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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Drum Major on: November 02, 2009 11:26:17 AM
My two year old asked to be a drum major this halloween, I thought that was pretty original (he is obsessed with parades and marching bands).

I made everything for this costum, complete with detachable cape, tall busby, and trick or treat bag with drum design.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out. He loved it! The basic pants and top were made using a pattern for a kids chefs costume but everything else I made the pattern up for. I used a cut down oatmeal container inside the hat to help keep it from caving in. All the blue fabric in the costume was left over from the bridesmaids dresses that my mom made for my wedding several years ago so it was a pretty cheap costume to make. The most I spent was on the blue fur for the hat which I had to special order because I couldn't find blue fur anywhere.

He had a great time marching around in it and blowing his whistle.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wood Giraffe Growth Chart (lots of pics) on: January 05, 2009 06:10:28 PM
Thanks for all the positive feedback, I really appreciate it.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wood Giraffe Growth Chart (lots of pics) on: January 04, 2009 12:01:28 PM
My husband and I wanted a growth chart for my son's (and future children's) room. We are a military family and we move too much to mark his height on a door frame. My son's room is kind of a jungle like theme so the obvious choice for a growth chart was a giraffe. We bought a 1 x 12 from the hardware store and I drew the giraffe on. My husband cut it out, sanded it, and made screw holes for all the pieces (the head, tail and ear are separate). I used a wood burner to make the measurements, the face and outline all the spots. Then I stained him with yellow and orange wood stains. 
I think I got a little carried away, I'm only 5' 2" and this giraffe is about 6 feet tall so the chances of my kids a) growing that tall and b) still measuring themselves on this silly giraffe when they get that tall are pretty slim. Oh, well I'm really proud of how he turned out. Ironically I like him so much I don't want to mark him up with my son's height! I guess I'll have to get over that.
Please let me know what you think.

And finally the whole giraffe, sorry about the chair rail in the photo I couldn't find a blank wall where I could get far enough away to get the whole giraffe in the picture.

My son (just woke up from a nap) with the giraffe
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Royal Elephant on: January 03, 2009 10:04:21 AM
He's beautiful. You did an awesome job. I've tried crocheting an elephant before but I always loose count. I have a small bin full of random crocheted elephant parts. He is really cool.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: my new quadruptlets...and a monkey on: January 02, 2009 09:53:51 AM
These are super cute!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Simplicity 2809 - a doll for Kelly on: January 02, 2009 09:41:57 AM
Your doll turned out super cute! I bought this pattern recently but haven't got around to making a doll yet. Did you find the pattern easy to use?
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Three Little Monkeys on: January 01, 2009 01:24:40 PM
these are adorable!
can you post the link to the pattern? i'd love to buy it too.

Thank you, here is the link to the site I bought it from. http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=39_75_98&products_id=265
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: ragdoll army of 2008 dump! on: January 01, 2009 11:20:04 AM
I love your dolls. Are they your own pattern?
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Three Little Monkeys on: January 01, 2009 11:17:21 AM
Well I guess it is 4 monkeys if you count the one on the t-shirt. I used the Melly and Me Pattern (purchased) for these monkeys. I made a few changes: I added magnets to thier hands so they can give hugs (or in the case of the one I used for a baptismal gift, pray), I attached the arms a bit differently and I left off the shorts. The pink and green monkeys were made mostly out of scraps. The t-shirt I made up based on the pattern, it is hard to tell in the photo but the ears on the t-shirt monkey are 3 dimensional. Thanks for looking.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Winter Plaid Coat on: January 01, 2009 10:56:14 AM
Love the coat! You did an awesome job!
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