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Taking a little time out

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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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Odd Socks

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I came across these strange socks when looking for something different to make my monkeys ! I loved them they come in packs but every single one is a different pattern no two the same the make is called United odd socks

Think I like them because they are bright and colourful. I remember the first sock monkey I made they put it on there face book page. Gratitude indeed you may say ! yah fame at last haha .

 

To make a monkey I need a pair of socks and they make packs of three so My odd sock as I call him was made from the sock left over with a couple of other socks I found . My odd sock was born he sits in my bedroom with my other monkeys I have created . I have made a few now out of this make of sock even a miss odd sock . Just purchased some new ones so can’t wait to make them up.

 

Update Odd sock was two on the 26th march

Back view

what is an odd sock you know when a pair goes in the washing machine and only one comes out funny how that happens ! That gave me another idea to make monkeys out of them . One of my customers and friend sent me some of her granddaughters odd socks and I made her two monkey loved them that was quite a few years ago now before I CE tested them.I must ask has she still got them ? Great idea for keep sakes !

The thing about these odd sock monkeys everyone has been different even though they are all odd socks they are unique and made by me. Thanks for reading my blog . Please watch out for the new odd sock monkeys if you would like one only make a few .

new socks

Making a new range retro odd sock monkeys

Julie💜

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Outing with the Sock Monkeys

Out and about with the sock monkeys

Every day is an adventure for my monkeys.

I love to take pictures of them ! I think I should have been a photographer.  We went out on bank holiday for a walk it was a lovely day but quite cold . Sun was shining ( rivington ) Think its good to go walking blow the cobwebs away . Monkeys had a great time climbing trees and so did we . Lots of people was out walking there dogs and wondered what we was up to .

 Good start to the new year and starting new pictures for next years calendar . I do have a good camera but these was taken with my iPad beleave it or not . You get a better picture in natural light . The pictures I take at home inside are now taken more professional as do them on a white back ground and lamp shining on them to get a better picture . Love to buy some better equipment but this dose fine for now !

Happy days took some great pics in summer gorgeous day in the park (penington) it was a beautiful day ! Sun was shining not many people about ideal for a photo shoot with the monkey . Took a few fab pictures a few of these went in my 2017 calendar. So be out again this year for the new calendar pictures for 2018 .

 

All my monkeys have taken on there own characters and love them all ❤ hope to make a couple more to add to my family .

You can find my monkey pictures on any of my social media sites so pop along to Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, twitter and see what the monkeys get up to .

Thankyou 😊

Julie

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