Steampunk Christmas Ornaments From Amber Ily’s Steamcrafts

Steampunk Christmas Ornaments

Steampunk Christmas Ornaments from Amber Ily’s Steamcrafts.

My little business Amber Ily’s Steamcrafts, already starting the holiday season off with Steampunk Christmas/Holiday Ornaments. They are perfect to decorate your Christmas tree or to add a little something special to gift wrap. The ornaments gears vary in color and pattern. The ornaments are $8 and can be ordered in a large amount off of my Etsy site. Please, inform me if you will be ordering over 40, so I can give you an estimated time and make sure that I have enough supplies. I will give a discount for bulk orders and wholesale. Here is the link for the Christmas Ornaments.

 

 

I also, have a new variation of my ornament this season. I teamed up with Gear Oils and we are now selling Steampunk Gear Oil Ornaments with felt in the middle to place some of your essential oil and make your Christmas tree smell fresh and evergreen. These new ornaments are $10.

 

 

Amber Ily’s Steamcrafts Gear and Clock Hand Earrings. Gear and Clock Hand earring also sell out fast during the holiday season. They are great stocking stuffers and perfect for women who have their ears pierced. The colors are copper, silver and gold and the are many patterns of gear and clock hand choices available. If you don’t see something you like let me know and maybe I can make you something special. Most earrings are $10 a pair. Please contact me if you have a large order. I will give discounts for buying in bulk and for wholesale. 

 

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Update 

  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.

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.

Quitting Birth Control – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly. 


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 husband’s 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.

The good

– You can lose a little weight

– Your sex drive may improve

– You can get pregnant easily

The Bad

– Your breast may deflate a tiny bit

– Breast tenderness 

– More headaches 

The Ugly

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 

Our Anniversary at Wilson Creek Winery

 

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, California, 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 they’re just so nice.

Picinic Area at the Wilson Creek Winery

Picnic area at the Wilson Creek Winery

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.


Genuine Fujifilm Instax Mini – white (Instant Film)

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Daniel and I

Daniel and I at the Gazebo where we got married

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

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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 desserts from cake pops, cookies, to mini little cakes (which were my favorite), and a chocolate fountain which you could dip fruit, and rice crispy treats into, (that was my husband’s favorite.)

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We still had more wine tasting tickets so we tried some more of the Sparkling wines like the Orange Mimosa and the Sangria.

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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.)

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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.

Wilson Creek Vineyards

 

*Disclaimer – This post has affiliate links. I do make a commission if you purchase if you’d prefer not to shop through my links feel free to visit the links directly. All opinions are my own and I only promote advertising from companies that I feel I can personally recommend. 

First Year of Marriage

Daniel and I

In a couple of days, my husband And I will be married a for a year. As I look back on the year that we had, my husband and I had been together almost six years before we tied the knot. We truly have been through all sorts of ups and downs. Job losses, a house fire, and hospital stays, we have endured.

This past year has probably been the happiest time of my life. They say the first year of marriage is always the hardest, but for some reason, God seemed to bless us with a beautiful year. This year seemed to go by so fast. My husband and I moved in together and made our little space, home. My amazing step-son stays with us a couple times a month and fills our home with love and laughter. My husband Daniel continues to be there for me through my ups and downs and is the best supporter of all my endeavors.

Our new year is full of many exciting opportunities. We are still working on eliminating our debt and my husband is working on becoming a deputy Sheriff. I continue to work on finding a new job and expanding my side hustles.

I can only hope that our years will continue to be filled with love and happiness.

 

Road Trip to Arizona

Our Road Trip to Arizona

So here is our recap of our wonderful road trip to Arizona

We had to fill my Prius before we left for Arizona. I filled up at the least inexpensive place around at 2.55 which filled my tank and only cost me $20. Which I used during my day of work as well. We left at around 5:30pm and got food on the way. We had McDonald’s which cost us a whopping $12. However, this meal lasted us the rest of the night. We decided to stop in Quartzite to get gas due to the great gas price of $1.89 and filled my tank with $10.

We didn’t get into Mesa until 12am. We spent our first night at my husband’s friends house. We stayed up late and enjoyed catching up with friends.

The next day we got up early and headed over to Tempe. Once we got there my husband and I checked out Mill Street. This little area has great bars and restaurants. We didn’t get a chance to taste any of the amazing smelling food but we enjoyed walking up and down the strip and looking in the stores. One of my favorites was this little old bookstore called,  Old Town Books. This place had so many unique old books.

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While walking around we found this little art museum. The museum was small and admission was free. Most of the art was ceramics and sculptures. Some of the pottery was very unique. I especially loved the steampunk teapot.

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Another fun shop we went into on Mill Avenue was the Hippie Gypsy. This place had unique clothes and amazing rings.

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After Mill Avenue, we headed over to Old Town Scottsdale. We walked around and looked at some of the stores. I have to say it felt over-produced. Most of the stores were jewelry stores who seemed to all have the same designs, or tourist shops. I tend to enjoy looking at the unique little shops and boutiques.

I did, however, find this Henna Shoppe and got this beautiful temporary Henna for only $15. I had such a lovely time. The woman who did the Henna was so sweet and she did a wonderful job.

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As we were heading out of Old Town Scottsdale we happened upon this little Museum. There is nothing more perfect than a free museum.

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Afterward, we joined up with my Husbands Aunt and Uncle. They were so wonderful and treated us to Pizza! We enjoyed the night staying up, talking and catching up. We spent the night at their place in Phoenix. The next morning we enjoyed Aunt Kara’s French Toast and eggs.

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Sunday, we drove to Phoenix and checked out some antique stores. We found this huge antique mall called the Brass Armadillo. The prices were really affordable and there were so many cool things from each vendor.

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We enjoyed the last couple of hours before we headed home at the Scottsdale Fashion Mall. We loved window shopping and checking out all the shops that we don’t usually see in our area. We ended up eating at the mall were I could use my coupons. We stopped to fill up in Scottsdale before we headed home, $1.68 a gallon! On the way home we enjoyed some wonderful rainstorms and great conversation. Our whole trip cost us $50 in gas, $27 in food, and $25 in entertainment (Henna tattoo and a little taxidermy specimen from the Brass Armadillo.) Our total came out to be $102! What a fantastic road trip for around $100 dollars.

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Road Trip on a Budget

 

Road Trip on a Budget

My husband and I have been wanting to take a weekend trip from our home in Southern California to Arizona since we got married almost a year ago. So, at the beginning of this year, we decided that at the last weekend of this month we were going to do it. We plan to travel to Prescott, Flagstaff, and Mesa, AZ. Our goal is to enjoy the site seeing, take photos, and my husband wants to show me where he used to live and hang out. How are we going to do this on a strict budget you ask? By careful planning, packing food and staying at family and friends houses, we are going to spend only gas money and about $40 on food.

 

Plan the best route possible

There is nothing like getting lost when you’re on a trip. Not only is it stressful but it’s a waste of gas and time. When planning any kind of road trip make sure you have all your destinations mapped out. If you decide at the last minute to go somewhere else make sure you map the alternate route so not to get lost. I can’t count how many times my Husband and I got lost on a road trip because we didn’t map the route out completely or one of us wasn’t paying attention.

 

Gas Buddy

If you don’t already use this app check it out. It’s perfect for daily use and trip planning. The app uses your location to find the nearest gas stations to you that have the cheapest gas. We will be using this app on our road trip to help us save money on our gas.

 

Pack Food and Snacks

Pack a cooler in your car and fill it up with ice. Use it to keep drinks, sandwich meat and snacks in it. We don’t really want to eat out while on the road and we want to continue to stick to our goals of not eating out. We will be using a cooler stashed with drinks and snacks to enjoy our site seeing road trip. We will enjoy one meal on the go which will be whatever coupons I bring with me.

 

Stay with Family and Friends

Staying at a hotel is expensive. When on a road trip if possible, stay at a family or friends house. Well at least stay with family only if you get along with them. Don’t sacrifice your sanity to save a few bucks. Stay at home instead. While we are in Arizona we will be staying with some family and friends. This will give us a chance to visit with them and catch up as well as have a place to stay.

Our Old Town San Diego Trip


This past weekend we spent a Saturday in Old Town San Diego. We love Old Town San Diego and it is so much fun. It was fairly easy to find public parking and we were able to park till 4pm for free. We walked around the shops and enjoyed the unique displays.

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There are several unique museums and displays throughout the park. They are great for learning the history of the area and how old some of the buildings are.


During our walk, we happened upon this Blacksmith area where they were making soap. I loved their period true costumes. (Except for the safety goggles for safety reasons)


We also went to the Whaley House. It cost $8 per person for a tour but it is well worth it. I can’t say I saw any ghosts, but there a small theater area in the upstairs part that just going near it made my chest feel so tight I could barely breathe. 



 Craft Fair

During our walk, we happened upon this little craft fair. There were many unique vendors with different things to look at. There was one lady in particular who had made wind chimes out of silver teapots and silverware.

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All in all, it was a fun day with little money spent. My hubby and I had an amazing day with friends and enjoyed the sites and entertainment.