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, March 08, 2013

A Deal For You

The other day, I saw this Pin on Pinterest using old Playing Cards as packaging for jewelry.

I thought it was a great way to display all the jewelry I am making now.  Oh, you read that right, I have been bitten by the jewelry making bug BAD.  I am making glass tile pendants by the dozens lately.  I love wearing one each day do I decided it was high time I learned how to make them.  And, that was either a very good thing or a very bad thing, I don't know which yet.  I think it is a good thing, because I am enjoying making them.

I knew I could find old cards, but I wanted them more personalized to my booth.  That's when I found a deal on Artscow for a deck of personalized playing cards.  I love Artscow - they often have really great deals on watches, puzzles and playing cards.  (I am not getting paid to say this - it really is a great site with cheap prices and great items!)

I made a deck of cards with the picture of my Great Grandmother from my header.  I will punch a hole in the card to attach the pendant, price them on the reverse and put them on an old chip clip display.  I think it will be great!

From now until March 31st, you can order a deck of personalized cards for 99¢ including FREE shipping.  These make great gifts and great business cards of sorts.  

Just click here to order your cards and use the code: MONKEYBOXBLOG to get the cards for 99¢ with FREE shipping.  These do ship from Hong Kong, but they ship quickly and they are of very good quality.  

(*I will received a small referral token if you order these, but I really just wanted to share the deal with you!)


  1. What a fun deal this is! I'm going to check it out. hugs, Linda

  2. Thank you, Just ordered 3 packets! such a different thinkg to have as a momento of our family.

  3. Fun! I ordered some as well and for the same purpose. Well for my sister who is the jewelry maker. :) I used a picture of my Aunt Lucy from the 50s, adorable!

  4. 90 peep holes??? lol I think that's the funniest thrifty find ever! And the books are beautiful!
    Great Job.
    Erica :)


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