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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Toy hospital and MRI machine on: October 14, 2015 01:01:15 PM

My friend's son sadly was diagnosed with a brain tumor when still a toddler and for the last few years he's been undergoing treatment. While he is, thank G-d, in remission, he still needs to go to get an MRI every month to monitor him and check if it has returned. He has also become rather obsessed with playing doctors and hospitals, so I thought it might be helpful for him to have a model hospital with a model MRI machine so he can play it out. I made this toy hospital for him earlier this year:


I needed it to be light and packable, so the majority (e.g. base and walls) are made from tri-wall cardboard, and everything is flat-pack - it packs down into 4 base pieces and 2 wall pieces (as their flat is small, and I was taking it oversea to them, in a suitcase). The furniture and figures are playmobil, the wall decorations are scrapbook paper, stickers, and images printed and mounted (e.g. room names, pictures, x-rays, clocks etc). The flooring is either felt or scrapbook paper covered in sticky back plastic.

The hardest thing was making the MRI machine. It's made with two pieces of acrylic pipe that I had them cut to size, covered with a shell of plastruct plastic (which I'd never worked with before). It was a bit of trial and error. The buttons were made with polymer clay. It works to the extent that you can lie a figure on the bed and push it in and out - I really wanted him to be able to do that because that's what he still needs to do each month.

If I did it again there's some stuff I'd do differently, but on the whole I'm pretty pleased, and also he loved it, so I'm happy.

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Dissected Frog! on: August 08, 2014 10:53:48 AM
So, I just finished this little guy for Ludi, for the whimsical shrine swap! Cheesy I admit, he is quirky, unusual, curious, weird, odd, (gross!?), funny. I had a lot of reservations and anxiety including this guy in the swap, but I did anyway and she really seemed to like him! Cheesy

His body is made of cotton/viscos/rayon blend. His guts are made of felt. He is mounted on cork board and displayed in a hand painted/stained/stamped frame. 😊

Edit for friendly and helpfulness -pattern is Emily Stoneking's Biology 101 - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/biology-101.
3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / MIDDLE EAST / Re: Israel? on: February 22, 2012 11:30:24 AM
Yay! a handful of us... There are quite a lot more on Ravelry, if anyone is on there.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Hexi-Puff / Beekeeper's Quilt Swap? on: February 07, 2012 07:40:41 AM
I would also prefer to swap skeins, rather than puffs.
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who TARDIS jewelry box on: December 23, 2011 01:57:29 AM
this is awesome Smiley
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Shades of Purple Mosaic Hamsa on: November 10, 2011 11:26:57 PM
Gorgeous as always, HSG! As soon as I saw this on the front page I knew it must be one of yours Smiley
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Giant "Sarah" Puppet, Bread-&-Puppet Theater Style on: October 03, 2011 10:37:44 AM
This is awesome! Hope you got a good grade Smiley
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: help with mask! on: October 03, 2011 10:36:53 AM
ooh, what excellent timing - check out what these guys did here, just posted by ChameleonHound - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=391934.0

Could you do a rigging like theirs?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Baby Tree of Life Throw on: August 15, 2011 08:41:04 AM
This is gorgeous, you should hang that thing up, it's too beautiful not to be on display!

On a separate note, may I ask where you got the pattern for the leaf border? It's beautiful, I'd love to give it a try sometime
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using dpns for a pattern written for 2 circular needles on: July 09, 2011 11:12:58 AM
Thanks so much! That is great, I can't wait to get started now Smiley
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