Friday, October 5, 2012

What things make you nostalgic?


Last weekend while taking a walk, I stopped at a stoop sale. A large bin had caught my eye and when I lifted up the cover...

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it was filled to the top with toys from my childhood! 
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Suddenly all of these wonderfully sweet, warm and loving memories came back to me that I had completely forgotten about.

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While looking through the toys with a big goofy smile on, the owner approached me and said, "You can take the whole bin home for five dollars"

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Five dollars?! I couldn't believe the deal I was getting! 
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Realistically, this was just a bin of old, cheap, plastic objects but to me... it was like gold.
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 I was able to bring back a flood of happy childhood memories that were locked up in a room inside my head… 
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and it only cost me five dollars to buy the key.

81 comments:

Pieni Lintu said...

These hearts are so pretty!!! Lovely lovely lovely!!!

Al said...

Love, Love, LOVE this post! Thanks again for brightening my day, Katie!!

Em said...

What a fun post! I call this time traveling, when a scent or smell or taste or object or music sends you back to another you.

Because I moved this past week, I was listening to old compilation CDs and time traveled myself.

Polly Rowan said...

Aww so cute! Lovely story and the hearts are so pretty x

colormekatie said...

@ Em- That's so lovely! I'm totally going to borrow that term..

Adriana F said...

A couple of weeks ago I went to a flea market and found some toys from my childhood! I didn't buy them but they brought back many good memories :)

Anonymous said...

It's so incredible how powerful childhood and its memories are. It makes me smile to see you reminded of yours :)

ms.bulat said...

this is a wonderful post. brought memories back for me :):) thnk u!

Naomi said...

Oh my goodness, that is awesome!

seashmore said...

Thanks for sending me on a time traveling trip, too. I saw a lot of toys from my childhood in those hearts. Fantastic!

Stephanie said...

Wow I haven't thought of those blocks with eyes (from your red heart) in forever! My sister and I used to make towering monsters with those things.

Thanks for sharing :)

Ruth said...

This artist does fun stuff with toys too! http://www.kirklandsmith.com/?page_id=4

Jemi K said...

That's amazing! What a treasure!

This summer I found so many toys I had played with in my childhood and some notebooks that had my little kid writings on them. I was so moved to re-discover them!

Tashiatos said...

You're such an inspiration, Katie! x

Anonymous said...

You're such an inspiration for me! Thank you for all you wonderfull work! I love it!

Debora, 16 years old

Modern Country Lady said...

Awwww ..don't know if I like the post or the comments best :-)

Julia Dzafic said...

What a great idea! So inspiring and cute

Maria said...

SO. COOL.

Leah Halili said...

It's lovely that you find beauty in the smallest things and you create cute things as well!

http://thedreamersmind.blogspot.com/

Dulce said...

so pretty, what makes me nostalgic, sometimes could be a smell, you know, like my mom backing something, or her perfume, sometimes a particular song, things like that

Cindy said...

Great post. I stared at your hearts, looking for fun toys that I remembered. Loved the little, orange cabbage patch doll; the pink doll brushes; the red butterfly and the yellow race car!

You are so creative!

2000 said...

this is so cute!

Vogue Villain said...

What a cute idea!
Absolutely love what you did with the toys.
You're so creative<3
Vogue Villain

distract_me said...

Beautiful! Those pictures make my brain happy.

xx

Modern Day Mummying said...

I'm so lucky to be reliving mine again with my daughter... She's playing with little things that I used to when I was 4! I believe in toys that encourage imagination... I'm hoping she can one day look back on hers and smile too :)

Love your bursts of colour!

Sophie xo

legallyruch said...

So beautiful! I thought they were all legos but oh my goodness - so very many different kinds of toys in that mix! I have a "treasure" box in my parents' home where I hid all the toys and trinkets that I collected over the years, some from when I was 3 years old. this reminds of that!

Vanessa {Vanilla and Rose} said...

What a deal and what and awesome idea! I love it!

Nicole said...

I'm in love with your hearts....

Lovely Idea

Le Fresne said...

The cutest post I've seen for a while <3

le fresne x

meg said...

This is awesome! Pleeeaaase blog more often. I always feel lighter at heart when I read your new posts! :)

Anonymous said...

I feel guilty. I always read your new posts with my 11 year old daughter. I kept scrolling down and read the whole thing without her! I guess that gives me an excuse to look at it again!

Nessa said...

Wow so pretty. You can't put a price on the memories you get from childhood toys.

Em said...

@colormekatie Please do!

And you totally inspired me to blog about this.

Ana Luisa said...

Awwww.... What a creative thinker*
You've always inspired me with your posts.

Here is mine... hoping it will payback the good feeling you brought me*

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Melissa said...

I love sudden feelings of childhood nostalgia like that. I also love these images - so cool.

<3 Melissa
wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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those are fullcolor of the toys.. :D

iklan baris said...

the hearts are so cute!

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love this post.. very very love.. xD

Kate Wyver said...

This is such a beautiful post, I love that you arranged them into hearts!

Jenny said...

Ahh this is so great! x

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vikas said...

nice

Debie Grace said...

Score!! You are so lucky! :D

Hilde said...

wow, I love old memories from my childhood :) Thanks :)

jillianinitaly.com said...

5 bucks for a bucket of awesomeness? What a bargain! I couldn't think of anyone else who deserves it more!

Ghost said...

Nice! I totally remember some of these...particularly the little plastic frogs that jump when you press on their backs!

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Its fantastic. I think such kind of things creates a lot of fun for kids on the events like Halloween etc.

Coco Draws said...

I love coming to your blog because I know that I'll get an instant pick-me-up and leave feeling a little bit happier. :)

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Autum said...

Wonderful Post I have a Lot of Memory Issues so I understand the sentiment when something so small can bring so much back

Xupinet said...

I love your blog, I love you and I am missing your posts!!! Please come back!

Big kisses!!!

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Reen Reen said...

Love this, all kinds of perfect. Wheres TMNT & heman?

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Anonymous said...

Hope you are safe and sound after Sandy.

whoisnell said...

wow!!!! you have so much fun with all your materials.. i wonder how you can still keep such a neat and clean apartment with all the stuffs you have..
awesomeness!!!!!

Katia said...

That's wonderful!!

Jess said...

i love the hearts! so many toys that i haven't seen in such a long time!

FabryCat said...

What a fantastic hearts, so energetic! Great idea!

Lemonstale said...

Lovely story ^_^

Caitlin Manley said...

Ahhh! Katie you haven't updated in a long time! I miss your posts

Melissa Blake said...

How fun!! There's nothing like getting to take a walk down memory lane. A lot of favorite movies from my childhood take me back!

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Spoonful of Vintage said...

You are just SO inspiring! your creativity never ceases to amaze me!
It's amazing happening upon things like these that just make your heart burst with nostalgia!
xox Amie
www.spoonfulofvintage.com

Stephanie said...

The smell of Listerine gold reminds me of my grandpa. The smell of Old Spice reminds me of my dad.

Melissa said...

Hello Katie, thanks to Vista magazine I found your lovely blog. You've got a new fan <3

indo15 said...

i loved it

Emma Driver said...

Good god giggidy google! This is wonderfully adorably fantastic! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Anonymous said...

Please, tell us something: are you alive? we miss you!! We are worried about you :(

canvas print said...

i so like these love hearts. very detailed to.

Maja Savic said...

Nice blog, love this post... :)
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Cate said...

Hi Katie! I miss your weekly bursts of happiness and colors! I hope you're ok!

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These hearts are lovely! These pictures do evoke a sense of nostalgia in me. Oh our childhood! I miss it too!electronic voting systems

jyothi said...

nice looking

Heri said...

I love the picture very beautiful love it, especially the blue though composed of toys, but still did not eliminate the significance of the symbol.

Stine Danielle said...

All of that for $5? That's ridiculous! These make me feel very nostalgic and makes me wish I could have the opportunity to come across the same find that you did. They're all so fun and wonderful!

Perrine said...

Very beautiful!

Anna L. Roeder said...

Love the color-coordinated hearts. Beautifully done!

gk said...

Superb

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porr said...

Thanks for sending me on a time traveling trip, too. I saw a lot of toys from my childhood in those hearts. Fantastic!

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Nice