December is always a fun month for creating and making and this year I decided to join Tucson's makerspace -- Xerocraft, to get access to a laser cutter for some holiday presents I hoped to make.
Yes, I got access to the laser cutter, but I also discovered an amazing maker community and made some new friends. We visit lots of maker spaces in our travels, and I have to say that Xerocraft is the friendliest, most accessible and inclusive maker space I've had the pleasure of engaging with.
Since I've been looking to explore Turtle Stitch as a way to explore coding, I convinced Craig to see if he could get it up and running. (We came close)
That night I also got to witness an amazing interaction between an amazing mentor and his middle school aged mentee.
I even got a potato gun demonstration in the maker spaces's 'out door' space that 'blew me away"
while making your own potato gun.
a bowtie that could be used to embellish a holiday outfit or dress up a holiday gift.
annual Holiday party and got to meet more fun and adventuresome creatives.
He also networked with some amazing creatives like this
artist using irradesescent beetle wings in her crafts.
it was only a month because I had an airplane ticket to make it
back east to spend Christmas with the grandkids.
we took some wonderful walks through the desert.
Park to add sewable LED lights with conductive thread to
their sewing projects.