Merry Christmas, Everyone!

From me and mine, to you and yours…
Merry Christmas from Bionic Beauty!

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday, eating wonderfully delicious food, and getting some much needed rest and relaxation.

Be safe. Stay happy. Stay Bionic!
Jami

Santa Gets Google Glass!

Happy holidays!! I’ve been waffling on a Christmas home screen design for my Android Nexus 4, when what to my wondering eyes should appear, but geektastic inspiration!

When you combine me:
+ watching the holiday episode of EUReKA (O Little Town, in case you’re wondering),
+ drooling over the way-out-of-my-budget Google Glasses,
+ my adoration of bi-planes with wood-enhanced cockpits…

The result is Santa employing a HUD (heads up display), via a customized Google Glass interface, while delivering his presents to the town of Eureka on Christmas eve!  Your phone becomes a window to Santa’s point-of-view while driving his reindeer-powered sleigh.

Here’s how it looks on my Nexus 4:

Want it for your own phone?
Click the wallpaper image below to view it full size, then right click (or long press if you’re on an Android phone) and choose Save. Easy as pie! 🙂 Then set it as your wallpaper. I used a single screen so just the center of the wallpaper shows – but it’s up to your personal preference.
Santa's Sleigh - HUD - Heads Up Display - Google Glass

Totally awesome screen features!
+ One 4×4 widget using UCCW for the HUD/Google Glass interface.
+ The center targeting circle displays battery status with fluctuating color.
+ OK, Santa takes you straight to Google Now.
+ Reindeer-powered! Rudolph’s glowing nose!
+ Weather conditions, icon, and current temp for Santa’s location.
+ App drawer & favorite apps are easily accessed by clicking two of the stars!
+ The coolest part? The 3 tiny glowing dots light up when there’s a missed call, new email, or unread text; and they fade when nothing is new!!

If you’d like the UCCW and Zooper widget files to set this up on your own phone, please leave me a comment below (or use my contact form) and I’ll get them uploaded for sharing. Questions, comments, and constructive feedback are always welcome!

Merry Christmas to all and I hope Santa brings you everything your heart desires,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Style blog

Who is the Mysterious Google Elf?

Does anyone know who made the awesome paper crafts and designs for the Google Play 2013 “holiday sale” promotional images???

If you haven’t spotted them yet, the images are sprinkled throughout the Play Store app as well as the ol’ standard browser-based Play Store. There are even paper versions of the Nexus family of phones and tablets! *geek squeal!*

Happy Holidays from the mysterious Google Play Elves!

The Google Play Store holiday section just says from “the Google Play Elves” and the (totally awesome!) behind-the-scenes video shows a bearded mystery man…

Here’s the video:

On a further note… A series of images like this would make incredible holiday wallpapers for the Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and other Android devices!

Whoever the creative designer was for this campaign, he’s certainly a talented guy.

Happy holidays y’all,
Jami

Halloween 2012 at Kimber Hollow

There’s only 63 days until Halloween 2013… not that I’m counting or anything. I start dreaming of Halloween around June and by the end of August I’m really getting excited. So to kick off my Halloween prep, I finally got around to uploading a video of our 2012 yard haunt…

The decorations are 95% DIY homemade and we design the display to be friendly to all ages. No blood, gore, etc. The “theme” is very much influenced by Disney World’s Haunted Mansion ride – which sparked my love of Halloween way back when I was a tiny Bionic Baby.

Our graveyard features tombstones inspired by some of our favorite media such as: Harry Dresden from The Dresden Files book series; Milo Rambaldi from the tv show, Alias; Madame Leota from the Haunted Mansion ride; Alfred Hitchcock; and Casper the Friendly Ghost.

For Halloween 2013 we are adding a “Kimber Hollow” cemetery sign, a new tombstone (sneak peeks will be posted soon!), and improving on our existing props and design.

If you have any questions on how-to create something you like in the video, feel free to contact me or post your question in the Comments section below!

Boo y’all,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Style blog

P.S. The music is “Haunted Mansion Organ” melody by Disneyland Records & used under creative fair use. No infringement intended. (If you’re a Halloween fan, the Haunted Mansion soundtracks are a must-buy!)

DIY Silver Glass Candles Vases

I wanted a set of modern-ish candle jars for grouping on a table or scattering around the house. Everything I found in stores was ridiculously expensive or too kitschy.  And since these candle jars I was imagining were definitely a WANT, not a NEED… I came up with a super easy, and inexpensive, do-it-yourself project!

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Supplies:
+ Glass vases from your local dollar store
+ Painter’s tape
+ A few sheets of scrap paper
+ Metallic silver spray paint (I used one by Rustoleum.)

The How To:
+ Wash and dry the vases then wipe them down with alcohol and let dry.
+  Tape off the areas you do not want painted. Fill the inside of the jars with scrap paper to prevent any paint inside.
+  Spray the glasses with a light first coat.  Let dry for 15-30 minutes, depending on humidity.
+  Repeat spray painting. Two to three coats should do the trick.
+  Immediately remove the tape after the last coat. Pull the tape of gently and use a firm pull.
+ If your edges don’t come out cleanly, let the paint dry thoroughly (at least a few hours), then use a razor blade or Exact knife to clean up the edges of the painted sections.

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Taping Hint: With circular glasses, it is easiest to rip your painter’s tape into 1 to 2 inch sections. Tape the sections together, carefully, around the jar for an even line.

I am loving these new candle holders! And the best part is they only cost a buck plus a bit more if you have to buy the spray paint and/or tape.  But you’ll definitely use those items again!

Now I’m planning a few more to add to my collection.  Maybe a set of six vases all in the same size and shape, but painted with a range of colors; or an ombre set with one vase in white, one in black, and the rest in various shades of gray.  The possibilities are limitless!

Stay crafty my friends,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

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