we don’t seem to have many days of sunshine this year in the uk but we try and make the most of it ! I suppose that’s why most of us go abroard to get the sunshine ☀️
Me and my hubby had a lovely walk, well you could say climb up rivington. What beauty we have on our door step. Fresh air, sunshine what a lovely day it was! Hard going the further we climbed the steps to the top but worth the effort and want to do more. We made it to the top and celebrated with a lovely picnic. We saw other people walking with there dogs some hiking rucksacks and boots on. I can see why may be a bit out of breath but what satisfaction making it to the top.
Steps to the top just some of them !
View from the top breath taking
Sunny days Been taking a little time out ! Took my sock monkey to the park . We had a lovely day our local park is gorgeous. I take my grandson on the park all the time he loves the slide and swings,roundabout. But this day was me time! Oh yes and chance take pictures of my monkey and as there was no one on the park did some videoing. I wrote about this in a previous blog what July means to me . You can find the videos on my Instagram and Twitter as well.
Monkey picture it was a gorgeous day
we often visit another park in the next town Pennington park I took lots of lovely pictures of my monkeys Here last year. There’s a band stand and lots of flowers very pretty. Lovely children’s park and aerobic section. Also have a little tea room cafe. Lovely on a sunny day. Here’s couple of pictures.
Look at that sky
Pictures I took was the best ! flowers in full bloom used this one for my 2017 calendar.
I am hoping there’s still going to be a few more days to take some good pictures for this years calendar . Maybe another trip up them steps only take the monkeys this time thanks for reading.
Hi I normally have lots of great crafty ideas ! Sometimes there’s not enough space in my brain it could burst but never get time . I am writing this while I keep my eye on my little grandson Joe who’s a little monkey .
Crafty ideas So many crafty people with some fantastic ideas I often put lots of great videos and tutorials on my Jas crafty and DIY moments worth a look. If your reading this you must like crafting ? Pinterest is a fab place for picking up ideas and there’s lots of crafty groups on Facebook to help and sell your crafty work. Take a look at my Pinterest page crafty and sewing boards.
Anyone can craft it’s a great making your own things ! From drawing to paper folding . When I was younger just loved making patterns and colouring them also love to doodle.Even tried zentangle made up of different patterns very relaxing. Making flowers out of paper you can make anything if you put your mind to it have you seen the paper folds out of books amazing. One of my Facebook friends makes stars. Here’s a video on making large flowers by 5 minute crafts.
Crafty ideas are endless love the handmade teddies so cute ! Always had a thing about teddies maybe try and make one you never know. Felting is interesting to need a lot of time but great results. Making quilts I made one for my grandson when he was born my first attempt turned out better than I thought it would. Even though I make monkeys sewing on the machine wasn’t my strong point. Great thing to make is stockings for Christmas once you have the basic shape your away. Have to use strong cotton fabric or put a lining inside.
Making cards you can buy every thing you need now some great embellishments. All you need is an artistic flare. If you can draw no end of things you can do. Now so many illustrators and designers having there designs printed for wall paper, fabrics , even colouring books. I want to make a colouring book design I have ideas for this but not finished yet hopefully soon. Already designed my own card years ago and now do the tags for my monkeys once you have a design it’s easy to print them.
Always fancied doing some clay work not sure I would be any good on the potters wheel but give it a go ! But I could write a long list of things I would like to try.
knitting and crochet is something I can do made baby things when my girls was little . Think this is back in fashion again now or maybe it never went out I don’t know. Love the tiny creatures made from cotton yarn you can buy patterns for these from craft shops. I bought some gorgeous little crochet flowers to put on my monkeys when I first started and resantly won a giveaway from Tiny Curl on etsy , Facebook and Instagram a brooch and a necklace I love them she’s also designing a pattern. I also love Purple hedgehog on folksy,Etsy and Facebook also dose patterns love her dragons.
Always wanted to make a rag doll love dolls so many makers but all unique. I’m a big fan of blyth dolls love there big eyes. I have a collection of doll pictures on my pinterest page. Love to know how you make them ? I have an old black doll she sits on my set of draws in the bedroom. You probably think I’m to old for dolls, but I found her in a house my dad was clearing for someone long time ago. She had no clothes and was a bit battered so I cleaned her up painted her eyes and mouth back on think she’s from the 1940s. Over the years She’s had assortment of baby and handmade clothes made for her I call her Betsy.
My Doll Betsy
#Buttons and beads#
I love buttons and beads I have a lot of beads from when I made bagcharms. I have had an idea to make some fashion earrings with them big earrings are back in fashion so I have been told. I loved fashion when I was younger I collected pictures of all the latest trends and stick them on my wall. I also like to revamp things my favourite item is my denim jacket. Had ideas to put fabric,buttons and embroidery on denim jackets perhaps a second hand one to try first to see how it turns out.
#pictures and videos#
Nothing to do with crafting but great idea started videoing my sock monkeys and love taking pictures of them some great apps love my iPad. Just made this one on flipogram thanks for reading and I’m sure you have lots of crafty ideas and things.
July is my birthday month I love having my birthday in summer when the sun shines . This year it’s a special one I was 60 years old . Not too sure about the number haven’t acheaved every thing I would like to have done. But as I can’t retire till I’m 66 time yet. To celebrate my birthday we went to London to visit the queen ! Well I say that ! I glanced up at the window of the palace sure I got a wave 👋 It was a wet day ☂️But we made the most of it going on the London eye and visiting harrods.
July is also my wedding anniversary been married to my hubby for 42 years. We have three grown up girls and two grandsons. My grandson Joe is only two nearly three and I look after him a few days a week. Grandchildren are special. He is very much a part of our life these days you will often see his pictures on my Facebook and Instagram. 💙
July living in Britain doesn’t always mean the sun will shine but you can guarantee getting some sunshine. Love taking pictures and this time of year is the best time ! Blue skies flowers in full bloom love flowers. Apples growing on the tree. Birds singing. All sounds wonderful to me ! Happy days. The other day was a beautiful day went on the park with the monkey it was a lovely stress free day ! Sun was shining had a little picnic tuna sandwiches and a lemon mouse,and a drink of watered down vimto from home.what more could you want. Doesn’t sound exciting I know but it was a bit of me time. Very quiet a lovely place for fairys.
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.
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.
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
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 😊
Yes today is Memorial Day for all them odd socks that got away!
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 threw 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.
I wrote a Odd socks blog about the odd sock monkeys that I make. thanks for reading.