Week #100: Makin Stuff



"Rolling Through the Bay" by Scott Weaver

“Rolling Through the Bay” by Scott Weaver

I finally visited the Exploratorium’s new location; it was even more wonderful and inspiring than the one I grew up with. They had a whole section on automata – something I’ve always been inexplicably drawn to since I was a kid and always wanted to try making myself, but never have. Why? For all the usual reasons: too many other “important responsibilities”, not enough time, not enough space, don’t have the tools/skills/materials/whatever and the real show stopper “why?”. That annoying question I heard whenever I had another “crazy idea”, that question that I never had a good enough answer to and which ultimately stopped me in my tracks.

But then I saw Scott Weaver’s, “Rolling Through the Bay” sculpture at the Exploratorium and learned that it took 37 years and 105,387 and 1/2 toothpicks for him to create this moving sculpture of San Francisco. (Take a minute and see it in action here. I’ll wait.)

Uhh…. what was my excuse for not making stuff again???

Time for me to get started. Luckily, my best friend j just issued another 30 day challenge. She’s going to make something every day for 30 days and she’s invited the world to join her. I’m in (with a slight modification to fit my life); I’ve decided that since I exercise 20 minutes a day 5 days a week, then I can do something creative 20 minutes a day 5 days a week. It’s time to exercise my creative muscles.

Wanna join in? Feel free to link here to your creations. I can’t wait to see what you make!


Week #94: Not My Dog


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My quest for a black lab puppy continues. This week, I drove hours to meet this adorable little guy… unfortunately, he wasn’t “my dog”. I grew up with black labs – lots of them. I never guessed finding one of my own would be such a challenge. It’s heartbreaking and discouraging. (Although I thoroughly enjoyed all the puppy kisses! It’s been a long time since I’ve had any of those.)

I’ve never been good at giving up and I’m determined to find my black lab puppy. Any references/suggestions are greatly appreciated!