Sunday, June 28, 2015

So many instructables...

Bert + Ernie

When I set myself the challenge of writing an instructable every day this month, I don't think I fully appreciated how much time it would take to not just write the instructables, but actually make the things that I would be writing instructions for. I also didn't fully grasp yet how little free time I would have now that I'm back to work.

While I didn't quite meet my goal, I did write a lot of instructables and helped give YuKonstruct an early lead in the Makerspace Contest. I've also worked on several projects that, while not instructables yet, will soon be ready to become instructables.

Here's what did get published this month, many of these projects are entered in contests, so I would appreciate your votes!

Medals of Honour
Cat Shelves and Hideaway

Helmet Horns
Planet Fascinator
Nuka Cola Ring Toss
Klondike Bartender Costume
Claptrap Card Box
Rainbow Mohawk
Bert & Ernie Costume
Grilled Rainbow Vegetables
Quinoa Bean Salad
InstaMorph Craft Foam Stamps
Cardboard Yeti Effigy
Strawbees Hydraulic Flower
Gender Neutral Washroom Sign

Personal Bug Stickers
Personalized Hammer for Father's Day
Repair Cafe Tool Chest Organization
YuKonstruct's Makerspace Contest Entries - Collection

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

Chris is a fantastic father. Axel is so lucky to have him as a dad.

Baby Axel at the hospital

Happy Father's Day to all the amazing fathers out there, including my own awesome dad!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Instructables Challenge

My Little Brony

Instructables is hosting an epic makerspace contest with over $30,000 in prizes.

The contest is all about quantity (the makerspace with the most instructables published between June 1 and August 31 wins) so I've decided to publish as many instructables as I can this summer.

This month I'm challenging myself to publish one instructable every day. It is a great opportunity to finally push myself to write up a bunch of projects I've had kicking around for ages.

I'll be publishing my personal projects as ModMischief and I'll also be writing up group projects for YuKonstruct - so you can follow both accounts to see all the instructables.

I'm off to a good start having just published two instructables in the last two days:
Discord Horns from InstaMorph
InstaMorph & Craft Foam Stamps

Monday, May 18, 2015

Life Lately

Today is the last day of my maternity leave. Somehow it feels like its been forever and yet almost no time at all since that crazy day when I was cleaning up my desk. I'm excited to be going back to work but also a little sad to be missing out on all the fun times Chris and Axel are going to have together during the day.

This weekend Chris and I celebrated the 7th anniversary of our first date. We were down in BC, as we managed to add some time with my family on to a medical trip.

Axel needed to be fitted for a helmet in Vancouver to correct a flat spot on his head, so he'll be sporting some stylish headgear in his photos for the next 6 months.

Between teething and coming down with a bit of a cold, Axel hasn't been totally his usual happy self over the last few days. But it's still going to be pretty tough to say goodbye to this smiley little baby tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Space Prom!

We managed to time a trip to Ottawa to line up with PromDemonium this year!

It was so great to be able to attend, especially after missing out last year. The organizers did an amazing job and picked an epic theme: Space Prom.

Space Prom

It's a 19+ event, so Axel couldn't attend, but we dressed him up in his tuxedo anyways so he wouldn't feel too left out.

This year's theme inspired some really awesome costumes. The Glebe Community Centre was packed with dancing astronauts and aliens!

Space Prom
Photo from PromDemonium Photobooth

I found my crazy sequined ballroom dancing gown at Value Village for $13 when we were down in BC. It's so long I had to wear heels to keep it from dragging on the ground. A friend from YuKonstruct gave me some blue EL wire which I wore on my arms, but sadly I forgot to bring spare batteries and it died before we had even finished our volunteer shift at coat check.

I made my ringed planet fascinator hat out of a styrofoam ball, clear acrylic, a bit of felt and some LED stickers. Chris also made himself a little planet boutonniere, orbited by a tiny 3D printed satellite.

Space Prom
Photo from PromDemonium Photobooth

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Happy Birthday to Me!

I'm 31 today.
Shortly after my 29th birthday I posted a list of things I wanted to accomplish before I turned 30. I didn't write a follow up last year because I wasn't ready to reveal that I was pregnant, but I think it's pretty amazing what's happened in my life since 2013. 29-year-old me could never have guessed that today I'd be living with my amazing husband and adorable son in our house in the Yukon.

Here's the list again, with some updates.

The Big 3
1. Buy a house (done!)
2. Get married (done!)
3. Have a baby (done!)

The rest of the list
4. Look my best in a bikini at Burning Man (We didn't go last year because I was pregnant and sadly we will be missing the burn again this year for a wedding - no excuses for 2016!)
5. Visit the Maritimes (done! Chris tagged along when I went to Halifax for work last summer. It was great but we'd still love to see more of the East Coast)
6. Run on stilts (I'm going to cite pregnancy as a reason a lot of these aren't crossed off)
7. Have at least one room done to the point where it could be featured on a blog house tour
8. Shave my head (done!)
9. Move my blog to its own domain (why haven't I done this yet?)
10. Learn to dress in a way that “projects maturity” without sacrificing style (working on it...)
11. Dye my hair blue again
12. Sort and archive all my favourite photos, so we won’t lose them if the computer crashes or the house burns down (we have it backed up, but I'm a long way from having it sorted)
13. Get our finances sorted out so Chris doesn’t have to work full-time
14. Reduce my wardrobe to only items I love to wear
15. Start wearing jewellery regularly (does my wedding ring count?)
16. Learn to apply makeup (this is something a grown woman should be able to do!)
17. Grow our own food (there's room for improvement, but we started our garden last year)
18. Master the art of applying fake eyelashes
19. Renew my passport and put it to good use
20. Buy a DSLR and learn how to use it (I'm looking forward to taking some photography classes this summer)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


How is it the end of March already?

I thought I'd finally share some instructables I worked on back in February.

Angler Fish Valentine
Angler Fish Valentine

YuKonstruct hosted a Valentines Craft Night and I created a few fun cards with conductive ink and LEDs.

Firefly Valentine
Firefly Card