Journey to Virginia City

Living in Reno there are many interesting places to visit within a small radius. My favorite is probably Virginia City. Of course, Lake Tahoe is iconic and everyone must check it out but anytime we have family or friends visit us we always make a point to venture off in the opposite direction. We head to the old mining town of Virginia City.

Virginia City has a lot to offer for such a small town. Its old buildings are such a treat for the eyes to behold. Not only do the sights of the old building take you back but with the wooden sidewalks underfoot you become immersed in the old world. There are many unique shops throughout the main street of town. My favorite is a hatmaker, that creates custom hats in creative ways.

During the warmer months there are many events that take place that draw in a crowd each time. This weekend they are hosting an annual off road motorcycle race that brings in about 1,000 riders in an extremely competitive event. In September we attended our first International Camel and Ostrich race. I have never had so much goofy fun baking in the hot desert sun than while watching this event take place.

The views are breathtaking as well! There is something for everyone between what I mentioned above and the museums and tours offered as well.
If you get the chance I highly recommend this swell lil old town for a day or weekend trip. Everyone we take has had a blast. What are some of your favorite places to visit around where you are from? Do you have any hidden gems we should know about if we end up in your neck of the woods? Let us know in the comments below. Til next time Pengminions!

Follow us on
Twitter: @findingfurleigh & @richardfurleigh
Instagram: @findingfurleigh
Facebook: @FurleighFotography

Advertisements

The Furleighs in San Francisco

When work inadvertently schedules you three days off in a row what do you do? Pack up the car, get a pet sitter, and take a quick trip of course! Following up on some of our travels I present to you our time in San Francisco.

Day one was venturing to the infamous Alcatraz Island. The island itself was surprisingly beautiful if you took away the giant steel and concrete looming over you. Getting inside to see the prison however was intimidating and even a little inspiring. If you’ve never visited it isn’t until once you’re inside that the true magnitude of the whole place hits you. It’s almost unsettling to think of the history such a facility has, and surprising some of the tales of reform that came from inside. One of the more dramatic stories from Alcatraz has nothing to do with it’s time as a prison, but after it was abandoned. First nation peoples took up residence for a period from November 1969 to June 1971 declaring the island belonging to all native people. We left the island and proceeded to walk, everywhere, for the rest of the day. Coit tower, Chinatown, and the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.

Walking through Chinatown was almost surreal, hearing almost no English being spoken around us and seeing almost all signs written in another language was a very different experience. While there we stopped by Boba Guys, which without a doubt had the best boba tea Kristen or I have ever had. We wrapped up at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, which is simply spectacular. The entire space made me want to perform a Shakespeare production right then and there. By the time we were done however I was tapped out, and we had to take a Lyft back to our car since I felt like I was about to get some massive blisters otherwise.

Day two started out with us at nearby Muir Woods national Monument, one of the last places on Earth with naturally growing redwood trees. The colloquial use of “walking among sleeping giants” was exceptionally apt here with trunks the size of cars that would then shoot into the sky making you hurt yourself in an attempt to actually see the tops. The adventurous penguins we are we ventured off onto one of the side paths to get away from the crowds and get into the woods a little more. It was well worth it as the beauty of the area revealed itself more and more in the quiet. Once we left there we hung out a little in San Francisco before heading to The Exploratorium and met up with one of Kristen’s friends from back in Victoria, Sarah.

I had never heard of The Exploratorium until we researched places to see in San Francisco, but I am so glad we were able to get there since it’s pretty much a giant science/art/physics/natural world playground for adults. Needless to say we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We parted ways with Sarah and headed off to meet another friend who lived in the area. We met with Sydney after she got done with her rehearsal for her show she was working on. The local bar we met at had a great vibe to it and had a stellar home made sour mix, which led to a phenomenal amaretto sour for Kristen. Our evening ended at a karaoke bar that was hosted by a karaoke DJ who also happened to play the harmonica, sing all the background vocals, and play the saxophone.

On our last day we finally got San Francisco’s famous crummy weather which was a bummer, but we came prepared! So we tossed on our rain gear and got out to Golden Gate Park for some exploring. We meandered about for a bit before going into the Japanese Tea Garden for some afternoon refreshments. The site was beautifully kept; flowers, koi ponds, manicured trees, and more awaited us as we walked the paths. After enjoying a pot of tea we headed across the street to the Botanical Gardens which had me entertained and Kristen mesmerized. The scale of the plants that thrived in such conditions was quite astonishing, and venturing to other parts of the world’s flora in such a small space was fantastic. We wrapped up our time in the bay by meeting up with Kristen’s mother and another friend, Dylan, for dinner and a stroll along the Ghirardelli Square toward the piers. After buying two pounds of sourdough from Boudin’s (all for me!) we said our goodbyes and it was back to Reno.

All in all our first extended trip to San Francisco was exceptionally amazing, full of adventures, and made even more enjoyable by our friends we met while there (thanks guys and gals!). Do you have any trips coming up shortly? Any places you think we should check out the next time we get down to the bay area? Let us know down below!

Until next time Pengminions!

 

Follow us on
Twitter: @findingfurleigh & @richardfurleigh
Instagram: @findingfurleigh
Facebook: @FurleighFotography

Experiences are the Best Gifts

~Kristen Furleigh

The best gift you can give some one is your time. Rather than spending your hard earned money on things that in most cases only offer short term fulfillment why not think differently next time a holiday or birthday come around. We as people remember most the experiences we had and the people we had them with more readily than the gift items we get. Why not give the gift of experiences and/or time when the next gift giving event takes place?

great basin

Around here we prefer just that. Any chance we get we are trying to come up with a meaningful experience in which we can gift our time when these milestones hit. This year was my Dad’s 50th birthday and what we came up with is for me to take him out to a different spot once a month for the whole year and we grab a beer together . This encourages us to make time for each other; which with our busy schedules can get away from us sometimes. For the year we are dedicating once a month to an experience and quality time; which is better than any ol’ tie or bottle of aged whiskey could offer. It’s just two months in and it has been a blast!

If you are looking for some grand adventures or experiences and don’t know where to look try out Groupon. You can get ideas and even try something new for a fraction of the original cost. They have offers in most cities.

snow

Christmas this year was a great year for Groupons, one of my favorite gifts, my parents got each of us ‘kids’ a voucher for go-kart racing! And for my parents I got us an adventure for a group snowshoeing adventure up in Lake Tahoe. For Richard and I we purchased one for parasailing this summer up in Lake Tahoe also. I can’t wait to go on these epic adventures with people I love.

cpAnother place to start when trying to come up with gifts that are more along these lines is to think about the person’s interests and how you can incorporate those into an activity or outing. When my birthday came around last year Richard remembered my love of arts/crafts and weakness for a sweet Moscato and signed me up to spend time with my Mom at Crafted Palette (a local paint and sip establishment) since he had to work.

These are just a few of many ways you can change your gift giving habits that we encourage you to try out. What are some of your favorite non-traditional gifts or some ideas that you have come up with that we didn’t talk about? We would love to hear about them. Having trouble or feeling stuck; lets brainstorm some ideas together! Til next time Pengminions!

Follow us on
Twitter: @findingfurleigh & @richardfurleigh
Instagram: @findingfurleigh
Facebook: @FurleighFotography

 

 

 

It’s Blog Writing Weather

We are out of school, the snow is falling and unless you are playing in it there is no reason anyone would want to leave the house. All in all this means it is time to sit in front of the computer and fill in some missing adventures here for you all.

The Mrs. Penguin here. As we waddled through our first year here in Reno we did a lot and we didn’t do a lot. We got settled into a cheap apartment with our cute lil fur animals Jane and Oliver. Nothing fancy but it is big and we have our own washer and dryer. YAY No laundry trips! First things first we came here with the idea of of going back to school for our MBAs. We finally decided a campus program as opposed to an online program would be the best fit for us. A little over a month of busting ass and having it handed back to us via math we had not seen in years we passed our GRE and applied to The University of Nevada – Reno. As our first semester is already in the books with A’s all around you can see we obviously got in.
DSC_0202 (2).jpg

We spent some time traveling but we will go into detail about those in their own post.
Seattle, Yellowstone, The Red Woods, Lava Caves, and West Coast adventures will be making their way to your eyes soon.

We spent a lot of time planning/researching these trips and once school started we did nothing else!
Our first semester was a bit of a tough transition even for a part time program. One of our classes was Statistics and we both had zero previous experience making it a challenging course. We learned A LOT and even got a bit creative with our final project. We chose to do statistics on Racial/Gender inequality in Hollywood and even brought popcorn for the class to help set the stage for our presentation.

During the semester we went to an information session about study abroad opportunities through the College of Business that would count towards credit hours for our MBA. Guess who decided that 9 hours (3 classes) of graduate credit would be spent traveling…These penguins!

This summer we are looking forward to one of the cheaper options, NYC. Yes, it is not exactly abroad but it is the complete opposite side of the country so that’s kind of abroad. The course work for the NYC trip is exceptionally exciting because it integrates the humanities with management science where we will be attending plays, visiting museums and galleries as part of our course work. As theatre undergrads we are stoked to learn how our passion can be used in conjunction with our Master’s degree pursuit.

We will be back very soon with our travels from 2015! Then 2016 Adventures commence Weeee!

Thanks Pengminions
~Lady F

Middle Earth: The Land of Hobbitses! (Pt 4) The Final Chapter

Pengminions!!!!

This has been a CRAzY year! Do not fear we shall not end it without the final installment of New Zealand adventures 😀

Now where did we leave off…

Oh yeah…We left off with Wine day in Christchurch…

Now we shuffle on down to Dunedin:

sealsWhere we met lots of SEALS!!!!!!
DSC_0810
a1 a2 a3 DSC_0808a4
We also stopped at Tunnel Beach
DSC_08462
Where the waves have carved an arch in the rock
DSC_08522
It was a long walk down through private land
DSC_08632

We made it down and found a tunnel to the beach

DSC_08702 DSC_08772DSC_08742
A majestic land
DSC_08912 DSC_08972
Waves crashing
DSC_09082
Hand standing in the sand
DSC_09092
A view of the beach from the top of the arch
The tide was coming in while we were down there and my shoes got soaked!
DSC_09412
When we were on the edge at the far side of the arch we could feel the waves crashing into the rock!!!
20140507_205443
We stayed in a bungalow and Richard did his fair share of creeping
20140508_084238
On a rainy day in Dunedin we took a tour of the Cadbury Chocolate Factory.
They even gave us special newlywed chocolates!
20140508_143624
We then spent time looking for penguins
20140508_151802_Richtone(HDR)
20140508_151809_Richtone(HDR)
20140508_152647 20140508_153157

20140508_160234_Richtone(HDR)
Called lover’s leap
On our first attempt we only found wilderness and beaches til one night….DSC_0950222
We ended up seeing 32 lil blue PENGUINS!DSC_00152
These lil blue penguins are the smallest of all penguins getting no bigger than 13 in.DSC_00172
As they approach their nests they are very, VERY loud.
20140509_082433_Richtone(HDR) 20140509_101830
After Dunedin we started a day trip through The Catlins.
A lil green caterpillar caught a ride and we saw a rainbow
20140509_123330 20140509_123410
We stopped by the Lost Gypsy Gallery but they were closed for the season 😦
DSC_0001 (2)
We also found Teapot World!
DSC_00192
Then we went and found beautiful Waterfalls:
DSC_00322
These alluring falls behind me are the Purakaunui Falls
DSC_00512 DSC_00572
These are the Matai Falls!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
While we were there we wanted to take a picture that ended up a bigger adventure:
DSC_00592
What are we looking at?
DSC_00602
I was keeping an eye on it…
DSC_00622
He looks like he is up to something….
DSC_00632
That is a boiled egg!
DSC_00662
He is on his way to fetch the boiled egg I dropped trying to take silly pictures…
DSC_00682
He’s not happy about this…
DSC_00692
its in the fall water 😀
DSC_00712
The water must be COLD
DSC_00732
Hurray for long arms!
DSC_00752
HAHAHAHA I’ll let you guess what he was saying
DSC_00772     DSC_00992 DSC_01112
I even found a vine swing that held my weight!
DSC_01222 DSC_01422 DSC_01462 DSC_01532
We had some fun on all these trails in the Catlins
DSC_01592
This is the only picture of Curio Bay….It took Richard a loooong time to finally spot the dolphins (you probably cannot 😦 see them in this picture) that live there. We heard multiple stories from locals how if you are swimming in the water they will come up to you. They are hector’s dolphins. They kinda look like baby killer whales and are the smallest (at about 1.4m) and rarest dolphins.
DSC_01682
Richard’s first look at Lake Wakatipu that feeds Queenstown’s local water supply. It is the longest and third largest lake in NZ.
DSC_01802
Breathtaking views as we made it into Queenstown.
DSC_01962
Our first stop was up the skyline
DSC_02172
Where we took pictures that made us look photo-shopped.
DSC_02192
We even had Wall-E join us
DSC_02262
Look at that blue water and snow capped mountains!
DSC_02302
DSC_02322
This was made completely out of jelly beans

DSC_02332
While we were above the city we went luge riding! SO MUCH FUN
20140510_155853
20140510_160014
20140510_145552
Hot chocolate and latte during our break between runs

Our second day was spent on an all day trip through Milford Sound:
DSC_02382 DSC_02442
I don’t know what he was laughing at but I love this picture.
HAPPY
DSC_02552 DSC_02722 DSC_02772
DSC_02882
We stopped at Monkey Creek and filled our water bottles
DSC_03002
The fast water created these phenomenal natural wonders in the rock
DSC_03102 DSC_03212
This is our boat we took into the sound
DSC_03412
There were many falls along the mountains
DSC_03542
The end of Milford Sound (It is actually a fjord) and into the Ocean
DSC_03662 DSC_03932
This photo is of an actual fault line!
DSC_04012
Breathtaking views from the boat
DSC_04312 DSC_04372
20140511_14262920140511_142616
The boat even made its way under a waterfall!
DSC_04742 DSC_04782
One day we went on an EXTREME Canyon Swing.
DSC_04792DSC_04902
This is actually where it all took place.
DSC_04872
*trying to remember to breathe*
DSC_04932
20140512_163156
Later that day we spent some time in quaint Arrowtown
20140512_163642
Where Richard was required to wait outside
20140512_152630
Except when we went in for a spot of the worlds best Earl Grey tea at the old
Postmaster’s cottage in town!
20140512_171747_Richtone(HDR)
To end our day we took a picturesque hiking trail with… bluebonnets? lol

20140513_160522
Our very last day consisted of a survival hike guided by Pete of You vs Wild
20140513_160536
We ended up at this very old cottage that you can actually rent out from the department of conservation in NZ.
20140513_164339
Pete was the absolute BEST!!!
20140513_202534 20140513_215621
On our last night we went to a pub where a duo who had been playing on the street earlier that day just so happened to be performing. I bought both of their cd’s. The were extraordinary! Phil & Tilley. One plays guitar while the other plays double bass. *MELT*

DSC_05122

And to end our journey:
A sneak peak of our last night’s stay
Honeymoon Suite in Queenstown
DSC_05372 DSC_05422
The view from our first flight’s window
DSC_054522
And the icing on Richard’s cake…We took Smaug as our ride home to the US!

And that my friends is where THAT journey ends!
Our glorious honeymoon. I cannot wait to go back and only have the tingling kind of feelings as I type and post pictures for you all to see.
Fear not our adventures have continued pengminions and we are excited to share them with you…
Til next time
Some words to live by:
DON’T FORGET TO
ENJOY THE RIDE
we each have our own.
don’t fear it, live it!
❤ PengFurleighs
(Mrs)

Hiatus….No More!

Pengminions!

We are back…again! It seems we had fallen off the face of the earth but in truth that is not true. In fact we had fallen into a deep, dark routine of work. Our serving job had us working some variation of overtime each week at a nice lil tex-mex place in La Porte,  TX  for about 3 months and that was our focus.  For disappearing during that time I apologize. While we were away we did find some time for a few adventures like The Big Thicket, NASA, and wake boarding!

We are currently, as of today, back on the road. Heading up to Ohio to help out the penguy’s grandma to Chicago to pick up our things to Texas before the MOVE in November. Along the way we plan on a few stops during our road trip(s)….come along with us? 🙂

Til tomorrow pengminions..gotta set up camp!
~Penglady

Middle Earth: The Land of Hobbitses (pt 2)

Hello Pengminions!!! We bring you segment 2 of our New Zealand adventure! Here we have captured the last part of our stay in the north island and make our way to the south island via the aforementioned “ferry ride of death”

We start again as the penguin couple makes their way downstream on the
Tongariro River!

DSC02984Smiling with our group and Australian guide
DSC02986 DSC03006

Oogling the breathtaking views
DSCF4678Touching a lil waterfall
DSCF4684Hitting close to home! HAHA
IMG_8062 IMG_8071 IMG_8072 IMG_8073 IMG_8113Successfully navigated the narrow seas (standing up and all) without loosing a passenger! 
DSC_0005
Made our way to Taupo! 
DSC_0016
We heard screams and looked up from our peaceful view to find…
DSC_0017
Skydivers!!!!
DSC_0023
Sunset at the great lake!
DSC_0029

20140426_180025The Day we met Mt. Doom!
DSC_0040
Yes, we hiked the whole way! and then some….
DSC_0075
see above: Mt Doom! (you know Lord of the Rings???) aka Mt Nguauruhoe
DSC_0073
There was ice and frost when we started at 7am!
DSC_0068
DSC_0063and FOG!
DSC_0049
DSC_0045what natural colored mosses(?)
DSC_0100
as we ascend THE MTN…clouds…
DSC_0104
I AM ABOVE THE CLOUDS!!! (and only half way up)
DSC_0106
at one point we see a lake
DSC_0116
once we reach the summit….TWO, THREE, FOUR?!?!!?!
DSC_0120
DSC_0112IT IS THE CRATER ATOP MT DOOM!!!
DSC_0124
WE MADE IT!!!! Successful PENGUINS
DSC_014620140427_175200
DSC_0149Our gorgeous view from the top above the clouds
DSC_0165
With a great sense of accomplishment we made our way back down the Mountain 
DSC_0168
The shoes that helped me make it
DSC_0177
and we make our way on to the rest of the crossing…about 10 more km to go!
DSC_0182
up more mountainous terrain
DSC_0184
the red crater
DSC_0188
DSC_0191We had a great view of the blue and green lakes that are located near volcano steam vents
DSC_0196View from the “trail” on the down side of the red crater
20140427_145518dun dun dunnnnnnnn! ahhhhh 😀
DSC_0200the very white steam is from a real live active volcano!!! eeeps
20140427_14543820140427_145457 20140427_155242 20140427_155249
20140427_175136
20140427_135217a panoramic picture from the red crater

Sadly after the volcano we were tired and the road was as windy as the road in the clouds from DragonBallZ AND about 7 km to the end so we just forgot from lack of energy to picture anything more. We ended up in a rain forest for the last 5 km or so. The climate changes because of elevation, clouds, and terrain were surreal.
Our SUCCESS FACES! We made it. 8pm WHEW
20140427_175643

Next day, in pain, we went off to check out HUKA FALLS!
DSC_0207
DSC_0212 DSC_0218 DSC_0220 DSC_0231The water was wicked fast and pristine blue.

real honey comb

We also checked out the Huka Honey Hive where we saw beez and tasted ALL THE HONEY! (and bought some wine 🙂
It was a lovely attraction as we made our way down to Wellington; our last stop in the north.
DSC_0232 DSC_0234A hillside view of houses
20140429_104156
Random art
20140429_105308
20140429_110150The best slide ever!!! I was discouraged to use on our rainy day walking the town…I did it anyway!!! (and was soo right in its awesomeness) 
20140429_111721
free face art so we made our own with it lol
(I discovered howmuch I love panoramic pictures while in NZ)
20140429_123212
The Museum of Te Papa (on every list of must sees)
20140429_125438
preserved giant squid!

We also went to the Weta Workshop: Our minds Exploded inside their work space but sadly picture taking was restricted 😦 
20140430_161038
The dreaded ferry
(I did not know this when the picture was taken! The ship though didn’t have balancing ballasts and we were on some pretty choppy seas….the end of my life as I knew it)

Now we have made it to…The South Island!
Our first day was hiking Abel Tasman
DSC_0270Just beautiful the whole trek
DSC_0276
DSC_0290DSC_0294Cricks (lil creeks) and baby waterfalls everywhere
DSC_0301
The ever wonderful silver fern!
DSC_0311
DSC_0316This is the trunk of a silver fern cut close to the base
What marvelous wood grain!!!
DSC_0334
DSC_0335DSC_0361DSC_0369Our stay for the evening was at a quaint hostel
Our room:
20140430_224208
It had a name: The Love Bug
20140430_224308
These are chocolate/mint love bugs!!!
20140430_224318
We have just brushed the surface of all things South Island of New Zealand~y!!!!
Hope you enjoyed the pictures!
More to come just keep a look out friends!!

Peace, Love, and Happiness Everyone!

The Day has Come and Gone….

We had such a wonderful day full of hard work, love, laughter, tears,
and the start to another unforgettable adventure.
Without further ado we present to you….
Pictures in the form of song!

Our Day we share with you…Enjoy!
The Furleighs

PENGMINIONS….

WE’RE BACK!!!!

This is The Mrs. Furleigh!
And we have sooo much to share with you. Really so much has happened in the last month I don’t know where we will begin. Then again I do….

Firstly, We would like to thank everyone who was a part of our special day! Thank you, thank you,

THANK YOU!

We cannot say that enough from everyone who helped pull everything together before hand (like my MOM who was always there to spring board or bounce ideas off of), day of, and clean up. Especially both our families and friends. We could not have been happier with the outcome. I was over the moon with the whole thing. So many of the details came together, of course, nothing is perfect and a few things didn’t happen that were originally planned but there were also many wonderful surprises throughout the evening. An appearance of sorts by my little sister through song (Its amazing how the things she left behind keep her present) Thanks, Dad. A swearing in ceremony for the presidents that was masterfully crafted and orchestrated by our MC (one of Richard’s cabinet members), my VP, and I. And also, a karaoke song dedication to the lady president by her mister president at the end of the night, right before the home made steampunk cake (blue velvet)!!!

With everything being crafted top to bottom ourselves and having never orchestrated something of this scale before it was amazing to see it all come to fruition. It wasn’t always easy though there were moments but it was worth it. For such a wonderful day there was also a great sense of accomplishment in it and I wouldn’t change it at all except maybe wishing we had known somethings ahead of time. 😉

Maybe this will help you or someone you know:
~The internet was our BEST FRIEND! (Pinterest!)
~Research, research, research…ahead of time. It will save you money and sanity so you aren’t rushing last minute.
~Make a list. Work up a spreadsheet. Have a plan. Share it with your other. It won’t always be 100% right on but you will at least have some direction/point of reference so you don’t feel like you are floating around in a sea of EVERYTHING!
~My best advice is to be flexible. You might find something you have to have or do but it might not be plausible but that doesn’t mean something like it can’t happen. Use that wonderful brain and work that creative muscle.
~Talk to friends they can help get those wheels a-movin’ and know somethings that all the research in the internet world you wouldn’t find.
~Make delegation lists of what needs to get done, when, and who is doing it ahead of time so you don’t miss anything the day of.~Above all remember what this day means to you and don’t get caught up making it more than that. The “things” are nice but they aren’t what is special about this day. I won’t define it for you because it is going to be slightly different for everyone but give it a bit of thought as you head into this big day. Write it down. It might help you in the long run when it gets to be a bit stressful in the process of everything. 😀

If there is anything we can help you with when it comes to planning one yourself we will gladly share our knowledge with you just send us a message!

Love you all and here are some pics pre and post set up of our venue:
ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Penguin DIY bonanza!

Greetings one and all my favorite Pengminions!
Richard here with your new delve into the deep complex inter-workings of a bird brain (more penguin puns, I know. I’m so good at them).

First off we have some lovely glass jars created by the misses.

painted glass jars done by the misses

painted glass jars done by the misses

Through the magic on Pintrest she found an exceptionally easy way to make these using the following

Gloss Mod Podge, your color food coloring, and a paintbrush!

Gloss Mod Podge, your color food coloring, and a paintbrush!

This is it!

Simply pour a little Mod Podge in the bottom, but not too much, this stuff goes a LONG way as she found out early on. Just dip your paintbrush in the bottom and pull the color up the side in straight lines. Don’t worry about a little clumping at the edges of the brush, it actually turns into slightly more tinted color after it dries which adds to the tinted glass effect. Make sure to give it plenty of time to dry too since any left over paint in the bottom will take a while to completely dry.

If you want to take it to the next level and really turn it into a Moroccan lantern, you can take a metal color of fabric paint and dab it onto the top and bottom to create a hammered metal look.

Just dab the fabric paint right on the jar and let dry

Just dab the fabric paint right on the jar and let dry

She’s pretty crafty for sure!

On my side of things I have spent many evenings over the last couple weeks cutting out gears of various sizes and shapes for use around the venue. One of my more interesting projects in this area has been creating cardboard negatives for use in spray painting a mass amount of gears on various surfaces.
To start out I would hit a tack with a pencil tied to it into the center of a piece of cardboard.

A little duct tape at the end means you don't have to tie the end onto the pencil, making it easier to adjust the length

A little duct tape at the end means you don’t have to tie the end onto the pencil, making it easier to adjust the length

From there just hold the pencil as horizontal as possible while keeping the string taunt. In my case I also had to spin the pencil slightly to counteract the string winding around the pencil and shrinking the circle size (great for a spiral, but not for circles). Repeat this process a few times with smaller circles each time, depending on how large you want the gear teeth, spokes, and center.
circlesOnce here you can pull the tack out, from here create a X in the center. An easy (but not 100%) method is to line up a ruler over the hole in the middle. From here eyeball, or use a carpenters rule to find a right angle and finish off your X. Now that you have a starting point you can go a couple different directions depending on how many teeth you want your gear to have. The easiest way I’ve found to get accurate spacing for everything else is to measure the distance between the two points on the outermost circle. simply divide it in half and make a small hash mark. Repeat this process in between each mark. When done simply place your ruler across the middle and line it up with opposite hash marks. This will give you all the marks you need for a basic 8 tooth gear. For a 12 tooth, take the measurement between the X and divide it into three equal parts and repeat the process of matching up hash marks and marking lines across the center. When done it should look something like this

This is marked out for a 12 tooth gear

This is marked out for a 12 tooth gear

Should you want any more teeth, simply continue to measure the distance between the closest lines and make a mark at the halfway point. Match hash marks across the center again and make another line.

This gear had the most with 32

This gear had the most with 32

To create the teeth place your ruler perpendicular to one of the lines extending from the center and find measurement that extends a little less than halfway toward the next line (you want to leave room so you can taper the edges outward a little). Make a line along this distance and hash marks on the edge of the line extending up away from the center. Repeat this process for each line.
To create the taper coming down from the teeth I lined up my ruler between one of the hash marks and the edge of the smallest circle on the inside. Go ahead and make a line from the outer circle into the next one down. Repeat this process making sure to measure from the same side of the ruler for each line (made that mistake the first time and ended up with a couple teeth that were REALLY off, lol)
You should now be at this point.

Your gear should look something like this.

Your gear should look something like this.

From here, just measure a couple spokes from the center to the next circle. Now just take your time with your exacto knife making sure not to cut outside of the lines. Once it’s cut, just turn it over, make sure all the cut lines match up, and pop it out!

From here to create the negatives for my project however I had to find a way to make sure the parts in the center would stay put even while moving it from surface to surface. To make sure everything stayed put I decided to attach everything using small craft sticks with glue.

Make sure to attach each piece that isn't the whole gear to each other and to the edge for stability

Make sure to attach each piece that isn’t the whole gear to each other and to the edge for stability

After making sure that each piece could be popped out I reassembled the gear and missing pieces (which I had labeled so that I could match them back up easy) I cut out small pieces of cardboard to provide a little distance in between the bottom and the craft sticks so it would be easier to make sure spray paint would get underneath them.

So there you have it! Two unique DIY projects that we have been utilizing to make sure our little soiree is as well decorated as possible (on an awesomely small budget)

If you have any awesome steampunk projects we could use, or need any clarification on any of the above instructions leave us a comment below!

Til next time Pengminions!!
Richard