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.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Time to Sew

Rebecca at Thrifty Goodness had a Craft Challenge on her blog. She had found these empty elastic cards and wanted to send them to other bloggers to see what sort of crafty inspiration they would conjure in different people's minds.

Since it was an empty elastic card - I knew it had to be sewing related. And, I am sew (ha) not a sewing person. Sew, (ha) I decided to pull out all my crap altered art inspiration boxes and see what I could throw together. In the end, I came up with "Time to Sew".

I placed a sheet of dictionary scrapbook paper on the back, mounted a paper clock face, added the little girl cut from the front of an old pattern package and added in the paper thimble. She is holding a paper rose.

I covered up the back with some Isreal stamps that I got long ago on an envelope from something I sold to a man in Isreal on ebay - aka The good Old Days. That has nothing to do with sewing, but the back needed a little "sumthin, sumthin."
I placed her in a vellum envelope, added the S-E-W letters, a wrapped ofldbakery twine around it and added another paper rose to finish it off. She serves no purpose other than being a piece of altered art, but I think I like her - I really like her!.

I had fun with this and can't wait to see how other people finished theirs. I will be on the lookout for something I can use as a possible "Craft Challenge" someday. Thanks Rebecca!


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