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on: November 20, 2007 07:35:48 PM 
Started by Cortney!, Message by Cortney!
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About 10 years ago around Christmas time my brother and I found the ugliest doll we had ever seen at a toy store at the mall. We laughed about it and continued our shopping. A few days later I was surprised when I received that same ugly doll as a gag gift from my brother. Since then we've been passing it back and forth every year in new and creative ways. I've sent it to him from a different address, and made a shirt for him (which I found in the trash earlier this year Angry )

I even made a photo album of the doll with all the animals I used to work with at the zoo school I attended.
Last year he really blew me away, though. He bought me the whole family! I now own 16 of the ugliest dolls I have ever seen and have no idea how to re-gift them this year.
I'd really appreciate any ideas you might have. I have a sewing machine and a 1-inch button press at my disposal. I also have the t-shirt I made him a few years back (yes, I rescued it from the trash).

Sorry to keep everyone waiting for so long. My friend Victoria and I decided the multi-headed monster would be fun to make, so we got to work on it a few weeks ago. After a full day of crafting we were nowhere near being done with the beast, so Victoria kindly took on the rest of the project (she is much better at sewing than I am). We just met up yesterday and I got to see the final results:

This six-headed beast is about 2 1/2 feet long and made from fleece and felt. The dolls' bodies are still attached to the heads - they were just shoved into the body. And If you look closely at the legs you may find one thats a little phallic.
My fiance and I are currently working on painting a wooden box to put it in. It's going to be in the style of an early freak show carnival poster. I'll post pictures of that as soon as we're done.
As for the other dolls, you guys gave me so many great ideas that I wanted to save some dolls for his birthday in April.
on: December 26, 2007 12:27:26 PM 
Started by Cortney!, Message by Cortney!
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The 6-headed mutant was a huge hit this year! My fiance and I painted a box in the style of a early 1900s freak show poster to contain the beast.  Then I attached a hasp and padlocked the box.

I also wrapped the original ugly doll in a separate box with a note that said "A monster awaits. Finding the key will be a piece of cake ... or should I say pie."
On Christmas morning I inserted the padlock key into a piece of pumpkin pie and sealed the hole. Then I put the pie in my brothers fridge.
He first unwrapped the original doll with the note, then realizing where it was going, he unwrapped the mutant box.

After unwrapping the box, he ran to the kitchen to find the pie (too bad it wasn't key lime  Tongue) and prodded it with a fork until he found the key.

The unveiling of the beast

You can see he's laughing - he's way too old to think these dolls are scary.
The best part is that I don't think he realized all the dolls weren't there, so he'll be really surprised to get some more for his birthday. I'll make sure to post that project, too.
Thank you to everyone for all the great ideas! merry Christmas!
on: November 21, 2007 08:36:50 PM 
Started by Cortney!, Message by Cortney!
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My goodness! I had no idea I'd get such a big response! Some of these ideas are priceless. I think I have enough ammunition to keep this regifting going for 20 years. So far, I'm really digging the giant body with 16 heads idea. The idea of making the dolls little shirts with my brothers face on them cracked me up! I also loved the idea of underwear with doll iron-ons.
An ugly doll featurette will definitely have to happen some time in the future.
Someone asked the brand of these dolls - they're called Palm Pals Bean Bag Kids. The dolls are made really cheaply with plastic head, arms and legs and a bean bag body. The torso is just bean bag and the appendages are zip-tyed to some fabric. I don't want to pull off any heads or melt anything just yet - I think theres still many years to come of passing these guys back and forth before I start mutilating them.
As for the monkey in the picture, her name is Ozz and she's a Geoffrey's tamarin. I think she's adorable, though she definitely has a mean streak. When she disliked someone (and she disliked many people) she'd make the most human angry face I'd ever seen.

Thank you all so much for the ideas. I'll keep you posted on what I'm planning to do.
Happy Thanksgiving!
on: November 22, 2007 05:16:20 AM 
Started by Cortney!, Message by paramecium
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sorry if someone has already posted this, i then must have overlooked it.

I instantly thought of 16 ugly garden gnomes.

i think garden gnomes are really frightening and strange.
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