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3901  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Block Puzzles For All The Kiddos on: December 20, 2009 12:01:31 PM
My pleasure!  Once you have the blocks and images it's not too time consuming as far as actual time spent, but there is quite a bit of waiting time while glue dries.  I think doing a couple sets at a time would be efficient, but doing 5 is kind of hard to juggle... especially if your crafting space also has 3-4 other projects going and is otherwise a hot mess.  Wink
3902  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Block Puzzles For All The Kiddos on: December 20, 2009 08:33:17 AM
what a great idea.

Thanks!  I give credit to the original poster as I'd never have thought of this on my own.

I love them (especially the Richard Scarry, loved those books as a kid)!  This is definitely going on my to-do list for next year's gifts.  I second the questions of the PP.  More info please....

Thank you!  I was SO pleased when I found that Richard Scarry book in the bins at Goodwill!  It's a collection of stories, so FULL of great illustrations.

I've always wanted to make a couple of sets of these, but never knew what to start with for the wood. Do you just start with something like a 2" X 2" (like a stair rail, or something?) and cut it down to size? Do you have to do a lot of sanding? And, did you cut the images to size before you glued them on, or did you glue one large image to the arrangement of blocks and then cut it between the blocks? And did you apply a sealer afterwards? Is there a chew-and-drool-on safe sealer? Am I over-thinking this?

I don't really have anyone to make them for (except for my cousins' new babies and the baby of a friend), and I don't have any power tools (but my brother does, and I may be out there in about a week).

The wood blocks were actually the most difficult part.  A normal 2 x 2 has rounded corners like most construction lumber so wouldn't work for this unless re-planed and although I have friend with a planer that seemed like too much work for this particular project.  I was able to find 2 sizes of wood blocks with squared edges at the craft stored in my area, but they were either 1" x 1" (too small) or 1.75" x 1.75" (too big) AND at least $1 each!  A whole 8' long 2 x 2 is just about twice that.  So, I went online and found this site (http://www.craftparts.com/blocks-squares-wooden-blocks-cubes-wooden-c-209_212.html) where I got 1.25" x 1.25" blocks for about 20 cents each if you include the shipping (13 cent/each without shipping) AND when there was a shipping issue the customer service was EXCELLENT at getting it fixed right away. 

Also the blocks didn't require and sanding, although if I do it again I'd give them a light sand with 220 to help the glue bond a bit better (I used white glue, but spray adhesive would have maybe worked better).

I attached the image whole and then cut the edges and cut between the blocks with a utility blade/exacto.  It was often challenging to keep the blocks all together in the correct position and if I were to make 5 sets again (each with 6 sides) I'd make a little square jig to set them in to keep them all in place while I glued.  Also I did opposite sides at the same time, and then cut apart after the glue dried (a couple hours).  Glue the image, not the blocks, to help keep the glue from getting between the blocks and gluing them together or ruining sides that have already been coated.

I applied a spray on acrylic sealer which is not chew-and-drool-on safe, but the kids I made this for are past the chewing stage.  I chewer-aged kid probably couldn't figure out the puzzles, they're actually a bit harder than they look, especially if there are 2 sides with similar art (like Richard Scarry). I made a practice set (only 2 x 3 blocks) and when I realized the challenge of putting them together by someone who's not seen the original image they're trying to assemble, I decided not to make one for one kid I know who's parents aren't the type to sit with him long enough to really figure it out and therefore at his age he doesn't really enjoy these types of toys.  Sad  I may go with Mod Podge if I do it again, even though that might be more time consuming, it might seal better.

You are not over thinking it, because getting the blocks was a challenge (and I live in a very crafty city in a lumber region of the US) and at least when you're making 5 sets all at the same time, it takes some concentration to get it all done right.

Oh! And to make sure the images I found would fit, I cut a square the size of the total size of the puzzle (3.75" x 3.75") out of the center of a piece of paper to place in front of them.  The images were cut about 1/4" larger on all sides as placing them very precisely was difficult.
3903  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Block Puzzles For All The Kiddos on: December 19, 2009 06:28:25 PM
Thanks! I knew they'd never stay together if they didn't have a place to store them.  Wink
3904  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Block Puzzles For All The Kiddos on: December 19, 2009 06:13:02 PM
I saw this topic (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=322249.0) way back when and decided to do make something similar for all the 5-and-under kiddos in my circle and for The ManFlesh's nieces.  I mostly used old, damaged books for the images (Richard Scarry, a photo encyclopedia and a 1950s book about the Music of Romance) and then a few bits of clip art for initials and the dino.

A sampling of the 5 sets:

 



Then I made little drawstring bags out of scrap fabric from my stash for each set.



3905  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: A Snuggie For That Special Someone (anatomical content, not graphic) on: December 19, 2009 09:26:52 AM
After showing this to my fiance, and reading him your "title" about the bacon and what not, he asked, "can I have two wives?"

Lol, excellent.

Wow!  Did I just get a 3rd party online proposal from a stranger?  Look at me, I'm a mail order bride!  Nah, I'll stick with The ManFlesh and his "snuggie" and you guys keep my fee to spend on your honeymoon.   Grin 

best thread ever. thanks.
i can go to sleep now.
best thread ever. thanks.
i can go to sleep now.

Then it works!  Making a Wiener Snuggie or reading about one helps one sleep.  THANKS!
3906  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Home is? on: December 18, 2009 05:52:30 PM
Great idea, executed well!  Congratulations on finishing it up!  This seems like it would be a lovely not-quite-companion piece to this not entirely dissimilar piece: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285304.0 .
3907  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: A Snuggie For That Special Someone (anatomical content, not graphic) on: December 18, 2009 05:12:43 PM
This is getting funnier and funnier. You'd better keep an eye on that snuggie; you don't want it wandering off... or becoming a cat toy. That could be disastrous if they decide to continue playing with it once it's {ahem} in use.

The Wiener Snuggie is wrapped, labeled and sitting with other gifts on The ManFlesh's mantle.  Safe from marauding pussies!
3908  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: A Snuggie For That Special Someone (anatomical content, not graphic) on: December 18, 2009 12:34:55 PM
This is hilarious...and reading everyone's post cracked me up.

I have to share this link with all of you...
http://thesnuggiesutra.com/

Enjoy!
And again...awesome snuggie!  Grin

Thanks! 

Hahaha!  That's great!  I will be sharing that link with The ManFlesh.
3909  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Pet Costume Hats on: December 18, 2009 12:30:49 PM
These are great! I have a cat who has the perfect temperament for hats, but has ear troubles and doesn't like them touched.  Such a shame.
3910  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Tiny House Swap Gallery on: December 18, 2009 11:33:11 AM
I think I could organize (maybe with some help from you, camelama) in Feb.
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