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, January 14, 2011


I don't make many crafts for Christmas since I already have so many decorations.  I do usually make a few things, but I normally give those away.  So, now that Christmas is over, I seem to be on a crafting binge. 

So far I have made:

(15) Teeny Shadowboxes for Sarah's Heart to Heart Swap.  I can't show you inside yet.

(1) Vintage Valentine Corsage for the Sweet Goodness Swap. (Mighty cute, if I do say so myself)  It's only a hint....I haven't mailed it yet - so I can't show it yet!
(1) Medium Felt Autograph Dog from Creative Breathing
(1) Small dog from the same pattern

(3) Beaded dolls based on Oodles post
I was lucky enough to score a nice amount of vintage beads (and a variety of already completed dolls and animals) on ebay for a song that I paid for with my ebay bucks...can you say FREE?)
(1) Vintage Shiny Brite Heart Shaped Wreath
I made a vintage Shiny Brite Wreath at Christmas, took it to the Flea market and sold it for a pretty penny less than 24 hours after I took it in.  I was shocked!  So, I was determined to make a heart shaped one this morning and take it to the Flea Market today.  I gathered up all my vintage red, silver and pink ornaments and started gluing.  I made my heart out of a wire hanger and then wrapped vintage tinsel garland around it.
After I added all the vintage ornaments, I added in some new glittered ornaments, glittery red skeleton keys and red, silver and pink glittered cupcakes.  I had bought all of these things after Christmas for cheap.  I added in some red berries for depth and a nice big red ribbon for hanging at the top.  I hung it up to take a photo of it and something terrible happened.  I fell in love.  I can't sell it!  It's too perfect.  It's a keeper, I'm sorry to say.  I don't have enough to make another one to sell, but what the heck.  I won't make $50.00 selling it, but then again, I won't spend $200.00 trying to find enough "stuff" to make another one to keep!

That is a new crafting all time record for me.  And, I'm not done yet - I thrifted a huge piece of aqua fleece today and it will be magically turning into wee sweet bluebirds in the next few days.  Tweet!

What have YOU made?


  1. First off, I love everything you have made! Second, I am getting one of those boxes! Whoo hooo!

  2. Your wreath turned out GORGEOUS! I love seeing everyone's Valentine Wreaths - same basic idea with the vintage ornies, yet they all look SOOO different, it's GREAT!!

  3. I think you should sell it because it is gorgeous---to yourself!! Give yourself $50 and go shop too!;-)

    (Just kidding...I really love all of your crafts, especially the wreath and those cute, cute dogs! It surprises me none that your Cristmas one sold so quickly!)

  4. Cute stuff there, Shara! (I haven't made much except a big mess lately but am hoping to remedy that situation today...)

  5. ermm, I made a baby, does that count? LOL

    I am working on my heart to heart valentines though. You know - in between 4 days of labor and childbirth and caring for two crazy kids! :-)

    I LOVE those beaded dolls as much now as I did when I saw them on oodles. Darn those things are cute. (And I bet my ebay bucks have expired by now!)

  6. wow you have been busy. I barely can get out of my own way.
    very cute things.

  7. I love it! The berries are the perfect touch. I might have to copy you. ;)

    How did you get ebay Bucks?

  8. Wow! Quite impressive! I'm just happy to have a few ideas of things to make. I haven't actually done them yet! You've given me a few more ideas to ponder...it all looks great!

  9. You've been busy! I need to get busy. I've had the urge to craft, just havent done it I guess? I WISH I could make a vintage ornament wreath. For some reason, I have NEVER found vintage ornaments at any yard sale or thrift store!

  10. Wow! You've been busy! Not much going on over here though I did finish my corsage and it's cute. I made two actually. I hit the craft store yesterday for their clearance sale and have a bag full of crap to work with. :)

    Can't wait to see those shadow boxes! I can already tell that I love them. Are we making eggs again this year?


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