Quick Tip: Bins Are Your Friends

Quick Tip: Bins Are Your Friends

When started a new project, particularly one that you have to clean up frequently, use a plastic bin to collect all the parts you need. Clear plastic bins are great for this. For sewing projects, I like a bin that is approximately 16 x 11 inches and several inches...
Maker Faire 2015 In Pictures

Maker Faire 2015 In Pictures

2015 Maker Faire has come and gone, with all the fire-breathing statues, myriad varieties of 3-D printers, and insightful talks. This year I visited with an eye towards seeking out the craftier side of making (and hoping to find some other homebrewers). Homebrewing at...
Happy Handmade Mother’s Day

Happy Handmade Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful mother, my mother-in-law and all the other moms in my life. Below are images of the origami bouquet I made for my mother this year. When I was young, she use to read “The Mitten” with me. When I discovered this copy...
Experiments in Recipes: Maple Bacon Baked Brie

Experiments in Recipes: Maple Bacon Baked Brie

This month Instructables is having two recipe contests, which has inspired me to experiment with creating my first custom recipe. As a baker and our household’s regular cook, I do a lot of ad hoc substitutions and tweaks to recipes I find in books and online,...
Workshop Review: Kegging at Oak Barrel Winecraft

Workshop Review: Kegging at Oak Barrel Winecraft

I’ve been brewing my own beer for a few years now, but there’s always room to learn more. So I was excited when Oak Barrel Winecraft announced they were going to host workshops on various homebrewing subjects. The most recent event was a workshop on...
5+ Events for Makers in May

5+ Events for Makers in May

Starting this month, I will be populating a calendar with interesting maker/crafter events in the SF Bay Area, and highlighting my top 5 events here in the blog. This MakerCal is intended to bring together fun opportunities to learn new skills and support other...
Fun with Lasercutters and Beer

Fun with Lasercutters and Beer

Lasercutting projects may not be the sort you can do in the comfort of your own home, but it is worth seeking out a lasercutter when you have the right kind of project. In my case, I had access to one when I had a TechShop SF membership and I loved using it for all...
BrewDate 04.05.15: Getting Organized

BrewDate 04.05.15: Getting Organized

It’s been a couple of brews since my last BrewDate, but I finally got around to doing something I’ve been meaning to do for while. I’ve consolidated all my homebrewing gear into one place and organized my tools. Too Much Cardboard In the few years...
Adventures in DIY Lighting or Sometimes Things Don’t Work

Adventures in DIY Lighting or Sometimes Things Don’t Work

Sometimes projects don’t go the way you expect.

My dilemma: I want to try recording some videos and improve the lighting for my lightbox photography, but professional lighting is both expensive and bulky.

The solution? Attempt to build my own, realize my DIY version will be worse and more expensive than existing solutions, and buy a set of lamp on Amazon.

Vacuum Forming with Make SF

Vacuum Forming with Make SF

Who knew vacuum forming could be so easy? Ok, so probably a lot of people, but I’ve been thinking and not taking action for a few years now because the necessary equipment just seemed so complicated. Enter Make SF’s vacuum forming workshop to flip my...