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LOVE COLOUR 💜

Just Love Colour Bright colours have always been an attraction for me .

(our creativity puts colour in the world spins magic in our minds) quote

( red and yellow and pink and blue orange and purple and green I can sing a rainbow to) rhyme 🌈

I often said I should have been an interior designer I often do the decorating in the house when I get chance . Just last year painted my cupboards in my kitchen a lovely teal turquoise colour with bright yellow door knobs it took me a while but love it . So it’s nice to have a vase of yellow flowers to match you don’t mind spending time in the kitchen so bright and pretty . Flowers are also a thing I love most of the wall paper in the house are flower designs. Bedroom has purple roses one of my favourite colours as I do most of the decorating I get to choose . I am a fan of Laura Ashley paper and did my craft room in a lovely green flowered paper with a butterfly theme. I am a bargain hunter and got the paper in the sale so also have it on two walls on my stairs in a different colour .

My kitchen cupboards and one of my paintings
My craft room

I must tell you about the orange wall paper still in wrappers I bought off eBay! Found in a lady’s loft been there for years very retro and very Me.Was so excited to get it couldn’t wait to put it up enough rolls and a bit left over for the fire place wall in the living room . Unforchanatly there was only me like it so it didn’t stay up very long sad . When I had the tank taken out I managed to put some in the cupboard but it’s hidden.

My orange wall paper

me and hubby love vintage and went for a mooch at a vintage fair came back with a red old electric iron love it . I thought be a great prop for a vintage type pic I want to take  with my Rockford vintage monkey all ideas at the mo . When I saw it I just had to have it don’t know why it needs renovating cleaning bring back the colour .

Old electric iron

My work making sock monkeys reflects my artistic talents for mixing and matching colours it’s what I like to do with all my work .  Also love to draw and  hope to take up painting again? My claim to fame was selling a large sunflower picture many years ago ! But I do think you really have to be good to sell your work but you never know. I am working on drawing as I want to design some cards but it’s a slow process as I need to get it right! Yes they will be full of colour and feature my monkeys.

My scribbling

Even this little website blog is very colourful and bright I just can’t help my self I’m colour crazy. I look at others and think mine maybe a bit bright but I like it and until I think of another design ? Will be just the same because it’s mine and I love colour . You must get the drawing desk app it’s great you can draw colour such fun . My little grandson joe loves it   And I have found I love to doodle and scribble all the time and put my little creations on Instagram and Facebook not saying they are always great but something I enjoy doing. So many fantastic illustrators who are wonderful artists but if you feel like drawing doesn’t matter how good you are I say do it .

My doodles done on drawing desk

Love taking pictures specially the ones I took in summer of the monkeys out and about . Nothing like a summers day bright flowers and trees blue sky’s lovely. So now looking forward to summer then I can take more of the same . Managed to take some in January even though it was cold the sun was shining it was a lovely day. We want pictures and colour we just have to get out and capture it . My pictures take up a lot of my space on my iPad never want to delete them the wonder of pictures . We live in the world of social media we crave for pictures and colour of people and how they see things we love browsing .

Summer out and about at Pennington flash

Thankyou for reading my blog I could probably go on about colour but I will be some where over the rainbow   Having tea with Alice in wonderland and watching beauty and the beast and singing along In my colouful world.

Julie 😊

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How to make a tutu for a sock monkey

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Today I would like to show you how to make a tutu for a sock monkey .

Things you will need

1/ Tulle or netting spools any colour 

2/ card board /pen

3/sharp pair of scissors

4/ round jar or tin

5/elastic /safety pin

6/needle and thread

7/ruler

8/ small piece of tape

First of all measure two pieces of cardboard the same size 8″x 8″/20cm to make a 4″/10cm tutu if you need tutu bigger make larger . Stick the two pieces together with a little tape top and bottom leaving open at sides

Take the end of your tool and stick with your tape a little bit over the end to secure . Keeping the two pieces of card together.

wrap the tulle round the cardboard not too tight as each end has to be cut.You can use all tule or as much as you think you will need . When done cut between the cardboard at both ends keeping tight hold.


Once cut you have a pile of squares ready to make your tutu .

You can use normal elastic or thicker wrap round your monkeys waist for size and mark and cut . Once you have your peace pin ends together and put round jar stretching slightly . I find a jar easier but you can use other things what evers best for you .

 

Take two pieces of tulle ruffle together and fold in half making a loop in middle .

Going  under from top putting loop under and thread rest of piece over and through loop pull to make a knot .

Keeping pieces together carry on all round elastic till full . You can always add more later .

Try round you monkey for fit .  Then sew elastic together on machine or by hand . Filling any gaps with  another tulle knot to hide elastic . Make sure it’s even cut any odd pieces make it level .

Your tutu is finished fluff up once on monkey or pull knots tighter😊

Tutu monkey

Enjoy tutu making  thanks for reading

Julie 🌼

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Taking a little time out

welcome to my blog taking a little time out

I make sock monkeys in my craft room in the smallest room in my house .   Been very busy and found my self sewing late at night and when I can. I love making them but never have a break . Also look after my grandson Joe a couple of days a week he’s very special . I am also an Avon representative just gives me a little commission love Avon.

The monkeys have taken over my world love creating but don’t always have time to make things I would like . This can be a problem when you do everything your self . I decided after being ill that things had to slow down a little to many late night sewing wasn’t doing me any good .If you have your own business you have to work hard at it I know ! But it isn’t worth killing your self for life’s to short . So I have started to step back and take a look if there’s a better way to do things get more organised and have a little me time .

This means I can’t take any more orders and even thought let’s take time out ! Perhaps a year but it wouldn’t be time out because I would still be making can’t help my self. Also you risk losing your customers your fans your friends ? But less pressure and less stress . Sometimes I want to go in a bubble and no one can get in only me .

I think it’s very important not to lose your sanity but sometimes people exspect to much . I haven’t always made monkeys I have painted made my own cards and also made bagcharms and bits of jewellery For quite a few years . So I am fully pledged in. The handmade business it can be up and down and you don’t make a lot of money so why do it ! The satisfaction of it being something you create your self and sell is a wonderful feeling fact that people love what you do.

I miss out on lots but my lovely hubby pays the house bills . Very lucky that he has a good job . Also I wouldn’t be able to look after my grandson if I had A normal job. The question came up the other day getting older I suppose there comes a time when you have to think I won’t be here forever !  So many things To do and enjoy in life .

So this is where I am doing things in normal hours so can have me time and not lose the plot . Sorry if your waiting I do appreciate your custom and still may take the time out ! Not decided yet . I have started to make just for my shop rather than making lots of orders gives me more freedom  to make what I want to do !  My prices have gone up to a little because  if I don’t start making money I cant really call it a business and may as well give up anyway . All my monkeys are unique and made with love and made very well by me .

Folksy

Thankyou for reading Julie x

 

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