Handmade in Oz, Reviewed for all! and GIVEAWAY!

Monsters: they are made out to be scary, horrible and mean creatures that you don't want to know about and especially wouldn't want one in your home..... Well, let me tell you that is wrong for this Little Monster.... he is just so gorgeous!

Handmade by Monique this My Little Monster softie is perfect for your little monster. Monique is the owner of Your Cheeky Monkey and makes a range of baby/kids products including Burping cloths, crochet flanelette wraps, edged face-cloths, beanies, soft toys, TagNCuddles (taggie blankets) and swimming caps. As well as things for Mum – Soap Socks, and Tote Bags from recycled jeans and upholstery fabrics. Monique is one busy woman who tells us "I am working on some other products at the moment too such as fabric covered notebooks".

This little monster arrived on my doorstep a little while ago and has been 'put through the ringers' as they say by my kids. Between my 19 month old an my 4 month old there has been pulling, squeezing, drooling, chewing, poking.... who knows what else and yet this great softie has bounced back every time!
My Little Monster stands about 24 cm high (from toes to top of ribbon horn), and is constructed from pure wool felt backing and eyes, 100% cotton quilting fabric front panel (this print in orange with cute bugs and butterflies in green and blue), ribbon hands and horns, buttons for eyes and as always with all Monique's soft toys stuffed with pure wool stuffing, gentle and natural for your little one.
You can tell he has been made by a mum who know what kids like as he is made from beautiful and unisex fabrics that not only feel lovely and soft to touch but are also printed with fun and bright creepy crawly bugs that catch little one's visual attention. You can't mistake the sewing that keeps this guy firmly together and holds the fun ribbon arms and horns and button eyes in place with an old trick - sewn on using dental floss!! Monique tell us "floss never breaks". I just love the ribbon loops on this little monster with the quick addition of a plastic clip ring I had him hanging from our family stroller for my little guy to play with while out and about - Perfect!

Monique has been sewing since she was a very young girl "I have always done sewing – cross-stitch, knitting, sewing, you name it!! Both my Mum and Grandmother are wonderful sewers and I just grew up with it being a big part of my life".
Monique goes on to tell me that through selling her handmade items she has learnt many things but the big one is "That something I might absolutely love, other people might not, and vice versa something I’m not too sure about might turn out to be popular. Also not to take things too personally, when you turn your passion for sewing into a business you need to treat it that way – if somebody doesn’t like something and tells you so just accept that everyone is different... Just to concentrate on the positive feedback from the majority of people and get on with it" - Great advice!!

When I asked Monique to share with us the item she has the most fun creating and why she said "This is a hard one!! I think any new project I am working on seems to be the most fun! Overall, I think the crochet flannelette baby wraps I make are my favourite (these are in my “Luxury Baby Gift Packs”) - even though they take me hours and hours to make, I get the most pleasure out of seeing them all finished and pressed beautifully waiting for a new owner. I also have always loved making my soft little baby beanies."

Be sure to check out all the stunning handmade items available at Your Cheeky Monkey and you can also keep up with Monique at her blog HERE

One of Monique's fun My Little Monsters can be yours! With just a few clicks and comments you can be in the draw to win one of these guys to call your very own....

Visit Your Cheeky Monkey. Then come back here and leave a comment about your favorite item and why.

To receive these extra opportunities for entries, you must fulfill the first REQUIRED entry. But for extra entries, you can either:

* Become a Follower of Kookie blog by clicking 'Follow this blog' located on the sidebar (if you follow us already just comment to let us know and Thank You); or

* Blog about the contest with a link back to Kookie the blog and be sure to leave a link to your post so we can check it out; or

* Place the Kookie button on your blogs sidebar. (The HTML code is located under the badge in the Kookie blog sidebar) be sure to leave a link so we can check it out.

Be sure to leave a separate comment for every extra entry to claim them with a way to contact you eg: email address and GOOD LUCK!! Entries are open to Australian residents and closes at midnight Sunday the 28th of June.

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Kathryn - MamaBoo said...

I love all the softies! They are just adorable.

danielle said...

i love the softies, but my fave would have to be the little monster- my 8 month old would agree! please pick me!!

danielle said...

ps- i am now a follower!

fiona said...

my daughter recieved a tagncuddle as a gift it is her favorite toy travels everywhere!

Kandi said...

I Love the little finger puppets! These would be great for my 3yr old. Thanks for the giveaway


JohBD said...

My son has a TagNCuddle and loves it so much he was devastated when he lost it (threw it from the pram!). A lovely cleaner found it for us after a frantic search through the shopping centre and he calmed down as soon as he had it back in his hand, promptly drifting off to sleep.

Tiges and Weince said...

I am a follow of Kookie.

The softies are all great but I love the monster best followed by the google eyes bunnie.

Tiges and Weince said...

Also just blogged about it
Can you tell I would really like it?

loulou said...

This contest is too hard! Monique has too many great things! I really love the Monsters cos they are so quirky, and am a huge fan of the Fregie Sacks, but I can't go past the Moschino Handmade recycled Fabric Tote. I love the idea of reusing funky fabrics.

Swish Lily said...

The Jungle TagNCuddle is absolutely gorgeous. This is probably my favourite however there is so many lovely items - I just love The Little Monster also.

Michelle Hayward (16Stars) said...

Tag and Cuddle would be my first pick because I have a 2 year old that would just adore it - that is so up his alley!

*I have to say I LOVE Monique's little Monsters and her Tote Bags too! She is amazingly talented!

Peta said...

I love those tote bags they are gorgeous

Peta said...

I am now a follower of this great blog

Nicole Grant said...

The TagNcuddles! So cute :)

Stephanie and Carlos said...

OMGosh... the giraffe and the crocodile fingers puppets are far too precious... I wouldn't let my kids near them hehe.

xo Steph

KirstyStewart said...

My favourite 'Cheeky Monkey' product, even though only small, would definitely be the spiderman finger puppet. Not only do my nephews love putting on 'performances', nephew no #2 (2yo) is spiderman crazy! (I would love to win the little monster for nephew no #3 (4 mths) - poor third child only gets hand me downs lol)

amanda said...

The Tiger Finger Puppet is just too cute for words! :)

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Lesley said...

Cuski Baby Comforter is such a good idea hygroscopic material to keep mum's or dad's smell then when need be we can throw in washing machine, I will be buying for baby shower, so is ready with scent when baby arrives

Di said...

The Googly Eye Bunnies are my favourite, because I know how much my 21 month old would love to play with one (and because they are very cute!).

Di said...

I have just started following your Blog, too :o) My email is djchilds@hotmail.com

Ollie Rose said...

I like the Cheeky Monkey shirts - such a cute little logo