My name's Deb, how lovely to meet you! I'm so glad you stopped by...
In November 2008 I made my first sock monkey (yep, that's him alright)....and as they say...the rest is history...
In February 2009, Sock It To Me! was born and my life used to consist of Teza by day (Good afternoon, you're speaking to Chaos Control & Crayon Girl, how may i help?) and monkey business by night.
It was very exciting but I left my home and reality for a crazy journey of enlightenment around Asia. So, here I am soaking up the sights and sounds of sunny Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and working for CLEO, the coolest mag ever. Thanks again for stopping by, sit back, relax and Happy Reading!
Good day my little amores... How goes the day? I've finally caught the nasty sniffly bug that's been around recently, boo hoos but I am currently sitting in the sun typing away so I can't complain too much. This will have to be a wee post though...Just wanted to say that Kraftbomb's on Sunday woot woot from 11-2pm at the Grey Lynn Community Centre whereby Sock Monkey HQ will be present with bells on! It will however most probably be my second to last one..I might have some deals on as I doubt I'll be able to fit all my monkey babies in my pack although I'm sure they'd love to travel around with me! Tee hee hee...
Anyhoo, hi ho hi ho..its back to work I go..
I'll see you cute critters on Sunday!
xoxo Miss Deb
P/s I took the photo while having dinner at Tanuki's Cave last night...just thought it was pretty and it makes me think of that song.."you spin my head right round right round..." X :)
This is the weekend of inorganic rubbish collection in central Auckland. If I wasn't here to witness it I'd think the term would just cover things like old tires or broken appliances but on the contrary some people chuck out some seriously cool stuff because they can't be bothered selling it on trademe or donating it to an op-shop...So when I was on my way to meet my colleague Tory for a spot of Teza sampling at the Kohi Yacht Club this morning I spotted a red vintage suitcase outside a house on the junction of Ascot Ave, there was a car driving up the bum of my scooter so I couldn't stop. I did however vow to ride round after our sampling gig to see if it was still there and guess what...it was! It is so true that if something's meant to be yours it'll wait for you...the cool thing is, because I'm leaving in a few month this red suitcase isn't coming to leave with me...It's a gift for the gorgeous Tory bunny! She's awfully crafty too and the loveliest person to hang out with. Have a look at her blog for a spot of good old crafty goodness from your own Aunty Tory!
The things I do for the awesome people in my life eh?! You get the funniest looks from people when you have items in odd shapes or sizes precariously perched or attached to your scooter :P
Upon closer inspection I found that one of the metal snaps on the suitcase is broken...somewhat fixable I thought and I can always put it back out with the rest of the inorganic trash if it isn't but when I opened the suitcase and saw the inside...I knew it was a keeper!
Hope you've had a epic weekend my darlings! xoxo Miss Deb
Hello there sugar...how you going? Yay for Friday huh? This has definately been one of my more challenging weeks...
I have some news to share...
Well, after an uphill battle since last December with Immigration to get my residency I have finally decided to head back to Malaysia and from there fulfill one of my ultimate dreams - to travel South East Asia properly... Unfortunately according to immigration, after taking my $400 - I don't 'qualify' so my current work permit won't be renewed which means my time in this beautiful country is up....for now. I know that New Zealand is my final destination ultimately so I'll be back sooner or later...:)
But enough with the boring depressing bits of the story...and on to the exciting unknown! I booked my ticket yesterday and spent all of last night lying awake in my room in what seemed like almost an out of body experience. I was absolute exhausted but sleep wouldn't come AND I couldn't motivate myself to get out of bed either...I tried to watch a movie but realize I'd left my laptop charger at work so minutes into it my Macbook when to sleep...same went for my phone charger so I couldn't text an SOS to a fellow insomniac...it was like divine intervention telling me to just BE. To exist and feel the weight of my decision. I was thinking about all the gear I'll have to sell and what to leave til the latest possible moment, what if I couldn't sell it before I left, what to take with me, what was too precious to take or leave etc. It was like my mind was having its own thought relay race - one thought tagging the other and all trying to reach the finish line to get my attention. But I have to say once I finally crashed out to the sounds of birds chirping outside my window it was a deep satisfying dreamless sleep. I had to feel the sadness, frustration, vulnerability to be come strong again and get excited.
I'm ready now...I could sense this major change looming for me so now that the storm has been and gone, I'm slowly piecing together my plan of action. I'm headed to my hometown first, there's no way my parents would let me go anywhere else before seeing them :) While I'm there, my best friend Doris will be in town for a few weeks so lots of shopping and catching up to be had...then a few weeks later a trip to Vietnam to see my best friend Gareth while he's there for a week....then maybe back to Malaysia for a bit before meeting Dean in Thailand or picking him up at the airport in Malaysia! It's going to be utter mayhem...it's going to be AWESOME! I promise you'll get updates here though so it'll be like you're right there with me...trust me, I'm going to miss all of you...there's no substitute for the Kraftbomb and blogger sisterhood but maybe its up to me to start the craft-revolution there! We could start an exchange program where crafters from all over the world can get together for a stitch and bitch to soothe the soul hahaha, good excuse for you to come visit me! We all know inspiration comes in the form of chilling out with a Mai Tai in hand on a hot sunny beach after a tough day of shopping X I'm hoping to source tools / materials for less too so let me know what you'd like me to look out for for you okay?!
Anyhoo, puppies, I'm off to grab an iced cold Teza from the staff fridge and do some paperwork before the weekend kicks in.
Take care and speak soon!
xoxo Miss Deb
Update: I just had an idea...and I've promised to jot them down or share them so here goes...
So you know how I've started keeping a visual diary with photos, drawings, scribbles, ideas etc? Its now become more than just a notebook or diary...looking at the pages makes me feel better when the days get me down or inspire or motivate me to indulge my creative side and sometimes just taking time out for myself to write in it helps centre me...so i wondered if you'd honour my wee book by leaving your mark on a page for me? It sounds so cheesy, like leaving an autograph for friends in high school but this seems different...I thought I'd cut out pieces of paper to fit my notebook and you get to draw, decorate, cut and paste pictures and photos or write something on it for me to add to my visual diary...I take it wherever I go so it would be like taking you with me! I want to remember all the good times and gorgeous people that I've had the privilege of crossing paths with! X
Yeah, I'm doing well...as you've noticed I'm on a mission... In summary my aim is to stop all forms of procastination!
I want to get my stuff sorted for Kraftbomb way in advance as opposed to the usual frantic mad rush to the finish line the night before...
I want to start journalling/writing properly which after much thought I've realized the only thing that's holding me back is the inability to decide what sort of notebook would suit me best. (I think I've cracked it now but of course it's the most labour intensive option that is the most appealing hah!)
I want to be saving lots and lots of moolah. There's a wee chance that I might be heading back to Malaysia for a few months so it would be silly to not travel South East Asia properly when I'm there. A little dosh would help fuel my craft addiction when I'm trawling textile markets in Vietnam and Cambodia, don't cha think?! And yes, wishlists are welcome X
Why am I writing all this here you ask? It's a little something we learnt at Discovery camp called...commitment. The thing about commitment is that once you involve someone else in the equation (in this case that is you) you have made it terribly difficult/annoying/inexcusable to back out of things. Making a commitment to yourself is just not the same as we are all guilty of being just a little more lenient with ourselves because we know the 'situation' haha... I am a true believer that anyone who makes a promise has to keep it and if you don't think you can fulfill something then don't promise, right?! :P Living your word is another thing we were taught at camp...funny how we get so used to lying and making excuses so we don't look bad but really it would all be less complicated if we said what we meant and did as we said.
So anyhoo...now that I have said those things aloud (so to speak in blog-land) you get to call me on it if I don't do as I say...you get to ask as often as you like whether I've made any headway on saving or how many monkeys have I gotten thus far for k-bomb. As annoying as that sounds it is actually only annoying if I haven't done as I've said...if I have, I'd only be too happy to tell you!
Features writer, sock monkey queen, creative braniac, maker of things, lover of all things vintage and jack of all trades at your service. For gossip, feedback and to get the job done please email debzdomain at gmail dot com.
Yes...the term is to be taken literally...take one funky pair of socks, add a dash of "Sock It To Me!" magic by Miss Deb and Voila! Sock monkey awesome-ness! Sock monkeys have been around for centuries...nanas use to make them out of old pairs of socks for their grandkids. Revival with a twist is here. Every single one of these bad boys is unique and one of a kind. Miss Deb's does custom orders too so if you had something specific in mind or stumbled upon some seriously cool socks that you think are worth 'monkey-fiying', you know where to go!
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