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 20, 2015

Better Late Than Never

Back in the end of February, I found a  vintage ceramic Leprechaun. I posted it on Instagram and mentined that I don't decorate for St. Patrick's Day.  I started getting a lot of comments that said, "Well, you should!"  and "You could!" and "You should try!"  I took that as a challenge and rounded up what I could find around the house and headed to my trusty white shelves.  

If it was obviously a St. Patrick's Day item, it went.  If it was green it went in there, if it was gold, if it had a clover on it and so on and so on

The doll with the green hair has been in the sell box for awhile.  The "Mother from Ireland" Sheet Music was a happy find in my pile of sheet music.  An old Gold Chest candy box, some "17" number cards and "LUCKY" letter cards along with a pipe cleaner leprechaun and a big gold clover paperweight rounded out the top shelf.  

I did have a shoe box with some St. Patrick's day stuff I had found at a sale a few years ago, so I pulled that out.  A Leprechaun and some gold glittery balls, a green truck, giant green button, a green cheese box, green glittery top hat (which is actually a Christmas gift box), a roll of green tickets and another green doll on this shelf.  

That jar is an Atlas Good Luck Jar and says that on it along with a big clover in the center.  I found it in an old fruit cellar at a site where a house had been torn down.  The shelves in that cellar were full of old jars - still full of fifty year old beets and pickles.  I grabbed this one jar and left the rest.  This was years ago before I had a booth or any outlet for old stuff.  I was living in a second story apartment and had no way to haul all those old jars home and dump them out and clean them up. Plus the cellar was flooded and had God knows what in that water.  But, I still remember all those jars lined up that got bulldozed and filled in with dirt.  *Sniff*

Dennison labels, vintage green bowl, BINGO cards, some green boxes from the kitchen, old kid's clover cards and a bunch of other green and gold stuff.  That Leprechaun in the middle is the bugger that started it all.  I had fun rounding up things.  The boys heard me saying, "OH! This is PERFECT!" when I found the Gold Chest candy box.  OH MY GOD A SPIDER JUST RAN ACROSS THE SCREEN AND I ABOUT HAD A HEART ATTACK.  Holy crap.  Where was I?  Oh yes, the boys.  Anyway, they think I am crazy gathering up random things and making displays they don't know that half the internet is waiting to see it.  HA HA.  

So, Happy St. Patrick's Day a few days late.  

Erin Go Braugh!  

Kiss Me, I'm Irish!  

Bring on the bunnies!!!!!


  1. Pretty darn amazing for someone who doesn't collect for Saint Patrick's Day. Love!

  2. I think it is great and you said you don't decorate for St. Paddy's Day, well I guess you do now! It looks great!

  3. for someone who doesn't decorate for st paddy's you sure had a lot of stuff for it.
    looks great I have my bunnies out already

  4. Looks like you probably killed the internet with all of this cuteness. Kim Kardashian better watch her back...


  5. Love the green! Funny how when we start gathering it all together it's amazing what we do have! On to the bunnies!

  6. It's just perfect! Like you were planning it all along!

    You forgot the other color on the Irish Flag - THE ORANGE(protestant)!!!!!
    My 'true' Catholic Irish friends find me rather disturbing - I always wear/decorate with predominately ORANGE (with a 'bit' of green) ;-) .
    ...and so that is your challenge for Next Year - GO ORANGE!!

  8. I'd like to see what the shelves would look like if you did decorate for St. Paddy's day! It must have been fun getting all of that together. It looks wonderful, as usual. Bring on the bunnies!

  9. Great decorating with what you have! Thanks for showing us how it works! To heck with the bunnies, bring on spring - we had snow here last Thursday!

  10. Well now it's time to get the Easter out! Looking forward to a bunch of ducks and bunnies.

  11. Boy am I late to the party! Well I read this post awhile ago and swore I commented but I guess not, weird. Anyway, I am impressed at the amount of stuff you gathered for St Pats day. It looks very good. I love the idea of gold coins in a jar, may have to borrow that next year. Now on to the bunnies!!


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