Saturday, April 30, 2011

86/365

86: Create something that incorporates a mirror or reflections.



Sunny Spring day...we ended up breaking out the garden hose to wash the pollen off the cars.

The littlest ended up with the water hose and made an impressive puddle. Always a fun activity. Who doesn't love a puddle?

Friday, April 29, 2011

85/365

85: Make something inspired by a fictional character.



Because even the Defender of the Universe needs nurturing. Apparently.

Rock-a-bye, Voltron....

Thursday, April 28, 2011

84/365

84: Reinvent the wheel. Create something that can be rolled down a hill (with or without you) and try it out.

CRASH.

Well, not really, but if I tried to ride this thing I would crash into something for sure...it has no brakes. That is, if I could even get it to a hill...it has one flat tire. A bent rim.




I found this old Raleigh at the recycling center, but it is in dire need of more repairs than it is worth to me...I have two others squirreled away at the mister's folks house in much better condition.

Aw, and this one was greeeeeeen.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

83/365

83: Make a container, such as a bowl, bottle, cup or box.....

TELEFUNKEN!




The label alone made this one worth saving! Salvaged vinyl has become one of my favorite mediums. Like snowflakes, every vinyl piece is different. That's what I love about it...they don't all melt the same, or have the same grooves.




Don't worry, as always, No music was harmed in the making of these decorations for body and home. All records used are either scratched or broken, no longer music at all.

82/365

82: Yellow Magic. Work only with yellow materials today.

With this gorgeous thing blooming in my yard, how could it not be my something yellow for the day?



Up close and personal...




There is also a field nearby that has nothing but daffodils. Alas, there is also nowhere to stop for a picture. Maybe one day....it is there every Spring.

My yard? One lone daffodil.




And of course, dandelions....am I the only person over the age of 10 who loves these?

Monday, April 25, 2011

81/365

81: Use the world of fish as your inspiration.



Our favorite fish from the Maritime Aquarium.

I thought I had posted this already, was thinking that my number should have been higher...SO not only am I distracted these days, I have forgotten how to count. Guh.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

80/365

80: Try Dyeing...and perfectly Day 80 arrives right on Easter.




This year's haul was made two ways; the traditional dip method
AND the spinner.




The littlest favored the spinner.



Guess who's having egg salad this week?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

79/365

79: Decorate a cake, pie or cookie.

How about a brownie?




Sad to say it is not my own creation, seeing as how I am on day 13 of not having an oven. (Yes, cooking for the family has become quite a creative endeavor.)

78/365

78: Be unseasonal.

This was not placed by me, but it remains hanging year round. It has been there since at least January 2010.




Just one of the random things I pull over on the side of the road for....

77/365

77: Work just with matches, flames or fire today.




I heart macro.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

76/365

76: Book Bouncing. I like it. Grow it.

Well, I believe I have the blackest thumb in the history of gardening. I know us southern ladies are supposed to be able to grow flowers and such, but I sincerely think I am missing that gene.

So I opted for artificial flowers.



For my hair.

75/365

75: Fast Forward....my theme these days....Work only with music media; old CDs, records, etc.




Ring, Salvaged vinyl.

74/365

74: Fast forward (hey, at least I am still in the book) Make something inspired by and/or that fits on or around the ear.




Button Dangle earrings.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

73/365

73: Fast Forward....Be animal friendly.

We spent a sad morning at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The animals are all in cages.

Again, I was spoiled by the Georgian counterpart. Zoo Atlanta has habitats that are more like homes for the animals that live there.

Sadly, I have to admit, Zoo Atlanta used to be the cage and pen type years and years ago. My hope for the Beardsley Zoo is that they will join Zoo Atlanta in providing the more natural habitats for the animals they display.

The only delight we had was the peacock. These colorful creatures are allowed to roam freely around the grounds. We were lucky enough to see a few with their feathers fanned.




This was my favorite, as he was attempting to shoo away some pesky females...but I think they were as amused by his feather shaking as we were, as they kept coming back.

So was he shooing or wooing?

72/365

72: Fast forward...use the world of amphibians as your inspiration today.

Courtesy of the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut.



As aquariums go, I have been spoiled by the Georgia Aquarium. However, the Maritime Aquarium is a lovely little diversion. This particular aquarium is based on the wildlife of the Long Island Sound.

This week they had the touch tanks; sand shark, rays and assorted critters like the horseshoe crab.

Also they have a visiting (?) exhibit of meerkats. They were adorable. They were all piled in a little hanging swing before they started scampering about. This little guy was not the least bit camera shy.




This old fella was a ham for the crowds as well.






My favorite though, will always be the jellyfish, I could sit and watch them all day.

Friday, April 15, 2011

71/365

71: Skip ahead to Get some chalk and work on the sidewalk near your home.

Beautiful day, take 2.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

70/365

Day 70: Work only with numbers today.

Numbers + beautiful day + sidewalk chalk = Hopscotch.

But not traditional hopscotch, we went a different way.




Complete with colored throwing stones.



We started out with 10 spaces, but the littlest wanted to 'do all the numbers.' All the numbers being 100, as she loves, loves, loves to count to 100 and, well, she is 5.



We compromised with 15.

69/365

Day 69: Fast forward to later day in the book.

Make something unintended out of existing instructions by not following the directions correctly...by using different materials...

I love to bake. However, as my oven is not working at the moment...I am having to be rather creative with the menu this week.

And so far, it has been okay. I can still use the broiler and the eyes of the stove. The lower element is what has stopped working.

But dang it, today I wanted to bake something.

A friend suggested the Easy Bake oven...hahaha.

A-HA!

Totally not using it as directed! AND I am not using an Easy Bake Oven sanctioned mix. Gasp. I made my own.




And I made it with Kool-Aid...Double Gasp. Kool-Aid is meant to be a delicious summer beverage...I can just see Betty Crocker frowning her disapproval.

Well, Betty....and now it's a cake. (Don't forget I already tried the scratch and sniff paint with it...)




You too can buck tradition.

1 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Kool-Aid (I used Pink Lemonade)
1/3 cup shortening

Mix until you have a "cornbread-like" consistancy.

This will make 10 little Easy Bake pan sized cakes.

When you are ready to bake...add 1/10 of the above mentioned mix and a little water.

Bake by lightbulb.....

And ta-daaaa.





Not beautiful, but a tasty little cake.

Friday, April 8, 2011

68/365

Day 68: I just cannot stay outta the bathroom.

I recently read a how-to on making plastic flowers out of water bottles, and I thought my shampoo bottles would work. They already come in lovely colors, no need for any painting.

It calls for heating the plastic a little, and since I have been manipulating the vinyl this way....I always wondered if it would work with plastic.

Nope.



The translucent plastic heated way too fast and just coiled up on itself.



The other bottle was a thicker plastic, and it did look like it was going to work, but it was not very malleable. Re-hardened almost instantaneously.

But, hey, at least I tried it, instead of continuing to wonder about it.

Monday, April 4, 2011

67/365

Day 67: Tangrams.

I do not think I have done these since oh, middle school. Hmm, do not have these handy. How hard can it be to make some?

Pshht. Next time I shall download the template and cut out. Freehand did not turn out 100% accurate.

Swan.




Running Man?




Cat....Fox?




Meh, you get the drift....right?

66/365

Day 66: Take two on the upcycling of the toilet paper roll.

Sure, these cardboard tubes always get recycled. Occasionally they have even been morphed into things when the Spawn were feeling creative (telescopes, weapons, etc.)

But I have never tried to make anything pretty out of them before.



All silhouettes need to be handcut, I did attempt to use my flower punch...I had envisioned a few flowers to go with the forest, but the punch would not go through the cardboard. Sadly, I chose to recreate a sad part of the forest, two measly trees. Oh, and pardon the tape.

Definitely a lot of work. Anastassia Elias certainly makes it look simple.

As seen here.

65/365

Day 65: Use only things you find around the bathroom to create something.

According to Craft Magazine April is "Upcraft Month." You know, as in upcycling. SEE ALSO: green, recycling, repurposing, salvaging

As this is a recurring theme around here anyway, I was looking to see what I could reuse from the bathroom.

Fear not, I will not be featuring anything natural. (Hey, just today I read about a girl who painted with her breakfast, post consumption. )

So today I opted for the toilet paper roll.



This was too easy. I need to create something a little bit less.....summer camp.

64/365

Day 64: Make something with your dinner before you eat it.

In this case, I took a picture of my dinner before I even made it.




Pre-deviled eggs.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

63/365

Day 63: Inspired by Geekery



Why yes, that is my lightsaber.

OK, so it belongs to one of the Spawn. But it did make an appearance during the day's play.

Wielded by yours truly while I was portraying Yoda. He is only slightly shorter than I am by the way. HaHa.

Inspired by the Geekery that often runs amok in my house, I worked on another piece using salvaged computer components.




This time, for the hair.

62/365

Day 62:

As you can see, yet again, I am not doing very well at the daily thing.

So, let's just say there will be 365 projects....in considerably fewer days.

And this is how I work in general. Some days I will be inspired and will churn out several projects in one day. Some projects stretch into days, and even weeks, as life gets hectic. Then there are the days I just....exist. Not even one creative thought in my head.

The lazy day spent outside did inspire some chalk drawings. Colorful being the theme of the day.




If you want to see some really cool ones, definitely check out Julian Beever.

61/365

Day 61

Ahhh Spring, I think you have finally arrived.

Lazy Sunday.

Yes, let's lay in the grass and stare at the sky.




Done.