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221  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Wild Things mural (a bit photo heavy) on: June 20, 2007 04:30:50 PM
Oh -- was that your little guy I saw in the featured projects yesterday? TOO cute. If I could knit, I would make the one pictured in my mural. They used to have these book/toy sets a few years ago that had a stuffed version of that guy, along with a tiny copy of the book. I have no idea why I didn't buy one. Probably too poor at the time -- I think I was in college -- but I put less worthwhile things on my credit card, so I can only assume I passed him up as a result of temporary insanity.  Undecided
222  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Grateful Monkey on: June 20, 2007 04:27:05 PM
I have no idea why I decided I needed a sock monkey with the head of a Grateful Dead Dancing Bear on it, but reason is seldom, if ever, a consideration in my creative outbursts. They just happen, and I have no choice but to come along for the ride.  Roll Eyes

In any case, meet Owley:

Here's a lightened-up closeup of his face so you can see the ears:

Getting that felt part to come out right was hard, but Owley turned out better than any of the monkeys I've made up to this point.

And here's a closeup of the tiny monkey in his arms, which I made on my lunch hour yesterday, using a couple of fuzzy baby socks:

I was thinking it would be cool to attach monofilament to Owley's arms and legs and turn him into a marionette so he could be a real Dancin' Bear.  Cool
223  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Sindy killed Barbie! on: June 19, 2007 06:39:15 PM
That's absolutely hilarious.

I've always wanted to create my own line of Barbies: Hostile Takeover Barbie ... Democratic National Convention Chairman Barbie ... NOW President Barbie ... Fascist Dictator Barbie ... Transgendered Barbie ... Dysfunctional Barbie ... the possibilities are endless. After all, we girls can be anything ... right, Barbie?  Grin
224  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: What's pink and white and black and red all over? on: June 19, 2007 06:30:44 PM
She is just TOO cute. I don't even particularly like dolls, but yours has so much personality ... adorable!
225  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Her name was Lola, She was a showgirl Sock Monkey.... on: June 19, 2007 06:11:36 PM
( that and I couldnt find the yellow feathers to save my life!)

In my backyard at this very moment is a sassy buff Orpington hen with gorgeous yellow feathers. We're going out of town for a few days, but if you'll PM me next week, I'll be happy to collect some of Pushy's feathers and send them to you. (Yes, I named a chicken Pushy Galore. It's a long story....)
226  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Indoor Play Loft with 8 foot slide! on: June 19, 2007 06:03:54 PM
Man ... I so want one of these in my office.

Meanwhile, I'se still a-thinkin' ... I've got a pretty sturdy shelf above my desk that's kinda sorta loftlike ... wouldn't take much to install a little railing and a ladder ... I could stick a sleeping bag up there, and -- voila! -- instant loft for me my nephew to play in.  Cheesy

(My poor husband ... just when he thinks I can't come up with anything sillier, I start plotting to build a loft above my desk. *LOL*)
227  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Wild Things mural (a bit photo heavy) on: June 19, 2007 05:58:01 PM
The Day of Wild Things will go down in those kids memories forever. What a wonderful thing to do with them. Heroic even.

It was a lot of fun. The kids' mom and I had been talking about having them come over to make cookies, and then I just kind of got a wild hair to turn them loose in my office with paintbrushes, and then I found the Where the Wild Things Are greeting cards at the bookstore, and pretty soon the whole thing just got out of hand.  Undecided
228  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Sock monkeys on: June 19, 2007 04:24:33 PM
Secretly, she is plotting to stalk and kill the sock monkey at her earliest opportunity, but I said the magic words ("stay" and "mine") before I took the picture, so Scout just sat there and took it.

What you can't tell from the picture is that she was seriously Not Speaking To Me during the photo op. She turned her head and just looked totally disgusted for the longest time. I finally had to say her favorite word -- "cookie" -- to get her to look at me. Cheesy

Add this to the ever-growing list of reasons Scout is probably going to kill me in my sleep one of these nights....
229  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sock monkeys on: June 19, 2007 02:59:42 PM

After getting on here a few months ago and seeing the Sock Monkey Challenge entries, I was inspired to learn to make my own sock monkeys.

I ordered some Rockford Red Heel monkey socks online and made a traditional sock monkey before moving on to more colorful choices. I bought some funny argyle knee-highs yesterday and made the gangly little guy you see attempting to befriend my rat terrier in the picture above.

Here is a picture of the new monkey snorgling with my first sock monkey, which I made a couple of weeks ago:

I went home on my lunch hour today and made a little pink and white monkey out of some extremely fuzzy baby socks, but I haven't had a chance to take a picture of it yet. I'll try to shoot it and upload an image later.

My monkeys aren't as beautiful as the ones from the Sock Monkey Challenge, but I think they're cute, anyway. I've been kind of dinking around with the design as I go. Once I get all the bugs worked out, I'll make a good sturdy one for my 6-month-old nephew to cuddle.
230  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: I made a stationery set...with my original character Little Big Head :D on: June 19, 2007 01:56:59 PM
Eeeeeeeeeee! Little Big Head is SO cute ... and I love the envelopes!
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