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, October 22, 2009

Joli Paquet Halloween Swap

I participated in the Trick or Treat Swap at Joli-Paquet this year. If you've never visited Joli Paquet, I highly recommend it - lots of wonderful decorating ideas, tutorials and even kits you can order if you desire.

My partner was the sweet Aimee-Suzanne over at m-verdi.com. You won't believe this after you see the goodies that she made and sent me, but this was her very first swap. I know! She did a great job - very creative and lots and lots of goodies.

As with all swaps - there were guidelines. #1: Embellish a Halloween tote.


#2: Fill it up with Goodies!

Check! Check! Check!

A big black glittery spider.

Old Apothecary bottles for my Spooky Halloween vignette and then *poof* off they go into my Rx Collection.
A divine "HAUNTED" banner complete with vintage graphics, crepe paper trim and tintype lettering.
Two Halloween Embellishment Kits for creating fun.A fabulous old Cribbage board with lots of patina and character converted into Halloween Art!

Check these out - old metal measuring cups converted into Dioramas.
Now, isn't that a great idea?
A jar of Beans....for The Bean. Clever, yes? Not shown an orange glitter-y "The Witch is In" plaque. That will most likely stay out year round. Sort of a "warning" for The Breadman, if you get my drift.

What's this? Butter not touch?

A silver butter dish encrusted in German Glass Glitter. Butter not touch!
Clever, clever, clever!

Thank you Miss Aimee and welcome to the wonderful world of swapping. You will be very welcome in this world with all your cleverness and creativity!


  1. Oooo...what a cool assortment of goodies! Love the butter dish...very creative! Neat stuff...lucky you! *elaine*

  2. What a fun package! LOVE the butter dish!

  3. You're right, I love it! The butter dish cracks me up--how clever! :) The measuring cup dioramas are so clever too. You had a wonderful swap partner!

  4. Wow, her imagination and creativity is amazing! Going to check out her bloggie right now!

  5. How fun!
    Looks like you had a great partner!
    Thanks for sharing this with us!
    Cerri xo

  6. Really great swap goodies! Thanks for sharing them with us.

  7. Amazing goodies! Love the banner!
    How fun!

  8. What a fabulous swap! Will you be my partner next time? :)


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