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, October 28, 2010

One More H-OWL-oween Display

I have one more Halloween display to share.  I'm not really an Owl fan (they are still a bit to 1970's for my tastes)  but, a few have crept into the house and into my Halloween decor this year.

I was donating a bunch of junk to the thrift one day and my hands were full.  I had this big glass hurricane in one hand and the old clock face in the other hand.  I sat them down on top of each other and realized that I had just made a cool cloche.  A keeper!  For Halloween, I put in a set of Owl nesting dolls, a hand carved wooden owl and the fabulous wooden owl whistle I found earlier this year. 
I threw in some aged sunflowers that Aimee-Suzanne sent me in the banner swap and some old Anagram letters.   (It's hard to take a good photo under a cloche - so  here it is neekid.)   The owl from last weekend found it's way to the background too.
Over to the side, I have a teeny cloche with a fat brass owl and a tiny little ceramic owl beside it.  Of course, there's my seasonally inappropriate lamp full of miniature Shiny Brites in the background.  I filled that lamp up for Christmas about eight years ago and never took them out.  They just make me too happy!

Come on over to Trick or Treat - we are giving out Ding Dongs and Twinkies.  We often get repeat Trick or Treaters because we give out the good stuff!


  1. I love your display. What a great way to show them off without having them in every nook and cranny of the house.

  2. You're quite right - what a cool cloche. Think the owls lok great - love the shiney brights too, I'd have left them out to enjoy.
    Happy Halloween!
    Rose H

  3. I will be there to trick or treat I will be dressed as a owl. ha I love your owls that make a great halloween display.

  4. FUN!
    Not to rush the my favorite holiday... but you started another blog, and I missed the Grand Opening?!!

  5. I've been getting into the owl thing.I'm finding that if you spray paint them white it takes away the cheesy 70's aspect and brings in a cool Jonathan Adleresque vibe.Enjoy and thanks for sharing!

  6. What a cute display. The cloche was a great invention!! I loved the owls too and they're not my thing either. But, after seeing your disiplay I might change my mind and look for some owls for myself for next year! Happy Halloween Shara!

  7. What a cute display!
    We are not giving candy out this year, we haven't in a couple of years. Not too many young kids in the neighborhood right now. Maybe in a couple of years, there might be more that are the right age.

  8. Twinkies and Ding Dongs? Let's see, if I leave now and start driving east, I should be at your doorstep just in time. And I will be one of your repeat trick or treaters. :D

    The cloche + clock face is genius! Seriously. So glad you didn't donate them before discovering it!

  9. i love what you did with the cloche, clock face and owls! Owls are hip, don't you know? What's wrong with the 70's anyway? LOL Come and link up to the Vintage Valentine Blog Party! Joan@anythinggoeshere


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