Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Jessi's Toy Party



The ever fabulous and fun Ms. Scrappy Jessi is hosting an oh so fun Favorite Childhood Toys party May 1 (Happy May Day!). My mother has all of my childhood photos but I did manage to find a few from the fun collage my sister made me for my birthday. One "toy" I loved was old clothes. Playing dress-up was so much fun. I especially loved silky things and high heels! I think that is an old piece of lingerie in the above photo. I remember pulling the gauzy overlay over my head and pretending I was a bride, or maybe it was a princess - in any event it was fun!






One of my all time favorites is the Sit 'n Spin. How much fun I had spinning myself into a dizzy stupor. I used to also like to spin round and round without the toy until I got dizzy. I guess it was a good thing I never fell down and hit my head!


Shrinky Dinks! These were so much fun. Color them in, put them in the oven and watch them shrink up. I don't remember what I did with them after but I do remember watching them shrink down. And of course, Smurfs - loved that cartoon.



Holly Hobbie! Do you remember her? I took this photo off of Google but it is the exact sleeping bag I used to have. I used to love this thing. I would curl up in it to watch TV or just to take a nap. So warm and snuggly.




One of the toys that most sticks out in my mind is my Holly Hobbie kitchen set. I searched high and low for a photo but couldn't find one. This is the closest I could find. It wasn't one of those molded plastic sets that you see today but made out of printed press board with real tin kitchen goodies. So much fun! I so wish we had kept it. It would be so much fun to have today and to pass on to any future children I have. Alas, I think it went to Goodwill or perhaps that big toy box in the sky.


Don't ya love my Sesame Street sheets! This doll was given to me by my godmother and was always one of my favorites. As you can see, she made an especially nice pillow. I think I still have her somewhere....


Thanks for visiting. Off to see what other toys are being remembered!




30 comments:

Merci-Notes said...

Oh, so very sweet and adorable!!! That is one great kitchen Karla!
My Mom also made a Similiar Doll for one of my sisters. And who made your afghan for you?
That spinner must have been fun!
Maybe we should all go do something fun this weekend that brings that similar childhood joy to our lives!
Hugs,
Mary

Merci-Notes said...

Karla,
Your post today is just as sweet as being left a bouquet of flowers.
Thank You!
Hugs,
Mary

Rosa said...

Hi
It looks like you had a lot of fun playing dress up, you look adorable!
Rosa

Scrappy Jessi said...

look at you!
you were such a cutie!!
i love all these pics!
so many of these toys bring back memories for me too,.
thanks for sharing, and thanks for comming to my party.
oxooxox,
jessi

KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh, thank you for reminding me about Hollie Hobby, she was so cute. What a great bunch of toys and memories in your post. I remember that Sit 'n Spin toy too. Thanks for the memories Karen

Jenn said...

What a fun post! Some things never change, I still love my toys. :)

Jenn

http:/blogcabinfever.typepad.com said...

The picture of you sleeping is so sweet. Loved your post :)
Pam

Sleepy Hollow Craft Company said...

holly hobbie was the best!!!! I had a holly hobbie plaque on my wall above my bed :)

Lori said...

Cute post! Love the birthday wand in your previous post! Come visit! Lori

Jessica said...

Oh, you lucky duck! I coveted my cousin's Sit'n Spin. LOL! I would make myself sick on that thing. I loved my Hollie Hobby sleeping bag, too and won't let my mom trash it! Thanks for sharing; your photo is adorable.

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Too cute! What a little pumpkin you are in those photos! How I wanted a sit-n-spin soooo badly! I was deprived! lol

Stephanie said...

Oh, aren't you just the most precious little girl ever?!?! I, too, loved to play dress-up with lingerie!

Thanks so much for sharing your special toys & memories!

I still have so many of my toys that I did TWO posts ~ Please stop by when you get a chance!

Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Alison Gibbs said...

Such fun to play dress ups.
It has been a fun party with Jessi.
Alison

bluemuf said...

Karla, great picture, what a sweetie you were. I love the blue kitchen.

Karen

Beth Leintz said...

The pictures of you are just adorable- I had forgotten how much fun "dress up" was!

Sandy said...

I LOVED Holly Hobbie and do you know that she is back now..LOL! Thanks for sharing

Sandy

mendytexas said...

I loved sit and spin! I would play on it forever! Til I got dizzy!
:)mendy

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I never had a sit n spin but I wish I had. They look like they were such fun! Love your toys!

Sherry said...

My boys had those exact same Sesame Street sheets when they were little. We had lots of Smurf stuff around when they were little too. I love the Smurfs!

shellbelle765 said...

Hi Sugar Bear,

Great post! I miss sit and spin too. And the doll Sandy made you was always the coolest!

Love ya,
Shelley

Adla said...

So fun to reminisce on the toys we use to play with. Love what you shared :)

cheers, Adla

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

ahaaaaa!!! yes yes, the sit and spin!!! Oh my, if I tried itnow, I'd end up in the hospital with vertigo for weeks!!! ;) You are so sweet!!!

Lori said...

how sweet Karla:) you are obviously younger than i...i remember my younger cousins having all of the toys that you mentioned...my sister and i did have lovely holly hobbie dolls that our aunt made for us...i have no idea what happened to those girls, i wish i still had mine...

fated follies studio said...

i love sit'n'spins. i would like a giant one to spin around on now, although i'm pretty sure i'd get dizzier quicker andmaybe even sick compared to when i was young... alas. :)

jenny

Sherry/Cherie said...

Terrific photographs and while I didn't have a sit 'n spin, my sister and I used to do that -- standing up, arms out, twirl and twirl and twirl until we fell in a heap!!! Fun memories!

Alisa said...

Oh playing dress up was the best. I had the most wonderful dresses that had been my grandmother's from the 50's. Thanks for sharing.
Alisa

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Oh, Karla you look adorbable all tucked in.

Heidi (http://journals.aol.com/hwoodred/everyday-cookies/) said...

Karla,
The things you've shown are so fun. You won't believe this, but I have those Sesame Street sheets! (Yes, I'm a pack rack!) I had them for my Melissa, who is 26 now! I was just setting them out for her to use on her little 2 year old's bed! I never had a spinner, nor did our girls. Guess we never bought one! Cute pictures of you!
*Heidi*

Natasha Burns said...

How fun Karla!!! You look so sweet there! Wow did they have sit n spins when we were kids? Leroy has one and he spins on it every day, I didn't know they weren't a new thing!

Joy said...

Oh my goodness - Shrinky Dinks - I completely forgot about those!

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