Austin Mini Maker Faire. If you haven't heard of it, Maker Faire started in San Mateo back in 2006 - bringing together makers, tinkerers, artists, inventors and families - all in celebration of the flourishing Maker movement. Since then, independently-produced Mini Maker Faires have cropped up all over the world, including here in Austin, fortunately.
The spin art on upcycled compact discs was a great success with children and parents alike. What fun to squirt the bottles of paint and watch the designs take shape! My daughters also enjoyed making their own soap, not to mention taking several rides on the Four Rocking Horses of the Apocalypse.
On our way out, we were greet by the Dead Music Capital Band, a zombie marching band. These guys are some of the most talented undead musicians I have ever heard.
This may have been my first Maker Faire, but it certainly won't be my last. Many thanks to Kami Wilt and Austin Tinkering School for bringing Maker Faire back to Austin.
Tracy Castro - a designer and rural Texas Panhandle native - has called Austin home for the last sixteen years. Tracy's new design venture, Fair Morning Blue, features seasonal cards, hand-stamped textiles, and whatever other whimsies come into her head and heart. Find Tracy on her blog, facebook, or twitter.