Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Day 106 - Robot/Monster/Chicken

I tried something crazy.  I sewed and made my own stuffed robot.  I guess my exceptional craftsmanship with the tote bag inspired me.

I know it's hard to believe, but I made this!  (Stop snickering--it does not look like a 6-year-old made it!)

I used some old sweat pants (with orange cargo pocket) my boys had outgrown. I then cut out the body and legs, etc. and sewed the whole thing by hand inside out. I added cut up fuzzy blue socks for arms and some glove fingers for the hair.

The best part is that his mouth opens so you can hid stuff in him!  Woo-hoo! (One of my boys kept putting random things in there and having the robot puke them out.  Boys.)

My second oldest has named him Crash and deemed him his now. The only problem is he keeps calling him a monster or a chicken. I have to keep telling him it's a robot . . . obviously!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Day 103 - Bolt Bot

Tiny, itty-bitty screws removed from a vintage typewriter and wedged in a wire basket = Robot Head (sorta)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Day 102 - Pint SIze Puppy

At long last, Norman found a robopup just his size. 

(Robopup is just under 1 1/2" tall from thimble to paw and under 2" from tail to nose.)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Day 101 - Bot-o-Lantern

I'm a stick-in-the-mud.  I don't enjoy carving pumpkins.  My boys always think it'll be great fun, but I know I'll end up doing the icky work while they goof off.  So I decided to draw on my youngest's little pumpkin and try to convince them it was just as good.

They're not buying it.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Day 100 - High Five

100 holes from my 3-ring paper punch.
I realized Norman celebrated a little too early on Day 90.  Sure, 90 days is about 3 months and that seems like an accomplishment, but it clearly pales in comparison to Day 100.

That's 100 robots.

100 days of creating.

I sure didn't think I'd make it this far.  Can't wait to see what the next 265 days bring!

. . . (Crikey!  265?!)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Day 99 - Torn

After a stressful couple of weeks of art show preparation and non-stop adrenaline, I crashed today.  So while Day 99 isn't all that earthshattering, it's still something new. 

I tore out this robot silhouette from a post-it note.  That's right, no scissors were used in the making of this robot.  Fantastic, isn't it?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Day 98 - Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs

This little robot cuckoo bird may have lost its original clock home, but she doesn’t seem to mind. She’s decided to roost in this hollowed out Steampunk tabletop version instead.

Plus, Cuckoo is the perfect subject for easily distracted birdwatchers. It's almost like she never moves.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Day 95 - Jingle Bots

Last minute touches to my new Robot Ornaments.  Maple Leaf Festival, here I come.  Robot World Domination will be mine!

*These little bots are made from 1 1/2" tall vintage salt and pepper shakers.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Day 93 - Robotic Fish

So you haven’t had the best track record with pets, but you long for the companionship that has long eluded you. Robotic fish are the answer. (These two fish are of the rare Steampunk species that feature intricate etching on their graceful bodies.) With metal seaweed and rocks, you won’t need to spend time cleaning this gumball tank, and the cherry red color will brighten any room. It’s pet perfection.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Day 92 - Steampunk/Robot Art

Robot Art for the Flowerless 
A vintage dictionary page is now the background for your newest and bestest robot friend.  Made from clock parts and other metal found objects, he may seem a little dirty, but with that flower to offer, who cares? 

Steampunk Insectica
At long last, the ever-elusive, silver-winged Steampunk butterfly has been caught and preserved for closer inspection.

**I have an art show coming up Oct. 21 & 22, so for the next several days, Robot-a-Day is being brought to you by crazy, last minute projects.**

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Day 91 - Brainwashing?

As I was drawing robots at the school table, I looked up to find my five-year-old drawing this.  The explanation about each button's function was quite extensive--I'll leave it to your imagination.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Day 90 - Eye of the Tiger

We've made it to Day 90!!

Cue "Rocky" theme music:
It's the eye of the tiger
It's the thrill of the fight
Risin' up to the challenge
Of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he's watching us all with the
Eye of the tiger.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Day 88 - Robot Flight


Due to the fact that robots are generally clunky and not prone to graceful flight, this little guy is testing out his jet propeller, donned with goggles and a safety harness . . . you know, just in case.

(Ability to spin rapidly on salvaged typewriter arm.  Smoke plume at no extra charge.)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Day 87 - Fun at Work

You say you need a business card holder . . . and a robot?  Well, by golly, today's your lucky day!

This little bot has a tight hold on the card holder (made from vintage dominos).

Peek-a-boo, anyone?  It's not just a kids' game anymore.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Day 86 - UFR Sighting

There was a brief UFR (Unidentified Flying Robot) sighting today in Baldwin City, KS.

Yes, I turned my alien dog spaceship into a night light!  Woo-hoo!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Day 85 - Text Art

I saw this awesome piece of art ( and thought I'd try a rudimentary version myself.  I sketched a cog (albeit a slightly askew, quite imperfect one) and started filling in with lines of "robot" repeated over and over.  After spending about 2 1/2 hours on it, this is as far as I've gotten.

I'm hoping to finish it after my upcoming art show stops taking over my life.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Day 84 - Robo Tic-Tac-Toe 2.0

I took the robo Tic-Tac-Toe idea I had a while back and made a computer version with three different robot models.  I'm going to make a portable game using an altoids tin, magnets, and, of course, nuts and bolts.  Pictures of finished product to come . . .

Monday, October 8, 2012

Day 83 - Norman and the Buckin' Bronco

Norman secretly liked to think of himself as a daredevil. 

As most things in his life, it didn't go as well as he hoped.  Run, Norman, the drooling monster is coming, and he looks hungry!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Day 82 - Chore Coins

I'm a parent first and foremost . . . at least that's my excuse for these not-very-exciting robot chore coins.  Hey, there's robots, and I had to punch all of them out--it counts.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Day 81 - Silhouette Robo Art

I saw some framed art that used old book pages as a background with various silhouettes printed on top.  I couldn't find any robot silhouettes I liked, so I decided to just draw my own for these little frames. 

Turns out, I like the non-silhouette robot better. 

The only drawback is that I'd have to hand-draw each piece, and I already--um--"struggle" with time management.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012