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, December 22, 2015

Christmas Tour 2015: There's More. There's Always More.

I hope that all these things in all these photos don't make it look my house is one big tacky mess.  I love little things - but I try to group them and display the little things so that they appear to be a bigger unit.  When you look at the photos of my Santa collection you may see a hoard of faces and Santa's.  But, I see one big Santa collection as a whole.  I hope that makes sense.  I need to stop blogging so late at night when my brain is kaput.  

So, here are the Santa's.

Ho ho ho.  Lots of Santa's.  Mostly vintage, but some I got after we got married so they are new.  But then again, we are about to have out 25th Anniversary.  So, maybe they aren't exactly "new".  

Vintage Santa's and a few from my childhood.  Since we have established that items from my newlywed days are in fact "vintage" I suppose it is safe to say the ones from my childhood are antiques.  

Excuse me a second.


I'm old.  

Okay, back to the tour!  :)

Locker basket full of Santa mugs and my Christmas tablecloth collection.  I decided I needed to let some of each of these go this year.  Thin the herd, so to speak.  I spread them all out - Santa mugs and tablecloths.  Looked at each one deciding which ones should stay and which ones should go.  As you can clearly see, the shelf is still pretty packed.  So, you would not be wrong if you guessed that not one single cup or tablecloth was eliminated.  And, I'm not even sorry a little bit about that.  :)

Fine Kindergarten art by The Bean on the wall, as it should be.  I want to scan it and have a canvas made of it, but I have never gotten around to doing that.  But it's a great idea, right?  SC by CS. Clever kid.  

I used an old receipt holder to hold my cards, some Santa pictures, flash cards and some other fun things.  It's pretty full, but I like it.

This is one of my favorite things - my tiny cupboard.  I filled it with all sorts of tiny things that are dear to me.  

Tiny bottle brush trees, a wee snow globe I made, spun snowman, tiny ornaments on the top shelf.  A small West Germany village on the second shelf.  

I have a big tin of nativity pieces I sell at the Junk Ranch.  I pick them up and add to it through the year.  I saw all those sheep gathering up in that tin and decided they needed to be released to my living room.  They are all very old and priced 10¢ to 29¢ on the bottom.  The bottom shelf has all sorts of tiny things that make me happy.  Little stuff is the best.  

So, that is the bulk of my decorations.  There's still the tree and the village.  Both hard to photograph, but I will try to get some shots before the big day gets here.  Are you ready?  I am.  Yay me!  Hope you are too!  


  1. I always enjoy your decorations. I have a love of tiny things also.
    Merry Christmas,

  2. You must have very steady hands when you set up your "littles" displays. My clumsy fingers would have Santas falling like dominoes ...and that would be bad! A tacky mess????? goodness no! The enjoyment you get from your collections comes through in the way you have them arranged. Thanks so very very much for sharing your "more" with us :D

  3. Festive. I have a thing for those sheep too. Why is that? Happy holidays!

  4. Anonymous12:02 PM

    Your posts always make me smile - THANK YOU!!! I once found a shoe box full of angels and sheep. One of my all time favorite garage sale finds. They ALL now live in one of my nativities.

  5. I love all your treasures! Such a happy post. Merry Christmas! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

  6. Wonderful collection Shara! Studied each picture carefully. You win for best Christmas card this year!

  7. I adore all the collections of smalls and they look perfect the way you display them. Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas!

  8. Merry Christmas Shara to your family from mine.

  9. I totally forgot I have a herd of sheep too until I saw yours! Now if I could only remember where I put them this summer. I love all your smalls and like how you group them together. It makes more of an impact that way! Hope you have a wonderful holiday and that Santa is good to you!

  10. I LOVE your wee things! You displays are wonderful and such fun to look at. Hope you had. Great Christmas. Happy New Year!


I love my comments. I'd love to respond to everyone, but if you don't have an email address tied to your ID, please sign your name so I will know who you are! It makes it nice to know who is saying what. Now, leave a comment! Please? ;o)

I Can See You!

Look at my Visitors!

Fellow Junk Followers