Holidays again

Right, I'm off again to tomorrow, a week at my parents. I may be online while I'm gone, but in the meantime, don't forget your homework - giving me ideas for an umbrella Make, and sourcing LEDs for me.I'll be back in a week (somebody tell Royalestel).

Posted by Kiteman 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago


Merry ... uh....

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practi[c|s]ed within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, col[o|ou]r, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

Posted by westfw 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Homemade Holidays Winners Announced!

See who won! Homemade Holidays winners

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


im on holiday (knex)

Gone on holiday

Posted by Danny 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago


New Holiday Treats Speed Contest

Whoa! It's a new speed contest! We were talking about all of our favorite holiday treats and we were getting pretty excited about the weeks to come. So excited that we decided to put up a new speed contest and give away laser-etched rolling pins.Our cool new Epilog laser cutter has a rotary attachment so we can etch cylindrical objects now. What better way to break it in than to etch in custom messages for those that win a rolling pin?So make something sweet and put up some tasty pics in an Instructable! Holiday Treats contest

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Holiday!

I'm away for a week or so from tomorrow morning, off to Cumbria to visit the rellies. I'll be around a bit (they have electricity up there now), but not as much as usual. Try not to burn the place down while I'm gone, but make sure you make a video if you do... (The image is from another topic I posted, but which seems to be stuck in the filters...)

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


I'm bunking off!

Goodbye, peeps! Plans have changed slightly for Christmas, so I probably won't be near a broadband connection very often, if at all, until the New Year, just in time for my second anniversary as an Instructableer. In the mean time, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, enjoy the Solstice and the New Year and any other holidays I've missed.

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


What plant is this? i saw it on holiday.? Answered

I saw this on holiday and can't remember what it's called. anyone know??

Asked by furby 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


Advance Holiday Warnings

OK, so we survived A-Maya-geddon*. Unfortunately, that means I have to visit the in-laws... Actually, that's not so bad as it sounds, but Kitefamily Christmases are complicated affairs, happening in a variety of locations, with a variety of quality of internet connection. If it looks like I'm ignoring you, check the date - if it's not yet the 30th, I probably haven't seen your post yet. So, just in case, have a happy holiday season, of whatever variety you choose to celebrate, and take the best wishes of the entire Kitefamily with you into the future. In the mean time, here are two Christmas-themed projects from the archives that could be used for last-minute gifts or diversions: ear-rings, and a flying toy. *I wish I'd thought of that a few days ago!

Posted by Kiteman 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to wish everyone here at instructables a happy thanksgiving. If you want to share what your doing today then go ahead, and post!

Posted by Shifrin 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago


Steam Fair and Eden Project photos.

Right, that's it for a while - I'm away on holiday tomorrow morning, a week in Devon.Beaches, buildings four times older than America, and the Eden Project.I may even get my kites flying! (Edit: No, I didn't. The beaches were too narrow, too crowded or too non-existent to fly from. The one decent beach we found for kiting (Slapton Sands) was windless the day we went) PhotosI've uploaded selected images to my Flickr account:http://www.flickr.com/photos/76333500@N00/sets/There are two sets there, the Steam Fair and the Eden project.Sorry, no stills of the Stirling engines (what was thinking??), just this video.

Posted by Kiteman 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago


Don't Panic! (I'm back-ish)

I'm going to be offline for a few days, going on holiday.After lunchtime today (it's 10am now), I'll be completely non-contact until at least Wednesday, then a maybe a bit of time here until the Wednesday after that.Don't expect reliable contact until the 21st.Be good.Somebody keep an eye on the squabblers for me.Off-site spamOff-site spamAnd don't forget to vote for my entries in The Book.EDIT:OK, I'm sort of back online, way up in the NW UK. I've just started browsing what I've missed - Eric's history of SquidLabs looks very interesting, and I seem to have won (another) t-shirt in the robot contest (Kitewife has claimed this one, though).Off to check The Book...

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Will you miss me?

OK, I'm off.Time to pack the car, off to my parents' for just over a week.I'll be online occasionally, but nowhere near as much as at the moment.Behave yourselves while I'm away.Don't forget to vote wisely in the Pocket Sized contest, and good luck in whatever the new contest is.

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


What are you giving this year?

With the economy in the crapper, it's an especially good time to consider de-commercializing the holidays. I'm not saying I don't want to get (er, I mean *give*) a ton of gifts, but let's get real. I can't even afford to set foot in a mall right now, and I can only virtually window-shop online.So what am I going to do?The more I think about the state of the States right now, the more I think about the world at large.Frankly, I don't want to spend my money on the gifts that I can afford - gifts that are probably made in sweat shops with terrible conditions and sub-living wages.And I really can't afford to support the local designers using only organic denim to make those great jeans, no matter how much I'd like to.But heck, I'm a crafty person! And I'm surrounded by a creative community from whom I could learn a myriad of new skills.And I figured if I'm feeling this way, there's probably a few of you out there who can identify.So hey, let's put this site and this community to work!What are we gonna make this year?Let's come together as a helpful, creative community and share some ideas, then work with each other figure out the best ways to get them made.So tell us your ideas. If you already know how you're going to go about it, great, share that too! You'll be sure to inspire others.Have an idea that you don't know how to actuate? Share that too, and we as a community will come up with some answers.What do you say??

Posted by scoochmaroo 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Homemade Holiday Contest - When will Judging be finished?

Does anyone know when the judging for the Homemade Holiday contest will be complete? Thanks!

Posted by Bran 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Homemade Holidays contest

Whatever happened to the "But wait, there's more..." for the Homemade Holidays contests? More prizes/winners were supposed to be announced at the end of January. Did I miss the announcement somewhere?

Posted by cainunable 9 years ago


Holiday gift contest?

Are we expecting to have one for hanukka/christmas? i.e. should I wait on posting an instructable on the gift i'm making my mom? Was there one last year? UPDATE: I see we did have one last year...so i'll assume there'll be one this year too, will instructables need to be published after the contest is posted, or is it ok to do one beforehand?

Posted by Weissensteinburg 11 years ago


guinea pig left alone while on holiday? Answered

Hi i am getting a new guinea pig shortly, i have a lot of experience with them over the Easter weekend, for four days, i will be camping up in the mountains and will have to leave it behind as it will be roughly 7-8 weeks old, will it be OK left alone? she will have a spot to hide in her cage and will have the company of a old guinea pig my main two problems are we have a young dog who stalks the guinea pig while its in its cage, and it may terrify them if i'm not around two, the older guinea pig may attack the smaller one, like nip its ears, etc my question, after all that is buy the guinea pig now (holiday in two weeks) or after the holiday leaving it with some else or getting someone to drop in is not an option 

Asked by AussieAnglerGal 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


Free DIY conference on December 1st!

I'm helping to organize an online DIY conference with lots of tips, ideas, demos, and conversations with Theresa from MyFixitUpLife. We will have holiday DIY experts sharing kid crafts, woodworking, decor, as well as some great holiday drink and food ideas! It's all streaming online, so you can join in whenever you like from wherever you are. December 1st from 12-4pm PST (3-7pm EST) Come check it out :) https://diycon.splashthat.com/

Posted by HannahR24 3 years ago


If you are reading this, then I am back with a small apology.

If you are reading this, then I have gone.On holiday, that is.I brought my little laptop with me, but forgot the wall-wart!I'll be popping in as borrowed laptops allow, but otherwise I'll be properly back in just over a week and a half.(UPDATE: I type on Friday 7th, 21:30 UK time. I will be unlikely to post again until a week on Sunday. For those who asked, we are going to based in Alnmouth for the next week.)So, I return, and find somebody has flushed a little too imaginatively, and left it dripping down the walls...An apologyMy email notifications say I have had hundreds of comments recently - I doubt I will read them all, so I apologise to anybody who does not receive a reply. If it was important, PM me.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


My Own Holiday Gift Guide - cool books

The holidays are coming! Of course there are lots of things to give and get, but some of my personal favorite items are books. I read too many of them. Or not enough. I can't remember. Anyway, here are a few kick-ass books that I'd recommend and since they're books they're not too expensive. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon ($9) If you're hurting for ideas and feeling bad about yourself about not being original in anything, just get over it and start stealing like crazy. It's cool, everybody does it and Austin explains clearly with this quick book why you should do it. Make stuff. Go nuts. Just don't feel bad about it. Design is a Job by Mike Monteiro ($9 ebook) This book is technically about creative freelance work, but it's also a bit of a rant about life and how to live it as well. Respect yourself and others and do good work. It Will be Exhilarating by Studio Neat ($5 ebook) Studio Neat made two products with the help of Kickstarter: the Glif and the Cosmonaut. If you're thinking about crowdfunding for any product, check this out. It's short, to the point, and has lots of good ideas. The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp ($11) How do people keep making creative works for decades? By not stopping, apparently. Twyla has a routine and has been doing it for a long time. Get up, get some exercise, make some art. Repeat and enjoy the process. Don't get her next book, The Collaborative Habit, however. It has nothing extra to add to this book. Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (free ebook) Cory's books tend to wander all over the fine line between personal diatribe and fiction and Pirate Cinema is no exception. Copyright is bad and remixers are good! OK, got it. No, really, I get it. But along with the repeated messaging is a fun story about teenagers in London making their own remixed movies and showing them underground (literally). Makes you want to start making something and that's always a good thing. I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting right now. I'll add them when they come to me.

Posted by fungus amungus 6 years ago


Proud to be British...?

Everybody knows the British Holidaymaker - sandals, socks, egg-and-chips-twice, can't-get-a-decent-cup-of-tea, no matter what the climate.That image may have to be redefined, downwards, with the release of a selection of genuine complaints from Brits returning from foreign parts.My favourite is "I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."Daily Telegraph story.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


I'm a busy boy, I'll be missing for a day or two.

I'll be a little "light" in my posting for the next couple of days.I know other people go missing for longer without comment, but last time I went over 24 hours without posting, several people who ought to know better assumed that something terrible had happened to me.Anyhoo, I'm out most of today doing a BTO Breeding Bird Survey visit, then tomorrow we are off to London for an over-nighter, we're going to watch Oliver! at Drury Lane - it's a (very) late 40th present for Kitewife, so she'd kill me if I took the computer and sat posting during the interval...

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


bad link on homemade holidays food contest page

Just wanted to mention that the link for Neighborhood Fruit on the Homemade Holidays Food Contest page is misspelled. It reads "neigborhoodfruit.com". There should be an "h" in there. Thanks!

Posted by skyisblu 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


Large-scale LED build request for advice? Answered

As I was putting up my Christmas lights over the Thanksgiving weekend, I had an idea (cue ominous background music). The idea evolved from a wish to simplify installing the lights on the 2nd storey roofline into a set of fully-addressable RGB C7 lights that would make Clark Griswold proud. As a proof of concept, I want to replace the boring string of 25 multi-color LED lights over the peak of my garage (24 ft of roofline). I looked at some available products that could be used as a starting point. From the adafruit store: 12mm Diffused Digital RGB LED Pixels – 4 strings = $180 20mm Clear Digital RGB LED Pixels – 6 strings = $270 Available many places: GE Color Effects™ 50 LED Color Changing Light Show - $99 The Color Effects strings would be expensive when you consider the 200+ feet of roofline and guttering that I want to cover, and would difficult/impossible to sequence across the whole house. While the RGB pixels from adafruit would give me the most flexibility in creating animated sequences, the prices work out to $2.00 - $2.50 per light. To make this a reality, I need to do this on a $1.00 per light budget for the pilot project. Preferably $0.80 per light for the whole house. So, I want to light the peak of my garage with 48 RGB LEDs spaced out over 24 feet (6 inch spacing between lights). The string would be controlled by an Arduino and a handful of TLC5916 constant-current sink drivers. Each group of 8 RGB LEDs would have a group of 3 TLC5916 chips, so I am looking at 18 chips. I am not worried about the programming, and there are plenty of examples to look at for the TI chips. I plan to use a power supply from an old computer to provide the juice (up to 3 amps with every LED lit). If this was something that fit on my desk, I would dive right in and start experimenting. However… I am worried about the 24 foot run from the first light to the last. That is a long way for a signal to run to latch the chips. Do I need some sort of repeater for the latch signal? That is a long run for 5V power. If I am switching 144 channels on and off quickly, will there be voltage drops that could introduce bugs into the system? Does anyone have experience with the sort of large-scale installation I have in mind? Please help a newbie by offering any cautions, advice, and examples to build on. I will definately document the build and post instructions if I manage to sneak this past the wife.  Thank you!

Asked by kebmoore 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


Homemade Holidays Contest Ends on Sunday

The Homemade Holidays Contest ends Sunday night at 11:59 PST. This is the last weekend to get a project in and win some cool prizes from CRAFT: magazine. So whatcha waitin' for? Enter!

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Homemade Holidays Food Contest

In just a couple days, we'll be starting the Homemade Holidays Food Contest! Share your best recipes and mouth-watering pictures and win some sweet prizes. More details coming soon.

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


SUMMER HOLIDAYS

It's the Summer holidays YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY. Just broken up from school :-) BTW: I'll probably post some more instructables now I have more spare time.

Posted by josh92176 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago


Eligibility For Holiday Gifts?

In the Holiday Gifts Contests it states handmade gifts to be entered. The project I wanted to post however involves a laser cutter, would this count as handmade or be disqualified?

Posted by Charlie 72 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


Happy Holidays from Instructables!

Happy Holidays from everyone at Instructables! Autodesk gives all employees off from December 24th - January 1st 2014.  So we'll be working with a skeleton staff until then.  We'll still be here, but it might take longer to hear back from us! Hope everyone has a good vacation (for those of you who get one :P )!

Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago


Instructables Holiday Trampolining Party

For our holiday party, Instructables and a few members of Potenco went trampolining at Sky High Sports. Sky High is essentially a couple of basketball-court-sized areas filled with trampolines. You bounce around like crazy, doing flips, playing dodge ball, and generally exhausting yourself. The potential for bodily injury is high, which for me, makes for an excellent holiday party. Afterward, we stuffed ourselves with Indian food.Today, the day after, everyone is nearly too sore to stand up straight.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Homemade Holiday Contest Prize Change (for the better)!

You may have seen the Hackable Christmas card Instructable by ian. Well now you have a chance to win one of those cards for yourself. Each of the runners-up in the Homemade Holidays Contest will win one card in addition to the $50 from Shapeways and the Pro membership and t-shirt! We'd like to thank ian for putting up these cards as prizes and wish everyone the best of luck in winning one!

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


Holidays!

This is my last post for a while - I'm off to Kenya tomorrow! I won't be online until at least the 6th August. Yes, I'll post photos when I get back (I hope I can remember how to embed a slideshow in a forum topic (PM me, somebody?)) Oh, and don't forget... [spam link]. UPDATE I'm back! I will post photos, but I have over 4000 to sort through... UPDATE I have put together a small slideshow - a tiny sample of the photos we took.

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


Merry Christmas!

In a few days it's Christmas, and since Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year, I wanted to wish you all a merry Christmas! I also realised Christmas and creating are very much alike: they both bring joy, happiness and gifts, so that makes Christmas and Instructables an even better combination. Merry Christmas!!!

Posted by emilyvanleemput 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago


holiday inflatable - giant floating (indoor) balloon

 We have a Gemmy inflatable at work (a giant Homer Simpson -- about 8 feet tall) and we were wondering if we could somehow fill it with helium and float it on the ceiling. We're concerned that it's too permeable (when the fan is not going, it deflates FAST).  One idea was to coat the inside with polyurethane (turning the fan on to blow it throughout the balloon) but that seems like it wouldn't work very well (too patchy), and could make it too heavy. Another option would be to take a bunch of balloons, insert them into the Homer, and then inflate the smaller balloons (and tie them off). Any other thoughts or suggestions?

Posted by jeffreality 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


When is your spring break?

Just out of idle curiosity... when does your school go on spring break?

Posted by canida 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago


BUST Magazine Holiday Craftacular 2008

Well, this is what happens when I get too smug about living in SF.Along comes a rockin' craft fair, and I can't go.It's only in NY, LA and London, and I won't be getting to London for another two weeks!For those of you who have been living in a self-sustainable cave for the last several years with no connection to the outside world, BUST is a bold, brave, raunchy women's magazine featuring interviews with hot, smart celebrities, cutting-edge fashion, art and craft projects, steamy fiction, and tons more. I do so envy those of you who will be checking out the Craftacular.It promises to be. . . well, craftacular.AND, as a special incentive in NYC, check out the BUST Stylist's Closet. DANG I am so jealous!!!!!Get more info at BUSTAnd pleeeeeze tell me all about it! I want pictures!!!!

Posted by scoochmaroo 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


What did I miss?

OK, I've been away, offline for just over a week. I am already conscious that there have been quite a few comments and messages that I have missed without reply, and I've seen the new layout (me likey). Apart from a video of Caitlinsdad playing with my balls, and my balloon jig going slightly la-la on YouTube (it ended up on the front page, apparently) What else have I missed? What cool projects have slipped my view?

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


Christmas Interruptus

Just a heads' up, I'm away for the Christmas break, visiting relatives without a useful internet connection* , so I will be less than my usual ubiquitous self over the next week or two.However, said relatives may be installing wireless broadband while we are there, so I may be able to pop in occasionally.The plan is to leave tomorrow morning (the 23rd), so, if we don't speak before then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.(Thank you for all your kind comments already!)*I will not sit in a cupboard to use dial-up!

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


Holiday Gift Contest not showing Finalists...

The Holiday Gifet Contest page (and the Pizza contest) are in Judging mode yet there is no option to see the finalists on the page. The Design contest page is fine. Tested ie8 & firefox 18 on a XP PC... Attached is a screenshot.

Posted by vanweb 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago



Holiday Spice Pepsi

Hey all - I was wondering if anyone had a recipe or any idea of what spices/flavorings go into Holiday Spice Pepsi.  My boyfriend and I are addicted to it and Pepsi doesn't make it anymore and has no plans to in the future. Any suggestions would be great!

Posted by Moosaka 8 years ago | last reply 4 years ago


Whether people will have a holiday in Netherlands Oct. to Nov. ?

I have a customer in Netherlands,and I communicate with him by email.But now I haven't received his email a few day.so I want to know the reasons,Whether people will have a holiday in Netherlands Oct. to Nov. ?

Asked by Ms Lucky 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


DIY Contest

I just wanted to let everyone know about a contest where you can win a $10,000 gift card from Sears or a Samsung 46-inch HDTV just by sharing a DIY/Holiday story. It is very easy to enter! Here are the details... Project Holiday Contest Everyone has a holiday disaster tale, DIY story, or some handy tips for getting your home ready for the holidays. Visit ManageMyHome.com to upload your photos or video and let your captions tell the tale. Enter the Project Holiday contest by January 15, 2009 for your shot at winning one of 10 prize packages.

Posted by DinaC 9 years ago



Core77 Holiday Gift Guide 2008: 77 Design Gifts Under $77!

Our friends at Core77 just put out their 3rd annual Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide! It's a list of 77 design-themed gifts under (you guessed it) $77.There's some great stuff in there, once you get past the flashing neon and straw-dancing barbies, including some sweet ninja throwing star magnets, Nintendo wall graphics, and a device called the BottleBob that punches a perfect straw-hole in soda bottle caps. They finish up with a DIY Gift Box Instructable from member blightdesign!I found plenty of things I'd love to buy, and even more I was inspired to make! Definitely check it out - this is a great list for inspiring some fantastic holiday projects.

Posted by canida 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Short absence

Hey guys, I'm leaving for France this monday and I'll be gone for about two weeks. So if I won't reply that's why =D I want to wish everyone a great holiday and I hope I'll talk to everyone once I've returned. -AUG-5OM3-

Posted by AUG-5OM3 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


BUST Stylist's Closet

Oh MAN!This is what I get for bragging on SF.The first ever BUST Stylist's Closet is making it's debut at The 2008 BUST Holiday Craftacular! And it's only in NYC*** A $10 VIP ticket allows you entrance to the closet AND one item of your choice from the many items contributed by participating fashion brands including Queen Bee, Revival Ink, Aviator Nation, Boy Meets Girl, Greta Cavazzoni, Yak Pak, Nikita Clothing USA, 80%20 Shoes, Vine and Venetia, Angel Court, Dear Creatures, Hellkats L.A., Osiris Girl's Shoes, and more! Those are some nice names. * Insider tip: The first 100 people to buy their tickets online get first dibs in the closet at 12 noon, before it opens to the general ticket-buying public at 2pm. The BUST Stylist's Closet will be taking place at the BUST Holiday Craftacular on Sunday, December 14th, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, NYC, from 10am to 7:30pm.***The BUST Magazine Holiday Craftacular will take place in NY, LA and London UKRead all about it!

Posted by scoochmaroo 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Christmas card list help. Need something unique & cheap to make. Answered

I am looking for a holiday card idea for a mom group I am a part of.  .  I would like to send something in the mail funny but easy to assemble.   Gnomes, forks, colanders and garlic need to be included somehow.  We all met on Neopets and now are on Facebook.  I do NOT have a color printer. Wanted to make something from stuff lying around the home if possible. Thanks for the help in advance!

Asked by tukas 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


Andy's American Odyssey - We're Here!

Myself, my wife and our two boys (will be 13 and 15) are planning a 3 week trip to the USA next August. We'll be staying with relatives in Lexington Park (Maryland) for a week, but would like to travel around a bit to (probably) 2 other areas to get a 'feel' for the country. We're more into the natural wonders than the Disney / Celebrity thing and would like a mix of city and country. Budget will be adequate but sensible and I'm quite happy with hiring cars and driving, although we don't want a road-trip type holiday. In short, where should we visit to get a 'Flavorsic of the U S of A'? Patches for my favourite suggestions.

Posted by AndyGadget 9 years ago | last reply 8 years ago