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« on: October 01, 2010 09:33:49 AM »

A ten year old and a dream! My son Alex who has been diagnosed with high functioning Autism, has a tendency to EXHAUST any topic that interests him. These past 2 years, that topic has been Hobbes, from Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. The author, his life, all the books, Sunday comics and every iota of litterateur he could swallow on the subject. Only 1 thing was missing from his passion, and that was merchandise associated with the strip. As many of you know, there simply isnt any. Alex this year for his 10th birthday wanted a Hobbes of his own. After much research on the subject and little to go on, we found others like ourselves creating the very same stuffed toy out of their own love for it and for others that loved it...but none for sale. I have no sewing machine, no pattern and 1 precious son with high hopes. (and I mean HIGH) Since Alex has autism, everything he connects to the doll we were to create had to match what his idea of what bill Waterston perceived Hobbes to be. What did that mean? That meant when the doll sits he has to slouch, when he sits, his head must fall forward. The dolls head had to look like the stuffed version of the doll in the comic. His head must be able to wobble back and forth as if he was slightly used. His tail had to be long enough, and his arms and legs had to have the right amount of stripes. WOW, what a large order to fill i thought! And the planning began. Below I am posting a few of the pictures I took along the way. And as Alex sleeps tonight with Hobbes in his arms again, I am truly satisfied Smiley Never have I done something like this in my life, and Im not sure I will ever again. But I wanted to share our joy with all of you, looking, wondering, hoping and knowing there IS the possibility to create such perfect happiness, and here is mine for you my lovely little boy. xoxo


Getting the material together...

His Back...

His front...

A HAPPY boy...


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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2010 09:49:55 AM »

THAT'S HOBBES!  Cheesy  Great job!  I'm an adult and I still would love one of these guys, and so would my husband, I may use your assembly photos to make him one for Christmas to go on his inspiration cabinet (he's a creative director and has a book case filled with things like this that inspire his creativity). 

Alex looks so very thrilled with Hobbes, I bet that made you so proud.  Since autistic people/Aspies tend to be the harshest critics for getting it right (not in the mean sense, but in the noticing if things are different sense), you know you nailed it.  Great job!

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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2010 10:08:47 AM »

Thank you. I have tons more pics and even a paper assembly I tried to follow first before putting this all together. Ill see what I can gather for you...
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2010 10:14:04 AM »

It's super extraordinary fantastic! It really looks just like Hobbes. And you even have your own Calvin. I think I will have to make one too, Hobbes I mean. What did you use to stuff him? Thanks for sharing.
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2010 10:17:54 AM »

an old pillow we had fun pulling apart, and some of his parts are together with fishing line...
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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2010 10:32:29 AM »

Ohmigosh!  He's awesome!

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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2010 12:20:56 PM »

I aspire to be a teacher for young children with autism, Im in my 2nd year of school and I live for the challenge of helping these kids. Its so beautiful to see that you tried to hard to make Hobbes sooo perfect for your son. and he really is a perfect hobbes!! great job!! he is wonderful!  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2010 12:29:48 PM »

You totally nailed Hobbes, what a wonderful gift for your son!  He looks very happy with his perfect Hobbes...way to go mom Grin

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« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2010 01:17:52 PM »

You did a FANTASTIC job on this! I saw the picture and knew it was Hobbes right on. He looks wonderful. What a sweet thing to do for your little boy Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2010 01:31:51 PM »

You truly are a wonderful mother!  What a precious, precious gift to give to your son (I'm speaking of your unconditional love for your son).  Hobbs is spot on!  Good job!
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