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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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Material Correction to Aromatherapy Sachet

On page 83, in the materials list for the Aromatherapy Sachet, it says to cut out 4" X 4" squares of fabric for the Top Panel and the Interior. However, the pattern in the back actually shows the correct size which includes a 1/2" seam allowance. Please make note of this correction and use 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares of fabric for the Top Panel and Interior tulle.

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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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ABC Local News Interview


Don Polec from the Philly local ABC news team stopped by my house last Friday to talk about Switch Craft. They have posted the video online, go check it out here!

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SXSW 2009 was Twittastic!

Things have been wonderfully hectic and I have been Twittering away with my few friends from the SXSW Interactive and Film Festival. While I like to Tweet, this was Twittering at its best to keep up with the latest news, best panels, and parties. If you were not on Twitter, you were missing out. Here is a super quick post SXSW update. 

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Make the Switch to Green - A contribution by Switch reader, Bethany Pruitt

Looking for a way to go green while stepping up your fashion with Switch Craft? I found it so easy to practice the “Three Rs” of environmentalism with the projects in Switch Craft! When you make your own clothes and accessories, that’s reducing the amount you buy. Second, you can reuse all of the electronics you need to make your Switch Craft projects. Remember those old light-up tennis shoes your little brother or sister used to wear? They would be perfect to use to make a light-up decorative pillow!

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Alison & Switch Craft Featured on Kurt the Cyberguy

A quick announcement: Kurt the Cyberguy, a widely syndicated tech report by Kurt Knutsson, will do a segment on Alison and Switch Craft tomorrow (February 20th). Through coast-to-coast syndication, you may be able to find it on your local morning or evening news. The stations that have been confirmed are:

CLTV, Chicago
WGN, Chicago
KWGN, Denver
KTLA, Los Angeles
WPIX, New York
KTXL, Sacramento
KSWB, San Diego
KCPQ, Seattle

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A Note on Privacy Protection for Passport, Key Card, and Credit Card

The following information is for the readers of our book Switch Craft. However, if you are interested in making your own privacy passport cover, key card holder, or wallet that may prevent unwanted RFID (radio-frequency identification) sniffing, you are welcome to read on.

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Vibrating Motor Hack

Here are some supplemental instructions for those of you working on the vibrating motor hack from the Switch Craft Basics section. For those who don't have the book, you can still use the same hack to create a handy motor set for your own projects with vibrating motions.

1. Remove the Oral-B Pulsar toothbrush from the package (skip this step if you are recycling a used Pulsar).

2. Find the parting line at the bottom of the brush and twist off the bottom “part” of the brush off.

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