My first saddle stitch


I have recently been considering trying on leather crafting. I like how, by using certain types of leather, the items will age beautifully and get a personal patina. A couple of years ago I purchased an Atelier Pall iPhone case which I loved. Before that I had a couple of Sena cases. This got me started on getting other everyday items in quality leather, such as a Macbook sleeve from Mission Leather Co (Mintcases, at the time), a beautiful leather wallet from Joojoobs on Etsy and a small but very useful key pouch, also from Etsy.

But now I felt it was time to try to create something myself. So while I wait for my tools to arrive, I ordered a bunch on Ebay, I thought I would give saddle stitching a try. It’s a strong type of stitching you do by hand. Unfortunately I don’t have any real leather to practise on yet and no waxed thread. So I decided to use cotton thread, regular needles and cardboard instead. Not exactly ideal. Considering that, and that this was my first try after watching some videos on Youtube, I’m very pleased with the result.

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DIN Time and the demise of Pebble

With the recent news that Pebble will, and have, ceased to exist as a company I just wanted to make this clear. My intention is to continue to keep DIN Time and MonDIN running on your Pebble watches for as long as possible.

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Beware of copies

din_rainDIN Rain in the Pebble app store is looking a lot like DIN Time…

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Forecast.io becomes Dark Sky

Forecast.io changes their name to Dark Sky to consolidate their branding and to minimize confusion. This will soon be reflected in DIN Time. The functionality will remain the same. 

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Atelier Pall Sleeve – 1000 days later

Atelier Pall sleeve, 1000 days old.

Two years ago I did a positive review of the Atelier Pall Leather Sleeve which I had gotten for my iPhone 5S. Now, two and a half years later, with an iPhone 7 on its way to me (I skipped a couple of generations), I thought it would be interesting do a second look at it, just to sum up how well the sleeve has served its purpose.

The Atelier Pall Sleeve has been the only protection for my phone for nearly 1000 days, constantly in my front pocket. And I must say it has held up perfectly and aged beautifully!

When it was new the color was bit lighter and the texture was matte. The leather was also quite stiff. Over the years it has Read more…

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MonDIN 1.5 – now with settings!

mondin15MonDIN 1.5, available now exclusively for the Pebble Time Round, adds settings page with options for seconds, date display colors and more.

The settings page use the new Pebble Clay config framework which allows the settings page to be offline, stored only on the phone.

MonDIN was initially created for my personal use when I first got the Pebble Time Round, in an attempt to mimic the Mondaine watches. It has seconds, date (in DIN Engschrift, of course) and Bluetooth disconnection warning with vibration and visual alert. And a discrete shadow under the hands, to give it a little depth.

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DIN Time 2.60 adds health and more weather data

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Version 2.60 of DIN Time, available now, finally adds health data (on supported devices) to DIN Time, along with more weather data!

To see extended weather and health data you need to shake your watch, twice. Just like when you would activate the backlight by motion, if you have that option enabled. And then once more. You will then see a popup with lots of tiny icons and data! Please see the help screen in the settings page for more information about what the symbols and values represent.

I realize many of you would rather see their health data on the main screen, but that will have to wait until a later version.

Other changes in this version include:

  • Support for custom location (GPS free) when using Forecast.io. In plain text!
  •  No more woeid’s when using Yahoo! Just enter your location in plain text!
  • Fixed weather icon sometimes not switching to day version.
  • Added Russian and Czech languages.
  • Fixed problem with weather not being completely hideable on Round.

Also, as always, many thanks to @rozboris for his continued help with the settings page!

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DIN Time 2.50 released with support for Forecast.io

DIN Time 2.50 is available now, and it finally allows for Forecast.io as an alternate weather provider. For this to work you need to register for a free personal API key on Forecast.io. Forecast.io will be a more accurate option for a lot of users, but requires the extra step of entering the API key in the settings page.

This version has also been optimized to reduce memory usage, in preparation for the next version, which will to add more weather and health data.

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DIN Time Customer feedback

It’s always refreshing to get some constructive feedback:


“Gentelmen, I am really disappointed in ur WATCHFACE right now! It used to be my favorite, and now I am considering deleting it! All you have to do to fix this problem is to charge people a few bucks a month, and the freeloaders will drop it!!! Problem solved!!! A fuming guy!!! FIX IT!!!!”

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Yahoo changes its mind and celsius is working again

It looks like Yahoo decided to revert back to how its weather API worked before yesterdays change, but they broke something doing so. Temperature was only reported in Fahrenheit. A fix is out now for DIN Time, version 2.47, which converts the Fahrenheit reading to Celsius. We’re back to normal for a few weeks I guess, until Yahoo tries to do something again.

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