Monday, February 28, 2011

48/365

Day 48: How tall can you make something that stands up on its own?

I once again opted for legos, hoping to have better luck than the bridge...felt like I was playing Jenga.



Or seeing as it got a little crazy at the top....Tetris.

Ended up being about 3 feet tall before it started wobbling.

Friday, February 25, 2011

47/365

Day 47: Work with flowers-artificial or real, live or dried, picked or bought.

Or, of course, made.

Recycled book pages.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

46/365

Day 46: Face It. What can you do with a face-yours or someone else's? This doesn't have to be face painting; you could use food or something else to decorate it, or try molding it into a new shape with hands or tape and documenting it.

Someone tagged me in a FB picture showing lips with a heart painted on them. They were not mine, but I got a few coments on them.

It was a cute idea. And since I still have the freaky zombie eye, my lips are about the only thing I would want to post. And I did recently watch Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland...so I was thinking red queen, minus the big head.



But my lips are actually already kinda heart shaped, it seems.



I had seen this one



and was ooooooooh, I have those...I could do that.


However, ideas do not always become attractive realities.



It just looked like I had gotten a little over zealous eating a cupcake or something.

Application was interesting.



Although it was quite tasty...lips like sugar, sugar kisses....



Teehee. This was actually fun. As everyone who knows me already knows that I am quite silly and obviously have no qualms about being a dork on camera.

However, if you want to see some ideas that did in fact work out...here are some others that I thought were cool and WAY beyond my lip painting skill.

45/365

Day 45: Create an image with masking tape or any other kind of tape, for that matter.

I had been mulling over this challenge all day, as I only have the practical, clear tape on hand. I do have two kinds though, Scotch and Packing.

I ended up attempting image transfer using the packing tape.

How to? See here.

Very simple, actually...and had I not done the rubbing off part so vigorously I would say my first try was a complete success.




In my book.




I still like the look of it, as you can see the text through the image.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

44/365

Day 44: Make something that lights up.

This little light of mine....well, is not for prolonged usage.

I may have been channeling the Fire marshall (aka The Mister), but something about high wattage and paper made me cringe a little. So I went with a night light bulb.

And I was correct, as I noted after I was done taking the photos of it. The areas closest to the bulb were rather warm.


So, yeah kiddos......don't try this at home.

But I think it turned out cool. And if it were not a fire hazard I would be hanging this on the wall, like a sconce. Dang.





Recycled Book Lamp.

Don't worry, no books were harmed in the making of this lamp. This was a salvaged tome from the Recycling Center.

Monday, February 21, 2011

43/365

Day 43: Learn something new. Ask a friend to help you do something using a technique or skill they're good at.

Well, I had to resort to an online tutorial. As today's adventure entails being stuck at home while the broken furnace is being repaired.

Junk Mail Art. I had seen this one ages ago and always wanted to try it out.

The lady explaining technique used cardstock, but I ended up using cardboard. Actually, one of the plain album covers that I have been saving for just such an occasion. (Obviously turned inside out.)




I ended up making two. The first was with just text as the "filler."







Maybe if the text was bigger I would have left it as is, but instead I added some catalog pages.






The second, which I hope you can tell is a tree, was created using images from the mister's old car magazines and the catalog from yesterday.



I think next time I will use cardstock. The cardboard was more difficult to cut and the cut was not clean. But I like this. It will definitely be another project that I revisit.

If you find it as interesting as I do, give it a go...

42/365

Day 42: Turn today's junk mail into something much more appealing.

Since today was President's Day, I didn't get any mail.

However, I DID have a catalog that fell behind the recycling bin. Vineyard Vines (as in Martha's Vineyards.) I mean, no offense to any of you who may like it, but how the heck did they end up putting someone like me on their mailing list?

Sorry, other Martha, nobody here wants your "party pants." lol. (especially at $89.50.....yeesh.)




Soooooooooo. I have turned these pages of pastel colored attire into something I would actually wear. Or, better yet, make for someone else to wear.




These paper beads are a lot easier (and less time-comsuming) than the coils I made previously. Plus you can use regular a old glue stick instead of hot glue.

If you would like to give it a whirl, find a little how-to diagram HERE. She made a beaded curtain, I am sure it must have taken forever to make all those beads!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

41/365

Day 41: Think big. Create a large version of something that would normally be much smaller.



So, I went with macro photography. It's a tiny, little brush, about 2" long.

40/365

Day 40: Make something out of yarn.

Well as I am still a terrible knitter/crocheter, I opted for something simpler. Or actually, what I thought would be simpler.

I found a yarn craft on Family Fun...yarn eggs. And seeing as how they were meant for children, I thought I was in for a cute AND easy craft.

What did I end up with? A big mess.




Then I go back and read the comments and was glad to see I was not alone in having disasterous results. All I can say is I am glad I didn't attempt this with the Munchkin.

Le sigh.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

39/365

Day 39: Haiku.

Oh. I always sucked at these when we had to do them in school.

To remind myself of how to write a haiku, I Googled. The cutest way I found, to remember the order of the syllables, came from a children's site;

"Haiku" is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. Haiku poems consist of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. The lines rarely rhyme.

Here's a Haiku to help you remember:

I am first with five
Then seven in the middle --
Five again to end.

Because Haikus are such short poems, they are usually written about things that are recognizable to the reader. Animals and seasons are examples of recognizable topics children might enjoy exploring.


Okay.....

Oooh, The Breakfast Club
Neo Maxi Zoom Dweebie
Eighties kid classic.


Don't worry, I won't quit my day job.

Yes, Haikus are definitely much lovelier in Japanese.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

38/365

Day 38: Work underwater.

These just arrived from Nana.....so perfect timing.



The Munchkin was all excited. Sure they would be huge come morning.




Sadly, I should have read the fine print; may take up to 10 days to grow.




Dang.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

37/365

Day 37: Make something with a stapler.

Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler.



Yep, that's the first thing that came to mind when I read this one.

I found a font that was called "Staple" (faux staples, of course.)

Well, I decided to make the alphabet out of real staples. But given the limited number of staples I actually had in my seldomly used stapler, I just ended up teasing ole Milton.




Oh, now he's gonna set this place on fire. Just kidding, Milt..my stapler IS a Swingline...but boring, old black.

36/365

Day 36: Take something old and make it new.

Upcycling, recycling, repurposing.....whatever term you want to use, I am really into it. (And since my creative arsenal consists of mainly trash-to-treasure items, that's a good thing!)

Venturing into another one from my little list. Zipper jewelry. I acquired many zippers for just this purpose.




I added a little vintage rhinestone button to this one.

Friday, February 11, 2011

35/365

Day 35: Create something that others can use to make something and then have someone try it out.

Well, I am going with cross stitch again....since I have been making all sorts of patterns these days.



And since I do not have a scanner hooked up to this computer, I chose something really simple. I just free-handed the "mmm" and the pi, well there's not really a lot to it.


34/365

Day 34: Work with wire. Thin-gauge wire can be easily bent by hand, so no special tools are required. You don't even have to buy wire, if you have paper clips handy.

I decided to go with the former. And in honor of that manufactured holiday approaching next week, I give you;

Paper Clips.




In love.

33/365

Day 33: Use pens as your material/inspiration today. Draw with them, use them as construction material, or...

Plot out your next project.

As I am spending a lot of time in the bed or on the sofa, I have been working on my cross stitching.

This is one I am creating for the Spawnling.




It's a Tardis.

32/365

Day 32: Make something ephemeral. Can you create something using a material that will dissipate quickly, like soap bubbles, smoke, butter on a griddle, or cream in coffee?

Hmm, ephemeral. OK, kiddos, that's the word of the day. Ephemeral comes from the Greek word ephemeros, meaning lasting for only one day.

I had always thought that the hearts in the cups of coffee were cool. But I should have known they probably used whipped cream or something, as regular ole creamer just appears for a very quick second, at least in my coffee.

I also used the other suggestions; smoke, butter on the griddle. I also attempted the fog on the mirror after my shower. Matches.

Ooooh. Nakedness, cooking AND playing with fire? This is shaping up to be a pretty good day.

Monday, February 7, 2011

31/365

Day 31: Make a path for people to follow.

OK, Noah, I am SO cheating today. I DID make a path, a few days ago. Since I have neither the strength nor the motivation (lets not forget the Mister would totally have me committed) to shovel another 5 hours....this one will have to do.

So, ta-daa...my lovely path through 85 feet of snow and ice.

To my mailbox. Very useful, indeed.

30/365

Day 30: Play time. Work with toys. If you don't have any borrow some....

Or make some. Okay, that last bit was mine. And what I decided to do for "today's" challenge.

I am, again, days behind. This time I am totally blaming the plague. Ok, not the plague, walking pneumonia....but hey, either way I am not doing a whole lot.

This was a pattern I kept meaning to do.

Sock skeleton!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

29/365

Day 29: Make a disguise for yourself, a friend, a pet or an object.

All I did was play in the snow today. And by play I mean carving paths to my mailbox and heating oil filling-up-thing. (that it's technical name, didntcha know?)

I did uncover some flora, disguised as a rather lovely, tiny, icy tree.




Now the littlest, she came up with a cool disguise that I just have to share.



Snazzy outfit there, Spartan.

28/365

Day 28: Back to school. Use traditional school supplies to make something non-traditional.

Teehee. And SO fitting. The kiddos went back to school today.

I chose crayons as my medium. Not in the traditional sense. Although I must confess, I DO like to color.




Crayons, Lincoln Log style.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

27/365

Day 27: Dreamland. Use a recent dream as inspiration for what you do today.

Due to the sinus medicines I have been taking, I really have not had many dreams. The few I have had are gone soon after waking. The last dream I recall, with clarity, was a real lulu. (In fact, most of my dreams are pretty....uh, we'll just go with interesting.)

My latest and greatest featured, surprise...Zombies.

I had seen a cool site where you can zombify yourself around Halloween. Zombie Me.

Well, today I finally went there. And big shocker...it's not free. They did have a free generator, but the really cool ones you have to pay to have done. And if I had the $10-50 to frivolously spend, you know I probably would pay for the custom deal. (You know, bein' the Halloween lovin' girl that I am.)

The free generator did have some funky effects and a more savvy girl could probably do just fine with the options given. Sadly, I am not that girl...I did use the green photo from my last Foto Flexer adventure. As green(ish) is the preferred hue for most cinematic zombies. I just added the spooky eyes, but there were scars and gashes available. Even an axe or knife to have protruding from your body.

Alas, the free one you cannot even copy or save...boo. Given my recent encounters with viral internet fun, I am wary of giving my name and email addy to sites I have never been to.

So pardon my grainy picture of my picture.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

26/365

Day 26: Make something portable (or that seems portable) that normally isn't.

My first thought, photo manipulation. So I go visit my new friend, Foto Flexer. I am very sad to report that my newfound friend is not a friend at all. A terrible friend! In fact, that cad is a plague to society. And my computer.

So once again, that old addage is true.....you can't have cheap AND good. Photoshop it is...er, or will be once I can afford it.

Determined not to be deterred from the daily challenge, I ended up making something portable in a different way.



Cassette tape wallet, and even better- a wallet with old school, mix tape style.

Ah, many fond memories there. Oh, the mixes I made. Music for every occasion...in love, out of love, happy, sad, teenage angsty..you name the emotion I had a tape for it. Then CD. Now? A playlist.

25/365

Day 25: Work with nature. Go to your yard or a nearby park to collect materials.

Hmmm. Evidently I started my 365 days in the wrong season.

My yard? The Park? Buried in snow...

24/365........really

Day 24: Its not easy being green

Green and green.

Salvaged computer something board turned into a pendant.