December 29, 2008


These ornaments could have been taken right off our tree when I was growing up. I think we had one like every one in the picture.

December 22, 2008

Avon Boot Perfume Bottle

I got this for Christmas one year, I must have got it from a friend or classmate. I don't remember what the perfume was like at all.

December 19, 2008

3-D Ornaments

We had a couple of ornaments like this....put two flat pieces together to made a round ornament. Hi-tech!

December 18, 2008

Noel Fork & Spoon

This was hung on our front door every Christmas. Nothing says Merry Christmas like a giant plastic fork and spoon, right?

December 17, 2008


My aunt had flocked "velvet" reindeer like these that she put in her window each Christmas. They were cute!

December 16, 2008

Bucket of Christmas Candy

I am too young to remember this candy but apparently every year my older brother and sisters would get a big bucket of candy each for Christmas. That tradition must have been stopped when I got older because I don't remember getting a bucket of candy. The can was for sale on eBay (empty) and you can see a bucket in this old Christmas photo, taken in 1967. I am the sad looking girl looking down at my younger sister.

December 12, 2008


We had a couple of ornaments like this on our tree when I was growing up. I think my sister still has one of them.

December 09, 2008

Candy Tree

My aunt had a candy display tree like this one. The box says "crystal tree" but it was plastic. She put it out every Christmas on her dining room table. I think she usually had jelly candies on it, the kind coated with sugar.

December 05, 2008

Angel Ornament

We had a couple of ornaments like this, in different colours too I think.

December 04, 2008

Remembering Our Childhood

So it seems I am not the only person out there blogging about my childhood (not that I ever thought I was). I got an email from Tim telling me about his blog where he too reminisces about things from his childhood. It's a cute blog, you should have a look here.

December 02, 2008

The Little Red Caboose

I remember this book. I don't know if my brother owned it or if I got it from the school library, but it's familiar.

November 19, 2008

Cat Clock

We didn't have one of these but I remember seeing one at the house of a distant relative we visited one year. My sister and I loved it.

November 03, 2008

Calculator Watch

I didn't have one of these but I remember when they came out in the 80's. I was in high school and math teachers sometimes had to confiscate people's watches along with their calculators during exams.

October 29, 2008

Busy Bee Card Game

I vaguely remember having a card game with a bee on the front, much like this, when I was in grade 2. I think it was a math game.

October 23, 2008

Sock Monkey

When I was in high school one of my aunts taught my sister how to make sock monkeys. Then she made several for her friends.

October 22, 2008

Sewing Machine

Mom had a sewing machine much like this one. She kept it in the utility room (we were the only family I knew who had a utility room......a combination laundry room/pantry/storage room). I remember the smell of the sewing machine, a plastic-y electronic smell mixed with the smell of the varnished wood.

October 17, 2008

Old Maid Card Game

My aunt lived next door and when my brothers and sisters and I were growing up we'd always go to her house and play games. She had this Old Maid card game, or one a lot like it. We must have played it hundreds of times.

October 16, 2008

Pen Watch

These came out in the 80's when I was in high school. Everyone had to have one, I think I got one for Christmas one year.

October 10, 2008

1975 Sears Catalogue

This coat and beret don't look too bad, I suppose all fashions come back sooner or later. In 1975 I was 9 years old.

October 06, 2008

Black & Decker Dustbuster

Mom had one of these in the 80's. What a fantastic invention, no need to pull the big vacuum cleaner out for small spills. We thought it was great.

October 02, 2008

Spinning Wheel

Dad collected antiques, he had all sorts of them in the basement - irons, tools, jugs and a spinning wheel much like this one.

September 12, 2008

Powdered Sugar/Candy

Does anyone remember these? Little plastic fruit shaped containers filled with powdered sugar. I remember the strawberry one.

September 09, 2008

Plastic Jewelry

I had some of this "jewelry" when I was small. The red bumpy bracelet looks very familiar and I definitely had a stretch bracelet like the red and white one in front. I think mine was pink and white and I remember it broke when I was at my aunt's house. She said she would string it on elastic for me but she never did and years later when I was a teenager I remember her showing me the pieces she still had kept. The beads look familiar, too, especially the starfish shaped one.

September 02, 2008

Archie Comics

My younger sister, brother and I bought a lot of Archie comics, especially when we were on vacation. These are from the 70's and we probably read them.

August 27, 2008

Record Holder

My aunt had a record holder similar to this one in her living room. Her's might have been silver in colour.

August 01, 2008

Glass Fishing Float

Dad had one of these, I guess he picked it up at a beach somewhere. It was green just like this too. Mom kept it in a bottom cupboard of the china cabinet.

July 30, 2008

Rubik's Cube

The Rubik's Cube came out in the early 80's when I was a teenager. I think my brother had one, I know there was one around the house. I could never completely solve it, the best I did was 4 or 5 sides. One day my younger brother showed it to us, saying he had solved it. But then we figured out that he had removed the stickers and replaced them.......cheater!!

July 23, 2008

Yellow Tumblers

We had yellow tumblers like these to match our yellow (harvest gold to be exact) melamine dishes. Ah the 70's!

July 18, 2008

Folding Comb

My sister had a folding comb much like this one and I am sure we had a brush like that as well.

July 15, 2008

Toronto City Hall Puzzle

We had a jigsaw puzzle just like this one. We must have put it together hundreds of times.

July 09, 2008

Mushroom Lamp

I am not sure of the exact name of this type of lamp. Mushroom or tulip lamp maybe. My cousin who lived next door had one in her bedroom, I am not sure if it was pink or purple but I loved it and wanted one just like it.

July 02, 2008

Rook Card Game

I remember playing this game with my older brother and sisters but I don't remember any of the rules.

June 27, 2008


I had a floating heart necklace in high school, my older sister gave it to me. It didn't come on a card like this one but I do remember these cards on display racks in the stores. I am sure I bought more than one necklace or pair of earrings on a similar display card.

June 26, 2008

Electrolux Vacuum Cleaner

My aunt owned an Electrolux vacuum cleaner like this one. Hers may have been a darker green though. She loaned it to me when I went away to university and was sharing an apartment with friends. By that time it was probably 20 years old or older but it worked fine.

June 25, 2008

Singer Sewing Machine

My aunt owned a sewing machine like this. She was an excellent seamstress, she made my high school graduation dress among hundreds of other things. She did not want a modern sewing machine and used one like this her entire life.

June 24, 2008

Crumb Broom

My aunt had one of these on her kitchen wall by the stove, I remember it vividly. The dress on hers was pink, though. It was a little broom and dustpan for the table. I don't think she ever used it other than as a decoration.

June 20, 2008

Pin the Tail on the Donkey

I haven't seen this game in ages, but I suppose they still make it. This was the version I played at many birthday parties when I was a child.

June 19, 2008

Crochet Bookmarks

I remember having a gold bookmark like the one on the left, my aunt must have crocheted it for me.

June 18, 2008

Soap on a Rope

I remember when soap-on-a-rope came out, I thought it was a cool invention. I am sure Dad got more than one of these for either Christmas, his birthday or Father's Day.

June 17, 2008

Plastic Tumblers

This is what we drank out of when we were kids, plastic tumblers in different colours.

June 13, 2008

Picture Frames

We had gold tone pictures frames like this, in fact I think every photo on display in our house was in a gold picture frame similar to these, some double and some single.

June 12, 2008

Don't Break the Ice Game

Another game I didn't own but my friend did. I remember playing it with her. They still make this today, I wonder is the quality as good?

June 11, 2008

Metal Picnic Basket

I don't remember this, I was too young (that's me on Mom's lap).