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, March 22, 2010

Collection Complete

Back in January, I shared my Gingham Apron Collection.  I had every color of the rainbow except yellow and brown.  (The yellow one in this picture is actually a tablecloth that I had in there to complete the rainbow).  I never set out to collect gingham aprons.  I just kept finding aprons, lots of aprons and I had far too many.  I decided to go through them and pick out a theme or a certain type of aprons to keep and sell the rest.  I settled on Gingham after I saw how many I already had.  I just needed to find a brown one and a yellow one. Someday.  No rush.

But, then a  few days later, a package arrived from Melissa in KS.  Inside it was a lovely brown apron.  It was so nice of her to send it to me.  I really wasn't looking for anyone to send me aprons!  But, the lovely ladies of blogland are so nice.  Thank you Melissa.

And, then last week, out of the blue, another package arrived.  This one was from my Aunt Betty, who also lives in KS. 

Imagine my surprise when I discovered a yellow gingham apron inside.  But then came the best part - my Aunt Betty actually made this just for my collection.  So, it is very special to me.

Guess what else she made?

Ha!  Cute, right?  I love it. 

Thank you Aunt Betty!

Now, my rainbow is complete. 
Weather Report:
Today it got up into the 50's and the bulk of the snow has melted. It was hardly on the ground for 24 hours. We went on a big walk in the snow yesterday. I am 5'2", which is 62 inches, tall. The snow was 14" add in anything on the ground, plus lifting my foot to clear the snow, I had to raise my foot about 16" (which is above my knees) with each step. I felt like I was marching in a parade with each step. By the time we got home, I was exhausted. And now my legs are sore. But, we had fun while it lasted.

*Don't forget to go here for a chance to win a few of the beautiful handmade eggs from my Eggstra Fun Egg Swap.  I'm throwing in some extra goodies too. 


  1. How wonderful to have a complete rainbow of gingham aprons. They are really sweet and such sweet friends and family to help you along.

  2. The rainbow might be complete, but the collection isn't, is it? Is a collection ever complete? I adore that dishsoap apron! I think Aunt Betty needs to share her pattern!

  3. Melissa7:00 PM

    I know what you can collect now! Soda bottle aprons! I have a collection. They are so cute as they have a little pocket on them to place the straw. Most of mine look like they were made of old feed sacks. There is always yet another collection to begin...
    Feeling sad here as the Jayhawks lost. I just don't know what happened. This should have been our year. Hopefully next year will be the one!

  4. Glad you got that final apron to complete your collection!
    We had snow on Saturday ~ First day of Spring~too!

    Happy Spring

  5. OH! That little apron to cover the dish soap! I am loving that...


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