How to make children’s art embroidery

Child's drawing as an embroidery pattern

Making children’s art embroidery patterns is not as difficult as you might think; the largest hurdle will likely be the initial investment in the machine and software.  It took me a little while to get the tweaking down, but once I did, I was off and running.

To be perfectly honest, I really didn’t think too much about embroidery at all until my wife got a sewing/embroidery machine that had a USB port on it.  Admittedly, any time I see a USB outlet on any non-standard computing device I have a little nerdgasm.  Once I saw the outlet, I knew it was time to figure out how to hack it.  The result looks a little something like this:

Children's Drawing as an Embroidery Pattern

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Elliot’s Elmo Birthday Invitations

Elliot's Elmo Birthday Invitation

Elmo birthday invitations were a no brainier decision for Elliot’s first birthday. Hearing and seeing “Elmo’s song” is one of the only things that will stop the little guy mid scream in the middle of a meltdown.  Michele found some samples that she liked online and linked them to me.  What you see below is sort of a cross-blending of several different Elmo birthday invitations and a few extra design elements that I added.

Elliot's Elmo Invitation to 1st Birthday

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How to build an outdoor PVC Toy Box

It’s summer time!  That, of course, means more time outdoors and more toys strewn about the backyard.  This summer, I’m trying to take back my yard from wandering toys by making something that my son might actually use to keep his toys in place when he’s done with them. I was convinced I could make something that was not too complicated and relatively inexpensive using  a little PVC and shock cord.  I opted for a 3′ x 5′ PVC cube that would be lined on the sides with slightly taught cabling.  This is the look at the PVC toy box final result:

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How to fix your iPod after getting it soaked in water

How to fix your iPod after getting it soaked in water

My iPod got drenched in the rain and it would not respond to any interaction with the wheel. The only thing it would do is light up the screen with a dull white light and shriek this really high pitch frequently endlessly, but that was only if it was plugged in to the computer.  The goal of this article is to show you how to fix your iPod after getting it soaked in water. Continue reading