Monkeys Shareing the craft room with new friends handmade business

Yes the monkeys have to make room

 

New friends

As I mentioned before I haven’t been making as many monkeys. My craft room has been filling with lots of weird and wonderful things. Funny it started off as just vintage and my own things but I am finding my self drawn towards the teddies and dolls to sell. Some have been in bad condition and I’m bringing them back to life to play another day. I wrote a blog about my love of dolls but always collected teddies for a long time but have been in the wardrobe for years . My sock monkeys have pride of place in the bedroom and craft room as they are special.

My monkeys

But my teddies have hardly been played with except my grandson taking them out to look at  them they are like new. I gave a lot away a few years ago to the charity shop and just kept my favourite ones.  I thought perhaps I can sell them not all at once perhaps one at a time. I found a very large golden teddy st Michael marks and spencer teddy bear really chunky not much space for him so thought he could go first.

My golden teddy

sold him quite quick to a lovely lady who also collects teddies and she was very happy ! She said he just fit on the shelf  with her other teddy friends. So he went to a good home and is now on display as  he should be. I am not sure I’m ready to sell the rest but rescewing them and making like new sounds more appealing.

Bringing me great joy collecting things like mr men and Care Bears and found some lovely teddy figures. So my little craft room is filling up.

Mr tickle

Who remembers trolls well times gone on since my day ! They have been reinvented a few times but brought back memories of one I had when I was younger.

Troll with pink hair

I think my craft room is filling with lots of lovely toys.and things.  So who knows what I will find  or what I will keep.

Monkey among the mess

new friends

New friends

Had to buy more shelf area to put them all . But being packed away as new ones come in ready To go to new homes. Would also like to renovate a dolls house but that’s another story.

thanks for reading

julie

Spring cleaning the craft room handmade business

Spring cleaning

yes it’s that time again ! Out with the old in with the new type thing and what a mess I have made. When did I get so much stuff anyone would think I was buying for a craft shop in fact its not a bad idea ! Then I will have some room to work. I would love a shop dreaming again.

Already spent a couple of days tidying so not looking too bad my craft room

Started off just packing away all my beads I no longer used from my bag charm designing days. Not sure when I last made any maybe a few years so why keep them? I think because it took me so long to collect them all every colour, shape,pearls,glass,plastic you name it I had it! Just didn’t want to give them up. They did great when I first started sold hundreds but it didn’t last very sad think I cried. So it’s taken me this long to except the fact I won’t be making anymore.

Big box of beads, charms,findings packed away

So more space needed for my little monkey making business. I have the smallest room in the house and with everything in it you can’t swing a cat Never mind a monkey. My peddle on the sewing machine kept getting lost in all the mess under the desk. I know I am very lucky to have a craft room lots of people don’t have the luxury. But I have found it difficult to get organised when I’m falling over everything.

shelves on top of desk
More storage idea putting shelves on top of desk not taking up space on floor

I must admit I’m not a tidy crafter so need room so today I thought let’s throw things out have room to sew my monkeys. But on looking things needed to be moved in better places so I can move from one to another on my chair and keep the flow. I have ikea desks that fit along two walls but the plug sockets are only at one end makes it difficult need extentions.

Printer on top of my sock draws

Best thing I evet bought was my WiFi printer as the lap top doesn’t need to be connected press print and your away. Only thing I will say wasting paper is a big thing for me or it takes to many sheets in at a time. End up with bins full of paper and card left over bits I can’t use. I do recycle the paper so thank goodness for recycle bins or any bins for that matter because I have a lots of rubbish.

The carpet I have down isn’t ideal all the cotton sticks to it so would love to change it for something cleanable perhaps cushion floor. But I need to find it first haha no it’s not that bad ! I have to get down on my hands and knees and find all the beads that got away when packing ! With monkeys it’s pins and needles that go a stray.

Little basket stop them pins going a stray

Turning out to be a bigger job than I thought this spring clean. So far I have wiped the desks moved some shelves filled two bin bags and a paper bag thrown lots of stuff out and still not finished. Have a big basket full of craft things need sorting, another box with craft fair things even though I move some in the loft. Box of felt, props for photos baskets and things. I have a set of draws full of socks, ribbon and other stuff, big box full of paint and brushes as I also paint pictures, printing set,canvases and frames. PHew lot to get through !

Nice clear space for wrapping

When I’m wrapping have no space to move it’s so frustrating I make a space then fill it up again. Do get my boxes flat pack but you do have to put them together.save boxes that I think I can use but take up space along with tissue paper,cellophane etc. I like to put my monkeys I sell in a bag or box  think it adds a nice touch and makes a lovely gift.

My old laptop keeps going 😊

So wish me luck still not finished and may still move things round a bit when I start  working.

thanks for reading Julie sunnyteddy Designs