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Brand New strawberryluna Website Debut!

We have a brand new look! Come take take a peek at the all-new strawberryluna.com and see for yourself.

With the expert help of our pals Val & Jason Head at North Maple Media, everything strawberryluna has been well-tidied, re-organized, streamlined and freshened up.

  • We have a full Portfolio section with the bulk of all of our poster, illustration, commercial and art print work in nice neat sections.
  • There’s a brand new Shop where only the freshest and available items appear. Come visit The Shop here!
  • Our new blog is now integrated into our new site, so if you are a current subscriber to this (now old) blog, please go on over to the new blog and join up there. Sorry for the inconvenience – as yet, we don’t know of another, easier way to migrate folks over to the new blog.
  • There’s a fancy new FAQ page too that covers many of the questions we receive the most. Get your learn on here.

I hope that you love the new site as much as we do! We’re still going to tinker away at a few bits so  please let us know what you think, and leave comments for us! Hope that you dig.

And, for a limited time only for all of you OG readers and subscribers we’re offering a 20% discount in our new shop! Just enter the code FRESHNEWLOOK at checkout in our new webstore here!

*Discount Code valid until 4/16/12.


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Light Up Dog Hoodie – DIY adorableness!

Tucker showing off the night lights of his LED-lit Light Up Dog Hoodie. (click for more info!)

Get ready to file this is in the “Super Cool / Super Cute” folder. Our smartie friend Val (and fellow Pittsburgher) who works with and on about a million different  design projects and interactive/digital organizations (PittMFUG and Refresh Pittsburgh and Flashpitt to name a few) is also the power behind the This Is Portable blog. Where, she recently posted a process piece about the awesome LED lit custom doggie jacket that she made for her dog, Tucker. (Yes, the handsome fellow above and below.)

Val’s post was so rad, it was even re-blogged by Make here. Dag!

Tucker's badass hoodie in the light. (click for more info!)

Walking my dogs at night in the city, especially on busy, dark, or hilly streets – and even all 3 as we have commonly here in Pittsburgh – something like this fantastic little safety get-up with good design is just the coolest.

Rather than fudge up the technicals, (I find electricity and its theories to be mysterious, baffling, and a leap of faith), I’m just going to re-post how Val built, sewed and made this bit of awesome. It’s better that way, trust me.


“This was a really fun project to work on. Printing, sewing, and soft circuit stuff all rolled into one project! I can’t wait to take Tucker out for a walk wearing it, but right now there is just way too much snow for that to happen.

The LEDs on the hoodie’s pocket light up when it’s dark out and fade back when there is more ambient light. Perfect for evening walks in the winter when it gets dark far too early. The photo resister peaking out of the bottom of the pocket senses the amount of light present and the rest of the circuit reacts from there. There’s a lot going on in that little pocket!

A close up of the circuitry work of the Light Up Dog Hoodie. (click for more info!)

Close-up of the circuitry of the Light UP Dog Hoodie. (click for more info!)

If you’re interested in how it was made, I documented my work on this project in a flickr photo set with lots of notes. It’s much easier to describe in photos. The only part I didn’t take photos of was printing the skull and cloud on the fabric. Those were silk screened on the fabric before any of the sewing started.

Originally I had planned to make the hoodie a little more complex and include a lilypad arduino. As it turns out, a hoodie that fits a ten pound terrier is very small. Luckily I was able to convince one of my officemates, Tom, to do a little soldering for me for an alternate plan.

I used coin cell batteries (two 3V batteries) for this project because of their size and the fact that they would be easier to swap out in a small space. I was hoping that this project was still small enough to get away with using coin cells, but well, maybe not. They definitely work, but they die FAST. So, I’ll be buying a batch for cheap on eBay and then looking into lithium polymer batteries for my next project. Lesson learned.”

Open pocket on the Light Up Dog Hoodie. (click for more info!)


For more information, or to see what else Val & Jason are up to from time to time, be sure to visit This Is Portable or check out her full Flickr set about the construction of Tucker’s Light Up Dog Hoodie here.


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