Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Custom Order: The Walker

I have a faithful customer that's asked me to make a special bot for her. She sent me the "foot powder" canister, a pedometer, and the feet, asking me to put them together. She wants a special bot for her daughter and son-in-law who are avid walkers.

I added arms that are already in the walking "swing" position (pieces of a leftover erector set). Then I gave him gold cog eyes as the base with a black washer on one side (more manly) and a black star washer on the other (more feminine) to represent both of them.

I'm thinking about adding a "sweatband" that might add a fun touch to the exercise element.

It's always fun to make something for a specific person. What would your dream bot be?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Tiny Workshop and Epic Robot

So this weekend, my workshop got significantly downsized. I haven't adjusted so well yet.

My real workbench is gone, and I'm finding it frustrating. There's not nearly enough surface space for possible appendages and/or mess-making.

But in other news, the EPIC robot is finally up for sale in my Etsy shop. This awesome music-playing, color-changing bundle of epic awesomeness can be yours!

You're welcome.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Reassembly Complete

I spent some time today in what's left of the workshop before my big work bench gets packed away in the POD. I will miss that bench.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bitty Bot Break!

Mash Handmade needs more Bitty Bots. I always enjoy making them, although it can be challenging to keep each one unique.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Does Absence Make the Heart Grow Fonder?

I've been borderline MIA from the blog world in 2015. We're working on getting our house on the market . . . not just contemplating anymore, really working. After eight years of hard living by four young boys, the house needs its fair share of TLC.

The purging, decluttering, cleaning phase sucks. This was my bedroom early on. 

Now I have to bob-and-weave to get in and out. It's an obstacle course to get to the bathroom at night. Maybe we should put a prize in there as reward for making it successfully--hmmm.

Plus, my robots went from carefree livin' to livin' in the dark. In a cabinet. In my room. Unseen.

Then this weekend, I started the arduous task of organizing, downsizing, and cleaning my workshop . . . all without stopping to make new robots. Apparently, prospective buyers are unlikely to enjoy miscellaneous metal shrapnel in their carpet. Whatever.

The line between chaos and progress is a bit fuzzy. Perhaps it's buried under there somewhere?

All this to say, I'll probably continue to be sporadic and unreliable. Fair warning.  Also, if you'd like to buy a lovely home . . . 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


We've been contemplating moving for a couple of years now. Unfortunately, we're getting more serious. That means . . . cleaning, packing, cleaning, purging, cleaning, stressing.

My gut response is to get a dumpster and throw everything in it. I actually asked for a dumpster rental for Christmas, but didn't get it.

My workshop is a pretty major part of this whole cleaning thing. Apparently, not everyone wants to see a drill press, workbench, tools, and various metal objects scattered all over the corner of the "beautiful, finished basement." And stepping on metal shrapnel during a walk-through is frowned upon. Whatever.

So now I have to figure out how to manage my creativity within a clean environment. Someone send lots of chocolate and Coke.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


I've been working on this bot, trying to get everything just right. I think he's pretty close. You can hook up your ipod, iphone, or ipad and let the good times roll. His head contains a portable, rechargeable speaker with coloring changing lights. The strainer holes serve to let the light and music seep out in robotic awesomeness. I'm working on getting a good video of him soon!

Sunday, January 18, 2015


I'm livin' the dream. I got my first-ever piercing! I may be going through a mid-life crisis, who wants in?

Ear is less red now and adjusting well, thank you.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Still Chuggin'

I seem to have a problem with keeping up with things that require, you know, thoughts and words and all that other coherent stuff. Luckily I'm still completely capable of operating the drill press.

I'll work on that whole coherent thing at some point.