Homemade Gift – Decorated Box – Altered Art Box – Art Therapy

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Inside the decorated box

A decorated box is an easy and economical gift. I like to call it altered art, but it’s basically fancy scrapbooking.

This is another homemade gift idea if you’re looking for something to make from the heart.

This is a decorated box I made for my sister last year, a fun decorated box with surprises for a grandma to have on hand when the grandkids come to visit.

Lynn Kelley, decorated box

Lynn Kelley, decorated box

When George was laid up in bed last year recovering from various things, first a surgery (lobectomy), then a massive blood clot which affected his heart and lungs (pulmonary embolism), then chemo, I turned to art therapy to help take my mind off ugly thoughts.

It’s a wonder I was even able to make sense making this video. I did misspeak, saying “clip art” when I meant “chip board.” I also mentioned I added costume jewelry, but I couldn’t find it because I got this decorated box mixed up with another one I had added jewelry to, but those are minor mistakes.

You’d never know I was on the verge of a breakdown, but when your loved one needs you, you have to hold yourself together, and there’s no time for breakdowns, so doing crafts helped me stay sane. I think. 🙂

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Here are some other posts with more decorated boxes if you need more ideas: Mermaid box, altered art photo boxes.

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Inside lid of decorated box

At this time, George is doing well. He’s a walking miracle as far as I’m concerned. I’m writing a series about his (our) journey, but I’ve only published Part 1 so far. Seems to be harder to write about than I thought it would be. Slowly but surely I’ll get it written and share it with you. The good news is he’s alive and well. Not cured, but in a good place.

Do you enjoy arts and crafts? What are some of your favorite hobbies? What do you do to help you cope with difficult times? Are you enjoying the holiday season?

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Holiday Air Head Moments – You Just Made the List!

Busy holiday preparations make for lots of air head moments.

Lynn Kelley, Airheads AnonymousI do some pretty ditzy things when I’m overtired, like putting eye liner on my lips, pouring coffee into an upside-down mug, and paying the service station cashier for gas, then driving halfway down the freeway before remembering I forgot to put the fuel in my car.

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While the hustle and bustle takes quite a toll on mothers, many fathers also feel wiped out due to all the holiday activities. I remember one Christmas years ago when my brother-in-law Jim worked long hours as a corporate executive. Each night he came home to a list of chores my sister Cindy handed him to help her get everything in order by the 25th.

Photo via annca at Pixabay

One night Jim flipped through the JC Penney catalog and found the special pull-away sweat pants he’d searched the stores for as a gift for his son. He asked Cindy to phone the order in.

She was putting the three kids to bed. “I can’t. You’ll have to do it.”

“I don’t know what to say,” Jim told her. “I’ve never placed a catalog order.”

Cindy knew her executive spouse could handle the task. “I’m putting the kids to bed. Call it in.”

So, Jim dialed the number, but it was busy. A few moments later, in another room on another land line phone, Jim hit ‘redial.’ He didn’t realize he’d called the pizza joint they’d ordered dinner from.

A male voice answered and mumbled something Jim didn’t understand. “Will this be pick up or delivery?” the man asked.

“Delivery,” Jim answered. The man asked for an address, so Jim recited his address, including the state and zip code.

Next, the guy asked, “What would you like to order?”

“R424-0529D,” Jim said.

“Excuse me?” the guy asked, so Jim repeated the number.

“Sir, just exactly what kind of pizza do you want?”

Jim was so embarrassed, he hung up the phone. He told Cindy what happened and they had a good laugh. Cindy ended up placing the catalog order, and then she called me to tell me about it, because I always appreciate a funny story. I told her to tell Jim, “You just made the Air Heads Anonymous list.”

Clker Vector image courtesy of Pixabay

To read about more air head moments, go here.

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Favorite Vintage Toys of My Readers – Super Ball, Sparkle Plenty Doll and More

I love my readers and I love hearing what interests you, so today’s post features some of my readers’ favorite vintage toys. Some of these toys have stood the test of time and are bound to be classics.

First, I’d like to thank Marge Flathers for sharing memories of some of her favorite vintage toys.

Marge said: “Hi Lynn—In between the holiday rush, I’ve enjoyed your posts about childhood toys (a real trip down memory lane!) I was born in 1938 (yikes!) and my favorite all-time toys were my dolls and paper dolls, especially the Elizabeth Taylor paper dolls, which coincided with her FIRST marriage and included the beautiful gown she wore. I wanted to BE that bride!”

“But the toy I never had but wanted so very much, when I was about 10, was the Sparkle Plenty doll. Gals my age will remember it was taken from the Dick Tracy comic strip, and Sparkle had long, wavy blond hair, one of the first tie-ins of toys with popular comics, etc (before TV). But the price was around $10 or $12, and with a ‘regular’ doll selling for around $1.98 at Woolworth’s, it was way beyond my parents’ Christmas spending. A little girl down the street got one, though, and I SO longed for one, too.”

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“Flash forward about 18 years, and I gave birth to my youngest, Gail, who had (and still has) very blond hair (the only blond in the family), and it just grew and grew and grew, until it fell in pretty curls down her back! My very own Sparkle Plenty!”

Thank you, Marge, for sharing your precious memories. I especially love the fact that your youngest daughter looked like a real life Sparkle Plenty doll. Isn’t that the perfect ending to your lovely trip down Memory Lane?

Favorite vintage toys of Alex J. Cavanaugh:

“I had G.I. Joe and a Big Wheels. Plus Pong! Remember that video game?”

Yes, Alex, I do remember Pong and I just did a post about it here.

I found a G.I. Joe with Kung Fu Grip vintage commercial from the 1970s because you’re known as the Ninja leader of thousands of bloggers, so I thought it was a fitting commercial for you, and it’s only 31 seconds long:

And here’s a Big Wheels commercial (28 seconds) from the early ’70s:

Favorite vintage toys of Patricia (Patricia Rickrode w/a Jansen Schmidt):

“Well one of my favorite ‘vintage’ toys was my super ball and jacks. I loved that little bag of spiked jacks, and I played for hours on the kitchen floor or the garage floor. I think I still have them somewhere in my box of old things.”

I liked Super Balls, too. They were a big hit, and today’s kids can enjoy them, too.

This is a very cool video. I spent hours playing jacks as a kid, too. Patricia, if we ever meet up, we’ll have to play some good old-fashioned jacks!

Do any of these vintage toys resonate with you? Were you a fan of any of them? What were some of your favorite childhood toys or games or activities? 

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Young Kids Love Card Games – Little Boy Playing Old Maid With Teddy Bear

Are you looking for gifts for a young child, ages 3 to 6? You might be surprised to learn that young kids love card games like Old Maid, Go Fish, Crazy Eights, and more.

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My great-nephew playing cards with his Teddy bear. Notice the card sticking up above the others in his hand. He’s imitating Mema. At 4 1/2 years old, he’s been playing cards for about a year now.

My sister Pam, known as Mema to her grandkids, started teaching her grandson card games when he was about 3 ½.  She taught him each new game by playing with the cards face up, or open hand. Once he learned the basics, they’d switch to playing closed hands.

If Pam had the old maid card, she liked to make it stick up above the other cards in her hand, just like our grandparents did to us when we were kids. Of course, her grandson took the bait and picked that card, at first.

“He used to love getting the old maid until he got wiser,” Pam said. “His favorite game now is Go Fish. Dave (Papa) plays with us and it is much more fun with more than two people.”

In the photo below, he’s playing with a deck of cards Pam sent home with him so he could practice shuffling the cards because he was fascinated watching Mema shuffle them, and he wanted to learn to do that, too.

Is it any wonder young kids love card games?

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Adorbs alert!

Card games and board games make for great family time and bonding. My oldest daughter asked all the grandparents to hold off buying the kids any new toys because they have plenty, but if the grandparents wanted to buy the grand kids board games or card games, those would be perfect for fun family activities they could play together once a week.

Donya Booth, Brookridge Day School Music Instructor lists nine benefits of playing children’s board and card games.

Her list includes educational benefits:

  • Number and shape recognition
  • Grouping and counting
  • Letter recognition and reading
  • Visual perception
  • Color recognition
  • Eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity

Here’s her list of social skills benefits:

  • Verbal communication
  • Sharing
  • Waiting
  • Taking turns
  • Group interaction

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George and I are following Pam and Dave’s lead and are teaching our grandchildren how to play Old Maid and dominoes and board games such as Chutes and Ladders and Operation, for starters.

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Gramps teaching the grandkids how to play dominoes

A deck of cards is inexpensive. You can find them at your local dollar store. Check out my post here.

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We didn’t find Old Maid playing cards at the dollar store this time, but you can find them elsewhere for $2.95 or less.

Here’s a good article, Benefits of a Family Card Game, by Sue Shellenbarger. This is full of excellent points why you should teach your children card games. For example:

“Card games can teach math and memory skills, as well as strategic thinking, psychologists and sociologists say. Also, the conversation and friendly rivalry that come with sitting down to play cards can strengthen family ties.”

I grew up in a card-playing/board-game-playing family. When my siblings and I were young kids, we loved card games. Once we outgrew Old Maid and Crazy Eights, we learned Hearts and Spades and board games like Clue and Monopoly.

We always had loads of fun and tons of laughs. These are memories we treasure, especially when grandparents, parents, and the kids get together to play. We’re hoping by passing the traditions on to the grandkids, one day they’ll look back at these times with fond memories and teach their children how to play, too.

Do you like to play card games, board games, or dice games? Video games? What’s your favorite and why?

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Stocking Stuffers on the Cheap – Great Haul from the Dollar Tree

If you’re on a tight budget like we are and need some stocking stuffers on the cheap, here are a few items my husband George bought at our local Dollar Tree. There’s a video below, but here are some photos for those who don’t have time for the video.

He was looking for stocking stuffers for our five grandchildren, but there are stocking stuffers at the dollar stores for all ages.

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Silly Putty was around when I was a kid. I remember flattening it out on an illustration in the newspaper funnies. It picked up the image and I thought it was super neat-o. Then I’d squish it back into a blob, find another comic picture I liked and do it all over again.

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Left Center Right is one of our family’s favorite games when we have a gathering.

Have you played Left Center Right? I plan to record a tutorial soon on how to play this game, one of our family favorites. We’ve played it with as many as 15 of us. It’s simple, you don’t have to rack your brain to strategize, and if you use three quarters per person or three dollar bills each instead of the plastic chips the game comes with, one of the players wins the pot of money at the end and they get to feel like a lucky dog the rest of the week.

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Family Feud Strikeout Card Game

This is probably the best find George discovered in this trip to the Dollar Tree. We love Family Feud. This is a pack of cards you can stick in your pocket and take anywhere for some on-the-spot entertainment.

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George, our son, George’s brother Jim and his son are planning a trip to Northern California to visit their brother/uncle Gil. A year ago he had a major stroke and is confined to a convalescent home. I suggested George take this deck of cards and other similar games to play during their visit. Gil was always good at trivia, and although he suffered paralysis on his left side, he’s able to talk and is coherent, so hopefully playing some games will provide hours of amusing fun for them.

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Norman Rockwell puzzle

George bought various puzzles. The Norman Rockwell scenes are my favorites. There are 500 pieces, and I believe the box says for ages 9 plus. Our little puzzle lover, four-year-old Ninja Doll, isn’t quite ready for a a puzzle with 500 small pieces. It could drive her nuts, or she might demand some help. Since Gramps bought them and didn’t read the recommended age, he’ll get to help her put the puzzle together! I have a feeling I’ll get roped into helping them.

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Norman Rockwell puzzle

Another cool Norman Rockwell puzzle.

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Map of the United States puzzle

This puzzle only has 60 pieces, so it’s much better for a younger kid. It’s educational since it’s a map of the United States and I’ll give it bonus points because it includes the state capitals.

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Peppa Pig Jumbo Playing Cards

All our grandkids are Peppa Pig fans, but a couple are huge Peppa fans, so they’ll be pleased with these Jumbo Playing Cards. I imagine these ended up at a dollar store because they’re jumbo cards and difficult for small hands to hold.

However, they’re perfectly fine if you’re playing an open hand and set the cards on the table. Open hand cards is a great way to teach young children card games. Around age four many kids are able to comprehend simple card games such as Go Fish and Old Maid.

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Disney Junior Lion Guard Jumbo Playing Cards. All of these sets of Jumbo Playing Cards come with instructions on how to play Crazy Eights, Go Fish, Rummy, Snap and more.

All the dollar stores carry regular playing cards. Keep a deck of cards in your purse, in your car, in your junk drawer, and set some aside for extra little gifts because there are numerous games you can play with a regular deck of cards.

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Glider planes

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy these old-time favorite Eagle glider planes.

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One size fits most, “Magic Gloves.” 48% polyester, 33% cotton, 17% rayon, and 1% Spandex

These kids gloves are big enough for my hands. George bought three colors: Blue, red, and gray. Two pairs for a dollar, what a good deal. I tried them on and they’re comfy.

Blaze and the Monster Machines Jumbo Playing Cards by Nickelodeon.

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Variety of puzzles, playing cards, games, and toys


Grab some hula-hoops, too. Needless to say, they don’t make good stocking stuffers, but for a dollar, they’re a great deal.

Below is an old home movie (34 seconds long) from when I was three years old, trying to master the art of hula-hooping. My five-year-old brother nailed it.

I’m going to do a future post on the history of the hula hoop. I think they’ll be around for many more generations to enjoy.

Do you celebrate Christmas? If so, what do you like to give as stocking stuffers? Have you found any good deals this holiday season? 

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Decorate a Box – Mermaid Treasure Box Makes a Special Homemade Gift

Make a decorated box if money’s tight this Christmas. Here’s an easy, inexpensive craft which can be made with tons of love and extra-special touches for the recipient.

Below is a decorated box I made for my oldest granddaughter for her 7th birthday. Here’s a link to other decorated boxes I’ve made, also called altered boxes.

For this project, I bought a box from the Dollar Tree, but if you have a shoe box or something similar, you can use that. I also used pictures from calendars that had a tropical island theme. It’s easy to tear out parts of the pages and use them to cover whatever part of the box you decide to decorate.

I covered the inside and outside of this box and used various pieces of calendar pictures for a collage effect. My favorite glue is Tacky Glue, but you can use Elmer’s glue, too.

The mermaid is from a piece of scrapbooking paper. I outlined the mermaid with a gel pen, then added glitter glue.

If the lid of the box is snug, you might want to skip covering the inside edge with anything since it might make it hard to get the lid on and off.

Use scraps of ribbon and other things you have around the house for the rest of the box. I bought the beaded trim at the dollar store, then added gem stickers on the ribbon. The gem stickers were a dollar a package at the Dollar Tree.

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Bottom of the box

I have a dish of sea shells in my bathroom, and my oldest granddaughter admired those shells every time she visited us. She also loves a children’s mermaid book we have, so that’s why I choose a mermaid theme for her gift.

Above, the box is standing up on its side. Wouldn’t this make a cool background for a diorama?

The photo of the clouds and blue sky is from a different calendar page than the ocean water. I thought the two pieces looked good together, and the torn, uneven edges give it a nice effect, too. Embellish your box with whatever you have that fits the theme.

Once the box was finished, I had to put something in it, so I got a sheer drawstring bag and put a few seashells in it and also a piece of costume jewelry that looks like something you’d find in a treasure chest.

Twinkle Eyes (my nickname for granddaughter) loved the gift. It seems the other three granddaughters have taken a liking to mermaids, too, so I have until the spring to make those gifts.

Below is a video of the mermaid box.

There are so many themes you can choose to decorate your box. If you choose a music theme, you could use sheet music instead of scrapbooking paper. Guitar picks would make cool embellishments. They’d be easy to glue on.

For a sewing theme, a tape measure would make a cute border around the top of the box or the bottom, and buttons add a nice touch. The sky’s the limit. Let your creative side fly. Craft projects are so good for reducing your stress level and very rewarding when you finish your project and wrap it up, top with a pretty bow, and give it to the special person you made it for. Enjoy!

Do you like to give homemade gifts? How about receiving homemade gifts? Do you enjoy shopping in a store, or do you like to shop online, or a little of both? How’s your holiday season going so far? 

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When Your Pants Don’t Fit Right – Fashion Faux Pas

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I didn’t care about fashion faux pas when I was a kid.  Get a load of those flood pants!

Life is never dull, especially when we have an unexpected fashion faux pas. I’ve had plenty in my life, but I’ll focus on one in particular.

For my 60th birthday (March 2016) my mom and youngest sister, Cindy, took me to lunch. I wanted them to help me make a short video of us dancing, which I planned to use for my blog post in  August McLaughlin’s 2016 Beauty of a Woman Blog Fest. (Here’s the link to August’s blog if you want to read the other entries.)

So, I did a test run before Mom and Cindy arrived to make sure all three of us would fit in the shot. When I watched the test clip, I was surprised at how funny my pants looked while I was dancing. They weren’t harem pants, but they were doing a bad imitation.

Here’s the video:

I hurried and changed into another pair of pants so I’d look presentable in the video and at the restaurant for my birthday lunch.

I still have those off white pants. Two pairs, in fact. Same color. They’re stretchy and comfy and they were on sale! They fit just right when I bought them. That was over two years ago. Since then, they’ve stretched out more than they should and also shrunk a bit in the length. However, I still wear them quite often, but I never dance in them, and I try to remember to check my outfit in the mirror before going out in public.

“Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.” ~Connie Stevens

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“The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.” ~ Blake Lively

Have you ever had a fashion faux pas? Any awkward or embarrassing wardrobe moments? Do you have an easy time finding pants or other clothes that fit just right?

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Favorite Childhood Toys Part 3 – Vintage 1930s Toys

Welcome to Part 3 of Favorite Childhood Toys. If you’d like to catch up, you can go here for Part 1 (Rebel on a Pink Scooter) and here for Part 2, Chatty Kathy, Millennium Falcon, and Derringer Belt Buckle.

As I explained in Part 1, in 2009 I made an altered art book as a Christmas gift for my folks. Inside one of the pockets of the book was a list of each family member’s favorite childhood toy. That’s what this series is about.

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Mom and Dad 1952

Part 3 will cover a few vintage toys from the 1930s and 1940s.

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My father when he was a boy.

Gordon F. – Born 1933: “My tricycle. I rode it all around the living room and dining room. I must have been three when I got it and I had so much fun.”

Marilyn Born 1935: “When I was five years old I got a scooter for Christmas, which I found early (hidden in the fruit cellar). When I was older, my roller skates and two-wheel bike were my favorites.”

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Mom when she was a girl.

I had a hard time finding a vintage scooter from the 1930s, but there are two in this retro film:

Below is a video about vintage roller skates. It’s interesting when he mentions that the first skateboards were homemade by using skates like these for the wheels to the boards:

“When you stop believing in Santa, you get underwear.” ~Anonymous

More vintage toys from the 1930s:

Some of the toys in the video below are still popular today. Can you guess what they are?

What do you think about vintage toys? Do you think kids had it better back in the old days? If you could choose any era to live out your childhood, which one would you pick?

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Favorite Childhood Toys Part 2 – Chatty Kathy, Millenium Falcon, and Derringer Belt Buckle

Welcome to Part 2 of my series on Favorite Childhood Toys. If you missed Part 1, Rebel on a Pink Scooter, you can catch up here.

Come along on a stroll down Memory Lane. Today’s post will cover favorite childhood toys of my husband, our four grown children, their spouses, and me. Let’s see if any of our favorites trigger some of your own special memories.

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My husband George when he was a whippersnapper.

George – Born in 1952:  “Maverick Shoot and Shell twin holster six-shooter set with a Derringer belt buckle (from the TV show Maverick). The cap guns fired real spring-loaded plastic bullets, but the best part was if you pushed your stomach out, the Derringer would swing out and shoot a plastic bullet. This fooled my friends when they got the drop on me.”

Needless to say, these toys would never be sold nowadays!

I wasn’t able to find an old commercial that features the Maverick Shoot and Shell, which included the Derringer belt buckle as part of the holster, plus the cap guns, which are featured in this YouTube video:

Lynn (Lynnie back then) Born in 1956:  I practically lived in my roller skates. One time when I was about ten years old, my mom sent me to the store to buy eggs. I was in my skates. When I paid the clerk at the grocery store, he carefully opened the lid and checked all the eggs to make sure none were broken. I got them home with no cracks or anything.

I had skates similar to the pair in this video (Love the song, too):

When I was eight years old, my family moved from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Whittier, California. I brought my Chatty Kathy doll on the plane with me. She was the very first talking doll, and my Granddad Demski (a magician, very finicky and particular about things) made a big fuss over how neat that talking doll was, so my Chatty Kathy doll was my prized possession.

Michael – Born in 1980: Star Wars toys, action figures, and Millennium Falcon spaceship. Uncle Jeff spent months making a papier-mâché village for Mike’s Star Wars toys. It had a two-story cave. Michael played with his Luke Skywalker action figure and the other characters in the homemade village and caves, which fit perfectly on a sturdy L-shaped coffee table made by Uncle Gordy years prior.

Angela (Michael’s wife): Hello Kitty and Cabbage Patch Kids.

Hello Kitty

April – Born in 1981. Yesterday’s post covered all her favorites. Very amusing. You can read about it here. I found this photo of her holding up two Strawberry Shortcake toys, which she had just opened:

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April with two Strawberry Shortcake toys.

Bryan (April’s husband) Born in 1977: “My favorite childhood toy was my model train set. Countless hours were spent mindlessly watching a miniature train go around in circles over and over again at speeds disproportionate to its size. And then I would stop it and make it go in reverse. Multi-faceted! And of course that explains a lot about me . . . easily amused!”

Amy – Born in 1985:  “My favorite toy when I was a kid was my inner tube trampoline. I was about five years old, and I remember waking up Christmas morning and seeing it by the Christmas tree. I wasn’t sure who it was for, but then my mom told me it was for me, and I was so happy. I loved it and jumped on it all the time.”

Kelley Kids left to right: Michael, April, Amy, and Baby Suzee

“When it popped, I had to go back to jumping on my parents’ waterbed, which ended up with a leak!”

Thomas –  (Amy’s husband) Born in 1983: “I used to love to play with my Brio wooden train sets. I made the tracks go all around my room. I also loved Legos, my bike, and my Talking Whiz Kid. Ahha! It was an electronic computer that had educational games on it. It looked like a laptop.”

I remember the Lego commercial in the video below. Do you?


Suzee – Born in 1989: “My favorite toys were Barbies and Skip-It. Barbies, I remember I always played with them with my friends. It was the coolest thing back then. And I used to play with them in the bathtub. One time my brother threw them outside in the backyard because I left them in the tub, and the dogs chewed them up. I was so mad!”

“I wanted a Skip-It for a long time and I kept asking for it for Christmas. One year I got it! Christmas morning was busy so I didn’t get a chance to play with it at home, so I took it over to Aunt Cindy’s and Uncle Jim’s house and was playing with it and it broke (hit it on a patio post). My Uncle Jim saw how upset I was and told me he would fix it for me, but he never got around to it, and I never got to play with it again. By the next year, I was over it!”

(Hello – Mom adding her two cents here. I don’t believe Uncle Jim could have fixed the Skip-It. It was pretty busted up. Sounds like a Charlie Brown Christmas, doesn’t it?)

Brett – (Suzee’s husband) Born in 1987: His skateboards were his favorite toys. He got the first one at age six or seven, a black and green Nash brand, and he was ready for an upgrade about a year later. He still rides a skateboard to this day.

Wow! Very cool skater video. Now I know where the Nash brand name comes from. See ya later, Sk8-ers. (Grammy trying to keep up with the lingo. Poser? I take exception to that. Haha!)

I hope you enjoyed hearing about some of these vintage toys. These toys and stories are jogging lots of memories in me.

Are there any you can relate to? Did you have a sibling or someone that messed with your toys? Do you love the holiday season? What are your thoughts?

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Favorite Childhood Toys Part 1 – Rebel on a Pink Scooter

Do you remember what your favorite childhood toy was? For Christmas 2009, I made an altered art book for my mom and dad, and inside one of the pockets is a list of our family members’ favorite childhood toys.

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I contacted each family member and asked them to share their memories.  I was able to print out the lists on a small scale so they’d fit into the book. You can check out that blogpost here.

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Here are some of the family members in 2012 at my mom and dad’s 60th wedding anniversary party.

After I gave the altered art book to my folks, I never read the list again, until now. What a treasure trove! Reading through these favorite childhood toys is lifting my spirits this holiday season. I don’t know why, but all the hustle and bustle makes me feel neurotic–I mean excited.

Lynn Kelley, favorite childhood toys

This series will feature the various favorite childhood toys from three generations and hopefully some favorites from the fourth generation. They’re children nowadays.

For starters, today’s post features one family member’s favorite toys: April, my oldest daughter. Her answer was long enough and entertaining enough to be a blog post in and of itself, so here we go:

Lynn Kelley, Favorite childhood toys

April – Age Four – Long before she became a rebel on a pink scooter!

April – Born in 1981 – In her own words:

I couldn’t for the life of me remember what my fave toy was, so I used the handy-dandy internet to help jog my memory. Lo and behold, the good ole days came flooding back, and I couldn’t choose just one!

Do I pick My Little Pony or She-ra? Pound Puppies or Glow Worm Friends (they totally glowed in the dark!), my pogo stick or my Rainbow Brite doll?

Lynn Kelley, favorite childhood toys

Vintage My Little Pony

Here are the top three, in no particular order:

  1. My red-headed Cabbage Patch doll I took everywhere. I don’t remember her name, but she did tattoo her boyfriend’s name, “Xavier Roberts,” to her booty. I think this was a cry for help.

Lynn Kelley, favorite childhood toys

2.  My Strawberry Shortcake music box. I loved to wind her up and watch her dance in her box. Although, her dance moves looked more like convulsions, but I guess I’d dance that way, too, if I was stuck in a box all day.

3. My scooter. It was light pink with white, thick rubber wheels. I’m not talking about these lame Razor scooters with the tiny, wimpy wheels. My scooter had sturdy jump-off-the-curb-and-land-without-breaking-your-leg type of wheels. I’m talking shock absorption.

Lynn Kelley, favorite childhood toys

My scooter glided me around my neighborhood, leaving the cares of the world behind. Yep, those were the days. I was a rebel. A rebel with a pink scooter!

April is married with two children. She came up with a new holiday drink called The George Bailey, so I recorded her explaining how to make it (Note: It’s a grownup drink):

If you’re not familiar with George Bailey, he’s the main character in the classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. It’s one of my favorite movies. Here’s a trailer:

“George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all — and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all of his good deeds over the years. Will Clarence be able to convince George to return to his family and forget suicide?”

So, what was your favorite childhood toy/toys? What made it your favorite? Have you seen It’s a Wonderful Life? 

Please share your thoughts in the comment section. I’d love to hear from you.

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