Sunday, August 8, 2010

There are Monkeys Everywhere!!!!

A few weeks ago, Two Seaside Babes received absolutely delightful news. We received an offer from Annie's Attic to carry our monkey blanket patterns! **jumping up and down like a fool** So not only are we receiving a substantial royalty advance, but we will be receiving royalties from all print, electronic (and potentially) wholesale pattern sales for the next 2 years (and possibly more).

The only downside was that the deadline to receive both of the blankets (they need them for professional photos) was pretty darn short. Considering how long it takes to make one, factor in having to make TWO of them, and still fulfill Etsy orders, 1000 Markets orders, working with 2 consignment shops, AND working on inventory for our busy fall shows, it's been a very busy few weeks.

Totally filled with monkeys. So every single song, limerick, and written word about monkeys has been in my head! And they won't leave!! **silently sobbing**

"5 little monkeys jumping on the bed. One jumped off and bumped his head. Mama called the doctor and the doctor said, "No More Monkeys Jumping On The Bed!"

Each blanket requires 17 monkey motifs. That's 17 heads, 17 muzzles (with embroidery), 34 eyes (with embroidery), and 34 ears (double-sided, so it's really 68). That's 102 pieces...JUST TO MAKE THE MONKEYS! And with 2 blankets...204 pieces. So we're going a little crazy with all the monkeys just laying around right now.

"Brass Monkey - that funky Monkey. Brass Monkey - junkie. That funky Monkey". The Beastie Boys

Each blanket also has 60 motifs (flowers for girls and circles for boys). So Add another 120 pieces.

"Hey, hey, we're the Monkees. People say we monkey around." The Monkees

Today we finally finished enough of the pieces to start stitching the boys blanket together. We still have to sew all of the monkey motifs for the girls blanket. But we need a momentary monkey break.
"The fortune teller looked into my eyeballs. The wrinkles on her face about to crack. She said, 'You best believe it. You ain't goin' nowhere, unless you get that Monkey Off your back'."

We're hoping to get both of the blankets finished and mailed off to Annie's Attic before the end of the week.'s been a long few weeks.


Jackie said...

My girls have a new favorite Monday song if you need a new one stuck in your head. It's from the new VeggieTales movie.

I'm so excited for you! I'll be watching my future catalogs! :)

Jackie said...

Um...make that "Monkey" song. Not Monday. lol