Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Monkey is BACK.....on a Tuesday....



Well, after a much-needed trip around the world (this is my story and I'm sticking to it!), the Monkey is back...
Come on, I know you've been waiting with wringing hands and anxious thoughts...r-i-g-h-t??

Where oh where did that Monkey go?
Now if I have lost you, please hang on (seriously, I have not lost my mind)...I am about to explain....
Last Spring, we started a little weekly feature called "Monkey in the Middle Mondays"...and it was starting to catch on...A very simple idea, but scary for allot of us....show me your "Monkey (on or off your back-heehee) in the middle, the project you are in the midst of, on any given Monday. It can be anything, any medium, just something you are working on with your own two hands....

I love to watch the creative process (And there are some great blogs out there that share step by step). I think it is awesome to watch a creative crafter (or even an arteeest) take a lump (whatever that lump may be) and turn it in to something beautiful (or cute or clever or all of the above)...it inspires ME to look at things with a new perspective...

Another thing I loved (And hated) about the monkey was that HE NEVER LEFT MY BACK...he kept me creative and creating, because I had to have something to share on Monday morning...

Back in the good ol' days, a few folks join me (My friends Kathi and Lisa for starts)...things were headed in a good direction for a solid weekly feature. And then Mr. Sunshine left for Iraq. That kinda threw a big ol' monkey wrench in the well oiled Sunshine family (wait a minute, I think the Sunshine family were toys in the 70's....I thinkI had that set...they were crafty, if I remember correctly) machine. Needless to say, allot of things (including the Monkey) were put on hold until the kids and I could find our groove again.

We *think* we have a decent routine now....things move a little slower (orders don't get processed and things don't get created quite as quickly when you're doing everything else to keep two kids healthy and happy). This is not our first deployment, but it is always a HUGE adjustment when Dad leaves...there's a different rhythm every time and we have to find it....sometimes it takes awhile.
But enough from me, the main point is that Monkey in the Middle Mondays are returning and I am formally inviting you to join me...PLEASE!?!?
I promise to share the good the bad and the ugly, and I won't even make you do that. Show me your prettiest project, something you know is going to be spectacular when it's done and hide the duds (but I am showing it all)....
If you are willing to participate in my craziness, post a response or shoot me an email. If I get enough interest, I will put one of those cool link thingies at the bottom of every Monday's post So we can visit each other's Monkeys...if not, I'll keep chugging along and you can visit every Monday for a very cheap form (FREE!) of entertainment (because I am going to show it all, I promise!)....
And with that being said....I have a Dentist's appt. in an hour....I will post MY Monkey for the week this afternoon....
Until then....

5 comments:

Kathi said...

yea! the monkey returns..
I had the Sunshine family too...parents, baby AND the grandparents...wonder if they are still in the basement????
I'll post mine this afternoon too!

Lisa B. said...

Funny you should mention me today (thanks)...because I mentioned you as well!! I gave you a little award over at my place...so stop by and pick it up if you will!! I am totally on to get back on the monkey!!! I don't think that came out right?! oh well...Can I "steal" your graphic again? I'll put it in my sidebar and recruit more participants! Let me know....

Hope you don't have any cavities!!

HolisticallyHeather said...

cute apey

Catnip Studio said...

I'm IN! Starting tomorrow :-) Kathy

Anonymous said...

Hello from Mr. Sunshine in Iraq! My first post to a blog...yay for me! Its 1 am here and I am now going to bed. Have to be well rested to make the middle east safe for democracy.