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Monkeys Shareing the craft room with new friends handmade business

Yes the monkeys have to make room

 

New friends

As I mentioned before I haven’t been making as many monkeys. My craft room has been filling with lots of weird and wonderful things. Funny it started off as just vintage and my own things but I am finding my self drawn towards the teddies and dolls to sell. Some have been in bad condition and I’m bringing them back to life to play another day. I wrote a blog about my love of dolls but always collected teddies for a long time but have been in the wardrobe for years . My sock monkeys have pride of place in the bedroom and craft room as they are special.

My monkeys

But my teddies have hardly been played with except my grandson taking them out to look at  them they are like new. I gave a lot away a few years ago to the charity shop and just kept my favourite ones.  I thought perhaps I can sell them not all at once perhaps one at a time. I found a very large golden teddy st Michael marks and spencer teddy bear really chunky not much space for him so thought he could go first.

My golden teddy

sold him quite quick to a lovely lady who also collects teddies and she was very happy ! She said he just fit on the shelf  with her other teddy friends. So he went to a good home and is now on display as  he should be. I am not sure I’m ready to sell the rest but rescewing them and making like new sounds more appealing.

Bringing me great joy collecting things like mr men and Care Bears and found some lovely teddy figures. So my little craft room is filling up.

Mr tickle

Who remembers trolls well times gone on since my day ! They have been reinvented a few times but brought back memories of one I had when I was younger.

Troll with pink hair

I think my craft room is filling with lots of lovely toys.and things.  So who knows what I will find  or what I will keep.

Monkey among the mess

new friends

New friends

Had to buy more shelf area to put them all . But being packed away as new ones come in ready To go to new homes. Would also like to renovate a dolls house but that’s another story.

thanks for reading

julie

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Why I stopped dieing my hair about me

Yes im going grey

Never really thought about going grey ! But often wondered what my natural colour was after dieing it blonde for so long. I can’t remember when I first died my hair all over but recall an orange streak in the 70s  that looked hideous but washed out. I was blonde when I was little went darker as I got older and that’s when it started. Every 6 weeks started with high lights and then buying blonde colours. On a few occasions I tried to go back to my natural colour  but could never find exact colour to match my roots. So for ages I bought the same colour  and did my hair. When I started selling Avon I bought the colour champagne blonde and before that lightest blonde by l’oreal.

Avon champhane blonde

.I noticed a lighter piece at the front becoming more prominent  but kept colouring.  I still have boxes of colour in my wardrobe even though it’s been 14 months since I last died my hair. This picture of me after my last colour.

My hair is very long .

so why did I stop dieing ? I was finding it harder to die my own hair and was ill and just couldn’t be bothered with it ! Noticed how thin it was  doctor had give me some tablets  for high blood pressure and my hair was falling out. Your hair does go thinner as you get older but it was a shock. I stopped taking the tablets and it went back to normal but had lost some hair. I knew then  that I needed to now look after my hair and stop bleaching it . So I made the dission just before my 60th Birthday to go die free. I had to go back on the tablets and I’m now ok except for a few tuffs and split hair. Still managing to keep it long.

Me as a little girl

So when my hair grew 5 inches I decided to have 5 inches cut off at the hairdressers.  It was still long and now has grown again ! Not growing as quick as I would like. Some days I hate it some days I love it now thinking of cutting shorter? hate short hair well on me ! Looks great on others.

I didn’t realise you need special shampoo to keep those silver bright. Tried a few different ones  but now just using the shampoo and conditioner advance techniques violet by Avon.

Here’s some of the products I use

I always remember my hair being darker in winter and my hair at the back is very dark. Not sure If I like that but we will see. When transitioning your hair can be different colours.

Shines coming back

now grown about 7 inches so shines in the light. Just washed my hair on these pictures blends quite well. So not giving up yet !

Been watching lots of lovely ladies on YouTube some only young  when them silvers came through think it’s harder when you have darker hair growing out. But I say go for it thanks for reading.

julie

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September here already Handmade business

September

Monkey calendar 2018 month september

Looking back over August ! September is looking even better just need to get organised ? May be putting far to many eggs in one basket who knows.

September have lots to do now I have astablished what it is I’m doing . Need a list keep me on track exciting.

Going to be busy ! nothing new then it’s not the work it’s the keeping up have really got behind with the monkey making even to the point of saying that’s it not making them any more😢. But without trying I still get orders.Just made this little one Dotty so cute.

Dotty baby sock monkey

So sock monkeys are still in my life and now it’s september christmas is round the corner busy time for me.

Plans to put in place pictures to organise for next years calendar lots of monkeys to make things to do. Hoping to fit this in with my new venture and being an Avon rep.

I have already took a few good pictures for the calendar but not decided the months they will go in yet all has to be done this month. Here’s a picture I took at the beginning of the year 💕

Family perfect picture

Took this picture why out on a walk in January perfect .

My new venture is doing really well quite enjoy the challenge of searching out items to sell. Christmas is around the corner so hope to have toys to sell along with my handmade monkeys. This as I have found is more difficult than it sounds because we are talking vintage or second hand and they need to be perfect. I take a lot of care over the monkeys I make so won’t sell any thing different in quality that gos for anything really.

found this Micky love him but few stains oveously well loved so will try and make him like new again !

Micky. Mouse

He’s had a wash on this picture but has a couple of stains on his hand so still work to be done on him.

Also that time again for deciding what my giveaway monkey will be for Christmas ? Always did a giveaway at Halloween and Christmas but just Christmas now this was last years.

Penguin monkey my giveaway last year

so what will it be this year ?

so excited so going to be busy before you know it October will be here

thanks for reading julie

 

 

 

 

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