Posts Tagged ‘monkey’

Moving Monkey

Monday, June 17th, 2013

NOTE_monkeybananas_textAs you pack up to move your belongings to camp, college, or a new home, don’t let the stuff overwhelm you. Use this move as an opportunity to seriously consider downsizing and sharing some gently used items with others. Don’t take the whole house with you. Do you really need all those shoes, coats, books and toys or could you pass them along to someone else?

There are a lot of organizations that will donate your books for you. Kids and adults alike love reading and you can enrich multiple lives by sharing the books on your shelves.

Have clothing you could share? Your new closet will be more organized and full of things you actually wear if you share what you don’t wear.

Do you have housewares or toys not being used? The Vietnam Veterans will come pick up your things for you. It can’t be easier than that!

So don’t pull those extra bananas along with you into the next chapter of your life, share them and make someone’s life that much richer.

The fold over note showing the monkey pulling a wagon of bananas is used for all kinds of occasions; moving, new baby, or just for giggles. I’m a fan of all our monkey designs. Go see all of them on our site.

Tubing is NOT Like It Used to Be

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

note_monkeyswimming_textIt was one of those moments when you say to yourself, “This might not have been a good idea.”

I was recently on vacation and while watching kids whip around the lake on tubes and other floatation fun, I slipped back into my sixteen year old self. Why not?

So when the boat driver said, “Who’s next?” I put my hand high in the air, with confidence, remembering that I’d had fun with this many times. What I didn’t put into the equation was the decades that have since passed.

Climbing off the stern of the boat, my biggest concern was keeping my bathing suit bottom on. Too late now, I wasn’t about to do the walk of shame back into the boat.

Let me preface my ride results with a few changes that have happened in tubing since “my” day in the sun. First of all, there is room for three people. Wasn’t I happy when two other mothers followed me onto the tube; bookends of safety.lake2011

Secondly, the tube is now cushy. It has padded handles. Don’t you remember the tubes we had to use?! My parents stopped by a trucking company to get our tubes. They were real tubes, fully equipped with the air spout that was sure to cut your arm many times over the summer, if not rip a hole in it. We didn’t care. It was just part of the game (be sure the tube is flipped to the right side). The black color of our tubes attracted horse flies on really hot days in upstate New York; luckily we had the Finger Lakes to cool us down.

So back to my tubing, taking place just four days ago. I gingerly hopped onto the tube, friends followed and we took our places. Within 15 seconds I was saying to my self, “This might not have been a good idea.” It quickly followed with thoughts like, “How long can this last?” And on to “I think I’ll just do this once.”

We all made it back onto the boat, with our bathing suit bottoms on and intact. I shook my head and said, “That was FUN!”

Back on the dock there was a small group of sixteen year old kids. I couldn’t help overhearing them talking about how sore they were from yesterday’s tubing. “Oh no.” Today is day four and I’m just feeling like myself again.

Our monkey is very popular with our stationery friends. The monkey can be found in the swimming tube, shown above, as well as under an umbrella, pulling a wagon of bananas, hanging from a chandelier and even balancing on a pile of Christmas gifts for the holidays. Let the monkey keep you company at your desk. Like all our designs, the monkey is available on all our products.

Hang On! It’s a Whole New Year

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I’m finding it very easy to roll into 2011. It’s quick to write, simple to remember and easy to say. I am confident that things are looking up for lots of reasons. People sent more cards this past holiday than previously and they continue to send them for the new year. If you haven’t sent your greetings, it’s not too late. The party is just beginning.

Just in Januarenc_monkeychandelier_texty alone, look at all the holidays you might not have considered, until now.

  • National Bath Safety Month
  • National Blood Donor Month
  • National Braille Literacy Month
  • National Hobby Month
  • Hot Tea Month
  • National Oatmeal Month
  • National Soup Month

Now I admit, I have never celebrated these holidays before, but it’s interesting to know they exist. Some of them at least.

It’s good to know that it’s National Blood Donor Month; go donate. You can check out the Blue Cross site to make an appointment to donate blood. Start the year off by doing something good for others.

There is actually a site for unusual holidays that you might want to check every month, just to keep abreast on the holidays. You never know when you will receive an invitation in the mail in celebration of National Soup Month. You wouldn’t ever know if I hadn’t told you. Now you know.

The monkey in the chandelier is a popular design for an occasion, especially any of the unusual holidays in January.

Happy New Year!

Rain, rain… stay away!

Friday, January 29th, 2010

enc_monkey_textThe rain has finally stopped, I think. The rain started last week and it really rained. It wasn’t a San Diego rain, which is mist, that puts all the drivers around here in an absolute twitter. It was a real mid-western rain.

I would walk around my house and look at the ceilings, thinking that for sure, water must be dripping in. Luckily, we didn’t have any water damage inside or out. My flowers and trees are lush and green and things are smiling a little bit more now that the sun is shining.

When I walked on the beach yesterday, there was a pelican sitting on the beach looking at me. He was obviously sick or hurt and when I asked the lifeguard he told me that you’ll see a lot on the beach right now because, get this… they are tired. This guy was tired from the rains. I really think that he might have been sick (and I know the wildlife protection agency had been called for him) but I’d rather think of him as tired.

Anyway, we are all ringing ourselves out and returning to normal paradise living.

Our monkey is staying sheltered from the rain under his little red umbrella. One of my personal favorite designs, enjoy the monkey with the umbrella or see the many new monkeys we now offer!

On the Move

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

stkr_monkeybananas_textThis is the time of year to move.  People all over the country are packing up their things to relocate.  There are kids getting ready to start the second session of camp, others have almost completed their summer and are off to start sports at boarding school or college. Families are packing up their homes to move and get settled before the fall school year begins.

The Public Utilities Commission in Ohio (my old stomping grounds for college and the next sixteen years) puts out a really nice check list of things to do when preparing to move. Of course notifying your family and friends is on the ‘official’ list. This is a great place for me to remind you that this monkey would make a really adorable moving announcement. So if you are moving and want the list, here’s the link.


Whatever the reason for your move, get moving on announcements with our monkey with bananas design. I actually use this design for my own stationery because we are all moving in some way each day… hopefully forward with our projects.

This  monkey is just one of our family of monkeys. To see the others, go to Letters from Lilly.