"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Oreo Says......

Happy St. Patrick's Day -
Potato Breath!

Friday, March 15, 2013

G-Rated Risque Cards

While both kids have been home with the flu, I've been doing lots of sorting and organizing.  Tonight I decided to sort through all the vintage pictures I've collected on the internet and thought I'd share the ones I call, "risque" with you.  I wish the world were still this innocent!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Remembering Old Wooden Toys

What is my fascination with old wood toys?
Is it their simplicity? 

The smooth feel of the wood?  Or maybe the rich colors that were used to paint them.

 And if tin and metal components are attached, it just adds to the old-fashioned feel.

This game reminds me of the Test-Your-Strength games at the carnivals.  Go ahead and click the pictures for even yummier close-ups!

I know this came out blurry, but I wanted to show you what happens when you hit the bottom see-saw with the hammer.  The head splits from the body and shoots up the pole to ring the bell.  Just like in the carnival, you have to hit it hard enough to ring the bell.  

Here's another old wood toy that was made in France.

 Love this rusty bell!

Chippy and distressed.
It was once a pull-toy.  It reminds me of a lighthouse.  

This old sewing machine is a mixture of plastic and wood and probably not as old as the other toys.

Just like a real machine, you turn the wheel and it lifts the wooden needle up and down.  

While doing this, the happy face also rises and lowers along with the monkey below.   Nicolai was always mesmerized by how the inside parts worked together.  That's another aspect I love about old toys - the kids were taught cause and effect.  They could see how one part controls another and how they all work together.   I guess you can get the same thing from Angry Birds today, but I stand by these old toys!

Another favorite.  Every time a donut is put on the pole, it rings the bell.

Even though Mary and Nic have long since outgrown this particular toy, whenever I talk about selling it, I get a unanimous, "Nooooooooo!" 

And how many of these did we see growing up? 

Hit the metal piece with the hammer and it makes a sound...a different sound according to its size and color.  Another great teaching tool. 

Mary had to hand make a musical instrument for class.  Not being musically inclined in the least, I took my inspiration from this old xylophone.  We made our own using wood planks and to my surprise, it worked, even though it was wood and not metal.   It had to do with the width of the wood and not having anything underneath it.  See that?  Even at 43, I'm still learning basics! 

Still going through old toys.  It's almost springtime and I love a good spring cleaning!  Maybe I can talk the kids into letting a couple of these go, but first, I've got to convince myself!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

One of the Strongest Women I Knew

"She was a lady, kind and giving.
Always faithful, with a joy of living.
Her health was frail. But her spirit was strong.
She gave her all and now she is gone.
Weep not children for your mother, she has gone far far above;
far away from sin and sorrow,
to the home of joy and love."

Prayers for my cousin, Patrick, and his family.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Remembering Toys of the Past

If you were a child of the 60s or 70s, there's a good chance you played with Fisher-Price Little People.
These were one of my favorite toys growing up.

 Remember this Parking Garage?  The car and pedestrian take an elevator up (that rings a bell with each turn) and once it got to the top, the car would spill out and down the track.

And remember the plane set?  A helicopter goes on top (I can't find it, but know it's here somewhere) and when you crank that red lever on top, the propellers would spin.

These were such simple toys, but durable enough to last a lifetime.

I didn't have this set, but it's dated 1986 - I would have been 17 and much too mature for toys.  : )

Fisher-Price, Kenner, Hasbro - probably the best toy companies out there. 

I've been collecting these for years.  Anytime I'd see them at a yard sale or thrift shop, I'd scoop them right up.

When the kids were really small, I had bought them the modern little people.  Much fatter, softer, and safer, (albeit nowhere near as cool as the vintage ones we had!) 

And you know what?  They weren't interested.  It wasn't until I started buying the tried and true wooden ones that their eyes lit up....just like when we were kids.

OK.  So the toys now are much more sophisticated.  But really, you just can't compare "Squinkies" or even "Angry Birds" to these old toys.

I think the farm and schoolhouse were most popular.  Remember, you open the barn doors and you hear a cow moo?  The animals were my favorites.

I thought the sheep were pretty cool.  I also remember having a monkey.

Being a city girl, the closest I ever came to visiting a barn was the 4-H Show at the community college once a year.

I was sooo jealous of those kids who got to raise animals.  But, I digress.

Now-a-days, kids can get the most realitic firetrucks with sirens blaring and lights flashing.  But these little cuties really let you use your imagination.

They made so many different themes, didn't they?

Remember, come August, no deliveries on Saturday!

Sadly, my kids have told me they've outgrown these toys.  I've known it, but have been keeping them around in case they changed their minds.  I love the thought of storing them away for my grandkids someday - think about it, these toys would be about 50-60 years old by then!  But, our little house lends no room for storage.
So, with great sadness, I posted them on Ebay for later tonight with the promise that if they sell, I'll give the money to the kids.  They were happy about that.  See, Nic wants a vintage Star Wars At-At, and Mary wants an R2-D2.   That's my vintage babies!