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Monday, February 2, 2015

TEMECULA VALLEY FAMILY FAIR : SOCK MONKEY CONTEST

TEMECULA VALLEY'S NEW TRADITION OF 2015 WILL BE  A FAMILY FAIR
 WITH 20+ RIDES, FOOD, PERFORMANCES, LIVE  
                  ENTERTAINMENT

WOW!  SOUNDS LIKE A TON OF FUN, DOESN'T IT?  




WHEN:    MARCH 27-29

WHERE:  LAKE SKINNER REGIONAL PARK


AND LISTEN TO THIS:


To gain a FREE ADMISSION to the fair, you can MAKE A SOCK MONKEY to enter into the SOCK MONKEY CONTEST!  


Information for the contest, including a link to the entry form is here:







 Go ahead...

         You know you want to.....

                   Do what you've been dying to do:   MAKE THAT SOCK MONKEY

Show it off at the fair
     Get your free admission to all the fun
          And best of all, BRING A SMILE TO A CHILD.....





       
   



       

                 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

NEW ZEALAND'S GREAT SOCK MONKEY CHALLENGE

 Check this out:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Great-Sock-Monkey-Challenge/232311836875234?sk=photos_stream&ref=page_internal


MonkeyLovers  all over New Zealand are making monkeys for children in the hospital.


Come on America.....

 I think we can.....
      I think we can......
          I think we can.....
             I think we can.....
              Heck ya....we can do it!  





What can you do?
 Make a monkey, or
 Make a few monkeys, or
 Make a LOT of monkeys with your friends, family, church group
     

THEN...
    Find some kids who need a smile:

        in a hospital
        in a woman's shelter
        in foster care

Go ahead....Make Someone Happy....




Watch for America's Sockmonkeys4kids Counter......

Coming Soon!
  
  
        


        
        











Sunday, January 25, 2015

HOW TO MAKE A SOCK MONKEY

This is what you'll need to make your Sock Monkey:

One Pair of Fun Socks:

Be on the lookout for CUTE socks on sale.
I have also found many pair at the 99 Cent store...(note: not the Dollar Tree).

The little heart is made from felt.  MonkeyLove.




Let's take a look at The Eyes:

In lieu of buttons, (which aren't considered safe for kids),  I use two-part Safety eyes.  They are available from craft stores, but they get pricey fast if you're making more than 3 monkeys.

 I get them from an Etsy shop  here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/6060

Clara is the owner of this etsy shop.  Mention to her that you are making Sock Monkeys and she will know you need the  9mm eyes with POINTY ends and metal washers......It is very important to get eyes with POINTY ends, otherwise it is so difficult to attach them to the socks.

















Back to business:
The first thing you'll do is attach the eyes to the first sock.  Note, the heel is in the back.    Like so:





                                                                      


Making the Body of the Monkey:  Legs
     Next, turn that sock inside out.  You are going to make his legs.  Starting at the foot, sew up to about an inch under the heel.  Then repeat for the other side, leaving enough space between the two stitching lines to cut without getting too close to the stitches:    



Cut the legs, making sure Not to cut the stitches:            

                                                                                         




Then turn inside out, like this:
He looks more like a MonkeyAlien, doesn't he?  Don't worry, we're just getting started.




















Ears, Tail, Arms:  

Now you will make the ears, tail and arms from the other sock which you have turned inside out.

Arms:

Be brave:  Cut off the cuff.  The cuff will soon be arms.
It's actually almost like making the legs.  Only this time, you start at the top.  (I like to leave the finished edge of the cuff for the top of the arm.)

So, you start at the top of the cuff, sew down and curve for the hands.  Do it again, leaving enough space to safely cut in between without cutting stitches.  Check it out in the picture below, as we all know that a picture is worth a thousand words:














Ears and Tail:

On the foot of the sock, sew 2 ears, and the tail as shown below:


Mouth:  

The Mouth is the heel.















NOW:   Cut out all the pieces.  They will look like this:

2 ears, tail, mouth and arms.  Imagine.......  All from one sock!  MonkeyMagic!

Ready to stuff?    I get this from Walmart:   

                                                                Stuff the Body:  




















Stuffing Trick:

Having trouble stuffing those long arms, legs and tail?  Try this:  Turn the piece partially, then stuff and unroll as you go.

Take it from someone who's a BIG TIME STUFFER....it's way easier!  More like way, way, way easier!















Stitching your Monkey's Inner Leg Seam:

Use the ladder stitch.  Take about 6 stitches on your ladder, before you pull, then gently pull......even though this picture                                                                   is fuzzy....(sorry!), you can see how those ladder stitches
                                                                close up beautifully.













Monkey Ears:
Cut a little slit on the fold line so you can stuff
the ears.  


Turn under the bottom of the ear, and slip stitch closed.  Then make a little tuck in the ear to give it a little personality.   You can see now, that even if each ear isn't exactly the same, (its easy for them to be a little different), IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER!  Each monkey will have a lot of personality.                                                                 

Can you see the toe line in the picture below?  Use that as a guide for your ear.

REMEMBER to sew all your MONKEYPARTS on securely.  Sew around the front and the back of the ear.  You will sew around also for the arms and the tail.  Not only does it look nicer, but they are way more secure.  Did I mention, Security? 




Monkey Arms:

My preferred place to sew on the arms is RIGHT UNDER THE EARS....
But, you say, that is no place for arms...
But, I say, this is MonkeyMania.

You'll just have to trust me.
Remember to sew AROUND, the arm circle for Security. No falling off monkey parts, please.














Monkey Tail:  
I think you know where the tail goes.  Remember the Security deal.  Sew around!

Monkey Mouth:

Remember, I mentioned that the heel becomes the mouth?  Well, sometimes the heel color just isn't the right color,  so feel free to use that ole creativity, and use a different color for the mouth.  I'm using a blue heel this time.  (I'll save the white one for another monkey, another time.)  Turn under the mouth edges, pin on, and sew around.   When you're almost there, add the stuffing:






Last of all, using embroidery thread, to stitch a mouth.  Be SURE to make it smile.  Remember, these little guys are supposed to be happy!


Last of all, sew on the heart.  I lost my heart picture somehow, but you can see the hearts on the MonkeyFriends to the right.  If you are wondering what is around their neck, its the SockMonkeys4Kids card.  If you are going to be a big monkeymaker, Vista Print has cards for cheap cheap.  You can come up with your own name or use SockMonkeys4Kids.  I don't mind.

All Done, and ready for the next delivery.



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

VALLEY NEWS ARTICLE: Murrieta Woman Makes Sock Monkeys for Children Who Need Comforting

The article came out Friday in the Valley News....nearly a whole page on the Sock Monkeys.   Laura Rathbun did a great job on the article except for the typo on my age.....imagine that!

Here Tis:

http://www.anzavalleyoutlook.com/story/83145/

And Here:

http://www.myvalleynews.com/story/83131/




Lauryn, (one of my adorable grandaughter monkeymakers), took a copy to use as her Current Event! All I can say about that is.............THAT ROCKS!!!!!!    

As a result of the article,  I got a call from Jackie,  an 87 year old quilter.  She called to say that she had some MonkeyStuffing that she won't be able to use.  Could she drop it by?  I mean, seriously, what a darling!   My biggest regret was that I missed meeting her as she dropped off the stuffing when I was gone.  How I would love a picture of her.  Maybe yet to come. I hope.  I hope.

Here is a link to a copy of the article on a different online publication.
 http://ldsliving.com/story/77840-lds-grandmother-makes-hundreds-of-sock-monkeys-for-kids?utm_source=ldsliving&utm_medium=email.  

I don't know how it got on there, but THAT ROCKS TOO!!!!!!


The underlying purpose and bottom line of all this newspaper business,  is my hope that others will start to make monkeys.  There are a TON of hospitals out there, and every kid in distress needs a little extra love.   After all, isn't that the sole purpose of MonkeyMania?.................

TO BRING SMILES TO KIDS ONE MONKEY AT A TIME! 


Monday, January 12, 2015

MONKEYLOVE AT CHILDREN'S MERCY

Hi Marcia!
We are just starting to give the sock monkeys out now. We wanted to wait until after Christmas since the kids already get so many things. I am hoping you will start receiving some pictures soon!

I will tell you, the kids really love getting these monkeys! Their eyes light up and you would think you just gave them the best gift in the world. It makes them forget about what’s coming up at their appointment and really seems to take their minds off of things.

Thank you so much!
Kristi




Friday, January 9, 2015

SMILING MONKEYMAKERS

Here is a follow up from Emma and her friends who responded to JustServe.org.  The day before Thanksgiving, we met, they picked up MonkeyKits, and the very next day, they made the monkeys.  Looks like a lot of MonkeyFun.  

 Good job girls, darling monkeys, and thanks for spreading the MonkeyWord!  

Dear Marcia,   

How exciting that your sock monkeys  are going to be featured in the paper!

The girls are planning on approaching the Home Ec teacher.  They are hoping she will be willing to add the sock monkey project to her seventh and eighth grade sewing projects. 

The girls are planning on sending the sock monkeys back to you for distribution, unless they give them to a hospital their cousin was a patient at. 

The girls are very excited to continue to make sock monkeys, both to gain volunteer hours for CJSF (California Junior Scholarship Foundation) as well as having an opportunity to be a part of an amazing community program. 

I will keep you updated on how it goes with the teacher at school and where the monkeys are headed. 

Thank you again for putting together such a wonderful project!





VALLEY NEWS ARTICLE ON JUSTSERVE

This came out today in our local paper.    Its an awesome article by Laura Rathbun.



 The Murrieta Methodist Church’s food bank was aided by JustServe.org last

Thanksgiving. The website posted a request for food donations to feed the needy and over 100

Thanksgiving food bags were donated to the church’s food bank in response to the post.  Food

bank worker Ann Hartwig (left) and Reverend Stephanie Toon Glassman are shown with the

food bags.  Courtesy photo.

JustServe.org successfully matches

local organizations with volunteers




Local organizations looking for volunteers can make the task easier with the website

JustServe.org that was launched last July by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

The City of Murrieta, Murrieta Valley Unified School District, Murrieta Chamber of

Commerce, Southwest Healthcare, Kiwanis club and Rotary club are just some of the

organizations using the website to find volunteers, according to Dion Rasmussen, director of

public affairs for LDS’ Murrieta stake.

Rasmussen said the website’s concept was developed by an LDS member who took the

idea to church headquarters in Salt Lake City.  Internet developers created the website for testing

in Northern California.  It was a success so the test was expanded to Southern California, where

it’s also doing well.

The ultimate goal is to have the website available to all communities, volunteer

organizations, city management, churches and schools across the nation, Rasmussen said.  He

added that it’s expanding quickly and successfully to new areas.

“We are very pleased with the results,” he said.  “We expect this to continue to build, and

be a support for the communities, schools and organizations in our area.”

There isn’t a cost to use the site.  “You just have to be a registered volunteer, and then be

connected with an administrator in your local area that can help you put a volunteer needing

project on the site,” Rasmussen explained.

He emphasized that though the website was developed by LDS, it’s not a tool for

proselyting.  “It is a tool for any and all organizations who are looking for volunteers to help

them in any project that needs volunteerism,” he said.  “There are limitations however, some

include; no proselyting, no fundraising or for profit, no quotas, no handing of money and no

political involvement.”

 Local organizations using the website are enthused by it.  “So far, we have had several

very good successes and it is only going to take some time to build awareness and support as

people learn about the site, it’s capabilities, and then for the base of volunteers to continue to

grow,” Rasmussen said.  “Our community is very excited about the possibilities.”

  He gave some examples of how the website has helped the community.  He said last

September, the City of Murrieta posted a need for volunteers to help with its 9-11

commemoration.

“Volunteer needs were posted for the project and the community came together to set up,

and take down the event.  It went fantastic,” he said.  “In addition, a project was posted to help

support the Murrieta Methodist Church’s local food bank for Thanksgiving turkeys.  There were

close to 100 families helped and supported through that critical holiday period by a JustServe

project.”

People seeking to volunteer can use the website to be notified about opportunities they’d

be interested in.  “Once a person registers, they can select how they choose to be notified.  You

can select projects based on the proximity to where you live,” Rasmussen said.  “For example,

you can be made aware of, or search for projects within a 10-mile radius of your home, or

expand that to a larger area.”

  Murrieta resident Marcia Sattley recently used the website to find volunteers to help her

make sock monkeys for children who are ill and in the court system.  She’s been making the

comforting and cute monkeys for the past four years mostly by herself and was having trouble

keeping up with the need for them.

 “I had not heard about JustServe,” Sattley said.  “I have a friend who often helped me

make monkeys and she suggested putting the project on JustServe as a way to get the project out

there and maybe find some more monkey makers.  I first checked it out in the middle of October,

and I saw how many community projects were on there.  I thought, ‘Wow!  This is a great site’

and I added the monkey project.”

In December, Sattley was contacted by two 13-year-old girls from Temecula who found

her monkey project on JustServe and wanted to become monkey makers.  They needed

community service hours for school and like to sew.

“What a match!” Sattley said.  “They came by, I showed them what to do, and the next

day, their mom sent a picture of smiling girls, holding finished monkeys.”

Sattley thinks the website is wonderful.  “JustServe is a great way to communicate with a

shout out, ‘Hey!  Can you help us over here?’” she said.

For more information, visit the website at JustServe.org.

MONKEYS; A GREAT GIFT!

Note from Kristi, the nurse practitioner at Children's Mercy in response to the Christmas monkeys.  Looking forward to pictures, moms.

Hi Marcia & Corie!
We received the box of sock monkeys today! They are adorable! We are going to put them out after Christmas & hopefully, mom’s will send their child’s picture with their new monkey to you!

What a great gift! Thank you so much for taking the time to make these!!

Kristi