Sunday, June 01, 2008

Modge Podge/Post Pourri


When I was in 5th or 6th grade, my posse and I went through a decoupage phase, where we Modge Podged everything that we possibly could, especially pictures of horses, dogs and designs cut out of gift wrap that represented anything "cute." My favorite "cutenesses" at that time were Betsy Clark illustrations that looked like this:




These waifs were the precursors to Strawberry Shortcake, I think.

Anyway, I started to title the post "hodge-podge," meaning "mish-mash," when what I typed was "Modge Podge." So my brain went out the window to 1974 or so when I sat around drawing and decoupaging these sad little egg-headed people in all my spare time, which was about 97% of my time. Ah, those were the days.

I think "Post Pourri" is a catchy title for posts about anything in the universe. But if my mom said it, she would say, "Post Pourrhea" because she accidentally tacks "rhea" onto the end of "pourri" as in "diarrhea." Nothing like the smell of hot pot pourrhea, is there?

What was one of your pastimes when you were a kid?

21 comments:

Jared & Becky said...

I just have to tell you that I found your blog from someone else's blogroll and you are just what I needed this week. Very funny! As a kid I enjoyed listening to records and dancing around with my friends. Hmmm pre-cable childhood...How did we survive? :)

R.L.Scovens said...

I remember 2 toys that I absolutely adored: My green sit n spin and my green Incredible Hulk BigWheel!!!!!

I picked The Incredible Hulk because at the time they didn't have Superman (I loved him!) and I didn't like any of the really girly ones!!!!! I guess even back then I wasn't a girly girl!

Barbara H. said...

My address book still has girls like that on it. :-)

I had a brief foray into ceramics but I think only made one thing. I did a little bit of beading but it wasn't as elaborate as what they have today.

I rode bicycles a lot back then, "hung out" with friends, listened to music, etc.

Susanne said...

I loooved to mod podge too! My favorite characters were the "Love Is...." cartoons. Another favorite past time was collecting the Partridge Family bubble gum cards. I bought way more than my mom said was allowed so a good part of my time was spent hiding in the shed trading and looking at my coveted cards. And coloring. I was a coloring fanatic right up until tween years. And who could we forget plastering my walls with Tiger Beat pictures. Wall to wall. All of this of course was done to the sounds of Donny and the Osmond Brothers singing in the background.

Fiddledeedee (It Coulda' Been Worse) said...

I made a chewing gum wrapper chain that could encircle our entire house.

My parents were so proud.

Technonana said...

I remember those Modge Podge years... but I spent my time designing clothes for my dolls... from my grandmothers quilting scraps. Oh, and making paper flowers. (I think I am a little older than you!!

Kim said...

Collected rocks. Lots and lots of rocks. Of course I still collect rocks. Have brought them back from every state and country ever visited. Only I didn't write down which came from where and now I don't have a clue. But it IS a really cool collection!
Read books. Lots and lots of books. Went to the library twice a week (at least) and brought home as many books as my little arms could carry. Spent all my allowance on books at the thrift store or Scholastic book orders at school. Still read a lot and still spend all my money on books.
Some of us just never grow up.

Darlene R. said...

We made potholders, lots and lots of potholders and then we sold them for a nickel at my mom's garage sale. And people actually bought them!
A nickel... what would that buy now? Back then it would by all kinds of candy at the Corner Cupboard, a little store across the street from us.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I made scores of friendship bracelets and beaded safety pins. But I didn't really have much free time, considering how long it took to peg my jeans each day.

Lysa TerKeurst said...

I too made the gum wrapper chains. And I made up dances to all my jammin' records.

Then I drove my mom crazy with "mom, watch this!"

Not much has changed... I just now drive my kids crazy with my stellar moves... "hey kids, watch this."

Can't wait to meet you in person at She Speaks!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Read. And read some more. My mom would literally stand next to me and call my name, and I would be so engrossed in the story that I wouldn't hear her.

I'm embarrassed to say, that still happens today, except now it's my little girl calling me while I'm caught up in la-la land. Not exactly exemplary mothering skills.

Mocha with Linda said...

I was so proud of my Holly Hobbie bedspread!

I'm right there with you on the Mod Podge and the Betsy Clark. Did you cut the things out and stack them to make them 3-D too?

I spent most of my time reading voraciously while growing up though. Most crafts weren't my thing. Still aren't.

Also sat on my bed and played lots of solitaire. With real cards that had to be shuffled and everything! Since computers were still the size of large rooms and required punch cards (my mom used the ones my sister brought home for grocery lists if they didn't have too many holes punched in them!)

Ann said...

When I was in 5th or 6th grade, Cabbage Patch Kids were all the rage. Except most of us couldn't afford REAL ones, so our moms made them.

I remember those were the days when we spent our time making pom poms out of yarn. We tied them to our roller skates and just had fun making them. OH! And let's not forget sticker collections!

skoots1mom said...

i played Barbies in my pup tent...
i rode on a wide, home-made skateboard I could sit on; we had a large, curvy hill at the top of our street so one would stand at the top, one at the bottom and yell when it was clear so we could zoom down the "wigwam". FUN!
i twirled batons and shot caps from my cowgirl pistoled holster! My sister even had a black and white cowgirl suit with a fringed skirt and vest...and naturally a white hat!
i loved my slinky, my VIEWMASTER and OPERATION! I had a great childhood, and never played a video game. Go figure!

Oh, and I WAS the remote control 'cause I laid on the floor watching the old shows and was closest to the dial. (my child is so digitized she wanted to know what a dial was....)

Merrie said...

I did Modge Podge - but I was an adult by then... like you, EVERYTHING was subject to the stuff... and every gift was a "loving" expression!
I played with Barbie dolls and plastic horses... We lived in Atlanta, and I couldn't have a real horse, so I had to settle for plastic ones that I would "gallop around" and "neigh" for them... very boring, but it managed to entertain me for hours and hours!
I had a pathetic childhood, obviously!

Debbie said...

Macrame - everything from jewelry to plant hangers....

annie's eyes said...

Okay you had me on the punnish title, then, I swear, we must have been secret friends back in the day. Betsy Clark and I were tight, and my pencil gravitated to drawing those cupie dolls, too. I love the nostalgia! Love to you, Annette

annie's eyes said...

PS I made a lot of lanyards in my day too, weaving fish and keychains and even necklaces out of plastic string!

Grace said...

I also made a 5' gum wrapper chain. Other than that....church. There was not much else in my world.

yep. that's why I'm very fond of that Stuff Christians Like blog...

Grins!

Susan said...

Yep, Mod Podge was definitely in my "schema" from the 70's. So was embroidering (is that the word?) your jeans! We ironed on designs and stitched and stitched and stitched. And in between time, we made chains out of bubble gum wrappers.

:-) Susan

Deirdre said...

drawing impossibly skinny mouse/people and bunny people who walked on their hind legs and held tea parties and wore ball gowns on the backs of every offering envelope i could get my hands on in church.