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personalized napkin rings

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Pia’s cousins came over this weekend to spend the night and their mom had requested that we do a craft. She is attempting to use cloth napkins more often at home, but she wanted to avoid having to wash them after every meal, since napkins don’t get that dirty after one meal (especially in a house with older kids). So she wanted a system that would allow each kid to keep their own napkin from meal to meal. We came up with personalized napkin rings, which my nephew, John, took a step further and said they should be personalized with their Thai initials.  First the kids strung beads and shells of their choosing onto wire. Then we busted out the button maker, made flat-back buttons with their initials, and taped them to the beaded rings. I’m not sure how well they’ll hold up over time, but if they break we can come up with a new napkin ring design. And the fun will begin anew.

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stitching up a magic hat

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A little friend of Pia’s had a birthday party this weekend to celebrate turning 6. Since it was to be a magic-themed party, complete with a magic show, Pia thought we should make a magic hat for him. We used some thick, black foam that Jim had left over from a work project which I hand-stitched together using black yarn. The inside is red velour with a secret hole near the top of the hat, where a young magician could hide any number of things during a show. The outside of the hat seemed a bit dull, so I added an oversized black flower and some velvet trim. We included one other prop, a white scarf to pull out of the hat, which turns colors the more one pulls on it. Simple, but fun.

a first: the wormhole has a contest

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Yes. It is exciting. Domestic Wormhole is hosting its first ever contest. And we want you to enter. Listen up!

Jim is doing a “14 days of 3-D love” series on his work blog where he is making one valentine-y thing a day on his 3-D printer at his work, Advanced Design Concepts. What is a 3-D printer you ask? It is a printer that prints things, not images. Like the elephant above. And the light cover below. It can print anything you dream up. Crazy cool. We’ve come up with a list of some things he is going to make, like a switch plate cover (I’m thinking something like this, but of a squirrel or a chipmunk… or a different woodland creature for each light switch… whoa), a tea light holder, and swizzle sticks (because nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a cocktail). But we want to know what you would print if you could print anything you wanted on a 3-D printer. Here is the scoop:

  • The printer can print anything up to 9 inches wide by 6 inches deep by 8 inches tall, so your idea has to be that size or smaller.
  • It can be as intricate or as basic as you dream up.
  • The object will be printed in acrylic.
  • Names, numbers, and words can all be imprinted onto the object.
  • Ideas must be submitted by February 7th.

Submit your idea in the comments section. If we choose your idea we will send you the final product. Yes. You will get your idea printed out into a 3-D object and then sent to you.  You will get to hold your idea in your hands. Wild. So comment away! Hooray!!