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Bananas for Monkeys


When I was little I wanted a pet monkey so badly. I told my mom, “Don’t worry, I’ll keep it in the closet when we go out.” As if that was the least of her worries. I doubt monkeys were on the approved pet list in my NYC suburb.

The latest Spoonflower design challenge is “Year of the Monkey.” A couple of weeks back, I played around in my sketchbook, but nothing great emerged. But, I couldn’t get the contest out of my mind. So, with just a couple of days left until the deadline, I started sketching again. See my sketches here and what I’m learning about surface design.

It feels great to follow through and enter the contest. Before I started “My Creative Resolution” in 2014, I was notorious for having an idea and not following through, especially if my first draft wasn’t successful.

If you’d like to check out the other “Year of the Monkey” submissions, or vote for someone you know’s design (wink wink) click here. 🙂

Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

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10 thoughts on “Bananas for Monkeys

  1. Good luck to you Eileen, I love the design. Keep us posted on the challenge results.

  2. so adorable! Good Luck Eileen!

  3. I wanted a pet monkey as a child too! lol! I got a stuffed animal instead. ;-0 Love how your design turned out! I will definitely vote for you! YAY! :-)))

  4. OK…I’ll vote! The Year of the Monkey, among other attributes, is about not taking No for an answer, to anything, even of yourself. So, I’m glad that you’re starting the year off in that right frame of mind with this little contest. Good luck!

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