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, June 21, 2010

Patriotic Doo Dads by Me

I did a little crafting this weekend. It seems I haven't had the opportunity to drag out all my crafty stuff and get my creative juices going in a very, very long time.  I rally didn't have the time this weekend.  But, I made time.  I need some craft therapy!

(No matter how many times I crop these, photos, they are still turning out uncropped!)

A little bit of Patriotic fun - one for me and one headed across the Pond to the UK.

This one is for me.

This one will go on a journey!
I found a huge stack of these fun striped paper cups this weekend.  They have a vintage feel to them, so I knew I could use them to make something.  I was thinking fun like circus or kid's party, but helloooooo, they scream FLAG, right? 

Just what are these mysterious striped cups?

Oh well, a bit of paper and glue and the Popcorn Chicken is all but a distant memory. 
*My Aunt passed away unexpectedly this weekend.  She was the sweet Aunt that sent me a lovely handmade yellow gingham apron to complete my gingham rainbow.  It was completely out of the blue and has shocked her entire family.  She will be missed.  Love you Aunt Betty! 


  1. Shara I am sorry for the loss of your Aunt. I remember when she sent you the apron!

    I love the little patriotic guys are you making any more for your Etsy?

  2. Anonymous6:55 AM

    So sorry about your Aunt. You will always have the memories though. Way to re-purpose the popcorn chicken buckets. Are you having a BBQ on the 4th?

  3. Melissa7:51 AM

    So sorry about your aunt.
    I love your little patriotic doo dads!!!
    Soooooo cute!!! Makes me want to get my 4th decorations out today!

  4. I am sorry about your aunt Shara.

  5. Michaelle9:19 AM

    I'm am sorry to hear about the loss of your aunt. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Anonymous10:42 AM

    It is never easy to lose a loved one. I will add you to my prayer book.

  7. I'm so sorry for the loss of your Aunt Betty, Shara. And I remember that post about her completing your apron rainbow. I'm sure you'll think of her every time you look at your gingham aprons.
    I madly adore your little patriotic gals! I can't seem to get in the crafting mood once it gets nice outside, darn it!

  8. Oh my gosh, those little girls are DARLING!! So, so cute. I love how they're standing on poker chips--so clever!

    I'm sorry for the unexpected loss of your Aunt. I hope that you have lots of good, sweet memories to remember her by.

  9. Anonymous9:21 AM

    Oh my gosh, Shara, those little patriotic dolls are so dang cute. And I would imagine that they're made out of all vintage stuff. That's why I can't seem to sell all my goodies - I keep thinking I'll do something with them. Glad you did!!

    Am sorry about your Aunt - it's so hard when we lose them and I hope, too, that memories will keep her close to you. Lynn

  10. I'm sorry to hear about your aunt, too. She sounds like a kind and generous lady. And those patriotic gals are right up my alley.

  11. I'm really sorry about your aunt. My Dad died suddenly like that and I know how hard it is on everyone.
    Your little patriotic guys are the cutest :)

  12. I love them! So stinkin' cute. I particularly like their little hats.


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