THE MAKER BRIEFINGS: On Baking Princess Leia Cookies And Ladies’ Build Night At VHS

by Emily Smith | Thursday, December 8th marks the first-ever ladies’ build night at VHS in Gastown. Come by, learn to solder, and make a super cool Fuzz Pedal that you can show off to your friends. The workshop’s for beginners, so if you’re new to soldering or don’t even know what a fuzzbox is, don’t be shy. There will be friendly people all around to help you out, if you can find it.

Use traditional holiday cookie cutters like bells and santas to make Princess Leia,  Darth Vader, Ewoks, Jabba the Hut and the rest of the Star Wars gang.

Looking for a more portable way to get your caffeine intake? Check out this instructable on how to make a pocket-sized espresso machine.

Beautiful animations created on bicycle wheels using paper cut-outs. Brilliant.

For Christmas this year, ditch the gadgets and get your kids a cardboard box.

Always wanted to make your own cheese but didn’t know where to start? Check out this DIY Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Kit.


Emily Smith is a graphic designer, crafter, technical writer, life-hacker, and bicycle lover. She is passionate about DIY, open-source geekery, and facilitating collaborative and creative workspaces. She is an active member of the Vancouver Hack Space (VHS) and enjoys foraging for unlikely materials and increasing bicycle safety. In her off time you can catch her spinning on a drop spindle, dyeing with found materials or knitting half a day away.

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  1. And if you’re interested in the pedal-building workshop, it’s important to purchase tickets in advance, with just a few spots left. The $25 goes towards the cost of materials with a recommended $5 donation that you can bring by when you make it out.

    Tickets available here: