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21  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Pygmy Hippo Baby Amigurumi on: February 09, 2010 08:41:24 PM
OMG! SO CUTE! I especially love the eyes on the little hippo! Makes me smile!!
22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Sweater Brobee on: January 02, 2010 12:50:05 AM
Thanks everyone! I'm hoping he won't outgrow it too soon! Smiley
23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sweater Brobee on: December 31, 2009 01:09:05 PM
For those of you who have young children, the name "Yo Gabba Gabba" may be a common part of your household vocabulary. I know it is with my brother-in-law and his wife. Their son LOVES Yo Gabba Gabba. His favorite character is Brobee. Brobee is this green striped creature that reminds me a lot of that old McDonald's character Grimace (old skool). For Christmas, I decided to make him a handmade Brobee toy of some type.



My original plan was to make him a Brobee sock toy, since Brobee could easily be made in the same fashion as a sock monkey. But it was virtually impossible to find green/lime green striped socks! I looked online, at Walmart, and Target! No luck. Then I tried to find striped fabric at JoAnns... no such luck (out of the thousands of patterns they have there). So finally I tried Ross, thinking maybe there was something I could use from the kids section. Again no luck.

So I gave up and decided to go shopping for myself. I went to the Juniors section to find a sweater for myself, and lo an behold, what did I find? THIS SWEATER!



It was PERFECT! The right color, and it came with a scarf!! All for $6.99! There were only two on the rack and I bought both of them up. I used one sweater for Brobee's body, and the sleeves from the second sweater for the legs. I also got a green microfiber towel to make his head.

Here are the pictures I took throughout the process:





Being that I'm not the best at sewing, I learned a few things along the way and had to redo the stitching of the arms and legs to the body, but it looked pretty good in the end.





On Christmas, my nephew was one happy boy. His first remarks about his gift were, "Brobee is BIG!"
All the time and hard work I put into it definitely paid off!
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pipe Cleaner Animal - Fridge Pidge on: October 28, 2009 10:32:12 AM
I absolutely love custom creations. They give me a way to challenge my pipe cleaner sculpting skills, and really gets my creative juices running! I just wanted to share with everyone one of my latest custom creations.

I received a request from a friend for a custom Fuzzy of her Sheltie, Pidge. She also requested that the Fuzzy be made as a refrigerator magnet, hence the nickname I coined for this creation, Fridge Pidge! =)

Here is Pidge fuzzified.



Here is the picture of Pidge that Christyn sent to me. Isn't she adorable? Her coloration was the most difficult to achieve.



Here is Fridge Pidge!



You like? Any comments would be lovely!
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Distinguished Mr. Rat on: October 21, 2009 04:37:09 PM
Craftologist - that's a great story! I wish I could've majored in pipe cleaner animals! =)
26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Pipe Cleaner Animal - Ichabod the Tuxedo Cat on: October 21, 2009 04:35:06 PM
Thanks everyone! My sister now wants me to make another one because her boyfriend won't give it back!! =)
27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pipe Cleaner Animal - Ichabod the Tuxedo Cat on: September 12, 2009 02:05:49 PM
It's a little early for spooky Halloween stuff, but given that stores are starting to display Halloween goodies, I thought I'd show off my latest custom creation: Ichabod, the tuxedo cat. Ichabod is mostly my sister's cat. She and her boyfriend named him Ichabod, after Ichabod Crane from the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  As a challenge, my sister's boyfriend requested a pipe cleaner figurine of Ichabod. I made him during a two-hour car ride from memory, and I must say, he came out pretty close! Guess all those times I played with Ichabod paid off!



The cat eyes are part of a new design that I'm experimenting with. They're made with a thin yellow pipe cleaner with two beads. I'm thinking I need to show a little more separation between the eyes. I also would like to add some whiskers. And the ears could be a little smaller.


Overall though, I'm really happy with how he came out. My sis and her b-friend seemed to really like him as well. At least this version of Ichabod won't scratch her boyfriend up! =)
28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pipe Cleaner Animal - Hannah the Doxie on: August 23, 2009 03:47:35 PM
Here is my latest pipe cleaner creation!!  Someone asked me to make a pipe cleaner version of her Dachshund Hannah!  

And here is Hannah after she was turned into pipe cleaners:


Here is Hannah in real life:




Hannah is made completely out of brown pipe cleaners and glass beads, primarily using traditional wire-wrapping techniques.  The only gle used was for her little pink felt tongue.  Hannah loves her little blue ball, which is made of polymer clay.  I hope the owner loves pipe cleaner Hannah almost as much as the real one!! =)
29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Distinguished Mr. Rat on: August 07, 2009 11:19:38 PM
Distinguished Mr. Rat wears a blue bow, and loves to chat about music and art!!! He also enjoys a bit of peppermint tea from time to time. This little guy measures 2 inches high and comes with his own piece of polymer clay cheddar cheese! Lovingly made with gray chenille stems/pipe cleaners.




30  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Easy Bird Toy! (My sun conure loves it :D) on: August 07, 2009 11:16:12 PM
I have a lovebird who would absolutely love one of these!!!
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