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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Day 282/365 - SMILE!


Yeah. Mark this one down as the day that used the creepiest medium.

Most people have a junk drawer in their house. We don't actually have one of those, but I do have a junk bowl on my desk. It's wear I dump the small keepsake things I'm not sure what to do with. 

Among other contents, this is where I keep the baby teeth my kids have lost. When they lose one at school, it's always sent home in a little plastic tooth case. I'm using these to collect them. 

 Why? That I'm not real sure about. I've heard that they can be a good supply of stem cells of they would ever need them later in life, but right now, I've got three separate collections. Since my oldest has lost the most teeth, I got hers out and made this smiley. Yep. Totally creepy.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Day 281/365 - Pawprints

Another post-it note to the rescue. Today I had to remind myself how to doodle something I must have made a thousand times in my pre-teen years. 

I think I realized at a very young age that drawing was never going to be my strong suit. So occasionally I would learn a quick doodle that resembled something. If I learned it, it was seen doodled on every piece of paper, book cover, or piece of cardboard I could get my hands on. I remember a friend whose dad was a veterinarian taught me this one in about the third grade. I'd like to say the skill level has improved slightly, but it's probably just about the same.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Day 280/365 - Fly Away

Sometimes my very first idea is the simplest. So enjoy this day of tiny balloons.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Day 279/365 - Monumental Achievement

I promise I'm not calling him mundane, but the stuff he is doing has got to be. Getting the new house ready for all of us is exhausting. His job is ALL THE STUFF. Mine is to keep the kids alive. I promise my job is easier.

My weekends are spent solo parenting, so I look for things we can all do together. Which, having kids ranging from 5-10, isn't always easy. But I can almost always get them all to sit down at the table together to draw or color.

I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for today, so I looked through some books for some ideas. Then I remembered my son's Learn to Draw vehicles book.

Once I saw the page on how to draw a pickup, I knew what to do. Our newly acquired 1996 Ford F-150 is the one tool he said he "needed" to get all this work done. I agreed, and so this picture will serve as his monument!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Day 278/365 - Thankful

I admit, this one wasn't done at my desk, but almost too easy when I read the prompt. Today is Thanksgiving, and every single spam message that came in to my account today said Happy Thanksgiving. 

The pie in the foreground is the first time I've ever made a pumpkin pie that didn't crack on the top! These are totally from scratch right down to the pie crust and fresh pumpkin. What always make homemade pie feel less daunting in the bottle of vodka I have to buy to make said crust. I'd be lying if I said I didn't also enjoy a vodka and soda while I made this!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Day 277/365 - When I Grow Up

There was a GM plant not too far from my house when I was growing up. My family knew so many people that worked there, I think I just sort of assumed I would some day too.

We spent all day yesterday running around the city, mostly spending gift cards. We hit a Barnes & Noble and there was an excellent 75% clearance table where we found a box set of Colossal Paper Machines. It was originally $14.95. I got it for about $3. There are 10 paper folding projects that all have moving pieces. 

After a lazy breakfast, we decided to get the box set out and I let each of the younger three kids pick one they wanted to make. Silly me, I thought I would just have to guide them a bit. Turns out, these are really intricate and complicated. We got them out right around 10:30am. I finished the last one at 5:00pm. Yeah...they really weren't any help at all.

But once I figured out a few tricks and some creative use of tweezers, I was starting to enjoy it by the end. I don't think I'll ever attempt to work on more than one at a time, but I'll definitely go through the rest of the projects. There's a steam locomotive I'm looking forward to. Of these three, the excavator was the most fun. The cement truck was not.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Day 276/365 - Around the World

 I was so excited to have an excuse to spin my globe.

In between jobs actually pertaining to my career, I worked for a time as a server and corporate trainer for Bob Evans Restaurant. Each milestone year you worked for them (mine was 5) you got to choose an appreciation gift from a catalog. I had always wanted a nice globe, so that's what I chose. It has been happily perched on top of my piano ever since.

 So I gave it a spin, closed my eyes, and it the first attempt landed me in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. That didn't seem interesting enough, so I tried again.

Firmly landed in the Caribbean. My first idea was something involving pirates (because I love me some Johnny Depp) but couldn't come up with anything I actually had the talent for. Then I remembered one of my coloring books.

Flipped through it to see if I could find anything. The one I settled on isn't quite right, but it did have a very tropical feel. Sometimes you just settle for "close enough".

Day 275/365 - Priceless

This is another shout out to the Ohio 5. Every time we want to exaggerate a number, we use 427. I don't even know where it came from or how it started, but I use it all the time. When I read this prompt, I knew exactly the dollar amount to use.

In keeping with the theme of using things at my desk, I knew I'd have to do this one at home, because I don't keep change anywhere else. But I did remember where my youngest son's piggy bank was, and it's on my desk!

I dumped out a random amount of change and just worked with that. But I didn't pay quite close enough attention. The change I used only equaled $3.20. Oops.

So I started again and counted a little more carefully to get mu final product. And yes, it's correct this time. The value of the coins is $5.64.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Day 274/365 - Back to the Future

Okay, so I totally waited 2 days to post, just because I knew how well it would match the prompt. I also assumed (correctly) that I would get this done until my son's due date. He's in Kindergarten, so needed a lot of help. So much so, that I can totally claim this as a creative day.

This project was born from my son's turkey disguise project. Lots of kids get this. The premise is that the child has to disguise a turkey so that it won't get eaten at Thanksgiving. My son first said he thought the moon would be a good place for the turkey to hide. So then we talked about how the turkey would get to the moon. (Believe me, I've had stranger conversations with him.) Then we decided the turkey would definitely be piloting the rocket ship that would take him to the moon and that it might be fun to make a rocket ship.

All in all, this is making its way up to my favorite prompt days. I think it's pretty fun.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Day 273/365 - WTF?

This is an example of what happens when I don't plan out a prompt. I just start doing stuff. I don't even know what it is, other than a large colored post it, wrapped around a can with some thumb tacks in it.

Day 272/365 - Hands Up!

Sometimes you just have to take the easy out. Especially when you've been flying solo with all 4 kids all weekend.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Day 269/365 - Excuses

Just forgot I never actually put this one up on the blog. Oops. I'm sure I could add an extra circle for things I forget in a day.

Day 271/365 - Doorway

A quick little post-it note door before I leave work on a Friday afternoon. Since you don't normally find a door on your computer screen, I figure this totally counts. And, what fun is a door if it doesn't go anywhere. I'll just assume this one goes to Narnia.

Drawing the door was kind of therapeutic. I've mentioned before, I'm not much for drawing, but I feel like I can hold my own where geometric shapes are concerned, so this was kind of fun.

And I'll add this, just for size reference.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Day 268/365 - A Day ay the Beach

I'm not going to lie. I almost forgot about today's prompt. It was 10:15pm before I even had a chance to realize I hadn't done it yet.

I'm also pretty tired and I've been working from my lap desk, trying to get caught up on some work from the morning I took off today. So through this exhaustion, I'll daydream about this beach and the umbrella drink that would be in my hand.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Day 267/365 - Create and Recreate (Part 2)


So, yeah. I sat down at my afternoon desk, read the prompt, looked around, made a plan, then ran with it. Then I realized, I'd already done this day back before the hiatus. Granted, I cheated a bit on that one. So I'll do the next day prompt, but since this one was done, I might as well share it.

In the afternoons, I work around a lot of creative artists, so I decided when I started that I would keep lots of pens and drawing tools around me in case anyone ever felt the need to doodle or draw something.

I also have this small notepad on my desk, with the white polka dot border. I decided to start with that. Then I tried to think of predominately green paintings. I settled on one of Monet's Waterlilies.

After that, I settled on these twistable crayons, which I thought might replicate the water colors well. With the exception of the white not showing up very well.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Day 266/365 - Moving Boxes

Just a quick one today. As I mentioned, there are moving boxes EVERYWHERE. Since most of my desk is already boxed up, I just did a quick sketch of old house to new house!

Day 265/365 - Out on the Links

It's a Saturday, so I had to work from my desk at home. As if taking one daughter to ballet, one daughter to cheer, picking up cupcakes and party decorations, picking up said daughters from ballet and cheer, ordering pizza, picking it up, getting to COSI, setting up the 7 year old's party, surviving the party, getting home, fixing dinner, making it through a visit from Grandma and then a rousing game of Catan Junior, bedtime prep and a grocery store run weren't enough, we've got about a third of our belongings packed in boxes in preparation to move, so I had to figure out this prompt with very little to work with.

The drawers aren't packed yet, so I took a look to see what I could fashion.

Settled on a few things I found and then just decided to make those things work.

The resulting video is what I got from trying to video myself while performing this specimen of golfing prowess. 

With that said, though, I did manage to keep my cool making this shot .I have been asked to leave more than one miniature golf course for not controlling my temper. Apparently it's frowned upon to tell your golf club to "go f#&% itself" and then throw it through the air in a family-friendly environment. One would think it only takes once to learn that lesson...