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January 28th, 2016
Can you believe January is over already? It seems like New Year’s Day was just last week. Excitingly, there are still New Year’s celebrations to be had! On February 8th, Chinese Lunar New Year—or the Spring Festival—kicks off the Year of the Monkey. This ancient holiday is celebrated by people in dozens of countries all over the world, including a great many folks right here in the States. It is not unusual at this time of the year to see red and gold decorations in homes and storefronts, or watch a firework display or dragon dance. Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of 12 animal hosts from the Chinese Zodiac (fun fact: Sock Dreams was born in late 2000, the year of the Dragon!). 2016’s animal is the Monkey, and we have created a special limited-edition sticker pack to commemorate the occasion.
Monkeys are clever, curious, and mischievous. Our very own playful little sock monkey is made from a pair of White Knees in “Banana” (we’re out of stock right now, but you can sign up for notifications!). The sign’s lucky colors are blue, gold, and white, and as luck would have it, our Dreamer Holiday Stripes come in those exact colors. If long socks aren’t your thing, try Dreamer Holiday Crews and Holiday Mismatched Sleeves! Instead of our usual lotus, our logo lady holds a chrysanthemum, which is lucky for the Monkey, in bright golds and oranges.
But our Monkey is not alone, she’s brought some old friends! In our Spring 2016 sticker pack, we’ve got some favorites from past years: Mardi Gras Mask, Sweetheart Candies, Violet Valentine, and a be-freckled St. Pat’s lady with an emerald green lotus. This spirited $5 sticker pack is your only chance to get your paws on our exclusive new Year of the Monkey logo, and supplies are limited, so order fast before this playful primate slips away for another twelve years!
You may be familiar with folks using flowers to secretly say what their heart truly means. If you’re thinking of getting yourself or someone else a bouquet of socks, we have quite the garden of floral styles for you to pick from.
When it comes to simply depicting flowers, there is a lot of artistic interpretation that happens, which means the majority of our styles are more of a “floral motif”, with lots of indeterminate blooms and flower-like patterns that evoke a garden without being specific.
But! If you’re looking for a little something more, we’ve also made sure you can search for common flower types to better convey your feelings.
These are loose interpretations of pretty petals, so if you see a bloom we’ve overlooked or mis-identified, let us know! We did our best, but are not botanists (though the folks who design floral patterns aren’t often, either) and many of these flower designs could be representing one kind or another. That said, let’s have some floral fun!
The Anemone is a simple, multi-petal flower with a burst of colour in the center. It can mean a lot of things, but it particularly represents anticipation.
A Carnation is a deeply layered bloom and its distinctly saw-tooth profile is often used as a complement to traditional rose patterns. Meaning everything from deep love to good luck, depending on colour, in general a carnation expresses love, fascination and distinction.
An emblem of good fortune, the Cherry Blossom signals love and affection, while their short span before falling also hints at the fleeting nature of feeling and time.
What defines the Chrysanthemum has often been contentious. A flower of variables, the one constant is many little florets working together to make a spectacular flower that stands for optimism and joy.
Though a bold flower, the Hibiscus means “delicate beauty”. It’s one of those designs that, when rendered in sock form, could be a geranium or even a lily, if you’re just looking at shapes. It’s the tropical colours that help them stand out from the crowd.
The Lily is another classic bouquet flower that holds a different meaning for each colour it blooms in. From “modesty” to “passion”, or “gaiety” to “refined beauty”, the lily can represent practically as many things as the individual breeds of both true and named lilies (though the BlueQ socks below are pretty clear in their meaning)!
Even more bedecked with meaning, the Rose could say “hey, you’re a rad friend” (yellow) to “love at first sight” (purple).
There’re lots more meanings to flowers and colours. And with a search through our Floral styles you can wear your heart on your toes, if not on your sleeve!
However you spend Valentine’s day, and whoever you spend it with (including yourself!) we’ve got some sweet treats for the day. Our Valentine’s Sweeties section is a great place to start. There’s your classic reds and hearts:
And traditional Valentine themes and colours with a little more edge:
And of course you can always paint the town (or your toes) red with our colour search.
Or pink to match your blush (which, I’m sure is totally because of the cold and not infatuation!).
Your best valentine should always be yourself, because (to paraphrase what a great person once said), if you can’t love yourself, how are you gonna love anybody else?! So indulge yourself, or get something warm to cozy up in, or get a little treat that’s on sale.
Of course, with the weather everywhere is having, even if you upgrade to Priority or Express (check our Shipping FAQ for more info) you might not get your Valentine treat in time. But we came prepared! Three of us Dreamers indulged our pun and doodle sides, putting together a bunch of little valentines for you all, like these:
Like the cartoon and toy themed valentines you might have got in grade school to give to all your classmates, we’ve made a PDF you can download and print to share with your friends and loved ones! Just click and save this link right here!
Of course, our favourite valentine is you, our wonderful customers! We love you lots and love that we can help your feet find their true love in socks!
Hearts, red, pink, candy and kisses are all common Valentine’s day themes. We’ve got a category full of sweet styles for your sweetie (luckily socks won’t give you a toothache) and we’ve already seen some super thoughtful sock gifts pass though our hands. We’ve offered a couple different takes and styles on the holiday here on the Sock Journal over the years and our site’s theme is even in the mood for love.
This year, we’ve got a Valentine’s gift for you. No, not a sale or a code, but something much sillier. May I present four covers for (pretend) romance novels featuring our favourite stars, socks! If any style tugs at your heart strings, I’ve given the names links straight to the colour shown.
Her love held him, but would their fibers keep them apart?
Shirley was a gorgeous cotton sock and heiress to a fortune. When she finally meets Michael, the one sock who seems to love her for more than her money, Shirley knows in her deepest heart that he’s too good to be true. When he turns out to be a wool blend she works even harder to bind him with love, hoping he’ll stay and that their different washing techniques won’t keep them apart. But will Shirley go too far and actually felt his cashmere-blended heart?
A baby can test your patience, but can it test your love?
Bea and her baby Dottie give Sabina the family she always wanted. Sabina has never hesitated about jumping into a situation with both feet, but she’s also never jumped into something quite like this. Is sharing the duties of mother too much for the Bea and Sabina’s growing love?
Branded “L” for Love
A sheriff bootsock romance.
Sheriff Gregorio was never easily swayed by a steady life or a pretty sock, until he met April. The flirty knee high was as sweet as could be, but it was her streak of bull-headedness that roped him in. When he finds out that April has been running her family’s ranch by herself, Sheriff Gregorio pitches in and finds that he and his trusty steed might be ready to settle down.
Tides of Desire
They never expected to be swept away . . . by love.
The beach cottage was playboy Greyson’s getaway, a place to escape to. Just like he’d escape to the arms of whoever he could find, leaving both love and cottage when the city called him. This time he chose Franco and, as the sun-warmed days wore on, Greyson began to doubt he could leave his soft embrace—but could Franco fit in with Greyson’s city life?
I am not ashamed to admit I maybe spent a lot of time thinking of the stories for these. I mean, I love socks, why couldn’t they love each other?
Have a lovely Valentine’s day and remember to treat yourself too! Because, if I can paraphrase one of my favourite quotes, “if you can’t love yourself, how are you gonna love someone else?”
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