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.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

You Want More? I'll Show You More!

So, you still like me after seeing my Christmas in it's entirety?  Yeah!  I did enjoy the comment from Barbara about it being in a non-functioning living room.  This is our only living space - still plenty of room for the couch, two chairs, three cats, TV watching, crafting, snoozing on the couch *cough*Breadman*cough* and other things.  Everything is neatly displayed and the room is completely livable.  I enjoy being in there and just looking at my treasures. 

Well, what shall we see today???  Kneehuggers?  I have those.

I actually donated quite a few of these this year - they were not truly vintage, but more 1980's versions.  I think discovered that the little group I did donate would have sold for about $30.00 on ebay.  Dadgumit.  Oh well, live and learn!

What else, what else?
How about this cute guy?  I think he was seven years old.  He is wearing a vintage Santa Suit.  I love this photo so much! 
I made these Pinecone Elves last year and I hung them on this little ladder (which is actually an old crib slat) and they have hung there ever since.  I just hated to pack them away after I made them.  I've already made a pink hat, mittens, shoes and scarf - I just need to find the perfect pinecone to complete it.

This is Emily.  She is a funny little handmade doll that my Mom bought me quite a few years ago.  She is wearing The Bean's 1st Christmas outfit.  Between Emily and Hazel, I am always buying little girl clothes.  (I think I might be a teeny bit nuts.  I imagine some day I will get one of those little dogs and dress it in pink and carry it around in my purse.  I am destined to be a weird old lady).

I think that is enough for today - I'll be back with even more tomorrow!


  1. It's a great day if you show us knee huggers and pinecone elfs! The photo of you son in the Santa suit is priceless!

  2. I salute you! (I thought you had actually moved all of the furniture out ... must drink coffee before reading blogs in the AM.) Now that I realize it is decorated AND functional, I am even more amazed.

  3. As always very sweet and good finds. Love the Bean picture. oh how they grow.
    Merry Christmas

  4. Love the knee huggers. I collect them too. I especially like the Santa and Mrs. Claus. Never seen one like that before. Now I'm on the prowl for one too! Merry Christmas!

  5. Anonymous9:02 AM

    I don't comment often, but I love seeing your pictures & reading your blog!! I just wanted to tell you that kneehugger Santa in the top pic looks like HE has been naughty!! He just has that look on his face & it cracked me up!!


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