Halloween at Kimber Hollow 2015

We thought everyone survived Halloween at Kimber Hollow…..

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 //

We hope to see y’all in 2016…
Stay spooky,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog (& Mark)

// AROUND THE INTERWEBS //

Kimber Hollow's logo - A yard haunt in Gainesville Florida

15 D.I.Y. Projects for Glass Soda Bottles

Ever wonder what to do with those nifty glass soda bottles? The pretty ones that remind you of Annette Funicello beach movies. The kind that comes wrapped around tasty bubbles of root beer, cream soda, and real-sugar Coke. As of right now, you can stop chucking them in the trash.

15 DIY Projects for Glass Soda Bottles
As a raw crafting material, glass bottles are packed with potential. Plus once you’ve enjoyed drinking the contents – they are essentially free. Happy dance!! I’ve got small stockpile of soda bottles right here, ready and waiting. So I set my brain to creative marinate mode and bam! Out popped a list of 15 DIY projects for glass soda (or beer, gasp!) bottles…

  1. Wedding Table Decorations: As vases for florals, centerpieces to add a vintage or heirloom feel, or as unique place cards by writing the guest’s name directly on the glass.
  2. Flower or greenery vases with personality!
  3. Turn them into DIY hummingbird feeders (Google has a plethora of tutorials!).
  4. Display with other vintage/retro glassware on a bookcase or plant shelf.
  5. Fill with sand for weight and use as book ends.
  6. Room Freshener: Fill 3/4 full with water – then add a few drops of your favorite essential oil or extract and set around the home.
  7. Spray paint white or black for a great way to embrace the black & white interior design trend.  Try painting a few black; and a few white. Odd numbers of each look best. This is a truly simple project but the resulting impact is incredible. Trust me. You’ll be oozing adoration toward your crafty creation.
  8. Let your kids create their own flower vases! Decorate them with paints, permanent markers, puffy paint. Glue on foam letters. Add stickers. Get messy.
  9. Instant incense holders!
  10. For the Winter Holidays: Create sparkly snow vases by coating with glue/spray adhesive. Then roll in Epsom Salt, Rock Salt, or glitter!
  11. Frosted Glass: Spray with clear matte spray paint. The result looks like sea glass with a smooth-like-suede feel!

DIY Frosted Glass Vase from a Jar

  1. Glow in the Dark: Paint with glow-in-the-dark paint (on the outside or inside). Charge under a light, outside, or on a windowsill.
    • Place in your bed or bath room for a soft nightlight.
    • Use as table centerpieces for a party.
    • Add a bit of wire around the opening and hang the bottles from trees, your fence, or around your porch.
    • I think these would also be incredible additions to Halloween decor!
  2. Bottle your own real Vanilla extract! First find a cork, stopper, or twist on cap for your bottle. If you don’t find one around the house,  head to your local hardware store and dig ’round the bins.  They are usually in the area with the loose nails, screws, nuts, bolts, etc. You should find a bounty of rubber stoppers and cork stoppers in a gigaton of sizes.
    • To make your Vanilla extract: Drop 3-4 dried Vanilla Beans into your bottle.  Fill the bottle with vodka or a white rum.  Stopper the bottle and set it aside for at least 3 months.  Shake it up every week or two.
    • Personally I use rum since I’m extremely allergic to vodka.
    • Once you’ve used 1/4 to 1/3 of your extract, top it off with more vodka or rum.  Shake it a bit and set aside for at least a week to let the extract darken back up.  When your beans stop darkening the new top-offs, just drop in a new bean or two.
    • Looking for even tastier vanilla? You’ve GOT to check out Beanilla.com.  Best beans out there! Seriously. Lots of fantastic recipes including ones for Zambuca and Raspberry Buttermilk Popsicles! I frequently lose myself for hours on the Beanilla site. Oops.
  3. Faux Stained Glass, version 1:  Grab some tissue paper in various colors, rip it up. I typically do either random roundish/squarish sections from 1-2 inches; or longer, narrow strips – completely up to you depending on how you want it to look.  Mix some white PVA/school glue with warm water in a 1:1 ratio.  Brush the watered down glue onto a section of tissue paper and place it on your bottle.  Continue placing gluey tissue paper onto your bottle until it is fully covered.  Overlap pieces for a more interesting look.  If a piece rips, just squish it back into place to cover the rip, or layer another piece over the rip. Remember in this project, perfection is in the imperfect. Wrinkles, off-kilter, randomness – all are welcome!
  4. Faux Stained Glass, version 2:  Pick out 5-7 colors of nail polish.  Start painting sections of your bottle with one color – leaving space open around each color. Grab the second color and start painting in some of that open space.  Repeat through the rest of the colors.  You can paint random shapes, non-shapes, whatever. If you’d like something a bit more ordered or patterned – draw the pattern on the bottle *before* you start – pencil or a fine point Sharpie work wonderfully.

Consider this list a kick off point for ideas and inspiration to create goodies with your own glass bottle stash. Today I did numbers 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11 and 15. Tomorrow I’ll be working on project #12. And you can bet your bippy that I’ll be doing #10 this Christmas!!

Do you have a favorite project, or use, for glass soda bottles? If you create any of these projects, or a completely different one, I’d love for you to share it with all the Bionic readers! Please post a link to a photo, or to your own blog article, in the comments below.

Stay cool Soda Pop,
Jami, author of the Bionic Style blog

Breaking News: Gummy Mafia Apprehended + Dresden Drowns Vamps

Just yesterday it seemed that I was being told: “Take your time, ma’am. It is imperative we correctly identify the culprit from this line-up. We must get riff-raff like this off the streets!”

And today, I find the Sunday edition paper screaming the headline story “Gummy Bear Mafia Apprehended!”.  I guess I should feel good in helping to clean up our streets/walkways/forest trails…

Bionic Times Newspaper - 1 June 2014 edition

In other crazy-random-happenstance news:

  • California Chrome is ready for his chance at the Triple Crown this Saturday.  The Belmont Stakes will be run on June 7. Post time is around 6:25pm ET – live coverage on NBC.
  • Chicago’s Wizard PI, Harry Dresden, contributed in his own way to cleansing the streets.  No sparkly vamps in that story!
  • Out-of-the-blue, Captain Jack Harkness is grabbing headlines again with a dire warning that those pesky, drug-peddlin’ 456 freaks may be headed back to our planet. Ugh.

 Come on over to the Darkside. We have cookies… and gummy bears…
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Style blog

P.S. I scanned the newspaper at full resolution, so y’all can click the image above to read the articles and see all the glorious details. Hint. Hint.

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!)

Welcome to Moleskine Monday: You in 5 Words

Welcome to Bionic Style’s very first Moleskine Monday feature! Each week I’ll feature a bit of news, artwork, or journaling tips from the popular brand of little black notebooks. Of course, you don’t have to be a Moleskine fan to enjoy the series. Any and all notebook and journaling fanatics are welcome!

I posted this sketchnote from my Moleskine journal on Bionic Beauty last week – What five words would you use to describe yourself?

Being the verbose gal that I am, I couldn’t limit myself to just five words. So I picked the five I identified with most strongly and then had fun creating a word jumble to incorporate the rest.

Here are my top five words…

  1. Geeky
  2. Strong
  3. Creative
  4. Happy
  5. Intense
Bionic Lifestyle's Moleskine Monday - Sketch yourself in 5 words

What words describe you? (Click for a larger version of my Moleskine sketch)

As you can see, I enjoy doodling in my Moleskine. This sketchnote incorporates pencils (of various hardness), gouache paints (the purple in “stronger”), paint pens, and a variety of fountain pens and inks.

Feel free to share your own links below to any journal or Moleskine artwork you’ve created!

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