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.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Royal Wedding Party & Eye Candy too

So, did everyone watch the Royal Wedding?  I had the DVR set and thought I would fast forward through it and just watch the high points, but I truly got suckered in to it, hook, line and sinker!  I was surprised to realize that the Charles and Diana wedding was 30 years ago!  It doesn't seem that long ago.  I could have sworn I remembered watching it in my apartment, but since I was only 14 years old, I guess I wasn't!  :D

My Mom was going to come over on Friday and we didn't have much planned, so I asked if she wanted to watch the Wedding while she was here.  "Yes!"  she said.  So, I had only a short time to prepare a bit of a Royal Wedding party.  I dug in my treasures to see what I could find.

I had already found the printables online earlier in the week, so I printed off a banner, a flag and some cupcake picks.  I had found the crowns a few weeks ago at the thrift and already had a couple vintage tiaras (I am ashamed to admit).  I have had the tin from the Queen's coronation for quite a while, so I added that in too.
I received the Double Decker bus in a swap from the UK last year.  I threw in a couple vintage tea tins and that was about it.

I had this doll in my booth, but had just pulled it the day before, so that was lucky timing.

My cake looks a little lopsided in this photo, but I think it was just my angle.  I made a yellow cake and buttercream icing ( love that Kitchen-aid made Buttercream icing - Perfection!).

For a fun surprise, I made a three layer cake - red, white and blue. 

I loved the wedding.  Loved it when William leaned over and said, "You look beautiful".  Loved the hats - even the crazy ones.  Loved the sour faced people and the happy ones.  Loved the HUGE crowds and the fact that Kate said, "Wow!  That's a lot of people!"  Someone asked me what the big deal was about a wedding - Well, I think it was a big deal in the pure planning and the fact that it went off to the second and without a hitch (except perhaps the Queen's little nap in the middle).  I think the very idea that a "commoner" can marry a real Prince is just fantastic.  I loathe the whole Disney Princess thing, but I love the idea of an actual Prince.  I think the idea of the horse and carriage and castle and all of it is just really wonderful.  I think America could use something like that - a reason to gather in the streets and unify in one big happy group.  I don't mean that as a political statement - I just think that entire country being one for that day was utterly fantastic.  I loved it all.  (Except that Spice Girl's sour non-smiley face.  For Pete's sake, she has David Beckham on her arm - what more could a girl ask for to SMILE ABOUT?????)

Sweet fancy Moses!
(There's the Eye Candy in the title)


  1. Me thinks you had a royal time.
    Couldn't Beckham find somewhere ...ah...else to stash his soccer ball?

  2. I love how you can always come up with last minute items from your stash to celebrate an occasion!! You amaze me, lol!!!!

  3. I got the box oh such sweet goodies. Love the easter things we are holding our Easter redo on the 15th. My sadie was sure there was a cat in that box! Thank you so much Shara I loved everything.
    I got sucked into the wedding also and I said I wouldn't love that you had a fun day with your mom

  4. David B is reason enough to throw a party!!

  5. LOL, yes the cake and eye candy both look positively yummy!

    Love your decorations!


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