I’m on a brown bagging kick right now, trying to save some pennies on my daily lunch habit. But, on Sunday night, when I gathered my cobb salad with bread and vinaigrette on the side, I realized that a traditional brown paper lunch bag was not going to cut it.
So have I mentioned I’m an NPR-lovin’ nerd? Yeah, I know you’re not surprised.
A few weeks ago, I posted to Marketplace Money’s facebook page about the belt tightening Jake and I did during his unemployment and I was awarded their Piggy Award where they send this awesome blue piggybank to people who make good financial decisions.
Karen Walrond (@Chookooloonks) was sweet enough to tweet me pictures of her and her daughter making the Swap-O-Rama-Rama 10-Minute purse together!
When I sat next to Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks.com at the BlogHer Handmade/Creative Connection lunch today I had no idea it would lead to a crafty showdown in the hotel lobby!
After I posted last night I got inspired to make something, anything, from all the amazing swag given out by the BlogHer Handmade/Creative Connection conference.
So now that Christmas has finally passed I can finally blog about all the fun crafty gifts I made for the fam! First up, our wedding photobooks! They turned out simply fabulous. We used the book printing service offered by Apple through iPhoto. It’s a little more expensive than some of the other online photobook services, but we went through hundreds of photos to make these books and I can’t imagine dealing with that many photos through a web interface – having something on the desktop was just so much easier.
They turned out just lovely, printing quality was great. We also used iDVD to make a compilation DVD with the video from the ceremony, a slideshow version of the wedding photos and a fun compilation of the photos from our MacBook “photobooth”.
We needed a safe place to keep the DVD with the photobook so I inserted a DVD holder in the back of each book using the “backer boards” from our invitation, but any 5“ x 7” postcard or sturdy card stock could be used.
Card Stock or 5“ x 7” Postcards (1-2 for each book)
X-acto Knife and Straight Edge
Scratch Cleaning Pad or Sand Paper (optional)
Craft Glue (Sobo)
Stamp or Label
Cut the cards to 7“ x 5”
Score them at .5“ from the bottom and 1” from each side
Cut off the corners
If your cards are glossy use a clean scratch pad or sand paper to score surfaces that will be glued down to aid adherence.
Put a moderate amount of glue on the edges and place in the back of the book (or wherever you want the DVD insert to be.)
Close book, and stack under other heavy books. Leave overnight.
While books are drying, label your DVDs. I chose to use a stamp we had made for stamping our invitation
envelopes to add a flourish to the DVD.
After the glue has dried, insert DVD and you are done!
Wrap and then distribute for an amazing Christmas morning – your family will flip out. 🙂
I’m looking for some ideas for practical projects for wearable and interactive textiles. LilyPad is a company that, in combination with Sparkfun Electronics, has developed affordable round-edged circuit components meant to be used in clothing and textiles. They are even washable!!
(Photo from sternlab.org – one of the best sources for Lilypad projects I’ve found)
If you are interested in trying out this combo of high and low tech crafting, there is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a jump start. Sparkfun Electronics is having a Free Day on Jan. 7, 2010! They are offering each household the opportunity to purchase $100 of free materials – just pay shipping! How amazing is that!
Using conductive thread and small, lightweight batteries, you can combine their different products to create amazing interactive pieces of clothing!
This is simple stuff that can be combined for awesome results! They have sensors that can detect changes in:
- Movement and vibrations (accelerometer)
You can complete your circuit using:
- Push button
- Magnetic Snap
They interface with components that can give you:
The best idea I’ve seen online so far is a jacket that lets bikers signal their turns with buttons on their sleeves:
You’ve got to check out this video – posted on Instructables.com and created by Lilypad founder Leah Buechley:
(Electronic Material components for this project on Sparkfun.com are $113 + $9 shipping to Chicago – but only $22 total if you get in on Free Day!)
Other cool projects I’ve found that use these types of electronics:
An adorable frog and firefly embroidery from Becky Stern:
A GORGEOUS Wind-sensitive electronic dress:
I just know there are more awesome ways to utilize this technology in a way that will solve problems that I’m currently having (the conductive finger iPhone gloves are BRILLIANT).
I’ve got an idea for a purse that alerts you when your phone is vibrating inspired by a project in the book Fashioning Technology that you will hopefully see realized in a future blog post.
This stuff is only just becoming affordable so I know there are new uses that haven’t been thought of yet. Please let me know if you can think of any projects and I’ll attempt to prototype them!