Creator & Artist
The main emphasis of my artwork is handcrafted toys, primarily, the old-fashioned sock monkey. As a child ,we lived in the country with not a lot of sports or activities to busy ourselves with. So we had to get innovative and create our own pastimes . My Mom always made our clothes.So instinctively,I picked up on the sewing and knitting. I spent many hours creating doll clothes out of old bits of fabric left for numerous things my Mom had made. There was no shortage of craft supplies in our home and I got much enjoyment out of seeing just what I could create.
For many years ,I didn't have the time to continue my crafting.I was reaquaintted to my love of crafting in 2007 after recovering from breast cancer my sister invited me to participate in the Weekend to end Breast Cancer in British Columbia, Canada.Part of our enrollment fee was to raise $2,000. each. We put our heads together, and along with my Mom we started on a crafting adventure that brought back all the creative crafting ideas of our youth.It was a shared passion of the three of us that has continued on since our Charity Walks. My Mom lives in Nova Scotia, my sister, in British Columbia,and we have found that sharing our crafts and ideas are one more way to keep our family bonds tighter. Each of our creative ideas sparks and reignites the others. It truly has been an is a great experience!
The old-fashioned sock monkey, is an icon for old and young alike.
I decided to take this simple handmade toy and give it a modern twist. I have created monkeys out of practically any kind of sock and given them all unique personalities with as little as a simple embellishment or an elaborate outfit. I've created many categories , including:
The Diva Collection
The Sporty Monkey
The Long-Legged Crazy Eyes
Name Your Profession
Just For Baby
And many many more...... I will also do custom monkeys .
The enjoyment I receive is seeing the smiles on peoples faces when they first come up to my booth and see my creations. It's a great feeling to know that I have sparked a memory from someones past that has brought a smile to their face. It is also fun to hear the stories of how their Moms or Grandmothers had made them a sock monkey and how much it had meant to them.
I truly believe that HAPPINESS IS FOUND IN SIMPLE THINGS !
My creations are simple but they create happiness.
Old -fashioned Monkeying around while remembering the way life used to be.
I strongly believe there is lots to said about being able to be creative.Sometimes I feel we get so lost in technology and commercialism that we fail to see how much happiness we can create on our own.I guess I am an old-fashioned girl in many ways.I believe there are some things that are already great and don't need to be new or improved or replaced.
All of my creating takes place in a very overstocked craft room in the basement of our home. I totally engulf myself in fabric and supplies and let the creative juices flow.All of my creations are unique. NO TWO ALIKE! I've never really like to duplicate. Each has it's own special look and characteristics.If you know me, you know my creative thoughts never stop.The pride,happiness and enjoyment in the doing is what keeps me motivated .
SPONGIE'S WHIMSICALS SOCK MONKEYS & GIFTS is located in SPONGIE ACRES BED and BREAKFAST at 610 Matlock Rd.,Bowling Green ,KY