Halloween at Kimber Hollow 2014

The Kimber Hollow​ 2014 art yard haunt video is *finally* live!

You may commence “The Wednesday (Addams) Dance” or “The Mamushka” or ”Thriller”…
Whichever makes you look scarier.

Truly though, I hope you enjoy the setup. I had a bad year (medical issues) so we had to set everything up in one day so most of the details we pride our design on didn’t get outst the house.

If you’ll be in the Gainesville Florida area for Halloween night 2015, we’d love to have you stop by, snap photos with the creepy ghouls or tombstones, and… Oh yes… They’ll be a TON of candy!
#HFL!!

Boo y’all,
Jami​ & Mark
         of
Kimber Hollow
http://kimberhollow.studio-bionic.com

These Last Minute Quirky #Valentine Cards Save the Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day y’all!
Happy Valentine's Day from Bionic Style! Download your free e-cards!
Still looking for a card to give to your best friend, crush, co-worker, more-than-just-pals pal, lover? Or how about an quirky e-card as a little something extra? I stayed up all night working on this collection of Valentine’s Day cards… I’d be thrilled if y’all put them to good use!

Print, email, text or social share: Love card with large typography and a colorful sunset.

Print, email, text or social share: Show your love with a Star Wars inspired Nerfherder ecard.

Print, email, text or social share: The perfect Valentine's card for gamers & geeks.

Print, email, text or social share: A Valentine's Day message from Spock

Print, email, text or social share this humorous Love ecard featuring Google's Material Design for Android

Print, email, text or social share this Valentine's Day digital card featuring the South's favorite word.

// Dimension & Definition
Each card is sized at 1500×2100 pixels at 300ppi (that’s 5×7 inches). Every card is pixel perfect, high-resolution (HD), xxxhdpi and retina ready. They’ll look snazzy whether you print them (print borderless for best results!) or electronically deliver via text/MMS, email, chat, tweet, facebook, yada yada & so on.

// To Download
Simply click on the digital cards(s) that you like.  Right click and choose “Save As”, then save the .png image to your device.  Download as many as you’d like.  Easy as blueberry pie!

// Join the #ValentinesThatDontSuck Initiative!

“Just say NO to tulle, crappy design, doilies, and suddenly becoming angry if there’s not enough roses in your bouquet or karats in your ring. Simply say YES: smile, mail a note, bake brownies, celebrate “Likes” & “Loves”, and… enjoy Valentine’s Day!”

Those of similar mindset: Welcome to the club!

See what I’m talking about by visiting my Valentines That Don’t Suck board on Pinterest. My goal is to have a curated collection of 50 Valentines for perusal in 2016. When you spot something in your web travels this year, or make something yourself, send me link or a photo please!

My favorites are the geektastic creations, like “I Want To Get In Your Pantones” by Lindsey Reveche at DesignValentine. DV’s tagline is “Talk nerdy to your design crush!”. Awesome, right?
I Want To Get In Your Pantones ecard by Lindsey Reveche

Warm hugs and brownies,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

Legalese: These cards are copyright Bionic Style/Studio Bionic. They’re free for personal use. I’d love for you to share them, print them, or post them wherever you like. A link back to bionic-style.com would be much appreciated. Don’t sell or use them in a commercial work without getting my permission first. Thanks!

Printable Cupcake Wrappers with Candy Hearts

Printable Cupcake Wrappers with candy hearts - for Valentine's Day, Anniversaries, or to show love!
Make your own “Candy Hearts” Cupcake Wrappers with this handy dandy printable!
These wrappers are perfect for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, or just a regular day that’s blessed with the power of cupcakes.

DIY Printable Candy Hearts Cupcake Wrappers at Bionic-Style.com

// Instructions

  1. I created the Candy Heart Cupcake Wrappers in both a PNG image file and an Adobe PDF document. Pick whichever file type you prefer – click the link to open it (note: the links open in a new tab/window).
  2. Save the file to your computing device. “Right click + save as” works for computers. “Long press + save as” for Android & mobile devices.
  3. Print on 8.5×11 inch cardstock. Be sure to enable “borderless” printing.
  4. Cut edges 1, 2 & 3 with regular scissors.
  5. Cut edge 4 with decorative scissors.
  6. Apply adhesive to lightened area of edge 3.
  7. Overlap edges 2 & 3; press together to form a circle.
  8. Drop in a cupcake!

//Time Saving Tip
After glueing your cupcake wrapper edges, use a wood clothespin to keep the edge together while the glue sets. This way you can keep on, keepin’ on!

Make your own cupcake wrappers with Bionic Style's PDF template

Want more printable wrappers o’ cupcakes? Subscribe via email or follow Bionic on Twitter or Google+ to be notified the moment I post a new batch!

Hugs and cupcakes,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

Halloween 2013 at Kimber Hollow!

It’s getting close to *that* time of year again! What time, you ask? Halloween, of course!

And since I just finished putting together the video for our 2013 yard haunt display, I thought I’d share it with my fellow Bionics.

This year we added a few new elements to our Halloween night “theater” production. My husband and I built and made pretty much all the props you see: the witch’s table, the fence, the tombstones, the Creeper Reaper (the tall dude with antlers), the “burning coals”, and the Apocalypse Pumpkins.

The biggest impact came from a old iron bell we found while hiking in the woods.  We used the bell as an interactive addition to the night.  Mark, a member of the Ghostfacers, had the trick or treaters ring the bell to scare ghosts away.  Hence… Jami, one of the resident ghosts, did quite a lot of running and screaming through the graveyard.

We also added the Creeper Reaper – a tall creature with large knobby hands, a bare skull, and antlers.  He loves to spend Halloween night brewing potions over hot coals.

Four Apocalypse Pumpkins joined our patch this year.  Last year, the sole resident was Erl Koenig.  The new pumpkins include: Root Bound, Malice & Chains, Collapse, and Erosion.  The tombstones and Apocalypse Pumpkins are my babies. The large pumpkins you see in the video are made from paper maché and paper maché clay. They take quite a bit of time (I’ll be starting a new one this weekend!), but it’s crazy fun to have my hands all mucked up with maché gunk. Love.

A Witch Table found its way onto Kimber Hollow’s porch.  But our witch is a tad different than most witches. She not only brews Lace Wing Flies, sells Goofer Dust to ward off hellhounds; but she also loves to write codes in binary and study lasers.

Details on our video:

  • The music is by Douglas Pipes, the song is “The Halloween School Bus Massacre” from the Trick ‘r Treat soundtrack. (Trick ‘r Treat is a film by Michael Dougherty – and a *must-see* for any Halloween fan!)
  • You can buy Pipes’ Trick ‘r Treat soundtrack on Amazon and iTunes.
  • You can watch the Trick ‘r Treat movie on Google Play or Vudu.
  • Video production by Studio Bionic.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoy the video. If you have questions on how a prop was built, please leave me a comment below. I’m always happy to help a fellow Halloween enthusiast!

Happy haunts,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Style blog

P.S. 10 Gold Stars to anyone who can figure out the W.E.D. tombstone reference!!

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

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