Saturday, March 03, 2007


Another photo I took the other day when I was going through shoeboxes of my old stuff is of things I made when I was a kid. For some reason, I'm blanking on the name of the red yarn thingie there, but making rugs or whatevers when I was in junior and senior high (maybe elementary school, too; I've lost track of time) with those things was very popular. I never actually made anything. Just kept tying on more yarn and wanted to see how long I could make the "snake."

The gum wrapper chain worked on the same principle. Make it as long (and colorful) as possible. I still get a kick out of looking at it. Just seeing all the flavors of gum. I didn't like or chew all of the gum from those wrappers. Many were from friends. Sometimes, we traded if we liked different flavors.

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The lanyards were made as projects in camp. I was so proud when I learned how to split the "chain" and when I learned how to do different stitches like the barrel. At least, I think that's what one stitch was called.

I had a large rubber band ball, too, but years ago, it snapped. Rubber bands do dry out, especially when kept in boxes. Actually, I think it kinda exploded. So I tossed it. ;)

Other crafts I loved were making things with papier mache (I don't have anything from then), but I do have a clay sculpture I made in camp and I might still have pics I made from the linoleum cuts we did (in an art class at the YM&YWHA when I was 10. Photos to come, maybe.


  1. You were a mighty creative lass, Shelly! Great pic. I think it's amazing that you've kept all of it. I wish I did too. I remember weaving a little purse in sixth grade and being really pleased with it, considering I always sucked at sewing etc. I was much better at wood shop than with sewing: I made foot stools, keychains, my named carved in wood etc. I think I still have that. I'll look for it.

    My brother rocked at making lanyards in our home. His were beautifully done, mine just inspired pity.

  2. I wish I still had a potholder or two. Those were fun to make. We did those in elementary school. Mostly, if stuff fit in a shoebox, I was able to keep them.

    I can't sew to save my life. And given my clutziness, the thought of me trying to do woodwork is frightening. ;)


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