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1  Drum Major in Halloween Costumes by jangoMama on: November 02, 2009 11:26:17 AM
My two year old asked to be a drum major this halloween, I thought that was pretty original (he is obsessed with parades and marching bands).

I made everything for this costum, complete with detachable cape, tall busby, and trick or treat bag with drum design.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out. He loved it! The basic pants and top were made using a pattern for a kids chefs costume but everything else I made the pattern up for. I used a cut down oatmeal container inside the hat to help keep it from caving in. All the blue fabric in the costume was left over from the bridesmaids dresses that my mom made for my wedding several years ago so it was a pretty cheap costume to make. The most I spent was on the blue fur for the hat which I had to special order because I couldn't find blue fur anywhere.

He had a great time marching around in it and blowing his whistle.

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2  Wood Giraffe Growth Chart (lots of pics) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by jangoMama on: January 04, 2009 12:01:28 PM
My husband and I wanted a growth chart for my son's (and future children's) room. We are a military family and we move too much to mark his height on a door frame. My son's room is kind of a jungle like theme so the obvious choice for a growth chart was a giraffe. We bought a 1 x 12 from the hardware store and I drew the giraffe on. My husband cut it out, sanded it, and made screw holes for all the pieces (the head, tail and ear are separate). I used a wood burner to make the measurements, the face and outline all the spots. Then I stained him with yellow and orange wood stains. 
I think I got a little carried away, I'm only 5' 2" and this giraffe is about 6 feet tall so the chances of my kids a) growing that tall and b) still measuring themselves on this silly giraffe when they get that tall are pretty slim. Oh, well I'm really proud of how he turned out. Ironically I like him so much I don't want to mark him up with my son's height! I guess I'll have to get over that.
Please let me know what you think.

And finally the whole giraffe, sorry about the chair rail in the photo I couldn't find a blank wall where I could get far enough away to get the whole giraffe in the picture.

My son (just woke up from a nap) with the giraffe
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3  Three Little Monkeys in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jangoMama on: January 01, 2009 11:17:21 AM
Well I guess it is 4 monkeys if you count the one on the t-shirt. I used the Melly and Me Pattern (purchased) for these monkeys. I made a few changes: I added magnets to thier hands so they can give hugs (or in the case of the one I used for a baptismal gift, pray), I attached the arms a bit differently and I left off the shorts. The pink and green monkeys were made mostly out of scraps. The t-shirt I made up based on the pattern, it is hard to tell in the photo but the ears on the t-shirt monkey are 3 dimensional. Thanks for looking.

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4  Silly little giraffe in Halloween Costumes by jangoMama on: November 03, 2008 04:34:18 PM
I know I can't compete with the amazing costumes I've seen posted here but I'm proud of how this turned out and I wanted to share. I went back and forth with alot of different ideas for my son (16 mo) this year and it got down to crunch time. My mom was cleaning out my craft closet (she is awesome) and found this giraffe print fabric I bought and never used (typical). So I decided to make a giraffe costume. I wanted to keep it simple since there was a good chance he would refuse to wear it. My mom made a pattern for me out of a hoody and a pair of pants of his. I think it turned out pretty cute and he kept it on all day hood and all!

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