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21  Giant Bride & Groom Wedding Swans in Weddings and Bridal Showers by chek101 on: February 17, 2012 04:43:39 PM
When my girlfriend's daughter got married, she asked me to make something to put in her yard to decorate it a bit and so I made her a great big pair of bride and groom wedding swans! They were over 8ft tall and they turned out really gorgeous! Sorry about the fuzziness of the photos, but I lost the pictures that were in the computer when it crashed. Luckily when I got my new printer I had tested it by printing out some things on plain printer paper. These pictures were part of that testing. I just kept them. And thank goodness I did or I would not have these pictures today. This is why they aren't as clear as they should be because the scanner sort've shoots its light through both sides of the paper which had other stuff on it and so it makes the pictures come out flimsy looking ike this. it  Undecided

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22  Lots of knitted dolls in Knitting: Completed Projects by chek101 on: February 17, 2012 01:06:34 PM
These are all made from the Jean Greenhowe patterns. I love the woman and think she is a genius! I chose her patterns because I wanted to learn how to understand the techicalities of knitting - thanks to Jean Greenhowe, I now do.

Here are some of the gang

The Carpenter

The Chef

The Golfer


A doll I just call Sally and that's a small topsy turvy doll standing beside her

Topsy Turvy Cinderella - a fairly nice size topsy at 12"

The patches on Cinderella's dress

And that little topsy turvy doll showing her other topsy turvy side

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23  Lots of DOLLS in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by chek101 on: February 17, 2012 12:38:26 PM
These are some of the dolls I made. They are all made from Jean Greenhowe patterns. I LOVE her work; I think the woman is a genius! I bought her patterns specifically to teach myself how to understand knitting, and thanks to Jean Greenhowe, I now do. These are all knitted dolls. Everything about these dolls is all knitted: the dolls themselves, the clothes, the articles they have in their hands and on their heads, the golf clubs and golf cart, the sausages, the carrot, the hammer, screwdriver, cup, watch, even the pencils - everything!

This first one is some of the gang!

Then there's the Carpenter doll - 27"

The Chef doll - 27"

the Golfer doll - 27"

Jane - 29"

and the doll I call Sally is 15", and the little doll approx 8" is a topsy turvy doll

Here is Cinderella - a fairly big doll for a topsy turvy doll - apprx 12"

close up of Cinderella's patches

The little doll showing her other topsy turvy side

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24  Praying Mantis Costume in Halloween Costumes by chek101 on: February 14, 2012 08:24:39 PM
This is another one I made: a Praying Mantis costume. Had to capture a real one first and study it. Yeeck!

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25  Teenage Ninja Turtle Costume - Leonardo in Halloween Costumes by chek101 on: February 14, 2012 07:42:30 PM
I made a lot of Halloween costumes for my kids. This one is Leonardo from The  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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26  Halloween - Star War's C3PO costume in Halloween Costumes by chek101 on: February 14, 2012 07:08:16 PM
 ... the following Halloween I used the same boots and gloves from Rockin Robot, to make C3PO from Star Wars, only I repainted them gold.

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27  Rockin Robot Costume - all cardboard in Halloween Costumes by chek101 on: February 14, 2012 06:41:16 PM
I made this for my youngest a ways back. It was made from 2 cardboard boxes. I fixed a battery operated light to the top box. I put a door in the front of the bigger lower box so he could open it up to receive larger treats. I also installed a slot that allowed for the smaller candy to be put into it which would then slide down inside the box and caught inside a plastic bag; that way he could munch out from inside the box. Those are not his hands that you see on the outside; they are false hands made from fat cardboard tubes and stuffed gloves spray painted silver. His hands are naturally on the inside. I painted a scene from another planet on the front door of the box just to break up all that silver coloring. I used and old pair of pants and boots for the bottom  half, also spray painted silver. He had a ball with that costume!

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28  The Cannon - Replica of the widely used Civil War Cannon in Completed Projects by chek101 on: February 11, 2012 05:37:40 PM
Are you ready for this one? .....
I built this cannon for no other reason than that I am a big Civil War buff and had visited almost every major battlefield there is. This is a replica of the 1857 Bronze Napoleon 12 pdr. This cannon was used extensively throughout the Civil War and of course it fired a 12 lb cannon ball.
For your information - the barrel is 6 ft long and each wheel weighs 95 lbs a piece.

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29  mailbox house - replica of my old house in Completed Projects by chek101 on: February 11, 2012 05:00:16 PM
I built this mailbox which is a smaller version of my house. 

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30  Dracula's Coach for Halloween in Halloween Decor and Parties by chek101 on: February 10, 2012 11:08:13 AM
This carriage was made the year after I made the Four Horsemen. I used one of the horses from the Four Horsemen for Dracula's coach. Drac rode up top driving while his two lovely lady vamps rode inside. The coach was built by following a photo I got from a library book - that would be the drawing photo. The carriage is full scale; I would sit in it at night and pretend for a moment that I was back in the horse and buggy days. It was pretty neat.

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