Tuesday, December 29, 2009

the latest iteration of the ipod case

xmas making

teaching my cousin frankie how to carve a stamp on christmas eve. no pictures of the result, but it was a very cool christmas tree.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

prototyping and doing

so, i got my hands on some designer 3mm felt. i have some new ideas for ipod/iphone cases, but i wanted to test the stuff out first. so, this morning i threw together this ipod case. the craftsmanship is rather poor, but i learned some lessons. hopefully the next ones will turn out better.

new features:
- the designer felt gives it a lot more impact protection
- the applique is glued on because i'm lazy (also: the applique is regular thickness felt, only the blue felt is the 3mm stuff)
- i lined it with some cotton fabric (from an old pillow case)
- there is a velcro strap. i'll probably do the next one with elastic and a button
(thanks to liz for the feedback on the iphone cases i made for her and her boyfriend cameron)

by the way, in case you were wondering, it's the colorado state flag.

holiday making and doing

mom's birthday present:

side note: i highly recommend using sanford rubber as opposed to factis for stamp making. the factis is much harder to work with.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

fun with erasers

i was bored, so i turned my eraser into a couple stamps

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

germans are always one step ahead of me

when i was in berlin a couple months ago looking for halloween costume supplies at modulor (which is my new favorite store), i came across these extra thick sheets of designer wool felt (3-5mm thick). i thought this would be an excellent material to make ipod/iphone/etc cases out of. something similar to my previous felt cases here and here. well a couple days ago i came across these really cool cases from elecktropulli. i really like the patterned liner. they even come mit klimapflaster (literally: climate band-aid... i.e. they support offsetting co² projects). unfortunately, i can't find this thicker gauge felt in grand junction (not surprising), so i guess i'll have to go back to berlin.

speaking of germans doing cool things with felt, check out these laptop sleeves from redmaloo.

in cool stuff unrelated to felt, check out this stamp set from the curiosity shoppe.

Friday, December 11, 2009


i had time for one last make stuff/do stuff project while i was in berlin. i made a set of rubber stamps for my friend steffi's xmas present. this was my first crack at stamp carving, and while there were mistakes here and there, overall it was reasonably successful. i think my biggest problem was the crumbly nature of the rubber i was using.

here's stamp carving info/tutorial from one of my favorite blogs.

here is the wrapping paper/gift hint:

Monday, December 7, 2009

still alive, just not making

a quick note to say that i've been too busy having fun in europe and have not been up to my usual standards of making and doing. but i am almost back (currently sitting in the toronto airport) and will be making/doing/posting soon.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

making and doing berlin #2 (the halloween edition)

oh halloween! i love you. why are you only once a year?

well, since you only come once a year we may as well make the best of it. we got together on thursday to work on our costumes and i'm quite proud of us. unfortunately, i was too busy making and didn't take the time to take many pictures. but here are a few of my costume in progress, plus a couple from the party.

side a of my mix tape.

side b

steffi made a super awesome chinese good luck cat. i was quite pleased with how my mix tape turned out. so, to answer your inevitable question: yes, it is exactly to scale. what kind of nerd do you take me for? it was definitely one of those projects that was supposed to be quick and easy and then escalated into a 12 hour craft project. the best part of my costume was the portable speaker system built in with my ipod playing the appropriate mix. any guesses for the first song on side A?.... of course it was "thriller". although, the ghostbusters theme song was a big hit with the other passengers on the u-bahn (subway). see full mix below.

patrick made this killer ("killer" in both senses of the word) mask

maja also did an amazing job on her zombie prom queen costume and natha put together a great bloody mary costume. kudos.

side a: the halloween mix (this will actually fit on one side of a 90 minute tape)
1. Thriller - Michael Jackson
2. Halloween - AFI
3. Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
4. Back to Hell - Alkaline Trio
5. Ghostbusters - Ray Parker, Jr.
6. Skeleton Boy - Friendly Fires
7. Let the Poison Spill Spurt From Your Throat - The Faint
8. Halloween Theme Song
9. Stormy High - Black Mountain
10. Dusk Til' Dawn - Ladyhawke
11. Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers
12. Dig up Her Bones - The Misfits

side b: the heavy petting mix (i cheated on this side as it's actually 85 minutes long)

1. Heartbeats - The Knife
2. I'd Rather Dance With You - The Kings of Convenience
3. I'm Shakin' - Rooney
4. Magic - Ladyhawke
5. Way You Walk - Papas Fritas
6. Wet Hair - Japandroids
7. Lover's Spit - Broken Social Scene w/ Feist
8. Skinny Boy - Amy Millan
9. Lover I Don't Have to Love - Bright Eyes
10. Heaven Is For Easy Girls - The Awkward Stage
11. Let's Make Love And Listen To Death From Above - CSS
12. Alive With The Glory Of Love - Say Anything
13. We Looked Like Giants - Death Cab for Cutie
14. Tuff Luv - The Gossip
15. Young Adult Friction - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
16. Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades - Brand New
17. Rapture - Pedro the Lion
18. The Hymn for the Cigarettes - Hefner
19. Tired of Sex - Weezer
20. In the Morning - Junior Boys
21. First Day of My Life - Bright Eyes
22. The Luckiest - Ben Folds
23. Heartbeats - José González

Sunday, October 18, 2009

making and doing berlin #1

we had our first ever make stuff/do stuff berlin edition last week. while i miss my stash of supplies back in vancouver, we had a very successful crafty afternoon.

this is my little ipod touch pouch. it needs a little decoration, but that will come later. the little white portion is a thinner piece of fabric that allows the play/pause, forward, and backward buttons to be pushed without taking the ipod out of the pouch.

maja's beautiful bracelet:

nathalie's mini bag made from left over curtain fabric courtesy of ikea:

Thursday, October 15, 2009

siebdruck rahmen machen

translation: screen-print frame making

i made this frame with steffi's dad last week. it's the first step in being able to screen print here in berlin.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

måking and døing

this is a special travel edition of the blog. i was in malmö, sweden and spent a few days staying with my friend ken and his girlfriend karin. karin makes some amazing stuff and has an incredible collection of supplies and machines (i.g. yarn, thread, fabric, sewing machine + serger, knitting machine). she makes these really cool birds:

and bees:

ken and i spent an evening drinking colorado beer and making toques and swedish souvenirs from scrap fabric:

before the hate mail starts rolling in from my swedish fan base, i want to acknowledge that i'm aware "ø" is not actually in the swedish alphabet, but it looks very scandinavian and is more fun than the "ö".

Saturday, September 26, 2009


i'm backpacking through northern germany, denmark, and sweden, so there won't be any making or doing for at least another week.

Monday, September 21, 2009

machen und tun

my friends steffi's birthday was last week, so i borrowed a friend's sewing machine in berlin and put together a quick... thing? you be the judge. side note: my german is not yet good enough to understand the sewing machine manual.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

mini making

here are a few small making projects i've done over the last couple of weeks:

i taught my mom how to knit. how many times does a son teach his mother how to knit? the next lesson will have to be welding. this is a picture with her and her squirrel towel.

while my mom was busy making clothes for rodents i was making another wrist band.

my snowboard bag before i fixed it...

...and then 30 seconds later.

my belt broke during the road trip from vancouver to colorado, so i cannibalized the buckle and with some cotton webbing and a new grommet i made a new one. ta-da.

the last minute sleeve for my new netbook.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

making and gifting

last week i got a goodbye/good-riddance gift from my buddy cameron in vancouver. it was a photo album chronicling our shenanigans over the last few years. further proof that personalized gifts are better. this is easily one of the coolest things i've ever received. a special thanks goes out to his girlfriend and apple computers for their help. here are some selected pages:

*note that i wasn't actually drinking from the pitcher. it was just for the photo. what kind of lush do you take me for!?*

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

i'm still alive!

the last month has been crazy with the move out of vancouver and the road trip back to colorado. it's about to get crazier with an upcoming trip to europe and the great unknown after that. i have had a little time while i've been in colorado relaxing with friends and family to make and do though. my latest little project were a couple of iphone cases i had promised to some friends in british columbia (although they will not receive them unless i get an address soon... cough cough... hint hint). these were inspired by a couple of cases i found while wasting my life away in the blogosphere.

*note* there is an impending blog hiatus (or at the very least a significant slowdown) as i take off for other continents, but if i have an opportunity to make stuff of do stuff in other places i will try my best to post them. there will probably be a supplemental travel blog (although i use the term "blog" loosely) while i'm away and i will link to it once it's up and running.

Friday, July 31, 2009

bon voyage vancouver

today i'm leaving town...

Thursday, July 23, 2009

five second making

while cleaning behind my fridge yesterday i found a molson pilsner bottle cap. given that "the pils" is my canadian beer of choice i decided to make myself a parting souvenir. after five seconds, a little glue, and a spare magnet my work of art was complete. this isn't quite my masterpiece, but since i have lots of scrubbing yet to do the bigger projects will have to wait.

Monday, July 20, 2009

*smarmy car-salesman spiel goes here*

update: nevermind, i gave them away to friends.

i'm not surprised considering i've put zero effort into promoting/networking, but after sitting on etsy for a few months the bags are still there and i need to go (i.e. i'm leaving for colorado next week, then berlin, then somewhere else tbd). so, in the interest of selling the bags as opposed to watching them collect dust in the back of a closet i've priced them at the cost of materials. it would be nice to sell them on etsy, so i can get references, but i'm flexible. i'm pretty sure i have three readers on here (including my mother, so i'm not sure this will help, but if you happen to know anyone who would like a cheap shoulder bag send them to the etsy site. if you help me sell one i'll make you something cool. i promise.