Thursday, April 30, 2015

Day 30 (Creative Sprint): Crossing the Finish Line

Day 30: Make a trophy or award for yourself for completing Creative Sprint.

Though neither Norman nor I are much for actual running, we definitely enjoyed this Creative Sprint. Thanks, Another Limited Rebellion!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Day 29 (Creative Sprint): Hide-n-Seek

Day 29 (Creative Sprint): Make something someone else has to find. Provide a map or clues to lead seekers to the location where it is hidden.

My 8-year-old and I teamed up with our Bitty Bots for this one. We hid the Bots in the kitchen high above everything and then wrote coded clues using a cypher disk. The older boys had to translate the code and find them. Inside one was the message, "Tag! You're it!" Perhaps Robot Hide-n-Seek will catch on around here.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Day 25 (Creative Sprint): Game Day

Day 25: Create a game for two or more people to play.

Created RobotLand - you can print and color it yourself, then play. Hours of entertainment!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Day 24 (Creative Sprint): Collaboration

Day 24: Collaborate with someone else who is participating in Creative Sprint.

I put a call out for collaborators on Instagram and Twitter. On Twitter, @KristinaDeshee volunteered. She has been working with hearts and offered to make a robot heart for me. After seeing her tweets and final product, I decided to make it into a "fairy tale." Enjoy!

I also got a suggestion from Instagram.  RingCat had to stop her Creative Sprint early, but asked if I could do some origami for my mascot Norman. I made a slightly oversized pirate hat (I've never been fantastic with proportions).

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Day 23 (Creative Sprint): Role Reversal

Day 23: Do someone else's job for some part of the day and create something in their workspace or based on the experience.

As a homeschooler and stay-at-home mom, it's hard to go do someone else's job (you try finding someone who wants to switch), so I decided to trade places with my boys and play on their favorite table.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Day 22 (Creative Sprint): Pass It On

Day 22: Start something, then have someone else complete it.

I started a robot picture, drawing the bottom of a robot (mostly body and legs), then passed it to my 12-year-old son to finish the drawing (he even added a shadow at the bottom). Then I asked my 8-year-old to color it and my 11-year-old to write a story about the robot. Here's the finished product:

Rocky the Robot is an adventurous robot who is always up for every challenge. He has won the Rolympics 5 times, the Super Bolt 2 times, the Robo Series 10 times, and Polobot 7 times. As you probably know, Rocky is a top athlete in all robot sports. He also likes reading books and writing books. His favorite book is “The Robot Fart Attack" by Rocky the Robot.   

Happy Earth Day!

Did you know that, each year, 17 million robots go without arms and legs and that some never get a chance to see through transplanted eyes?  In fact, every day, 4 out of 5 robot parts are cast into landfills to simply rust away.
However, there is hope.  Together, we can break the never-ending cycle of waste and dismemberment. 
At the Robot Rescue Coalition, our mission is to rescue, reassemble, and release robots into the world again.  We believe that, while all robots are not created equal, they ARE endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Personality, and the Pursuit of Appendages.

Please join us in this crusade to end robot cruelty.  Save a life.  Buy a robot.

From recycled and found objects, those things you may remember from kitchens and garages of years past, comes the artwork of Rebecca Jackson.  Her delight lies within taking things apart and reassembling the pieces in unexpected ways.  From this aesthetic process emerges quirky robots and steampunk art.

When she goes on rescue missions, she doesn’t see flashlights, canisters, or teapots.  She sees bodies, heads, and missing legs.  Her workshop surfaces are littered with these body parts, and after trial-and-error limb and head transfusions, a robot takes shape.  As she drills and bolts them together, their personalities develop, and the components tell a story that gives each one its own sense of individuality and background.

Each finished piece of art reminds her that being a little different is not necessarily a bad thing (and that her obsession with metal objects is, at least, partially justified).

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Day 21 (Creative Sprint): Fun with Friends

Day 21: Ask a friend you haven't talked with in a while for a suggestion of what to do today.

I asked my friend Di, and she said, "As I am looking around my office, I want you to make something cool out of office supplies."

The result? RoboOfficeSupply Space Invaders!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Day 19 (Creative Sprint): The Places You'll Go

Day 19: Walk aimlessly for 5 minutes, then stop and make something using whatever materials are available where you've ended up. Leave it there for someone else to discover.

I made this robot at my parents' place, using broken bricks for the body and head, rock eyes, twig arms, and a dandelion "light."

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Day 18 (Creative Sprint): Create Something for a Child

Day 18: Create something for a child you know.

My eight-year-old is always asking to make robots with me, so today he helped make his own Bitty Bot . . . with a Dr. Pepper bottlecap as feet and a spinning gear.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Day 17 (Creative Sprint): Snail Mail

Day 17: Create or alter a postcard and send it anonymously to someone in the mail.

I modified my Remnants postcard to send to someone. My 8-year-old got in on the fun. Who will be the lucky recipient?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Day 16 (Creative Sprint): Make a Gift for Someone

Day 16: Make a gift for someone and give it to them.

Was running low on time at the end of the day, but thought I'd do a quick sketch of the infamous "Hang in There" cat poster with a robot instead. Dedicated to you, Sarah.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Day 15 (Creative Sprint): You Can Take It With You!

Day 15: Carry something with you all day, preferably something you made, and document it in a variety of locations.

I documented Norman's day. Turns out his day isn't a whole lot more exciting than mine. I was hoping for a swashbuckling adventure.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Day 14 (Creative Sprint): Get by With a Little Help

Day 14: Learn something new. Ask a friend to help you do something using a technique or skill they are good at.

My 12-year-old son taught me how to find the volume of my Bitty Bot Norman. It's 16.2495 mm cubed. Exciting, huh? We're livin' the dream here, folks.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Day 13 (Creative Sprint): Hat!

Day 13: Make a hat or something to wear on your head. Get a photograph of you wearing it in public.

With a shoelace, I gave Norman his own "seat" on my hat. Doesn't seem fair he should always have to stay home, right?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Day 12 (Creative Sprint): Legal Graffiti

Day 12 (Creative Sprint): Legal Graffiti. Make an impermanent work in a public space.

At a local Goodcents, I left a robot made from Legos I found in my diaper bag.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Day 11 (Creative Sprint): Playing with Food

Day 11: Make something with (or about) your next meal before you eat it.

Today was a day filled with baseball games and house showings, including a random stop-by-couple who wanted to see the house without an agent. My creativity--and my dinner options--suffered.

Hey, at least I cut out the letters for "robot" from the cereal box. That's effort. Sorta.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Day 9 (Creative Sprint): Pick a Drawer

Day 9: Open a random drawer where you live or work and create something with just the contents.

This morning, I went upstairs to help my second-born find jeans without holes in them that still fit. There were a lot of jeans in the drawer . . . you know, asking to become a robot--with ripped string eyes and a smiling mouth.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Day 8 (Creative Sprint): First Words

Day 8: Flip to a random page in a book at hand and make something inspired by the first sentence you read.

How to Grow a Robot
(The secret is to water liberally with Coca-Cola.)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Day 7 (Creative Sprint): Dollar Bill, Y'all.

Day 7: What can you do with just one dollar? Use a dollar bill (or an equivalent amount of change) as your medium or inspiration today.

Create a Precarious Penny Bot.

My eight-year-old made his own robot, too.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Day 6 (Creative Sprint): In a Box

Day 6: Make something in a box. Any type of box will do: shoebox, jewelry box, filing box, shipping box.

Martini shaker turned robot (with tong arms), peering out of a box.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Day 4 (Creative Sprint): Eye Inspired

Day 4: Make something inspired by and/or that goes over an eye (yours or someone else's).

In my life, I find eyes in all kinds of places. It's all a matter of looking with a creative eye at what's around you.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Day 3 (Creative Sprint): On the Other Hand

Day 3: Use your non-dominant hand to creative something today. If you are right-handed then only use your left or vice-versa.

I'm a lefty, so I used my right hand to tear and shape this paper robot, allowing my left elbow to hold down the paper for tearing. It goes without saying that the left elbow was tremendously more adept than the stupid right hand.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Day 2 (Creative Sprint): Create a Bridge

Day 2: Create a bridge. Connect two things in an interesting way. It could be small enough for only an amoeba or big enough for an elephant to cross it.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Day 1 (Creative Sprint) - Something Small

"Day 1: The first step is the hardest, so start small. Make something that fits in the palm of your hand using only the materials in you immediate environment."

We're in the process of getting our house ready to sell, so while sitting at my desk reading this prompt, I had scissors and blue painters tape.

My eight-year old wanted to get in on the fun, too. He "made" a Lego figure who "made"
a waffle that fits in his hand within my son's hand.

Creative Sprint, Here I Come!

Noah Scalin and Another Limited Rebellion are having a "Creative Sprint" during the month of April.

Here's how it works:

When you sign up for #CreativeSprint, you will recieve instructions on how to get started and daily challenges and motivation to help you keep on going all month long. You don't need to do anything to prepare, just commit at least 30 seconds a day to your creative practice.

I'm in. Are you?