Salutations! I’m Vanessa, I’m one of the real housewives of Herne Bay.
My greatest passion in life is diamonds – after all, they are a girl’s best friend!
I was recently in a jeweller’s store, eyeing off one of the biggest diamond rings I’ve ever seen. As I leaned forward to look closer, embarrassingly I expelled a small amount of air from my derrière! Hoping the salesman didn’t notice, I asked for the price of the ring. His response?
“Ma’am, if that’s your reaction just looking at the ring, you’ll not cope when you hear the price!!!”
Get cuddly with these beautifully unique, hand-made sock monkeys, lovingly sewn right here in Greytown by Mrs Blackwell.
John Nelson, a Swedish immigrant to the United States, patented the sock-knitting machine in 1869, and began manufacturing work socks in Rockford, Illinois in 1890. The iconic sock monkeys made from red-heeled socks emerged in 1932, the year the Nelson Knitting Company added the trademarked red heel to its product. This red heel gave the monkeys their distinctive mouth. During the Great Depression, American women first made sock monkeys out of worn-out Rockford Red Heel Socks so their children could enjoy toys, at no extra cost to the household.
The Greytown Free Range Monkey Company has been producing New Zealand made artisan sock monkeys since 2002. Each is unique, entirely handsewn and made from only new materials.
Sock monkeys are easy to care for - they only require cuddles from their new owners, and the occasional bath if they venture into any sticky situations.
Since 2019 The Greytown Free Range Monkey Company Sock Monkeys are available exclusively from Blackwell & Sons and all proceeds (that's every single penny excluding postage costs) goes toward Greytown community projects.
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