Archive for November, 2011

And the winnner is …

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

We loved reading the entries for our Sock Monkey Crib Bedding set contest and had such a hard time choosing the winner!  I am always amazed by children’s imaginations and it’s even more thrilling when an everyday item brings joy to your little one (and family). Thank you so much to all of you for entering our contest and sharing your adorable stories.

Congratulations to our winner … Dorena Palmer!  Her youngest son is creative and inspirational!  Dorena will receive a 4-piece Sock Monkey Crib Bedding crib bedding set!

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Dorena’s entry:

My youngest son has an incredible imagination!! He loves to turn boxes in to forts and castles. We usually have an abundance of boxes around our house and we enjoy spending hours taping 4-5 boxes together, gluing on art and of course coloring and painting the inside and outside. His forts get so big both he and I can sit in them and play. The best part about this playtime together is that even though my son is 5 years old, he attempts to include his older brother in with us. My oldest son is disabled and unable to talk or walk. What we do is gather all of our materials together and go into big brothers room; build our fort, and make sure that we are close enough to brothers bed so he is able to reach it {he is immobile- but enjoys banging his hand against Hayden’s forts and ‘beating it up’ as we say.} I will cut windows into the boxes so that we can play peek-a boo with Tate as well. Its time with my boys that I will always cherish and hope that when little brother comes {I’m due in March} , that we will carry this play time over for all of us to enjoy! =)

Featured Bedding Collection: Sock Monkey

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

With all of our modern toys and gadgets, it is easy to forget how simple things can put a smile on your little one’s face.  Even more amazing, is how something so simple can evolve into a popular toy.  For example, our lead designer, Rose, researched the origination of the cute little Sock Monkey and look what she found …

The history of the Sock Monkey goes back to when the stuffed animal craze swept across Europe and the United States during the Great Depression. Money was scarce and people could not afford “luxury” items such as stuffed animals. So American moms, being creative and resourceful, started making stuffed monkey dolls out of socks, filling them with whatever was available in the house – paper, rice, even old pantyhose.

In 1932, the Nelson Knitting Company in Rockford, IL, invented a work sock with a trademarked red heel. These socks became known as “Rockfords.” Not only were they the most popular work sock of their time, they became the basis for one of the most popular and long-lasting toys. When made into a doll, the red sock heel created a distinctive red mouth.

The Nelson Knitting Company soon became aware that their socks were being used to create this extremely popular stuffed toy. They decided to patent the pattern for the Sock Monkey doll and use it in their advertising and promotional campaigns. They even included the Sock Monkey pattern with each pair of “Rockford” socks sold!

In 1992, Fox River Mills acquired the Nelson Knitting Company. And while the Rockford sock is still in production today, the red heel design has undergone a noteworthy change. The red heel pattern that gave the Sock Monkey its famous smile has been replaced by a more oval pattern.

The Sock Monkey theme has seen a new growth in popularity in the 21st Century. While it has taken on many new forms and faces, the original remains steadfast. A yearly Sock Monkey Festival is held in Rockford, IL, where visitors can also enjoy a museum honoring this wonderful fuzzy fella that brought smiles to so many faces for over 100 years.

Funny how something as basic as a sock with a red swatch on it turned into a national phenomenon.  To honor such American ingenuity, this month we are featuring our fun and playful Sock Monkey Crib Bedding set – and of course giving one away!  All you have to do to win is tell us about an everyday item that became your child’s favorite plaything -  an appliance box that became a fortress, or a Tupperware container that became a pirate hat.  You tell us how you, or you little one, created something special out of something ordinary. Leave a comment on our blog to enter; we’ll pick our favorite and the grand prize will be, of course, a 4-piece Sock Monkey Crib Bedding set!  We think you’ll love this classic gender-neutral bedding collection.

Important: You must leave your comment on our blog to be eligible to win! The deadline to enter is Sunday, November 20, 2011 (midnight EDT). Good luck!