Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bring a nickel, tap your feet.

Toe-tapping, finger-snapping, feel good music accompanies this post. 

As you may know by now, I create a personalized Studio 911 sock monkeys
for all the special little people in my life.
  Today is our grandson Mack's
1st Birthday!!!  Happy Birthday Mack!

In honor of this momentous occasion, I'd like to introduce you to
the monkey I made for Mack.

Meet Willy.

You've probably made the connection already, but my inspiration for this
monkey is the song, "Down on the Corner" by.....

only the greatest band of all time, none other than CCR!!!

Mack is a city boy and if my bean theory holds true.....oh, you don't
know my bean theory?
When you plant beans, you get beans.
So anywho, if my theory holds true, Mack is likely to be a
musical genius like his daddy and Grandpa Jason. :@
They were both lead vocalists of rock bands in their day, so I predict that
Mack will be the leader of his own garage band.

How do I know he's musically gifted?
Well, he isn't talking or singing yet, but he does have a nice babbling voice.
And he laughs hysterically when his mama sings.
  Singing in tune is NOT one of our family traits.

On to the sock monkey.

I'm not a huge fan of our local dollar stores, but they did come through for me last night.
really wanted to finish Willy to get this post published today, but he needed a shirt to wear.
His surfer shirt, purchased at the Dollar Store is actually a low cut sock. 
 I cut the toe off,  pulled it over Willy's head, and cut arm openings for a grunge rocker look. 
 His hat is made from another sock that has been gathered at the top. 

Four buttons create his pretty blue eyes.

He likes to show off his six-pack abs.
Yes, he is wearing boxers under his low riding jeans.

His low riders have been stitched out of an old pair of my jeans.
  Bonus:  I now have a new pair of cut-offs.
His belt is an old watchband and he sports a peace sign charm from his belt loop.

View from behind.
Sock monkeys are lucky.  They've got a tail to keep those jeans
from falling down around their knees.

For bling, Willy wears one gold hoop earring. 
I'll never find the other one, so he might as well make use of it.

One of our city's claim to fame is that Bob Dylan attended our high school.
Willy would have fit right in with the attendees of Dylan Days held last weekend.
My personal shopper found the guitar on eBay.

Here he is practicing for those campfire sing-alongs when he
will be spending upcoming weekends in....

The P family's 1956 Terry Travel Trailer.  He's so excited!!!

His accessories include a cowbell, tambourine, and of course, a washboard
so everybody gets an instrument!

Down on the corner, out in the street,
Willy and the Poorboys are playin' ;
Bring a nickel; tap your feet.

Happy Birthday Mack!
See you at your party!
Grammy 911

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  1. Cute monkey! I couldn't help but notice the 1956 trailer. Very cool! Do you use it?

  2. Well Grammy, that is just the cutest thing ever and I love how you used the things you did to dress him. Happy 1st, Mack!

  3. Vickie that sock monkey is so darn cute. I love all the details you put into it. Just darling.


  4. too, too cute, vickie! that is the most darling guitar, too! you are a sewing master and great grandma!

  5. Oh my GOSH!! Willi is AMAZING!! Love his surfer muscle shirt and those boxers!!!!!! Can't wait to show this to Macy. I can't believe you found the guitar and case too. I'd toss in a good ole Canadian toonie and a Loonie to boot. Great, great post. Grammy rocks!

    PS LOVE the trailer too!

  6. M says:
    Cool Monkey Dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 0-:

    PS I say: Two thumbs up on the CCR too!

  7. You make the cutest sock monkeys! Love this one!

  8. What a cute sock monkey! I love all the details ... especially the gold earring! Your family members are lucky to receive a sock monkey made by you with love. What a great keepsake for many years to come!

  9. Vickie,
    What a sock monkey.I think that is your best yet.You make the cutest sock monkeys.I remember my Grandmother had one of those.I am not sure if she made it or bought it.But I always remember seeing that at her house.Found happy memories.And I am sure little Mack is going to be head of heals for yours <3
    Happy 1st Birthday Mack.


  10. Well, isn't he just the cutest sock monkey!

  11. Oh Gwamma Vickie ... Country Sock Monkey is 'swoonin' over him (wait, are they relatives)?

    Super cute ... and P.S. - I never knew those were the lyrics ... who knows what I used to sing! ;0)

    See you SATURDAY - and Happy B-Day Mack!

  12. OH MY GOSH! That is the BEST sock monkey yet!

    Mack is gonna be so excited when he opens that up! He hasn't become attached to a blanky or a stuffed animal yet, so maybe Willy is the guy for the job!

    Thank you! Jeremy loved him, too. ;) I definitely think Willy will have a place in the camper.

    P.S. (From Jeremy)

    Cause little Willy, Willy won't go home
    But you can't push Willy round
    Willy won't go, try tellin' everybody but, oh no
    Little Willy, Willy won't go home

  13. Vickie,
    Adorable! What is a sock monkey without his accessories and boy does he have the best stuff ever! Wasn't CCR the best band ever, had a lot of fun "rockin out" to them back in the day!

  14. Oh Vickie,
    What a cute post. Willy is adorable! I made a magician sock monkey once for a BIL who just loves magic and sock monkies. It was so much fun. Anyway, a very Happy Birthday to your grandson. I know he will love and treasure Grandma's awsome gift. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  15. Oh my goodness, you are soooo creative, Vickie! That sock monkey looks amazing. I just love the guitar and the case! What a great keepsake for Mack.


  16. That is just adorable, Vickie! I love all the details~like the low riders and the boxers!
    Cute, cute, cute!

  17. Oh, Vickie, you're so talented!

  18. Yay! I can comment on your blog so now I can say some more! Your little sock monkey is so adorable! You certainly thought of everything - the little earring, the shirt, his undies shining, his blue jeans, belt and the guitar! Oh, this is the hippest and cutest sock monkey I've ever seen.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  19. That is the cutest darn sock monkey I have seen Vickie! Love all the little details right down to his cute little boxers.!! Happy 1st Birthday to your grandson Mack!!!

  20. You have created such a cute monkey! The details are fabulous - the boxers are too funny.

  21. Awesome! More Awesome!! And even more!!


  22. Just brilliant - he's so adorable. I especially love his low slung jeans showing a hint of boxer short !

  23. Absolutely love all the details on this sock mockey dude!!

  24. How adorable!!! You are so talented to be able to make that. I love what you used to make some of his outfit. You're very creative. I'd say that song he's singing suits him perfectly too. Ha! Happy Birthday to your grandson!

  25. Vickie, your monkey is so cute...
    I want you to know that I find your blog really fantastic, the way you are so creative...congratulations!!
    Besos from Argentina. Silvina.

  26. Happy Birthday to Mack!
    The monkey is cute and very cool too! My son plays drums and just recorded his very first song and posted it to band camp!

  27. How resourceful of you! But I have come to expect nothing less. Pretty darling. Happy Birthday Mack!

  28. You fell off my blogroll AGAIN!! arrgh! You're back so I'm glad! I love sock monkeys....
    Blessings, Lorraine

  29. That is too funny!!! Have you seen the SNL skit "More cowbell"? If you haven't, I can tell you would appreciate it.

  30. Vickie:

    The sock monkey is adorable including every detail! Love the guitar!
    Happy Birthday to Mack!

  31. Vickie, your sock monkey is the best! Guitar...boxers...muscle shirt! You're super amazing!

  32. Vickie... what a special gift for the birthday boy, and with so much thought and love put into it. Willie is just wonderful, and I have a feeling he'll be in the family a L-o-n-g time. Beautiful Job & Fun Post! Loved the Music!
    Happy Birthday Mack!

  33. Vicki, your sock monkey is the cutest thing in the world. What a special gift that I'm sure your grandson will really appreciate when he gets older. Love all the musical instruments. What a great Grandma!
    Mary Alice

  34. That is one great sock monkey, Vickie! You are SO creative! Mack is going to LOVE it!

  35. happy birthday Mack...pretty fun!

  36. i'm laughing and shaking my head at the same time...did I see his pants hangin' low? Girl, you are hysterical!!


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