Halloween24x7 - Halloween Prop BuildingI just launched a new site called Halloween24x7.com where I share my ideas, experiences, and provide tutorials for building Halloween props and related works. I've currently got step by step instructions form making a Gears of War cog and progress pics of my mini-reaper up on the site. The mediums that I work with vary from: latex, cloth mache, paper mache, wood, foam, etc... Most projects are mixed-media to get the scale and effects that I am working toward.

Apothecary Jars

Created a number of bottles and apothecary witches jars with various contents: Bone Powder, Viper Venom, Frog's Blood, Bat Blood, Spider Venom, Pirate Skull Bottle, Bat Wings, Horn Dust of the Unicorn and Werewolf Fur. Please check out my Etsy store to see more of my work.

What I Do When I Feel Like Giving Up - By James Clear (Summary)

James Clear I am struggling today. If you’ve ever struggled to be consistent with something you care about, maybe my struggle with resonate with you too.
Today I am struggling. Today, I don’t feel like writing. Today, I don’t feel like sticking to the routine. Today, I don’t feel like I have any great ideas and I don’t feel like I have enough time to make the good ideas great. Today, I feel like giving up.

Here’s what I try to remind myself of when I feel like giving up…

Your Mind is a Suggestion Engine

Halloween Yard 2014

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2014 Zombies

My 12 year old daughter and I were watching World War Z when it came to the dark scene with zombies hanging on the fence. We both looked at each other and said, we need bodies hanging on our fence. This was the start of yet another prop building experience. One that I am quite pleased with.

We started out by taking measurements of myself, my girlfriend (Megan) and my son (Will) and daughter (Kt) and built a PVC skeleton. From there, it was a matter of building them up into fully filled out figures. Obviously, the more realistic, the better. We all really got into it and had a great time.

Runtastic Pro - Not really so Fantastic!

I have been running for a few years now and have used Nike +, which has worked well. It has coaching to help step up your game, it works indoors using the pedometer as well as outdoors using gps, but it is missing some key features that I wanted to "step up my game". I wanted to connect to a heart rate monitor to track my activities better so I could get a better understanding of how hard I could push to reach the next level. I was also looking for more feedback on intervals training... so that the app could tell me when to speed up/slow down. I also wanted it to automatically post to myfitnesspal.com. During this journey of looking for an app that would fit the bill, I came across three that peaked my interest, iSmoothRun, Runtastic, and Runkeeper. I tried iSmoothRun on the indoor track at my gym, as it had both pedometer and GPS. I used my clicker to count laps to confirm its accuracy.

How to Give a Toast

Life is full of special occasions; someday you may be called on to say a few relevant words or give a formal toast. If you're not well prepared, your best intentions can fall flat. Learn what to do -- and what not to do -- to make the most of the moment.

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