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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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Reflective Lace for Stylish Cyclists and Road Warriors

You can look good and be safe with Reflective Lace by Elena Corchero of Lost Values. This is lace "for the fashion conscious cyclist who wants to be seen as well as noticed!"

Like it? You can purchase this lovely safety notion at her online store for £22.00. 

Via: Craftzine

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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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Light on your feet

Johanna Hyrkas, a designer featured at IMU, a design collective that showcases works from young Finnish- and Helsinki designers has knitted a lighted carpet. There is not much information on the project, but it seems to be light rope that has wool knitted or crochet around it. 

You can see more IMU designers here.

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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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"NotCot" discovers what's inside vibrating mascara

Jean Awe of NOTCOT has unearthed the tiny little vibrating motors inside Maybelline's Pulse Perfection Vibrating Mascara.

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