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Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Incredible Shrinking Woman.....

I run with scissors, I make quite a mess with paints and I still love to play with toys.


I feel better now.

...not just any toys, but ones that remind me of my childhood, growing up in the 70's...I love to go to the antiques shops and see the
little Dawn dolls, Chrissy dolls
(you know the one, where you grabbed her ponytial
& yanked it out of her head, only to push in her belly-button
and have the hair spring back in!)

Sea-Monkeys and Magic Sand...
...corny, carnival-like toys that rivaled my juvenile imagination!
I had a knack for displaying my toys and craft projects in my room
...where my Light-Bright flashed an incessant "OPEN !!" sign,
even then knowing one day I would have my own shop!

but by far, my favorite thing to 'play' with were my


(that incredible melting plastic anomoly that we watched wriggle & squirm in our ovens!)

I would draw pictures of daisies & hearts
(my fav's back then)

and would color them in with my crayons...
they would take on a magical quality once they were shrunk...
so much tiny detail!!

I would glue magnets on the backs and sell them at school...
thus beginning my entrepreneurship at an early age.

So, once again, I've been regressing...
to a place that now uses Prisma Arteest Pencils
and Sterling Silver Jump Rings to create
teeny-tiny-little-masterpieces of one-of-a-kind wearable ART!
The charms pictured above, started out at approx. 4" x 3"
after baking, the end up an incredible 3/4" x 1" !!!!

(I'll be listing these and a couple more in my Etsy shop tomorrow!)

What toys were your favorite when you were a child?


Patti said...

Oh Lori! Hurry and list these please! I just love them! I was a shrinky dink fan (along with Chrissy & Dawn), but these are definitely on a different level of art than the ones I created back them :)

I also loved my "Sunshine Family" - do you remember these dolls? Still have them - thanks Mom for saving them!

Blessings, Patti

janeu729 said...

These new pieces are exquisite! I think I want one.
My favorite toys were my roller skates and bike. I always had to be outside and on the move.

kgkolpasky said...

I just came across your blog - if your really in the mood for reminiscing, check out EarlyXer.com

Pots 'n Prims said...

Ohhh Lori!! How loverly!! I love them all!! I, too, was a lover of shrinky dink, which, by the way, I had NO idea they still made!
Have a wonderful eve,

Julie's Keepsakes said...

I can't wait for these little keepsakes (ahem...gems) to be sold on your site. Hurry, hurry, hurry! LOL I can't wait any longer. :D

My favorite toys were Strawberry Shortcake, Lite-Bright, Star Wars figures, Barbie, Atari, Hi-Ho-Cherrio, pick up sticks and jacks. Also, the Little People.

susiedele said...

How wonderful. Mine never looked like that!

I'm afraid I go back much farther...Like the hoola-hoop era. Not much creativity in that, though.


farmgirl beth said...

They still make them??? O, I can't tell you how excited I am that my kids get to play with them too!

I also loved saving the shavings from my crayons, and melting them in muffin tins to make big round multi-colored crayon discs.

And Matchbox Cars. And Snoopy Snow Cone machines. And roller skates.

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