This is my little package of goodies that my swap partner sent me from Singapore. She stitched up the little "Shara" girl for me. I think I will frame her and put her in my office. Some little fabric squares, buttons and ribbon that I will use in my sock monkey making. She sent some Skittles too which is funny, because I sent my partner a bag of red and a bag of blue Skittles too. DS and I opened the skittles last night. They taste different, even though the package looks the same and the Skittles look the same too. I guess it must be the different water or something. There is a little cupcake pincushion fashioned from a milk cap, fabic and a ribbon trip with a red button "cherry" on top. It is very cute. She also made a little pouch for carrying a little package of tissues in my purse. Very cute too. Now that I have received my end of the trade, I have a better idea of what I could send in future swaps.
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.
*Those are my Great Grandparents up there. My Great Grandma was the original Martha Stewart. She threw a great party and decorated for every holiday. I want to be her when I grow up. Oh wait! I am!