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!)

Melted Wax Becomes Photographic Art

Who knew a lava-flow of melted candle wax could be so interesting and inspiring???

Photo edits were accomplished using Android 4.2.2’s built-in image editor.

Can you tell which one is the original wax color?

Live life in full color,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

Publix Fangirl Spots Awesome Graphic Designs

There are some many things I hate about living in Florida… except Publix Grocery Stores grocery stores. Ever since I was a tiny child, I have adored Publix. I love the old style stores, the new shiny stores, the scaled-down beach stores; the friendly employees; the 50s era weigh yourself scales; and their house-brand food offerings are simply delicious!

The Publix gods must have heard my inner desire when they created this new, limited edition ice cream flavor…
Black Swamp Raspberry Cheesecake!!

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Not only is any variety of Cheesecake ice cream my favorite, but check out that stunning packaging!

And while cruising through the checkout lane, I spotted another gem of graphic design:
Gorgeous graphic design work from Publix grocery

I really love the color choices, the unique font and the modern-with-a-nod-to-retro scheme. I’m calling both designs a WIN.

Now hand me a dang spoon!

Happy Memorial Day y’all,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

Slightly Geeky Inspired Color Palettes

I’d be denying my true nature if I hid my geekiness. Instead I embrace it with arms spread wide, face bearing a smirky grin.

Long-time Bionic Style readers have seen my cell phone and tablet layouts (sometimes also called UIs – User Interfaces), which usually start their life as a color scheme. And what better way to remember those pesky little hex color codes, than to tuck them all into neat color palettes?!!

My latest round of color palettes pulls inspiration from: the Iron Man movies – specifically Tony Stark’s mobile phone UI; SyFy’s awesome television show Warehouse 13; vintage art deco styling; and richly colored argyle socks!

What are your favorite methods of discovering color inspiration?

Geek flags and hex codes,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

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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