I wanted to letterpress some of my poetry onto notecards. It was both a crafting project and a poetry one: figure out how a letterpress works and create a chapbook to distribute to friends and family. Unfortunately, I have yet been able to achieve a result I’m proud of and am on the verge of giving up the endeavor entirely. So here’s what I’ve tried … Continue reading Letterpress Endeavors
One of my goals for the IoT light sensor was to explore graphing live data. Phant, the Sparkfun service I’m using to post my data online, has an example of graphing live data with Google Charts. Since I know nothing about coding for the web save some outdated html and css knowledge, I used their example code as a template for what I wanted to … Continue reading IoT Light Sensor: There is Data!
I finished my second crocheted stuffed animal over Christmas for my newborn nephew. While I’m not convinced I made it more quickly than my last one, I definitely better estimated how long it would take. I ran out of grey yarn close to the end, hence the green ear and tail, but I’ve decided it’s all for the better. The head, again, is droopy. I … Continue reading A Crocheted Interlude
I wanted to mess around with the Sparkfun Thing, which, by the way, is the worst name ever for an electronics board. The ‘Thing’ is a breakout and development board for the ESP8266 WiFi system on chip that can be used with the Arduino IDE. It’s easily confused with the Sparkfun Thing – Dev Board, which is very very similar except it doesn’t have built in … Continue reading IoT Light Sensor: It’s a Thing!
I wanted to make a wood etching of a photo I took in the mountains for my dad for Christmas. The photo had a lot of detail in the snow and rocks of the mountain face so I thought it would look good as a two-tone print. The first thing I discovered is that the contrast between the laser-etched parts of the wood and the untouched … Continue reading Wood Etching
My two bosses got married to each other this summer. (Weird, right?) My coworker and I decided to make a really awesome wedding gift for them and spent a long time dreaming up crazy ideas. Eventually we settled on something inspired by the shapes Henry Segerman was making on ShapeWays and Thingiverse: a stereographic projection lamp. (Funny story, he happens to have also made some … Continue reading Stereographic Projector Lamp as Wedding Gift
I’m going to try to keep this one quick. This year I went all out and hand made and entire Princess Mononoke costume. If you’ve never seen the movie, here’s a classic image of her: I had never really sewn anything before, but I figured this would be a good project for sewing since she’s meant to be pretty ragged anyway. I had my mum … Continue reading Princess Mononoke Costume