13 Things That Make A Maker’s Day

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When talking with friends and co-workers you may notice a tendency to bring up things that bother you. Its normal, we generally share the negative sides of things and identify and empathize over our similar frustrations. It is a really easy thing to do, to start a conversation with “I really hate it when …”. Usually there’s no shortage of annoying items on our lists.

I thought it might be fun to share some of the little things that really feel good. These little things happen all the time around us and maybe we haven’t taken the time to even realize that we enjoy them. What part of making brings a smile to your face? What do you look forward to?

Here are 13 things that make my day, I’d love to hear yours.

11 thoughts on “13 Things That Make A Maker’s Day

  1. Schadenfreudian says:

    I love the figuring out.

    I love the look and feel of new materials destined for a project.

    I love seeing my finished project on a cleaned up workbench. That says “You’re done” like nothing else.

  2. JamokaJoe says:

    1. Being so excited about making a project that I can hardly wait to wake up the next morning to start working on it.

    2. Having some free time to experiment with ideas that I’m curious about.

    3. Making something to give as a gift.

  3. Brian Zweerink says:

    Sometimes it’s hard to tell when a project is “finished”, so I love the feeling of doing a writeup on the project and posting it online. It gives a feeling of completion.

  4. pcf11x says:

    I love when I have everything I need to make a project without having to go out and buy anything else.

  5. Bob Neil says:

    When I manage to get a NASA type perfect solder.

  6. Bernard Hiew says:

    Having the right tools for the job.

    Write your name on the things that you made.

  7. brucej says:

    1) When I’m asked to add a new feature to an application, and I find I actually made it easy for myself on hour 36 of the last 48-hour grind getting the last version out, so I can do it in 15 minutes and look like a programming god :-) Downside, I’m expected to do it NEXT time too :-)

    2) Finding the weird half-remembered salvaged part that will work perfectly in my current project today, when I need it, instead of a month from now and thinking “Ooh ! Here it is! Now why did I want to remember this thing?”

    3) When the thing you just made looks just like it originally did in your head.

  8. Emily Marie says:

    Great list. Top two mentioned for me were people genuinely enjoying your creations and threading a needle on the first try. I would want to add the rare completion of a sewing project with a single loop left on the bobbin (without need a refill at all!)

  9. George Carlson says:

    Machining something on the mill without drilling a hole in the wrong spot, breaking a tool, or drawing blood.

  10. arigger says:

    I love a clear bench. One loves most what one can never attain.

  11. SolderSmoke says:

    Building something in the LTSpice simulator, then building it in the real world, and then seeing identical results on the LTSpice scope and on my Rigol ‘scope. http://soldersmoke.blogspot.com

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