MakerFaire Ottawa 2014 (Review)

Jenny and daughter

Today was Maker Faire day in Ottawa. Actually, the fair is on all weekend, but today is the day that we had a chance to go. I remember hearing about Maker Faire YEARS ago. In 2008, I was really involved in the “craft” scene. I was a busy knitting, embroidering, glue gunning machine. In my research looking for other people and blogs for people doing cool stuff, I came across the Craft: website. Maker Faire was associated with this magazine, so I got to know about Maker Faire at the same time. All I can remember is that at one of the big Maker Faire festivals, someone made a life size mousetrap*!

Here are some cool booths that caught my eye:

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These guys at 3D Ponics make some great tools to help grow plans indoors. It’s hard to explain everything in detail, but basically they’ve created a hydroponic system with tools that they’ve made from a 3D printer. If you go to their website (3D Ponics), they give a great explanation on their current project. Recently, they did a kickstarter and they achieved their goal and then some (way to go guys!).  This keychain/bottle opener came from this booth. Check out the website for more information.

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Ian Langohr is from Montreal and he is extremely talented. This guy makes amazing over-sized foam mascot heads. I was lucky enough to try on the zombie cat head and I was totally blown away by the quality and detail of his masks. If you didn’t have a chance to visit @makerfaireott yet, you’ve got to go, just to see this. Out of all the business card images I could choose from, I chose this one because I thought the image looked like Jim Watson, the Mayor of Ottawa (sorry Jim).

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These guys are my heroes. I just want to hang out with these guys and play with Lego’s all day. The group ParLUGment was at the MakerFaire today and what they had on display was very impressive. They had little cities, very creative bookends and hill side mansions all on display made out of Lego. In our household, we’re just working on making cool stuff with Duplo, but I hope to get up to your speed in a few years.

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Saving the best for last? Yup, pretty much. I didn’t grab a business card or speak to anyone at this booth because IT WAS TOO BUSY. However, we did manage to get a quick photo op with our daughter with the R2-D2 that made it’s TV debut last week. It’s totally amazing how someone watches a movie and says “hey, that R2-D2 is so cool, I want to make one”. It just blows my mind. If you’re a big Star Wars fan and are interested in following an Ottawa-tonian build an R2 from scratch, join his Facebook page here. 

Other cool things I saw at the museum today: A bunch of giant cameras, computers, typewrites that are now an all-in-one device like the iPhone.

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Did you go to MakerFaire Ottawa today? What did you think? See anything cool?

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* I just Googled this trying to find the article and just found out that at the 2014 Detroit Maker Fair, they had another life size mousetrap! The video is below is from 2007 at MakerFaire Austin.}


R2-D2 in Ottawa’s MakerFaire and Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

Today, I found out that a friend of mine, has a husband, who is in the process of making a original R2-D2 and today his R2’s head was featured on Ottawa’s CTV Morning Live! Check out the interview here:

August 15, 2014 – CTV Morning Live: Makers2

I have to say, I’m pretty impressed. Not only am I impressed that someone is building one of these from scratch, but also that it will be a beeping talking wiggling machine! That’s really impressive.

Star Wars Fans! I have a question for you. Was the original R2-D2 in the Star Wars movies talking and beeping the way this one does in the video above or was it all movie magic?

Not only was the head  R2-D2 featured on TV this morning, it will also be at the Ottawa Mini MakerFaire this weekend at the Museum of Science and Technology.

What is a MakerFaire? It is a “celebration of the DIY sprit”. It a fair of people who make some pretty cool s*ht. There will be robot makers, engineers, knitters, woodworkers.. It sounds really cool. Tickets to the fair are free with admission to the museum ($12/adults).

Not only did I learn about the work that goes into building an R2-D2 and about Ottawa’s Mini MakerFaire today, I also learned about deck building card games. Today, I was taught how to play  Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game. At first, I thought it was super complicated and difficult to understand, but by the end of the first round, I got it and it actually looks like a lot of fun. I still don’t think I’m ready to be a ‘hero’, but I’m really enjoying the concept of the game and can totally see why this game is so popular. Now to convince my husband to try playing Avengers with me to practice.

Do you play Legendary? Are you going to MakerFaire? Did you see R2-D2 on TV this morning? What are you doing this weekend?


Ottawa Fair Guide 2014

Here is a list of Ottawa’s fairs that are coming to a town near you.

August 2014

Arnprior Fair (August 7-10)

Navan Fair (August 7-10)

Merrickville Fair (August 8-10)

The Capital Fair (August 15 to 24)

Shawville Fair (August 28-September 1)

Perth Fair (August 29 – September 1)

September 2014

Renfrew Fair (September 3-7)

Russell Fair (September 4-7)

Richmond Fair (September 18-21)

Carp Fair (September 25-28)

October 2014

Metcalfe Fair (October 2-5)

Frugal Living: Back-to-School Freebies

You might be going back to school or back to work (bye bye mat leave), it’s time to stock up on your office/school supplies. Here are a few freebies that are available to Canadians (you’re welcome!):

Booster Juice – Does your birthday plan in August/September (or any of the other 10 months of the year?)? You can get a (free) smoothie on your birthday! Sign up for Booster Nation and get a coupon for a free birthday smoothie. 

Colgate – Fill out the form online and receive a free sample of Colgate Sensitive toothpaste. 

Crayola – These (free) colouring pages would be great for decorating your binder. All you need is a binder with a plastic sleeve on the front (like this one), print the colouring page and insert it in the plastic sleeve of the binder. No need to colour it right away, wait for a boring class lecture to let your creativity run wild!

Giggles and Print – This blogger made some super cute (free) printable lunch box notes for him and her. What kid (or significant other) wouldn’t love to find one of these note in their lunch.

Hallmark – Hoops and Yoyo have a variety of (free) back to school printables. You can find bookmarks, weekly planners and lunch notes all under “School Thingies”.

Hugo Boss – Boss Ma Vie (free) perfume sample. 

Ottawa Public Library – Borrow books and ebooks from the Ottawa Public Library. All you need is a valid library card.

Timothy’s Cafe – (Free) Coffee! Join their coffee club and get your free coffee coupon by email. 

Walmart Photo Centre – Get 15 (free) 4×6 prints by using code 15FREEPRINTS 

Do you have a freebie that you would like to share? 

Things to do in Ottawa – now until August 10

Here are a few cool events that are happening in and around Ottawa:

Almonte Puppets Up Festival (Aug 9-10) – Website

160th Arnprior Fair (Aug 7-10)- Website

Busy Bee Artist Workshop – Water Colour Still Life (Aug 5) – Workshop for kids aged 6-9 – Website

Carp Library – All Tangled Up (Aug 6) – Crafternoon for kids aged 6-8 – Website 

Cracking up the Capital (Jul 31 – Aug 3) – Website

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum – Murder under the Midnight Sun (Aug 9) – Website

Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum – Paper Cranes for Peace (Aug 5-9) – Website

Ottawa Busker Festival (Jul 31 – Aug 4) – Website

Ottawa Redblacks Game (Aug 2) – Website

Watson’s Mill – Wine tasting event (Aug 8) – Website




Frugal Living: Ottawa Consignment Stores

Today is the first day that I am trying to sell some of my clothing via consignment. I’ve always been curious about doing this, but never got around to trying it. Most consignment stores in Ottawa give you 40% of the selling price. The other 60% go to the retailer, which is fair, since they have to staff, pay rent, make a living.. you know what I mean.

In case anyone was thinking about trying this too, here is a list of Ottawa Consignments stores.

Act II Fashions – 471 Hazeldean Road – Website

AMHStyle Ottawa Consignment Store – 1440 Wellington St. West – Website

Bella – 39 Robertson Road – Website

Clothes Encounters of a Second Time – 67 Beechwood Ave. – Website

The Clothes Secret – 1136 Bank St – Website

Finders Keepers – 2 Ullswater Drive – Website

Milo Mode Women’s Consignment Boutique – 2901 Bank St. – Website

My Sisters Closet Consignment Fashion – 1112 March Road – Website (I used them)

Rikochet Resale – 255 Richmond Rd. – Website

Snazzy Seconds Decor – 2405 St. Joseph Blvd. – Website

Have you ever consigned anything? Where do you consign? What was your experience? Please share!

Things I learned at the Justin Timberlake concert

Last night, Justin Timberlake put on a concert in Ottawa, Ontario. He mentioned that the last time he was in Ottawa was in the year 2000 and that’s “fucking unacceptable” in his words. I agree. I went to the show last night and it was unbelievable! I’m a huge Justin Timberlake fan since the *Nynsc days *sigh*. The 33 year old defiantly knows how to put on a show. 

Here are some things that I learned while attending the Justin Timberlake concert:

1. Any seat at the Canadian Tire Centre is a good seat. We were sitting way, way, way up in the 300’s and I could see JT very well from where I was sitting! Ha! Take that people who paid more to sit in the 200’s!

2. Toot toot toot toot! And the horns say! I wish I took band in high school. The Tennessee Kids are incredible! I love their sound. They can easily make any “band kid” look cool. 

3. I wish I would have stuck with my hip hop dancing and vocal lessons as a kid. JT is so talented. He is defiantly a triple threat. I’m jealous. 

4. He sounds just like the CD. Here is my favourite song.

5. He has style and I want to copy it. 

Did you go last night? What did you think?

“Enter for a chance to win 1 of 3 gift cards”

Survey’s on your receipt are kind of a joke aren’t they? Like really, who “wins” these things? A chance to win 1 of 3 $1000 gift card basically means that you won’t get anything for completing this survey, but please fill it out anyway.

What I like are receipts with coupons on them. Here are two restaurants in Ottawa that I know of that have something awesome written at the end of the small piece of paper.

Milestones: Complete the survey at the bottom and receive a free appetizer with any meal. 

Barley Mow (Kanata): 2 for 1 breakfast on Saturdays (no expiry date).

Do you know of any restaurants that have specials at the bottom of them?

How to get a singer’s attention at a concert?

Yup. I Google’ed this today. In Ottawa, we have a lot of great concerts coming up over the next couple of weeks. Katy Perry (tonight)*, Justin Timberlake*, Bruno Mars*. We’re pretty lucky. 

So the question I asked today is how do you get a singer’s attention at a concert? Here is some advice I found on Yahoo! Answers

  1. Make a huge poster with something random on it. They actually might stop to read it.
  2. Pull up your shirt
  3. Look like a Penthouse model
  4. Buy a lot of rotten tomatoes
  5. Totally freak them out and say you want to marry them
  6. Get past the guards, get in your birthday suit, streak across the stage yell “I LOOOOOVEEEE YOUUUUU!” and then run like hell
  7. Throw something at them, like a full cup of beer
  8. Get on someone’s shoulders and start doing the YMCA
  9. Wear something different and spunky, but not weird or hippyish
  10. Bring a sticky note, write your phone number and that you want to have some fun after the show, then put it on the stage

Ugh… thanks Yahoo! Answers… I’ll keep some of these ideas in mind.


* You can tickets here if you don’t already have them.