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Alice in Wonderlamp: Down the Rabbit Hole & Beyond…

Published September 26, 2013 by sefra mack

It all started with a very simple idea: a table lamp inspired by Alice in Wonderland,, one of my favorite Disney heroines. (Can’t WAIT for the spinoff, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland!!!) Through wiles & guile, I actually created it. Not only that, the final product actually matched my original design. Magnifico!

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From making a transfer of the collage, to the creation of the base, a chronology of the creation πŸ™‚

And then the unthinkable happened: Someone actually bought it! I made my first big sale on Etsy, and I am over the moon about it. Clearly, I didn’t know what I was getting into…

I love Alice, & my lamp turned out beautifully: Collage clock base, crackle paint revealing color, purple paisley; I’m a happy girl. But then one of my little cronies reminded me of something: I’m an obsessive fan girl!

Yes, I adore Alice in Wonderland, but I’m also addicted to Ariel,Β  love Lord of the Rings, & heart Harry Potter. With another buddy commissioning a Nightmare Before Christmas lamp & reminding me of my beloved Burton, I now have 4 – 5 lamps to create!

Ahh geekery…you light up my life… lol (::nerd snort::)

Keep following me for updates & pics of the rapidly upcoming lite-up creations!

β™₯β™₯ Mermaids, Ponies & Cosplay: Just Parts of My Master Plan β™₯β™₯

Published September 26, 2013 by sefra mack

Ahh, it’s been so long since I chronicled my geeky schemes, but the master plans remain intact. Not only that, but I’ve been inspired yet again. Ahh, the precious, magical, & never-ending font of geeky goodness, so an update is in order. πŸ˜€ Oh, it just gets better & better…

If you’ve read my previous blogs, you know all about my plan to make a line of Disney Princess inspired cocktails. Well, with my beloved Once Upon a Time (finally!) coming back on the air in just a few short days, & the beautiful news that they have cast an actress to play Ariel (gasp!), I have finally been given the push I needed to resume my glorious work: our Ariel’s Ambrosia has been designed!

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The newest addition to the burgeoning collection, Ariel’s Ambrosia (decided to go more blue on bottom & pink on top..lookin too patriotic here), along with the upcoming drink for Belle, & the one that started it all, our Snow White Poison Apple Antidote Martini πŸ˜€

My co-designer/assistant :), Teresa Brown, & I really wanted the drink to tell her story, be princessy, and as different from my snow white/evil queen drink as the ladies themselves.

The mermaid glass I found is perfect, & with the drink being based with blue Curacao & flavored rum, its very Caribbean (home of prince Eric). The sparkles in it & on the rim make it very princess chic, & magical, & with the handmade seashell pick, skewering our gummy octopus (take that, Ursula!), I think we pulled it all off. Now here’s hoping we can get it made before everyone’s favorite mermaid makes her much-anticipated debut on ABC! (soo excited!!!)

JoAnna Garcia Swisher & Gil McKinney as Ariel & Prince Eric on ABC’s OUAT!

Along with Ariel & my fairy tale frolics, thanks to the SyFy Channel, I have discovered 2 new loves: Cosplay & My Little Pony.

Now, I’ve always loved those magical ponies (thank you very much, 80s me!), & of course dressing up (renaissance faire, anyone?), but I’ve recently reached a new level. Something I would never have envisioned for myself as a grown woman, but here we are. πŸ™‚

Recently on SyFy, there was an awesome (& waay too short) series called Heroes of Cosplay. It followed a group of artists & cosplay enthusiasts as they travel to various comic book, anime, and other geek conventions around the country.

Not only was I introduced to some amazing, business minded artists, including the ladies of CrabCat Industries (fave!), & the incomparable Yaya Han (a new idol, omg, love her!), I was exposed to a subculture that I could easily see myself being a part of. A community of like-minded nerds that dress up & worship various types of fandom?Β  It’s like finding a map home πŸ™‚

My heroines of cosplay, jessica, holly, victoria, yaya & chloe…if you can name all 5 of their characters, you kick ass πŸ™‚

Although I spent some of my summer making crazy renaissance faire costumes, & Halloween epicness is already in the works, it never occurred to me that I could dress up all the time! I was a fool! Something else took me a bit by surprise, & also has everything to do with watching Heroes of Cosplay: My renewed rabid love of My Little Pony.

Something that struck me as awesome when I was watching HoC, was the fact that a lot of ladies had a go-to My Little Pony persona they dressed as. ::girly squeal::

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My cosplay girls bustin out the MLP lovin

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Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy, Twilight Sparkle (Me!), Rainbow Dash & Applejack: The Mane Ponies πŸ™‚

Now, I have a few theories on why a grown woman (and some men, apparently :D) would have a love for My Little Pony, & I shall explore them in a future blog. In fact, they’re pretty well said in this posting by one of my favorite heroes from the show, Becky Young; but that’s not the point…

So, what IS the point?

I asked all my girls to dress up with me, & not only did I get an immediate & emphatic yes, we each picked a pony (individually, instantly, & NO ONE picked someone elses. it was magic! I β™₯ my girls!!!), & now I can make pony ears, horns, & wings (thanks for the inspiration, Yaya!!!).

This show has inspired me to learn new techniques, like mold making, & work with new materials, like worbla & latex. I’m overwhelmed with motivation, & it feels amazing.

So thats a run-down of my newest plans. πŸ˜€ Be sure to follow my blog so you can see my sketch become reality! Not only that, but you don’t wanna miss how absolutley ADORABLE we all look in our pony costumes! lol

Until then…let your geek flag fly!

S.Mack! Station Creations Open for Business on Etsy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (So fun & easy!!)

Published December 17, 2012 by sefra mack

It took me awhile to realize I really wanted to do it; & then it took me what seemed like FOREVER to get it done, but it’s happened: My FIRST storefront on Etsy.com is officially up & running! http://www.etsy.com/shop/SmackStationCreation?ref=seller_info

Please check it out, & please “like” the Facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/pages/SMack-Station-Creations/351767171587123

Now, so far, I only have a few items up for sale (4, to be exact), but that will all change super soon: I have over 30 other ideas for stock all ready to go, & the supplies on hand to make most of it! I’m loving it, but the demands of any business, plus my meticulous & detail oriented nature (that does nothing to lessen the chances of a screw up, btw) are extremely time-consuming. Luckily, Etsy.com & the internet make selling your art, crafts & vintage treasures easier than ever.

Sorry, but I'm re-vamping it with rhinestones, making my own chibis, and totally copying this! :)

The Original, & my inspiration…fabulous, but no S.Mack! Station Creation:)

If you’ve read my earlier blogs, you know about my hunt for a Harry Potter Phone Case. When I realized how much it would cost me to buy, I decided to make my own…

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My Finished Case!! Complete with hallows symbol, hogwarts charm, & a snitch made by me!

Once I started the process, the juices started flowing (it didn’t hurt that I’ve been internet shopping like an addict for months, lol). With my hectic work schedule, & the fact that Etsy helps craft supplies get conveniently delivered to your door, it created a perfect storm. Suddenly I was making candles, rings, & charms for every type of geek, & with Etsy’s insane 20 cent listing fee (OMG!), I almost had no choice; I was finally forced into business:P teehee

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My blank faced babies…

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My first little wizard charm πŸ™‚ he’s already very popular heehee

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Silver Filigree Enchanted Rose Princess Rings! For sale on etsy!! Mention this blog for a discount!

In addition to the phone cases & rings, I’ve decided to do princess candles, various other cases for electronics celebrating harry Potter, LOTR, star wars, etc., & I’ve decided to collect & sell vintage clothing that pays homage to my favorite geek obsessions & shows (hello custom tailored shorts ala Zoe Hart! lol

I mentioned how easy etsy makes it, & it couldn’t be more true. If you can set up a WordPress blog, you can sell on Etsy.com. All it takes is a product, a little knowledge (I would definitely suggest taking a look at the sellers handbook & the policies page…so much to consider, my head is stuffed!), & a nice picture. 20 cents later, & my art is listed for sale! A bit of a rush, actually πŸ˜€

There is so much to do, though, & there are simply not enough hours in the day! I work over 30 hours a week as a waitress, & in my spare time I love to do arts & crafts. Now, however, I’m doubling my hobby time to rival my work schedule, & it’s a ton of stuff: ordering (which is just shopping, so that rocks), inventory (the icky side effect to ordering lol), profit projection, shipping calculation, packaging (been hoarding recyclables for months, so that’ll be gravy), new ideas constantly brewing, & all while you tweet, Facebook, & bug your friends, family & co-workers to get all the free advertising you can.. I’m exhausted. I’m elated πŸ˜€ I’ve an enterprise! lol

Disney Princess Drink Series: #1 Poison Apple Antidote Martini ~ Snow White

Published November 21, 2012 by sefra mack

It’s finished! After an exhausting vacation weekend with my girls (& a few boys πŸ™‚ ), my partner in crime, Teresa, & I finally realized our most recent goal: inventing the Snow White Poison Apple Antidote martini.

The Finished Product:) Our Snow White Poison Apple Antidote Martini…& yes, it’ll cure what ails ya, lol πŸ˜›

There was more than one source of inspiration for this happy little cocktail. To start with, my bestie Teresa & I are currently obsessed with ABC’s faerie tale drama, Once Upon a Time: We watch it, talk about it, tweet about it, speculate on it, & adore it. So when I decided to invent a drinking game for our upcoming Girls Night marathon (oh, no worries..I shall post the rules soon enough, lol :P), it was only a matter of time before we invented a drink to celebrate our first favorite ass-kicking princess. The first lady to get an upgrade in ABC’s re-imagining of Disney’s Royal Court (really, the first lady of Disney. Period), was Snow White. Here’s the recipe I used from http://www.allrecipes.com, plus the extras I included to make it magical:) :

Red Apple Martini

Garnish:

Apple, Gold Sugar & Edible Gold Stars (Wilton), Black Liquor or food Color, Fancy Toothpicks

Drink:

1.5 ounces (1 jigger) each: Apple SchappsΒ (I used 99 Apples)

Canadian Whiskey (Black Velvet)

Cranberry Juice (Ocean Spray, baby!)

Steps:

  1. Moisten the rim of your martini glass with a little liquor, or the juice of a lime wedge. Spread your sugar on a paper plate, and dip the glass in the sugar, coating the rim. Set Aside.
  2. Cut your apple into wedges, cut a notch in one so it rests on your glass rim, & soak the apple in black liquor (you can also coat it in black sugar, or use black baking dye..it comes in a spray:).
  3. MixΒ  your liquid ingredients in a seperate glass, and pour into your decorated martini glass.
  4. Sprinkle the surface of your drink with edible gold stars πŸ˜€
  5. Spear apple wedge with fancy pick, garnish & serve!
  6. extra!: Just before serving, add a dollop of your black liquor to the red…it looks like poison seeping through the drink before it settles & vanishes…tres cool!

…& the Finished Product? Delicious! With the gold sugar, it tastes like a candied apple! The drink turned out just like the magic apple itself: Beautiful, delicious, tempting, & dangerous:) Though it is certainly not for the faint of heart, it’ll definitley cure what ails ya:) the perfect double whammy!

This little enterprise was more than a certainty: We’re geeks, lushes, rookie inventors & cooks, & crafting enthusiasts. I knew there would be edible gold of some kind to add that touch of princess magic (but stars?! So Jazzed!), & Snow’s dysfunctiolnal relationship with that darn apple gave us our flavor straight off:) Another thing that sealed the inevitability of this drink, and provided the final source of inspiration for the signature garnish, was the discovery of Eristoff Black Mixed Berry Vodka.

Truly black vodka:) It stains EVERYTHING, but I love it…I’m nuts:P

I happened to stop at my local liquor store, & by pure serendipity, I saw this vodka: not only was it truly black (curious, eh?), it was on super sale at $9.99 per bottle…& THEN it was buy one, get one for 10 cents! Done deal for this cheap chica! lol

Our Poison Apple in profile:) This liquor is so inky (but yum!), that this amount of (rushed) staining took 10 seconds πŸ˜›

Once I had the black liquor, & the ideas started bouncing around in my head, the drink was born! After I decided to stain the apple black to represent that infamous apple that sent Snow into that super inconvenient sleep, the rest was cake. Plus, the realizations that there is edible gold star-shaped glitter & pearlized sugar in every color of the rainbow, there was really no stopping me.

A birds eye view of the Edible glitter stars & pearlized Gold sugar we used:) God bless the Wilton aisle at Michael’s!

Now, I’m sure you noticed the title, and it should be obvious by now that this isn’t going to be our last go at this. Yes, the insanity is only just beginning. πŸ˜›

My latest blueprint for Belle’s drink:) Will either turn out beautiful or beastly, lol πŸ˜›

Once we started, there were ideas and brainstorms flying everywhere. The result? Drink number 2 shall be an homage to another of the ballsy babes to get a modern-day upgrade & a real life in the Disney-verse: Belle, from Beauty & the Beast. The drink will be called Beauty’s Enchantment, & should be done before the holidays on my next fun weekend home:) Can’t wait to party like a princess! lol….

Β After sweating a bit about what kind of glass to use, BAM, we found the one depicted on clearance at Pier One…twas meant to be! lol…It immedeatly reminded us of the movie:) Our next hurdle in gettin the ball rolling was our main theme. After some brain farts, we decided to showcase the iconic enchanted rose from the original Disney movie as our focal point for this charmed cocktail.

Any other suggestions for a Belle themed drink garnish?

Black Magic Poison Apple Martini ~ Snow White

Published November 14, 2012 by sefra mack

Just a few days ago, prior to my previous post:), I was discussing a Once Upon a Time Drinking Game I was inventing with a good friend of mine. During our talk, my friend & god-sister, Teresa, helped me come up with a signature drink for our next geek girl marathon of fairy tale awesomeness. So I wouldn’t forget any of our ingredient ideas, I decided to sketch out the drink the way IΒ hope it comes out looking, and the steps and ingredients I think I’ll need…

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One ingredient I won’t forget? The Eristoff Black Mixed Berry Vodka…we had quite the time with that one a few weeks back:P lol

I shall post a pic of the final drink after I go to the liquor store:)

Now that I’ve designed one for Snow, nothing will do until I think of a drink for each of my Disney PrincessesπŸ™‚ I know I’m going to do an Ariel/Little Mermaid Martini (gummi fish, here I come:), but, other than that, Drink ingredients & themes are eluding me for Belle & Leia (yup, those are the 4 I’m doing:P)…Any suggestions for a Beauty’s Blend or a Star Princess Shot?

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Halloween ephemera steal!

Published November 14, 2012 by sefra mack
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What a Frickin haul!

In two $2 grab bags at Michaels Arts and Crafts, I got all you see here plus more! including foam shapes & projects and kids clothing & costumes, even pajamas for my puppy! Ephemera, supplies, projects, gifts, decor, & more for 4 bucks! Check your local Michael’s!

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Altered Idea Journal volume one

Published October 22, 2012 by sefra mack

Soo, I came up with a brilliant (but apparently time consuming) plan…tear out all the ideas, ads, quotes, advice, workouts, & wants from the dozens of magazines I have laying around, & put them in a lovey (& cheap) composition book….

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the cover of my new journal:-)...its nice to have a place to stick my randomness

This plan was to have a three pronged effect: 1. I will save mucho space…I’ve only done 5 pages, & I’ve ditched 10 mags. 2. Recycling…heal the world, man………. & 3. I get to exercise my art muscles:).

I love the plan, but it takes awhile for me to perfect a page…It’s great though…I recycle scraps, have all my ideas in one book…I fully support it.

Oh, and as a lil bonus, I have included a few pics of the new sneaky tube I made for myself fer smoking (if you don’t know what that is, It’s probably best we keep it that way). A friend mentioned that my last one was ghetto, & plainΒ  toilet paper tubes are easy to lose, so with this filter, I went a lil jazzier:) thanks fer scoping, guys!

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page one & the inside cover...love that I save all this crap...yay!

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sometimes I get a bit carried away with the elmers glue, but meh, I needed a new one

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...and no one is the wiser πŸ˜›

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