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#271 of 358 Old 11-30-2008, 06:43 PM
 
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Here's my knitted food:
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And doll bassinet/purse:

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...ver/art003.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...ver/art001.jpg

I also ordered a blank game board kit (blank board, money, spinner, hourglass, etc. $7!) from Bare Books and bought some blank wooden peg people from Michael's so I'm making a family adventure game for ds.
Great stuff!

I love that purse/bassinet. Can you tell me what pattern it is?
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Great stuff!

I love that purse/bassinet. Can you tell me what pattern it is?
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Sure. I got it from knitlist:
http://www.knitlist.com/2002/BassinetPurse.htm

There are a millon patterns out there for crochet bassinet purse, but this is the only one I could find for knit. It is much bigger than the crochet ones (maybe 6 inches and I used size 3 dpn instead of 6!) Plus, I changed the hood. The one in the pattern is flat and I wanted it to stand up so I basically knitted the heel of a sock onto the bassinet. If you actually decide to knit this, I can tell you how I did the hood, but if you've knitted a sock,you can probably figure it out.
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Sure. I got it from knitlist:
http://www.knitlist.com/2002/BassinetPurse.htm

There are a millon patterns out there for crochet bassinet purse, but this is the only one I could find for knit. It is much bigger than the crochet ones (maybe 6 inches and I used size 3 dpn instead of 6!) Plus, I changed the hood. The one in the pattern is flat and I wanted it to stand up so I basically knitted the heel of a sock onto the bassinet. If you actually decide to knit this, I can tell you how I did the hood, but if you've knitted a sock,you can probably figure it out.
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Here are some simple plans for making an awesome toy castle from recycled materials. I just typed out the whole article for AC, so I'll give you guys the shortened version. You can pretty much tell what to do just from the pictures.

Materials: one sturdy cardboard box - any size you want, two or four oatmeal containers (if you only have two, put them on the front), acrylic paint, one shoestring or piece of yarn, two large beads (optional), Xacto blade, sharp steak knife or pumpkin carving knife, hot glue or other heavy duty glue, brown paper packing tape, paperboard from a large cereal box, small piece of rectangular sponge.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v9...al/castle1.jpg

First, glue the bottom flaps of the box together securely. Use brown paper packing tape to cover any gaps and reinforce the edges. Cut off the corners as shown. Fold sides down and cut along the top to create the top of the castle walls. Cut out drawbridge shape, but leave attached along the bottom so it can open and close.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v9...al/castle2.jpg

Measure across the space where the corners of the box were. Cut a matching size opening into the bottom side of each oatmeal can. Secure the bottom of each can to the bottom corners of the box with heavy duty glue. Glue the sides of the walls to the sides of each can. Cover over the glue along the sides with reinforced brown paper packing tape so you can't see any glue. Use the tape on the inside AND outside of the box.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v9...al/castle3.jpg

Poke holes on either side and above drawbridge for drawbridge chain. Cut design from paperboard (cereal box) to go around the top of each tower. Glue onto tower securely. Let dry thoroughly before painting.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v9...al/castle4.jpg

Paint castle gray (or pink or whatever color your child likes best). Use sponge dipped in lighter gray to create brick pattern on castle walls. Lay shoestring or yarn under the open drawbridge and tape it to the door with paper packing tape. Pull each end up through holes in wall and secure with a bead on each end or you can just tie them together. Pull string to close drawbridge. Paint drawbridge brown to look like wood. Add heraldry, etc.

Now your castle is ready for knights, dragons, fairy princesses or grand balls – whatever your heart desires! :

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These turned out so great! I love the board game idea as well.
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Is there a link for eggplant pattern?

I love this thread!
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Is there a link for eggplant pattern?

I love this thread!
http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/freeKn...abyRattles.asp

I just go to google and put in "knit carrot" "knit cherry" etc. and have been able find everything. My next one is knit pizza slice.

I knitted these all with 3 dpn, even though all the patterns say 6 with worsted weight. Maybe I knit big, but the first few things I knitted were huge.
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Subbing! This is an awesome thread!

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I wish I'd found this thread three years ago!

I'm doing a lot more handmade lately. Waldorf type dolls, a fabric teepee, hammocks.

I made a lot of Sock Stick Horses for a family Christmas party - the tutorial is here -

http://unprocessedfamily.blogspot.co...-giveaway.html

It's *really* easy and fast to put together.

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Just wanted to share my newest invention- its not super creative- but I wanted to make a waldorf doll for my 3 year old nephew- I didn't want to do the ones that look more like for a baby with the puffy velour body, nor did I want it to have to have clothes- so I made my regular style doll, and made the body and legs from velour and did a sewn on cap with bangs sticking out instead of a fully crochetted cap, the arms are skin tone, as is the head. I'm really happy with it, and hope he likes it for Christmas.

Thanks to everyone who is posting the cute links on here- I've found SO many cute things to make!

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Oh, and I just realized I hadn't posted this link, I'm making an Eddie the Earth worm for my one year old- its very cute and easy to make.
http://www.bitofwhimsydolls.com/Web_/Home.html

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I was just wondering where our beloved thread had gone.. Good to see it back. yes, sticky us, please!
Well, we've been outside so much there is no time for toymaking. Oh, but I did make this for a swap;
Rainbow necklace and wood sword

So I guess the newest homemade "toys" for us would really be outside playspaces. We are growing a sunflower house and bean tee pee!
What kind of paint did you use for the necklaces? I'm always afraid to buy paint from the store because I can't be sure what's in it.

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What kind of paint did you use for the necklaces? I'm always afraid to buy paint from the store because I can't be sure what's in it.
She uses beads from Spiel and Holz. They are made in Germany with a kid friendly paint. I think it might be vegetable based.

HTH

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She uses beads from Spiel and Holz. They are made in Germany with a kid friendly paint. I think it might be vegetable based.

HTH
Oh okay, thanks!

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here is my flickr site. i just got the photos taken of the gifties i made for the holidays. what an acomplishment. a wholly homemade holiday. http://flickr.com/photos/mayamade/

Visit the Holiday Helper thread and join in on the giving and fun! Loving and working with the plants. I have a store! or two!
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It's a little late, but I found this article on the Mothering site about gifts you can make yourself. Not all toys, but some great ideas: http://www.mothering.com/community_t...iday-gift.html

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I am new to Mothering, just got my first magazine a few weeks ago, I love it!
Anyways, I just came across this thread and thought I would share a blog I started recently.
I would love to use some of your ideas, email me if you wouldn't mind me posting your picture or a link to your picture in my blog.
http://diygiftsforkids.blogspot.com/
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I am new to Mothering, just got my first magazine a few weeks ago, I love it!
Anyways, I just came across this thread and thought I would share a blog I started recently.
I would love to use some of your ideas, email me if you wouldn't mind me posting your picture or a link to your picture in my blog.
http://diygiftsforkids.blogspot.com/
email is in blog
Thus is great! Thank you.
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What kind of paint did you use for the necklaces? I'm always afraid to buy paint from the store because I can't be sure what's in it.
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She uses beads from Spiel and Holz. They are made in Germany with a kid friendly paint. I think it might be vegetable based.

HTH
Thanks Kara for getting that, I've been away awhile.

Urchin grey, if you were to use unfinished wood beads, you could use what I use on other wood toys I "paint"; food coloring! Then I top it off with all natural beeswax.

Oh and Jolata; cute blog and welcome to MDC!

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Here are a few that I've made before for my kids and for craft swaps here on MDC:

First is a playmat fishing game. I used cotton yardage and then remants for the fish. A dowel, twine, and a round magnet became the fishing pole and large paper clips attached to the fish made them easy to catch. I made one side an ocean scene (with an octopus, crab, and fish) and the other side is a pond scene with three fish.

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Second is a flower garden. Last year my DD1 was obsessed with planting and we came up with this concept. I intend to add in seeds and seedling plants as well. Right now it consists of a soil patch (made of felt) and flowers made of felt. I sewed velcro to the base of the flowers and put pipe cleaners inside the flowers to give them greater stability.

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Cute! I keep meaning to make a fishing game for DD. Once we popped into a toy store at the mall and she played with one of those motorized fishing games for like half an hour! She was concentrating so hard. I think she'd love a more "natural" version of it-- time to break out the sewing needle and magnets!
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Saamy, I have read that food coloring will continue to rub off from the wood onto your hands even after it has "dried". I, of course cannot find the webpage w/ that info, but the lady was doing comparisons of different methods of painting wood. She wiped a food coloring stained item w/ a paper towel a week after she had painted it and coloring was all over the towel. Maybe that only happens w/ certain brands of food coloring?

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I read the same thing the other day!
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It's worked well for us, but perhaps thats b/c I finish it w/ beeswax polish..

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I've never had any problems with the things I have gotten either...I guess it must be the finishing

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HI all!
I remember way back in a playfood swap here, someone asked about how to make a child's chef hat. I just stumbled upon this download for a pattern, so I thought I'd add it to our collection here.

http://www.youcanmakethis.com/info/f...e-Chef-Hat.htm

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I've never had any problems with the things I have gotten either...I guess it must be the finishing
Let me correct myself, not long after...

I got some super cute elements toys from a mama here and my kids and carpet are COVERED in color

I ended up soaking them to pull the color off....

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oh no, that's terrible!

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For anyone who is beginning needlefelting, here are simple instructions to make some gnomes in a basket.

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