(My sisters are going to be totally impressed with me because I'm sort of known as the sister who blocked out our entire childhood. Not because anything traumatic happened, but just because I have a horrible memory!)
Will you take a trip down memory lane with me?
We were totally obsessed with our Fashion Plates. You could mix and match tops and bottoms, then create a rubbing off of the raised plates. The reverse side had different textures so that you could make your fabrics have different patterns to them! This picture shows the exact set we had. MAN, do I wish we'd hung on to these! Why don't they make anything like this anymore? When googling for these images, I discovered that there was a New Kids On the Block version of fashion plates! Why did I never know this?!
We had a set of Childcraft Encyclopedias exactly like these. Can you guess which book was our favorite?
Yep, it was the one entitled "Make and Do." We did tie dye projects with food coloring and paper towels from this book. I think we also attempted some sock puppets. Anybody remember what else was in the Make and Do book?
Another big hit in our house were latch hook rugs. Mamma Winger made a big wall hanging in rusts and browns that she designed herself and so we thought we'd like to do it too. I don't remember what we ended up making but when I googled it a lot of Care Bears, rainbows and unicorns showed up, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was something like that!
Then of course there there was the potholder phase. Everybody had one of those stages, right?!
Man, it was frustrating to get those stretchy loops pulled long enough to hook on the loom, especially near the end, but the results were oh so worth it! I mean isn't that what every relative wanted from us?
Mamma Winger has been crafting for a loooong time. She's gone through some phases of her own. When country crafts were really popular, there was a tin punching phase. I SO wanted to do it too! She'd buy big rolls of tin flashing (super sharp!) and use her tin snips to cut out shapes for ornaments. Then she'd use an awl and hammer to punch out a design. One year she came to my elementary school and taught a group of us how to do this craft with tinfoil pie plates.
We also spent lots of time making paper snowflakes and fortune tellers, playing paper dolls, and coloring in our barbie coloring books. We would also ask to help our mom with her artwork so she'd give us backgrounds or other areas that didn't require a lot of detail to paint.
One thing we wish we'd learned how to do when we were growing up was sew. Mamma Winger is a GREAT sewer - she even went to school for fashion design! There's some difference of opinion on why exactly we never learned to sew. Something about trying to teach us, and us not being interested, or it not going very well due to the frustration factor.... I can't imagine ME being difficult! :-) All I know, is now I really wish I knew more than I do!
Mom made us lots of barbie doll clothes including a tuxedo for Ken!
....or I mean Michael Jackson! Pay no attention to the fact that he's pantless. A few years back we got out the ol' box of barbie stuff (THAT stuff we did hang on to!) thinking it was time to pass the torch to the only girl child of the family - Laura's daughter. Here's a funny post I wrote about it at the time.
Green Girl and I often wore matching outfits in different colors that Mom had made us, which prompted people to ask if we were twins although there is 15 months between us. She also made all of our prom dresses and my bridesmaid's dresses! Now I'm going to show you something that will really take your breath away, or mine at least. Are you ready for this? I can't believe I'm doing this...
Let me start by prefacing this picture with these facts: One, it was 1997. Two, we all thought we looked good in short hair. Some of us were right, some of us were wrong. Three, our dad passed away completely unexpectedly 2 1/2 months before this, leaving us devastated, pale and walking around like zombies.
|L to R: Sis-in-law Shelly, Youngest sis Emily, Me the Blushing, ok extremely pale Bride(Jill), and sister (aka Green Girl) Laura|
We celebrated our 14 year wedding anniversary earlier this week and my husband's aunt wrote me that our wedding had been beautiful and it was the first time she'd ever heard of the color "eggplant!" So see, even back then we were 'somethin' else!' (You can interpret that phrase however you want!) That purple fabric was shinier on one side than the other, so we used both sides to make the "vests" and skirts.
Anyway, this post sure has gone in a different direction than I thought it was going to!
Looking back, I'd have to say we had pretty crafty childhoods. It definitely has led us to where we are today.
I would love if the other Thing With Wingers would add their own input, memories, or corrections to my faulty memories at the bottom of this post. If each of my family members writes in a different color and signs their name, then it'll be easier for you readers to come back to this post later and see what's been added!
How about you, readers? What was your favorite thing to make, create, or craft as you were growing up? Share your memories in the comments!
*And come back later on this weekend or next week to see what my other family members have added to the discussion below!