All Things Swedish

IMG_7856And Scandinavian. At the Stockholm Inn- Rockford,  Illinois. We were there just last week for breakfast.  I had the Swedish pancakes and Charlie liked visiting the gift shop and Sock Monkeys.

 

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Lost Toy NYC

My sister sent me this photo she took with her phone. 

A little sock  monkey, from the lost toy  basket.

You know how I feel about sock monkeys.  

 
Thanks Mary
And here are a few sock monkey pics from old blog posts.  Just last December we went to the sock monkey museum in Rockford,  Illinois

 

And Click for Sock monkey brothers post  
 Below the Sock Monkey Museum in Rockford Illinois 
  Charles as sock monkey   
  Swedish Pancakes and Sock monkeys   
 

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.

Cabin Fever? Toss Stuffed Animals in the Air, Practice Motion Photography as the Kids Catch Them

It was Jack’s idea.  Take a picture of him tossing his sock monkey in the air.

This weekend I got to be a useful grandma and help watch the younger 3 grandkids while Anna and her mom went to Cincinnati to a swim meet.

The bonus is I got to practice photography-   catch motion, suffed animal mid-air, press the shutter, experiment with the new SONY mirrorless camera.   Get a sense of the timing.

The kids were in jammies and ready for bed.

But hey, let’s throw stuffed animals in the air!  Maura got the groundhog up and  his shadow appeared on the wall!

Eleven Years in a Blink

Seems as if you were just making your entrance at dawn, not so very long ago.  I remember going to school after you were born and how excited everyone was for me.  I had just gotten my first digital camera so I could take your photo.

Happy 11th Birthday dear Granddaughter Anna Catherine.

Hope you like the photos I selected for your birthday post.  Except for the sock monkey and Henry, it is just YOU this year!

How about that?  love you,  your Grandma, FF Ruthie

Preparing Socks for Monkeys and the Front Porch Swing

The girls and I went to Aunt Lala’s today.  Uncle James was at work.

Aunt Lala did the girls hair.

Then we hung out with Penny the Golden Doodle on the front porch and the girls loved the porch swing.

Anna and Penny traded bandanas and headbands.  We had a relaxing summer afternoon.

Trying to not think about my return to school on Tuesday.

 

Aunt Lala's front porch
Aunt Lala’s front porch

 

porch swing and dog

 

 

 

Penny wearing Anna's headband
Penny wearing Anna’s headband

 

 

 

Socks ready to make into monkeys
Socks ready to make into monkeys

I used Laura’s sewing machine to stitch up the legs, arms and tails and now the two monkeys for Anna and her friend are ready to turn, stuff and stitch by hand.   The socks were on Clearance for 93 cents at Target last year.  I bought way too many thinking I would make a ton of monkeys.

What a Difference a Year Makes

Happy Seventh Birthday Jack (John Patrick).

March 21st is your big day.  Thought you’d like to see the faces your old grandma captured this past year!

 

Last year you looked like this.

Jack in the Monkey tie

 

 

And now you are getting your permanent front teeth after losing those baby ones!

 

The shot below was taken one week before your birthday at the Columbus Car Show.

 

jack is sevenYou had a great year being six-   Here you are making the leap from six to seven!

jack at Idlewild stepping

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

Juxtaposition.  I read the definition twice.

Michelle W. at the Daily Post  says Unexpected Pairings.

Looked through the archives and found these for the gallery. It did mention “abstract” and I think mine are more “concrete”

 

walk and sit

 

Pittsburgh Marathon  -Walk and Sit

 

wood and chain llnk

wood branch in chain link fence

 

 

 

fish

 

One orange amidst the others Smith Mountain Lake Virginia

 

 

truck and car

 

 

 

 

boats and pirates

Old boat and pirates, new boats and boaters

 

 

healthy tastes good

New York City Garbage

 

 

scaffolding on St Patricks

St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Scaffolding

 

lego and real world

Lego world- real world   Rockefeller Center New York City

 

 

beatlesOk a bit of a stretch    but when I was scrolling through, George caught my eye

 

 

splint and leg

 

Splint and leg

 

 

anna and monkey

Anna and the sock monkey

 

porta pot garbage truckThought the weekly photo challenge was exactly that- a CHALLENGE

People and Windows- Gallery 4

People and windows. 

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June 14, 2012 Visual Arts Room

 

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Maura and Murphy at Aunt Linda’s

 

 

Concorde window

Pittsburgh Firefighter on South Side

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Jane and Prem’ Wedding

 

diner  windowThrough a Diner Window- Queens NYC

 

 

fireman in windowPittsburgh Firefighter on the South Side

 

 

Breadworks delivery windowBreadworks Delivery and Barry’s Pub– South Side Pittsburgh

 

laura and James in windowMeeting Laura and James for breakfast at First Watch Worthington Ohio

 

Anna and Sock MOnkeyAnna finds her surprise sock monkey

 

 

Zamboni windowErika and Michael watch the Zamboni groom the ice   Columbus Ohio

 

 

shadyside windowShadyside Window by Ellsworth Avenue

 

watching traffic  windowWatching NYC traffic through a glass window

 

 

BLasfome windowMannequins AND real men on Carson Street South Side Pittsburgh

 

 

Charlotte wedding

Beautiful Valentine’s Day Bride

 

 

Sea Lion Viewing Window

Sea Lion Viewing Window  at the Zoo  Pittsburgh PA