Tuesday, February 27, 2018
The only time I've had free time today, I've been in front of a computer, so it was back to graphic design.
Once I looked up and outer space background and dropped it into Publisher, the song "Dream a Little Dream of Me" popped in my head. I just typed out the haiku version.
And now the song is stuck in my head.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
The answers to most questions in this house when I ask how something happened is "I didn't do it", "It wasn't me" or something similar.
Every time I get that answer, I'm reminded of the comic strip Family Circus. I just thought it was cute when I was younger. Now I feel the pain.
This was actually attempt number two once I realized I had over complicated the project. Mostly because I was trying to build something I already had.
Right around 2000, through a strange occurrence, I was was given a $100 gift certificate for the gift show at the Columbus Museum of Art. My husband and I went and looked around, not knowing what we find to spend it on, and assumed it wouldn't be much to spend anyway. In the end we chose this mobile.
And yeah, we're not generally the type of people who would spend $100 on 3 pieces of wire, some fishing line and some colorful wood shapes, but since it wasn't our money and there was just something about this that we both really liked. It's moved with us each time and for the last 5 years, has enjoyed a sunny spot on our porch.
Once I remembered I already had a functioning mobile, things went quite quickly. I grabbed my colorful post it notes and wrote out the haiku.
Then I took them out to the porch to stick them to the wood shapes. Once I grabbed a chair to stand on because I was just too short for the center one, it was all done!
Took the kids to the Ohio History Center for their Night at the Museum event. At one of the first stops there was an historical undertaker who was teaching people how to be a professional mourner. My older son was a natural at the over-dramatic wail and was promptly "offered" a job and was handed this card.
I knew the prompt and even tried to mindfully put things in my pocket, but this was all that left at the end of the day.
Friday, February 23, 2018
I will admit to being confused by this prompt. I couldn't quite a) understand what it wanted and/or b) how I was going to pull something off because I'm just not that skilled. Luckily, My oldest handed me this while I was thinking and I just decided to run with it.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
I absolutely cannot stand stray pen marks on surfaces or my skin, so this one made me really nervous as I was doing it. Probably made worse by choosing to use a post it note. I even kept my eyes closed while thinking of the lines and counting syllables.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
I always wondered what would happen if a project didn't make sense without the prompt. Today I found out.
I was a day late because I did a quick one yesterday and it was really bad. SO I decided to give it a day to come up with something better.
Sunday, February 18, 2018
This one took several days, partly because I assumed it would take awhile. I was right, especially the time spent trying to decide just how complicated I wanted to make this.
Once I settled on a design, and then once I simplified it to the simple pie shape, it came together better. I, of course, had fun writing all the haiku.
The only thing left to do is actually find one of the prong fasteners. I tried to raid the kids' spaces, but couldn't find one. Once I finished it (6 hours after starting, off and on), I decided I could just take the picture without it.
Even though it was frustrating, I'm pretty sure this one jumped into my top ten favorites.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Skipped yesterday and almost didn't get it in today because there was simply too much to do. The days seem to be almost impossibly busy right now. Even though this took less than 5 minutes, I realized I was grinning by the end. Even days when it seems like there's no time, I should take a few minutes to smile.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
I ignored the prompt today. The biggest reason was running out of time. I stopped by a tore to grab valentines for my kids to take to school tomorrow, but they were out, so I decided to run to the internet to make my own.
I chose three different designs and printed them out on cardstock. As I started cutting the first design, I noticed they used the wrong "your" on the card. I was already away from the color printer so I started panicking. There was no way I could send those to school with the kids (even though it was for the Kindergartner). That's when my husband handed me a red pen. Yeah. That was a simple solution.
Monday, February 12, 2018
I had to raid my wrapping paper/gift bag/wrapping paper stash. It was already packed in one of the 100+ boxes in my basement. But I grabbed the first piece I found for today's haiku.
I tried to tie in my favorite of my Dad's dad jokes. If you would tell him something rotten that had happened, he would always say "Oh, that's like tissue paper, it's "tear able"." Yeah, I was a solid 25 before I got that joke.
Friday, February 9, 2018
I debated this one most of today before I went with a simple option. Although actually writing it all out in the colors proves trickier than I expected. It took 3 false starts before I finally got through it without messing up.
Here's the translation, just in case you want the quick answer and don't want to actually play the game.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
I started on a turtle project today, because I love turtles. Then I remembered they technically weren't amphibians. So, I had to think of something else. Turns out, an origami frog is pretty easy. Once I learned it could actually hop, The haiku wrote itself and of course I had to prove it!
I love the idea of wallpaper in a home. When I go to someone else's house, I'll admire it and not be lying to them, but the idea of committing to something like wallpaper is beyond my comprehension. What if I change my mind in a day or two and then I'm stuck with this patter for years? I never though of myself as afraid of commitment, but I guess I am with my walls.