Our Blogs

Armstrong Family Blog We live on a small hobby farm, growing food, raising animals, and trying to live sustainably. The blog documents our efforts and offers photos of what transpires around here.

Loretta's Craft Blog Loretta sews, weaves, knits, and does lots of stuff with fiber. She owns angora goats, and antique sock knitting machines. Sometimes she posts what she has made recently.

Dave's Blog Dave is a software engineer, who works from home, and occasionally writes something. There is no rhyme or reason to when or why he writes.

Photo / Craft Design Tools

Perler Bead Design Creator Converts images into the bead colors and panels for a perler bead project, and gives you a PDF download of the resulting design.


Cross Stitch Design Creator Converts images into cross-stich designs, and give you a download of the resulting design image.


Coloring Book Creator Upload one or multiple images, which will be simplified into a coloring book. You can then download the book as a PDF to print at home.


Weaving Pattern Creator Select an image, or a line across an image, to calculate the thread colors, order, and amount needed to weave a pattern based on the photo.


Copic Markers meet Seurat Probably useless to the general public, but this is a tool I am experimenting with for making patterns to create pixelated artwork using my stash of markers, but based on digital images.


Other Stuff

ArmstrongBall A game that evolved from kicking soccer balls around outside our home, and which we play a few times a week. It has some similarity to soccer, except that it is actually nothing like soccer.

Average Color of a Photo Select an image, and this will merge all the colors to tell you what the average color of the photo is. Simple, possibly pointless. But hey, if you need such a thing, here it is.


Contact: dave @ hikingdave.com