These gorgeous images remind me of my own childhood spent largely underwater.
I’ve written a few times on my blog about my nostalgia for the playgrounds of my childhood. Those 1970’s parks filled with hot metal slides, death defying merry go rounds and pinchy chain link. They made playing at the park just a bit edgier didn’t they?
This gift guide is for the folks who take their children to the foam and padding parks of today, but secretly wish they were back in the not-so-safe but oh-so-fun playgrounds of yesterday. A collection of photographs and art that take the recipient right back to their memories of squeaky swings, foursquare painted on asphalt and freedom.
Snapco’s shop is filled with a small number of prints, each flooded with color and retro memories. This particular print (above) is called “Recess Is Over”. A perfect gift for the childhood friend that would have been hanging for dear life to those slippery bars with you.
Adorn your gift with this charming Ring Around The Rosie card by StaceyWinters. Her subject is a playground game we all played, and she sets the scene with those retro figurines we all used.
Perhaps you are gifting someone with a playground nostalgia that goes even further back than yours? Someone who scoffs, “Sissies!” at your tales of protruding metal bolts. This is the print for them, a vintage photograph of a death defying double wooden slide fashioned from precariously nailed, leftover lumber scraps.
The next two pieces of giftable art recall recess crushes and how they made our hearts race a little faster. A knowing nod to when we counted down the minutes till the bell on the wall would ring, letting us play hopscotch with the object of our affection.
A beautiful pen and ink drawing by bluebicicletta.
Race you to the slides!
I’ve been busy getting ready for my very first craft fair–The Renegade Craft Fair–which is next weekend in Brooklyn. Renegade travels to multiple cities each year–it kicked off in Austin in May. Here are two of the lovely crafters who were at the fair in Austin.
Lora of b.bags began her business in 2008 with some experimenting, which I am very familiar with. I’ve been thinking lately about how sewing (and crafting in general) is 90 percent trial and error. Just finding the right design that works for you can take a long time. But if you stick with it, like Lora, you can find your groove. Every b.bag is handmade using upcycled materials, which is the practice of taking useless items and creating something new. This purse is extra eco-friendly because it serves two puposes at once—you can wear the bangle around your wrist, and the purse is both a place to put your trinkets and a stylish way to hit the town. I like the way the linear stitching on the applique. I also appreciate that Lora takes care to ensure each item she designs is durable and will last for a long time. For more information about b.bags please check out Lora’s Facebook page and her blog.
Jenny Rinzler,owner of Ciuccio Baby, realized early in life that it’s actually easier to learn how to make things that you want. Jenny started making clothes for her dolls (so did I!) and it evolved from there. After years of experimenting–a hippie dress made out of butterfly pattern sheets that didn’t quite make the runway–Jenny decided to try her hand at making a full size quilt as a wedding gift for her best friend. Well that project was so labor intensive Jenny thought perhaps the first quilt would also be the last. But then inspiration struck—she’d just make smaller quilts. She calls her mini-quilts “loveys” and they are just that–a perfect perch for a baby, a comfy blanket for a toddler, and a sweet soft memory of a loving childhood. Exactly what you want in a first-rate security blanket.
P.S. If you’re in Brooklyn June 5th and 6th, stop by to see me! I’ll be at a booth I’m sharing with my childhood friend (next door neighbor! Jennifer Cooke of Raeburn Ink… Jen also has a new book coming out soon about customizing t-shirts.