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Countdown til Christmas!

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Now that Thanksgiving is past and gone, its Christmas time for real, and I can hardly stand it!  I’m a sucker for Christmas countdowns, and here is a super simple countdown you could make for your home!

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Start by making 24 pockets.  I outlined them in double-sided white bias tape because it curls so nicely around curved edges.

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Make a strip of fabric for the binding, and paint up twenty four buttons.  I found these blank wood buttons on eBay for cheap cheap cheap.

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Sew button holes in the pockets, then lay everything out on a big quilted rectangle and sew the pockets down around the outer curve.

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   We used a dowel rod: painted it white and drilled holes in the ends to run a string through.IMG_8807

Then chock it full of candy and treats!IMG_8811This turned out really big–about a door’s width, so hanging on the back of a door might be a great idea for saving wall space.

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Sock Monkey.Net {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Is there anything more cheerfully adorable than a sock monkey?  His funny little face and his skinny little limbs are just so loveable!  If you own a sock monkey of your own, do you just love it?  If you don’t own a sock monkey, would you love to make your own?!  I am so excited to show you the cute little shop of Sock Monkey.Net, where you can find hand-made SockLady Sock Monkeys, as well as supplies and do-it-yourself Sock Monkey kits!

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I think these sock monkey kits are fabulous gift ideas for boys, girls and even grown-ups!  Children love Build-a-Bear because they get to create their own stuffed animal, right?  This is the same idea, but WAY more affordable!  (And cuter).  These kits come with those cute vintage red heeled socks, a needle, thread, black embroidery thread, two button eyes, a pom-pom, red yarn, and a bag of poly-fil fluff.  The budget kits contain every supply except for the fluffy filling (and are only $13!).  And don’t freak out if you’re lacking sewing skills or a sewing machine, because Sock Monkey.Net also carries a deluxe kit that is pre-sewn!  I got to review just such a kit!

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It was a fun little project!  The top-quality classic socks were great to work with.  Stuffing the skinny tail got a bit tricky, but stuffing it with the end of a pencil helped push all the stuffing down.  The kit comes with a nice bobbin full of thread, plenty of black cord, and and a surprising amount of well over enough stuffing, so you could use the extra on another project!  Or another monkey!

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The instructions were simple and easy to follow, and offered some helpful tips.  I’m definitely keeping my instructions to make more in the future!  I originally made this monkey for my 9-month old, but the toddler is just crazy about it!  He runs around the house flinging “Monkey Face” around and takes it up to bed with him for every nap.

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Do you need a sock monkey in your life?

Sock Monkey.Net is offering TWO readers a Budget Do It Yourself Sock Monkey Kit!

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You could make one for your Valentine!!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Monday, February 18th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by SockMonkey.net, but all opinions are strictly my own

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