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, September 27, 2010


I use a lot of colorful tissue garland festooning in my creations.  I was constantly looking on ebay and Etsy for different color variations of it for my stash.  But, I hated paying $5.00 and up for just a few yards.  So, I decided to do some detective work and find my own source of festooning.  I found some and made a small order just to make sure that the quality was good before I ordered some of every color. 

When I got it - it was great festooning!  I ordered two rolls each of nineteen different colors.  Now I have  yards and yards of every color! 

I have a roll of each color packed away in one of my favorite baskets. 

And the rest of the colors will be headed to Etsy if you happen to need any festooning for your creations!


  1. Well I can't even believe I am saying this but I have never heard of this kind of festooning. I have heard of tissue paper and just plain rolls of crepe paper but this is new to me. Very very festive.


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