What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

I Learned to Clog Today - But not THAT kind

When we got home from the doctor yesterday, DH and I were discussing when DS should go back to school. (But, let's face it - I make all the parental decisions, so I already knew the answer.) Anyhoooo, when DH and I "decided" it would be Monday DS hooted and hollared and said, "Woo-Hoo - I get to watch the WEDDING on Regis & Kelly!" Me thinks he has been out of school too long.....

I decided to get a little crafty today. The mood often strikes me (to get crafty, that is) but I rarely actually do it. I had seen a pattern on allsorts for these adorable little Elf Clogs. At Christmastime I was too busy to make them, but the thought of them kept popping up in my mind. Today I decided to download the pattern and give them a try. I decided to make pink, red and white variations so I could pass them off for Valentine's Day. Since I made this pink one, I made a smaller white one with red hearts on it - I also whipstitched it and that gives it a neater edge. I made thee pink one pretty hastily and not so neat just trying to see how it would all come together. I will post a photo once I get a pair made. Now that I've made a couple - I think green for St. Patrick's Day Leprechan clogs would be sooo cute. The pattern is copyrighted by jenny so you can make them for yourself, but not for resell. Aren't they cute???

DS and I stopped in at one of the thrfts after picking up his prescriptions yesterday. He's always up for a thrift visit - he's been trained right! I usually visit this thrift early the day right as they open - in fact, they left me in earlier than they actually open. But, at that point in the day, the ladies that volunteer are always in the mindset that everything is old and antique and worth big $$. But, when I stopped in yesterday and they were about to close, I noticed the ladies were all tired looking and ready to go home. We picked up the new "King Kong" on DVD and "Spirited Away" on DVD (both still sealed) for $3.00 each, a Yu-Gi-Oh tin for 50¢ and a copy of "The Nanny Diaries" for 50¢ for a total of $8.00. But, when I checked out, the lady just sighed and said "Oh, $4.00 seems good enough." So, now I know to go late in the day and I might score a bargain!

I don't talk celebrity news or gossip - but I was sadden to hear about the death of Anna Nicole today. Mostly I worry about that brand new baby of her's. I always thought she was so pretty - dumb at times, but hey, that was part of her charm. After her son died, I was hoping she could get it together and raise her baby. It really is just so sad.


  1. Man, you rock! LOVE the clogs!
    Good luck thrifting this weekend!

  2. Those are so cute! I agree, green Leprechaun shoes would be so freaking cute! You could even fill them with those gold foil wrapped coins. :)

  3. See, those ladies at that thrift have the right idea. They should realize that every penny is profit. Good for them for making the great deals.

    I went to my local "charity" thrift for the first time in weeks and they have JACKED UP the prices AGAIN.They are almost as bad as GW on the clothing and it is ALL torn,worn and ancient looking. I wonder where all the good stuff goes? HMMMM?

    When I was at the checkout with my whopping 50¢ purchase, there was a "Betty the Thief" volunteer checking out with a HUGE very old looking merritime pic(label on back). It must have been something good, cuz the men were oohing and aahing over it.She bragged that she snagged it b/f they had to put it out for some rediculously low price. Unfortunatley they started whispering when she was set to pay so I didn't here how much she actually got it for.

    That is why I visit so infrequently!

  4. Anonymous5:06 PM

    I love the clogs too. Wouldn't they be cute on newborns at the hospital?

    Sounds like a good day at the thrift. Maybe the end of the day is better at that place. Hope you all feel better soon.



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