Hug-sensing IoT Parihug toy (w Xyla Foxlin)

Here’s how to make your own telepresence hug toy. Each circuit connects to the Arduino IoT Cloud and translates your hug into a soothing vibration on the other toy. Xyla Foxlin originally developed this project as a crowdfunded product, and we collaborated to bring this DIY version to life.

To make this project, you will need 2x of each:

Plus these tools:

  • Soldering tools and supplies
  • Silicone adhesive
  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks

Penny’s Computer Watch

Today I’m sharing how I made a replica of Penny’s video watch from Inspector Gadget.

I 3D printed the case, buttons, and strap, and wired up the circuit using an Arduino Nicla Voice, which is available at Digi-Key.


Penny Cosplay (Inspector Gadget) Costume

After working on this project over the span of two years, It’s finally time to share my costume for Penny from Inspector Gadget. I made the wig, I made the computer book, I made the watch, I customized the clothes, and I put together a look for the Inspector. In this post, I’ll share how I built each element of this cosplay.


Making a T-Shirt Quilt

Tired of looking at all those old T-shirts in your closet? Are some of them too stained or worn to donate, and too precious to throw away? With a few supplies and a bit of time, you can turn them into a beautiful quilt that commemorates all your proudest moments.

Our guide for this do-it-yourself adventure is none other than my mom, a seasoned quilter. If you’re interested in having a quilt made by Bette, reach out on Facebook or by email.


LED Beaded Curtain

I built a flexible screen in the form of a beaded curtain encrusted with LEDs that I control remotely. I’ve had this project on my list for quite some time, and the idea is simple: run lots of LEDs in vertical strips, enough to form a curtain.


6 Easy DIY Craft Projects

I’m back with another roundup! This time, I’m sharing my 6 favorite DIY crafts projects! For those who have been following me for a while, some of these may look familiar. However, if you’re new to my blog, this is a perfect introduction to my crafting videos.


Dopp Kit Bag Sewing Pattern

Learn how to sew a simple and satisfying Dopp Kit bag- perfect for traveling, tool storage, makeup, and more.


Last year I made my first Dopp Kit bag as a companion piece to my Waxed Canvas Tool Roll

But I didn’t just try to make the bag from canvas. I also made some with my stash of boldly printed grocery delivery bags. Everyone I’ve made one for has really enjoyed theirs, so I’m releasing the pattern and showing you how to stitch up your own. This is a pretty easy sewing project, albeit a little more 3D than the tool roll. They go great together.

You can use this bag for anything you want: Tools, art supplies, makeup, etc. I have a couple in my van, one with snacks and one with picnic supplies.