What are you making?
Monday, July 29, 2013
What are you making?
Monday, July 22, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Kellie and Michal, Eli, Geoff, James, William and Max
Natalie, Maria, Bambi and Alex, Suki, Isaac, and Cameron, and down front... Grant!
To the Maker Club, Love and Rockets, congratulations on your appearance on the Make Blog, Love and Rockets on a Road Trip to Maker Faire. Special shout out to our Young Makers and mentors :: Geoff, Natalie, William, Grant, Alex, Suki, Eli, Tatiana, Max, Maria, James, and George, and to our newest members, Amira, Janece, and Paul. Cheers for friends who came with us to Maker Faire, who met us there, who are going again. Thanks to our supporters... you that follow our blog, who came to our mini-mini Maker Faire and Lemonade sale. Thank you Michael and Patricia for holding down the farm, when we traveled last year. A special big thank you to Ron and Delia Lyons for traveling to FIRST events, for sponsoring robotics, art, lessons, supplies, lunches, and watching our chickens!
Seriously? asks the small, jaded voice in my head. This isn't a Pulitzer, you know. Heck, it's not even a Bloggie.
Yeah! Seriously. I want to bring everyone to a Maker Faire, and I want to learn how to solder, and I want Maria to learn how to solder. I want to meet other makers, and I want to hear new ideas, and learn about the origins of inventions we've forgotten were once improbable ideas. And I want to help anyone see that we can encourage each other, inspire each other, and we can create learning, playing, tinkering, inventing, making opportunities. This stuff gets me excited.
I wear my heart on my rolled up sleeve, and I dream big, and bigger.
And I thank you, sincerely, for sharing in this journey.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Max has something for you. Let's Make!
If you want to build a fun, affordable, safe(ish) arsenal, then begin by gathering your supplies:
foam... pool noodles are great, and can sometimes be found in the thrift shops, and yard sales
2 part epoxy
hack saw, and utility knife
access to a circular saw
Duct tape... lots!
*Geoff, Alex, Suki, and Grant were at Burning Man, together, in 2011. I made Geoff a long white, silk tunic, and at Burning Man he was charged with defending the Trojan Horse, and keeping spectators from being crushed under the 50' tall, 28 ton moving art piece. He carried his foam and duct tape cudgel to exercise his authority, and can be seen near the massive wheel, 45 seconds into this video. (I cannot suppress my delight.)
Remember, measure twice, cut once.
Max decides on the general idea of his weapon, this one will be a short sword. He's measured his PVC, and is marking it to cut with the circular saw. He is accounting for the length of the blade, as well as the hilt... leaving plenty of room for the thickness of the foam and a comfortable grip on the handle.
Time for the disclaimer: Don't be a goof. Play fair. Play nice. Do not pummel, harass, abuse, maim, harm, terrorize, intimidate, or hurt your frenemy. Now, go play, tinker, and Make!
Monday, February 11, 2013
Step one: Find something, like lollipops, or pencils. We love Trader Joe's for offering dye-free, organic, fruit flavored lollipops. They are yummy and thoughtful.
Step two: Take a picture. Stand with your fist, or both hands, as though you are holding something, something you want to share with a friend. Imagine you have an umbrella in your fist. Be sure you hold your arm a bit to the side of your body, so that your treat will not cover your happy face. We take a bunch pictures, adjusting the angles, and this way we can choose our favorite.
Step three: Decide how many prints you will need, and get ready to print your Valentine picture cards. Choose photo paper, or card stock, because you want the paper to be strong. Maria's picture is formatted 2 inches by 3 inches, and we printed ten per page.