August 24, 2013

Saturday Sneak Peak

Welcome to the final sneak peek of August.  As you may know from last week, we are celebrating Mega Monkey Mania over here for a period of six weeks.  If you missed that post and would like to catch up click HERE

So since you already know what the image is going to be, the sneak peek guesses this week are going to be a little different.  First up, here is a glimpse of what the newest monkey is going to look like.

So I have three questions for you to ponder over the next couple of days.
  1. What sex do you think this money will be?
  2. What do you think the name of the monkey will be?  I'll give you a hint:  It starts with M. <evil snicker>
  3. What position do you think this monkey will be in? Only G rated answers in the comments section, please.  ;O)
If you get ONE of these questions correct, I'll send you off a sentiment.  If you answer TWO of them correctly, I'll add a digital paper to the mix.  If you actually answer all THREE correctly, I'll accuse you of cheating somehow!  Be warned, I will be sweeping for ALL spy flys.  Seriously though, if you do get all three correct there will definitely be another bonus in it for you.  Offer up your guesses by Monday at 12:00 noon EST in a comment to be eligible.

DON'T FORGET...
 there is still time to sign up for your chance to win Naomi's latest new release:  Malia!  Click HERE to find out how.

 AND...
don't forget that our DT call is on right now and we'd love to see you enter!  You can find out all the details by going HERE!

Have a fun filled crafty weekend my friends!  See you all on Tuesday for the reveal.







August 22, 2013

Bit by the Bug Beginnings: Another Bug is Born

Welcome to...



For the next six weeks, get ready to go ape as we present Mega Monkey Mania.  Naomi has been hard at work and has come up with a new line of images.  You are about to meet a rather neat family of sock monkeys.  First up, I am excited to introduce you to:

MALIA

Click HERE to buy!

Did you know that sock monkeys have been around since the late 1800's?

In 1869, a Swedish immigrant to the US named John Nelson patented the sock-knitting machine and began manufacturing work socks in Rockford, Illinois in 1890.   These socks were unique as they were able to be manufactured without seams in the heel.  These seamless work socks became in such demand that other companies decided to get in on the action and soon the market was flooded with socks of this type which became known under the generic term "Rockfords".  In 1932, the Nelson Knitting company added the trademarked red heel to its product in an effort to assure its customers that they were buying "original Rockfords".   It was the addition of the red heel that gave the sock monkeys their characteristic mouth. 

During the Great Depression, when toys were way too expensive and fabric was difficult to obtain, sock monkeys became extremely popular. Women would take an old pair of these unique work socks and make sock monkeys.  Each sock became as unique as its creator and the children for whom they were made.  Some used buttons for eyes, other simple embroidery.  If there was enough spare material around some of these unique monkeys ended up with little outfits. Many of the monkeys were stuffed with old nylon stockings and then during WWII, some were actually stuffed with newspaper.  Sock monkeys have evolved throughout the years.  Next week I'll share some more of their history with you.


Here is a card that Suze from Craftysuze made for inspiration!!

 There is no monkey business going on here!  Suze has created the sweetest little card, perfect for any little girl.  Everything is pretty in pink which suits Malia just fine since it is her favourite colour!  For more details on this card please head on over to Suze's blog (link above card); however, since my addled brain can't tell time, her post actually won't be out for another 1/2 hour (5:00 AST).  Whoops!  That is what happens when you are sick and can't account for the time difference between provinces!

Sneak peek guesses...

Apparently I get another week off from creating treats for sneak peek winners.  While we had some really great guesses this past week, many involving duck bills, I'm afraid that no one was correct.  This is actually a blessing in disguise for me this week as I am rather ill with a virus at the moment and am spending as much time resting as possible.  However, even though no one guessed correctly, I hope that you will all keep trying.  Reading your guesses is always one of the highlights of my week.  Now for Saturday, I suppose I am going to have to come up with something else to ask you, since you already know it is going to be a monkey.

Now, it is your chance to win a copy of this cute little monkey...

It is time once again to try and give away a few copies of this sweet new release.  To be eligible, just leave me a comment letting me know whether you grew up with a sock monkey or have ever made one for a special child in your life.  Malia would be adorable on any card and would definitely bring a smile to the recipient, so what is stopping you from entering!

Winners will be announced on September 5th, when it will be time for the next new release!!!!

Which brings me to the winner of the last new release.  To be eligible to win a copy of the last new release. Moments with Mom, I had asked you to leave me a comment letting me know how the image made you feel or the memories it invoked.  Out of all the comments, five people were eligible and I thank each of you for sharing your precious thoughts and memories with me.  So I am pleased to say that the following person has won the image...

Iris
(names were chosen using a random name generator at Mini Web Tool)

Please contact me by clicking HERE with the subject heading 'Image Win:  Moments with Mom' to get your copy of Naomi's sweet image from the last release.

Now Mega Monkey Mania would not be the same without a joke so here goes:

 Q:  Why did the monkey like the banana?
A:  Because it had appeal!

Well, that is it for me today.  It is time for me to crawl back into my nice comfy bed.  Please come back and visit with me on Saturday (hopefully!) when I show a sneak peek of this coming Tuesday's newest freebie. 

Until then, have a fantastic couple days and good luck everyone!





References

Allan, Dixie. (2012). A Modern Sock Monkey Family. Available: http://webclipart.about.com/b/2012/01/15/sock-monkeys.htm. Last accessed 21st Aug 2013.


Author Unknown.. (Unknown.). Sock monkey. Available: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sock_monkey. Last accessed 21st Aug 2013.


Polfuss, Robin . (2009). History of Sock Monkeys. Available: http://www.roroart.com/history.htm. Last accessed 21st Aug 2013.




August 19, 2013

Story Book Card / Michael's Surgery Date

Happy Monday!!
 
I hope you all had fun over the weekend or relaxed as I did which is equally fabulous when needed.
 
 
To all you my amazing supporters
 Michael's surgery date is
SEPT 20th, 2013
 
As you remember  and for those who are new to my blog my son Michael had an MRI done on his back in the early spring ... it showed good results and you shared my excitement in knowing he wouldn't have to have major surgery on his back .. we waited a long 9 months to get Michael in for this MRI because he needed to be sedated... Michael has Autism therefore staying still and the loud noise of the MRI would be far too much for him...for those of you who are new Michael still needs to have both Achilles tendons lengthened on both feet..
 
Last year there was a card call for Michael and the results were amazing , we were aiming for 30 cards so Michael would receive one everyday within his healing time... we got a whopping 58 cards in total!!!!!  THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!  I can't believe I held off from opening or even peeking at them.I did have a problem with one of them for it was a present and Michael spotted it being brought into the house.. it was from Lisa over at Mermaids Craft... She sent  a beautiful race car card shown in the image below in the back and a big set of dinkies and another good sized car... we were blown away as you could imagine!!! I wish I had pictures , so sorry Lisa, it all happened so quick!!

 
 Here are 58 cards from all of YOU!!!!
 

I couldn't spread them out enough to see all the names , I need a bigger desk...(on my list of things to buy, hehe)
 
 

Here are a load of homemade cards made by Girl Guides, The Terrifically Talented Theresa and her Mom /my best friend Kelly shared Michael's Story with the girls and how sweet of them all want to make a card !! It does my heart good to see the younger generation show empathy and love.
 
 
 
 
 
Also I want to show you a card I made for Troy's parents 
51st Anniversary!! 
I have heard their amazing story over the years so I thought I would make a Story Book Card...
(Now I dont' know if there is such thing out there as Story Book Card but if not , now there is!!)
 
On the front it reads
"True Stories never have endings"
and on the inside it reads my personal message along with:
"..and they lived happily ever after."
 
 
 
  •  I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Scalloped rectangles and Scalloped Squares to make the book effect
  • The center oval is from Spellbinders "Nestabilities"  "Oval Floral's"
  • The blooms are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the stamps came from Jaded Blossoms
 
 
 
  • I used Silver Stickles and bling around the edges and on each corner... I also added bling to the above center of the stamped floral image on the oval floral center label.

 
 
Have a super fantastic day!!!!
(Always keep your chin up, even when it is hard)