Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 2016, a Queen of Hearts and a Halloween Kitty

Queen of Hearts
from a Happy Heart Pattern
Kool Kats a Laura Lunsford pattern
Soft Dolls & Animals June 2016

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Neck Pillow

The pattern is from Simple Quilts & Sewing

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Little Love Bears

Happy Valentine's Day
Bears made from a pattern in the Tilda Fairy Tale Wonderland book.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Learning about photoresistors

I tried setting up a circuit that included a photoresistor and the expected outcome didn't happen.  OK, let's start with something simpler, let's test if the photoresistor is working.  I found several versions of this program and here is what I wrote (copied).  My first compile, missed a wiggly parenthesis.  After a successful compile I downloaded the code to my arduino.  Hmmm forgot a step, didn't go to tools and open the serial monitor, so I couldn't see the output.  Finally, got it together and the program ran successfully, so I knew I was using a working photoresistor.  Now I'll go back to the original program, Circuit 6 in the Vilros handbook and try again.

const int kPin_Photocell = A0;
void setup() {
  // put your setup code here, to run once:

void loop() {
  // put your main code here, to run repeatedly:

    int value = analogRead(kPin_Photocell);

    Serial.print("Analog Reading = ");
    if(value < 200){
      Serial.println(" - Dark");
    }else if (value < 400){
      Serial.println(" - Dim");
    else if(value < 600){
      Serial.println(" - Light");
    else if(value < 800){
      Serial.println(" - Bright");
      Serial.println(" - Very Bright");

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Friday, December 18, 2015

Five Below Greentech electronics toy

Five Below is a store where all goods are $5 or less.  This toy

is $5 but you have to buy two AA batteries.  I bought one to look inside and here is what I found.

Nice little gizmo for $5 but would be more of an educational toy if there was an explanation of the circuit.
At least the kit is a starting point for an inquisitive child.

Arduino 101

This is the official successor to the Arduino Uno, the Arduino 101.  Here's the story on the official arduino site.  I assume that eventually it will be available in stores like SparkFun, MicroCenter and Adafruit.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Possible successor to the Arduino Uno

SAMD21 Dev Board  This board by SparkFun sounds like it could be a replacement for the Arduino Uno, low power but more powerful.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Changing Direction, working with an Arduino

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with dolls these past years, but now I feel ready for a change.  I bought an arduino and a little kit to play with electronics.  Here's a photo I took at an exhibit at the Italian Cultural Institute in Manhattan.  My arduino arrived the same day.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Boudoir Doll

Boudoir Doll, I made for a swap.  Pattern by Patti Culea

Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Dolls

Witch pattern by Cyndy Sieving
Bat Woman adapted from a pattern by Laura Lunsford in the June 2015 issue of Soft Dolls & Animals

Halloween Fadora from a pattern by elinor peace bailey, Prim Witch, face and arms from an old linen napkin

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Fall Crafts 2015

Mug Organizer

Monday, May 25, 2015

Ms. Froggette

Miss Lillian Froggett, pattern by Cyndy Sieving
Soft Dolls & Animals June/July 2015

Thursday, May 07, 2015

April May Swap

Swaps in the group Handmade Dolls and Friends