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, September 18, 2012

Pleased As Punch

** We have begun to receive some post cards from you fabulous readers.  Thank- you for taking the time to send us some wonderful ideas on things to research.  

Do you read Creative Breathing?  Elizabeth makes the most adorable felt creations.  Actually, she makes creations of all sorts, each one sweeter than the last.  I am a particular fan of her felt creations though.  I have made many of her felt characters with a few tweaks to make them my own.  The main reason I tweak them is that I know I could never, ever pull off her fabulous teeny stitches when she embroiders or her whimsical faces.  She really is talented and I am a big fan.  

Here's a bellboy chick I made using one of her patterns.  Hers are much more whimsical and elaborate.  But I was pretty pleased with my little comical guy.  He makes me happy sitting on his perch.

Last week she had a giveaway and guess who won?  Me!  Me!  Me!  I was so surprised and so excited to know I would be the proud owner of an actual "E" creation.  And, when it arrived in the mail yesterday?  well, it was even better than I had imagined!  

Photo taken from Creative Breathing.  
I received the sweet Elf, his tiny reindeer and a sweet shadowbox to boot.  It is all absolutely fabulous and I adore it.
Thank you SO much, Elizabeth.


  1. Congratulations on your winnings! And I think you did a great job on your creation. E is avery special one, I too love her creations. ox, Diane

  2. Yes, I agree that E is phenomenal!!! Congrats on winning several of her cuties. Your little guy is very cute, too!

  3. Ooh, you lucky duck! He's adorable!

  4. So happy for you! Her creations are amazing! I think you do a pretty darn good job also! Your Elf is pretty darn cute!!! Hugs, Linda

  5. Sad. I can't sew. Maybe I could glue it all together? Congrats on your win--her stuff is amazing and I'm going to have to go visit her blog RIGHT NOW!

  6. First-I thought your bell boy chick was real vintage! You did a great job! Yes, E is amazing at whatever she does. I'm so happy that you were the winner of her last giveaway!


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