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Calvin & Hobbes Moleskine Cover

Calvin & Hobbes Moleskine Cover

I had a lot of fun making the Marauder’s Map Fields Notes Cover, and I wanted to try something just a little bit more complex. Plus I needed a cover for a bigger journal. So I decided to extend the field notes cover in Illustrator to fit a 5″x8.25″ Moleskine […]

Leather field notes cover

Leather field notes cover

I really wanted to learn more about working with leather after making the Marauder’s Map bookmarks. So when I saw this field notes template on instructables I decided to extend the same design to a Field Notes cover. I knew I wanted to dye the leather, and I’d need to be […]

First Glowforge Project: Harry Potter Bookmarks

First Glowforge Project: Harry Potter Bookmarks

I just got a Glowforge and I’m so excited! I haven’t had time to make much yet, but it came with a sample of leather, and I thought it would be fun to do Harry Potter bookmarks. So I found an image of the Marauder’s Map online, and quickly threw together […]

Making bleach shirts with stencils cut on Cricut Maker

Making bleach shirts with stencils cut on Cricut Maker

The Basics I randomly happened upon this subreddit full of bleach shirt pictures and was totally mesmerized. So many different possibilities, and such a simple process. So I started reading up. There are a lot of variations in the process, but making bleach shirts mostly looks like this: Use a 100% cotton shirt. […]

Porcelain Pen Ceramic Mug

Porcelain Pen Ceramic Mug

Even after twenty years as a woman in tech, this article about One Direction fans and especially the Larries brought a fresh perspective. I mentioned it to my sister, and as usual, she was way ahead of me. She also loves coffee, so when I found out about porcelain pens, I […]

Sandblasting Pint Glasses and Stemless Wine Glasses

Sandblasting Pint Glasses and Stemless Wine Glasses

We have been running out of glasses lately and I’ve been thinking about decorating my own. I’ve seen some cool pictures of frosted glass online and wanted to try something like that myself. The first thing I tried was etching cream, which is pretty cheap and easy to find, but […]

Etching Photos onto Metal

Etching Photos onto Metal

The big reason I spent all the effort learning to use press n peel paper to etch (instead of cutting vinyl stencils on my cameo) is that I really wanted to be able to get the fine detail needed to etch a photograph onto metal. But it’s not as simple […]

Learning to etch metal: Edinburgh etch on copper and brass stamping blanks

Learning to etch metal: Edinburgh etch on copper and brass stamping blanks

When I took the laser cutter class at Maker Works and learned about all the different materials you can etch, I was really interested in learning how to etch metal. But most lasers at makerspaces and such are CO2 lasers, which can’t etch metal. You can use Cermark, but it just makes […]

Baking Gingerbread Houses!

Baking Gingerbread Houses!

As kids we always made milk carton gingerbread houses, but I’ve always wanted to try making a real one. I found this set of gingerbread house cookie cutters with a recipe book at Cost Plus World Market and decided to give it a shot with the kids and their cousin. […]

Sewing Harry Potter Hooded Towels

Sewing Harry Potter Hooded Towels

I happened upon this Harry Potter Hooded Towel tutorial and both got really excited (the kids love Harry Potter and so do I!) and felt kind of dumb (when they were tiny I had all sorts of ideas for cool hooded towels and I never realized a hooded towel is just […]

Halloween 2017: Sewing Ghost and Bunny Costumes

Halloween 2017: Sewing Ghost and Bunny Costumes

The kids are really excited about their Halloween costumes this year, and they’ve been in deep debate about what they should be. Logan is adamant that Halloween costumes should be scary, and he wants to be a ghost with glowing red eyes. Cole ignored Logan’s passionate arguments for scary costumes […]

Knitting Weasley Sweaters

Knitting Weasley Sweaters

I’ve been doing a lot of knitting lately, and also a lot of reading Harry Potter to the boys. Logan especially loves it. I finally learned to knit a bottom up sweater, and got some beautiful chunky yarn at Spun, so knitting the boys Weasley sweaters felt like the perfect winter […]

Halloween 2016: Ninjago!

Halloween 2016: Ninjago!

My dad passed away this week. It’s an especially sad time of year because he always made such amazing Halloween costumes for us as kids. He and my mom would work as a team–she did a lot of research, finding sewing patterns and techniques in magazines, and he did a […]

Better GitHub labels in Gmail through Apps Script

Better GitHub labels in Gmail through Apps Script

When my team at work started doing a lot of projects in GitHub, I had trouble keeping up with all the notifications from the issue tracker in Gmail. Which mails were about bugs assigned to me? Bugs that had me in @ mentions? Bugs just from projects I was watching? […]

Halloween 2015: Mike Wazowski Toddler Costume

Halloween 2015: Mike Wazowski Toddler Costume

This year, Logan loves his old costume and it still fit, but Cole is big enough to walk around! So I updated his Mike Wazowski costume, again with a green fleece bodysuit based on the trusty old Running With Scissors pattern, and taking Mike’s face off our baby carrier and […]

Halloween 2014: Monsters Inc Sully and Mike Wazowski!

Halloween 2014: Monsters Inc Sully and Mike Wazowski!

This is our first Halloween with two kids and I was excited to work on costumes for both of them. Logan loved watching Monsters Inc so I decided to do Sully and Mike Wazowski costumes. I started work on Logan’s Sully costume first. After much Googling, I decided to buy […]

Making a Board Book From Photos

Making a Board Book From Photos

I’ve made a couple of books through Pint Size Productions and really liked them. When my two-year-old nephew came to visit, I wanted to take the photos from the visit and make them into a board book so he and my two-year-old son could remember them better. And then I […]

Melted Crayon Easter Eggs

Melted Crayon Easter Eggs

We did Easter eggs for the first time this year. Logan requested that they be “scary”. So Doug and I shredded some crayons and we sprinkled them on the eggs while they were still hot after boiling. We all had a great time, and they look pretty different! Definitely cover […]

Homemade Cake Pops!

Homemade Cake Pops!

I got the book Cake Pops a while ago and I’ve been dying to try it out! There are a lot of recipes for spring, so I made some to take to the neighborhood Easter egg hunt. They were really easy to make and they taste great! I’m definitely going […]

Sewing Star Wars Baby Blankets

Sewing Star Wars Baby Blankets

The Ann Arbor Sewing Center had some awesome Star Wars fabric, so I picked some up. I had some extra minky fabric from Logan’s Halloween Costume, and I thought it would be fun to make some baby blankets. They were super easy to make, just put the right sides of the fabric together, cut to […]

Laser Etched Glass Ornaments

Laser Etched Glass Ornaments

I’ve been having a lot of trouble getting photos to look good on ornaments, so I decided to try something else. I had a really cute set of Logan’s footprints from the hospital, and I scanned it in. I wanted to figure out the best way to convert the image […]

Halloween 2013: Sewing a Curious George Costume

Halloween 2013: Sewing a Curious George Costume

This Halloween, Logan was obsessed with Curious George. So it was easy to pick out a costume idea for him. I picked up some brown fleece and sewed up the same Running With Scissors pattern I used last year. Here’s a pic of Logan trying it on (sorry for the blurriness, […]

Laser Etched Corian Marvel Coasters

Laser Etched Corian Marvel Coasters

At one point, we were considering remodeling our kitchen, and we got some Corian samples. We didn’t end up doing the remodel, but we left them sitting around the house to see how durable they are. My brother-in-law had always thought they made cool coasters. When I took the laser […]

Harry Potter Shirt with Stencil Vinyl and Fabric Paint

Harry Potter Shirt with Stencil Vinyl and Fabric Paint

I happened upon the Harry P font and decided it would be fun to make a quick shirt for Logan. I typed in some text and drew some footprints in Silhouette Studio, and then printed onto stencil vinyl on my cameo. I used a sponge to paint through the stencil, fading away […]

First Time Using the Laser: Etched Wood Photo Ornaments

First Time Using the Laser: Etched Wood Photo Ornaments

I got really excited after taking the laser class at Maker Works and decided to try a simple project to start. I didn’t want to worry about dithering photos, so I ran a batch job on all our family photos, putting them through Vector Magic to see which ones converted to single-color […]

3D Printed Metal Christmas Ornaments: Biodh Duil

3D Printed Metal Christmas Ornaments: Biodh Duil

My uncle Dick passed away this year, and it was a very sad time for our family because he was such an amazing person and we will all miss him so much. For Christmas, I wanted to do something to remember him. He always loved gadgets and new technology, so […]

Mitten Christmas Tree Skirt Made with Silhouette Cameo

Mitten Christmas Tree Skirt Made with Silhouette Cameo

I just got a Silhouette Cameo and I am really excited to use it! It can cut paper, cardstock, fabric, vinyl, stickers, and even temporary tattoos into whatever shapes you can put into vector graphic format on your computer. After a few experiments with cardstock, I wanted to make something […]

Logan’s First Halloween Costume: Max’s Wolfsuit from Where the Wild Things Are

Logan’s First Halloween Costume: Max’s Wolfsuit from Where the Wild Things Are

Halloween has always been a big event in the Sullivan household, as anyone who knew my sisters and I in grade school could tell you. Every year, we each decided what we wanted to be, and my Mom and Dad worked together on the costumes–Mom found patterns and fabric and […]

Up Themed Nursery Decoupage

Up Themed Nursery Decoupage

I don’t usually do movie-themed home decor, but when we moved into our new house and I was thinking about Logan’s room, “Adventure is Out There!” really stuck with me. Logan has been walking for two months and he climbs anything he can, goes down the slide by himself, runs […]

Knitting a Red Wings Hockey Jersey

Knitting a Red Wings Hockey Jersey

My grandmother taught me to knit when I was 8 or 9 years old, and I’ve been doing knitting projects on and off ever since. I switch back and forth between making things from patterns and designing them myself. I don’t really know what I’m doing; I make things up […]

First 3D printing project: Ladybug!

First 3D printing project: Ladybug!

My friend Kai started this amazing company called Tinkercad–you can design 3D models online and then print them out either using a 3D printing service or with a MakerBot. I wanted to try it out, so I decided to start with a ladybug. Tinkercad is a solid modeling tool, so […]