Let’s Turn Dessert Toppings Into Art!

I’m sure we’ve all seen those cute, decorative glass jars and bottles that can be found in kitchens and restaurants that look like this….

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Well, it’s time to switch things up!!!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

*Glass jar or bottle of any size.

*Enough sweet goodness to fill it up with like sprinkles, brown sugar, chocolate chips, crushed oreos, candy, etc., etc., etc.

*Optional-get some puffy paint and fake sprinkles to decorate your jar or bottle after it’s been glued shut. Otherwise, grab whatever you want to decorate the lid with and make it less boring.

*Oh, yeah and glue 😉

Let’s get started!

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By the way, this step by step process will not contain pictures for every step because it’ll just be me typing, “Step 1, pour in your first topping….Step 2, pour in your second topping.” LOL. I won’t do that to you today so let’s just see the finished product and I’ll give you some tips…

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I have a few of these three ounce jars in my craft stash that I want to put to good use and this is what I plan to do with every one. Sprinkles and brown sugar are all I have around at the moment but just imagine what you can do with the toppings and candy you choose in the jar or bottle you choose!

You can even gift one to a friend or family member that’s not glued shut and filled with their favorite candy all stacked in a decorative way just before they eat it all ;-).

The biggest tip I have is just make sure each layer is exactly how you want it before moving onto the next. That way you don’t have to worry about pouring that shit out and starting over again. Haha.

Decorate the lid how ever you want but I love the frosting and sprinkles look so that’s where the puffy paints come into play. Make it look like frosting dripping down over the lid. Get your FAKE sprinkles from Amazon or Ebay or Etsy and sprinkle them on top and let it dry.

You can obviously use the fake sprinkles inside the jar as well but that’s no fun, is it? go for the real deal. Real ones will bleed onto the paint, by the way…trust me, I’ve tried it. So fake sprinkles outside and real sprinkles inside, por favor ;-).

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So that includes this quick tutorial of something super fun you can do with your friends and family. Or just do it alone so that everyone around you thinks you’re a badass who is amazingly talented ;-).

You know, maybe I’ll make a bunch to sell and market them as a weight loss tool with the following instructions: “When you’re feeling like you want to reach for that extra cookie or cupcake you don’t need, just stare hard at this jar of sweets while drinking a glass of water. You’re welcome.” Hahaha.

My goofy-ness aside, thank you all for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this one. I know I can’t wait to make more! Bye!….

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A.S.M.R.-Don’t Knock It Til You Try It, Honey!

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Here’s what our good friend, Wikipedia, says about A.S.M.R….

“Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a term used for an experience characterised by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. ASMR signifies the subjective experience of “low-grade euphoria” characterised by “a combination of positive feelings and a distinct static-like tingling sensation on the skin”. It is most commonly triggered by specific acoustic or visual stimuli, and less commonly by intentional attention control.”

In a nutshell, ASMR makes you feel like you’re this guy…

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It’s been about a year since I first came across ASMR on YouTube accidentally. Honestly, I wonder just how far deep in the YouTube universe I traveled in order to accidentally come upon it.  You know how it goes: one minute you’re looking at cat videos and then an hour goes by and you’ve come to a video titled, “Flying Whales: Do They Really Exist?” LOL.

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The first ASMRtist I came across (if I’m remembering correctly) was ASMR Darling. Check out her YouTube Channel here: Click Here For ASMR Darling.

After watching a few of her videos and learning a little more about how ASMR works, I was reminded of the very first time I experienced ASMR in my life that I could remember. It was a few years back in Los Angeles. I was in a Japanese nail art salon getting my nails done. The salon was silent. I was relaxed with two woman working on my nails at once. As they worked on me, they were whispering to each other in Japanese about what I can assume was life, work and maybe even me (no, they were really kind I would hope not). Haha. The sound of their whispers was so relaxing to my ears! I felt like I was being hypnotized to sleep just from the sounds of their whispers. Very strange but every cool!

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There are people who are immediately turned off by ASMR without even properly educating themselves on the subject, “Ewww, it’s too fetish-like for me…” What?? No, it’s actually you making it fetish-like. They’re not pulling out whips and tying viewers to imaginary bed posts before spanking them for crying out loud. LOL (although if you travel deep enough into YouTube, who knows…). I personally, like to darken my laptop screen before bed, pop in those ear phones and just listen. It’s all about the sounds for me.  Although watching an ASMRtist brush their hands softly in front of the camera in an up and down motion can definitely help lull me to sleep as well.

Definitely give this a good go and explore different ASMR videos and discover what your triggers are. Do you like the sound of whispering like I do? Did you feel like falling asleep in a silent high school class room back in the day when there was nothing but the sounds of pencils on paper and the turning of pages? Do certain visuals help relax you? These are examples of triggers. Type them into the YouTube search and go from there. You may just find yourself addicted some day and you won’t be able to get enough of your ASMR videos before bed (or whenever) or you may decide it’s not for you at all. Promise me you’ll at least try it out ;-).

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There are great benefits to ASMR too.  It can help with insomnia, lower stress levels, help people with anxiety and I even read something about the digestive system and weight loss (the last one doesn’t work for me *ahem*)! These are only a few examples of what ASMR can do for you but most importantly, it makes you feel good and when you feel good you’ll start to do other things to take better care of yourself.

Okay, now it’s time to list my top five favorite ASMRtists:

Maria (Gentle Whispering)

Emma (WhispersRed)

Gibi (Gibi ASMR)

Dmitri (Massage ASMR)

Fred (FredsVoice ASMR)

There are many, many, many more great ASMRtists out there but these are the four that I personally check in on the most to see their latest videos <3.

I’ve come to appreciate ASMR so much that I was inspired to start my own embarrassing YouTube channel called, “Just ASMR Audio” a while ago. I wanted it to be just focused on just the sounds because that’s what I like and let’s be real, I don’t want to be on camera. LOL.  I don’t know if I’ll create more videos in the future but feel free to check out the first four videos I put on my channel here if you’d like: Just ASMR Audio  Maybe they’ll be of use to you or maybe you just want to have a laugh at an ASMR newbie (please let it be the second reason. :-P).

That is all for today, folks! I just wanted to give ASMR a shout out today and I hope you enjoyed it. Until next time…

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$$Let’s Start An Abundance Log!$$

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I have been learning about the law of attraction for over a year now and I find it very interesting and fun. The easiest way to explain the law of attraction is this:  whatever vibes you put out into the universe, whether it be with your thoughts or with your actions is what you will get back.  It’s important to love yourself and treat yourself accordingly. It’s important to have a positive attitude as often as you can. It’s important to do things that make you happy as often and you can. Do these good things and you will attract more good things back to you…and yes that includes money ;-). Karma is legit, folks.  If you say things like, “I’ll never get that job I want” or, “there are no good men/women out there” then the universe will make it so. It’s time to flip the script to something better!

I seem to remember the moment in Peter Pan when the pixie dust that was sprinkled onto the kids still wasn’t enough to make them fly. They had to think positive thoughts too!

Sometimes keeping a positive attitude isn’t the easiest thing to do and believe me, I completely understand that. Every day I need to check myself because I have my moments where I get sad because I know I deserve so much more good things in my life.

That right there! That’s where a lot of us go wrong and we need to work on not saying things like that to ourselves. We have LOTS to be grateful for and we need to start showing it every day.

An Abundance Log is just one of the many ways you can keep yourself in check. It is money focused so if you want to manifest more money into your life (I’ve manifested over $200 bucks with no current day job, thank you very much), this fun daily activity is just for you. Honestly, even if it’s not about the money, I think it’s great for anyone because it’s about being grateful for everything, no matter how big or small.

I first learned about this technique from a wonderful YouTuber named Leeor Alexandra in one of her live video chats.

Here’s her YouTube Channel here (She is an amazing young woman who will teach you how to keep your vibrations high): Click Here For Leeor’s You Tube Channel

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For your Abundance Log, get yourself a journal to write in or feel free to open up a Word document and type it there (I do this).  Title it whatever you want but here’s what I wrote for mine:

$$$$Abundance Log$$$$” and then for fun I wrote…

“$$$$Money flows to me constantly in all different ways. I will post daily examples of the abundance in my life. Thank you God and Universe for every experience I write about.$$$$”

Now, it’s time to start your log. Every day, if you find a penny? If a friend buys you a coffee? If someone pays you money for a service? If your mom brings you food or cooks you a meal? You write it down in happiness! These things all represent something of value that has been given to you. You are grateful for all of these things and the universe is watching and thinking, “Wow, look at that list of things they’re thanking me for…I’m inspired to give them more of what they want!” That’s how this works! It’s as simple as that.  Let me remind you again that I’ve made over $200 while basically sitting on my ass while on a hunt for a new day job.

Have a better attitude about life. Know that everything is not happening to you but for you and watch the goodness keep rolling in for you. Keep your eye on the prize and don’t worry about how it’s going to happen. Enjoy the ride.

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That’s all I wanted to share with you lovely people for today. Follow Leeor Alexandra and I’m going to list two other greats I’ve come across on YouTube who can inspire and teach you so much about the Law Of Attraction. Through them, you’ll discover lots of people who will inspire you to be better for yourself and those around you who you love.

The first is Ralph Smart (Infinite Waters): Click Here

Ralph posts inspirational videos every day on many different subjects. You’ll be sure to find some that inspire you.

The second is Suyash (Mind Body Spirit): Click Here

Suyash explains the law of attraction like no other and posts videos almost daily that feature stories from people like you and I, telling their stories of their law of attraction success. So when your abundance log works for you, you can tell him your story and he’ll read it for everyone and it will inspire others to try what you did and also become successful at it ;-).

Alright, folks! Get to manifesting your dreams!

Until next time….byyyyeeee!…..

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Let’s Make Some Deer Antlers/Ears!

 

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Hey, beautiful people! The above picture is is an example of what we’re making today! Yay!!!!  The end result will be a different pair of antlers/ears because the ones above were sold years back (just so you know).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • headband of your choice.
  • scissors
  • felt or anything you have to make ears out of. Optional if you only want antlers.
  • plenty of hot glue sticks and of course the hot glue gun.
  •  ribbon, tulle or even strips of frayed, pretty fabric to wrap around your headband to make it look less boring.
  • anything you’d like to decorate with, flowers, gems, buttons, whatevs.
  • pipe cleaner for the base of our antlers.
  • acrylic paint, water cup, paper towels, paint brushes.

Let’s do this!

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Step One: Google, “Deer Antlers” to that you have a good example of how to shape yours out of the pipe cleaner. Found one!….

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Step Two: Grab three or four pipe cleaner and roll them all together into one. Do this twice, like so….

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Step Three: Twist them as tightly as you can to the headband and you will end up with this (it’s okay if they slide around after they’re on the headband, glue will come later)…

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Step Four: Perfect! Now use the picture you found on Google as your inspiration, grab some more pipe cleaner and it’s time to start adding onto your antlers. You add on by using technique we used previously. Twist a few pipe cleaners together first and then twist them onto the ones you’ve already attached to the headband. How ever you do it, it doesn’t matter, as long as they end up attached and shaped how you like. Use your scissors to cut certain bits off if needed. I’ll do mine and show you…

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I’m happy with the shape of mine. If you are working with a metal headband or probably any headband, you’ll notice those antlers easily slide from left to right. Instead of using glue, I decided  to cut strips of tulle (use whatever you have) to secure them more tightly in place. You’ll still be able to slide them but at least they won’t move too much for the next step…IMG_20180120_130859

Step Five: Plug in that hot glue gun. I can sense  that you’re doubting me right about now but just you wait. This is about to be an upgrade from the antlers in the first picture ;-). Make sure your antlers are exactly how you want them as far as shape and placement on the headband. Check and Check? Okay, let’s go…

Step Six: We are covering that not so cute pipe cleaner with layers of hot glue! Please be careful! Be mindful of where your fingers are because that stuff drips! It’ll sneak up on you. If you happen to have a low temp hot glue gun or a hot glue gun with a low temp setting, that actually works better for this part because the glue won’t come out like lava and will stick to the pipe cleaner easier since it’s cooler. If you don’t have a low temp hot glue gun, that’s fine too.

Put on some music or a movie. This process is a bit tedious. Just when you think you’ve covered all the pipe cleaner with hot glue? You haven’t. LOL.

Do one layer of hot glue over the pipe cleaner, let it cool, do another, let it cool and so on and so forth until you are satisfied with how they look. If there is a place you put the hot glue that didn’t turn out so great, just melt it with the tip of your hot glue gun and start over…or cut it off and start over. Here’s how mine turned out…

Step Seven: It’s time to to paint (pull off the millions of hot glue strings first)!  Grab some acrylic paint in whatever color/s you want and paint away. Paint one side, lay it down and let it dry, then paint the other side, lay it down and let it dry. Or, you can do what I did and be anxious to get it done and paint the entire thing at once. The catch is you’ll have to let it air dry in your hands instead (If I can do it, anyone can).

Other options:

*Cover the antlers in Mod Podge  and sprinkle glitter all over and let it dry and top with more Mod Podge to finish. Or….

*Forget about the hot glue all together and wrap the pipe cleaner in brown or tan yarn or even tulle (like in the very first picture) from top to bottom, adding glue along the way until finished.

Let’s see how mine turns out….

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They aren’t dry yet but as the kids say these days, “Can you even?!?!?” I went with a purple and black ombre effect. In the future, as your antlers go through the circle of life, they will probably get paint scratched off of them here and there….just fix it with more paint :-). Now, I’m going to let mine dry….

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Step Eight: Now that your antlers are nice and dry, it’s time to cover that boring headband with whatever you want. I’ll be using brown glitter tulle. Put a dab of hot glue (or any glue) on the bottom of the headband and start wrapping, placing a dot of glue every few inches along the way. When you arrive at the antlers, take extra care and wrap around the base of the antlers so you know they aren’t going anywhere! Here’s what the start of the wrapping looks like (sorry, it’s blurry)…

 

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Completed…

Step Nine: This is where I would begin cutting my ears out of felt but I’ve decided I don’t want them this time. I’ll still give you a quick run down of how it’s done. Choose an outer ear color and an inner ear color of felt (I usually use brown and tan or brown and pink). The outer ear color will be cut into a larger size than the inner ear so that both colors properly show when you glue them together (like in the first picture). Place two felt scares on top of each other and cut out your ear shape. Do this for each size/color. If you can’t free cut very well, draw out your own stencils on tag board first like this (then you glue the inner ear on top of the outer and attach them to the headband with hot glue)….

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Step Ten: Remembering that MY end result won’t have ears, let’s continue. Turn on your hot glue gun again. This is where a high temp gun would be good! On projects like these, flowers can end up falling off  (eventually) so a high temp hot glue gun definitely is good for making sure that your faux flowers stay on for a long time.

It’s time to create a nice felt shelf for your flowers to sit on when you glue them onto the headband. Get a piece of felt, cut out a rectangle that will sit on the under side of the headband, right in between the antlers like this….

Step Eleven: Get your faux flowers ready and decide how you want them to look before you start gluing them onto the headband. PLEASE be careful. If you don’t have near fingers of steel like I do from years of burning my finger tips then I suggest you figure out a creative way to not get burned because you NEED to be able to press the flowers on pretty firmly after the hot glue is applied.  Maybe put on two pairs of rubber gloves or something. Haha.

Anyway, what I like to do is decide which flower will go in the middle and then build around it from there. Make sure to glue the flowers far enough forward on the felt so that they cover it. Squeeze a good amount (but not too much) hot glue on the larger flowers in particular and always remember to press firmly and hold every single flower for 8 to 10 seconds each. You can start to build your flower pyramid upwards, gluing flowers on top of flowers until you are happy with the final look….

 

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Although these look better in person than they do in the photo (LOL), I would need to critique my own work. Even though the lumpy texture gives the antlers a unique look that I appreciate, I would definitely go lighter next time and make sure the ends are a little more pointed than rounded.

I went ahead and started some new ones and I think I’m getting there now ;-)….

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Step Twelve: Turn your antlers around and take a look at the back. Cut off anything you think needs to be cut off and make it as pretty as the front by adding even more flowers or leaves or both…

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All finished! I hope I inspired you to try something new and if you make a mistake, don’t let that stop you from enjoying yourself while creating art. Send me pictures of yours if you make them! Byeeeeee!

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The Winchester Mystery House

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Hey beautiful people who are also paranormal nerds like myself!

I’ve seen that new movie preview, “Winchester”, a few times now and when I first saw it (without knowing the title yet), only a few seconds of it had to go by before I knew exactly the real life house the movie is based on. The Winchester Mystery House.

I first learned of this house years back on the Travel Channel. I’ve seen it covered on Ghosts Adventures and definitely other shows as well.

Right off the top of my head I can tell you that the Winchester Mystery House it located in San Jose, California. A woman who owned a company that produced guns, built herself the mansion and later found herself experiencing paranormal activity.  She assumed she was probably being haunted by the spirits of those who were killed by those very guns.

To appease the spirits, she was under the impression that she needed to keep on building  onto the house….forever. The house features many doors and stairways that lead to no where, etc, etc. Construction on the house continued until she died.

Now that I’ve told you what I remember (although some of it I may have never learned and could have made up in my head), I’m now going to do a little research and tell the story a little better for you all. Stay tuned….

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The original owner of the house was named Sarah Winchester. Her husband and owner of a company called, “Winchester Repeating Arms Company,” was named William Wirt Winchester. They both lived in New Haven, Connecticut where the company was also located. They married in 1862 and had a daughter named Annie Pardee Winchester  4 years into their marriage. Sadly, Annie passed away after just over 30 days from a disease called marasmus.  The couple never had any more children.

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When William died in 1881 from tuberculosis, Sarah inherited over 20 million dollars as well as 50% of the company. She very quickly became a very wealthy woman.

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While still living in New Haven, a psychic medium advised Sarah, after channeling her husband William from the other side, that she needs to move out west and build a home for herself that also must be shared with the spirits of those who lost their lives from the rifles sold at the company…………and never stop building! Although, the psychic medium bit was just a tabloid story at the time so we don’t know if it’s true. It very well could have been Sarah who felt the need to do this on her own.

In 1884, she moved to San Jose, California and purchased an unfinished farm house. She hired carpenters to start working immediately on the home. They built and built and built and before they knew it they were working with a seven story monster of a mansion!

  • 20,500 gallons of paint were used to paint the house.
  • 40 bedrooms.
  • 2 ballrooms.
  • 47 fire places.
  • 10,000 panes of glass.
  • 17 chimneys.
  • 3 elevators.
  • 2 basements.
  • 162 acres.

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL of that and she only had ONE working toilet.

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My thoughts exactly, Chrissy Teigen.

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Sarah Winchester was an odd little birdie, building stair cases that lead straight to ceilings, doors that lead to nothing but walls on the other side of them, rooms that lead to other rooms, sky lights in floors and repeat numbers throughout the entire mansion among other things. She passed away on September 5th, 1922.

There are many different theories out there as to why Sarah Winchester constructed all these strange features within the home but in my opinion, in a home that never ends, why does anything inside of it need to make any sense?

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I look forward to seeing this new scary movie based on it and I hope to some day visit the real thing as well!

Here’s the official website if any of you want to visit The Winchester Mystery House yourself (if you do, send me pics!): Click Here

Well, that’s all folks! I hope you all got the gist of it. There is far more information that I left out but feel free to go to do some more research on it if you care to.

Until next time….

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How To Create A MONSTER!!!

Yep, I got this attention grabbing blog title thing down *brushes off shoulders* ;-).

If you’re reading this on the day or night I that have posted this blog, look over to the right to see my Instagram feed and you’ll notice my mini paintings I’ve been doing lately. Within them……IS A MONSTER!!!

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My drawing skills are limited. If I tried drawing a portrait of someone, for example, it would probably end up looking something like Napoleon Dynamite’s drawing of Trisha. LOL.

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So, if you’re where I’m at with your drawing skills, I’m here to show how to do a SUPER EASY painting of a monster that there’s no way you can mess up!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A paint brush or paint brushes if you will be using more than one size.
  • A cup with water to clean the brushes as needed.
  • A paper towel or two for dabbing the water on.
  •  Glue of your choice.
  • Plastic googly eyes (because we, who cannot draw well ain’t got time to paint our own eyeballs. Plus, it looks cool).
  • Water color paint or any paint you want to use.
  • Your canvas of choice (I like to use a 4 inch by 4 inch canvas, purchased in a pack of 14 on Amazon. A mini canvas keeps your limited artistic skills condensed to one little scare of space and you end up looking like an amazing artist. Don’t worry, I got your back).

Okay, let the monster fun begin!…

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Step One: Cover your space as needed to keep paint from getting all over and grab that canvas.

Step Two: Grab your googly eyes (get them from Michael’s or any other craft store in your area) and glue on three or how ever many eyes you want your monster to have. You obviously can glue your eyes on after you paint your monster and let it dry. I just find it more fun to glue them on first because you are then forced to use your imagination and work around them to create a really cool looking monster…..or at least in my head that makes sense. LOL.

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Step Three: Let the painting begin! Start with a small brush to get some paint around those googly eyes, nice and neat and from there, you can go nuts. Decide what shape you want him or her to be. Switch up the colors every few seconds for a cool rainbow monster. Does he or she have spikes or horns? Does he or she have a tail? How many arms? None of it has to be perfect. Why? Because what monster is (that includes you, ya monster)?

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To get that drippy effect of the monster I posted on Instagram, hold your canvas vertical. Get that brush wet and painty (that’s right, I made up a word), place it on the canvas where you want and let the paint juice (made that up too) roll down, baby ;-). I’m going to stop typing and finish my latest monster painting and see how it turns out and post it for you all….

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Ta daaaaaaa! All finished. I even added a little bow to this one! I kinda had to since I glued the girly googly eyes on ;-).

I hope you all enjoyed this! You can always figure out what other fun little things you can glue to a canvas a paint around. For example, glue a toy dinosaur onto a canvas and paint where the dinosaur lives all around it. Trees, food coming from his or her mouth, a volcano in the background? Anything goes! Can’t paint a flower to save your life? Then glue a few fake ones on the canvas and only paint the stems and leaves! I know, I know…your mind is blown right now ;-).

Glue is your friend….as well as anything you want to glue to a canvas. So, get to it!

Here’s a close up of the first one I ever did…

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…and when I glued a few plastic skulls…

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Until next time, my beautiful friends….

 

 

Here’s Me Thinkin’ Of You, Kid…

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You are AMAZING! You deserve to be loved. You deserve to be happy. You deserve nothing but the best of people surrounding you at all times. Know that when people treat you badly, it’s because there are issues within themselves that need to be fixed and they’re just taking it out on you until they get their shit together. Smile in their face and kill them with kindness always. It can be hard to do this but know that it’ll do you good and maybe them too.

Do nice things for yourself. Go outside more often. Go to the beach and sit by the ocean and let the magic happen to your soul. Start doing things that you’ve always wanted to do, even if it means doing these things by yourself. If you’re a loner type? Who cares? Guess what? By doing all the things you love, no matter how strange, goofy, weird others may think they are, you will end up meeting people who love the same things that you do. Usually it’s people you meet doing what you love who are the most worthy of being in your presence. Those are the greatest kinds of friends.

If you have any talents, please don’t let them go to waste! The world needs to see what you can do. If you enjoy doing something but you’re not that great at it, the world STILL needs to see what you can do. You’ll be setting a good example to others by showing them the importance of having fun and doing the things they enjoy no matter what. Never give up on your dreams. Work hard until you are where you want to be and allow no one to discourage you.

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Be a good person as often as you can (hey, we all have our bad person moments). Donate to charities and help others whenever you can. When you do good and be good to others, good will come back to you (that was good, right?).

Educate yourself on new topics you’d like to learn about just for fun by hitting up Google or your local library (Google is my friend). I once watched an entire astronomy course on YouTube because I adore space.

Get out and exercise a few days a week if you can, it’ll do you good. If there’s anything you know you can cut back on food or drink wise, please do that for your health and don’t wait until an organ starts having slight pains (not writing this from personal experience at all). Drink enough water every day. “Enough” is different for everyone, it depends on your weight (download water drinking apps or Google it), but at the very least, drink as much as you can every day without going overboard.

Keep your room/home clean, organized and pretty. It will actually make you feel good about yourself and like you can accomplish anything (no wonder I’ve been feeling like shit lately).

If you have any way of bringing some positivity into the world, online or off, please do it because it’ll make you feel good and happy as well as others (I no longer feel like shit ;-P)

Have a lovely day.

Until next time, folks!….

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“Excuse Me, Does My Hair Look Crazy?”

Hello, beautiful people! I hope you’re all doing well. I was inspired to tell a little story so here we go!

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Me (with the afro) with my two sisters.

Today, I was in Walmart doing a little shopping and a fellow African American woman walks up to me. First of all, I have to say that she was beautiful. She had an afro and was probably around 55 years old. This woman actually stopped me and asked me, ” does my hair look crazy?” I was half day dreaming when she was first speaking to me (not on purpose but sometimes I don’t process what I hear right away) but the gist of what she was telling me was that she was a bit paranoid that people might be looking at her hair funny….as in, it doesn’t look right.

I knew right then and there that she was what I like to call an, “afro newbie”….or at least someone who hadn’t worn an afro since she was a child, if ever.

I told her, “No, your hair looks great! I’m noticing more of us wearing afros these days, it’s really cool.” She started to second guess herself again and I replied, “that’s exactly the problem…some how, we’ve been brainwashed to think out natural hair doesn’t look good but it does. Your hair looks beautiful, wear it out more often.” She smiled, thanked me and walked away.

I don’t know when it happened and I don’t know why it happened but some where along the line, black people were some how brainwashed to not appreciate how their hair looks naturally. I’ve been guilty of having this way of thinking towards myself as well. My hair is so thick you could probably make an afro wig out of the hair that sheds from my head. Haha. It probably didn’t help that I grew up with two beautiful, biracial little sisters who each had hair I could put a comb through with ease and create the cutest hair styles with. It took me until I was in my 30s (I’ll be 34 soon) before I was 100% comfortable with wearing my hair out naturally. Whether it be an afro or afro puff pony tail hair styles……years back I would have been embarrassed to let my hair go free. Not any more, honey! I embrace it proudly.

Something awesome is happening these days, though. I’m seeing more and more women like myself wearing afros! I think that like me, they’re starting to learn that their hair is beautiful just the way it is and if they have days when they don’t feel like putting a flat iron through it then damn it, they don’t have to! I can bet that they’re also learning that compliments on their hair is on the rise. People love afros!

My favorite style to do in my hair is the, “frohawk.” I get the most compliments on it because lets face it, mohawks are awesome and look great on anyone. It was this video tutorial by Mr. Kate (one of my favorite DIY artists) that first inspired me to put five ponytails down my head in a straight line, top to bottom and comb those suckers out. It looked awesome!

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The theme I was going for today is no matter who you are or where you come from, please learn to love something about you that maybe you haven’t allowed yourself to love before. As human beings, we all have our insecurities and have different things that we need to work on but hey,  at the very least, we can start with loving our natural hair!  Natural hair comes in many different textures on many different people, of course :-). I once met a young white guy who had an afro that I envied so much. It looked fantastic. Maybe he was someone who got teased as a child or maybe not but he definitely wore his afro proudly when I met him. We need more of this! By allowing your natural hair to fly free, you will learn to love it more!

Remember Ashley Tisdale who played, “Maddie” on The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody? She’s a curly haired brunette. For the show, they made her a straight haired blonde. Heaven forbid a curly haired child watch their favorite tv show and see someone that has hair like theirs, right?  I know they’re actors and it’s part of their job to play dress up and become someone they’re not but come on! How about we start allowing the actors to represent people that we may not always see as main characters and allow the actors keep their own hair or skin color for cryin’ out loud (Oh, yeah, Raven-Symone’ had to tan for her role of, “Raven Baxter” on That’s So Raven because apparently a lighter skinned black girl isn’t dark enough to play a black girl).

Paragraph full of sarcasm aside (I could have gone deeper into that rabbit hole so I cut myself off), I hope I made at least one of you smile or laugh. I had a bit of a rough night last night and wanted  something positive to come from my hours of tears. LOL. So, I thought, “Why not tell a bunch of strangers that their hair looks nice?” 😉

Until next time, folks….

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party On The Way?

…or just a Christmas party? or just Christmas? Worry not! I’m going to teach you how to make the perfect headband for the occasion and you’ll then take your newfound knowledge and make headbands for ALL of the holidays (I know you better than you do after all)!

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Here’s what’s you’ll need:

  1. A headband of your choice (I buy metal headbands in bulk off of amazon).
  2. Pipe cleaner (you know, the colorful, fuzzy covered wire thingies) in whatever colors you want.
  3.  Tulle in whatever colors you want.
  4.  You can even use ribbon instead of tulle or both!
  5.  Your favorite strong glue.
  6. Felt to make your Christmas designs with.
  7. A marker to draw those designs if you need it.
  8. paper or tag board.
  9. Any extra embellishments to decorate your headband with.
  10. A few peppermint candies (real or fake, doesn’t matter).
  11. Don’t forget those scissors.

Let’s do this!

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Here’s what my headband looks like to start with:

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Step 1: Put a dab of glue on the bottom tip of the headband, place your tulle or ribbon on to the glue and begin the process of wrapping your entire headband. Make sure no metal (or plastic) is showing in between each wrap and place a dab of glue every few inches along the way to make sure that tulle or ribbon isn’t going any where. When you reach the other end of your headband, make sure to glue the end as well. Cut off any extra tulle or ribbon. If for some reason you get to the end of your tulle or ribbon before your’re done wrapping your headband, glue that piece down where it’s at and glue a new piece on top and continue wrapping from there. Now you’re done with the first step!

 

Step 2: Grab six pipe cleaners of your choice. Twist three of them together to form one strong one and then do the same with the other three.

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Step 3: Take each one and twist them tightly on the top of your headband (“Ahhh, I see where we’re going with this!,” is what you’re thinking at this point.) You can even wrap the pipe cleaner in tulle or ribbon but you may fine you don’t want or need to because we’ll be topping off our creation with a cute bow that covers them anyway!

 

Step 4: Now it’s time to create and glue on the fun stuff. Design whatever you want to out of felt. Draw out your designs on paper or tag board if you wish and trace them onto the felt.  I’m going to do a Christmas tree on one side and a snow man on the other. You can even cheat and go to the store and by some cute, light weight ornaments and glue those suckers on instead if you wish. If you want your design to be shown from the front and the back, make sure to cut out two identical pieces of each design. A good tip for making the designs look symmetrical? You already learned it when you were a kid when you’d cut out hearts from construction paper: fold that piece of paper or tag board in half and draw only half of the design. Of course this depends on what the design is. If you’re doing a candy cane, draw out your candy cane on your paper or tag board, cut it out and trace it twice. Here’s a picture of what I’m starting with:

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Step 5: If you’re afraid you may mess up, decorate and put your designs together before you glue them onto the pipe cleaner. If you’re like me and don’t give a shit and want to take your chances, glue on, my friend! Make sure you glue each design on at matching heights. I had to yank off my Christmas tree and glue it higher to match the snow man. Get it as close as you can. Here’s what it’s going to look like:

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Step 6: Now flip it over and this is what you’ll see:

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Step 7: Glue on your back pieces, lining them up with the front pieces the best that you can. This is what you’ll see (both sides are covering the pipe cleaner):

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Step 8: You can decorate each design, front to back, if you choose to. For now, I’ll just do one side for the sake of getting this tutorial to you faster. I made the snow man’s nose out of felt, added a white felt heart to his hat just and used puffy paint for his eyes and mouth and a few lines on his nose. For the tree, I added a yellow star button I had, some gems and more puffy paint was used to finished it off.  You can use whatever you have at home. There is no wrong way to do it…unless you aren’t enjoying what you’re doing of course ;-). Here’s what mine looks like:

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Step 9: Now, for the grand finale. We’re going to make a bow to cover up even more of that pipe cleaner! It’s also time to bust out those peppermint candies because….just wait for the cuteness ahead (hey, I have to add some suspense). You can make your bow out of tulle, ribbon or even felt. See my previous tutorial on how to make a basic felt bow if you need to. Whatever you choose to use, just end up with a rectangular shape that you’ll be pinching in the middle to start shaping your bow. Take a a thin piece of tulle or yarn or thread and tie it around the middle of it to keep your bow in place for you like this:

 

Step 10: Now that your bow is tied in place, fluff it up how you like, cut a piece tulle and use it to tie your cute bow to the center of the headband in between your designs. The peppermints? wait for it……………………………..BOOM! Take a look:

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Awww, isn’t it cute? I glued a few real peppermints right in the center (left the wrappers on) but as you can see, I have fake ones pictured as well that I got from Hobby Lobby.  I think this headband turned out great and I truly hope you enjoyed it! You can do it so many different ways that turn out fantastic! You can even wrap the headband in white and tulle and then red ribbon to make it look like a candy cane. So many possibilities, have fun with it! If you see this and happen to make one, I wanna see! Send me pictures to MoFunAccessories@gmail.com and I can share them here if you’d like….or not. LOL.

Everyone please ENJOY the month of December. Be with your friends and family. Do fun stuff and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Ghost Stories, Anyone? Vol. 3

 

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HAPPY HALLOWEENNNNNN!!! I hope you’re all having a lovely day! It’s what some would call a “gloomy” day where I live because of the cloud cover but usually a gloomy day has me like…

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LOL…Anyway, we’ll start off with my first and only vacation in England back in 2002. I was 18 years old and I went with my best friend, her mom, brother and a mother daughter duo that were friends of the family.

We stayed at a lovely bed (I almost typed bread) and breakfast in London at one point. It was a farm house. I can’t remember if we stayed for more than one night but the night but I stayed in a room with my best friend and her brother. There were three beds in the room.

Late one night as we slept, we were suddenly awakened by my best friends bed slamming to the ground. I wake up quickly and in the darkness I see a shadow of a tall man with a wide brimmed hat coming at me in the darkness. I nearly fall out of my bed trying to avoid him and he disappears by the time he reaches me. His message was clear without words: “get the hell out of here!”

My friends brother says to his sister (and I), “Your bed was lifted off the floor!!!” She was still pretty much out of it at the time and didn’t have much of a response. It’s quite funny to think about now actually, how calm all three of us were about it. A floating bed followed by me seeing a ghost walk towards me in anger. It couldn’t have been any more clear that we were not wanted in that room by someone who was no longer alive and we lay our heads back down, “K, night guys…” LOL.

 

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This next story takes place about 8 years before at my best friends house. It was her birthday slumber party. There were about 10 of us little girls ranging from ages 8 to 10 years of age.

Against my friend’s mother’s wishes, our friend sneaked next door to her house to grab her ouija board and brought it back to us. All of us little girls were seated on a fold out bed in the garage. It was one of those couches that had a fold out bed, to help paint a picture.

We had no idea what we were doing with the ouija board, nor did we really care to take it seriously, as we moved the planchette (I had to google what the hell that thing was called) around ourselves and giggled. Although the girl who brought the game over thought it was moving on it’s own and said, “Oh, my goshhhhh!” as she looked on.

Out of no where, the part of the bed that was opposite of where the couch cushions would be if the bed was folded back in place started lifting off of the ground with all of us on it. So just imagine about 10 little girls suddenly sliding towards the couch as the bed is being lifted off the floor, screaming their heads off. My best friends mom comes out into the garage, “I told you not to bring that thing over here!!!”

This is an example of how powerful these boards can be.  We were just playing around with it, hadn’t even lit a candle or asked a single question I don’t think and boom! There was a spirit lurking about thinking, “you think this is a game? I’ll show you what’s up.”

So, please be careful, fellow paranormal nerds. Know what you’re getting yourself into if you ever have the urge to make contact with those on the other side, how ever you choose to do it. There are people who have good experiences, there are people who have bad experiences. I personally wouldn’t like to risk it.

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That concludes all of my ghostly experiences that were worthy of a share! I hope you all enjoyed them! I’m gonna leave you with a bonus true story that’s NOT a ghost story but definitely out ranks them all on the scary meter.

In my mid 20s when I still worked at the casino as a cook, two of my co-workers and one of their cousins did a road trip to Mexico (we live in southern, California so it’s not a huge, huge, drive) to go enjoy the night life and hit up some clubs. Three women. I couldn’t tell you where they went in Mexico exactly…maybe TJ or something.

Anyway, they’re in a club dancing, having a great time, the cousin found a cute guy to dance with, she’s making out with him all night. He invited them all to his house later but they all declined and parted ways. Cut to the cousin going to the doctor because she gets a strange rash around her mouth which she assumes is from kissing this guy.

The doctor tells her, “go back to Mexico and contact the police immediately! This is the kind of rash one gets when they eat people.” That’s right. She was making out with a possible cannibal.

Needless to say, they were smart to not go to his home. Be safe out there, people. I’m sure most of us are guilty of leaving the club with people we just met to go hang out else where but at the very least, have a few people with you so you can all beat the shit out of the guy as a team if he tries something. Haha.

Don’t live your life in fear (I know this story is a huge buzzkill, even I’m thinking back to times I could have been harmed or killed)…enjoy it! But definitely think things through before acting <3.

Until next time, folks….

Ghost Stories, Anyone? Vol. 2

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Okay, ladies and gents! The time has come for another installation of my ghostly experiences. Let’s seeeee……I guess I can start with my most recent ghostly experience.

Earlier this year, I had to go through the most awful experience of losing my cat (also the family cat), Duce. He was 14 years old.

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To anyone who has lost a pet, I completely feel your pain and I’m so sorry for your loss. This was my first time experiencing such pain in my 33 years of life. In my situation there’s some guilt added onto it because my money wasn’t right at the time because of a job I lost (the place I was working at closed down out of no where) and had I had enough cash on me, he would be still be alive. Because I failed to learn the importance of actually putting money aside sometimes, he is now gone forever. I’ve told him I’m so sorry a million times by now and cried so many tears but at least I know one thing for sure: he knew how much I loved him.

He may have even paid me a visit at least twice since he passed. One night, I had fallen asleep on the couch and suddenly something bumped my arm to the point where I had to wake up and raise my head to look. I didn’t see him with my eyes but I definitely got a flash vision of him in my mind and I knew instantly the Duce was just saying, “hello.”

The second time he visited me, I was in at the kitchen table doing crafts. I got up from the table and moved towards the living room when I see from the side of my eye, what looked like a black cat walking away from just where I was sitting in the kitchen…as if Duce had been sitting by my side as I was in the chair.

As guilty as I felt for him being gone, those two moments will stick with me forever because I know that he still loves me like I do him. I’ve heard stories that when we, ourselves die and cross over, we will be reunited with out pets as well as other loved ones. I can’t wait to see him again. Love you, Duce!

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Okay, now that I’ve shed enough tears while writing, let’s move on to the next one…

I mentioned the ghostly experiences at the casino in Vol. 1. Well, my house was about 4 minutes away and quite frankly, I think the whole area experienced spirit activity thanks to everything being built on the grounds where the Luiseño Native Americans once lived.

I’ve experienced the power being shut off at my friends house across the street from where I lived more than once. We’d be watching a movie and suddenly everything goes shuts off, we go outside to find the power box open and no one around. One night, we were outside and I saw a dark shadow near that box and I thought to myself,  “A-ha! I knew it was a ghost.” I said out loud to my friend, “who is over there?” My friend replied, “Monique, there’s no one there.”

Her little brother once told us that one night, while she was spending the night at my house, he definitely saw “her” in her room or something at one point and was creeped out after he called out to her and she was trance like and didn’t respond. Was there a ghost pretending to be her??

A few houses down the way, my friend was babysitting one day. At one point she looked to the top of the stairs to see a child standing there who definitely wasn’t one of the kids she was babysitting.

In my house, the thing that sticks out the most would be the random knocking on walls that my two little sisters and I would hear every once in a while. One day I mentioned it to my mom and she said, “Monique, stop! You’re gonna scare your sisters (my sisters weren’t scared of knocks, for the record).” Funny thing is, another day, I was in the living room with her and there was a *knock! knock! knock!* right on the wall behind her. I pretended I didn’t hear it so that I could watch her turn around and look to see where it was coming from and then laugh inside like, “Ha! you heard it too!”

My youngest little sister experienced things here and there…one time when she was about 13, I saw her crying and go running to my mom’s room and ask if she could sleep with her in her bed. I never asked her what she experienced because she was always the kind of person who would keep those things to herself. I was once told by a psychic that, I, “see spirits” and I think my sister is also sensitive in that way. Those who are more open in that way will experience more than others.

I’ve experienced hearing a glass jar lid lifting and slamming back down to the point where my mom woke up and asked me what the heck I was doing. I think the ghost was telling on me because I was on the computer that I was restricted from at the time. What a jerk. 😉 LOL.

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So, this concludes, Ghost Stories, Anyone? Vol. 2. I really enjoy writing out my experiences for you guys! Once Vol. 3 is done, that will be the end of my own experiences for right now but perhaps I can do research on other well known or not so well known paranormal events all over the world and write about those. We’ll see how it goes :-).

Tell me your ghost stories in the comments or e-mail them to me anytime!

Until next time, folks …

Ghost Stories, Anyone?

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Halloween will be here before we know it (such a lovely time of year). That means there’s no better time than the present to tell you all of my ghostly experiences since childhood. So, light some candles, turn off the lights, grab about a half dozen cupcakes for yourself, sit back…relax and let the ghost story party begin…

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The first experience that I can remember was at my grandmothers house as a child. My two cousins and I were taking a nap, me in my grandmothers sewing room and my two cousins in my grandmothers bedroom across the hall. Our doors are cracked open.

I remember waking up suddenly during my nap feeling that I definitely wasn’t alone in the room. I was on my side and from the side of my eye I can see darkness behind me. This person was squatting down behind me attempting to watch my as I slept. They were not threatening at all but because even at that young age, I was aware they they definitely weren’t alive, I was too scared to turn my head and get a good look. Instead, I closed by eyes, hoping that they would go away.

When my cousins and I woke up from our naps, we all go rushing to our grandmother in the kitchen to tell her what we witnessed. Yes, that’s right the squatting, not alive visitor paid my cousins a visit as well. There description of it, a dark shadow with glowing green eyes. I’m just gonna go ahead a quote their older sister when we re-told this story many years later as adults: “that don’t sound like no ghost, that sound like a monster.” My thoughts exactly, cousin. My thoughts exactly. I’m definitely glad I chose to close my eyes and not look. I would have lost my shit! It was right next to me!

The paranormal nerd in me has to add that spirits can take on any form and make themselves look any way they want us to see them as. For whatever reason, this dude wanted to be a shadow person with glowing green eyes…even though he was seemingly a nice, maybe a little creepy, person who was just curious about us as we tried to nap. My mom thinks it could have even been a friend of hers who was shot and killed during her childhood….but considering my grandmother lives about 400 feet away from a cemetery, it could have been anyone.

Okay, onto the next story…

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This next experience took place at my place of work at the time. I worked at a casino for nearly 12 years. It was about my 3rd year in when I was “movin’ on up” from being a dishwasher to being a line cook. The area of the casino I worked at was brand new.  I worked in the food court.

To be honest, it was when I was still a dishwasher at the food court where my first strange experiences happened. I would get random scratches on my arms every once in a while that I knew I didn’t remember accidentally doing to myself. The most impressive scratch was one I got on my leg one day. I was washing dishes when I felt this stinging on my right leg. I lift up my pant leg to take a look and there’s a long red welt about 6 inches long going down my shin. It didn’t register in my mind until much later that it was probably a ghost that was leaving scratches on me.

The whole area I grew up in is where Native Americans lived before us so naturally, you probably have burial grounds near by as well.

After becoming a line cook, my co-workers and I would all experience things while doing our prep work in the kitchen quite often. Our radio would shut off, my ipod would be completely drained as it’s charging and my music would shut off, people would hear their names being called or feel like they are being watched through the window of the walk in refrigerator while they’re inside, people would feel like someone is with them in the kitchen if they’re alone, the list goes on.

One of the most impressive things I ever witnessed was a long streak of white light floating passed me in the kitchen one day when I was in there alone. Another impressive experience is something I experiences with a few co-workers when we saw the date sticker labels that were hanging on the wall rolling down to the floor by themselves! My co-worker said, “Monique, look!” I turn around and there they were, already rolled to the floor and they kept going even when my co-worker went to stand directly in front of them. Crazy, fascinating stuff, I tell ya!

Based on what I’ve learned in paranormal land, sometimes if any type of construction is going on at a home or a business, any spirits that are around are basically stirred up and they will definitely let you know that they’re there. By the time I left the casino almost a decade later, stuff had calmed down. Every once in a while, I’d hear of things happening but it definitely wasn’t a constant thing like when the food court was brand new.

Okay, folks, I could continue the story telling but perhaps I should save the rest for Halloween and if that also looks like it’s going to be long, I’ll break that one up as well. LOL.

If any of you would like to share your ghost stories, please do! In the comments section or by email at mofunaccessories@gmail.com and I can post them here for you if you want and we can make this a thing! I love ghost stories!

Thanks for reading. Until next time….