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2018.02.26 Create a Retro Long Shadow Text Effect in Illustrator

Create a Retro Long Shadow Text Effect in Illustrator

I've always enjoyed these sorts of "How to" posts. Illustrator remains an elusive beast in my life, despite how much I've enjoyed creating vector-based artwork. My particular highlight of this post was the gentle offset gaussian blur, which I didn't really notice until I followed the steps, but it adds such an important detail. #

2016.03.08 7 Pinewood Derby Car Tips

7 Pinewood Derby Car Tips

My boys aren't anywhere near the age of needing to build one (or have me build one, and them act like it was theirs). Regardless, I found this to be pretty interesting, and I love how it's possible to make a great car, in a relatively short amount of time. It feels like it leaves more time for the kids to make the car what they want... even though winning isn't everything (but it sure is nice). #

2016.03.06 NERDpillo


Although I prefer the awesomeness of SpriteStitch.com, and the endless supply of patterns (not to mention helpful people), NERDpillo has made it one step closer to being done, by gathering all the supplies you'll need to actually make one of those awesome video game map cross-stitches. #

2015.07.14 Paper Piranha Plant Flowers

Paper Piranha Plant Flowers

My wife has some paper flowers in a vase, and I'd love to add a couple of these to it. Still artsy, but oh-so-awesome at the same time. Simple DIY for a pest from the Mushroom Kingdom. #

2014.02.01 Resilient Joy - My Journal System

Resilient Joy - My Journal System

Rod Christiansen shares some great ideas on journaling, using one of my favorite tools - DayOne. Of particular note here is the list of tags he uses. Digital journaling, combined with tags makes for an awesomely powerful tool. Personally I really like writing in a journal. For those of you that have never done it (or have only done it with an audience (apart from yourself) in mind), I would highly recommend it. I'm not sure if it's the forced-introspection, or the liberating nature of getting thoughts out of your head, but I think most anybody could benefit from it. #

2013.09.04 Stephen King’s Family Business - NYTimes.com

Stephen King’s Family Business - NYTimes.com

I read this article about a month ago, and I haven't been able to get this piece out of my mind:

Entertaining their parents, for the King children, was part job, part enrichment. At bedtime, they were the ones expected to tell their parents stories, instead of the other way around.

Ever since then, I've put this into practice, recording the results. If I'm really cool, one day I'll do something with them. The results so far have been pretty fun and varied. Maybe you should give it a try. #

2010.11.10 Design*Sponge » DIY Project: Monogram Stationery Set

Design*Sponge » DIY Project: Monogram Stationery Set

I thought this was a really good idea (and not too complicated). Carve/cut your own stamps out of block linoleum. Still has a nice personal touch. #

2010.10.23 Design*Sponge » Wool Felt Pot Holders

Design*Sponge » Wool Felt Pot Holders

A great (and super simple) guide on how to make some great looking autumn-themed pot holders. I love these, and could easily see these being adapted to other styles and seasons. Great idea. #

2009.10.25 Make Something Cool Every Day 2009

Obviously I'm late to this, since Mark Weaver seems to have been Making Something Cool Every Day for all of 2009… and here it is 298 days into the year. How inspiring! For those of us who might want to try this, it might be good to try it for a week, or a month before committing to it for a whole year. Maybe an alternate to NaBloPoMo or the upcoming NaNoWriMo. Be sure to check out his site and portfolio. Very cool. #

2009.09.26 40 Excellent Adobe Illustrator Tutorials - Smashing Magazine

A great set of instructions to learn how to use (or use better) Illustrator - something I've wanted to do for quite some time as I've spent more and more time with the pen tool. I've already completed one of these. #

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