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Sock Monkey Brothers

It’s been awhile since I’ve stitched up a sock monkey. The classic.

One for new baby grandson in Ohio and one for a friend of my sister in New York City.  The pairs of socks have been in the house a long time. Once I stitched on the faces, they seem to look at me and smile.

Both Anna and Jack have set up a crew of sock monkeys, told them to smile and photographed them. This evening I placed the newly completed monkeys on the couch in my living room. And took their picture

Very cooperative!

One of the smiles needs a bit of straightening out, I see upon examining the image.  Ooops.

And yes, my sister and I visited the Sock Monkey Museum in Rockford, Illinois when we were visiting relatives.  (The relatives live in Rockford, not the museum)

 

 

sock monkey duoSock monkey duo, going in different directions, more than 500 miles apart.

 

Here are some old sock monkey photos from previous blogs.

When I was a kid (c. 1958)my family lived in the city of Newark NJ. there was a Youth Consultation Service behind our house on Broad Street.  At least a dozen girls lived there and each girl had a handmade sock monkey.  My mom thought sock monkeys weren’t appealing but I always wanted one. Some people think they are ugly, others think they’re cute. These two have a bit of scrap flannel from the sock monkey pillowcases I stitched for the grandchildren for Christmas.  Going with a theme, here. That will be another post.

I don’t think I owned one until I stitched on in 1976.

The first sock monkey I ever made was for my son Mark (39),father to the grandchildren in the photos above. He name it the Doonie Monkey and it was stuffed with old stockings.  I use fiberfill now. And for some unknown reason, I never added a tail on his monkey.  He resides with the grandchildren in Ohio, too.
I’ve make pink and blue and purple monkeys but my favorite is the classic.

If you would like to make a sock monkey, there’s a terrific youtube tutorial by Professor Pincushion on how to make the classic monkey. I don’t add the ears or buttons on mine.


Unexpected Signage at East Exit Motel and Street View Google Car in an Alley

Be the Change SignWilliam Penn Highway on the way to the crafts store Pat Catan’s in Murraysville.

After I bought the couple of items I needed, I had to drive and turn around and come back so I could photograph this sign.  There’s a median in the middle of the road and LOTS of traffic so it was a bit of an effort but I knew I wouldn’t be this way again in the near future.

This location is near the Pennsylvania Turnpike Entrance/Exit.

The motel is old school in appearance and it would be nice to include the sign AND the motel itself but too dangerous to shoot from the highway itself so pulled into their parking lot. There was a lot of truck traffic.

Here is a slice of the motel taken out the passenger window.

East Exit Motel

 
And then later in the afternoon what did I see in my neighborhood?

A GOOGLE car with a big camera mounted the top, driving down an alley way off of Bryant Street.

Collecting images for Street View? Here is information on how the photos are turned into Street View.

I don’t know.  You can sure see them coming. By the time I got the camera to my eye they were going.

Headed in a different direction.

I wonder how much the camera costs that is on the top of the car? I looked up LIDAR camera technology.

 

google car

Above view is the cropped version of the photograph below.

 

google car in alleyBy the way, that sky is a true blue sky which is rare in our city. They say we have just 59 sunny days a year.

Well, this was one of them.   Seriously hot, too.

Millbrae Way is the name of the alley shown and it’s near the historic marker of the Billy Eckstine home on Bryant Street. Born in 1914-Died- 1993.  I just went to look up his grave and he was cremated and ashes given to a family member. There are many famous graves in Pittsburgh.

How I went from the signage at the East Exit Motel, to Google camera car to famous people buried in Pittsburgh I’m not sure so will close and post.


Super Stress Relief 

Maura found the potholder looms in the guest room night stand this evening. I’d rummaged around for them when I’d visit but could not find them.  What a happy find tonight. 

Anna and her friend got right to work. Maura needed some help. I use knitting needles or pencils through the loop ends as I approach the finish. Keep it from popping off prematurely. Then a crochet hook to bind off. 

Weaving these provides major stress relief for me. Over under over under. Under over under over- The repetition. 

Reminds me of childhood, too. 

I like them especially  for hot pot lids

when I want to peek inside. 

  


150 Acres of Mountain Craft Days in Somerset PA

About an hour and a half away from the city, Mountain Craft Days take place at the Somerset Historical Center grounds.  This year was the 44th year for the event!

V saw it mentioned on TV  and it look interesting so she suggested we go.

Clear weather and lots of interesting demonstrations –  here is a sampling of what we saw-  blacksmithing, log splitting, cider making, basket making, spinning, lacemaking, pewter making, wood carving, felting and knitting, weaving, soap making,  food preparation and if you are into “coopering” you can even get some materials and supplies at the Center to make your barrels.

Dulcimer music wafted through the woods, the smell of wood fire.  A bagpiper walking down the path and some Civil War reenactors with drums and fifes marching past the covered bridge.  Bought some dried apples that were nothing but apples, very tasty and tried a Maple Walnut sundae with real maple syrup.

The Broom Maker- Lone Oak Brooms – Bob Haffly from Amberson PA

He was so nice and said I could photograph him when I asked.   We watched him make a broom from start to finish and it was amazing to see.  You can watch the YouTube video of his making a broom below.

Who knew there were so many different types of brooms.   Brooms for kitchen floors and brooms for concrete floors and whisk brooms and all handmade with a machine made in the late 1800’s.  Seriously.

MAz and the Rockets Red Glare (18)

 

MAz and the Rockets Red Glare (12)

 

 

Bob Haffly Broom maker

 

 

A carousel horse carver

Carousel Carving

 

 

 

woman with basket

Woman walking down the path carrying a basket

 

 

Lacemaking

 

Lacemakers from Five Rivers Bobbin Lacemakers    You can try your hand at it, right on site!

 

Blacksmith

 

Blacksmith and Storytelling

 

 

White Oak BasketsWhite Oak Basket Making

 

Dulcimer Music

 

 

 

 

Fried Mush

Fried Mush   Lots of wood fires burning

 

Bagpiper

 

A bagpiper walking and playing along the path

Log Cabin

The log cabin and the cooking demonstration were interesting.

Honey Bees

 

An apiarist explained how he harvests the honey.

 

Bread baked in a Dutch Oven

The loaves of bread baked in the Dutch Oven.

 

 

cooking in fireplace

Glowing coals inside the log cabin called a Settler’s Cabin.

 

Fife and Drum

 

 

Be sure to go and watch Bob Haffly craft a broom on YouTube


Get in on Knit the Bridge Project NOW! Deadline is June 1st.

My friend Ellen sent me an email about the Knit the Bridge project.  You know how we Pittsburghers feel about our  bridges.

The Knit the Bridge project is a YARN BOMB thing planned for the Andy Warhol Bridge and is an outreach project for Fiberart International 2013   Knitting Communities together one bridge at a time 

We even got together with another friend and knit a bit one evening.  Well, not much. We were catching up on one another’s  lives now that we don’t teach in the same school anymore.  I was reluctant to commit to knit for the project as I had so many projects started.   I thought I would knit one 17×17 inch square to help out.  It has to be in acrylic yarn and bright colors are desired.  I even went to the Red White and Blue Secondhand shop looking for donated yarn to purchase.  No luck.  The knit or crochet pieces/panels are due June first.  There are directions and suggestions for the knit and/or crochet panels at the Knit the Bridge  (wordpress blog) and all kinds of information if you want to consider participating.  You can mail me your knit pieces and I will turn them in at a drop off point.  Of course I plan to photograph the bridge when it is KNIT!

Now I have signed up to knit an entire panel.   I’m just starting.  It will be 72″ x 34″.   Oh my.   They need almost 600 panels!

What have I done? I bought some yarn and started my granddaughter Anna (9) on a square 17×17.  Then Maura (4) wanted to sit on my lap and learn how to knit so I started her off and amazingly she seemed to “get it” right away.  Both granddaughters are left handed so I didn’t know how to do it any differently from how I already knit.

Just got in from visiting the family in Ohio this weekend and so took a quick pic of the bag of yarn to knit in the foyer after I unpacked the car. I put the phone camera down into the bag of yarn and the hall light on the desk illuminated it through the white plastic bag.

Knitting Yarn

Some crazy colors that should show up nicely.

I like to do plain knitting, back and forth, back and forth, watch it grow.

It calms me, sucks out my anxiety.  I am going to be very peaceful and relaxed when it ‘s complete

with all that knitting required!

 


Turkeys of the Day

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The haystack turkey is in Roanoke VA

And the live turkeys are at the farm next door in Hardy, Virginia

The turkey chrysanthemum centerpiece is from my sister who is visiting at E’s in Albany. She sent it on her phone.

The gluten-free pound cake I posted early this morning was appreciated but best of all it tasted good! Some added ice cream and others ate it plain. My grandson Michael ate some and gave me the thumbs up and a big MMMMMMMMMMMMM!

What else could you askfor? Grateful for family and friends, far and near.

and Flat Ruthie is with the main course on Cardboardmetravels

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Duct Tape Still Life

You can do a lot with Duct Tape  and now it comes in an array of colors and prints.  And if you are interested in the history and how it was used in WW2 to seal ammo boxes you can click here.  This assortment is not your grandfather’s Duct Tape!

My friend’s daughter Wylie makes Duct Tape wallets and hair bows and all kinds of interesting accessories with this stuff. I saw her rolls of tape all set up, ready to be turned into various creative forms and although it was dark, a bit of light reflected on the pyramid and caught my eye.  She is really good at making brightly colored wallets and has a few customers who order her wares.  Another time I will show her at work. With the start of the new school year we did not get the opportunity for a photo shoot of her at work making duct tape crafts yet.

A lot of the patterned and multi-color tape  is branded Duck Tape but whatever it’s named, most households have a roll of it somewhere in a junk drawer or tool box or garage, waiting to be put into action.

Granddaughter Anna and I made a few Duct Tape wallets and it was sticky business to start but we mastered handling the tape and were pleased with the results.  There are tons of DIY videos out there and lots of written instructions on the web to help.  Getting used to handling it is tricky and not letting it stick to itself and get messed up is key!

Wikipedia says-

“Duct tape is commonly used in situations that require a strong, flexible, and very sticky tape. Some have a long-lasting adhesive and resistance to weathering.”

 


3 Year Blogoversary- Food Truck and Cart Fest, Columbus Ohio

Thanks for following, looking, commenting and sharing. I appreciate your writing emails and sending photos to me.

 Three years ago today I started the blog.

This is the 1027th post as I didn’t postaday when I started, it was just random.

Thanks to the nice mom and dad who said I could blog their baby eyeing the pizza from Late Night Slice and great idea SIL James.

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* The Boa Constrictor’s name is Sally May*  

Ceramics by Katie Kikta and Eric Rausch

Pittsburgh Steelers T shirt by 8 Bit Apparel

Vintage and Handmade Jewelry by Katie Guagenti

Camera Onesie by KLZART

And you can see This Guys Art on Cardboardmetravels.com today

Food Truck and Cart Fest info 


Overbought on the Floral Tape- DIY Flower Pens

One roll would suffice. It was on the list of supplies for this crafty kitsch!

Last week in Pittsburgh, granddaughter Anna saw a pot of flower pens that Aunt Lala made years ago. They are corny but cute and definitely appealed to an 8+ year old.

The  old pens still wrote after all those years!!

Anna was fascinated with the pens in the pot and asked if we could make them when I came to Ohio. After a fun trip to the Crafts store for the supplies and brief instructions from Laura, we set up shop. Didn’t even use a full roll of floral tape.

There are rolls and rolls left.   We made a pot for her mom, her other grandma, for Aunt Lala, for Anna’s desk and a new one for me which I might take to school again for our sign-in counter.  Laura made some for me to take to school years ago, too.

If you seriously want to make them for any reason I found instructions just now online here at show  

After making them  with Anna and looking up instructions, I see people create them as favors and as pens for wedding guest books and such.

You can see her peeking through the finished pots of pens.

So do we buy more fake posies, pens and pots and glass pebbles and make more flower pens? I’ve a ton of floral tape!


Meeting of the Sock Monkey Minds /Solving WordPress Email Deluge!

Four sock monkeys I made, set up, waiting for the kids to come home and find them (from Easter visit to grandchildren)
When I looked at the photo, I thought of meetings, meetings, meetings…….table the motion and I move to adjourn-
Do I hear a second?

second part for my blogging friends who experienced a deluge of email in their box. See Chicago John’s public service announcement

or it could be a WordPress meeting!

Monkey 1″Hey, let’s flood people’s inboxes with a ton of emails, every time they write a comment or reply on a post”

Monkey 2 “Yes, let’s check the box for them without their realizing it so they get emails and more emails and more emails. Imagine if a blogger gets twenty comments.  And then a commenter replies, or the blogger replies, too.  YIKES
Multiply that cause each commenter will now receive an email. Wow, it is like a math problem. Can even get almost to infinity in an inbox!”

Monkey 3  “We might get a ton a email ourselves over in support!”

Monkey 4  ” We had better fix this problem at WordPress NOW as our loyal bloggers and their readers are not happy!!”  : – (

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