The Cross Eyed Monkey

Vintage, Re purposed and Unusual

Welcome to The Cross Eyed Monkey!

The work shop

The work shop

Fran and I are happy to welcome you to our eclectic little site. When you visit with us, you’ll find projects fresh from the shop, stories about our life as new retirees and our time building a business. We’ll spend a bunch of time in the shop and we hope to bring you blow by blow information on our progress.


Mike and Fran

Mike here! I’m in charge of wild ideas, rounding up junk and providing the entertainment when things go wrong.  I take inspiration from things around me, other people’s mistakes and any magazine or antique store I stumble across. I’m a pack rat when it comes to my shop, but everyone knows if they need something I probably have it squirreled away somewhere. Through out my career I’ve been blessed to be able to do things I love. From working in retail to having my own photography studio. This new chapter in my life is just one more thing to be thankful for. I now get to scrounge old stuff, restyle, re-purpose and reinvent to bring them back to life.

Hi! I’m Fran. I’m in charge of keeping Mike straight, taking him to the Urgent Care center and being the level headed one. Mike and I have been married nearly 42 years and it’s been an adventure. I’ve pretty well managed to get him to keep his projects inside his shop but it’s a challenge.  It’s going to be a blast.


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