Thank you for giving me ideas to pull creativity out of the Grandkids.!!
Topic by seamuffin | last reply
I FOUND IT ! After MUCH soul searching, I finally found my trigger and it is NO WONDER I was having a difficult time "coming to this conclusion" it is because the trigger itself was preventing me from admitting the trigger to myself LOL I think I shall go and Irony some shirts now ;-) FEAR ! The great negative motivator. I had failed at a few projects, and feared starting ANYTHING, for fear of another disappointment. Now, it really is simple; I came to this when I realized I was starting to come out of my depression, but not all the way, and was preparing and preparing, and gathering "intelligence" and info, but still delaying the start of the project......I always needed more INFO but only because I feared having the whole thing FLOP. It came to me this morning and I felt relief that NOW I can move past that, and get to work on changing it, because I have never feared failure in this way before. But then, I am getting old and doddering ;-)
Topic by Goodhart | last reply
Five years ago today I joined Instructables. Since then I’ve posted 52 projects, favourited 510, and read far too many to count. I wanted to thank the Instructables community for all it has done for me over the past 5 years. Firstly, it gave me an outlet for my creativity. I’d always loved fabrication and design, but until joining the site I had no real reason to push myself to create anything new or different. Without Instructables I probably would have been content to limit myself to the projects assigned in wood and metal shop classes at school, and would likely never have broken out of the mould and began to design my own projects. Secondly, it helped me learn. Whether I was reading someone else’s Instructable or the comments on one of my own, I could always find some new, unique perspective that I never would have thought of. Thirdly, it taught me to persevere. Many of my projects had points where I was frustrated or dejected with how they were turning out, but I always pushed through them so that I could share my work with the community. Finally, it taught me to never stop making. There are so many projects out there I want to try, and so many ideas I want to share with the community; I think I’ll be busy for years to come. So thank you, Instructables. Here’s to five more great years.
Topic by M3G | last reply
This last Wednesday, while sitting in my daughter's hospital room, I picked up my computer and checked my e-mail. There was a message from Cattrampoline wishing for my daughter to get well soon. It took me a moment to put it all together. My little girl, known here as sistergldnhair, has a best friend, known here as themoose64. Moose posted to let the Instructables community know about SGH's upcoming surgery. Here is the truth. I am 45 years old and I did not see what one 11 year old little girl saw. I should have know, but I missed how important this site is to SGH and just how much she would love to receive well wishes from the people here. On a trip to California last year, all SGH wanted to do was see Instructables. I heard for months about how she got to meet Fungus Amongus and Angelabchua and how she got to play with Angie's dog. She was practically bouncing when one of her Instructables was Featured and squealed when Scoochmaroo and Penelopy sent her a comment. She also did a Forensic speech on Instructables. Wrote Eric an e-mail. He responded with some links and she worked and worked on her project. And a few months ago, we had planned to attend the Instructables event in Chicago. Unfortunately the same day as that event, SGH had to have an MRI/MRA of her brain. The dye made her quite sick and we were not able to go. One very heartbroken little girl. She was scared to have the surgery, which was to her forehead above her right eye. Afraid of the anesthesia and afraid of how she would look when it was all done. Moose wrote a post and received some criticism for spelling you as U and a few other mistakes in language usage. I absolutely, 100 percent understand that criticism. I edit and proofread for a living and I really do get it. I am not at all fond of this texting lingo, but putting that part of the post aside, the meaning behind it was significant. Two little girls that have been best buddies since Kindergarten and one of them did an amazing thing for the other in an effort to make this difficult time a little easier. So, I thank themoose64 and I am so thankful that I will have the opportunity to see her grow into an amazing young lady. As for my SGH, the surgery was a little more complicated than they thought. She was very sick and the first smile she was able to give me was when I read her cattrampoline's message. She is very swollen and can't move her face yet. This is all very traumatic, but we know it is only temporary. Today is better, as I expect each day will be. And she is working on her next Instructable, a hospital gown for children that keeps your backside covered =)
Topic by cdawisconsin | last reply
I'm posting today (my first personal forum post in just over two years of being on this site) to say THANKS! Thank you for following me. Thank you for giving me a chance to share things with you and thanks for helping to get me to one-million views in just over two years. This comes from a regular, hard working mommy, that just likes to create and share what I've made so others can try it themselves and make it their own. This site is amazing and I wear my Instructables shirts with pride to work, around town and while crafting. I love looking at so many of your amazing projects and getting to know more about you through comments and personal stories in your own Instructables, reading the forums and never getting bored with all the amazing stuff that goes on here from regular people like myself. I finally made it to one-million views and it's because of all of you. Thank you internet friends!
Topic by DeandrasCrafts | last reply
Hey guys, just wanted to let you know I've just hit over 10,000 views. I want thank everyone on Instructables that has subscribed, favourited and made a comment on my Instructables as I wouldn't be here if I wasn't for you lot so thank you very much.
Topic by Zombiekiller-93 | last reply
I just have to say to everyone who has contributed to Instructables, as well as the creators of this site, that I think this is the greatest web site since craigslist. Thank you all so much for your tremendous creativity and generosity. I've only known about Instructables for 3 days (since a mention on NPR's Weekend Edition) and have already built 2 instructables. Thank you all again, and again, and many times more. May all of you living in the northern hemisphere enjoy a wonderful harvest festival and may all of you living in the southern hemisphere enjoy a successful planting season.
Topic by ondral | last reply
I'm not sure where else to put this, so Thank You to whoever it was that made the tags visible to us regular members on the Answers page again. They really are helpful in deciphering what some of the questions are about. If I'm mistaken, and the tags are still only visible to I'bles staff and FT members, when do I get my first check? ;-)
Topic by RavingMadStudios | last reply
Hi Friends!!!!!! When I saw the Dead Computer Contest, my first thought was "This netbook will be mine!!!! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!", and started with the Cyborg project. It was a week working, and the last two nights without sleep. And finally happened! When I was waiting for my netbook, I dreamed carrying the computer everywhere in my backpack... SWEEEEEET!! But, when I opened the box, I saw love at first sight between the netbook and my mother, who had a big smile in her eyes when saw the beautiful computer. As my mother never had a brand new computer for her (she always had to depend of my old notebook or my brother's new one), I gift it to her. If you could have seen the happiness in her eyes eyes when I did that... I only have words of gratitude and respect for you, for all the Instructables team. Thanks Eric (ewilhelm), Randy (Randofo), Fungus Amungus, Stumpchunkman, Noah (noahw), Instructables Robot, THANKS TO ALL!!!!!! You made my mom happy, and made me happier!!! As I always say, being part of this community and wear the Robot T-shirt is a privilege, an honor and a pride for me, and I hope to make a lot of important contributions for all the members of this, the World's greatest DIY page!! And I want to thanks to all my friends and comrades who voted for me in the contest. THANK YOU!!! And Randy, your book is AWESOME. IT'S A MASTERPIECE!!!!! Thank you people!!! Cordially (from my old but working and happy notebook!!) Mario Caicedo Langer A.K.A. M.C. Langer (The artist formerly known as Poyecto_gir) Bogota, Colombia
Topic by M.C. Langer | last reply
I'm speechless. Well, I'm as speechless as I get. I'm sitting here with a bit eejit grin on my face because somebody has instigated a conspiracy, and I am the subject. Scoochmaroo has written a guide about me! Somebody put her up to it, more than one somebody, apparently. I have my suspicions, naturally, but nobody has owned up, yet. So, whoever you are, I thank you. This site has been important to me for a long time, but this is really special, better than any of the prizes I've won, better than all the "feature" tags... Like I said... about as speechless as I get.
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
Hi everyone! It's been a week since Maker Faire, sorry it's taken so long to post this--I came down with some sort of awful bug the day after I got back to Eugene. I've spent the last several days (including today, my birthday!) just lying around and feeling sorry for myself. Anyway, I'm starting to feel a bit better this evening, so I just thought I'd say thanks! I had a blast at Maker Faire, helping out at the instructables booth and meeting folks from HQ, fellow authors, and just plain fans of the site. It was really, really great meeting you all and seeing the enthusiasm instructables brings out in people. In particular, hello and thanks to Mikeasaurus, Laura, Quincy, Gregg, Randy, Sarah, and anyone whose name I forgot in the madness that was last weekend, for making me feel welcome. Special thanks to Christy and Eric for really making me feel at home in a new city! The week before MF which I spent working in central California, and the couple of weeks leading up to it that I spent preparing for the trip, were incredibly busy and hectic for me. It was fantastic to cap that all off by seeing the weird and wonderful sights at Maker Faire, and meeting for the first time in real life people who I had only known previously on the internet. It really made me feel like a part of the instructables community. Thanks so much, and hopefully I'll get to see more of SF on my next visit! I didn't even get a chance to see instructables HQ! Ian
Topic by depotdevoid | last reply
Hello again, long-time no-see Instructables K'Nex community! I figured I'd make one last forum topic as a sort of farewell. This community was pretty incredible to me and for me in my early years of high school. Instructables was such a intuitive outlet for my free time years ago, and I wanna thank everybody who was there to tell me that my early K'Nex creations were trash. As sarcastic as that may sound, I mean it in all sincerity. Criticism is a good thing to learn from, and it has made me into the person I am today. Thanks again everybody! I'm not eloquent enough to describe how much those 2 1/2 - 3 years meant (and mean) to me. I've got one or two more things up my sleeve before I go though, so keep an eye out. In the meantime, check out this pre-view of my latest project. Lastly, if you are into gaming (a bit of self promo here), I decided to do something that no one else has done before, start a gaming channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWayoCFvVX9cmLo78q2lo_w If you see something you like, subscribe, yada yada yada, tell your friends, yada yada yada... -The Red Book of Westmarch (I had no idea how much I missed typing that out at the end of every instructable)
Topic by The Red Book of Westmarch | last reply
THANK YOU INSTRUCTABLES! You guys are really amazing! The website, the community, the projects, the people, you are all so awesome! I want to thank everyone at Instructables HQ and everyone who helps make Instructables such an amazing thing. Thank you also so much for shipping the contest prizes to where we stay, It is really appreciated...a lot! This forum is open to everyone and anyone to express their thanks to Instructables.com in the comments section! Just go ahead and say thank you...
Topic by Fathomlis | last reply
I honestly don't know what to say. I don't know who, but someone was gracious enough to gift me with pro membership. I honestly don't know who, or for why except for this message they gave me, "Since you cared to ask," I just wanted to say Thank You. I honestly appreciate it, and wish I could thank you properly. Thanks.
Topic by Rock Soldier | last reply
I just want to tell all you workers at instructables how happy I am today! The package came and I went crazy! Everything was so awesome I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for this experience! Again, thank you and keep being awesome! With many thanks, Mrwonton (•o•) Ps... the little instructables robot pins are SWEET!
Topic by mrwonton | last reply
Well, since this is getting closer to thanksgiving, I might as well post my list of what I am thankful for. I am thankful for (on ibles only) - The fact that I am still here - The fact that I am a knexer - The fact that I am good at doing something here - The fact that I have 10 ibles (used to be 11, but I unpublished 1 due to the community hating it) - The fact that I like rap...... What is your thankful list? It does not have to be limited to instructables. Please dont post a list on what you are not thankful for, those will be flagged......
Topic by DJ Radio | last reply
I would like to say a big thank you to all those in this great community that helped me on my way to a runner-up in the apple challenge. I would also like to thank those who helped me reach my goal of 50,000 views, I am soon going to tick over 57,000 and still going strong.
Topic by JM1999 | last reply
Hello out there! I just wanted to say thank you all that are posting all the great things you do. And in some cases just for images laying around, they have given me alots of fun. This is how I turned out halloween 2010 and it turned out to be a great halloween for me with alots of fun. So keep it up everybody. Thanks you!
Topic by Suizezem | last reply
I recently was gifted a prize from instructables workers.... I just want to say that the packaging was great and I really think you guys are amazing at what you do! I am so thankful that this website is a thing and that we get to share our projects and ideas. Have a wonderful day!cheers, mrwonton
Topic by mrwonton | last reply
Ok Im updating this post, just to say Thanks again as over the last 18 months or so Ive been sent so much stuff from instructables! So thank you for the wolf blanket 8 tee shirts many many stickers, patches and sugru coffee cup sledge hammer solar phone charger raspberry pi maker do kits monsters of rock CD spark plug corn cob holders Monkey light shapeway credit 3D printer Tool box full of specialized bike tool Extraordinary projects for ordinary people book A special thanks to Penolopy Bulnick for telling me "to get your instructable into a competition" and for the 3D printer that, was completely unexpected, its going to get a lot of use.
Topic by liquidhandwash | last reply
I just received a three-month Pro membership. I'm not sure who decided I deserved it, but I wanted to send out a general Thank You to the whole Instructables community. I can't tell you how much I love this site! In particular, I'm grateful for the patience and understanding of everyone who has gone to the trouble to respond to my questions in the Answers area. They've been immensely helpful as I've been building my first big electronics project, which I expect to post as an Instructable soon!
Topic by yoyology
We were astounded at the awesome box of stuff you sent us! Our kids were thrilled with the Makedo kits and airfish. I've always been a huge fan of Sugru, and couldn't afford to buy more when I ran out, but now I've got a supply! <3 You guys are amazing in so many ways. Your support for my family has been so kind, and the community you've created has kept me sane through these past few years when life was so busy I could barely think straight. I feel honored to be a part of this community.
Topic by supersoftdrink | last reply
Okay, I've been really inactive the last year and a bit, and I'm really sorry for all my subscribers! I just don't have anywhere near enough time anymore :( But what strikes me is, I still get new subscribers! To me, that's amazing. I'm setting a goal to get at least one good instructable published by September. Wish me luck! *edit* WOW. I just noticed I have over 70,000 views. That means that either: A: 70,000 people have looked at something I've made, or B: A lot of people have looked at stuff I've made, and liked it enough to look at more. WOW. Thanks so much. It means a lot.
Topic by Bartboy | last reply
Hey everybody, I've been kicking around here for a few years now, posting some instructables and the occasional forum topic, building some things and drawing inspiration from other members, but I'm usually pretty quiet outside of the comments sections of my own 'ibles. I want to take this moment to thank everybody here for teaching me how to Do It Myself and not be afraid to void a warranty or two. It has absolutely changed my life and the very way I look at the world around me. This summer I was sitting outside with a friend of mine and a lady walked by with her dogs. Like several other people have, she commented on how much she liked the thirty or so sun jars I've got scattered around the front lawn. I thanked her and handed her the business card I've made for my alter ego (depotdevoid: Inventor, Tinkerer, Maker, Mad Scientist!). I mentioned that I build all sorts of things, do computer repairs, etc. She thanked me and walked off. A couple of days later I got home from work to find a message on the machine. It turns out she is the volunteer coordinator for the Science Factory, our local childrens' science museum. She wanted to talk about having me visit a couple of their summer camps, themed "Insane Inventions!" and talk about being an inventor and a maker. She said, "That's what you get when you put Mad Scientist on your business card!" So in exchange for time and materials, my daughter was able to attend a couple of summer camps there and our family got a membership to the science factory so we can go play with all the toys and see shows at the planetarium. I spent an afternoon and a morning hanging out with eight year olds and building sun jars, talking about the things I'd built, and being told how awesome I was over and over again. There are some pictures below, sorry there are none of the kids, I was really busy after everything got set up and didn't have time to snap any pictures. None of this would have happened if I hadn't come across this site all those years ago. I thank each and every one of you for contributing to and helping build this community. I know I'm not as vocal as some of the members here, but I want you all to know that I love this website and consider it my second home. Thank you, Ian (depotdevoid)
Topic by depotdevoid | last reply
So somewhere between 1 - 3 weeks ago I got a PM saying I have done something to receive a prize/package. I don't know who or how many people got one. If you got one comment! Please read what it says: Trick or Treat! Halloween is my favorite holiday. It's also the last traditional holiday where everyone agrees that doing it yourself is best. Plastic store-bought mask, or homemade full-body costume? There's simply no contest. I still have fond memories of building a haunted front porch every year at our old Somerville, MA house. All of the neighborhood kids loved to watch as I installed an elaborate set of homemade gadgets, but when they returned after dark they were almost too scared to ask for candy! Halloween is the highlight of the year for Instructables, too - it showcases the incredible variety of our community's creativity. I really appreciate that you've chosen to contribute your projects, your passion, and your time, and I hope you've found something unexpected, fascinating, useful, and fun on Instructables as well! You're an important part of our community, so I wanted to take a moment to write and send my thanks. Now, back to work on mt own costume... Happy Halloween! (Then Eric physically signed it) (Then back to text) Eric J. Wilhelm - Founder/CEO of Instructables Then hidden in the envelope were 2 Instructable stickers. This post card means alot, so I will keep it in the envelope with the stickers unused for safe keeps :) Thank you Eric, Instructables robot, and every other creator of Instructables!
Topic by Flumpkins | last reply
I can't express my thanks to Instructables enough. Let me explain why. My first project was documenting how to house a card-reader in an old Nintendo controller. I received a t-shirt (the hand logo one before the robot was around) as a prize. Popular Photography magazine contacted me and the project ended up on the pages of the magazine. Other projects of mine have won me patches, t-shirts, gift certificates, media players, magazine subscriptions and more. I have had my work picked up by a newspaper in Colorado and magazines in Australia and Italy. A co-worker heard one of my projects mentioned on a story on NPR. I was courted and then hired by an AOL company blog to write up projects for them. I made a few hundred dollars doing it before the parent company pulled the plug on the blog. It looks like two of my projects might end up in the upcoming book. One of my least favorite submissions to the site just got someone to contact me about paying to use my content (I'm sure others have been contacted by them also). I'm not trying to brag but i just want to thank everyone involved in the site for providing an outlet for creativity, contests to motivate, and the opportunity to network with similar tinkerers in a place that gives the opportunity to be recognized and rewarded for our effort.
Topic by zieak | last reply
Is anyone else out there over the whole, turn on the computer "Oh. More viruses, delete, delete, delete" thing? It's getting old... Really old...My computer is stuffed, there are so many pop-ups yours won't get through anyway, It is so slow now I can't go to your sites and if I have to hear the "gummi bear" song one more time, I'll smash the computer which = no pop-ups at all!!!You know what would REALLY SHOCK ME ??Turning on my PC and actually have it work for a change... Instead of HaCkIn' PC's and damaging them, why not use your powers for good 'ole surprise factor... remember those days?? before profitiering arose.Why not let's say...Hack-in > Fix everything > delete all my viruses and set up a impenetrable firewall for me...Now that would make me remember your attack, instead of just deleting your infection like every other one.....I had been thinking about that for a while....Until last week when I received a new virus...After some analysis, it was found to be a simple crash virus for Internet explorer...Much to my amazement this little file crashes IE, resulting in all my annoying pop-ups from IE (I use Opera) having their window closed as soon as they open.... LoL!!!This is great!! No more pop-ups!!Thank you Mr or MrS HaCkEr for fixing my computer... You rock!!Anyone else had a weird or offbeat experience from a hack attack..?
Topic by Lftndbt | last reply
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Instructables 2012 Halloween Contest! With stacks of amazing entries it helps to narrow the field down a bit - that's why in this post I'm going to specifically address the Halloween Props Contest winners. As components of costumes, or pieces of larger halloween decoration, Halloween Props is a bit of a catch-all category. With 392 entries received in the Props category alone, competition was very tough and extremely close. All of the authors who submitted project to this category should be proud of their work regardless of whether or not they received a prize. The first place category winner was the Animatronic Stargate Helmet by Honus. This project had clear and effective documentation, great integration of servos and more classical mask making techniques, powerful implementation of 3D modeling and pepakura, good attention to detail in its execution, and was an accurate recreation of an actual Stargate helmet into a great real life halloween prop. The second place category winners are comprised of the Gears of War 3 - HyperHyper Realistic Digger Launcher Replica, Blood Spraying Evil Dead Chainsaw Arm, and the Fallout 3 Brotherhood of Steel Helmet. These amazing projects utilized intensive design and digital fabrication workflows, advanced costume design techniques, solid construction skills with long lasting materials, and were beautifully documented with step by step instructions. The third place winners include the TF2 Minigun, Custom Zombie Dentures, How to Make a PIP-Boy (Prototype), Portal Gun, and Warewolf Stilts. All of these were executed at an extremely high and realistic level and were a great mix of careful, professional fabrication skills and down home DIY ingenuity. As we've seen in other years, the bar is raised to a special level when it comes to Halloween and this year was no exception. All of the finalists deserve our praise for a job extremely well done. I'd like to give a special call out to the makers of the Fallout 3 Helmet, Portal Gun, Majoras Mask, Iron Man Helmet, TF2 Minigun (Sasha) and the Borderlands Bandit Thug Helmet who all translated the digital designs for their props, or at least components of their props, into physical form in new and creative ways. To all of those who participated in our Halloween Contest this year - please enter our future contests, be it for Halloween 2013, or any other challenge that we're running. All of the finalists in this category exhibited excellent fabrication skills, as well as an amazing ability to document their work and explain it to others, and therefore comprise what I would call some of the site's most prolific authors. There's always something to win on Instructables and we deeply appreciate your participation. Noah Weinstein Workshop and Outside Editor
Topic by noahw | last reply
I’m an I'bler. Like the thousands of others who write and publish Ibles, I have tons of fun doing so, and I can tell you, I wasn't expecting to get this big. I am finally adding more Ibles and other things to my profile, to build a resume, and to develop my semi-technical writing skills. Since I've joined, I've had over 37,100 total views, my goal is to top 40,000 by new years. Instructables, in all its glory has produced some incredible view totals. It’s a stretch, It would take about 500 views per day overall to get there. Please help me get to that 40k total, its as easy as peeking through my I'bles. The Ideanator Instructables member. To get you started: Mounting an LCD screen on the wall in your shop/lab The ever-popular geek bling A DIY magazine holder A large number of photos I took at the Maker Faire here in Detroit, some pretty good photos. A clothing "organizer" of my own design
Topic by The Ideanator | last reply
I would like to take some time and thank all of the veterans that have served in any of the branches of the United States. I cannot begin to thank you guys enough for being so brave to fight for are country. It is a privilege to be writing this thanks right now. All I can say is just Thank You!!
Topic by Robot Lover | last reply