The Sock Monkey that started it all

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I remember on my 29th birthday, people said to me “Enjoy the last year in your twenties!” What did that mean? Are the 30s really that much different? Is there a list of things that I’m supposed to have done and if I don’t, I should scream in my pillow and start pulling my hair? (Though even without pulling, they just love to fall on the ground little by little!) There are even countless articles, blog posts, and videos related to “What to do in your twenties.”  Does this mean life is gonna change drastically?  Ahhh, the questions! 

Well, that simple statement in September changed me in ways I didn’t even recognize. I seem to have made a not-actually-written-down-before-I-turn-30 “bucket list.”  I didn’t even know I was doing it until my friend and I kept saying things like “We have to do it before we turn 30!” And so we did. Everything I’ve been doing this year and everyone who I’ve gotten to know better, well, it is probably one of the most memorable years of my life thus far. : )

One of the newest and most challenging things I did this year was sewing. Yup, I’m the girl (woman just sounds too old, so I’ll keep it at that). I’m the girl that didn’t know how to sew a button or even use a sewing machine. The first touch of that needle already resulted with a stab in the finger and a tiny yelp. But I am happy that I tried learning it. At work after school, I learned amongst my colleagues, from the incredible art teacher, how to sew sock monkeys.  Define SOCK MONKEYS: literally a monkey made out of a sock. Nope, didn’t hesitate for a minute about wanting to do it. Even before the lessons began, I came across a sewing kit of a dog, so I spent countless hours trying to figure out what to do. The result?

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You can use your imagination on if it even looks like a dog (yes, bring out the inappropriate remarks if you must – I think I’ve heard most of them though!), but it is a proud full-of-flaws-yet-incredibly-cute-in-my-eyes dog that still sits in my room today. The beginning of my sewing journey!

So the lessons began and I made my first two sock monkeys within 3 months. It took a long time but I was determined to make it well and cute for my two little cousins for Christmas. I think they liked them!

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The letters were sewn with felt and represented the first letter of their first names. They were packaged with some books in this photo.

After this, I was hooked. I started making other animals and even attempted to use gloves and fabrics (I’ll post another entry when I finish those). Then I realize that with these characters, I can also make stories out of them. I don’t own any of these anymore but they now each belong to very special little friends of mine whom I know will take good care of them and make their own adventures too!

Meet my new friends! 

This is my version of the famous Fortune Cat made out of a Nike sock.
Just do it,
he says.

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Piggy and Elephant– inspired by Mo Willems popular children’s books and made with a glove and sock, respectively.

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This is the part where I had too much fun. I felt so connected with what I created that they just naturally had their own personalities. With Piggy and Elephant, they love to be silly and take selfies!

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Even The Hulk took on a personality as I sat there one day building blocks and creating a story with him! (He is by the way, too dangerous to have around ‘cause he will smash everything!)  🙂

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ROAR!

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I’ve paused a bit with the sewing since April as I’m working on another project, but hopefully can continue again soon when I’m done with school and classes! I can’t wait to one day own my own sewing machine. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find the one I really want (anyone know where to get a Baby Lock Molly?!). If you have any ideas of what I can make, please email me – I would love to take a challenge and try to make it!

As always, thanks for reading! xoxo

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