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31  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Pirate Nursery **Warning- Very Image Heavy** on: January 31, 2010 04:26:54 PM
My husband and I met in art school and we both love to draw cartoons. We always knew when it came time to have children, we were going to have to do something extra special for our nursery.

We were quite excited when we learned we were having a baby (and my silly husband almost immediately started sketching ideas, lol.) As soon as we learned we were having a boy, our pirate nursery began!

My husband drew everything free hand (he enjoyed the "naughty" feeling of drawing on the walls LOL) and I painted all the characters. With the addition of my mom, we all painted the backgrounds.

I wish I could say how long it took us exactly, but we worked on it off and on for so long, its really hard to say (not to mention the eight week break we took when I had the baby!). I do know I spent about an hour a piece painting each character.

This is the first project we've ever done together and we had a blast! The time we spent together alone makes the whole project worth it...well that, and seeing how much our (now eight month old) son loves staring at his walls!

Okay, I'll hush now and on to the pictures:

(To hopefully keep from blowing anyone's computer up, I'm putting most of the detail pics as thumbnails...definately have a look though since this is what I worked so hard on!  Grin)


Yes, our son's name is Alex.  Smiley

One of my favorite details...it's mine and my husband's first initials.  Cheesy

And a bonus crib action shot! :

Sorry for all the pictures...there's just a lot of stuff in there!

It's a bit "funkier" than your average nursery, but it's perfect for us.  Cool

32  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sock Money Trio (image heavy) on: December 26, 2009 10:22:43 AM
I decided to attempt making sock monkeys for my cousins for christmas. It took an embarrassing amount of time for me to finish them (since I just taught myself to sew and had to do them by hand  Wink). I definately think I improved with each one though!
I tried something different with each of their faces to decide what I liked the best.

All three together!

This one has felt eyes and a mouth.

I decided to try out safety eyes for this guy...we had a bit of a mishap with them so had to do some creative eyelids. I painted a smile on him after this picture, but didn't get a chance to photograph him before he was wrapped, lol.

By far my favorite. I think its obvious he was the last one...didn't have as many wonky issues as the other two have. I think I like how the painted face came out the best too. Smiley

They're far from perfect, but my cousins loved them at least!
33  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first plushie (and sewing project :)) on: November 29, 2009 08:23:46 AM
I have to give a little bit of background to explain why I'm so incredibly excited about this...so sorry  Tongue.
Ever since I was a little girl, I've always wanted to make my own dolls and stuffed animals. I used to draw out my patterns and everything, but I didn't know how to sew...so I never made one. I finally decided last week that I'd stop making excuses like I've been doing for years and just figure it out on my own. Sooo...I went to the craft store, spent about $1 on some felt squares and $3 on a travel size sewing kit. I decided to follow the silly girl pattern located here: http://missyballance.typepad.com/crafty_carnival/2007/02/free_doll_patte.html because it looked pretty simple. I came across these great sewing videos online http://www.5min.com/Tag/how%20to%20sew%20by%20hand?CategoryID=167 and went at it!
I got a little more confident in myself as I went, so I changed some of the things from the original instructions that I didn't like (mainly her hair and her dress).

Anyway, she may not be much, but I'm so excited I actually did it! Now that I've shown myself its possible for me to make these things, I can hardly wait to decide what my next project will be!

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