have you checked out Projection Mapping Central?

So….Brett does super awesome and flashy research.  We have already shared his Microsoft Research project Illumiroom.  (By the way, this website is not actually made by anyone within the Illumiroom project…just goes to show that you can’t always trust the internet!)

For a few years now, Brett and Raj have been receiving requests and inquiries from people who need information on projection mapping (the broad area of research that they work in) or who need help planning some sort of event using projection mapping.  Until recently, Brett and Raj have responded to those questions and requests as best as possible and numerous times have pointed people towards companies that could help them with their desired events.  Now though, the guys have created a community resource that helps people connect with companies in the space of projection mapping.  Since people are always so interested in Brett and Raj’s pretty and flashy research, I thought I’d direct you all to their new and improved projection mapping website called Projection Mapping Central.  I am now helping out with some of the customer relations and content building of the website.  It has been a lot of fun 🙂

Click on the image below to check out the site!

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Brett’s newest project with Microsoft Research and Raj, is still secret…though we promise to share it with you as soon as we can!

the sewing machine and I made a table cloth!

After trying to figure out what a good first sewing project would be, I finally settled on making a table cloth for our new (and borrowed) dining room table.  🙂  I found a great tutorial here for an easy project.  I measured everything out and found a local fabric store.  I didn’t buy enough fabric the first time around….I didn’t take into consideration that the pleats would steal some of the fabric.  🙂  After a second trip to the store though, and a round of pinning things incorrectly, I really like how the table cloth turned out!

To figure out how to thread the bobbin and the needle I watched the DVD that came with my sewing machine about a million times 🙂  Fred was visiting that weekend and he provided some backup as well 🙂

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Both of the pups provided continual support and encouragement too 😉

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The main color in the table cloth was beige so I used a really pretty, 100 % cotton thread in a beige color.

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After a failed round of pinning I finally got the hang of it.

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Once I had finished with the actual table cloth, I started hemming the bottom to keep it from fraying.  While I was pinning everything up, Inca nested herself into the fabric that was hanging off of my lap and onto the floor!

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I really like how the end product turned out.  The teal color doesn’t really match our blue walls but I think it works anyway 🙂  (just fyi, the picture below is before the ends were hemmed)

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What do you think?  What was your first sewing project?  🙂  Any suggestions on other projects I should try out?  🙂

stationary and crafty flourishes

I have added washi tape to my go-to awesome stationary/craft accessories!  🙂  Throughout the last few months I have noticed more and more mentions of this awesome product on blogs that I frequent.  I finally broke down and decided to do a $10 experiment with some washi tape to try it out myself 🙂  I bought three different rolls from freckled fawn and started using the different patterns to add small extra touches to my correspondences.  Then, just a few days ago, I found a few smaller rolls for super cheap at an office supply store.

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I also used it to help map out some details for a sewing project.  The tape was easy to reposition and served as the perfect guidelines.

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Do you use washi tape or something else to add just a little extra something to projects or mail?  🙂  Do you have any fun washi tape uses?  🙂  There are so many!  I think my favorite right now is the air mail role from Freckled Fawn 🙂

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Merry Christmas!

Brett and I spend Christmas morning with the McDonald-Jones family.  We wake up, have some cozy coffee, and head to church.  Last year, there was a woman dressed in her Christmas Day Mass best, with a piece of wrapping paper stuck to her shoe 🙂  After church we head back to Brett’s grandmother’s home and we open up presents.  The last few years, our brother in law Dan has made a quiche for breakfast.  Such fun times all together 🙂  (Fun side note, remember the centerpiece I talked about yesterday?  Brett’s family has one too!  I knew we were all meant to be 🙂 )

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Merry Christmas Eve!

Christmas Eve was always a special time in the Casperson household when I was growing up.  I would swim that morning and then we would have either waffles or a stuffed french toast recipe of my mom’s for breakfast.  The pretty Christmas centerpiece was always lit.  It was equipped with the wise men, sheep and goats, shepherds, and more…all spinning around as the heat from the candles caused the top to turn 🙂  Christmas Eve morning meant Christmas music on the stereo, a small visit from Santa in our stocking, a fun breakfast all together, and a morning of present opening.  Brett and I split up the holidays such that each family is able to maintain their own special time while also adapting a bit to our changing families.  Now Brett has his own stocking, handmade by my Granny Casperson, and we are able to share in the special day at my childhood home together.

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Merry Christmas Eve to all of you!

Ho Ho Ho!