Day 1: Something that fits in the palm of your hand

It’s day 1 of my 365 daily creative journal. (See my previous post for more information).

Today’s task was to: “make something that fits in the palm of your hand using only materials in your immediate environment.”

I happened to be in the dining room for this challenge, so I used a table cloth, some nearby Christmas wrapping ribbons, and a few food items and plates from the kitchen. I arranged them into something that I could photograph, cut, and fold into a simple character. (The camera and printer are in the living room, so I figure they count as my immediate environment.)

Anyhow, here are some process photos:

And a final shot of my creation in the palm of my hand:


I learnt that superglue doesn’t really adhere to photographic paper (on their side) and that I probably would have been better with a plain background (rather than using the plates, which added texture). That being said, the plates were handy for spacing – I rolled the top plate along the table to check that the radius would match the four square plates placed side-by-side.

2012 wrap-up

I usually end the year with a bit of a retrospective and considered plans for the next year, but I think that this time I’ll just give a brief recap of the months which are undocumented on this blog, and mention a few minor things that I have planned for this coming year. (Hmmm, maybe that isn’t so different after all.)

So here’s what you’ve missed:

  • June: A family trip to the UK. I learnt to appreciate the phrase “Make hay while the sun shines”. The weather reiterated the concept on a daily basis.
  • July: A long stop-over in Thailand. Amelia met the extended family and I caught up with an old school friend.
  • August, September, October, November: Work!
  • December: Work!… Oh, and a couple of weeks off – in which we further child-proofed the house and took care of some general gardening and cleaning. Yeah!

As you can see, I’ve been pretty busy with my business partnership: Hungry Sky. There’s also the day-to-day excitement of being father to a baby who has learnt to play, crawl, babble, eat all sorts of things, and walk while holding your hand.

Here are some random photos:

I find it amazing that Amelia’s already more like a little girl than a little baby.

Oh, I almost forgot about those minor things that I have planned for this year. In general, I want to spend more time just getting on with things. I tend to waste a fair amount of time deciding on the details of what to do. In the end, it’s better to just get things done – whether or not the result is “optimal”.

Bearing that in mind, I’m embarking on daily creative activities which I will post to this blog. I bought a book and everything. Check it out:

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There’s more information on the Make Something 365 website. I’m still not entirely decided upon a theme, but I’m thinking: Papercraft. 🙂