Inside Crafty Chica’s bag of goodies

crafty chica in the land of toys

Kathy is town this week and she had a bag of toys and trinkets that were colorful, bright, and fun! She told me that she had gotten all of them off Ebay and that she hadn’t done anything with them yet. She offered to let me take them home and I took several photos of them that I thought I would share!

For the pic above, I broke out my Crafty Chica™ bobblehead and poked her head through a shirt box and filled in trinkets all around her face. I was inspired by Boopsie Daisy’s Flickr Stream. I love the bright, candy-coated look of her photos. Her doll photos are so inspirational and a true visual delight. I could look at them for hours!

Inside the bag of goodies was lots of colorful rings… with scorpions, roaches, and lizards!

glitter goblin
I love these little guys. They are kinda like my zombie finger puppets. Anytime I get my hands on a puppet, I like to give it character and make it chase after people. I can’t help it. I just always feel a compulsion to do so. You can tell this one belongs to Crafty Chica™! It has glitter all over it!

tiny trinkets
Check out all the kitschy trinkets! These were some of my favorites. I love the babies, martini shaker, door knocker, hot dog, money and tea cup best.

I can’t wait to see what Kathy makes with these. Time will tell!

Until next time Swellions!


Let’s here it for the toys…

Every now and then I think back on some of the things that used to be a part of my life. I think in general, it’s actually quite sad how easily we forget the things in our life that brought us so much joy. It’s funny how a picture or seeing a random image on a web site during a routine google search can bring back so many great memories. Today, I wanted to really do some searching and think back to my childhood and the things that brought be happiness. I didn’t have a lot of toys compared to what we see with kid’s these days (I always yearned for a Snoopy Slushie maker, Barbie dream house, Teddy Ruxspin, and actual “real” Cabbage patch kid…mine was homemade without the Xavier Roberts on the butt), but I wanted to share my thoughts on a few of my childhood treasures…

Peaches and Cream Barbie
peaches and cream barbie
I thought this Barbie was so beautiful. I loved her chiffon peach dress and the iridescent sparkle of her bustier. I think I actually ended up dying the hair on the doll pink with Kool-Aid (she suffered far less than the pretty brunette barbie I gave a mohawk to). I think she’s still in an old musty suitcase at my parent’s house and the dress tossed in there somewhere too. I should rescue her before anything might happen to her.

The Barbie Hair Twirler
hair twirl
I was in constant awe of this thing. I’d twirl Barbie’s hair, then my own, and back and forth. I think you could even add in ribbon to add a ribbon twirl. I do remember; however that the little clips would never stay shut and midway through a twirl, the hair would pop out and you’d have to start over.

The Popples
So technically, I never had an actual plush Popple, but I really wanted one. The closest thing I got to it was this lunchbox. Sad to say, it’s prob. rust in a landfill somewhere. This makes me sad.

Pop Beads
I guess this was my early foray into beading. These were always so much fun and I remember giving these to Jessica Wong and Korey Gray for their birthday (they were cheap too – my mom made me pick out the least inexpensive gift for the both of them) when we were in 3rd grade. It was a sleepover and I remember all the girls played with these things into the night as we watched the Goonies.

Rose Petal Place Daffodil and Rose Dolls
I had both of these dolls. They were very petite little plastic dolls and they actually smell like their respective flowers. I love the little sweet details in this yellow one’s dress and the rose on top of the other one’s head.

Other toys I remember having:

– Jem (her earrings never lit up and I lost a the plastic part that held the battery in place on her back so she had a huge hole in her back…also, she had the BIGGEST feet)

– My Little Pony Castle and Stable

– A purple cute bug that lit up that also smelled good. I would use it as a flashlight at night, though it didn’t emit that much light.

– A mini plastic care bear (I never had the plush kind)

– A ballerina Barbie knockoff on a pedestal that would spin around and do different moves. My cousin Bethany wore it out the first night that I got it and it never worked again.

There are a whole lot more toys out there that I had, but they elude me and even the best google search proved fruitless! Maybe one of these days I’ll stumble upon one of them and it will bring back another long lost memory!

Until next time Swellions!