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« on: July 18, 2006 08:30:08 PM »

I just recently finished this gift for my best friend's son.  He is actually like a nephew to me, so it was really fun to give this to him, and even more fun to see his mom's reaction!

My grandma used to make these books and she made one for me when I was little.  She taught me how and gave me copies of her patterns, so now I have made one!  Many of these patterns came from vintage patterns (meaning older than me and out of print, haha) and I am unsure of whether you could even get a copy any more.  But I am sure all you DIY-ers out there could figure out a way to do it without a pattern.  (Be warned though: a project this size and this detailed is probably going to take a month or longer to finish.  Ok, keep reading!)  I can't post a tute (due to the sheer length of it and exhaustiveness), but I will try to help anyone who wants to email me about a specific pattern.

I don't want to take up all of Craftster's bandwidth with this thing, so I am only posting a few pictures.  You can see the rest on my blog here http://gishygoo.blogspot.com/2006/07/pictures-as-promised.html and here http://gishygoo.blogspot.com/2006/07/birthday-present-for-little-tyke.html

Ok, so the first page is a hippo.  His nostrils are buttons and when you unbutton his mouth, there is a fat red tongue!  So cute.  I love that he is a bus driver.   Grin

I love the train, mostly because it has an elephant and teddy bear that you can put in and out of the cars.  (They are tied in with a string so they don't get lost.)

The alligator is my favorite, because inside he has a polka dot tongue!  Check out the links above to see it in action!!!  The sunny clock is also fun, and most kids love it.  The plastic hands actually rotate, thanks to a folding brad . . .

My sister loves to "hang the clothes."  They attach with a few hooks from hook and eye connectors.  And the basket below is a pocket to hold the clothes when they are dry!  Wink  The kangaroo has a surprise in her pocket, so if you want, check out my blog to find out what it is!  Shocked

I hope you've enjoyed looking!  Feel free to tell me what you think or ask any questions about it.

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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2006 08:37:44 PM »

Wow very amazing! I love it and Im 23 LOL. Id play with it. Im a loser, I know. But yes, this is very awesome and well made!
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2006 09:05:50 PM »

Wow! This is amazing! It reminds me of all those times when I had to go to the doctor and dentist as a little kid and they always had stuff like this laying around. It's awesome that you made this yourself! If I had the time (or a kid) I'd definitely make this myself!

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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2006 09:54:10 PM »

awwww.....I had one of those when I was a kid made by my mommy!  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2006 10:04:12 PM »

 Shocked This is fantastic! I love that your Grandmother taught you how to make these adorable books. What a great way to create memories for yourself and for the little guy that receives the book.
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2006 10:09:51 PM »

that is so freaking cool! i really and honestly want one! so cool!

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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2006 11:21:54 PM »

i remember seeing something like that when i was a kid. i was too old for it, but i was like. '... why didn't i get anything like this when i was learning these?'

this is dynamite though. i'm sure your 'nephew' will love it. Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2006 07:42:27 AM »

The book is brilliant!

I've been meaning to make a book like this for a while now

well done

by the way how are the fish attatched to the pelicans rod?
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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2006 08:12:21 AM »

That's amazing. It looks like it would be a lot of fun to play with, and I love the detail work (and the strings to keep pieces from getting lost!)

I'm sure your 'nephew' will love it.

I've got knitting needles, and I'm not afraid to use them.

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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2006 08:29:23 AM »

Unbelievable!  The details are delightful.  I love the turtle heart at the end.

Thanks so much for sharing.  As a mother, I can tell you that it is a pain to teach your kid this stuff, and a fun learning tool ROCKS.  My eight year old pretty much shimmies his pants up and down over his skinny little bottom to avoid doing the button and zipper.  In other words, even if it took you a month to make, it is SO worth it. 

Anyone remember Dressy Bessy and Dapper Dan?  That would be another fun project to teach buttoning/tying/zipping.
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