Posts tagged "DIY"

How to Make a Pixelated Video Game Quilt - Guest Blog by Susan Richmond

When it comes to laying out the design, this may not be the most efficent method, but it gets the job done:  find a sprite of your chosen character (mine came from videogamesprites.net), zoom way in on it, then transpose each pixel into a cell of a spreadsheet.  This allows for counting of squares, manipulation of finished dimensions, etc.   It makes sense to assemble the quilt in rows, so think of each row in terms of its constituent colors (e.g., the top row of his head would be “6 light blue, 7 black, 6 light blue”).  Tallying how many instances of each grouping of color are needed (e.g. how many times were there 5 red squares together, how many times were there 4 red squares together, so on) really helps in planning/organization in the long run, though it may seem daunting up front.
Several people this week have told me that “Christmas starts this weekend.”  Oh, jeez, really?!  Ugh.  Halloween isn’t even over yet!  I swear, I’m not even gonna take my Christmas tree down this year… Well, if you’re already thinking about holiday gifts, consider giving the hand-made present my best friend gave me.  She built a... Read more »

The Summer of Science - 3 Sciencey, Summery Activities for Kids and Families

July is coming to a close.  The weather is hotter than ever, driving some people to the beach and others to the air-conditioned indoors for computers and video games.  There’s still another month before kids go back to school.  Sunburn is one thing- don’t let their brains fry, too! Here are 3 ways to keep... Read more »

The Itsy-Bitsy, Teeny-Weeny, Little Free Library Movement

Nothing chills me out after a stressful day like a book.  Happily, I’ve been making time to read.  I finished Lavondyss, and am following it up with Ghosts in the Yew.  …Call it a fantasy kick.  I’d love to share these titles with other geeks, and pick up some new-to-me books.  Sadly, the Science Fiction... Read more »
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