Before I start this post, I want to thank my husband. This past holiday weekend was busy for the both of us, and it just so happened that our wedding anniversary coincided with a business trip and a big geeky cultural event. I am very grateful that he took the time to properly celebrate with me, and he was equally thankful that I was there to experience Maker Faire with him. We’re so lucky and blessed, and here’s to a million more years together! <3 Believe me, after the sheer amount of drugstore makeup aisles he’s had to endure after all these years, he might as well cash in his favor for me to attend a techfest.
Now on to the techfest!
The normal person, let’s say you and I, are probably above average when it comes to things like computers and the Internet. It’s all pretty commonplace now. But there are people out there who know a lot more, and use their knowledge to make amazing things. Maker Faire came from the creators of the Make magazine, and in a nutshell, it’s an event made to inspire you. People from your area get together and showcase something they’ve made, whether it’s DIY or scientific. The What can be anything the mind imagines, and Maker Faire encourages a person to ask a Why and How. My husband is part of a hackerspace called FamiLAB in the Central Florida area, and I volunteered with him at the first Orlando Mini Maker Faire this past Saturday. You *may* have seen me tweet about it in real time a bit too much (gotta get the word out there!). I was a social media volunteer for the day, and the coordinators were genuinely thankful for the web presence throughout the day. Another volunteer even recognized me from my posts online and said they were great! Cool beans. Also, if I make anything besides awesomesauce, it’s definitely a lot of pictures… no matter where I am in the world, I have always had a camera next to me in the last ten years. I took HUNDREDS of photos while volunteering, and I do not think I can post them all here. To see my most recent photos, you can always visit my Photobucket album. Please take a look- I was at the faire from the beginning to the end, and it’s great to not only see who was there, but what kind of work went into the setup.
To make it easier on my blog, however, I decided to simply feature my Instagram photos in today’s post.
First things first… girl’s gotta look pretty at the faire!
Dress from Kiwi
Maker Faire tee
Old Navy flip flops
Also, my headband had LEDs light up all day long.
Milani Runway Lashes mascara and Eye Tech Extreme eyeliner
Based on the iconic Maker Faire banners!
I helped as a balloon runner before the faire started. That was super fun!! I got to make a wall of balloons, place them around the fairgrounds, and pass them out to booths.
I made several signs at the front gate.
When the Maker Faire began, I was in the Guest Services booth up at the front. Treating Orlando to smiles!
I had a lot of fun, and the best part was seeing everyone else have fun as well. I’m new to these sorts of things, and I loved seeing families come into the fairgrounds and leave with a smile on their faces. So many children had this great look of awe on them, and I shared that as I watched a water bottle rocket go off or I screen printed my first shirt. Also, I had a lot of fun running around near R2s all day! And I saw a FLAME JUGGLER. I was pretty excited the entire day. This was a very hands-on event, and I learned so much and saw a lot of things to ask questions about. You don’t necessarily need to know what this is about or know what you are seeing. If you have a passion for learning and want to experience something new, I’d definitely recommend this type of event. I know that this first Mini Maker Faire was a lot of hard work, and the best of everyone came out of the woodwork to show Central Florida a good time. I can’t wait til next year.
EDIT: I couldn’t help myself- here are some regular pics as well!
Also, one of my favorites of the day… this amazing puppy!