September 19, 2013

Bit by the Bug Beginnings: Another Bug is Born

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Hello everyone LISA HERE with today's post!  There are just two images left in Mega Monkey Mania and today we reveal the final new release of the bunch.  Let me introduce you all to the complete Manchester bunch:

The Manchester Family

  The Manchester Family will be available in the store for purchase as soon as Naomi gets back home and settled from her trip to Halifax and dealing with Michael's surgery.  The big day is tomorrow, so let's send her and Michael a little extra love and some positive thoughts, shall we!

For the last four weeks we have gone on a walk through sock monkey history from the very beginning to the present day in both the States and Canada.  It is amazing the popularity that this little guy has garnered.  Today we are going to see how this toy continues to be celebrated.

Given that Rockford Illinois was effectively the birth place of the traditional red heeled sock monkey, it only makes sense that they continue to honour this unique toy and its place in history.  Not only does the Midway Willage Museum in Rockford house an exhibit containing a diverse and unique collection of sock monkeys, they also started a Sock Monkey Madness Festival that has been held every March since 2005.

Sock monkey fans get the opportunity to check out in person the history of both the Nelson red heel work socks and the monkeys from an industrial, legal, and creative perspective.  However, it isn't all about knowledge, there is play time too.  Can you imagine lining up to engage in a round of Sock Monkey Bowling or Plush Primate Parachuting?  Sounds like fun to me.  There is also a 'Best in Show' where people bring their own monkeys to the festival to be judged.  In past festivals they have had an Elvis look-a-like Sock Monkey and a Jack Sparrow Sock Monkey, complete with dreadlocks, for this unique contest.  There is also a Sockford General Hospital, where worn out monkeys can go to be nursed back to health by volunteers dressed in hospital garb.  If you are there to add a monkey or two to your collection, never fear--peddlers sell their wares and whether you want tradtional or bright colors the one thing you can be sure of is that these unique examples of folk art are made with love.

So, if any of you live or are ever in the area of Rockford Illinois during the time of the festival, you should take the time to check it out.  I'm sure it is more fun than a barrel of monkeys!

Let's take a look and see what Suze from Craftysuze came up with to show off the Manchester Family...

Adorable looking family, aren't they?  And how perfect is that sentiment that Suze found to pair up with the image.  It is almost like they were made for each other!  Thanks Suze for your awesome card this week!

Sneak peek guesses...
  This week, I had one simple question for you:  Other than the obvious reason that M is the first letter in monkey, can anyone guess as to another reason why I chose to start the name of every monkey in the Manchester family with the letter 'M'?   

Well, the common answer was that I had named the monkeys after Naomi's son Michael. That would have been one direction I could have taken when naming these adorable little creatures but it wasn't the route I took.  Have any of you noticed that on the nose area of all but Malia, there is a mark that looks like it could be an M?  I've highlighted it below...

Yup, that is why the monkeys' names start with M.  I'm really surprised that no one figured it out to be honest.  Looks like I get a little creative break this week from having to make extra goodies. 

Now, it is your chance to win a copy of this fabulous family...
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 if you could be a sock monkey, what would you look like?  This should be interesting!  I hope that you will play along for your opportunity to win The Manchester Family, an image that would be suitable for so many different kinds of cards and would definitely bring a smile to the recipient.  So, what is stopping you from entering?!  Leave the answer to the above question in a comment ON THIS POST by noon on October 2nd, in order to have your chance at winning this image.

Winners will be announced on October 3rd, when it will be time for the next new release!!!!

Which brings me to the winners of the last new release.  To be eligible to win a copy of the last new release. Manfred, I had asked you to leave me a comment letting me know which fact you have found most interesting from the last three weeks of the sock monkey history lessons.  Well, only two people participated last time and because they both took the time to tell me what they enjoyed, I am making Manfred available to both of them.  So, that means that the following individuals walk away with a copy of Manfred...

Fit Kitty
Winners, please contact me by clicking HERE with the subject heading 'Image Win:  Manfred' to get your copy of Naomi's sweet image from the last release.  Please note that it might take me a few days to get back to you though, so I appreciate your patience.

Just two monkey jokes left!  I know you'll miss them when they are gone.  Here is the one for this week:

 Q:  Where do chimps get their gossip?
A:  On the ape vine!
Please come back and visit with me on Saturday when it is time to show our last peek into this special collection of monkeys. 
 Until Saturday, have a fantastic couple days and good luck everyone!

Allan, Dixie. (2012). A Modern Sock Monkey Family. Available: Last accessed 21st Aug 2013.

Author Unknown.. (Unknown.). Sock monkey. Available: Last accessed 21st Aug 2013.

Dooley, Jenna.  (2012). (Sock) Monkey Business: A Festival For Iconic Toy.  Available http://   Last accessed 16th Sept. 2013.

Polfuss, Robin . (2009). HISTORY OF SOCK MONKEYS. Available: Last accessed 21st Aug 2013.


Scrappy Beads said...

I enjoyed my visit with you!! I ♥ your posts.

I just had to "follow" you so not to miss anything! It would make me so happy if you would follow me too. :)

Have a beautiful week!

Lots of BIG Hugs,


ike said...

OMGoodness - what fabulous Sock Monkey facts :-) I must admit that the Plush Primate Parachuting made me laugh out loud and can you just imagine 'Best in Show' hahahaha !!! How lovely that they have their own hospital too. :-D
The little family look great and I didn't even notice the M on the noses !!! Doh !!!

Great card by Crafty Suze :-) xxx

I think if I was a plush Socky Monkey, I would have a purple Punk hair do, tattoos and be dressed like a Goth and with spiky Biker Boots LoL :-D


IKE xxxxxxxxx

KT Fit Kitty said...

Yes, I will miss the monkey jokes! I have been enjoying them.

Thanks for the win, Lisa!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Ok, if I were a sock monkey, I would be a girl (obviously) and I would have a big smile on my face, showing all my sock monkey "teeth". And I would be holding a small sock kitty in my hands. Yay - I love it! There's an idea for Naomi's next monkey LOL. Thanks for some more fun!

Enjoy your day!
KT Fit Kitty

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Loving reading the stories on the Sock Monkeys!! Your card is adorable! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee the colors!!!!

Iris said...

If I were a sock monkey I'd wear purple and some wild striped socks.

Anonymous said...

Did you go look at all the sock monkey images? Wowzers! I would be in the traditional colors with the red heel. I would have a BIG GRIN on my face b/c I smile a lot. I saw some with glasses & I do wear glasses. BUT, I wouldn't be one in one of those girly tutus! Too fru fru for me. Dress me in jeans & a t-shirt & I will be a happy camper. Great card Suze! I never noticed those "m"s on the nose either. Hope you are feeling better. Hugs~Patti

MonkingsMusings said...

For me to be a sock monkey the sock would have to be either red or blue cause the look the best, wear glasses because I ain't as young as I used to be. I need a sock puppy glued to my side and being under feet. The monkey also needs to have a pair of sissors in one hand and something crafty in the other hand. Oh, and my sock has to have a little more stuffing as I'm full figured.

Mz Daisy said...

M is for Monkey and yours are as cute as the sock monkey stories you tell.

Edwina said...

I have enjoyed the monkey stories and jokes. Thank you. I would be a pink monkey with lime green sparkles on it and wear a hat with flowers, ribbon, and a butterfly decorating the hat if I am a sock monkey. Edwina Brown

D- said...

Well if I was a sock monkey I would be dressed in black jeans and a blue or green shirt. I have hazel eyes that change shades of colors depending on the color I am wearing especially green. Since I teach small reading support groups in an elementary school I would be holding a book. Thanks for the fun activity and the chance to win these VERY cute monkeys.
Crafty hugs,
dmacardmaker (AOL) new email & google follower

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