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Partial Solar Eclipse on October 23, 2014 visible to the Northern Hemisphere, predominately in East Asia and North America. The Time and Date of the eclipse by worldwide location may be found here or by city in the US here. Nonetheless, please be advised not to look directly into the eclipse without proper precaution! Luckily, I happened to recall learning the proper way to view a solar eclipse on an episode of Recess:

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Recess: "Outcast Ashley" episode synopsis:
"Ashley A. is thrown out of the Ashley's for committing a major social faux pas. No longer repressing her interest in astronomy, she starts to hang out with Gretchen and gives her fashion advice while they both await the arrival of an upcoming total solar eclipse.

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   © 1997 Disney Enterprises, Inc.                                      © 1997 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Without further ado, Gretchen Grundler will demonstrate this DIY: Make a Pinhole Projector so we can view the upcoming solar eclipse. You can't look at an eclipse with the naked eye, you know, it'll scorch your retina. You need a special viewing apparatus like the one we are going to build. 

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1) Supplies include the following: cardboard box, compass, french curve, scissors,
    straight edge, carbon paper, glue, cellophane tape, paper clips and pen.

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2) All we have to do is poke a pinhole on a side of the box and cut a slant in the other.
    Poke a hole in the carbon paper with a paper clip and tape it over the pinhole. Create
    a viewing window by gluing transparent cellophane over the slant.

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3) This isn't a step, this is just Gretchen and Ashely A. casually walking into the sunset.

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4) Reassemble the box and fashionably decorate for much needed ~ Ashley ~ statement.
    Then place the box such that the pinhole is directly facing the solar eclipse.

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5) The light shines through the pinhole on the opposite side and when you look through
     the slant, you see the eclipse's projected shadow inside the box. Neat, huh?!?

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Now a Partial Solar Eclipse will only be a sliver of a glimpse, but still all magnificent!

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Remember this DIY: Mermaid? Well being rather impromptu, I decided to revamp the look!

For the top half I almost decided to start completely from scratch, but settled on keeping the seashells as they were for this look. So, to make the seashells versatile I used a seam ripper to removed the seashells from the original tee. I now affixed pins to the back so that I may pin them in place on to any shirt of my liking. For this particular look, I choose to pair the ensemble with a peachy silk button-up blouse.

As for the bottom half,  I converted the original skirt into shorts. I drafted a scallop pattern by drawing consecutive circles onto a strip of card stock, which I then traced onto the fabric. The material is a polyester blend, so I simply singed the scallops to prevent them from fraying. Afterward I cut the skirt down the middle, while preserving the back zipper, and pinned them into shorts. Then baste stitched and put them on to see how they fit. Initially, they were too loose so I kept bringing them in until they fit just right. That's it!



The source of inspiration is change, as to renovate and recreate. Nonetheless, I would still like to thank the lovely Kailey of Mermaidens for always being such a muse of creativity. See her I'm a Mermaid dress, the very one that first inspired me and still adore to this day!  ♡♡


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Style your mermaid hair with your dinglehopper of choice and adorn with these DIY seashell hair combs. They are sure to compliment any glamorous mermaid, of course! ♡


Although authentic shells would provide more of a natural look, I resorted to use a few Assorted Accent Shells from the Home Decor section at the dollar store. Then I painted them with acrylic, added translucent glitter, coated a layer of Mod Podge, and let them dry overnight. For an extra touch of pizzazz, I glued gems as a final touch. 

As for the hair combs, I also found a simple set at the dollar store. The embellishment it had on snapped right off, so I was able to work with a clean slate. I then measure the width of the base of each shell and cut them to size using a utility knife. Afterward, I glued Gorilla Glue to the shells on to an adjacent hair comb. Once the glue has cured, these lovelies are then ready to wear and accessorize. ♡


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