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


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!!

Crafting Steampunk – aka – we’ve hit 1st gear

Hello Pengminions!

Craftyhands Richard with you today to share some recent developments in two exciting worlds. Kristen and I’s, and creating our handmade steampunk bonanza!

Life has been blazing by at what feels like a blistering speed here in Houston as we’ve adopted a fairly routine schedule of working three days a week and trying to get as much detail work on our crafts/constructions as possible. We’ve been swiftly ushered into the young adult life of come home from work, only to have to work more, not even counting the day to day existence workings (can I just be 11 again?). Progress at times has felt slow as we bog down on specific details, and the infinitely minute amount of details that go into a start to finish wedding reception.

In much more exciting news however I have received in all the major pieces of my outfit for the soiree. YEAH BUDDY!! I don’t mean to brag or anything, but I am one sexy dapper beast. I’m keeping everything under wraps (it’s a clothing pun, get it?!) for now, but I will say that the body of my tailcoat is blue and black. Of course I’m still accessory shopping (because what’s a good steampunk outfit without killer goggles right?) and trying to figure out exactly what needs to get attached where and how.

Of course, no true theme is complete without plenty of ambiance decor. On a tight budget however this can start to become an exceptionally daunting task. In order to fight against the squeeze we’ve thrift shopped, garage sale’d, and clearance rack’d everything we could manage. From Hobby Lobby we picked up a couple large lanterns that were missing a few panes of glass for $9 each, saving us almost $100 for the three. On the walls we have decided to have huge wall hangings, and ended up choosing…. landscaping fabric. Yup, a 4′ wide roll of professional grade landscaping fabric. At only $30 for a 200′ long roll it ended up being only .45 a yard; at least a dollar a yard less than any real fabric we could buy. It’s all about re-purposing! That and scrounging through a ton of Goodwill and thrift bins.

I also have completed the first cut out gear for our soiree! 1st gear

Woo!! It didn’t come out QUITE as well as I would have liked, but it was a great 1st prototype and let me learn more of “what to do” in the future. Side note: drawing perfect concentric circles is HARD. Now only like 300 more to go…..

That’s all for now Pengminions! And hey, thank you for reading. We throw out a lot of random thoughts about our lives and a ton of other subjects and we do appreciate it. So if you have any questions or anything let us know below!

Until next time!

Richard F

All About the Biggest Little City in the World

Hello Pengminions!!!

So much catching up to do. The Mr. PenGLAP and myself have been settling here in Texas for a bit as we attempt money making and planning for our grand shindig and honeymoon adventures. There is so much still left to do. I have almost finalized my dress maker. I have used to find wonderful wonderful artists to design the perfect steampunk ensemble. More of that later though once more is finalized. Besides….RENO!!!!

We finally made it to Reno back in November. While we were there I got to introduce my fiance to a beautiful place. Never in my life did I imagine my “family” home would be in Reno, NV but somehow it happened and what a glorious place to go and visit my Mom, Dad, and brothers. I fall a little bit more in love with this city every time I visit.
The top thing that this trip was being introduced to a place called The Generator. It is not affiliated with Burning Man but it provides a space for many of those artists to create some of the stories tall structures seen there. Most importantly it is a free space that any artist can use to create whatever their heart desires. It is a place with tools and space. You bring the materials you need to create and they will give you the rest provided they have it. All you have to do is talk to one of the heads at this place and they will work with you night and day (literally, this place is open 24hrs) for you to see your dreams come true. We had a wonderful experience with the people there the couple times we visited. We might even have some of our decorations done there. (I just need to enlist my family members. hint, hint. wink, wink;) They have a laser cutter that we think would be perfect to get gears/accessories cut out of wood to paint. I could go on about this place but you should click on the name of the place above and visit their website. Its FREE! It blows my mind that someone could be so generous to artists trying to make it happen. Alright, gush over!

We spent a lot of time with my family who were still working AND going to school. Everyone in their house was taking college courses which is pretty cool. Maybe one day they will be graduates like me! 😀 They have so many amazing things going on currently that I cannot wait to share with you!
They have also been dealing with a lot which is one of the main reasons we made the journey to Reno. My middle brother was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation in his brain. We went with him when he had to have an angiogram with possible surgery at Stanford Medical Center in California. They did not continue with the procedure (embolization) they were planning on after doing the angiogram because they did not think it would be safe to do so. He had a follow up with another doctor from there and now they will be doing cyberknife radiosurgery. He will be having that procedure in the near future and will be on anti-seizure medications with follow up MRI’s twice a year to check the status. I am hoping that it all goes smoothly and he can continue with his studies (he is going to school for engineering) how he would like to and it goes away completely with this procedure because until it is 100% gone he is at risk of a stroke. Any positive thoughts and vibes are most appreciated if you can spare a few. (Not everything in a relationship is peachykeen and it is something we are having to navigate so thank you for reading even the tough stuff)

More things about our adventures in Reno!
We spent some time at the Grand Sierra Resort casino and hotel hitting golf balls into…water!
Yes, it was cold!
We also headed inside for some more family fun competition!
Since everyone had their own things going on some of the time we busied ourselves with some projects of our own.
We finished making our paracord whips (except finishing touches on the handles) so we can practice new skills and hopefully add it to our resume’s in the future. We had a friend start us off on them while in PA but finished them from a website he gave us
Check them out!

Another day we decided to climb a mountain!
This is us about a 1/4 of the way up.
This is our first signs of ice as we ventured up the snow capped mountain!
Snack time with a view
Our crazy faces after we made it to the top! It was such a glorious experience. People get adventurous it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Just getting out and exploring and doing things I had never done before.

One other day we went for a bike ride near the river with my mom and got distracted by this buck and deer couple laying in the grass right behind someone’s house. Unfortunately we didn’t bring our phones so we could not capture this moment for you all but it was quite majestic being so close and to watch them watching us and how close we were.
If you are in need of a movie recommendation we went to a late showing of Catching Fire and it was fantastic! Richard had just finished reading the book and was a bit more critical than I was because it had been years since I had read the books though he still thought positively about it for the most part.

Two of my brothers, one girlfriend, the fiance, and I all went ice skating the night before our Thanksgiving adventures. Surprisingly the outdoor rink downtown was open because it had not been getting to freezing the few days before. Also, Luckily no one fell which I find to be a miraculous feat but we did have a few close calls!
Here’s a dark picture because it was night time.
On an early Thanksgiving morning the kids took off to a lake in California and spend part of the day fishing!
When we got back we had the best food, Fried crawfish, Steak, and my mommas Delicious potato salad (seriously the best thing!)


A couple days later we all gathered for a family adventure out to LAKE TAHOE! I was so excited to take Richard.
We spent the day driving around the lake taking pit stops at some of our favorite locations.Image
Man I could gush about this place but nothing I say nor any picture I post can show you what you see or give you the feels like being there does. I will share with you anyway a slew of photos from this day. Enjoy!
My mom and dad! ❤ this photo
An Island with a tiny castle in Lake Tahoe.
Natural Beauty.
Mom & I
Alright, Alright I’m done bombarding you with the wondrous Lake Tahoe. There is just so much to do there pretty much year round. It is located in the mountains and during the summer has all the water fun you could want, camping, hiking, fishing, ect. And during the winter (we were there during the limbo period where it isn’t quite snowy enough yet and definitely not warm lol) they have skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ect. Anytime of year you can find something to do if you can pull yourself out of awe to do anything else but stare at it’s magnificence.

The following day we went on down to Virginia City, NV an old gold mining town that his been kept fairly well in its original state.
We had so much fun walking around with my brother and his girlfriend looking at all the antique shops and seeing people dressed up and riding horses. We went and got some great steampunk ideas while we were there too.
It was very merry!
Once night hit we went exploring an old cemetery that many of the initial settlers to this town were buried. It was a little eerie but also mind stimulating to read the tombstones and try to come up with what could have happened and stories surrounding.

Oh and I cannot forget before we did depart from the adventure filled Reno we went sledding with my dad on a hill right behind their place!
Obviously Richard had the camera!
(This reminds me one day we are going to have to post an outtakes album with videos and pictures, something for you all to look forward to)

Here is Richard scraping off our windshield as we are to depart our family visit vacation!

Thank you Pengminions for hanging in there with me and checking out our Reno adventure!
We cannot wait to have more for you as our soiree plans get going. There is one more catch up blog we have for you guys and it is our trip BACK to Texas. Worry not we are getting closer and closer to the present. Ha and it will be merry like x~mas because x~mas = presents and it will be merry when we finally catch up! Ok, ok cheesy I know. Hopefully it is part of why you are following our journey.
Til next time.
Much love,