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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sock bunny on: January 18, 2012 01:01:14 AM
I'm starting a new intiative in my classroom whereby good behavior earns a kid an entry in a drawing for whatever bizarre prize I can think up. To that end, I was finishing up a tie-dyed sock monkey this evening when it occurred to me that sock monkeys are a bit time-consuming, and I suddenly remembered a bunny pattern involving socks in a book my mom gave me.

I got out the book -- The Woman's Day Book of Soft Toys and Dolls by Joan Russell -- and found the pattern. I made slight modifications by using oversized plastic eyes, gecko-print ladies' socks, and a prefabbed acrylic pompom in place of the button eyes, gray children's socks, and handmade pompom tail and overstuffing the bunny slightly to give him a kind of alien look.

Here he is:

I think he looks sort of like a cross between an Uglydoll and the goofy one-eared rabbit from the Life in Hell cartoons.

In an odd coincidence, as I was getting on Craftster to post this, I noticed a familiar face and discovered that AlwaysInspired had used the very same book to create one of the beautiful Indian dolls I used to pore over as a child:

I'm not sure what the odds were on that, but I'm guessing you could probably use them to fuel the Heart of Gold from Betelgeuse to Milliway's. Wink
22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Two Feathers, Little Sioux Indian Girl on: January 18, 2012 12:41:16 AM
OMG -- I clicked on your doll's picture because I recognized her instantly from that book, which I used to pore over constantly when I was little. Joan Russell has SUCH a distinctive style, doesn't she? I love her projects, even if I'm too clumsy to make most of them. My mom was going to sell the book at a yard sale once, but I insisted on keeping it.

Wild coincidence: It's been tucked away in a bookcase in my laundry closet for years, and I hadn't even THOUGHT about it until I was finishing up a sock monkey tonight, remembered a bunny pattern involving socks, and got it out so I could riff on it a little bit. I haven't been on Craftster in months, but I logged on just now to post a picture of said bunny, and lo and behold, I find myself face to face with a doll from that very book! Looking at the copyright date, I think Mom must have bought it with the intention of making toys for me when I was a baby, because I was born in 1975, and Mom's edition is a '75. Glad I'm not the only one out there who loves this book. Smiley
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Hippie toddler on: July 01, 2011 11:18:04 PM
FoxyMama: I was the only Emily in my school for years. I think my name became popular about five minutes after I got too old to care whether my comb/keychain/mug/etc. had my name on it.  Undecided
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Grateful Gnome on: July 01, 2011 07:08:11 AM
A couple of the KISS Army gnomes were painted a solid bronze color when I got them (not sure what that was about), but the rest were plain. Prepainted would probably be easier, because you'd have a better idea of what you were painting -- those sculpted shapes get a little abstract sometimes, y'know?
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Where the grickle-grass grows ... on: June 28, 2011 03:18:16 PM
cooksr: I love it. I was constantly collecting snail shells and always drove my parents crazy asking them to take me for long walks as a kid. I don't think I ever told them that I was casing the far end of town for grickle-grass so I could find the Once-ler, hear the story, and get that Very Last Truffula Seed of Them All. I spent a lot of time stressing out over the difficulty of determining whether a snail shell had, in fact, belonged to a great-great-great-grandfather.

If I ever get a hand free and figure out where I put the snail shells I found in my garden this spring, I'm going to make a little Lorax retablo-type thing out of an Altoids tin, with fifteen cents, a nail, and some Seuss images inside and out.
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Hippie toddler on: June 15, 2011 12:31:31 PM
When I was little, I always wanted stuff with my name on it, and I always had trouble finding it, because my name wasn't very popular at the time.

My 2-year-old niece, Hazel, is likely to have the same problem, so when I saw some Fillmore-poster-style wooden letters at the craft store, I had to buy a set so she could have her name spelled out on her bedroom wall in hippie letters hand-painted by her hippie aunt. Nothing fancy, but for a quick project, I thought they turned out pretty cute:

I still have to seal them with Mod Podge, and then they'll be ready to go.
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Harvesting Spring Honey on: June 14, 2011 10:00:10 PM
Great to see another beek on here. I just did my first harvest of the summer yesterday. We use an extractor identical to yours. One word of caution: Be careful with the lever on the honey gate; mine broke off yesterday while I was trying to set the extractor upright after my husband cleaned it and left it out to dry upside-down. The gate still closes, but I'm hoping Dadant sells replacement parts.

If you haven't already, do yourself a favor and invest in one of those filter kits from Dadant. They're a little pricey (about $40 for two or three filters and a five-gallon bucket with a spigot on the front), but they make the task of filling jars soooooo much easier.
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Easy, Colorful, Durable Garden Markers on: June 14, 2011 09:42:19 PM
Totally stealing this idea. Very cute.
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Where the grickle-grass grows ... on: June 14, 2011 09:40:30 PM
Thanks. Seuss is pretty easy to imitate, because his drawings are relatively simple, and the detail is kind of scribbly. If you're not confident freehanding, you could always do like we did in high-school art class and divide a picture into a grid, then make a larger grid of the same proportions on your wall and sketch one square at a time. That always helped me get the proportions right when I was drawing portraits and whatnot.
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Where the grickle-grass grows ... on: June 14, 2011 09:29:09 PM
I started this mural several years ago but never got around to finishing it. I ignored it for so long that the paint faded, so I couldn't complete it without repainting the old parts first. I finally had time to work on it this week. Aside from a few minor details and a couple of spots I can't reach until my husband gets a hand free to hold a ladder for me, I'm finally done with it:

I still have to do a little detail work on the far right, finish the sky and the Truffula tuft on the upper left, and complete the shading on the Once-ler's shop and the upper parts of the clouds and Truffula tufts, but I doubt it will take more than an hour to finish up.

A closer look. I was especially pleased with the way the thneed turned out.

I spent a lot of time collecting snail shells and begging my parents to take me for walks near the edge of town. I had it in my head that there might actually be a Street of the Lifted Lorax, and I was determined to find it, hear the Once-ler's story, and get the Last Truffula Seed of Them All so I could grow those crazy trees and get the Lorax and his friends to come back.

I thought the Lorax was an appropriate subject for a mural in the backyard of a house that has solar panels on the roof and a Honda Insight in the driveway. Smiley

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