Saturday, May 10

A year of blogging and some Thank You's ....

My blog is one year old today.




I've had a brilliant year of blogging, mostly about knitted monkeys, and I'd like to thank everyone who has stopped by during the past year, and especially those who have commented on one or more of my 261 blog posts.


Thanks also to the following kind bloggers for these great goodies that have landed on my doormat recently ....



mushroommeadows for this beautiful February Girl print and cute card ....








Nia, for this delicious cupcake brooch .....






.... and Working Mom Knits for this wonderfully soft one too ....








Monda, for the extras that came with her little monsters ....







.... and Charlie, (the very talented creator of Greg) who sent me this fabulous package ....




.... complete with customised envelope!





Trash sent me loads of goodies including the best little hand painted monkey trinket box and teeny tiny glass ladybird ....






.... and finally, Bethany, who introduced me to these guys, and this song, for which I shall be eternally grateful ....


(I seem to have developed a bit of a crush .... I'm not sure which one on though ....)



I think that in this past year I've done as much public monkee-ing around as it's possible for a young woman slightly deranged 39 year old to do, so I've decided to hang up my monkee (not literally, for a change) and take a bit of a blogging break.


I'm feeling the need to step away from the computer and do something else for a bit. Maybe pick up a book, or just lie on the sofa of an evening having my head scratched, like I used to in the pre-blogging days (monkee by name, monkee by nature).



So it's goodbye from me ....







.... and goodbye from him ....





.... for now ....


.... we'll be back when more monkees made of knit are ready to join the crusade ....


.... the crusade that is world domination by monkees made of knit ....

113 comments:

Charlie P said...

:'( sniff...so long, maker of monkees! Enjoy your blog break, you deserve it for your services to the production and distribution of monkees made of knit.

p.s. aren't you lucky to get so many fab packages!? I especially love the tickly octopi card and painted monkee box :)

x

natural attrill said...

Happy birthday, and enjoy your break!!
Toby.

Marie said...

Happy Bloggiversary MM.

What am I going to do without all those monkee tales to entertain me??? *SOB*

Enjoy the break hun. Be seeing ya.

xMx

Karen Lizzie said...

Noooo don't go there will be uproar here at the monkey sanctuary, I don't have enough bananas to deal with the tantrums!

Have a good break and come back realy soon. Please

sussexyorkie said...

Thanks for all the smiles, I'm sure theres plenty of monkees out there to keep us entertained, maybe not in the same way but you can't have everything. Enjoy your well earned break.

the vicious chicken said...

Happy blogiversary MM :o) A whole year, eh? That is certainly a lot of monkeeing around.

Do enjoy your blogging break, but please don't enjoy it so much that you decide not to come back... we'll miss you... :o(
VCxx

Aglaya said...

I've read all your post and I'll be missing 007 and the gang. Blogging is timeconsuming, that's true. After a year of making such a great job and entertainig all MM fans you surely deserve to have a break. So grab a book and a cup cake (or chocolate, or pizza, or whatever you like) and enjoy it. Have a good time and come back soon:)

ethel and edna's tearoom said...

And I've only just found you... Boo hoo. I shally miss you all but especially Greg.

Good luck with whatever you guys do instead. Don't scratch too much. It'll just get sore.

:0)

Joleo said...

All spies deserve time off for R&R and 007 should be no exception.

Thanks for sharing the madness thus far - enjoy the break :)

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

What's happening???? Everyone is being so noble about it all!

- well Phoeey to that!

YOU CAN'T LEAVE US!!!!

EVEN TEMPORARILY!

WE NEED OUR MONKEE MAKER MAYHEM ON A REGULAR BASIS!

I DON'T BELIEVE YOU HAVE EARNED A BREAK! (even if you have done a fantastic job of entertaining us!)

HAS VERA LYNN GIVEN UP SINGING?

NO!

DON'T GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lil' ol' me said...

OMG im in mourning now. How on earth will my life continue without my daily dose of Monkee? I dont know if I can go on...sob...sob...sniff.
Enjoy your break..make it a quick one though ;¬)

SuzyB said...

You know Im sure Ive heard you say this before... and Im sure that you couldnt resist the pull of a blog (ooer mrs). So in that respect although I wish you a happy and relaxing blogging break, Im hopeful that you wont be able to help yourself and will blog very soon.

Happy non blogging :o) x

Gigibird said...

Absence makes the heart grow stronger:)
Enjoy your break.

Stephanie Pettengell said...

No, No, No, we will miss you too much. What will I do without my Monkee Maker fix.
Do enjoy your break lots and lots and miss us too so you will be back so very soon.
Happy 1st Birthday, hugs, Bye

Suse-the-slow-knitta said...

happy birthday and enjoy your break ( hope its short, I need the laughs!!)

Kitty said...

:-O Oh nooooooooooooooooooo.

I understand the need for a break - haven't I just done the same myself? I found I missed the contact with my blogging buddies and in a way I hope you do too, and that you won't be gorn for too long.

I'll miss you. Take care. x

Louise said...

AAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH NOOOOOoooooo! 007 cannot disappear from our lives! I only just found him and he and you have inspired me so much that I'm knitting Miss Monkeepenny! I just finished her third ear :o( I have wonderful plans for her and she's madly in love (with you know who..) even though she's not been born yet.

Oh dear, this is dire news. We hope you'll miss blogging soo much after a weekend off that you'll be right back with 007 and Greg - I don't think they'll be content with lying on the couch getting head scritches.

Thank you for encouraging me to get the knitting needles out to try something thats a challenge for me ;o)

Louise

Jane said...

What! no Monkee Maker and no 007 & Greg. Oh woe is us what ever shall we do - we will miss you :(
Happy Bloggy Birthday hope you have a good break and please come back soon. Hugs Jane x

Kaz said...

Oh buggerations! I'm with Mrs Locket - we can't cope without the antics that come from you and yours. Life will be too snesible until you come back. Which, although understanding your need for a break, I hope won't be too long as I don't do sane.

But thanks for getting me knitting, I love it.

Take care xx from Twisty, Mr H and Quentin (oh and Dorito who is currently on the sticks)

Stine said...

Happy Blog B-day!

I hope your break is very restful and I hope restlessness sets in soon. How are the rest of us supposed to cope without you and your Monkee antics?!!

Please come back to us soon!

Di said...

Enjoy your break and those little piggie sweets - don't go all chocolate rabbit on me over them - just swallow them down! I got a bag too from Charlie and some lovely purple wool! Eat the pigs an ear at a time!!

Enjoy the break and we look forward to seeing you back here someday soon!

mushroommeadows said...

Happy one year! Your blog is one of the best out there...truly! I've enjoyed your wit, humor, and monkees so very, very much!

I hope your break won't be long, but that it will be refreshing and simply lovely.

You're beautiful, by the way!!!

Rosie said...

Happy blogbirthday and hope you'll have lots of fun during your blog break. I'm going to miss my number one favourite blog (and cast) though. And 39 is young, believe me!

Denise said...

Oh no, what will I do without a regular dose of monkee madness? Enjoy your blogging break, but don't stay away too long ... please. Thanks for so many really great posts - and lots of laughs.

traceyr said...

Happy 1st Blog Birthday.

It is a real pleasure to have read your blog and you have entertain me and my two teens these past months.

Your stuff is great and your blog a treat.

Have a good break but pleeeeeeeeeeeeease decide you need to blog again.

Yours hopefully
Traceyr x

monda-loves said...

Snap! Happy Blogiversary - today is mine too - I never realised that we shared the same birthday.

I always thought your monkee antics must take you such a long time to document and write and I completely understand the need for a break. Less blogging = more knitting right?

Don't stay away too long.

Monda
x

Silly Kitty :) said...

Hope you have a great break. I have really enjoyed reading your blogs. I will miss the funny stories and great pictures. HP44 will have to provide the monkee entertainment for me now.

Blossom said...

Happy bloggy anniversary!!!

I too will miss you and the adventures of your sweet little guy...

Come back soon!!!!

aussie hugs

Mumi said...

WHAT....NO WAY....what will I do without my daily monkee fix????

sob..sob..thankyou for all the laughs..sniff.sniff..we will really miss those zany adventures, but hope to see you all refeshed and recharged sometime soon!!!

trashalou said...

Well, it is all very well and good going off and indulging your inner monkey (I am with you on the whole head scratching thing btw) but as you have kickstarted this 'monkee world domination' lark you really should be about to keep on eye on it.

There is precedent you know. Trotsky went and had a 'little break' from Communism you know. Look what happened to him! I'm just saying, is all.

Jodie said...

Have a great break......Then you'll come back all refreshed and ready to take over the rest of the world.

Michaela said...

I'm with Lucy on this one - what the heck makes you think you can just desert us, leave us monkee-less for however long? Come back right now or I shall send the boys round. Now, I tell you , NOW.

Stop walking away from me and face this like a, um, deranged mad monkee woman.

So if you're 39, that obviously means you're nearly 40 and going through a mid-life crisis. Pull yourself together woman - slap - stop this ridiculous bahaviour and get back behind the computer screen toot sweet.

Come back soon, life will be just too normal without you.
x

yvette said...

Happy Blogiversary, thanks for all the entertainment, DS3 and I will miss you and yes he is still monkeeless, so if you are not blogging, get knitting, pretty please ;0)

Queen of the froggers said...

I will really miss reading your monkey adventures! Have a nice break. xxx

Manoute said...

Happy birthday !!!
I will miss you, 007, Greg and all the others.
Enjoy your break and come back soon.

Lesley said...

Ok, look here MM - I sort of want to rant and rave and say 'Stop It Woman!! You cannot, I repeat, cannot take a break - how very dare you!'.
On the other hand I would much rather say 'Many congratulations on a year of fantastic monkeyin' abart and enjoy an extremely well-earned break!'
You will be sorely missed but I'm sure there'll be lots of fab knitting going on, not to mention some rather blissful head scratching :)

I understand just how you feel!

lots of love Lesley xxxxx

dottycookie said...

We'll miss you, but I hope you have a good break - and congrats on a year of blogging!

joanne wardle said...

it has indeed been a blast! enjoy your break, but don't be away for too long!

Barbie said...

I will miss your ingenuity and humour but thankyou for all the laughs.
Thanks to your blog, I have knitted 2 monkees for my teens...they're not a patch on your guys however, but they love 'em and have awarded me brownie points for osmosis cleverness so I'm smilin'.....

Enjoy the break and that RGH and those RBDs

Anonymous said...

You have brightened up so many mornings for me.I have laughed out loud at the goings on at Monkee Towers.Enjoy the Summer,you deserve a break.
love from Pat and (Murgatroyed)

sara said...

Come back soon.
You have brightened up my mornings over the past year.

Kitsch n Zinc said...

Happy bloggy birthday!

Well quite frankly I'm stunned! I'm hoping your blogging break maybe say....a week? Two max??

Think that would be long enough to read a book, do a bit of knitting and maybe even sit down while you're doing the above? What do you say - sounds fair I think.

Kitschy xxx

Leanne said...

You can't go and leave us ....... what will I do for a laugh when I drink my coffee in the mornings. Will pleading help...... I will plead. What will 007 do with his spare time. PLEASE DON'T GO.

incywincy said...

Come back very soon! I only found your blog today and I love it =D
HAPPY 1 year bloggiversary!
x

muffin said...

i'm with lucy locket [and her pocket] - don't go - especially as i've only just found you!

emma & spanner said...

Congratulations!

I've only been reading your blog for the last few months, but it's been so funny!
I'll miss the monkey mahem, but hopefully it won't be for too long! Enjoy your break.

emma

x

Angela said...

Is this your way of saying 007 has been sent on a secret mission?. Please don't be gone for too long you will be missed very much. Enjoy your rest.

Pink Sky said...

Congratulations on a successful year - enjoy your blogging break! :)

Thimbleanna said...

Happy Blogiversary! Enjoy your break -- and send some kleenex to Ms. Lucy's Pocket -- she's distraught with the rest of us!

Two Crofters said...

hey pretty lady.........

i am of course dismayed that you feel you need a break from all of us, but i do hope that you have a lovely time out there in the wilderness.

please do not feel at all guilty at deserting a group of mad folk that have become obsessed with monkees made of knit....
you just go and relax in the sunshine
we shall all try our best to carry on without you
*sob*
t x

Mrs Manic said...

You can't bloody stop now. I've just told Janice about this place ...... how else are we going to keep tabs on you all (and don't say MSN via RBDs)

Anonymous said...

I'll miss your blog!!!! But can so understand about the break thing. Enjoy!
Charmaine

D@nielle said...

congrats with your blogaversary. I will so miss checking every new post, you've made my day so many times since I've discovered your blog. Thanks for the laughs and I hope your break won't be too long !

Gina said...

I feel I'm a bit late joining in with all these comments... but I'll put my two peneth in anyway! You will be missed - I look forward to all the hilarious antics on your blog but quite understand the need for a break. There just won't be as much guffawing over my computer. Have a well earned rest, enjoy having your head scratched and come back soon!
Gina x

Suzie Sews said...

Happy Blog-aversary!!! One by one this last week some of my fav. bloggers are taking breaks...something in the air I think!!!
Enjoy your freetime BUT promise you will be back soon.

Rubyred said...

What will I have to read while eatin my cereal(even though i tell the kids NOT to eat at the computer)Enjoy your bloggin break but hurry up and come back!!I'm definitely with you on the head scratchin too,
Rachel x

Totty Teabag said...

Oh, Bloggy Nora!!! I turn me back fer a couple of days and yer sneak off!!
Anyway, Happy Bloggyversary, enjoy yourself over the Summer, and hopefully you will feel like coming back when the nights start drawing in...

Kae said...

Happy Bloggiversary... I'm with Ms LocketPocket... Nuff said...

*goes off to throw a tantrum*

(Do enjoy your break... but don't make it a too long one, yes? Please... pretty please *insert begging face smiley here*)

Lol.

~x~

Melissa J. Lee said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I certainly understand the need to take a blogging break after such a madcap year. I shall miss you, though. I hope 007 gives you nice foot massages occasionally (in exchange for a muffin or two).

Monkimom said...

Oh heavens no, I just now found you. You can't just go away. Sigh!
Guess I'll just have to delve into your archives:( Monkimom

mrspao said...

Happy blogiversary! Can't wait til you're back again.

Carol R said...

Please don't go!

Bea said...

Miss you :(

But I do get the need for a break.. So happy blogg birthday(a bit late, but still)! Enjoy your break, and take good care of 007 and Greg while you're at it!

*hugs*

Lesley said...

I knooooooow you're on a break but I've just given you an award. When you're back in blogland pop over to Moog's place to see what it's all about :)

Hope the rest is doing you good - take care xxxxx

Bethany Hissong said...

Congratulations on one year!!!!!! And YOU CAN'T LEAVE ME!!!! We'll be sending out the search party soon if we don't see you in awhile! Just take a short vacation and then come back. Life will not continue without you! Also... I don't know whether to be proud or embarressed of the fact that you are hooked on Flight of the Concords!! I feel like I should send you something to make up for that!! You'll come back to your senses soon (maybe).
Lots of love from here!!!~ Bethany

nathalie said...

have a wonderful break! yes read, relax, enjoy life! i can't even imagine 260+ posts in one year. you deserve a long bloggin break! have fun!

Muddling Through said...

All right, this is just not acceptable! We depend on you. I know more monkees must be minted, but what about those already out there in the trenches? Don't they depend on messages from the homefront? And how will I survive without MonkeeMadness???
Truly will miss you. Please come back soon!:)
~Elaine~

Jennie said...

Happy Bloggyversary. I think you should come back now though... I can't cope without you and 007 *sniff*

(gorgeous gifts btw!)

Kaz said...

Just checking to see if you're back yet!!!

And to let you know I've got a new one!

Kitty said...

Just nipping in to say I was thinking about you today. Miss you. Take care. x

My Paper World said...

We will miss you so much! but you really do deserve your break, thanks so much for all the laughs!
and I hope it wont be too long before you start blogging again! xx

OliverandOlivia said...

Don't stay away too long...we need you...where else can we laugh at Monkee tricks/fake abuse and not feel guilty?

I truly hope you have a relaxing and productive blog break with lots of quality family time.

julie said...

aaaargggg, you're off? Surely you'll not be gone for too long? I've not been around to visit you as often as I'd have liked recently but it was always good to know that you were there and now I find you're not! Sounds like I'm not the only one who will be missing you lots. I hope you have a lovely break but miss blogging a little, at least enough to come back!

Miaou said...

Aw, I am so sad! I love reading your blog so much! Have a well-deserved break and come back refreshed and raring to go ... please ... !

lucykate crafts... said...

i look forward to the 'return of the monkey'

: )

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your head scratchy evenings... please come back soon. I have soooo enjoyed reading your blog. I have monkeys...

tintocktap said...

Congrats on the year of blogging! Hope you enjoy your break and return refreshed with more monkee mischief soon - you will be missed.

Secret Squirrel said...

NOooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
I think I have made my point...

We at the squirrel residence are not amused...sob,sob.
We love you and do NOT want you to go.
xox eve xox

Eve said...

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Secret Squirrel said...

And on my birthday to boot......

xox eve xox

Leigh said...

I hope you are enjoying your break!

I have been getting caught up on your blog, after my little hiatus!

I love all of the goodies that you have received!

Kiss 007 for me and I can't wait until he is back making me laugh!!

Kitty said...

Still thinking of you. Still missing your bloggy brilliance. This isn't nagging ... it's 'caring', at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

:-p x

One Fine Weasel said...

I will miss you Monkee Maker! Your blog is wonderful. I have loved reading about your adventures, I always came away with a big smile! Enjoy your time off... but come back soon! Hugs to you and the gang (real & knitted!) xxxxx

Kaz said...

Just checking again!! Please come back soon - missing you lol!!

silverpebble said...

Only just started blogging, found the monkey magic... and now it's gone. Hope you're back soon. Emma

Working Mom Knits said...

Saw your comment on VC's blog and almost wept with joy at the sound of your...umm...typing.

Miss you : )

Lisa said...

Oh, I'm so terribly sad! I stop by for the monkee fix, and find that you've gone on sebatical!

Well, I don't want to miss anything....so if any new adventures come about....I hope that you share!

-sniff-
Thank you for a wonderful year!

Rach said...

Just passing by so thought I would say Hi! Hope you are having fun and enjoying your break. x

Suzie Sews said...

MISSING YOU!!!

Sonnja said...

Happy birthday and enjoy your break!
Kind regards

Sonnja & Beertje Zonn
from the Netherlands

maz said...

You reckon you can just walk away like that? Humph! No commitment.... only kidding, you've given your all in the last year, and wow, 90 comments to show how much you'll be missed. G'bye, g'luck, amd see you SOON!

Zoe said...

Missing the monkees like mad! Hope the break is good x

Melissa J. Lee said...

Just checking in. Hope the weather is nice where you are. (Imagining monkees fanning you with palm leaves while you put your feet up and have a fruity drink. It's a nice image.)

Aglaya said...

Umm... I'm hopeles I had discovered your blog two weeks before you decided to have a break... And two weeks was enough for me to become addicted! I just keep coming back hoping to find a new post. Sigh.

Kaz said...

Back again, oh blimey MM I really am going mad in your absence lol!!

Hope 007 is behaving himself

xx

oliverandolivia.com said...

Hurry up....we need you...I need a BIG laugh....please come back!

I feel better now...begging is a real stress reliever.

Kate said...

Happy Birthday, come back soon!

Charlie P said...

Charlie says: are you still alive?
Mr. Pigeon says: coo

Working Mom Knits said...

MM - I've a contest going to support VC's cancer walk - please join us!

Kaz said...

Whoo I'm commentor number 100, so that must mean you're coming back now, surely, please!!

Stine said...

OK Mrs, I think this break business has gone on long enough! You must miss us all by now. We certainly miss you and the monkee antics. Please come back to us!

Kitty said...

Now look here MM - it's been nearly two months. I hope you'll bring a note from your mum when you get back, because this is a lengthy bout of AWOLitis.

Still missing you.

x

Leanne said...

Still missing your monkee antics... hugs from Oz.

Bethany Hissong said...

It was so good to hear from you! I'm glad you got to see the Kokeshi Show and am blushing at your kind comments about mine! I loved Diane's! It was fun to do and I did get a lot of entries... more from people who don't usually come to my blog which was sort of funny. My regular blogging friends seemed to be too busy partly because it was just the start of summer break. I might do another one in August. Also... my family used to have a vw camper van and we fit 5 people in it!!! Though three of us were little kids. You'd be amazed at how many people they sleep!
So I hope you are enjoying your summer and your break. We miss you a lot!!!!!!!
love, Bethany

Michaela said...

My fingers have been drumming for so long awaiting your return that they are now mere stumps. Hurry up back as the fingers on the other hand are starting to get worried.

Bea said...

Still miss you and you're monkees like crazy!! Did feel a bit better after you commented on my blog, though! Thanks!!!

Hope you're having a wonderful summer!! Say hello to 007 for me..

*hugs*

silverpebble said...

Dear Mrs Maker

I have no brain left (it has all been reabsorbed and reassembled into baby + milk) so when I looked through your archive for an explanation of crubbish I couldn't find it. Please help. Thankyou.

Rosie said...

missing the monkees; dread to think what 007 might be up to...

Kaduuk and Hopper's mom said...

My monkees and I miss you and OO7!

Bethany Hissong said...

I just needed to stop by and say "I miss you!" and hope you're having a good summer!!!

Muddling Through said...

Dear Monkee Maker, I keep hoping you'll reappear, but alas......
Miss you, miss 007, miss laughing at your stunts.
Hope you're having a good rest and recharging for more adventures in Monkee Land!

Anonymous said...

Still missing you monkey-maker...got a spare teatowel with PG Monkey on it in my teabags and would send it to you...but where are you??? Sadly, Fran...

Suzie Sews said...

I miss your monkee's they are very funny and make me laugh. From Suzie Sews sonNumber 1!!!