mix it very often, or it’ll BURN!). Let it cool completely before use.

Before...

Before…

After.

After.

4. Frost your cupcakes.

5. Now start “patting” the frosting with your butter knife.

It looks like grass.

It’ll make it look like grass.

6. Make a little nest out of your coconut, but not too much. You’ll can add more later.

You'll add more latter.

7. Dab a little of your leftover frosting onto the bottom of your egg, then plant it into the middle of your cupcake.

4. Repeat with the other two eggs, then add more coconut to cover up any spaces you want.

Tada!

Tada!

This s how my cake turned out.

This is how my cake turned out.

After I finished, we cleaned up the house, and had a little Easter party with some friends. This was all that was left of my cake/cupcakes.

Just a smudge of cake, and one little cupcake... >Burp<

Just a smudge of cake, and one little cupcake. I wonder where they went… Burp!

They were really yummy, and I hope you’ll get the chance to make some! My favorite part is the little surprise on the inside :^) Have fun!

Green Tip

Springtime! The perfect time to start a garden. Compost is essential, and making your own is better then buying store bought. We already have a compost bin in our backyard, but here’s a video for how to make your own! (Click here)