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Jas crafty and DIY moments

Jas Crafty Moments

Jas is me and Jas Crafty and DIY moments is a page I set up on Facebook

way back in 2012

I love crafting and always have since I was a little girl.

This is me when I was about 7 or 8 yrs we lived in Australia my mum and dad emergrated a long time ago now . We only stayed for about three years. I can remember it well .

Over the years I have always done some kind of crafting mix of flower arranging , drawing , painting , card making , knitting , think my nan taut me to knit she was a fantastic knitter. We lived with her and grandad when we came back from Australia for a short while why we looked for a place to live. I learned a lot from her .

So this is where it started really love any kind of craft and love crafty people so love to help if I can share any ones handmade I do . I started jas crafty moments just for all the other things I did. At first like my paintings and drawings . I had a group on Facebook so everyone could share there handmade but had to close due to lack of interest very sad.

Couple of my paintings taken from the original pictures

I have three pages on Facebook my Sunnyteddysdesigns , Jas crafty moments  and my Avon page I sell avon for a little extra income to support my handmade sock monkeys business. But I have sold handmade bag charms and had a page selling scarfs and bags. Sock monkeys came later just started as a hobby like everything else.

I love Folksy.com and Etsy.com great handmade items worth a look !  I know how difficult it can be to sell your own creations been there bought the tee shirt. So I share on Pinterest  so many interesting things . I find things to put on my page from different places on Facebook,Pinterest,folksy, or any thing crafty.

DIY well that’s me again I love doing a spot of decorating ! Specially the matching up and the fancy bit .so you will find a lot of my DIY projects and things on the page . Not that I get a lot of time but have a lot of things coming up and will be taking a break from the monkeys to get things done  so be showing them hopefully.

so please pop by any of my pages and say hi

thank you Julie 😊

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Every Stitch I Make

Every stitch I Make

not just one stitch thousands of them – – – – – – little tiny things

Every sock monkey I make is a lots of hand sewing call it the creative bit a part of me. love to hand sew takes me a while and have been known to undo the stitches if not happy. Lost count of the amount of times I pricked my finger. Trying to be careful not to get blood on my monkeys ouch!  Looking at my work and looking again is it right do them eyes look level did I do that stitch the same? You know it didn’t matter I didn’t want them the same. All my monkeys are unique and special.

So Every stitch I make is not the same. Every days not the same creative people can’t always turn on the tap of creativeness or other things get in the way. As well as the fingers the head has to be in gear to. Don’t worry I won’t cut my ear off but can be very frustrating at times. I try to make what people want put my heart and sole into what I make. crafty people will say the same every stitch or craft nearer to that perfect creation.

Some do it for the fun just because they can and love sewing. Satisfaction of making your very first item. Then you have the dedicated sewers who make the most wonderful items I bow in admiration. I love creative people   This includes anyone who can paint,draw,knit,crochet,sew etc … truly blessed with amazing talents. Done lots of things my self love to draw but except for a few doodles these day don’t do a lot only making my sock monkeys.

I always encourage people to try and make a sock monkey them selves. Often get asked how to make them. The basics are easy making it your own is another thing. When they ask I guide them to look at the many tutorials on you tube. How I learned to make one at the very beginning long time ago. Who would have thought I would make and sell them.

so many different stitches you can do !  Machine sewing has taken on a new world of sewing . Embroidery machines that do intricate patterns and words. will say I don’t like sewing machines but they do a strong stitch. So my monkeys are part made on my simple janome sewing machine . She can play up a bit but works fine most of the time.

My sewing machine

Stitch in time saves nine. Also a lot quicker on the machine hand stitching takes forever. I made sock man he had whiskers on his chin each one sewn by hand. Now I am seeing ladies sewing sequins on beautiful dresses the time that must have took or takes to do. Satisfaction when completing second to none (you missed one). That one stitch that can save many +

I read about a lady so busy sewing she swallowed a pin. ( ooooo nasty) caused no end of problems so be careful don’t put pins in your mouth. Also try keeping your back straight so you don’t stoop in later life. Don’t sew in the dark your stitches work out wonky ~~~ haha. Threading the needle can be tricky ! Why are the eye holes so small. Wearing glasses when you get older for seeing your work can be frustrating when you can’t see and realise you haven’t got them. So valuable sewing time is taken up looking for them so check you have everything before you start! Like I don’t. The amount of time I waist going up and down stairs because I forgot something when doing sewing down stairs. Then dropping them going back up when it’s bed time. Having to search for pins on the floor Leaving the scissors in bed ? isn’t a good idea ether ( guilty). Tales of people getting needle stuck in there fingers when sewing on machine frightening ( Arhhhhh). Sounds dangerous this stitching business.✂️

makeing things some don’t work out some do. Not sure how long I can carry on stitching ? But I love it 😊

Thanks for reading please comment

julie

I will put some connections on to tutorials and stitchie things so please keep looking welcome to comment 😊

Heres another blog I wrote has a video of how to make an original sock monkey 😊

Making Sock Monkeys

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Memorial Odd Sock Day

Yes today is Memorial Day for all them odd socks that got away!

Odd socks on the line

Its a mystery ? They go into the washing machine and are never seen again. Perhaps there’s a black hole they go in putting my head in the washer 👀 Can’t see anything haha.

The story goes they turn into sock monsters and come and bite your toes at night. May be it’s really because your feet are cold and you can’t find any socks to wear. Perhaps the dogs eaten them ?

Read all about it ! The phantom sock snatchers at large. Police are hunting for him he’s gone into hiding. Last seen in the tumbler drier and acting suspicious. No evidence found looks like he’s sock free.

The sock draw .. That’s it I remember now it’s in here some where. Sure I washed them together or maybe I left it in the basket ? I love them socks. Looking through I found 20 odd socks ? are these the ones I thought was odd last time I had a sort out. The mind boggles.

I like odd socks. Perhaps I can wear them odd pink And blue match. Start a new trend what do you think! Them odd socks won’t go to waist.I will make lovely odd sock monkeys with them 🐵 That’s maybe how they got lost in the first place the monkeys had them. So happy Memorial odd sock day have fun and don’t lose your socks.

Sewing odd socks

I wrote a Odd socks blog about the odd sock monkeys that I make. thanks for reading.

😊happy day Julie

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