My current project is a weather station in my garden. It comprises a Raspberry Pi running Slackware ARM, Dallas 1 Wire chips providing data via i2c, bash scripting and wireless for access from the home LAN. It will be housed in a wooden stevenson screen and will also provide live video from a Pi Cam when completed. I've just about sorted it out and will be uploading how I did it soon.
I enjoy the soft gentle flickering of andon lighting around my home in the evening and have made various types of andon using both candles and my LED circuit. This activity has expanded a somewhat since I started out. You can learn a bit more about andon here.
MPLabX is over kill for my modest Microchip programming activities. I usually use geany for editing and pk2cmd for assembling and programming. However, I can never remember the pk2cmd commands so I wrote a script, pk2cmd-gui, that uses yad to provide a GUI wrapper for pk2cmd.
I had wanted to make a Japanese andon lantern with flickering LEDs inside to simulate an oil and wick flame for quite some time. My first step was to come up with the circuit and with Halloween fast approaching I figured I'd do a proof of concept project inside a paper mache jack-o'-lantern.