I purposed, before the birth of my daughter, to be the kind of mom I'd long wanted to be. At all costs. Unbeknownst to her, my daughter had thrown me a challenge. I needed to use my God-given talents and life's passions to be productive while still working around her needs and her schedule. Here are some daily adventures and small successes.


A handmade gift for someone named M...

It's week 3 of a Handmade Christmas. And I'm on to lankier projects. This leggy she-monkey, to be exact.
I've made it a rule to freehand my sock monkeys, whether on the sewing machine or (as in this case) entirely by hand. So I know only as I go what the ears and appendages will look like. Knee socks are a bit more predictable. Long.

There's definitely a theme to my hand-making, though. No patterns. There's nothing wrong with patterns. They're wonderful, actually. But they stress me out. They require perfection.

Maybe that's why my monkeys are so intentionally asymmetrical. I can hear Steve Urkel now. " I meant to do that." But really. I did.

In any case, I do hope baby M takes to her new friend.


  1. she is going to LOVE it!!! I adore how you shaped the hands - it's all so cute!

  2. How can you make me one? Or more precisly one of my kids?

  3. Yay, Elena. So glad you love her. :)

    And Christine, I can't promise a thing in time for Christmas, nor could I ever get this exact sock again, but something similar may be doable if you like. :) email me at info {at} photocreationstz {dot} com if you wish.



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