Thursday, September 16, 2010

Crafting With Vintage Pencils

OK, one thing: I save e-v-e-r-y thing! If you saw my craft room right now, you'd want to call the Hoarders show.

But when I needed some nifty craft items for the girls to make a birthday card, I found these perfect *plast-o-led* pencil crayons that I'd saved from my mom's stash.

What more could you ask for? No melting, no crumbling. And check out the date they were made...1974. And purchased at Ben Franklin for the quaint little price of $1.99.

Now. What to do with my 13-plus years of magazines...


  1. Not only were they only $1.99 they were MADE IN U.S.A. You won't find that in Ben Franklin anymore. Actually you won't find Ben Franklin stores anymore either.

    I too save EVERYTHING and am proud to say that I still have things that are simply no longer available and nothing could replace them.

    Nothing could ever replace things like my cute little plush green frog, favorite stuffed animal of all time, or the bright, sunny wall hanging I made in 2nd grade, which still hangs in my mother's kitchen.

    Oh, and when it comes to crafts, you really need to hang on to stuff. My stash of quality card stock, vellum envelopes, rubber stamps, and fine pens is the only reason I can still make beautiful cards for all occasions. But then who makes cards out of paper anymore. I guess everyone just sends an e-card on the Internet, that they didn't design or even really think about.

    You better hang on to those magazines. There's nothing like the great old photographs in magazines of earlier times for clipping and using in projects.

    Ah, I guess I'm just hopelessly old-fashioned.

  2. My hubby's grandpa was an artist, who painted, sketched, and carved wood, well into his eighties. When he passed away, we were given some of the stuff out of his art studio. We do not use the stuff that is in pristine condition, but I encourage Eloise to use some of the pastels and such. There is something special about the passing of traditions, especially when there is a physical reminder.


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