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Click a square…

http://www.sembeo.com/media/Matrix.swf

… hours of fun!

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Add some dots…

…or anything you like really!

This is honestly the easiest project I’ve done so far!

Find a shirt (black gives the best effect) that you want to spice up a bit!
Get some chlorine (the type you use for cleaning) and pour a little in a cup or on a plate (don’t use too much at a time or your brain cells will start committing suicide because of the fumes).
Put a magazine or a piece of cardboard inside your shirt to prevent the chlorine to bleed through.
Dip the end of a pencil in the chlorine, start dripping dots on your shirt and watch things happen!
Voil√°, wonderful polka dot madness!

You could also try to draw or write on your shirt with a thin paintbrush dipped in chlorine, the possibilities are endless!

Just note that the color you get will be different from shirt to shirt. You might get white, yellow, blue, bright red, orange… find out for yourself! ūüėČ

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Weekend…

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Confessions of a piece of (entirely) fresh Roller Derby meat

Something I never thought I would actually end up doing, and have always been equally fascinated and terrified by, has snuck itself into my life.

Sometime in January a friend of a friend asked me if I would be interested in joining her for a roller derby ‘fresh meat’ introduction weekend. I said yes, even though my skating skills are none existent and I usually try hard to avoid putting myself in harm’s way. I already felt¬†the adrenaline rush and I hadn’t even signed up yet.

I do have a faint memory from my childhood of a pair of roller skates, which could be adjusted in size and strapped on to my sneakers. I’m not sure how much time I actually spent rolling up and down the sidewalk in front of our house, but it can’t have been much, because I never got the hang of it and have always been convinced it just wasn’t meant for me.
Some time in high school I got a pair of roller blades and my best friend tried to teach me, but again, I gave up before I had even given it a chance. Add 2-3 times on the ice and that’s all I’ve ever been using my rolling skills.

Forward almost twenty years and I find myself trying hard to stay on my feet while being pushed around a sports hall at mind-boggling speeds and trying to avoid landing on my knees, which by now have already turned into beaten up roast beef.

Roller Derby is a contact sport on wheels, with rather complicated rules and a can-do ‘girl power’ attitude. So far I’m enjoying everything (apart from the fact that I suck big time) and I get a kick out of conquering my fears and keep getting back on the wheels even though I fall constantly. (So far my back, tail bone, knees and thumb have suffered from this new obsession).¬†My fianc√© is so enthusiastic about it that he sponsored my skating equipment. (How awesome is he?!)

I think what makes it work for me, is that I suck at it now, but I can see that if I stick to it and keep showing up, I will eventually get the hang of it. It also helps that people around me are really inspiring, encouraging and keep cheering me on, even though I constantly need extra instructions in English and have no idea what I’m doing.

I’ve always lived by the Woody Allen quote: Eighty percent of success is¬†showing up. But I think I’ll add another¬†mantra for 2012: the more you fall, the more you learn.

So thanks everybody. I’ll keep applying the pain relief cream…

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DIY: Last minute Valentine’s Hearts

I’ve had this pretty project on my diy to-do list for a while, ever since I found a link to this tutorial. The original plan was to take down the froebel stars that have been looking pretty in my window since December. But then I thought these translucent crayon hearts would look even prettier back-lit in one of my light boxes. Hanging them in your window is a great option too though. Just check out the pictures here.

All you need:

Crayons in the colors you like. I used 4 redish colors.
A pencil sharpener or small knife.
Waxed paper (I used white (florist) wrapping paper, but you can use the kitchen kind as well).
A hot iron.
Newspaper or old cloth to prevent the greasy colors to bleed through.

Follow the tutorial, enjoy!

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Trying hard to kick butt

Sorry for not updating in a while! 2012 has brought me a couple of new (and old) projects that have taken over my time.

I’m trying to finish the¬†Kovasikajuttu/The Punk Syndrome website, while DocPoint is still going on!

On Thursday I’m going to try my darndest to get people out of their little cocoons to connect with people around them and talk about Documentary storytelling in transmedia at¬†Docpoint Encounters. By the way: you should join us if you are even vaguely interested. We have great speakers and lots of room for crossdisciplinary conversation, go check it out! Just show up, smile at the lovely lady at the registration desk and give her your name and email and you’re all set! Thursday 26 January, 9:30-17:00 at Ateneum sali.

And now to something completely different: my oh my… I just took part in Kallio Rolling Rainbows‘ fresh meat roller derby weekend and I think I found myself the most unlikely wonderful hobby for a skating imbecile like myself. I wasn’t able to follow through all of the programme, because i was both physically and mentally exhausted at the end of both days, my entire body is aching like hell, but I love it! So I guess my next paycheck will go to a set of roller skates and tons of protective gear. Wish me luck!

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John Cleese – a lecture on Creativity

John Cleese – a lecture on Creativity from janalleman on Vimeo.

John Cleese tries to explain creativity and how to become more creative. The background of his lecture is scientific, the guide based on his own experience. This is really spot on and any creative professional will agree. Plus, it is really funny at the same time!

Enjoy and be inspired!

DIY: Geometric Shapes


One of my favorite Finnish design blogs at the moment is weekday carnival¬†by¬†photographer, stylist and product designer¬†Riikka Kantinkoski.¬†A while ago she posted a free to print template for geometric paper shapes. While her powdery pastel color theme is very purty, I’m more into KAPOW!!! colors myself. My printer also entirely messed up the colors, so I decided to use the template on some colorful craft paper instead.

Here’s what you need:
Riikka’s shape template¬†(follow the link, click on the image, then right-click to save to desktop)
A printer (or a ruler, a circle compass and a bit of patience)
Paper (any paper really, I’m sure these would look pretty made of patterned paper as well), the thicker the paper, the sturdier the shape.
Glue¬†stick or double sided tape (I prefer the tape, because then you don’t have to hold the paper in place until the glue dries)
Water-based glossy lacquer (this is optional, but I think it looks really nice and reinforces the shape)

Now, print out your shape template, cut around it, stick it to your paper (loosely tape it in place in 2-3 spots so it doesn’t move around), cut along the lines through both paper and template. Remove the template and start folding away. Don’t throw away the template, you might want to use it again and it’s nice to have as a folding guide.

I stuck strips of double sided tape to all the sides that didn’t have a glue flap (kinda backwards I know, but it all comes to the same result). I wanted to hang my shapes, so before I started sticking the sides together I attached a piece a string to the inside. (no picture, sorry).

The last last flap was a bit hard to get to stick, so I used the length of a needle to push it in place through one of the corners.

After that, all that was left to do was to add a bit of shine, let it dry and repeat until I liked the result.

I am already getting ideas on how to use these for other projects… so stay tuned and start making your own shapes!

Enjoy!

DIY: Gold button bobby pins

So I’ve decided to do one of those ‘one-a-week’ diy projects in 2012. Both to make myself blog more, but also to make me make more. Win win, right?

Just before Christmas I kinda went a little crazy at a second hand shop and bought tons of gold buttons. Yesterday I finally dug them out from the drawer they were hiding in and decided to make some nice and simple hair accessories. These look so festive I might just make a ton of these for my own wedding!

What you need:

A couple of nice looking buttons. They don’t have to be gold, any color or color is fine, really. The ones I found though, all had a little loop on the back to sew them on instead of the usual 2 or 4 holes.

Bobby pins. (I always have a couple at the bottom of my purse or in my jewelry boxes, which is literally where found these, so they look a bit beaten up.) Mine are black to match my hair color.

I used purple thread, because that was closest at hand. You don’t really see the thread anyway, but if you want to make sure, use a color similar to your hair, button or pin.

Optional: a bit of glue to secure the thread and prevent the button from moving around the pin.

This really couldn’t be simpler to make and the result is really nice so go ahead and make your own.

1. Tie the button to the loop end of the pin with a couple of stitches¬†and knots. Repeat¬†in two or three angles so the¬†button doesn’t move around too much.

2. If you feel that it’s still too loose, you can add a few drops of glue to keep the thread in place. Leave to dry.

3. Add your brand new jewelry to hairdo and voilà! You are done!

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