We were wrong……
// FUN FACTS //
- We bought 43 pounds of candy and we handed out 41 pounds of that candy.
- Trick or Treaters ranged in age from 5 months old to 72 years young.
- Selfies are SO last year. The big photo breakthrough at KH2015… The #Skelfie!
- Over 500 humans, ghosts, goblins, superheros, angels, and critters visited Kimber Hollow on All Hallows Eve!
- Quirkiest costume award: A Minecraft kid!
- Costume that made us smile for days: The Publisher’s Clearing House “Prize Patrol” kid who us with a winning check for 1mil. Thank you Evan!
- Our fandoms are well represented in the KH Apothecary & Graveyard: Firefly, The Dresden Files, Princess Bride, Fringe, Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Monster Hunters International, Harry Potter, Supernatural, Star Wars, and of course, the Haunted Mansion… yes, we’re geeks.
// HUGE THANKS TO //
- Our parents for supporting our creative madness through the years; and to the N. parents & J2 (you know who you are!) for allowing me to turn our front yard into Whipstaff Manor, or whatever theme I came up with that year, & for helping me scare the beejeebus out of the local teenagers. You are the best!
- Pandora & August Rose of Darkrose Manor (I want their autograph! ~J) – HFL!!
- Hector Turner of Blackstone Cemetery (The inspiration for our Apothecary).
- Stiltbeast Studios (YouTube Wednesdays rock.)
- Kevin’s Boneyard (#Skelfies!) – Kevin builds amazing coffins.
- Stolloween (Paper clay is pure magic.)
- Every other home haunter out there!
- Big thanks to Gainesville’s The Alligator newspaper for featuring Kimber Hollow.
We hope to see y’all in 2016…
// AROUND THE INTERWEBS //
Last week Studio Bionic participated in NCCER’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer charity bake sale. We baked, designed, and packaged, two dozen gluten-free Pink Velvet and Creamsicle cupcakes.
The following is a tale of what happens when designers love to bake…
Thanks to ClearBags’ extra tall, super clear cupcake bags (with plenty of frosting clearance!) and Sweets & Treats colorful, no-fade cupcake liners, our gluten free cupcakes looked amazing!
We used printable round kraft labels to close up the bags and give the presentation a “Rustic Modern” look. At least I call it Rustic Modern… regardless of terminology, it’s the inspiration behind Studio Bionic’s branding identity.
The hot pink and white cupcake liners were absolutely gorgeous on their own. We set it up so each flavor had a unique liner design – the Creamsicles got baked in quatrefoil liners and the Pink Velvets wore a damask print. If you’ve ever baked cupcakes, you’re aware how much colored liners fade after baking.
They turn transparent.
Well… the frustration is over!
Sweets & Treats cupcake liners keep their color. Even the white stays WHITE! Yeehaw!
We wanted the two dozen to have a cohesive look even though they had different flavors, colors, and frostings. So I made little sprinkles shaped like the “Breast Cancer Awareness” ribbon. Then we took paper doilies: cut them up & glued them into wrappers; then slipped one over each cupcake’s liner. I really loved the end result of the wrappers since they let the liner underneath peek through.
The best part of the whole shindig was NCCER raised over $500 for their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team!
Stay delicious y’all,
This beautiful Azalea flower appeared in our front hedge this week.
Azalea flower close up photo
I love this time of year. Flowers and buds of greenery start peeking out wherever you look. And for my readers up north, hopefully this photograph will help you feel a bit of Spring!
+ Photography notes: Taken with my Nexus 4, stock AOSP camera, cropped using Android 4.4.2’s Gallery app.
Flower petals and sun rays,
From me and mine, to you and yours…
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!
Looking for a quick and easy revamp for some of those old hard-foam flower pots you’ve got banging around the backyard?
Don’t pitch them! Even if they’re beat up a bit – those dents and dings are just distressing afterall, and we all know that is super-freaking-cool.
+ Flower pots! These two are those light-weight, hardish foam pots; but you could also paint up terracotta clay pots, ceramic pots, or even those plastic pots.
+ Satin finish spray paint. I used Rustoleum in Black.
+ Craft, acrylic, or latex paints. My colors: a medium green, a dark green, off-white/ivory, creamy yellow, and a very, very light pumpkin orange.
+ Cheapy craft paint brushes
+ A couple o’ paper towels
The How To:
- Grab your pots and rinse off any dirt.
- Let them dry… all the way.
- Spray paint the outside and bottoms of the pots.
- Repeat step 3. I sprayed these pots with three light coats.
- Paint the leaves and flower stems with the dark green paint.
- Paint the flowers, including the centers, with the ivory paint.
- Dry brush the lighter medium green paint onto the stem centers (i.e. the highest point of the stems), leaf edges, details, etc. If you get too much paint on there, just dab it off with a paper towel. You’re going for a rough, splotchy sort of highlight effect.
- Paint the centers of some flowers with the creamy yellow paint. Dab the centers, while still wet, with your paper towel for a worn effect.
- Use the creamy yellow paint to highlight the edges of some flower’s petals.
- Paint the centers of leftover flowers with the very light orange paint. Dab the centers, while still wet, with your paper towel for a worn effect.
- Use the light orange paint to highlight the rest of the flower petal edges.
- Add potting soil and plants…
Dry-brushing hint: Load your brush with paint (just like normal). Brush it lightly across a paper towel to remove the majority of the paint. Proceed to paint. 🙂
Wishing you brilliant flowers & sunshine,