Getting Started With Paper Marbling

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Paper marbling is by far my favorite arts and crafts activity. You can buy a paper marbling kit or make due with the supplies you have lying around the house. You can research old-school techniques and patterns or go crazy and experiment. The end results are always fantastic. Supplies: Tray for marbling Tray for rinsing marbled paper Acrylic paints Small stick (or in my case a plastic fork) Containers to mix paint Strips of paper for clean up Paper Carrageenan … Read More

Creating a Little Free Library – Part 1

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My husband and I are building a Little Free Library for our front yard. Little Free Libraries are small containers used as book exchanges. Signs encourage patrons to take a book or leave a book. You can register with the Little Free Library organization to get yours put on their map and receive newsletters and tips for being a steward. Buying one of the bird-house resembling cookie-cutter libraries wasn’t our style. Andy learned to weld last year, so I bought … Read More

End to Endpaper Bookbinding Project

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Colophon: Titled End to Endpaper, this handmade flag book was crafted by Heidi Uphoff. The flags are marbled paper. The endpapers were created using recycled grey paper dried on a textured cloth. The painted patterns on the front and back covers came from 3D-printed stencils.

Baby Turtle Pen

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Last year we used a Raspberry Pi Camera, a.k.a. TurtTV, and their favorite foods to lure our baby turtles out of hiding so that we could bring them inside the house for the winter. Babies often don’t survive their first winter of hibernation. This summer we didn’t want them to disappear out into the yard never to be seen again. So Andy built a pen area to keep them safe and so that we could feed and water them without … Read More

My DIY Prusa i3 3D Printer

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A year and a half ago, I ordered the cheapest Prusa i3 3D Printer kit I could find from 3D Printers Online Store. A few weeks later, two battered boxes full of wires and parts (some knock-off) arrived at my doorstep from China. I only recently got it working well enough to successfully print small items. It didn’t really take me over a year to complete; I bought a house soon after purchasing the kit and all my spare time … Read More

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