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  1. Muffins in a Jar

    January 17, 2015 by Hannah

    Muffins in a Jar

    Christmas 2014 was the year of the Muffins!


  2. Cookies in a Jar

    January 13, 2015 by Hannah

    Cookies in a Jar

    Having started the tradition in 2012 with Brownies in a Jar, it continued for Christmas 2013 with Choc Chip Cookies!


  3. New year, new resolution – more blogging!

    January 1, 2015 by hmnapier

    Fireworks photograph by Stephen Gunby

    Fireworks photograph by Stephen Gunby

    Happy New Year!


    Apologies for my blogging hiatus. The past 18 months have seen a new job and a promotion, and whist I managed to keep up as much 3D printing and crafting as possible unfortunately I left this site languishing.

    But no longer! My resolutions this year amount to less work, more making and blogging. Hopefully I can keep them, you know what they say about the road to hell and good intentions.

    What aspirations do you have for 2015?

  4. Configuring TVRRUG Marlin for maximum Z endstop

    April 12, 2013 by Hannah

    Maximum Z Endstop

    The default set up for RepRap Z endstops seems to be a minimum Z microswitch. It’s easy to set up, but soon becomes a right pain when you need to make an adjustment of a fraction of a millimetre – pretty tough to move your microswitch that small a distance. One alternative is to fix the microswitch at the maximum of the axis and adjust the known position of the endstop in the firmware.

    Here are instructions on how to configure the TVRRUG Marlin firmware for a maximum endstop.


  5. Hacking the PetPorte

    April 5, 2013 by Hannah


    As a cat owner of the geeky persuasion, I am a sucker for pet gadgetry. One such indulgence was the PetPorte Smart Cat Flap, which has a built in microchip reader to control feline access to your home, plus loads of built in features like timer and night modes to accommodate kitty’s curfew. It is more expensive than the alternative magnetic or infra-red fob cat flaps, but if you have escape-artist cats who lose their collars pretty much every time they leave the house, like I do, the cost difference soon balances out.

    My experience with the product and company have been great, I do not hesitate to recommend it! Nevertheless I have one niggle – I just can’t get Night Mode to work satisfactorily. So rather than throw an otherwise excellent baby out with the bathwater, I hacked it instead. (more…)

  6. Breadboarding with Cables – Double-Sided Headers

    February 6, 2013 by Hannah

    Breadboarding with double sided header

    Connecting cables to your breadboard can be a right pain – PCB headers are too short on one side to sit securely in the breadboard, and the alternative of a spaghetti tangle of jumper wires is unappealing.

    Happily enough, I discovered a 3 pin double-sided header for breadboarding a servo in my Arduino starter kit – problem solved! Except, where can I buy a longer strip to use with my FTDI cable?

    Double sided header

    After a bit of searching I finally hit gold at HobbyTronics – a 40 pin double-sided header strip for £1. Since I can use the same header again and again for different projects, this should be plenty for my needs. They are probably available elsewhere cheaper but I couldn’t see where, and I figure the saving probably wasn’t worth the extra time spent looking.

    Result = Happy Bunny!

  7. Scarf Organisation

    January 30, 2013 by Hannah

    Scarf Organisation

    Finally, after 24½ years, I have apparently become fed up of living in chaos and am on a bit of an organisation kick. Unfortunately everything seems to have got worse before it has got better, but I can take heart in one thing at least being tidy – my scarves. (more…)

  8. Photo Light Tent

    January 22, 2013 by Hannah

    Photo Light Tent

    For Christmas Dad got a photo light tent kit for taking product photographs, and it’s huge! It came with loads of stuff including the pop-up tent, backgrounds, stands and triple bulb lights with optional diffusers. Now just to figure out how to use it… where did we put the folding away instructions again? (more…)

  9. Save YouTube videos with youtube-dl

    January 16, 2013 by Hannah

    youtube-dl is a Python program which lets you download videos from sites like YouTube, vimeo and many more onto your computer. It will even download entire YouTube playlists, works across all platforms and is easy to install and use. (more…)

  10. Brownies in a Jar Gifts

    January 13, 2013 by Hannah

    Brownies in a Jar Decoration

    Wanting to give something homemade for Christmas this year and being inspired by items on Pinterest such as these Cowgirl Cookies, I decided to gift brownies in a jar to my friends. After all, chocolate cures all ills! (more…)