Sunday, January 2, 2011

We sell Leather Belts made in the USA!

We sell leather belts made by Looper Brand belts.
These handcrafted belts are made in Oklahoma, USA.

Looper Brand -
Fine-tuned through three generations of dedicated attention to detail,
Looper’s craftsmanship is based upon artisan-quality handwork.

People who know Looper, know it as a company with the highest standards.
Over sixty years of quality and integrity have built this reputation.

We currently have
2 different widths - 1.5" and 1.75"
5 different colors - Country Bridle, British Brown, Natural, Black and Brown.
5 different designs - Basketweave Design, Classic Design, Printed Stitch, Jungle Leaf, Hunter Design

We will be adding an acorn design, a figure 8 design, and a Paisley Driftwood Design.

We have them listed in waist sizes starting at size 42 BUT we most certainly can do smaller sizes!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sock Monkey Hat Crochet Pattern for Babies Teens Adults

Sock Monkey Hat Crochet Pattern for Babies, Teens and Adults

Growing older doesn't mean growing up! Inspired by the classic sock monkey doll of the 1940s, these crochet sock monkey hats are teh hottest thing! Our pattern and your crochet skills will make your newborn to adult sock monkey fan very happy!

Sock Monkeys are always good at putting a smile on everyones face, why not put a sock monkey on your head and share smiles!

Sock Monkey Hat Teen and Adult Size Crochet Pattern with Ear Flaps

Sock Monkey Hat Crochet Pattern Size Newborn to 2 years

Pattern is easy to read, with step by step instructions.

PDF File is emailed to you within a few hours of payment! You will need Adobe Reader.

Pattern only, not for finished product

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Friday, July 23, 2010

My version of the KIA Sock Monkey with Handmade MOM tattoo

Back in stock by popular demand.

We got them! Ready to go ... My version of the KIA Sock Monkey with Handmade MOM tattoo

The sock monkey is featured in the Kia Sorento Super Bowl 2010 commercial/ad video are Sock Monkey, Muno (from Yo Gabba Gabba), and friends robot, teddy and Mr. X. This now infamous commercial is were Sock Monkey gets his tattoo!

Here we are offering you Maxx The Sock Monkey with a handmade MOM tattoo like the famous KIA commercial, where he rides a bull and jet ski and gets his MOM tattoo. His tattoo is felt that is handstitched in place. MOM is also handstitched. He is 18" tall.

This is a my version of the tattoo on the sock monkey a look-a-like to the one in the commercial.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Fashions For Her - Misses ... Plus Size Girls ... Plus Size Women

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Buy as much as you want!

This coupon expires Saturday 5/22/10.

FashionsForHer carries clothing for women of all sizes - Plus Size Girls, Juniors, Misses, and Plus Size Women.
Brands such as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Levis, Looney Toons, Disney, Austin Reed, Lauren, Susan Bristol, Just My Size, Emme, Pendleton, Josephine Chaus, Emma James, Judith Hart, Arizona, Mary Kate and Ashley, and others.

Come shop and save!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Chris MacClugage Plays Kia Sock Monkey

Chris MacClugage Plays Kia Sock Monkey
By Jeff Hemmel
Inquiring minds have been asking if there’s any truth to the rumor that Chris MacClugage is indeed the guy inside the Kia sock-monkey suit, at least as the monkey barrel rolls a stand-up PWC across the screen in the car maker’s latest commercials. And the answer is … yes.


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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

We Welcome EVERYONE, even those from Texas!

Just how BIG is Texas? Five Lone Star cities are among the nation's fattest, with Corpulent Christi at the top.

The Heaviest Cities:

Ranking City State
1. Corpus Christi Texas
2. Charleston W.Va.
3. El Paso Texas
4. Dallas Texas
5. Memphis Tenn.
6. Kansas City Mo.
7. San Antonio Texas
8. Baltimore Md.
9. Houston Texas
10. Birmingham Ala.

The Leanest Cities

Ranking City State
1. San Francisco Calif.
2. Burlington Vermont
3. Washington, D.C.
4. Seattle Wash.
5. Austin Texas
6. Albuquerque N.M.
7. Portland Ore.
8. Cincinnati Ohio
9. Denver Colo.
10. Aurora Colo.

Our informatin comes from here

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Thank You Mom - Mother's Day saving - Coupon Code would like to help you celebrate Mother's Day - May 9, 2010.
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"I look back on my childhood and thank the stars above.
For everything you gave me, but mostly for your love."
Wayne F. Winters, from Ode to Mom

"I am not a perfect mother and I will never be.
You are not a perfect daughter and you will never be.
But put us together and we will be the best mother and daughter we would ever be.
Zoraida Pesante

"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world.
It knows no law, no pity,
it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path."
Agatha Christie

"All that I am my mother made me."
John Quincy Adams

"Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because
they are more certain they are their own."

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Give A Personalized Sock Monkey

By: Victor Epand

Sock Monkeys are as much a part of America as the Teddy Bear, but the Sock Monkey's true origins lie in Europe of the late nineteenth century when stuffed animals became all the rage as the latest must have gift for children and nurseries.

It was not long before the small, cotton wadding filled toys found their way to America. At that time, the arts and crafts move ment was just coming into its own here in the United States. With an emphasis on the joys of creating and having a uniquely American down home appeal, the stuffed animal was a natural for the arts and crafts eager enthusiasts, and home made stuffed toys began appearing almost at once.

Beginning in the 1910s and 1920s, the working class mothers began sewing old and used up hosiery into various shapes and sizes for their children by creating new play things and mementos from their house hold scraps. The first Sock Monkeys were stuffed with rags and even wheat husks, which gave them a cushion appeal that was similar to the more expensive cotton batting. The earliest known creation of a Sock Monkey dates to 1919, but it would be another fourteen years before the beloved play thing would reach its classic form.

Today, the most famous example is the Red Heel Sock Monkey, which is known for its distinctive red swatch that appears on various parts of the monkey's body. In 1932, the Nelson Knitting Company of Rockford, Illinois began manufacturing its De Tec Tip red heeled sock. The Sock Monkey grew in popularity during the World War II years, and by the mid 1950s the company was including instructions on making the monkey with each pair of socks sold. They even got a patent for its design from the United States Government.

Although a larger corporation now owns Nelson, the distinctive red heeled socks continue to be manufactured to this day. Vintage Sock Monkeys are today a prized collector's item, with the oldest typically dating to the 1950s, and most coming from the 1970s. The means of creating them and their materials such as wood, a few buttons for the nose and eyes, red yarn for the mouth, remains virtually unchanged from their beginnings a hundred years ago. Perhaps, the most significant change is the switch from old rags or cotton batting to synthetic, hypoallergenic polyfil as the main stuffing.

Over the years, Sock Monkeys sweetly simple face and bearing have made them not only a symbol of child hood and Americana, but also of innocence as well. They continue to fascinate artists and authors, who frequently use their unpretentious charm to convey honesty and loyalty. In 2005, artist Mandy Jouan created Buttons, which was the world's largest Sock Monkey, who stood over fifteen feet tall.

There are also Sock Monkey greeting cards, diaries, and other themed merchandise made by artisans across the world. Lately, Sock Monkeys are being designed with the individual's name embroidered onto the chest. And last but not least, the Sock Monkey Ministry is a special charity that donates sock monkeys to soldiers serving overseas, terminally ill and abused children, AIDS and cancer patients, and to anyone who could use a cheerful companion.

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Author Resource: Victor Epand is an expert consultant for personalized gifts, invitations, and fine jewelry. Find the best shopping for sock monkeys, invitations, greetings, and fine jewelry.

Find your Personalized Tattooed Sock Monkey at in the Sock Monkey category

Monday, April 12, 2010

SOCK Monkey with Red Heart Mom Tattoo

SOCK Monkey with Red Heart Mom Tattoo

Maxx, is a little sock monkey is so full of confidence, you can see it in his face. I think its the tattoo. It does wonders for a sock monkeys ego! This monkey is not ashamed of his love for his MOM, but he is tough and full of spunk to boot!! Guaranteed to be the life of every rocking Sock Monkey Party!

If you have not yet watched the Kia Sock Monkey commercial, please do so.

It is a hoot!! View the video then you will appreciate my Kia Sock Monkey look a like!! I feel certain that all of us Sock Monkey lovers fell in love with the superbowl Kia commercial. Who doesn't love a bull riding, jet skiing, angel making, car driving, tattooed, MOM loving, wild dancing sock monkey??
Sock Monkey measures 18" long from top of his head to the bottoms of his feet.

Sock Monkey has embroidered eyes. The tattoo is handmade from red and white felt with "MOM" hand stitched on it, then sewn onto his arm.

Makes a cute addition to your sock monkey collection that will last for years to come.

KIA Look-a-like Sock Monkey with Handmade MOM tattoo

Sock Monkey Costume for Adults and Teens!

Sock Monkey Costume for teens and adults!

Jen Muecke transforms sweaters, scarves, hats and mittens into a life-size sock monkey costume. Materials and Tools:

3 matching sweaters (a size or two bigger than person wearing the suit)
3 white knit scarves
2 white knit hats
2 pair white knit mittens
needle and thread (white and color to match sweaters)
sheet of 1" thick upholstery foam
two 8-1/2" x 11" sheets of red felt
8-1/2" x 11" sheet of black felt
long heavy-duty zipper (color to match sweaters)
pieces of black pantyhose
aluminum armature wire
polyfill or batting to fill tail
glue gun and glue sticks
sewing machine

HGTV has the rest of the instructions here

See costumes at

Monday, March 8, 2010

Denim history and facts -

Denim history and facts -

1800’s - Serge material from France used primarily for workers because it was sturdy and cheap to make for cowboys and miners.

1930’s - American GI’s and Europeans began wearing for comfort and casual wear.

1950-60’s - Denim became JEANS, a must have for teens and a cultural phenomenon.

1980-90’s - Jeans became a fashion icon in a variety of washes ,colors and styles. It is popularized by designers, TV & movies.

2007-10 - Jeans are a staple item in everyone’s wardrobe. Dressy or casual, all cotton, stretch or ring spun make it versatile, comfortable and trendy for people of all ages.

Denim is woven with two yarns:
Indigo yarn and filler yarn, which is un-dyed. That’s why the inside of your jeans have white inside.

Originated in Nimes, France.
Serge De Nimes evolved into denim, then into “Jeans”.

Thanks to River Road Jean Company for this information! online seller of River Road Jean Company jeans

Monday, March 1, 2010

It's time to Celebrate! 5 years!

I am celebrating FIVE years on eCRATER this month!

March 2005

It was the wee hours of the morning (that's when I do most of my best work) and I was in the forum of SpareDollar (used to be an ebay listing service, merged with now) when another online seller was posting about Members of that forum had lots of questions and Dimitar (owner of joined in the forum to talk to us about the site. He added categories as we suggested them and everything!

At the time my concern was a category for Big and Tall Mens Clothing and guess what ... Dimitri created one! I was happy! I signed up and opened 3 stores.

I was leary. I spent way too many hours planning for and setting up a store at a site called Waggle Pop (turned out to be the first WP) and after spending months preparing for that site it closed within a week! The experience did give me alot of knowledge regarding SEO and meta tag and even how to name your store. BUT I didn't want to end up in that position again! After chatting with Dimitar in the forum and getting a better understanding of his plans for this site I was ready to go for it!

eCRATER promised to be free and remain free. eCRATER is both a free web store builder and a free online marketplace. If you are a seller you can create your own free online store in minutes. If you are a buyer you can browse and search among millions of products. I have been there 5 years now and never paid a penny!  They are still completely FREE to both buyers and sellers!

Today, I personally own, 5 stores on ecrater. I am part owner of 13 others on I have a few other stores online but is my home. eCRATER is the best online marketplace for sellers!.

Many things have changed since I arrived here 5 years ago. I remember going to forums all over the internet trying to help other sellers get started on, see at that time, ecrater did not have a forum or instructions or manuals or anything. The forum opened up on February 24, 2006!

In my opinion the best thing is the copy feature to create new listings. That makes listing so much easier! Now if we could get a bulk editor many more sellers would be very excited!

I actually went to with a plan. I own my domain names and forwarded them to my stores on eCRATER. My thought was that way all the promoting I do will never be wasted should I move my stores. Well, over the years my plan has been altered. I have no plan to leave this site and I certainly have no worries that it's going to disappear into the night.

Of course, it's nice that does not charge anyone for their services. Heck, they won't even accept donations! I do feel guilty about that so I volunteer on the site. I am a mod on the forum as well as a category mod. I feel that together we have all made this site grow and to be the best it can be.

Thank you Dimitar! It's be a great 5 years! Here's to TEN more!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Best Costume Idea - New Born Buntings has some of the cutest costumes I've seen in a long time!

The perfect shower gift for that football fan!

Football Touchdown Newborn Infant baby bunting. Size 0 - 6 months.


Ice Cream Lovers Check this out!

Baby Waffle Cone Newborn Infant bunting.
Size 0 - 6 months.


How about the Chili's Little Pepper

Chili's Little Pepper Infant Newborn bunting

size 0-6 Months


All of these and more are found at
They offer affordable costumes for Infants, Children, and Adults. You'll find Dr. Suess, Disney, DC Comics, and much much more at

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Recipe Quick and Easy - Rolo Pretzel Turtles

Too easy, super fast, oh-so-good. Great gifts in pretty tins or jars.

Rolo Pretzel Turtles

1 bag (56 pcs.) Rolo candies
1 bag mini-pretzels - grid or twisty, not sticks
8 oz. toasted pecan halves

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Place pretzels about 1" apart on cookie sheets lined with foil.
Place an unwrapped Rolo in the center of each pretzel.
Bake at 250 for 4 minutes.
Remove from oven and quickly press a pecan half down on each Rolo candy, right smack in the middle.
Put them in the fridge till they harden (30 minutes or so) then remove and eat or give away.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009 Free Marketplace

Way back in March of 2005 we made the best business decision ever. We signed up at and opened our first store - Soon after we had that one open we opened, then and many more since.

As stated on their home page - is both a free web store builder and a free online marketplace. Sellers can easily create their own free online store in minutes. Buyers can easily browse and compare between thousands of products.Sellers receive free website hosting, a free subdomain and a powerful admin tool to manage their free online stores. All products are posted to Google Product Search as well.
Sellers receive free website hosting, a free subdomain and a powerful admin tool to manage their free online stores. All products are posted to Google Product Search as well.

At this time, eCrater has well over 10,000 active stores (I really think it's double that by now but don't know for sure). There are over 2,600,000 products listed on for sale by the many different stores located there. It won't be too long before reaches that 3 million items mark!

You can found a link to most of my stores at Also check out for more onine stores that I am a part of.