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DIY Boxwood TV Wall

Photo by Ryan Collerd for The New York TimesPhoto by Ryan Collerd for The New York Times

One of the projects featured in the NY Times article is the boxwood wall covering around my mounted LCD. We put a small hole into the sheetrock, (easily patched and painted if I move), and pulled wires down to the baseboard. The big screen is then nestled into a white garden of artificial boxwood.

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NY Times Before & After

I shared my redecorated living room with the NY Times recently and am really happy with the results.

Before the transformation my living room didn’t have much of a spark. In fact, for months it looked like a space I just moved into, and lacked any personal style. As a designer, I just had to do something about it.

Photo by Ryan Collerd for The New York TimesPhoto by Ryan Collerd for The New York Times

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Sparkle Labs

It's cute, it's smart, and you can make it do things! No, it’s not a robot or my pet Pomeranian, it’s the Discover Electronics Kit from Sparkle Labs. The kit, designed by husband and wife team Ariel Churi and Amy Parness, is so absolutely adorable to look at and use it will inspire even the most fearful of electro-phobes to take their first steps into making their own circuits.

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How to get what you want: E-Textile Style

"How to Get What You Want" is an AMAZING site documenting Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson's e-textile explorations for the past few years.

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Make Your Own EA SPORTS Active Resistance Band

[Post updated] Here at Switch we are very into the convergence of lifestyle and technology (not that you haven't noticed). One trend that we found very encouraging is the technology-assisted fitness programs. Inventions such as Nike+, Wii Fit, and Equinox MyEq are all great examples of what can be done in this space.

The latest success story is a Wii exercise "game" called EA SPORTS Active (video embedded below). While it can't replace a real personal trainer, it may be the next best thing for people who don't have the moolah to hire one or find the gym mind-numbingly boring. No wonder it managed to sell over 600k copies in less than two weeks and shows no sign of slowing down.

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Electronic Sewing Kits

If you are having a tough time finding the right electronic craft materials for your next invention, try out one of these great kits available online.

Stern Lab is a good choice if you are looking for the basics at a good cost. With this kit you can light up a t-shirt or your embroidery. $15 on Etsy

 

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Kiss Me I'm Polish!

Agnieszka Gasparska, who did the design of the Aromatherapy Sachet for Switch Craft, has relaunched her site called kissmeimpolish.com. Agnieszka is an award winning designer with a flair for making. Check out the work and get inspired!

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Illuminating eco-consciousness

Choosing the Right Magnetic Switch for Your Project

The magnetic switch is a wonder tool for designers who would like to turn a circuit on and off based on proximity. The Shiny Clutch and Aromatherapy Sachet in our book Switch Craft are two examples. However, buying the right magnetic switch can be tricky at times.

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Alison and Switch Craft are coming to L.A. May 3 - 5

I am so excited to announce that on May 3rd, I will spend the day with the Girl Scouts of America in Los Angeles, CA.  Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts will explore fashionable form and function and technology’s role in empowering women to represent their ideals, and will create their own Light Up Aromatherapy Drawer Sachet, from Switch Craft.

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