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, October 25, 2010


By now, I *hope* everyone has received the Halloween Letter Banner.  If not, look away

I think the banner turned out really fun.  I knew we had a diverse group of ladies signed up, so I knew the banner would have a unique look.  I was right!

H =  Wendy  A silver glittered spider!  Perfect!

A = Shara  Like you couldn't tell with all that festooning......This was the second letter I did and I couldn't think of another idea...

L = Laura in Texas.  She made every letter completely different.  Each one was fabulous and I had a really hard time deciding which one to keep!
L = Diane
It's a lower case "l" in the center which helped make the banner have character. 

O = Shara
A vintage O Dictionary page, and assorted "O" themed game pieces.
W= Aimee Suzanne at Monte-Verdi Lampwork beads. 
I am seriously fighting the urge to put this on a chain and wear it around my neck!  It is bejeweled and bedazzling!
E = Michele.  Love the Spooky Jingle Bell and the Hologram photo.

E = Lynn. 
She made her "E" into a tree!  So clever!
N = Dorothy (My Aunt!) 
 I loved that the two letters with glittery spiders on them were at each end - it worked out perfectly! 

I hope everyone liked their banner and had fun doing it.  I know I did!

Thank you too for the special fun treats everyone included for the other participants and for me and The Bean.

So, what shall we make next? 


  1. What a talented bunch of gals! I bet it looks awesome all strung together. I especially love that witch and the O, and I'm not even saying that cuz it's your blog either!

  2. that banner is so much fun. Maybe some day I will get the confidence to do a swap.

  3. How very cute! I am like Cathy and maybe one day will get up the nerve to try a swap. I am so NOT crafty! But I love this and just may try to get my creative going on!

  4. This was so much fun. And it is crazy cute. Thanks for all your hard work Shara!!


  5. Thanks for stopping by today and entering the giveaway. I just love blogging, all the ideas I get, (like your banner) the people I meet, it is so much fun. Thanks for also being a fun place to visit.


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