Wednesday, October 24

Stock? Who needs stock??

Thanks so much for all the great comments yesterday - who knew there were so many similarly afflicted people in the bedroom department?! But ..... ummm ..... you do realise that this is the giveaway post, don't you? Now you'll have to leave another comment, to be in with a chance of winning a monkee related product!

Talking of which, my up-coming monkee shop will be opening next Wednesday. There's no link to it yet as I'm still madly hoovering and dusting shelves. Bah ha ha ha ha!! As if! But seriously, inspired by Julie I've decided to give a shop on my blog a whirl. I'm sure that the demand for relatively small acrylic monkees will be no-where near that for those gorgeous Little Cotton Rabbits, so hopefully there will be enough to go round.


In the meantime I thought I'd give you a little taster of what will be on offer next Wednesday, so four names will be picked at random from my trusty knitted hat and each person will win one of the following items :-




If you're like RGH and you enjoy a cold beer but don't enjoy cold fingers, I have the perfect solution for you. The first name out of the hat will win this beer sock avec monkee face .....




The sock works equally well on cans or bottles, but please note that beer is not included in this amazing offer. A slightly scary felted monkee face is though .....




Mmm. Still working on those .....



Or if, like me, you start each day full of good intentions to actually eat the recommended five portions of fruit and veg, and pop a banana in your bag ..... only to bring it home again - hey - banana's like day trips ..... how about this .....






Your very own banana-sized and colour bag avec felted monkee face decoration.



Second name out of the hat wins it .... and look! Plenty of room to give two banana's a little run out and back .....








And don't worry - there's even room to hold proper snacks as well!


Please note : Banana's and proper snacks not included




Next up, and going to the third name out of the hat, is this set of six festive Christmas cards, featuring 007 and captions such as "007 does Santa", "Ho Ho Bloody Ho", "Merry Knitted Christmas", "007 thought Santa had been a tad miserly" and "Merry Christmas Baubles" ......

..... and each has a "Happy Christmas" greeting. I was really chuffed with the way these cards turned out, until I saw a certain someones cards up close and personal, and now I have talent envy. But more of that after this self-imposed blog abstinence .....which the thought of is bringing me out in a cold sweat.

Anyway. Moving swiftly on. The last name picked will win this ......

HP6 - the inside-out monkey ie. smooth body, arms and legs, lumpy hands, feet, mouth and ears. And did I mention it's pink?



So, there you have it. Or you could have it if you leave a comment between now and bright and early next Wednesday morning. And if your comments could include any tips for prospective shop keepers that would be smashing, thanks.



Oh, and the rules - just two ......


Please come back to check if you've won anything.

And if you're commenting anonymously, please leave a name. Make one up if you like, I don't mind.



See you next week ...... *sigh*

102 comments:

Karen Lizzie said...

I do love competitions, mind you if I come first out of the hat I would have to learn to drink beer! Your cards are gorgeous, hope they will be appearing in your shop, and as for the banana bag, well the monkeys here are already fighting over who would have it.

Karen Lizzie said...

Ohh just realised I was the first to commment, obviously a good omen.

Stine said...

I may be 2nd to comment - unless someone beats me to the "enter " key. I believe the bottle sleeve would work as well for a soda - doncha think (beer isn't my fav) but gingerale almost qualifies. The snack bag is grand and the cards are a hoot. I trust they will be at Monkees-R-Us (its something like that, isn't it?) and the pink Munkeh is too cute! How are going to be able to wait til next wednesday - one long "pickin" week - I can tell you!!! Best wishes for Monkees-R-Us! I'm sure the shop will be a hit!

Stine said...

I've been having a look around my house and have discovered I have quite a plethora of primates. Who knew (not me)

sara said...

I want the bag (but any of the other lovlies are fine). I need to win this time. But I do want the bag!!!!!!!
Sara

Michaela said...

Vera likes them all! Our heating has broken down, so maybe the little beer sock could double up as a sleeping bag for baby bunnies! (Bartholomew is very excited by this prospect...)

Maxine said...

What a generous giveaway, they're all fab prizes but I think the cards are my favourite, they're so funny! Enjoy your week off, we'll miss you!

Kae said...

OMG!! OMG!!! *Jumps up an down excitedly* Your prizes are fab!!! Likes them all, especially the Christmas cards (that kinda thing was my plan for mine!!! lol) :D

As for Monkees-R-Us ... easy to navigate and Paypal - that's all I usually look for when shopping online (not only for monkee supplies but everything else as well :D )Apart from that I don't have any clever advice... I think... lol.

Have fun dusting the shelves; will miss ya!!!

~x~

Sussex Yorkie said...

I love all the prizes, well they are Monkey related. Just have to win now!

LoveAnna said...

Monkee, monkee, monkee! My old monkey (who also happens to be knitted) is feeling very lonely and would welcome a pink companion. Given that he's as old as I am he'd welcome anything that would brighten his retirement!

As for the shop, pretend all your customers are as daft as I am (even though nobody can be as bad as that) and make it easy to use and easy to pay for. Paypal is good, especially as not everybody has a credit card but most people have some sort of account they can use for pp. Oh and make sure the monkees all look happy....er...I mean eager to be rescued.

Rhian said...

Wow, I would love any of your products but especially the monkee!!! Love your work. xx

Stine said...

Good lord, hope I haven't mislead anyone with my "monkees-r-us" crack. That isn't the real name of her new store. Sorry folks. I will shutup now. (pulling foot out of mouth)

Tracy said...

*weep*
a whole week without monkee news.....
really?
now i will have to get on with proper grown up things like the hoovering
damm you monkee lady
see you in a week then
missing you and the primates already
tracy x
p.s - no advice about the shop - i am such a bad, lazy shop keeper that i would only be passing on bad and lazy habits!

Tracy said...

actually that is my advice
do not be bad or lazy
there you have it.....
tracy x

lucykate crafts... said...

so, exactly how many times can we enter??? ; )

tintocktap said...

There's a distinct lack of monkees around my house. Will you take pity on me? Or am I going to be forced to spend real money next week?

Crafty librarian said...

I can feel my (in)sanity dripping away already at the prospect of a week without monkeyness :-(

I just finished the Monkey sock swap, so have been searching high and low for monkey goodies to send my pal - they hide when you look for them you know!

Who'd have thought that monkeys could be so addictive?

Monkey monkey monkey monkey ....

Gigibird said...

On behalf of my monkey loving neighbour I would like to put my name in the hat....if I win anything she will let herself in and steal it....

Lesley said...

I love your Monkee Christmas cards but I'd have to keep them all rather than send them! All your giveaway goodies are totally gorgeous and I would be extremely over-excited to win any of them :o)
I've been too scared to do the shop thing myself yet but I'll keep an eye on everyone's suggestions.
Have a lovely few days off - you could knit another 20 Monkees in that time - how about a banana coloured one that could go undetected in a banana tree?

Martine said...

I would love the monkee;-) Although I don't know what my husband will say about another primate here;-)

Suzie Sews said...

Oh can I win it all if I just sit here all day and leave comment after comment...I love all of it...all of it do you hear!!!
Now I am assuming your selling some Christmas cards in your shop...they are so cool. My tip...if it is possible post up someplace that if your a UK shopper you will accept cheques but will have to wait for them to clear. (assuming your happy to accept cheques) I do not have a paypal account and I so would spend much more if people with net shops would accept cheques. On the other hand maybe its a good thing they don't as I would have no money left to feed the kids!!!
Suzie Sews

Stephanie N said...

I look forward to the mokee antics every day! Here's hoping I win - I'd love the banana bag, as that's the way I start my morning! How many times can I enter???
Stephanie

Frances said...

Cute stuff! I'm sure your shop will be a hit!
Will miss this blog for the next week! What will I do for an early morning chuckle??

Stephanie N said...

p.s. I can't wait for the store... are you going to have patterns?

trek said...

I love the little felted Monkee Face on the bottle cozy.

See you in a week or so. Feel free to come on by to visit even if you aren't posting yourself.

dotswood said...

I just want to tell ya that I have enjoyed your blog so much so that I've told others about it and they've enjoyed it and I'm sure passed the word on too!

I can't wait to see your shop on line!

Thanks so much for so much fun!!
dot

ps...I hope this doesn't publish 3 times!

jesi said...

I WANNA WIN!! I don't care what it is, just send me something with a monkey on it in the mail! You'll be my best friend

Susan said...

Of course I'd LOVE to win anything you've made!! I love opening up your blog every morning and seeing what the little guys are up to!! Good luck with your shop!!

Stephanie N said...

another p.s. Seven whole days without monkees... %#$@$#%%! OH NO!

Viv said...

Totally positive I *won't* win, but anyways (besides I won't win for sure if I don't enter, right?)...
On a side note: does blog abstinence equal net abstinence? if so, I'll hold any BM or Two-Ton-neighbour news until after my London visit in early November - so there!

Martha in Kansas said...

An entire week without monkee business! It will be a long week. But at least will end with an actual monkee business! My own (first) monk is languishing in parts because (don't laugh!) I've lost my stuffing. (Stop it!)

Your banana transportation problem is familiar. I've taken many round-trip and they turn rather unappealing from their travels.

Hope I win something! (monkee, cards, monkee, cards)

Angie said...

All right, I'll come out of lurking for a contest! I've enjoyed your blog posts for the past several weeks. How exciting to have a shop all your own with lots of monkey stuff for us to see. Wonderful.

Working Mom Knits said...

Oh the pressure...I know! I'll try to think positive thoughts - like The Little Engine Who Can" - iwillwin...iwillwin...iwillwin...iwillwin...

ps: I'm lighting a candle and saying a prayer. Just. In. Case.

cmoon said...

Inside-out monkey, aawwh, so cute,
or any other of your must haves would be great. Good luck with your shop.

Victoria said...

Ohhh after my experiences this morning I have a shop-keeping tip: make sure you can get in! I spent two hours locked out this morning, the first hour in the cold wrestling with the door and the second with a lovely a cup of tea while some even lovelier men opened the door for me. I appreciate that you are having a virtual shop, but I imagine that being locked out would still be quite annoying.
Hope you have better luck than me!
Victoria x

Jane said...

Would HP6 like to come and live with Rosie? ah well, if i don't win how about sending me one of those pairs of socks you mentioned and i'll turn it into a "Rosie" Sock Monkey. Hope you have a happy week and if the bed seems to big bet the monkees will keep you company, but you'll need twice the amount of snacks!

Totty Teabag said...

Good luck with your new venture as a Monkee Merchant! I'm not a fan of cold drinks, but I'm sure that the Monkee Muff would work just as well keeping the heat in...

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Now I'm definitely sulking! I didn't get this many comments on my giveaway! I reckon you are just going cold turkey to make us even more eager than ever for your shop to open - clever girl! no! MEAN girl! What will we do without your morning-monkee-madness? A dark cloud has descended on blogland. : (

P.S. bagsy I win the cards!

Pink Sky said...

What wonderful prizes! Good luck with your shop (not that you need it, with all of us clamoring for the cute Monkee Merchandise!)

Glady said...

I wish that I was so talented boo hoo.They are all fantastic prizes so here's hoping.Enjoy your week of "freedom".pbtn

Patti said...

Oh no. A week without monkiness.

Please put my name in your monkee type hat thingy and then pull it out again lots of times so I win everything!!

(Well, maybe one thing would do)

Enjoy your blogging break.

Bea said...

Enjoy your week off! Will be waiting patiently(or not) for next Wednesday.. ;D

Rachael said...

Now this seems a better way to get a monkey than learning how to knit. Saying that my 14 year old son wants to learn so that he can knit a monkey!! I am seriously worried about him. x

Melissa said...

Oooh, how do you set up a shop like that on blogger? Is it hard? I'll be interested to hear how it goes. (Not that I have a vested interest in knowing how to do it, of course.)

What a generous load of prizes - thank you! I find the pink monkee and the yellow bag particularly ap-peeling, though. (I know, I know, it's a terrible pun - I couldn't help myself.)

Anonymous said...

Cruz said...

Yahoo! A chance to win one of your HP monkee knits... I want, I want, that pink monkey... "She's sooooo pretty in pink."

Anonymous said...

Laura said...

I love your give aways, and the Christmas cards are unique!I must have one of your handmade knitted monkeys! Pick ME! Pick ME! =O)

CeeDeeEee said...

ITS PINK!!!!!!! GIVE IT TO ME!!!!!
Gigibirds Neighbour

Kaz said...

OMG look at the amount of comments you've got! I so wanna win something, anything, just a lil wee something'd be good. I've now knitted the 2 body parts of my first monkey and have only got one hole in it which is amazing! It'll be a damn sight easier to just buy one of yours ;)

Working Mom Knits said...

48 comments?! Good Lord People - in the name of all that is heald precious STOP POSTING COMMENTS! I really need to win something. We all know that, as an American, I'm crippled with a time difference that pretty much negates any possibility of my snagging any goods when the shop goes live.

*going to a happy place to think positive thoughts - itbelievethatiwillwinibelievethatiwillwin...*

Anonymous said...

Cruz said...

"Another competition!"
Pardon me while I do the "HAPPY DANCE"... Okay, I'm back, but feeling a little bit dizzy from all the excitment for a chance to win something with your give away!

Anonymous said...

Laura said...

"Goodness! Gracious! Great Balls of Monkeys! "The pressure is on ladies... "I need that monkey on my back more than you."


"I LOVE primates"

Anonymous said...

Cruz said...

"WhooHoo!" You know that old saying, "It's better to give than to receive??" Give me the monkeeeeee!

Michelle said...

I have been criminally absent from my bloglines (came back to over 300!), so this is the first I've heard of your shop! Hoorah and good luck! I hope the Christmas cards will be for sale! They're adorable!

trashalou said...

51! What about extra chances for fidelity? Huh?

I come over here, tap my fingers to the bone slaving away trying to come up with witty, relevant comments. Do I get the extra recognition? Do I monkey nuts!



BTW my mother has just said 'they' are coming to take you away. I guess I was laughing quite hard about the Christmas cards

Anonymous said...

Laura said...

"Okay, I'm back!"

Yep, I'm baaaaaaack because I want to own something from a woman I find very talented, a person who makes an ordinary day special with her silly monkee madness for me every morning... =O)

Rosie said...

no monkees for 7 days? I'm going to get major withdrawal symptoms and will have to drink lots of cider to cheer myself up (so a nice monkey bottle holder would be jolly fine). And whilst you enjoy your week of whole-bed-to-yourself (will probably feel v. cold) come and have a go at the caption competition on my blog!

Anonymous said...

Love the xmas cards.
Good luck wih the opening of the shop.
Enjoy your week off and i'll look foward to your next post.
Sharon-Bovey Tracey,south Devon.

Anonymous said...

Cruz said...

"Monkeeelishous!"

Get me the phone... I need to make a call... 1-800-CALLWISHINGWELL

Karen said...

I lurve the cards - they are gorgeous!!!!

Have a great week off!!

Karen

My Paper World said...

Ooooooh! I especially love the cards. Cards are my thing! Your monkey ones are so fun!

mushroommeadows said...

I love your Christmas cards the most. They're so funny and cute! :)

Hope you have a wonderful day. :)

Studio Christine said...

WE WANT MONKEES!!!!!!

please add me to the draw....

this monkee caper is addictive...

lauren said...

ok, clearly, seeing as i am already the proud owner of an adorable original monkee maker banana bag (ok, mine's red...so it's an apple bag...)it's only fair that i recuse myself from the competition...and i was all set to do so (no really, i *SWEAR*!) ...until i saw the PINK BABEE MONKEE. i'm sorry but tell me WHOOOOOOO is that unselfish?!!! (hint: NOT ME!) sign me up! :)

(ps: CARDS??!!!!!!? omg, they are AMAZING & hilarious & xmassy & awesome...& boy oh boy am i ever glad i mailed that parcel in a timely manner!!! sheesh!)

(btw, chartres cathedral rang & want to know if you could just nip over and make them a few new stained glass windows...then afterwards perhaps you could choreograph a teensy little ballet for those bolshoi folks over in moscow...you one-woman crafting renaissance, you!)

Zoebert said...

HP6 sounds like my Dh when he was riding(in his much younger days)- shaved to reduce wind resistance. "...Smooth body, arms and legs...and he's pink(well white actually)"....Uhm, on second thought, that's probably TMI.

What was Laren saying about dancing Monkees?

Denise said...

Awwww, I'm gonna miss you not posting for a whole week. But you could make it up to me by pulling my name out 4th, (I just love HP6!) or 3rd, or 2nd or 1st - I'm really not picky!
Can't wait til you're back, (and to see if I won).
Hmm, can't think of any clever tips though!

Beth said...

Oh pretty please pull my name 3rd or 4th! Especially 4th since I still haven't gotten around to working on my own knitted monkey.

Jaelyn Wernet said...

I am so excited that you are opening a shop! I hope that you will be shipping across the pond!
-Jaelyn-

holly said...

We just named our new kitten "Punch Drunk Monkey Butt"

So, pick me! pick me! I need monkey accessories for my kitty.

Plus I think your stuff is cool.

Tina at Take Heart said...

Yea! A shop! We've only been visiting your blog for a month or two, but you have my kids and I hooked. How will we survive without a monkey update? My 8 y.o. daughter is a true monkey fanatic and is in love with 007. Seriously. She is always begging me to go to your blog. We all gather around the computer to enjoy the monkey antics. I'm sure we'll all be going through monkey antic withdrawal! Must have monkeys!!

I started life with a Zip the Monkey in the 60's, with the squeaker in his hand, overalls and the red cap. Remember him? I guess Rylie loving them isn't surprising, but her sisters are beginning to think they live in a zoo.
Tina and the gang in Southern California, USA

SuzyB said...

Im just greedy and want them all. But hey, least Im honest right? :8=) and look, I made you a monkey thingy bobby with a handy number colon, number 8, equals and bracket. That has to be worth a prize surely...

Jodie said...

Those cards rock !

Bea said...

I'm thinking of making a monkey hat... (I miss monkeys already)..

Nathalie said...

Hmmm not lucky in love so maybe I will be lucky in this competition.
I love the bag and the cards and the sock and HP, probaly because I love monkeys and the monkey virus hit Belgium a few weeks ago at least at my place.
I could need some monkey mojo to get my Belgian monkey army motivated.
Good luck with the shop ; )

Nathalie

Badger said...

Everything is monkeytastic!

Best of luck with the shop, i'll definitely be purchasing summink when you're up and running :)

Jennifer said...

I had to comment!!!

Still working on your American Monkey cousin for my niece. I emailed you earlier this month about the pattern and it's progressing well. Although I'm now getting lists of others who would want to have a monkey of their own. We would certainly give your little monkey a good home abroad. Think of the opportunities! Ha-ha! Did I mention that we live near Hershey PA,??? Just something to keep in mind.

SuzyB said...

oh oh oh have you seen the teeny mini monkees that PG are giving away now? Ive had to buy an enormous box of teabags to get one and I dont even drink tea. Had to be done, just think I can create a tripple Kong snack now WOO HOO!!Just wondering if you were going to branch out into teenyness at any point?

Kae said...

No updates from monkee headquarters for a week, so what do I do? Result to reading the comments... must get a life!!! Lol :D :D

Is it Wednesday yet????

~x~

P.S. SuzyB, are the mini monkeys even smaller than the last PG 'badge'?

Shannon said...

I am so glad to hear that you are getting closer to opening your shop. I am sure you will be a smash hit. :) I think a good thing to add would be an advance notice list.

Cyndilou said...

Fantastic hand warmer.
Absolutly wonderful bag.
Brilliant and funny cards.
Super sexy inside out primate.
FABS prizes all round.

yvette said...

Wow, loads of comments, see everyone wants a monkee of their own. The only problem with taking bananas on outings is nobody wants to eat them when you are out and nobody wants to eat them when you get home cause by then they are yucky.
Good luck with the shop.

julie said...

Love the monkee goodies and the cards are brilliant - hope you've got lots printed up and are going to be selling them. Good luck with the shop and the week away from blogging - that's 7 whole days right? hurry back!!

Kate in Kent said...

Oh noes, a week without monkees - I can't bear it.

Mmm, shopkeeping: perfect primate pressies, packaged prettily; posted promptly!! As an experienced shopper, I have to say nice packaging always helps. And good service, but I'm sure that goes without saying.

And finally MEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEME!! Puhlease!

SuzyB said...

If I tell you how the horse slumped Id have to kill you. Its all done with magic you know.

Ok, so you sussed me, I shoved a large piece of blue tac right up there and sadly now half of its stuck and I cant get it out. Horsey now looks erm.. rat arsed, quite frankly.

And Kae, yes the new PG monkeh is ever teenier weenier than the last lot, spoilt only by the suckers on its little paws.

Mistylynn said...

Hmmmmm, why can't you be just a little bit craftier! HAHAHAHA! You are just too darn amazing. I am waiting in anticipation...on pins and knitting needles...teehee. Have a super day. Don't forget your daily muffin.
Misty

Working Mom Knits said...

Will I get an entry for each comment or do I need to start using a nome de plume...

Di said...

Thanks for the offer of winning a monkey! I loved the monkey sock too! And yes - blogging in addictive!!

mrspao said...

wow wow wow wow wow wow! You are awesome Monkee Maker!!

the vicious chicken said...

OH MY GOD: how many comments!? You are one very popular lady :o) Hooray!

I doubt I will be lucky enough to win a prize but I would like to enter just in case, please :o)

And I would like to say that yes, I am a very sad person indeed - we just got to NBM's parents' house in the last hour and I'm already doing a spot of blog-stalking... but everyone else is busy, honest...

And I would also like to say (in response to some of the previous comments): new, free, even minier PG monkeys? WHY WASN'T I AWARE OF THIS!?!
VCx

Anonymous said...

HP6 come to me! Have a fun week off!

Charmaine

Nia said...

Loving the monkee xmas cards- genius!

Claire said...

90 comments already! Blimey!!!

We're big monkey fans in our house and I have to say I'm quite jealous of your monkey making skills. I've not quite confident enough to make felt monkeys yet :(

love the cards, and the snack bag...oh what the heck, prety much everything! ;)

kerrie said...

I will be one of the first in line for the monkee shop, I can't wait!

Emily said...

I can't figure out how I have missed you and the primates! A Monkey Fancier (and Sock Monkey Rescue Worker) myself, I am slightly embarrassed by this. Please excuse me, I have to go and print the monkey pattern from your sidebar.

Anita said...

Oh my gosh, those are the best Monkees EVER! Love them!

picperfic said...

good luck with the shop...I'm just off to see what the precious post is about! Love the pink monkeeeeee!

Amanda said...

Yay for such a cute giveaway!

Honey Daze said...

Entering the competition here!
Outta my way, coming through...

Marissa said...

ooh! I hope I win! XO Marissa

sharon said...

i would love to introduce one of your little items into my family.x

gonna TRY and purchase one of the big boys tomorrow.

Totty Teabag said...

Well I couldn't just leave it at 99, could I?

Anonymous said...

I've deliberated as to what pseudonym to use as my syness is a social handicap...Maybe Dodie Smith (author of 101 Dalmations since this is the 101st post!) Anyway, nothing to do with monkeys but I thought it might amuse you to hear about one instance of my shyness...as a ssmal child I was selected, as the dinkiest Brownie, to present Prince Charles with a bouquet of flowers upon his visit to our village!!! (It was the 70's!) I was so shy that I ran away and hid in the toilets (with the flowers) until he'd gone. My mother was furious!!! Like I said, nothing to do with monkeys. All the best with your sale tomorrow. Cheers, Dodie Xx

Anonymous said...

IAs well as being hideously shy...it appears that I can't type or spell either....Dodie (post 101!) Xx