We had a secret santa swap in our little SD craftster group and I picked the super-talented "Mandy the sock-monkey fiend" of SappyMooseTree
fame. She is the QUEEN of wonderfully disturbing sock monkeys. For "what I like" on the secret santa form she listed "socks, monkeys, and sock monkeys."
I don't sew at all so I had NO IDEA what to make her. I started researching sock monkeys on the web and found some cool pictures that gave me an idea..
This is what I made her .. it's a little wood bureau for jewelry and such:http://www.sandiegocraft.com/craftster/mand1.gifhttp://www.sandiegocraft.com/craftster/mand2.gifhttp://www.sandiegocraft.com/craftster/mand3.gif
Inside was a necklace I made that had a pendant featuring one of the wonderful monkey creations that she had recently sold.
I finished it way before the swap and I was DYING to spill the beans as soon as I finished it.. if not to her, at least so someone else in our group.. but I was good and kept my yap shut.
There are images of sock monkeys on all sides.. even on the bottom... They look like pictures but they are actually thumbnails of actual *paintings*... incredibly, there is an artist who has done an extensive study of sock monkeys. Apparently there is someone else on the planet who is as obsessed with sock monkeys as Mandy!!
BTW, the night of the gift swap we also had a contest for craftiest name tag and Mandy won ... you guessed it - she made a little sock monkey holding her name!!