There has been some major changes in the Lampi house lately. I have been growing my side business Amber Ily Steamcrafts and just started my job as a Paraeducator at a high school. I’m so sorry for the lack of posts these past few weeks. It’s been so hectic. I hope that as I get stabilized in my job that I can post regularly again. Thank you everyone for your patience. Check out the Facebook page and Instagram page for updates. There will be some nerdy posts coming soon on some of the awesome events I attended. Also some great crafts as well. Thank you my awesome crafty geeks for sticking with me.
This past weekend I was a vendor at Iron Horse Steampunk Festival at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. My husband Daniel and I got there Friday night to set up my area. We also stayed a couple nights and camped out on the museum grounds during the Festival. I have to say it was an amazing experience that I can’t wait to do again next year.
I always love the characters and costumes that people make and come up with for Steampunk. Most people build stories around their costumes and become these characters, while others alter other pop culture icons.
My lovely Mum dressed up as well for the Event. She even sported one of my gear pins on her shirt that I made. Check out my tutorial on how to make one of these cute accessories.
One of the things that I believe sets Iron Horse apart from most of the conventions is their music. Poplock Holmes gathered a wonderful line up for Iron Horse that truly made the festival. There were so many talented musicians at the Festival and I was lucky enough to get one of the best spots near the stage and entertainment. Poplock Holmes, Strange Indeed, Banjo man, Frytown Toughs, Aether Brigade and The Velveteen Band.
When their beautiful little girl isn’t taking a nap she’s playing the tambourine with them rocking out.
The night concert was a blast. Everyone has such an amazing talent and unique sound.
My husband and I enjoyed a tethered balloon ride from Skyline Balloons. The rides were $15 per person, because we were selling at the event were able to buy one and get one free.
There were also many other activities that I wasn’t able to check out such as the different workshops.
Overall, the museum is a beautiful place for the event. All the volunteers are wonderful they know quite a bit about the trains and trollys and can answer most of your questions.
It has been crazy busy in the Lampi house. My Husband Daniel and I went to check out this Biannual Costume and Cosplay Extravaganza at Creator Space in Temecula last Saturday.
I had heard about this event on Facebook from some friends. I figured a free Cosplay event with workshops I couldn’t go wrong. So I got dressed up in some on my basic cosplay gear and Daniel and I headed down to Temecula.
This event was wonderful. It was a small event but the workshops were fun and the vendors were great, although placed in a tight space. Tayliss Forge from Steampunk’d was there. She was selling prints wire elf ears and was a guest speaker. My wonderful Tara from Gear Oils was there as well.
All workshops were free however, there was a suggested fee and all proceeds went to supples to continue this great workshop.
The Creator Space was created because there has been a decline of shop class in high school. The Creator Space is a non-profit corporation and is place where kids and adults can learn and teach classes on costume ideas, wood shop, and soldering. The Creator Space is open Monday-Friday 10am-8pm and Saturday 10am-6pm. These events are held twice a year to help raise money to continue this dream of having a space where kids and adults can use a workspace learn new techniques and let their creativity flow. If you are in the area I recommend you check this place out.
4 Creative Ways to earn extra Income
Let’s face it, if you are a creative person it is hard to find a good job that isn’t both extremely competitive and hard to get into. The creative jobs that are easier to get into just don’t pay very well. Here are some great ways to show off your creative talent and make some extra money on the side.
Etsy is a wonderful handmade market. If you are great at making things I suggest selling your handmade items on Etsy. I make an extra $3,000 to $4,000 a year on Etsy sales. It is possible to make a living off of selling on Etsy. However, I enjoy my job so I haven’t expanded my business. Check out (How to Earn Money on Etsy)
If you are an artist painting or photography or any other medium consign your work to local coffee shop or business. Sometimes, you can consign your handmade items to even an Antique mall. Ask the manager of the business and usually they will ask to see a sample of your product and will consign with a certain percentage of your sales. Try to consign to shops that have the type of clients that would buy your product or your aesthetic works well with their design. You will help decorate their walls and space and they can make a certain percentage of your sales. You get daily exposure and sales. Maximize your exposure by making sure you leave your business cards where the customers will be able to get them.
Sell at a local Craft Fair
When it comes to making your creative products don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Don’t just sell on Etsy and don’t just consign. Sell at local craft fairs, markets, even conventions. This is a great way to network and get yourself out there when you have an online shop or you just want to bring in some extra money for your talents. Bring plenty of business cards and your A game in sales. Be genuine and confident when speaking to your buyers. Tell them your story about your creative work. Check out my list of what to bring to your next craft fair.
Start a blog
Write about what you are passionate about. Write what you know. There are a so many amazing blogs out there about so many subjects. Pick a topic and write about it. Maybe you write fiction or poetry blog your creative writings. Tumblr and Instagram are great venues for poetry.
Maybe you write Fiction or Poetry. Get your book out there and make some extra money by self-publishing. Amazon has a great program. Lulu is also a great site.
How to make a Steampunk gear pin – I love the Steampunk aesthetic. You don’t have to be a Steampunk enthusiast to incorporate a little bit of Steam into your outfits. A great way to bring Steampunk into your daily outfits or even into your cosplay is a little simple Steampunk gear pin.
Here is what you need
- Bead Landing Assorted Gears (comes in a pack of 30)
- Pin Backing
- E6000 glue small tube (easier to hold when gluing small things)
*all these supplies are found at your local Michael’s Store.
Decide what gears you want to use. You don’t have to choose exactly the kind I did. I vary with both the bigger and smaller gears to give it depth. Try a mixture of colors and styles of the gears.
2 ) Decide where to place your gears. Or just grab and place and play with the gears till you like the design.
3) Before you start to glue make sure you are working on a plastic surface where you can place your gears to dry and if they stick you can easily get your pin off the surface.
4) Use your E6000 glue, and glue a l bit of the sides where you are going to place another gear.
5) Continue to layer the gears in a design you like. I layered the large gears first, then the small gears on top.
6) Wait about 20 minutes for your gears to dry in place.
8) Wait again about 10 -20 minutes for the glue to dry and you got yourself a cute Steampunk Pin.
10 Ways to have a budget Friendly Wedding
It’s wedding season! Having a budget friendly wedding, is a balancing act between trying to save money and trying to not take too many projects on. Depending on the timeline of your wedding you might be able to take more DIY projects. When my Husband and I were planning our wedding I worked full time, we moved twice, and we had only 10 months to plan. Here are 10 tips on how to save money when planning your big day.
1) Make items
There are so many things you can make when it comes to your wedding. Balancing your timeline and your projects is really what makes it complicated. There are a number of items you can make for your wedding to cut down costs.
2) Buy your wedding dress used or on clearance.
Please, don’t buy your dress online. It is so risky and I have heard horror stories. However, there are great steals to find for wedding dresses. Goodwill and your local vintage store is a great place to find beautiful vintage or gently used wedding dresses. Buy cheap and make the dress your own. David’s Bridal also has a great Clearance and “As Is” section. I bought my dream wedding dress for $275 and the original price was $1,100 at David’s Bridal. I got it at the discount, all because the original owner returned it after the dress had already been altered.
3) Garage Sales
Sometimes, you can find people getting rid of things from their wedding at garage sales. I found my flower basket and ring pillow at a garage sale, then I just altered it to the way I wanted it for my wedding. Keep you eyes open for decor items like candle holders and dinnerware these can help make your wedding unique and you can use the items later in your home.
4) Craigslist and other used sites
These are also great places you can find wedding items for less. You can often find decor, table linens, men’s used suits and tuxes (make sure that you can always try on before buying). You can also find local vendors from Craigslist that can help cut down cost.
5) Goodwill and Salvation Army
Goodwill and Salvation Army sometimes has gems hidden within the wedding dress area. Some of the dresses just need alterations or cleaning. Mismatched bridesmaids dresses can be found here as well and can be tide together beautifully.
6) Bridal Shows
Bridal shows are great for freebies and discounts. Make sure to RSVP before hand and check sites like Groupon for discounts.
This is a great site to find local vendors. You can set your price and then the vendors will contact you and negotiate prices and packages. I found both my DJ and my makeup artist on Thumbtack.
8) Use Ipod for music instead of hiring a DJ
If your budget doesn’t allow for a DJ an Ipod playlist might be a great alternative. You are then in control of your playlist and your songs. If you have a song system or, your venue has an adequate sound system this is fairly simple to do. You can either choose to have the playlist go or have a friend moderate it.
9) Ask friends and family for help or expertise.
Originally, I didn’t want friends or family to help with my wedding. I was scared that if I didn’t like something they did I would risk offending them, which could cause stress during an already stressful time. However, my friends and family who helped with my wedding were more professional and listened to me more than the people who were professionals.
10) Get married at a place where everything is a set package
Sometimes, having a packaged deal is better than having to multiple venues and vendors for things. For example, we saved money by packaging our rehearsal, ceremony, and reception. They also, took care of our catering and we had a day of coordinator. These all can add up when you buy them separate and can also cause a headache, because now your are dealing with twice as many people which means more that can go wrong and get lost in translation.
This is a total girl (I mean period) moment here! So men you have been warned. Anything, I say that may gross or offend, you had your warning.
So, my husband and I decided awhile ago before we even got married that we weren’t going to have kids to due to my health problems. In October, we made it official and he had a vasectomy. We waited the allotted months and he was tested sperm free! Yay! That meant I could finally get off that horrible birth control I have been on for almost ten years.
They always tell you what to expect when you’re on birth control. What the side effects are, etc. What they don’t tell you is what happens when you quit your birth control. (Even if you call your doctor to let her know what you are doing *evil glares*).
I quit my birth control right after my period. It was the perfect timing. My husband had just got the okay and it meant I didn’t have to go and get another refill on my prescription. The first week I had the flu (long story and had nothing to do with quitting birth control). So, while I was laying in bed sick. I was terribly horny. Even though I was slowly dying. It was as if my libido just kicked back into overdrive. Definitely a plus, not very great on timing though.
The second week I was losing weight, which, at the time I attributed to my flu. I also had got a yeast infection. All of these things combined, were starting to just get on my nerves and at the time I hadn’t attributed my symptoms to quitting my birth control.
By the third week, my breasts had started hurting. That’s what sent me over the edge. I was freaking out. I thought, is there some way that I’m pregnant? Did my husbands vasectomy not take? Then I thought of the recent changes I had gone through with my medication and thought about what kind of symptoms can birth control give you if you quit it? I immediately looked it up. All of my symptoms fit. I breathed a wonderful sigh of relief. Even though my breasts still sore, at least I knew it would go away.
I wanted to share some of the information I gathered. Again, I’m not a doctor so if you have questions concerning your health please contact your doctor.
– You can lose a little weight
– Your sex drive may improve
– You can get pregnant easily
– Your breast my deflate a tiny bit
– Breast tenderness
– More headaches
– You may have heavier periods and worse cramps
– Possibly worse PMS
– Your acne may come back
– You may feel or see yourself ovulating
– You may get a yeast infection
One of the best ways I have been earning a bit of extra side money to help with things like gifts or groceries is using Swagbucks. I’ve been hearing a lot of mixed reviews between, I have tried it, and it took too long for me to get any points, so I gave up, or I would like to check it out. So, I wanted to break down the best ways to earn Swagbucks and get gift cards faster.
500 Swagbucks (SB) equal a $5 gift card. You can choose to cash out at $5 or wait and save up your Swagbucks and cash out when you reach higher amounts. Swagbucks has a huge assortment of gift cards available from PayPal to target and Amazon.
1) Download the Swagbucks app and SB TV – This makes earning your points easy. You can do tasks on the go when you are standing in line waiting for Starbucks. Do your daily poll. Fill out a survey. Watch a couple videos all these tasks are at your fingertips.
2) Download the Swagbucks Toolbar – By downloading the toolbar it makes it easy to use the Swagbucks search engine. It also notifies you when there is a Swag Code available. You can also search and earn surprise Swagbucks.
3) Daily Poll – The daily polls are worth 1 SB. This can be done once a day, which equals to around 30 SB a month.
4) Daily Crave – Daily crave is on the Swagbucks main webpage. You watch three videos and earn 1 Swagbuck. This can be done again daily, which can equal around 30 SB a month.
5) Daily Offers – Daily offers is another one that is on the Swagbucks webpage. They are special offers that you can either choose to sign up for or skip past. I personally always skip past them. At the end you get 2 Swagbucks for going through the offers. This can be done daily, which can equal around 30 SB a month.
6) Watch the Featured videos on your phone in SB TV app – You can watch trailers on your phone. Each day you have a different earning limit. Sometimes, I leave my phone on the app on silent and let it play the trailers while I get ready or do chores. You do have to check on it occasionally because it will stop playing them if you haven’t used your phone in awhile.
7) Referrals – Swagbucks has a great referral program. If you refer someone you and your referral get 150 Swagbucks. You continue to get 10% from your referral as they continue to earn their Swagbucks. They also have promotions throughout the year for example throughout February you have a chance to win 300 Swagbucks from signing up through my referral.
8) Shop – Shop online and get Swagbucks back, because who doesn’t love shopping online and getting money back. The amount varies from store to store. There are usually great deals around the holidays.
9) Daily Goal – Swagbucks sets daily goals. If you meet your daily goal for that day you get extra Swagbucks.
10) Swag Codes – Swagbucks has Swag codes that you can place in the code area either in the app or on your computer. There are sites you can go to that give you the codes instead of looking everywhere for the Swag code. You can also just get notifications sent to your phone my favorite is Swag Codes Spoiler.
11) Surveys – One thing I really don’t like about a lot of the points sites is that you have to fill out tons of surveys to really earn anything and most of the time you don’t ever even qualify for them. Swagbucks gives you 1 SBs for 4 surveys a day that you start and don’t qualify for.
I hope this helps everyone! Swagbucks is a great tool that doesn’t take up a ton of time. Most tasks take a minute or less and can be done on your phone. Give it a try or a second chance.
Our Anniversary at Wilson Creek Winery
Valentine’s Day was my husband Daniel and I’s one year anniversary. We got married at Wilson’s Creek in Temecula, Califorina, on a beautiful Valentine’s Day night with a guest list of a hundred people. For our anniversary, we wanted to go back to Wilson Creek because we truly love the atmosphere there and the owners as well as the people there are just so nice.
On Saturday, my parents had complimentary wine tasting tickets that the owners had given to them from our wedding. So, they shared their wine tasting tickets and we had a picnic. What makes Wilson Creek Winery so unique is they have a huge picnic area where you are able to bring outside food and drink and enjoy your very own picnic. They only request that you don’t bring coolers which a lot of people don’t seem to follow but I feel it is an easy request to respect. We brought Subway, chips, and water to the beautiful green picnic area. The weather was a beautiful 80 degrees and was wonderful in the shade. After our little picnic we got a couple of tastings and enjoyed sitting and talking photos. My husband got me this wonderful anniversary gift of Instax FujiFilm mini 8, it takes the cutest instant photos. We had a blast taking photos with it at the winery.
We continued to walk around for a bit and enjoyed the great weather. We continued to enjoy our wine tasting tickets. We had Almond Champagne at our wedding and it is always our favorite. So we decided to taste something different. We enjoyed their Peach Bellini and their Orange Mimosa. I really loved the Peach Bellini, it was one of my new favorites. My parent’s then treated us to see the movie Deadpool, because we are that kind of family. It was everything we could hope for, plus I think it disturbed my parents a bit but my Mum surprisingly liked the movie.
Sunday – Happy Valentine’s Day!
On Sunday, my husband and I another wonderful day with at the Winery just the two of us. We brought our own bottle of Wilson Creek Almond Champagne and enjoyed it in the picnic area. My husband made reservations for the brunch at the restaurant. We enjoyed a delicious buffet with sushi, ham and roast. They also, had breakfast items like waffles, omelets make on the spot, and delicious bacon and sausage. We then enjoyed all sorts of delectable deserts from cake pops, cookies, to mini little cakes (which were my favorite), and a chocolate fountain which you could dip fruit, and rice crispie treats into, (that was my husband’s favorite.)
We still had more wine tasting tickets so we tried some more of the Sparkling wines like the Orange Mimosa and the Sangria.
You can walk through the grounds of the winery and into the vines. We had a fun time taking photos (I mean I had a fun time taking photos my husband tolerated it, lol.)
The Wilson Creek Winery, is such a beautiful place to spend time. If you just want to bring your Wilson’s champagne from Costco and enjoy a picnic at no cost or spend a bit and enjoy wine tasting and lunch, the Winery is truly spectacular.
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Most of us tend to have a collection of something. My weakness is, I like to collect a lot of different things that catch my attention. I have a taxidermy collection (I know I’m an odd one), a vintage camera collection, and a watch part collection. So, how do you know that your collections have turned you into a hoarder? When your collection has become a burden and is neither going to make you happy or generate revenue.
How many of you in the 90’s collected beanie babies, (come on all you Millennials raise your hands) and if they are still sitting in your storage or in your house collecting dust and using up your space, they are becoming a burden.
It depends on your collections and that difference between what makes you happy, and what will make you some income. Take a look around your house. Sometimes, you don’t even realize you have a collection of items until it has started to take over a space. Do you have too many newspapers or magazines that you are collecting? If you haven’t used them by now get rid of them. They aren’t worth enough for you to keep. When I was in high school, I had shelves and bins full of magazines. I loved cutting them up and making my walls a canvas for their art. But, as I got older I let the stack grow and grow but I would tell myself I would go through them and make an art project out of them someday. However, it got to the point where my collection was gathering dust and wasn’t profiting anyone. So I buckled down a couple years ago and got rid of all of them. Don’t get me wrong, I love magazines and I still keep a few at a time and still cut them up for art projects, but my collection of them was borderline hoarding. They weren’t being used, so they needed to go.
De-clutter your space if you are being over run by your collections. When going through your collections make sure to use eBay and other internet sources as a reference guide. Choose what makes you happy, what will be an investment, and get rid of whatever else is sitting collecting dust.
As smart collectors we want the objects that fill up our space to be worth something. After all, why can’t our belonging be our investments as well? Spend money wisely and do research before you start a collection. Make sure the money you spend will grow in time as your collection gets older, and not lose its value.
What kind of items do you collect? What do you hoard?