how to create your first iPhone app (reblog)

Create your own app in 10 easy steps.
Thanks Smashing Magazine!
"What if you had a nickle for every time you heard: "I have the perfect idea for a great application!"? It’s the buzz on the street. The iPhone has created unprecedented excitement and innovation from people both inside and outside the software development community. Still for those outside the development world, the process is a bit of a mystery.

This how-to guide is supposed to walk you through the steps to make your idea for an iPhone app a reality. This post presents various ideas, techniques, tips, and resources that may come in handy if you are planning on creating your first iPhone application."

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i am baker

I secretly think I am great at baking and I love to bake anything challenging, especially when I can eat it after I am done. I found a blog that made my mouth water and humbled my little baking soul. It is called "i am baker" and you won't stop scrolling, clicking, and salivating once you visit this site. The cakes are beautiful and creative, the cookies are simple and cute, and it all makes me want to lick my computer screen. Not only will you see sugary sweets but there and loads of recipes and step-by-step instructions on how to make these beauty's yourself.

What are you waiting for? Dig in!
I have included a few shots of some of my favorite cakes and other yum yums.

Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake

the world's easiest making system (Ponoko)

If you have not heard of Ponoko then I would like to introduce you to the world's easiest making system. With Ponoko you can make, sell, and buy custom products. Here is an example; you have a cool idea for an awesome clock that is shaped like a stack of post-it notes that you can write notes on, you design it, upload it, and get a prototype from Ponoko. How simple is that? You can choose from a long list of materials to make your product out of like leather or steel and they even have electronic parts if you want to take on the challenge of building a cool new electronic doodad (that is the technical term). It's like your own little factory and you maitain all creative rights to anything made with Ponoko. There are even free files shared by the creators that you can use and personalize to make it your own, like the "Pono" figurine below. You can download him and make him out of clear silicone or gold plate material.

Follow me to check it all out and create something cool. I have included some cool products made on Ponoko below to show the wide range of possibilities.

4 simple & smart small ideas that make me smile

Sometimes the most simple ideas are some of the best. Here are 4 craft ideas that are not only smart but simple and easy to do. Try them out. :)

A very special tea time
"...treat your gorgeous guests to tea and a lovely note?  Now the only other thing missing is a biscuit… mmmmmm tea...."

Cute food for kids 

DIY decorating with masking tape
"Here's an easy way to customize plain ceramics: apply decorative tape in colors that match your home, your party decorations, or your current bouquet of flowers. Dress up inexpensive vases for DIY wedding table centerpieces or showers. And when you get tired of your design, just peel it off."

DIY Pantone chip magnets
Old Pantone chips? Put them to use.