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.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Junkreating Outside Edition

I spent most of the day watching the news of Gustav and glittering some Halloween goodies for a Halloween Swap. I got so wrapped up in watching the storm, that I was surprised every time I looked out the window and saw it was a beautiful sunshiny day. The weather forecast is calling for up to 12" of rain here in the very tippy NW corner of Arkansas. I cannot imagine how intense and strong a storm must be to drop that much rain this far inland. I feel fortunate to live in a place where there are not Tropical storms, Hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, volcanoes, floods or any other natural disasters waiting to happen.

I put the mantle out my the fence as I said I might. I think it makes a wonderful vignette. I need something inside the old window frame so it looks like art, but this is what I could do with what I already had in the yard. And, I think a sconce on either side of the window frame. I can see myself having an entire household out there, I already have a table and chairs, now a fireplace mantle. Can a bed be far behind?


  1. That looks awesome!! I love your idea for that!! If I ever get a backyard of my own, I think I might have to try this! :)


  2. Who does the mowing in your family? I LOVE it, but DH (who does our mowing) would have something to say about ME doing it (ha, ha!!).

  3. I love it!!

    I know someone who does have a bed in her yard! It's an old brass bed frame and I think she has a waterbed mattress on it, although I'm not sure what it's filled with. Then over top she has a comforter and there's even a trunk at the foot. LOL It's in the corner of her yard which is very shady and peaceful and she goes out there to read and relax. It's fun!

  4. Anonymous12:04 PM

    It looks super cute! I had a bed in my front yard in CA, it was a vintage head board and foot board connected and then I had planters in it with seasonal flowers, it looked super cute.


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