Check It Out!





Introduction: Check It Out!

Welcome to the first edition of our new weekly blog round-up, called Check It Out!

In it, our newest intern, Carley  will be bringing you a list of awesome, inspiring projects from all over the world wide web every week.  I'm hosting this week's round-up to give you all an introduction, but to stay informed, make sure you subscribe to her on her member page!

Step 1: Carley Says. . .

And now, some words from Carley:

Welcome to my weekly roundup!

As the latest addition to the Instructables team I am beginning to explore all the amazing
opportunities of the DIY world. My weekly roundup will highlight some cool stuff I find
happening in other blogs and websites.

A little bit about me…
I grew up in the tiny state of Rhode Island down the street from the beach. I have always
had an itch for exploration which has lead me to study abroad in Argentina, France, and
Vietnam. About a month ago I graduated from Union College with a BS in computer
science and visual arts. When I got an offer to join the instructables team I couldn’t
refuse! So a week after graduating I packed my bags for my first trip to the west coast.
My interests range across a broad spectrum so expect an eclectic mix of goodies to
appear in my round up!

Step 2: Decorating

In the spirit of decorating my new apartment I found the following projects particularly

Seeing as how I go through a jar of jelly a week, using these jars for extra storage seems
like a great way to recycle. I found this in Country Living's series of recycled craft ideas.

Chic candles: This is a super creative and easy way to make your own chic candles for your home using water balloons. I found this tutorial at This website has amazing DIY tutorials paired with equally amazing pictures!

Step 3: A Moment of Inspiration

This was just too awesome to not show! I also found these photographs of camouflaged
by Emma Hack on

Step 4: Random Crafting

Random crafting is my all time favorite. I love creating fun costumes for themed parties.
I have been known to take a glue gun to my bras to attach sequins, feathers, beads, and all
sorts of things that are shiny and cool. The emerging work of e-textiles has proclaimed
LED’s as the new sequin. Check out these ultra hip light heels from

Step 5: In the Kitchen

One of the things that really excited me about moving to the west coast was all the local
food and farmers markets! However, as a novice chef I pretty much rely on the internet
for recipes.

This is the perfect use for all of those left over grocery bags I have lying in my kitchen.
Check out this tutorial for Brown Paper Bag Recipe Cards from the website Crafting A
Green World.

Soooo cute! Little strawberry heart shortcake cupcakes from YUM!

Step 6: Weekly Challenge

Every week, as part of this round-up, I want to pose our crafty community a challenge.
Take the inspiration I provide and make your own Instructable from it.
Everyone who participates will get a special patch!

This week's challenge is:
Peel-away wallpaper made by ZNAK as seen on

Once you've made your Instructable, be sure to add it to the Check It Out! Challenge Group, so I'll know to give you a patch.

I can't wait to see what you make!

Step 7: Events

Events to check out

Crafty Bastards:
Arts and Crafts Fair (Saturday, October 2, 2010 in Washington, DC)
This looks like a bunch of fun. Go to view and purchase handmade alternative arts
and crafts from independent artists. The fair is in October so mark your calendar!

Arduino Music and Sound Weekend Workshop with Adrian Freed (July 24 + July 25, 2010 from 10am to 5pm)
I took one of Adrian’s workshops at Berkeley a couple weeks ago on e-textiles and
soft circuits. He was a great resource and a wealth of knowledge. I would recommend
anyone interested in learning more about arduino check this out!

Thanks for checking in. Keep an eye out every Monday for my weekly blog round up.



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      Wow, when I saw this I immediately thought of Charlotte Perkins Gillman and "The Yellow Wallpaper". Imagine if society had this sort of art in her time! This is so fascinating.

      Wow, that's a hard challenge. So far I can only think of adhesive vinyl with the shapes cut into it / laserred into it.

      Wow, this is awesome. 5*!

      That's an awesome picture of the ball bearing going through the three water balloons!

      Well Carley I like how you have handled this, it's good, sparkles the imagination and provided challenge's!

      So I approve to the fulles extent.

      I do have a suggestion you may find interesting, as some complained this is in ible format and in truth this is not an ible. I can understand a forumtopic is not very useable for this but how about a guide?

      You can put your links in a guide and like Kelseymh explained you put the links to the website inside the picture. Next to the picture you explain what you think of what you posted and everyone will be happy :)

      Call it "Carley's weekly guide to cool projects on the internet" or something like that.

      I think the guideconcept would work really well for this and you won't need to adapt anything.

      Anyway I subscribed to you and I'm looking forward to what you'll tell us next  time :)

      P.S.: is there a way we can offer suggestions in link form? I regulary browse the web looking for inspiration and I come across cool stuff all the time but sometimes it just isn't for me but perhaps someone else could profit from it....



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      Who is Carley? It was published by scooch...


      Whoops... That oughta show me to actually READ the instructable before commenting!

      No prob Kcls :D It happends to all of us :)

      Man I wish I lived in the USA instead of Europe, working at instructables sounds like a dreamjob :D


      Same here... I would give anything to work at instructables. It's my dream job.

      Plus we would get acces to some awesome materials and tools like lasercutters ^^ Moehahahaha (Dr. Evil laughter)


      Pshhh... That's half the reason all of us want to work there!

      Although it could be dangerous to, if after a while you didn't put out enough featured ibles Wilhelm might put you on that laser cutter for an intense recreation of that bond movie... ouch...

      She's the new intern at instructables! You can read about her in step 2 I think. And as she wrote it I adressed it to her. I saw to that Scooch made it but then it said Carley wrote it...

      I figure Carley wrote it on Scooch's account or something, Why I'm not sure...

      But anyway the suggestions where adressed to Carley and the team so it doesn't really matter :)

      So, wait: the first picture isn't either one of you? Bummer! (BTW, brace yourself for an onslaught of "hey, this is a family-friendly website!" comments...)

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      isn't it ironic that there are tons of potato guns, fireworks how-to's, etc... in America, violence is OK, nudity is not.

      How are potato guns and fireworks violent?

      Point it at a friend and fire!

      That would make the user the violent one. But yeah I agree that people overreact to nudity.

      It is an art and it can be things that people lOOk at too much

      what i was trying to point out, and thought was obvious, is that there are all sorts of *ibles that can be used for violent means(read the warnings).. yet when there appears to be some sort of nudity, the 'moral majority' freaks out. Janet Jackson has a 'wardrobe malfunction' yet in Terminator/The Replacement Killers et al. can have thousands upon thousands of bullets fired where people are 'murdered' in prime time. FWIW, I grew up around guns, have no problems with guns, would have a gun (if the wife didn't object), but we have some Puritanical traits that have continued for a bit too long.