Happy Tuesday, Folks! We’re down to the final stretch of vendor interviews and just days away from the much anticipated summer UCU show! I couldn’t be more excited to meet all the wonderful vendors in person. Without further ado here is a little ditty about Monkey Sock Monkey! Two lovely ladies based in Bellingham and Acme, Wa who are happy to “teach people how to make sock animals of any stripe” !
Describe how you got started doing what you do? - I had always been inspired by Cary's pottery, and when I moved to California after college, I sent her one sock monkey a month for a year as a thank-you for the joy I got from eating my Grape Nuts from her awesome bowls every day. She sent me back drawings of the monkeys having times... it went from there.
Is this your first time at UCU? - This is my second time at UCU. Last Christmas was a blast, except that I broke my hand when I was being careless and hurried loading stuff in on Saturday morning. No seriously, I broke it! All weekend I wore it in a sling made of christmas ribbon... The awesome ladies at the booth next to me were completely lovely and helped me set everything up, though, and the show was totally fantastic. This year I will load in, calmly, on Friday. :)
What is one thing you consider to be a helpful tip for having a successful craft fair visit? - This year I plan to make my precious iPhone do some heavy lifting by processing credit cards. If I was super savvy I'd invest in the Square card reader because it looks AMAZING, but I'm just going to have Paypal available for those inevitable "oh you don't take cards?" folks.
Is there something you are hoping to shop for, a treasure you'd like to find at this year's Summer UCU? - I was mesmerized by the miniaturefood jewelry that I saw in December at The Sprinkle Factory's booth. I just noticed they have a "Waffles with Butter and Syrup" ring on their blog - I must own it. Waffles FTW!
What are you offering up to our readers as a Giveaway? - Our book! Sock Monkey & Friends!
Zowy! Sock Monkeys and animals make great homemade gifts, and are just sweet to have around. Leave a comment and make this helpful book yours! Winners will be chosen Wednesday!