Thursday, August 12, 2010

my creative space - hits of the eighties

I am a hoarder. I learned from my mum.

Two years ago, my parents decided to make a "city change", moving from country SA to Adelaide. It was a good decision for them, but a real challenge for mum - editing their belongings to make it possible to move from a sprawling country home to a town house.

As a result, the "stuff" I had left at mum and dad's place when I moved out so many years ago became my responsibility again.That stuff included a whole bunch of things I had made when I was young. Would you like to see?

I loved art class at school, and was especially proud of my pyramid money box - I remember being so excited after firing to find that the lid still fitted!

Early evidence of my hoarding / reusing ways - this lumpy decoupage box was decorated with the insides of envelopes from a pen friend.

I'm not sure when / why I made this apron - I really hope it wasn't for Home Economics Class - I think I would have failed...

Despite its inferior construction, it is a favourite dress up these days - especially when singing "I'm a little teapot" - and has made it into the kitchen a few times too. I think it deserves a little repair work to help it last a little longer.

In late high school, I had a craft stall at a christmas market one year to raise money for charity (I was such a good girl!) and echidna pin cushions were one of my products. I don't know if I found the pattern in one of mum's books, or made it up (I know I did that a bit, with varying levels of success!). I think it's kind of cute. These days she mostly gets around without pins, and is called "Tickles."

And the knitted blanket in the background? Well, I started it in my teens - and finished it a few years ago!

Is your home also filled with little crafty archaelogical finds? I would love to see!

For some lovely creative inspiration (of a more up to date nature), visit Kirsty...

13 comments:

Danielle McDonald said...

This post really made me giggle! I've got lots of little keepsakes from my school days around the place and I can understand the hoarder in you! I've even got some primary school projects and high school essays tucked away. And surely everyone has a wobbly old clay pot from art classes somewhere in their home?!!

Make mine Mid-Century said...

Wow! You were/are very clever. I did nothing like that when I was younger. It's great that you kept it all ... and it's all being used. What a fun post.

teddybearswednesday said...

what a gorgeous post, love those old wonkies from the past that we all find.
I do love Mr Hedgehog there. Just look at that face. xo

Sarah@Dolls And Daydreams said...

Lovely memories .. I am known as the family pack rat .. I love stumbling upon things I made years ago but it doesn’t happen often as I usually gave them away. You’re so lucky to have them to pass along to the next budding crafter in your line ;)

moose and bird said...

You've gotta love nostalgic pieces like this. I was actually just thinking yesterday about the large ceramic painted indian head I have in the top of my cupboard. A relic from my ceramic class days. What would I do with such a piece!!!

Catherine said...

I think it's really sweet that your Mum still had all of your creations at home ready for you take back and reminisce. It's fun looking back on the things you made when you were at school.xo

crochethealingandraymond said...

ha ha ha ha ha that's great! My parents are just renovating their kitchen and my mum asked me what I'd like to do with the toothpick holder I'd made out of clay and put my initials on (?) that has been hanging on their kitchen wall for 23 years! I was like " WHAT?? You don't WANT it anyMORE?!" she's putting it in the pantry for old times sake now :) so funny. I love tickles!

Renee said...

Ha! Love your creations. It's so nice going through things you made and were pround of. Brings back so many memories!

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

i'll admit it... i don't look back. i have a few photos lying around, but i find the only hits from the eighties i still LOVE is the music, although my son calls my taste for it gross. ha!.... :)))
looking back though learns us. a lot.

CurlyPops said...

Awww that's so cute that your mum kept everything for you! I think the only that survived (and my mum still has) is a toilet roll pen holder!

Vic said...

Fantastic memories, there is nothing like a nice bit of hoarding to take you on a nostalgia trip lol.

I am particularly impressed by your pyramid... I tip my hat to your younger self!

m.e (Cathie) said...

how cool are your little treasures!
also very impressed with your money box & that apron, very cool now with the little teapot!

thank you for the nice comment about my blog on Little Cooties..very sweet of you! soo glad you won! yay!!!

Amanda said...

My kids still have stuff from my childhood. I inherited all the old relics as my mum died many years ago and my dad moved out of home and left me with it all. We tossed out heaps when we moved but I still kept a few things that I couldn't bare to part with not so much handmade by me but handmade by my nana, though I still have a baby outfit I made in highschool i think (which never went near the kids).