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.

Friday, December 24, 2010

For the third year in a row, the Goodness Girls have exchanged handmade Christmas ornaments. 

Rebecca sent this fun miniature dress form all decked out in a Christmas dress.  Very cute!

Leigh Ann (formerly the Pink Kitchen Blog) sent this red cowbell all decked out Pioneer Woman Style. 

Heidi sent this fabulous glitter encrusted vintage cookie cutter - blinged out with vintage Mercury glass beads and a crystal.   It's sparkley!

Jodi made this Victorian inspired ornament complete with glitter that made it look icy. 

I made these toadstools.  I devised a pattern and cut out all the pieces.  After I hand sewed them together, I dipped a pencil eraser into white paint and applied the spots.  While the spots were still wet, I sprinkled silver glitter on them.  I also included some candy toadstools that I made out of cherry fruit slices and white spice drops. 

A few days after I finished my ornaments and mailed them - I saw this post on Allsorts and was amazed at how much my toadstools looked like hers!  I adore her toadstool tree and might have to make one to get me through gloomy old January.

*You may have noticed that my blog looks different.  I tried to widen my columns and everything went kaplooey.  I will fix it, but it will take me some time and brain power that I am in short supply of these days.  It will be time to take off the "Shara & the Christmas Booze" header soon.  Maybe I can fix it then. 


  1. Meery Christmas from a new follower and fellow junker!

  2. I love the mushrooms and the cookie cutter ornament. I have everything I need to make a batch. Thank you as always for the inspiration. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  3. This is my favorite swap every year. I know I've said that like 10 times, lol.

    So should we think about that V Day corsage swap?


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