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 dornob.com. This website has amazing DIY tutorials paired with equally amazing pictures!
Step 3: A Moment of Inspiration
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 iheartswitch.com
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
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
Soooo cute! Little strawberry heart shortcake cupcakes from omnomicron.com. 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 dornob.com.
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.