Last weekend was Maker Faire 2011 in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is one of my favorite times of the year — when nerds of all ages come together for an event that encourages learning, being creative, and exploring arts, crafts, engineering, science, and technology. Maker Faire is the ultimate DIY (Do It Yourself) festival. It’s like a combination of a county fair, science fair, farmers market, and Burning Man that the whole family can enjoy.
Here’s a picture of my Maker Faire haul, which like previous years includes mostly cute items and crafts by local artists/designers and an electronics kit that catches my eye:
I bought this awesome Bob-omb made by nerd JERK (brainchild of SF crafter Steph Cortés). It’s an amigurumi, which is a Japanese term for crocheted/knitted stuffed animal or creature. Bob-omb is a living, moving mechanical bomb that first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 2 and has been a constant enemy of almost every Mario game since then. This Bob-omb is too cute — it even has a wind-up key on his back!
The picture on the left is an ascot I got from the booth set up by Effie’s Heart, a wearable vintage-inspired fashion company. I got this in one of their bins filled with $10 items. The picture on the right is the electronics kit I picked out this year. When I saw this particular kit, I thought it was too funny not to get. This Useless Machine Bundle by Solarbotics truly is a useless machine — once assembled, it’s a box that has a switch that once turned on, a small robotic arm comes out of the box and turns off the switch. Useless indeed!
Lastly, I always stop by my favorite booth at Maker Faire to purchase one of their latest designs. Fat Rabbit Farm features a fluffy bunny named Babee who loves sweets, especially ice cream. This year they had a big plush Babee for sale! She comes with a cute button (of her dressed up as a panda, shown on the right) that you can pin on her tummy. I’ll probably put the button somewhere else, since I want to use this as a pillow on my new couch.
I also got a Fat Rabbit Farm shirt called “Yummy Bento!”. This shirt has Babee’s favorite bento box combo: 3 scoops of ice cream, a cupcake, and a green tea flavored cream filled cookie! Babee is armed with a chopstick on each hand, ready to chow down haha I love how the artwork depicts that moment right before you eat something really delicious.
This Maker Faire I decided to wear one of the needle felted roses I made from materials I bought at last year’s Maker Faire. I made a hot pink rose with lime green leaves out of wool felt, and I sewed a clip on the back of it so that I could wear it on my hair or attach it on my clothes. Here’s how it turned out! The picture on the right is a closeup of when I completed it — the rose is sitting on top of my felting needle mat. Needle felting is a craft I first learned about at Maker Faire two years ago, and it’s become one of my favorite hobbies ever since.
Maker Faire is now making its way to Detroit and New York as well as Mini Maker Faires in Anne Arbor, North Carolina, Kansas City, and Vancouver this year. If you live near one of these places, I highly recommend checking it out!