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Light Up Snowflake Ornament by Syuzi

Get your holiday started right by beading a beautiful LED snowflake ornament by Syuzi Pakhchyan. This project is perfect for jewelry buffs and those who like details and shiny things.

You can find the tutorial on Syuzi's site, fashioning technology.

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Kicking off the Web 2.0 Conference with New York Ignite, November 16th

Tomorrow night, November 16th, I have 5 minutes and 20 slides to share everything I know about creating a tech savvy DIY for a non-techy crafter. Can I do it? You’ll have to tune in find out. 

Ignite NYC VII

When: 11/16, starting @7PM
Where: New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street
What: 15 five minute presentations that geeks and techies will love
Admission: FREE

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The road to collaborative fashion design

Tonight at 6.30 PM EST Benedikta and Nora of BurdaStyle.com are giving a talk in the “Networked Design” Series at Parsons, organized by the ASS Graphic Design department. The talk will be on “The road to collaborative fashion design." Don't miss it! If your not able to pass by? Watch the live stream of the event.

Find out more information here

BurdaStyle is a stylish open source community website with free fashion patterns, examples, and contests for people who sew. There is a very supportive member community and for inspiration be sure to see the member uploaded photos.

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DIY Doggie Porcupine Costume up on Martha Stewart Site!

If you missed me on the Martha Stewart on Monday, the DIY Lighted Porcupine Costume segmet is up on her site! Click here to see the clip!

You can also buy the costume on Etsy for $50.  If you get it today, it should make it by Halloween! 

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DIY: Light Up Dandelion Costume as seen on Martha Stewart Show!

(Above: My dog, Mojo, wearing the dandelion costume!)

Before you start, you need to know where to get the fiber optics.

You can find fiber optics in lamps like this one on Amazon, or this ready made decorating light kit, or you can buy a spool from a supplier like JFMagic.com.

[NOTE: If you buy the ready made light kit you can skip how to make a fiber optic bundle, because its done for you. Just know that you'll need to cut your red and black wires and reconnect them later.]

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ALISON ON THE MARTHA STEWART SHOW: Monday, October 26th on NBC!

 

 

Next Monday, I will be showing Martha Stewart, the mother of all craft, how to make a light up porcupine costume for her Halloween Petacular! Isaac Mizrahi is also on the show and he says "These costumes are so Paris couture like Alexander McQueen!"

DON'T MISS IT!  

You  can preview the show online here.

Monday, October 26th on NBC
Get your local show times on the Martha Stewart Site here.

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Halloween Roomba Costumes

According to the Associated Press, more and more people are becoming attached to their Roombas. If you are feeling that you don't want your Roomba to miss out on the festival of Halloween, don't worry. These little devils make great mobile monsters for your next party. Take a look at these three projects. No kitty will be safe this Halloween Season. "Meeoooow!"

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Make Your Own EA SPORTS Active Workout Pants—No More Leg Strap!

[Update: A reader informed us that he or she has ready-made workout pants similar to the one described here available for purchase online. So if you don't have time to DIY, you know where to go.]

We wrote about our positive experience with the Wii exercise "game" EA SPORTS Active a while ago and also demonstrated how to make a replacement resistance band for better workouts.  Now, let's tackle another accessory of EA SPORTS Active: the leg strap, or more accurately, how to eliminate the leg strap from your workout equation.

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Reader Project: Tom Biro's Gadget Gloves

I found Tom's project on Flickr by total accident. Apparently, he was sent the link on how to make the gadget gloves and made two pairs for Christmas last year.

Tom ran into a bit of a snare with the sewing. This is because it is harder to sew a perfect straight line when you have knited gloves. With knitted gloves you can do a series of knots to make a little ball of thread at the end of your finger instead of the straight stitches suggested in the tutorial. 

Great job Tom. I know you have some thread left over, so get to making some for this year too! 

 

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DIY: Souvenir Video Tagging

Photo by Ryan Collard

Surprise your guests by linking any object in your home to online videos! For example, in my home, if a guest picks up one of the pieces from my tea set and places it on an area of my coffee table, it plays a movie from my trip to South Korea on my LCD screen.

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