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People Are Transforming Vintage TVs Into Cozy Beds for Their Feline Friends via My Modern Met

September 19th, 2020 Comments off
People Are Transforming Vintage TVs Into Cozy Beds for Their Feline Friends via My Modern Met

Cats enjoy sleeping in enclosed spaces—it’s why they love to snuggle in a good box. But while cozy, the cardboard containers are lacking in style. If you’re looking for something that’s more quirky than the conventional shipping package, tune into this quirky trend in feline bedding. People are upcycling retro television sets—think from the 1960s–and removing their components to replace them with all the cushy comforts of a cat bed. The result is a comfy spot for a feline to nap in that doubles as a playful piece of home decor.

This is one kitty creation that’s easy to DIY, and you can find directions online via the Instructables website. There, user davee930 shares how he made a TV cat bed. The first step is to find the television you’ll want to use. Scour your favorite places to find vintage furniture (like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace), or visit a local antique shop. Once you have a television set, you can then disassemble it—making sure that you discharge its electricity first. (One simple tool will help you do that.) After the TV is hollow, you can decorate it with paint, wallpaper, or a patterned fabric to fit your style.

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Halloween 2020 – 3 in a series – Articulated Dinosaur Costume From Cardboard via Makezine

September 6th, 2020 Comments off

Halloween 2020 – 3 in a series – Articulated Dinosaur Costume From Cardboard via Makezine

Halloween 2020 - 3 in a series - Articulated Dinosaur Costume From Cardboard via Makezine

Tanaka Satoshi created this ferocious and fully articulated dinosaur costume from cardboard.

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A Time for Making via Kanopy [Video]

August 22nd, 2020 Comments off

LEGO Millenium Falcon via Instagram

August 2nd, 2020 Comments off

LEGO Millenium Falcon via Instagram

LEGO Millenium Falcon via Instagram

LEGO Millenium Falcon via Instagram

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The Library of Congress Makes Thousands of Fabulous Photos, Posters & Images Free to Use & Reuse via Open Culture

February 16th, 2019 Comments off
Another great collection of free-to-use imagery care of your very own Library of Congress. Your tax dollars (and history) at work! — Douglas
 
The history of the venerable Library of Congress demonstrates the vast importance that the founders of the U.S. accorded to reading and studying. It may be one of the country’s most durable institutions, “the oldest federal cultural institution in the nation,” it proclaims. While partisan rancor, war, and violence recur, the LoC has stolidly held an ever-increasingly diverse collection of artifacts sitting peacefully alongside each other on several hundred miles of shelves, a monument to the life of the mind that ought to get more attention.

Reading – Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser – 15 in a series

April 3rd, 2018 Comments off

I’ll be highlighting books that I am reading (or re-reading) on all sorts of topics this year — Douglas

Reading – Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser – 15 in a series

This is an amazing memoir of 2 amazing women who learned fairly early in life that girls do indeed code (or program). They found each other during a “Girls Who Code” program and together helped change the world in a unique way — not only showing the programming can be a talent and profession but also addressing a women’s issue (menstruation stigma) that they had faced directly.

Tampon Run is a small, side-scrolling game that they created during the workshop, but it soon took on its own energy and power and led to international exposure for both Andrea and Sophie.

Read this engaging story told from 2 unique perspectives and learn how early experiences can shape the life and career of anyone.

Reading - Girl Code by by Andrea Gonzales  and Sophie Houser - 15 in a series

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Reading - Girl Code by by Andrea Gonzales  and Sophie Houser - 15 in a series

Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser

** My version of this book was available from the Los Angeles Public Library in print and ebook versions.

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Perfect for aspiring coders everywhere, Girl Code is the story of two teenage tech phenoms who met at Girls Who Code summer camp, teamed up to create a viral video game, and ended up becoming world famous. The book also includes bonus content to help you start coding!

Fans of funny and inspiring books like Maya Van Wagenen’s Popular and Caroline Paul’s Gutsy Girl will love hearing about Andrea “Andy” Gonzales and Sophie Houser’s journey from average teens to powerhouses.

Through the success of their video game, Andy and Sophie got unprecedented access to some of the biggest start-ups and tech companies, and now they’re sharing what they’ve seen. Their video game and their commitment to inspiring young women have been covered by the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, CNN, Teen Vogue, Jezebel, the Today show, and many more.

Get ready for an inside look at the tech industry, the true power of coding, and some of the amazing women who are shaping the world. Andy and Sophie reveal not only what they’ve learned about opportunities in science and technology but also the true value of discovering your own voice and creativity.

A Junior Library Guild selection

A Children’s Book Council Best STEM Trade Book for Students K-12

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Fabric on Turn of the Century Loom, Stansborough LTD Woolen Mill, Petone, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

September 21st, 2017 Comments off

Fabric on Turn of the Century Loom, Stansborough LTD Woolen Mill, Petone, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Fabric on Turn of the Century Loom

Stansborough LTD Woolen Mill, Petone, Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

This small and unique mill produced fabric for costumes for The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Narnia and more. They raise their own unique sheep herd that produces naturally colored wool in a variety of shades from black to gray to white.

You can get an overview of what they do and see their turn of the century looms working on their factory tour.

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You can get an overview of what they do and see their turn of the century looms working on their factory tour.

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Turn of the Century Loom, Stansborough LTD Woolen Mill, Petone, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

September 21st, 2017 Comments off

Turn of the Century Loom, Stansborough LTD Woolen Mill, Petone, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Turn of the Century Loom

Stansborough LTD Woolen Mill, Petone, Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

This small and unique mill produced fabric for costumes for The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Narnia and more. They raise their own unique sheep herd that produces naturally colored wool in a variety of shades from black to gray to white.

You can get an overview of what they do and see their turn of the century looms working on their factory tour.

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You can get an overview of what they do and see their turn of the century looms working on their factory tour.

Stansborough ltd


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Stansborough LTD Woolen Mill – Loom Working in Slow Motion [Video] (0:28)

September 4th, 2017 Comments off

Stansborough LTD Woolen Mill - Loom Working in Slow Motion

On our recent (August 2017) trip to New Zealand, we made a special point of visiting Stansborough LTD, maker of fine woolen fabrics used in the costumes for The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

This is slow motion video of one of their turn-of-the-century looms at work. What you can’t hear and feel is the vibration of the floor and the slamming of the shuttles from one side of the machine to the other. This is truly a beast of another age.

If you are in Wellington, New Zealand, I highly recommend you visit and take their tour. It is like stepping back into an earlier age.

Stansborough LTD Web Site

Creating artisan woollen treasures

Introducing the Stansborough collection of sustainable designer woollen textiles.

​100% New Zealand, pure, natural and chemical free.
Cocoon yourself in timeless, environmentally friendly heirloom treasures.

Breathable textiles that warm and protect, made with passion and integrity

Luxurious blankets, throws, rugs, babywear, accessories and Licensed Movie Costuming, traditionally created by artisan craftsmen, on historic 1890’s looms.

 



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Get Inspired By This Jaw-Dropping Cardboard Armor For Kids via Geek & Sundry

April 11th, 2017 Comments off

This is an amazing example of cardboard crafting. The final look is absolutely wonderful and would please almost any cosplayer, big or small. — Douglas

Get Inspired By This Jaw-Dropping Cardboard Armor For Kids via Geek & Sundry

Superdad and artist Warren King says on his Flickr page that he used mostly Amazon shipping boxes, storage and moving boxes, and packaging for the armor, then gloss spray paint on top. But, what’s even cooler than the finished product is actually seeing the work that’s underneath it. Looking at the steps taken to create this suit of armor, you can truly see the artistry with just the bare cardboard.

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