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Giailh
« on: November 05, 2008 08:55:19 AM »

Here is my husband's costume.



He named it Speedy and held a stick with a carrot (to encourage the snail to go).  He found a picture of a similar one on the web for inspiration.  There were no plans, just trial and error.  It is made of chicken wire, batting, fabric, and pool noodles.  The eyes are Styrofoam balls.  It has straps to hang off his shoulders and he wore it several times for various events.  It took about a month to make (work nights after work).  I had a slight less elaborate costume as a female yard gnome to compliment his.

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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2008 09:00:09 AM »

HOLY CRAP! you win!! (what i don't know, but you definitely win!) you did a great job Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2008 09:09:26 AM »

That is just awesome...I love garden gnomes!  My grandma used to have a ton of them.

Absolutely fabulous!!
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2008 09:13:54 AM »

Ridiculously CUTE! Awesome job!
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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2008 09:41:21 AM »

dear oh dear, i was looking at this for ages wondering if it was motorized and how it moved.
this is so cool.. i agree with first commenter.. you win.. not sure what, but you win!
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2008 09:56:34 AM »

This costume is AWESOME!!!! I too sat here for a second trying to figure out how he could get it to move! ..a wagon... wheels..? Hehe.. then I realized that those were fake legs and he could just walk! Haha.. the legs look soooo realistic! Awesome job! My father in law gets teased a lot because he looks like a garden gnome...without a costume! This would be perfect for him Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2008 10:34:42 AM »

That is such an original costume - its great! The snail is soooo cute! Well done Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2008 10:36:06 AM »

I LOVE this - what a fun costume!!!
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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2008 10:43:41 AM »

Heck  Grin ya!  That is awesome, what a good sport your DH is!!
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« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2008 11:14:31 AM »

hahaha that's great!
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« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2008 11:20:37 AM »

Well done!  The legs are super-realistic, and the whole thing is awesome, even if garden gnomes do sort of freak me out a bit.
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« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2008 11:28:05 AM »

this is fantastic! It makes me so happy and I'm sure it caused everyone who saw it to smile!!!
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« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2008 11:49:08 AM »

You have made me have an appreciation for garden gnomes,  I mean... further than their kitschiness Tongue

Fantastic job, and you look absolutely adorable and make a great gnome!
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« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2008 01:12:20 PM »

Cheesy Cheesy
awesome
and so funny
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« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2008 02:46:18 PM »

XD priceless! Awesome job!
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« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2008 02:48:23 PM »

i love it!
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« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2008 02:50:31 PM »

HAHAHA love it!!
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« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2008 05:05:02 PM »

too friggin' cute! <3
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« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2008 05:06:36 PM »

Amazing!!
That's just awesome Grin
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« Reply #19 on: November 05, 2008 06:44:38 PM »

Oh my gosh! That is so freaking great!
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« Reply #20 on: November 05, 2008 07:14:17 PM »

holy noodles....this rocks so hard.
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« Reply #21 on: November 05, 2008 07:33:11 PM »

Wow, that is very creative!  I love the fake legs, I bet you had a few people confused.  Too fun!
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« Reply #22 on: November 05, 2008 09:24:21 PM »

Thanks everyone for your kind words.  My husband is a kid's pastor so is used to be a bit crazy.  When he wore this to the 3-year old preschool party, one boy kept trying to figure out how it moved.  He finally looked under the shell and said, "Hey!  There is a person under there!"  Even adults thought someone was under the shell making it move.  It was fun to watch other people try and figure it out.

The legs creeped me out BAD!
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« Reply #23 on: November 05, 2008 10:18:45 PM »

This is one of the most creative ideas I've ever seen. ROCKS SO HARD
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« Reply #24 on: November 06, 2008 01:06:31 AM »

Flipping brilliant !!
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« Reply #25 on: November 06, 2008 05:07:58 AM »

Oh. My. God.   That is so rad I don't even know where to begin!
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« Reply #26 on: November 06, 2008 05:29:16 AM »

I Love it!!  really well done.
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« Reply #27 on: November 06, 2008 05:31:58 AM »

That is just full of all kinds of awesome!

Getting the legs right must be the key to pulling off these kinds of costumes, because this one works so well.  You got the legs just right!!

And I LOVE the carrot on a stick detail!!  It just adds so much!!

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« Reply #28 on: November 06, 2008 06:26:32 AM »

Wow!  Yep, you definitely win!
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« Reply #29 on: November 06, 2008 08:31:12 AM »

OMG!!!  this is awesome!!!!  I love it! Cheesy
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« Reply #30 on: November 06, 2008 09:04:34 AM »

Thanks everyone for your kind words.  My husband is a kid's pastor so is used to be a bit crazy.  When he wore this to the 3-year old preschool party, one boy kept trying to figure out how it moved.  He finally looked under the shell and said, "Hey!  There is a person under there!"  Even adults thought someone was under the shell making it move.  It was fun to watch other people try and figure it out.

The legs creeped me out BAD!

"Hey!  There is a person under there!" Oh, Hahahahahaha! That is wonderful!

I must ask, though....how is he supporting all that...Suspenders? It must weigh a significant amount! Never mind....I saw it in the original post that it was straps over his shoulders ..But still could you estimate how much it weighed?
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« Reply #31 on: November 06, 2008 09:15:56 AM »

Anyone else reminded of david the gnome? Or some movie I think, with puppets, that had a similar thing. I'm thinking maybe the neverending story?

Anyways, LOVE it. Cheesy
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« Reply #32 on: November 06, 2008 10:21:26 AM »

Hahahaha yes! That's freaking awesome! The snail is super great.
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« Reply #33 on: November 06, 2008 12:13:18 PM »

I love this!!! I really made me laugh! The snail is fabulous!
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« Reply #34 on: November 06, 2008 12:23:12 PM »

I thought that was the travelocity gnome!

that is an amazing project! you did great!
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« Reply #35 on: November 06, 2008 01:02:50 PM »

thats so cool! It really looks like he's riding the snail!
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« Reply #36 on: November 06, 2008 01:46:48 PM »

You are a genius.
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« Reply #37 on: November 06, 2008 01:53:21 PM »

hahaha! i love this!
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« Reply #38 on: November 06, 2008 02:15:08 PM »

Spitzveidt!
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« Reply #39 on: November 06, 2008 02:15:22 PM »

that is so awesome I can't even stand it!!!!
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« Reply #40 on: November 06, 2008 02:50:15 PM »

Not only is it a GREAT costume idea, it is also executed beautifully!
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« Reply #42 on: November 06, 2008 05:45:47 PM »

Awesome! I love garden gnomes. I even have one tattooed on me!
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« Reply #43 on: November 08, 2008 03:40:08 PM »

OMG i loooove this! It's hilarious! wow!
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« Reply #44 on: November 13, 2008 09:05:57 PM »

Love it... really made me laugh!  Cheesy
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« Reply #45 on: October 03, 2009 11:18:45 AM »

This is ABSOLUTELY GNOME-AZING!!! I blogged about it here - http://www.bettergnomesandgarden.com/2009/10/most-amazing-gnome-costume-yet.html. Hope you don't mind - too gneat gnot to share with gnome lovers!
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This is spectacular! Took me right back to my days of pouring over books of David the Gnome...
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