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.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Pssst..Hey Richardson's....I See You

In my Christmas Card letter this year, I mentioned that I had a blog. I didn't give the address or a link or anything. I just mentioned it. And, then about a month later, I checked my Guestbook over there to the left. My college buddy Cindy left a message, then my favorite Uncle Bobby left one and now my favorite cousin Tracy left one. My Dad talked to my Aunt Do-Do (not her real name) and she mentioned my blog. (She may have well as mentioned my schnorkenwedgell because he doesn't know what a blog is anyway). I am very pleased that there are other computer savvy people in my family. Yeah! So, if there are any others reading - leave a comment or sign my Guestbook! I will also refrain from telling any more embarrassing stories about my Dad since I know they are reading. (But, in case you missed this one, it's a good one.) Oh, and Happy Birthday to him today.


I'm working on rearranging my stuff, getting rid of things that I've decided have been around long enough and bringing in some of my treasures that I have acquired over the past year.

The Bean and I pick up heart shaped rocks when we go on our journeys. I picked up this old shadow box last summer. I painted it white and distressed it. The big heart rock fills up the one side and the little ones are scattered about. A couple are "pressing it" as far as being heart shaped, but we just have to find one when we go looking!
This is my collection of old spools and fishing net bobbers. An odd asortment, but I think they look interesting displayed this way. The blue glass on the right is a stained glass lamp that lights up and makes the fishing bobbers glow too.
This is outside on the porch as part of my blue and white winter decor. I got those blue glass suncatchers at an outlet store for 38¢ each, but never knew what to do with them. The porch was in dire need of a bit of color, so this idea popped into my head. (Yeah, I know, I should have moved the broom out of the photo!)
My big basket of marble eggs. I've had some of these for years. This is the time of year that I usually find more, so I am sure a new one will be added before too long. I prefer the natural stone colors, but The Bean likes the more garrish brightly colored ones. There is a fine line between everyday home decor and "the Easter Bunny is coming"!

This is the old window I used to display the Christmas Cards this year. I decided I liked the look of it, so I am displaying my newest collection of rusty stars on it. The two hanging in the panes are Christmas ornaments from the thrift for 50¢ each. The two medium ones were Christmas tree toppers scored at Target for 75% off. The big one came from that old store from a post a few days ago. It was $12.00. I like the display, but it needs a pop of color. Especially with the big new "Eh" couch which is similar in color. Eh.


  1. ...lol...when I got ready to comment on your lovely window pane displayer I just happened to see my lovely nickname next to my blog--LOL..you are a character!

    That's cool that your fam is tech savvy and enjoying your blog, too!

  2. I love how the glass bobbers look on the spools! The colors are so pretty. The frame with the suncatchers is so great. One of these days I'll actually do something with the windows piled in my garage--you've inspired me! :)

  3. I love your collections. My brother once gave me a heart shaped rock as a birthday gift and I will never be able to get rid of it! I also have a few of those egg rocks but yours are awesome. I started my collection of 4 out of a need to have some Easter decorations this year. I found them for a $1 each at a yard sale. They are all more natural in color. I am beginning to love all things made of stone. We just walked a show "room" of stone materials to redue our counter tops and I was awestruck but the beauty of what our earth gives us. My parents just came back from a weekend in Quartsite, Arizonia where there is an annual stone/rock "swap meet" event. They brought us all some lovely stone items. I am always keeping my eyes peeled for things for you and your family, I just love your "junking" style!


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