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« on: February 01, 2008 08:44:43 PM »

My New Year's Resolution is a little different. I am going the whole year buying only resale. Thought being, there is enough stuff on the planet now for a person get by on, without making new stuff. Ok, the big exceptions are groceries and any emergency items I might need for home repair or auto. No, a wedge needle for my sewing machine is not a necessity. As much as I want one right now....

My first real challenge has been birthday gifts for the many children in the herd of families my daughter and I run with. I decided to make them all sock doggies. There were 5 birthdays in January alone! I had a big bag of polyfill and once I told people about the project, they started giving me socks.

This is the first time I've posted anything, sorry for the jumpie to: A few finshed dogs



One dog got gifted before getting his picture taken. The film canister is a stash 'barrel' that I give cash, movie money or small trinkets in. Here's a very pink one and some other angles of the doggies.


I found the directions in Martha Stewart kids magazine a few years ago. Here is a link to an online version. I pretty much am making them exactly as you find this tutorial, too many to make to experiment right now. The only thing that I am doing differently is sewing closed the face before attaching it to the body.

These are stupid easy to make, and I'm getting them done faster too. A month in, I have succeeded in avoiding my usual retail haunts and actually have saved some money as an added bonus! (plus, the kiddies love them)

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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2008 09:22:25 PM »

aww, so cute! i love how the pink one has a pocket on it's side
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2008 09:45:19 PM »

they're awesome!  i love sock pressies too Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2008 09:56:53 PM »

I love these sooo much! I must make some.

I love the ideas for the pocket and the film canister too. Inspirational!

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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2008 11:09:47 PM »

those are so cuteee!!!
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2008 06:30:19 AM »

oh man, those are *super* cute! Thanks for the link, because I want one, too! Great call on the pockets for $ or gc or whatnot.

The best part of your resolution is that you're going all year buying only resale. Ya you!!

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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2008 06:53:27 AM »

These are awesome!  I so admire the point you are making by not buying anything.  I just may jump on that bandwagon.  You rock girl!
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2008 08:15:39 AM »

oh
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These are so cute I can't stand it.
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2008 12:34:21 PM »

Thanks everybody!
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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2008 04:01:07 PM »

very cute!!
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« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2008 08:31:11 PM »

Fantastic...love the dogs!!!
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« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2008 09:57:15 PM »

You were inspiring.
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« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2008 10:44:55 PM »

Aw...they're adorable!
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« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2008 07:13:40 AM »

Love them!
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« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2008 09:24:14 AM »

Those are so cute!  They look very well done.  And kudos for your year-long goal, it really is a nice idea.
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« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2008 09:43:21 AM »

These are adorable! Love the resolution too, although I can't imagine how hard that one will be! Shocked
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« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2008 07:46:58 AM »

Ooooh those doggies are beyond cute - I love 'em!!  Thanks for the link - I'm going to make some too.  I really like the idea you have of not buying anything new and I am going to try to do the same thing.  Like you said there are groceries and emergency items, but using up what is already here is a great idea.
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« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2008 07:38:43 PM »

Thanks! The longer I go not shopping, the easier it gets. My friends are even starting to see that it's a good idea, especially when the cheap Made-in-China stuff they have been buying falls apart a few weeks after they buy it. Fortunately, my 7 year old daughter loves to thrift shop. 

If you make a list and think ahead, you can find the things you really need at local thrift and tag sales. It forces you to see the difference between what you want right now and what you actually need.
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« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2008 04:28:21 PM »

Aww, adorable! You got really creative with those. Martha would be jealous Cheesy
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