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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 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.

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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Back to it then Sunnyteddy

Back to it then !

I have been unwell and it really crushed my motivation .But feeling better so back to the monkey business 🐵

So much I want to do these things  just get in the way ! Got some lovely orders from my monkey fans. Bit of a sale on my Folksy shop just enter code Mon20 get 20% off . So here we are all going on doesn’t take long to get back into action. Sorry this sale now ended !

I am hoping to sell my monkeys on here.So my blogs and monkeys are all together. I have made hundreds of monkeys now and I think they are the best I can make them. I try to perfect them always turn out a little different. I cut the felt eyes out by hand and the mouths embroidered on . Make it so difficult for my self sometimes with all the hand sewing but it makes my monkeys unique.

Sewing by hand

I bought a sewing machine over a year ago, I think can’t remember when it was ! A Janome before that My monkeys was all hand sewn . This week on Tuesday got back into my stride and the machine kept coming unthreaded and just wouldn’t play nice. I have neglected it for a few weeks so it’s my own fault. Went on my group on Facebook sewing in the uk and some lovely ladies was quick to give me advice on what to do phewwww . Think it needs a good clean been gathering dust, Normally it works quite well. Good job don’t think I can buy a new one at the moment having all this time off 😪 My monkey doodle was trying to help ?

Doodle trying to help

I have decided that my time is precious, must start getting organised even if it means a few hours sewing at a time . Time for cleaning ,cooking, and of corse looking after my grandson Joe. All got to fit into my day! Also have some decorating that needs attention.

I sometimes think My head will burst so many ideas ! I have to write everything down or I forget .. blonde moment haha . So best foot forward and all that !  I will make a go of this if it kills me . My hubby says we are going on holiday this year haven’t been away for a few years so something to look forward to .So best get making them monkeys thanks for reading your welcome to comment any feedback .I promise to Start telling you something interesting soon when I think of it 😊 Julie

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Time out is a good thing

Time out is a good thing

Keeping things on track to the point of not being able to get my head round anything. Came to a head last week so time for a break ! Not a good time as I have so much to do . Sewing needles down then,but to be honest my motivation had gone out the window . I love crafting but normally find it difficult to put my work down, can even sew at night if I want to get something done .

So what’s happened to me!! I have been preoccupied with my grandson Joe, love him so much he’s special and grandchildren like my children have always come first in my life. Been ill and really haven’t had any time for me, so decided to take a total break from my business. Have been a bit parttime as late . Sometimes you need time to think and reflect.

We decided to go to our favourite place Chester for a few days, and have a bit of retale therapy. Time for swimming .shopping and just being lazy.

Looking forward to Mother’s Day,With my lovely girls. would like to wish all you mums a special Mother’s Day relax take it easy 😊💕

thanks for reading more tales soon and lots of monkeys I hope x

julie

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DOING CRAFT FAiRS Buying and Selling my Experience

Craft fairs

I often here crafty people saying my craft fair was a disaster only sold one item or didn’t sell anything. Dont know why this happens, is it because it’s not organised or advertised properly it’s a mystery. Oh no my items are not good enough 😩

The crafter is looking for a good craft fair, at a good price for a stall to sell there makes. Need to pay out for liability insurance. relentlessly to make as much stock as possible stay up late to get ready for the big day! it can be such a disappointment if you don’t sell anything .

Going back when I first did craft fairs when I sold bag charms and jewellery. one of my first was in a church hall situated at the back of the church,so I just hoped it was advertised well . Very quiet but everyone was friendly which is one of the positives of doing craft fairs other crafters like you. I was in a good spot at the door so thought good place bit chilly but good . I didn’t have a great deal of stock even though I hadn’t had any sleep the night before making I got worried I wouldn’t have enough.  My Daughters helped me on the stall and reassured I had plenty . Bought some vintage beads crystals very pretty and made a few items out of them. Unforchanatly I had been put at the side of a stall with lots of jewellery,and in front of me someone selling crystal  necklaces and bracelets . I had said I made bagcharms so that wasn’t organisers falt but did notice a few selling jewellery so a bit of competition .  My stall looked empty to the others with its white cloth a few false presents with Christmas paper and a couple of small round mirrors . At the bottom of the hall was a sweet stall with every sweet you could think of and was busy also a jam ,chutney ,cake stall near another door that led to the cafe had people just popping in and buying seemed to be familer to them they had been doing craft fairs for years . At the other end was a long stall very full of mix of things but she did bag charms and bracelets to think I had seen her page on Facebook we all exchanged cards like you do ! Then like them later . Then there was a little table in the corner selling brooches and things other corner tombola wheel . Other stalls had paintings ,knitted ,crochet items ,cushions , one stall had less than me because she’d been ill and didn’t make anything but had still come along .I was very surprised to see someone with new stuff saying it was handmade very bad. But you can tell . Most of the customers headed for the sweets and jam a couple walked by tried to get there attention smiling saying hello I do have the gift of the gab so managed to sell something . Lot of older people  a lady liked a green bracelet and I said the beads are vintage and  she ended up buying a few so quite pleased I sold anything . We all kept saying it will get busy soon but just went quieter. Thought the organiser was going to get lintched so she disappeared. In case any body asked for money back . We was all getting fed up when we herd an almighty crash the shelf with the sweets on fell off the wall sweets every where I found my self scrambling under the table to catch them so funny . Broke the ice and I could here a few titters . Then the girl on the stall In the corner shouted everything going cheap on this stall so stall holders flocked and bought things off her as she said she was giving up she’d had enough who could blame her . Giving up the handmade business and got a job so wouldn’t have time.

This craft fair had just started making monkeys and had a mix of sock monkeys and bagcharms jewellery . Me and my daughter

This was my first craft fair with more sock monkeys sold them all and took orders for collection great craft fair few years ago now.

Not all craft fairs are the same I think the best ones are the school ones when they are raising money and you give a donation you just give what you can . Also done some really well organised ones but you can pay a lot more for these . Even if it’s quiet you learn a lot from the other crafters  the experiance is second to none . Also gets you out it can be a lonely world being a crafter . Only done a few craft fairs since I started making sock monkeys my first main one I sold out .Good idea is to take crafty things for sale with your makes as the other crafters will buy as well as things you make specially if it’s quiet   You at least make some money to cover costs .

my experiance as a customer I went to a craft fair in a local hall to buy a decoration to put in my bedroom I walked in after having to pay £2 at the door but I seemed to be the only customer . Lots of lovely handmade lots of choice . Even a stall with sock monkeys I felt like eyes was on me please buy from me . Felt I had to buy something even though I make things my self but just couldn’t find anything purple ! Spotted a blue heart with purple embroidered house on it she seemed very keen to sell it for £5  so after looking on other stalls went back and bought it didn’t want to leave with out buying something . This can put people off having to pay before they go in so they just don’t go in .I think this is different where ever you go but if a craft fairs quiet everyone should get in free.

This is the heart I bought from the craft fair special 💕

Perhaps things need to change people need to realise that handmade unique things take a long time to make and are special and a lot of love goes into them . It’s true you do pay a bit more than in the shops but they make thousands of them . I love crafting and often share other people’s work some fantastic crafters make some beautiful things . If you are a crafty person and want make a living out of it ! Not impossible it can be done just have to work hard .I know quite a few successful crafters who I admire . I think you have to work on the product you make and get it right   Before you try selling it ! Good photos is vital specially if selling on social media . Also good displaying on your stall attracts people to you being chatty and telling people how you make things with a smile 😊

If you would like to chat about this subject looking at it on all points crafter,customer,organiser, display just leave a comment below . I have had a lot of spam  regarding this post I ONly post honest answers with no attachments this is my honest view on this subject.

Thanks for reading Julie

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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 colourful world haha . That’s another blog .

Julie 😊

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