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, July 22, 2010

Vintage Vacation Swap

I recently participated in a Vintage Vacation Swap.  I was partnered with the lovely Sophie in the United Kingdom.  It's always fun to get mail from overseas. 

I especially love these labels:

I feel like the Queen!

Sophie sent me TWO vintage vacation destinations.

First, the seaside.

An wee suitcase filled with vintage postcards, envelopes and stamps, seashells, a dainty soap, a piece of candy, a sweet handmade Beach Hut Pincushion and some Cath Kidson tissues.  I adore that teeny little bucket of sand tools and lollipops. 

Second destination: LONDON.

A fun tote bag with a Double Decker Bus on it, Transit tissues, English Afternoon Tea and an actual Double Decker Bus.  Well, not an actual one, but a wee cute one. 

I (Heart) this bus.

All the loot.

Thanks Sophie!

As usual, I forgot to take photos of what I sent Sophie. 

I made her a Vintage "Across the USA" Vacation package that included this little gal, vintage souvenirs from across the USA, various Patriotic themed decorations and a packet of my favorite summertime drink..... Kool-Aid.  Sophie said she was excited to try the Kool-Aid. I didn't think I was being too clever sending the Kool-Aid, so I was happy to hear that she had never tried it.  Thinking of a sweet treat to send across the pond in this heat was a feat within itself.
(Am I the only one that gets photos like this when I am trying to take pictures of my swaps and finds????)


  1. Kool-Aid...what a fabulous idea to send coz they don't have it here! As a matter of fact, we don't have any powdered drink mix like that. Your goodies look great!

  2. Nope, my cats are always trying to get in the photos!

  3. What a fabulous swap. You clever girls always amaze me with your ideas! I love the stuff she sent you, so cute. I always have 'helpers' in my shots...they don't call them curious cats for nothing. Oh and nothing at Target but I hit the jackpot at Hobby Lobby!!


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