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, April 03, 2015

With All The Frills Upon It...

Easter kind of snuck up on me this year.  I find myself on a Friday afternoon with one egg in the house and nothing for an Easter dinner.  The Bean is well past egg hunting and Easter Baskets, but not beyond chocolate or a hidden surprise.  I mean, I like those things still, so he should too!  I did manage to whip up an Easter bunny cake because...well, CAKE.  

Here's the one I found on Pinterest.  It is minimalist and classy.  

Mine is not.  I still like it though.  You just bake a cake in a round cake pan - fill it up so it rounds on the top.  Then, when it's cool, cut it in half stand the sides on end and smush the flat sides together.  Put icing in the layers them frost the whole thing and press coconut into it.   As the batter was mixing up in Justin, I thought that I would make the cake a soft color so it would be a happy surprise under all that white icing and white coconut.  Well, you know me, I choose to use PINK food coloring, so now when I cut it, it is going to look like roadkill.  Wah-wah.  It's all wrapped up in the fridge, so I can't take a photo of it quite yet, but I'll add it later.  'Cause I just know you are on the edge of your seat.  :)

I got my decorations out about two weeks ago,  but time got away from me, so I kind of threw things up in a crowded fashion.  I culled out a bunch of things to take to the booth, but not one thing has sold.  I have never had much luck selling Spring or Easter things.  I think people are more into Spring Cleaning and de-cluttering and not into buying.  

Anyway, here's my stuff strewn about the house.  

Love those big foil eggs.  They are always on my thrift radar.  

Annalee bunnies scored from the free bin at the thrift many years back.  My fave.  

Faux chocolate bunnies. Always a favorite.  The foil "egg" in the center is an old cardboard trivet, but it looks like an egg to me.  So, an egg it is.  

I prefer vintage Easter or vintage inspired, but this big blue disco ball egg had to come home from the thrift.  Paired with that crazy bird, it's a keeper.  

Flocked bunnies in every color.  

More flocked bunnies.  The gold-ish one is new this year.  

The white shelves.  Chock full of vintage goodness.

A few favorite bunnies.  The pink being a special favorite.

This little bunny girl is one of the first vintage things I ever bought of any kind.  
She has her original 15¢ price tag on her bum.  

A Magpie Ethel Chick and a vintage sequined egg.  

Top of my hutch.  I have so many more of those old Easter baskets, but I have a terrible time finding a place to display them. 

 The Rushton Lamb and duck were bought to resell. but well.  
You know how that turned out, right?  

Small Easter tree with some things from a swap I hosted many years ago.  

Stieff rabbit and some random things.  My swap contributions are the two handmade things.  

I avoid Home Interiors things the same way I avoid Avon stuff.  But, this little bunny family was a gift years ago from my Office "Secret Pal" and I love them.  So much in fact that I have another set just in case.  Do people still do "Secret Pals?"  It was always fun until you got paired up with the back stabbing two faced bitch and had to be her pal and bring her nice things and cards and candy that didn't have rat poison in it.  That was a long six months.  

 I have a ton of itty bitty doodads at the bottom of my Easter bins.  Chenille chicks, wooden bunnies, teen eggs  all my tiny favorite things.  Last year I got the idea to put them all on this Lazy Susan.  I give it a turn every few days and it's all new again.  

Turn, turn.

Another turn.  I got those pink and white pompom bunnies at Joann's last week.  SO CUTE.  My sweet little girl kitty would have loved playing with those.  She loved her pompoms.  

I hope you have a Happy Easter with jelly beans and chocolate bunnies a plenty.


  1. you always have the best decorations I am one of the downsizers it just makes my life easier with cleaning. I have one small box of decorations since Christmas is completely out of hand.

  2. This is just the perfect way to start my spring break. Love the Easter parade that is happening at your house. Have a very joyous and happy Easter and be to share pics of your cake!!

  3. I cannot wait to see your cake. I'm sure you and Justin made a masterpiece!

    Happy Easter Shara!


  4. we do secret pal at work and the one I drew is just as you described. Really hard to buy for someone you really do not like. On the other hand, MY secret pal is awesome.

  5. I always enjoy seeing your fun decorations. I must say I love the disco egg! Oh secret pals, haven't done that in years! Enjoy your Easter! We are on baby watch but dinner is here if we aren't at the hospital. I've got some eggs to hid with treats inside for Tiger.

  6. Love your collection of flocked bunnies and I'm looking forward to the cake reveal.

  7. Hope you're having a spectacularly warm and sunny Easter weekend. Just today (ONE day before Easter), I crawled up into my crawl space (aptly named) and dug out a few Easter items, just so I can crawl back up there two days from now and put them back :) If it wasn't for me being too cheap to buy more 79 cent Easter basket grass at the grocery store, I probably would have just left everything up there.

  8. Thanks for sharing all your Easter vintage goodness. Love it all.. Will await the reveal of your Easter cake. Happy Easter, Shara.

  9. Looking festive! Ben will still get an Easter basket this year, but forgoing the tradition of hunting for the eggs. (Kate got mailed an Easter box). I miss the days of hunting the treats down in the am!

    1. Thanks to Amazon ecards, The Bean will be getting an Amazon gift card and a couple big fancy chocolate bars. Whew! I pulled it off. I do miss hunting those eggs! With Mom's like you and me - you know those kids expect some Easter goodness!

  10. Love all your Easter decs! I didn't put one thing out, it snuck up on me too. This is the first year I didn't make each kid a basket, just threw a bunch of Reese's eggs in one basket (it's all they ever eat anyway) the only one that was sad was my daughter, she wanted her own basket. Some kids never want to grow up :) I do miss those days though. The secret pal story made me lol! So true. Have a great Easter!

  11. Grandma Lynn here, easter egg hunt for 2 grandkids went off without a hitch this morning. How can they not like stickers, coins and candy in their eggs? The 3 year old who we are babysitting til tonight asked if she could go to her house to put her money in her bank! Later on today, more kids coming for their egg hunt, then all for baskets. Different this year with the oldest in Atlantic City playing basketball. His parents will be ready for a down day tomorrow after the drive, I'm sure!

    Love your Easter display, Shara and am looking forward to the cake reveal, too! Have a happy day!

  12. It is a fact that you are never too old for the Easter Bunny or Santa! Ever. I expect to get visits when I am in the nursing home. So may happy bunnies you have. I never find vintage Easter. I need to do something about it, but don't know what.


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