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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Halloween Decorating Tips

Halloween is my favorite holiday and the only one I decorate for! I also love doing it 'on the cheap', check out some of my tips and tricks for Halloween decorating.

  • Dollar Stores and Daiso stores are full of useful cheap things that you can use as a decoration or craft project (to make decorations) for Halloween. A lot of times these decorations are on the plain side. But this is good because you can also embellish it on your own to make it great.  
  • But also, spend/invest a bit more money (than dollar store quality) on a few pieces you can reuse year after year. This was one of my best ideas; going to Target and investing in a decorative spooky tree or pumpkin. Good ideas as props to build off of: spooky Halloween trees, decorative pumpkins, skulls, gravestone candles or figurines.
  • If you take care of your Halloween decorations and pack and store them away with care, you can reuse them again and again. Use the tape with a degree of precision so you can more easily peel if off when you put it away. Do not put your Halloween decorations away if they still have tape on them. It will all get stuck together and it's not fun to pry them apart.
  • Get creative by using the things around you that you already have. If you can spare them, you can turn white trash bags into a garland of ghosts. You can also use facial tissue but white trash bags are better. 
  • Use Halloween netting to drape over lamps and light fixtures for an instant Halloween ambiance of a textured pattern reflecting on the walls. Easy and cheap! Cheese cloth also works great too.
  • Hold on to the Halloween cards you receive over the years and use them as part of your Halloween decorations. Not only do they look cool they an happy reminders from clothes and loved ones. 
  • Utilize anything you have that is glow in the dark and put them within your Halloween set up. Think of creative places to put them: like inside pumpkins, behind gravestones, inside skulls. 
  • Put a rainbow drip candle in a skull candle holder and let the candle burn a few inches. It looks awesome and becomes a great center piece. 
  • Pick up some branches that have fallen to the ground a long with some autumn leaves. These make great natural decorations that you can add to what you have. You can paint the branch a glittery black of trim it up to be part of the scenery. Also: dead flowers. 

More helpful links: 
20 Dollar Store Halloween Decor Ideas 
DIY Halloween Ideas 
Easy Halloween Party Decorations You Can Make For About $5

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

My Marimo Garden

 Several years ago a friend in New York introduced an interesting aquatic plant to me that has since become a hobby of mine. "Marimos" are a green seaweed made from algae but they appear mossy in texture. These fluffy green plants use photosynthesis to grow, needing minimal light but also growing very slowly. The marimos in my tank are all from different locations; New York, Russia, China, Japan, and more. In the past few months I have been doing lots of research on how to best care for
these plants. I have put together a list of all the information and optimal care instructions.

 I set up a simple but cool looking tank with an LED light air stone and glow in the dark aquarium plant. Multi colored stones cover the bottom of a large blue glass vase. I keep it shaded with my potted plants covering most of the sunlight. My baby marimos began to connect to each other like a chain and even to my fluval tank cleaning moss ball (which is a fake marimo). I use ice to keep it cold and fashioned a lid to keep the bubbles from getting out. I also have a thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature of the water.


  • Have shady spots, minimal light (no direct light).
  • Clean water once a week in summer, once every two in winter, only change HALF the water.
  • Roll marimo by hand and move around tank. But be gentle with them. 
  • Once a month put marimos in fridge for 24-48 hours in a separate container with fresh water. Change fridge water more frequently.
  • Add sea salt to water in tank. Use club soda to naturally create Co2 to boost growth; but NOT TOO MUCH. Do not put the club soda into the tank, treat them in a separate bowl.
  • °59-°68 degrees is ideal, must not exceed °86 degrees.
  • To keep the tank cool I use reusable plastic ice cubes, regular ice cubes and flat ice packs.
  • Always use stones in tank, not rocks - rocks absorb impurities and can't fully be washed away. I recommend using a "Fluval Moss Ball" which cleans the tank by adsorbing and trapping phosphate and nitrite. I found it to be effective, it only lasts a few months though. 
  • If a piece breaks off leave it be, roll it up in a ball and add it to the small marimo collection.
  • When using chemicals to purify water put marimos in separate containers.

Saturday, September 10, 2016 Two Year Anniversary!

  2 years ago on August 20th I opened up my new domain for my guitar pick jewelry, Rock Resurrection Art. This also marks 3 years of making guitar pick jewelry. It has grown so much since then and in so many different directions. 

 Moving off of using other sites exclusively like Etsy was a good move to broaden my horizons. I first started with Etsy and as I grew I began to feel the restrictions that all shop platforms have. Don't get me wrong, Etsy is awesome. But if you want your hobby/business to grow you gotta get out of the "Etsy box."

 With my own domain for my expanding guitar pick jewelry came complete creative control. I was also able to do many things like have more control over shipping, related products and most importantly an integrated shopping cart. All my products are under one roof and not separated between Etsy, Square Up and others.

 I started with guitar pick jewelry, then candy jewelry but the ideas only began to pile up. A big part of development that I've always appreciated is getting feedback from customers. When you're 'small time' it's important to use as many resources as possible. Check out my Tips and Tricks for more helpful information!