Iron Horse Orange Empire Railway Museum


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.

It’s a whole Steampunk Family

Steampunk Marty McFly

 


      


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.

Strange Indeed is an original Folk, Jazz, and Bluegrass band from Riverside California.

When their beautiful little girl isn’t taking a nap she’s playing the tambourine with them rocking out.

One of the awesome people I met Demian aka Smiley the Banjo Man. His music is amazing and my husband thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with him.

The night concert was a blast. Everyone has such an amazing talent and unique sound.

Poplock Holmes had an amazing set with catchy beats

The Frytown Toughs were amazing as always and such a blast to listen to.

 

The Velveteen Band delivered an amazing set despite having some technical difficulties.

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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.


We also rode the Steam Engine. I can’t describe how much riding the train is. We don’t go too far on the tracks and the ride is about 15 -20 mins but all the rides in the museum on the trains and trolleys for the day are free. Which is my favorite part, because I was busy vending this year we didn’t really get the time to ride all the trolleys but I have gone in them at the previous Iron Horse Events



  


  

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 trolleys and can answer most of your questions.

Fundraising Event at Creator Space in Temecula

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.

My husband and I did the wands. It was such a blast. I can only hope that once I get the tools I can make more myself.  


I got daring and did the curly design. Daniel’s was the one on the right with the beautiful handle.

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 Side-Hustles for Creative People

 

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

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)

Consignment

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.

Self-Publish

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


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.

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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.

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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 little bit of the sides where you are going to place another gear.

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5) Continue to layer the gears in a design you like. I layered the large gears first, then the small gears on top.

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6) Wait about 20 minutes for your gears to dry in place.


7) Once your gears are done drying you can pick your E6000 again and your pin backing and glue your pin on!

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8) Wait again about 10 -20 minutes for the glue to dry and you got yourself a cute Steampunk Pin.

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Check back for more Steampunk and other crafts

 

10 Ways to have a Budget Friendly Wedding

 

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.

7) Thumbtack

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.