Sunday, April 22, 2012

* Nostalgic Sundays *

Time for Another Nostalgic Sunday

Off and on for the past couple of years, I've thought about the cardboard sewing cards I had when I was a little girl. They were lightweight cardboard, about 6" square, and had drawings on them, with holes punched in certain areas. The set also came with colorful yarn lengths that had the little plastic coating at the ends, so they wouldn't unravel.

(Above two pictures are from Kim


Here's one from Back 2 Vintage
See the "sewing" around Wendy on the left, and the tea pot on the right? I didn't  have these exact cards, but I had hours of fun with mine. They were great because they could be used over and over.

(google image)

Another favorite of mine....Paper Dolls!
And I LOVED the Lennon Sisters.
My family watched them every week on
The Lawrence Welk Show.
 Since I had two older sisters, I always felt like I was Janet,
 the youngest Lennon sister.
We even sang and harmonized a little bit.
I have such wonderful memories of my early years.

What about you? Did you have sewing cards and/or paper dolls? What were your favorites?


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  1. BECKY ~
    This is quite a coincidence! Earlier today I wrote to my Aunt, Jane. I hadn't been in touch with Jane since before Christmas.

    The "coincidence" part is that my Aunt Jane has been a really good friend for a long time with one of the Lennon Sisters!

    I can't remember which one of the Sisters is her good friend (although I could ask her, if you want), but I remember that when my maternal Grandfather and Grandmother renewed their wedding vows again in their old age (circa 1990), there was some mix-up/misunderstanding with the facility where the "reception" was supposed to be held, and the place refused to accommodate the guests.

    For some minutes there it looked as if there wasn't going to be a "reception" anywhere, but then my Aunt Jane's good friend _____ Lennon, right on the spot, in that moment of doubt, invited EVERYONE to her house for the reception.

    So we all got directions, drove to _____ Lennon's house - which was a really nice, well-maintained home - and the reception went off without a hitch; it was even better than it would have been in the originally anticipated setting.

    I didn't know much about The Lennon Sisters, except that they were supposedly kind of famous, but boy, I sure gained a great deal of respect and admiration for _____ Lennon that day!

    Imagine inviting like 40 to 50 people - many of them total strangers - into your own home on the spur of the moment, just to save the day for the parents of your friend Jane!

    Now THAT'S a kind and classy individual!

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

  2. Nostalgia is right. I had forgotten all about those sewing cards. I remembered that I loved, loved them. Thanks for bringing the memory back, ha.

  3. I had both, and although I loved the idea of those dolls, it was frustrating that those tabs never worked to keep the clothes on :)

  4. Hi Becky, I've never heard of sewing cards or the Lennon Sisters (BTW I love Stephen's story in the comments above)but we did play with paper dolls. My sister and I would take them out on a rainy day and have hours of fun dressing up our dolls. Great nostalgia. Thanks (((Hugs))) Jo

  5. I don't remember sewing cards, but I do remember paper dolls with the little tabs on them. I remember the Lennon Sisters and Lawrence Welk too, of course. I hope you have a nice Sunday! :-)

  6. I do recall the Lennon sisters. Never had a sewing card (thank goodness) but I certainly did have paper dolls and loved them.

  7. Ahh, yes, I played with those sewing cards and have great memories of cutting-out paper dolls with my grandmother. Lovely post.

  8. Ha! I definitely remember both the sewing cards and the Lennon Sisters paper dolls.

    As I watch kids today on their computers, X-Boxes, Wii's, and other high-tech items, I marvel at the simple things that made us happy.

    Critter Alley

  9. Oh, the memories. I really loved playing with paper dolls. I'd forgotten about those.

  10. I had sewing cards. Not like those, but ones with pictures of kids and dogs and the holes outlining them. Haven't thought of them in YEARS! And probably never would have. Thanks for the memory jolt.

    I had one set of paper dolls, but like Linda said, the clothes didn't stay on right. So I abandoned them for the most fun toy of all time, the cardboard slab with cartoon characters that stuck to it and peeled off. The Flintstones come to mind, but that might be wishful thinking. I had several different sets of the rubbery characters that stuck and unstuck like magic. And they smelled so PLASTIC-y, too!

    I remember the Lennon Sisters from when my grandma and grandpa watched Lawrence Welk. What a class act! They seemed like nice people on TV. And Stephen just verified it.

  11. I had both. My last set of paper dolls was Annette Funicello in Hawaii...

    Blogger changed on me over the weekend...hum, not sure I like it!!!

  12. Oh Becky, I do love your Nostalgic Sundays posts! This really did bring back some long-stored away memories my friend. Gosh, yes, I do remember stitching those little sewing cards, and remember playing with my paper dolls. I agree with Linda that sometimes it was hard to keep the different paper clothes on the dolls because of the tabs! Gosh, everything was so innocent back then, wasn't it?! Bit different with the youngsters these days.

  13. I loved the sewing kids even had those! And I still love paper dolls. I'm always googling paper dolls to see what I can find! Enjoy your day, my friend! You've brought back good memories!

  14. I used to drive my friends crazy with my paper dolls! lol sandie

  15. I never really got into either of them. But I sure remember both!


  16. I had both the sewing cards and paper dolls. Learnig to loop the yarn back around to make a solid line was difficult for me and I still hate sewing!
    But love paper dolls. We designed our own outfits, tracing the dolls and we made our tabs longer too. My sister even came up with the idea to use material underneath as we colored, to make textures. Later my daughter had a store bought thingy that used that idea.

    btw, Those sticky plastic boards are Colorforms and still available. And I always still look at paperdoll books when I shop. Museum giftshops have nice ones!

  17. I remember those sewing cards! I loved to make my own paper dolls as a kid. Art was more of my thing than pretending was. ;)


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