Front of house

When I was young I used to love to get books from the library that were compilations of  kid oriented projects.  They were illustrated and had instructions on how to make everything from cardboard mustaches to rope making machines.   I called them make-and-do books. is a site where people post pictures and instructions on projects they have made.  It’s a place where readers of make-and-do books gravitate.   Instructables is to projects as that place in the Pacific ocean is to discarded plastic bottles.  They bill themselves as the world’s biggest show and tell.  The content is all user generated and in order to inspire people to post they run contests of all sorts.  I have two recent entries.  The first is a photo tour of my workspaces at our house.  It’s entered in the Share your Space contest.  The second is a reworking of the candied grapefruit post I did here for the candy making contest.

If you have any interest in making stuff you should try posting your projects at Instructables.  I lurked there for 3 years before I finally posted and I’m glad I did it.  It’s fun to get stuff you’ve made out into the world and in front of an appreciative audience. I keep a camera with me whenever I’m making stuff now to document it for this blog and Instructables.