Stitchy McYarnpants

Confessions of a husband-neglecting, cat-shooing, yarn-hoarding knitaholic. But in a good way.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Ho Ho!!

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Blogger Becky in Iowa :O) said...

OMG!!! I so had a set of the Fashion Plates. I loved those dumb things. hehehe I could spend hours making weird combinations of clothes and coloring them in.

Thanks for bringing back those fond memories. :O)

12/25/2005 03:36:00 AM  
Blogger Carole said...

I remember all that stuff! Merry Christmas!

12/25/2005 08:26:00 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I hated Barbie but I loved those fashion plates. We spent hours getting our fug on with them. AND I had that Merlin game--loved it. My kids now play with their sit n spin every day.

12/25/2005 08:48:00 AM  
Blogger June said...

Matt used to have a Stretch Armstrong! It was fun until the dog chewed through it, and Stretch oozed to death. I had the fashion plates (not Barbie brand, though), and I swear I had the Farrah bust, too, although I don't remember her hair growing. We were familiar with many of the toys from that catalog. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

12/25/2005 09:49:00 AM  
Blogger Deb R said...

I'm officially looking into the body reduction surgery tomorrow because that car is FAB. I even like the color! :-)

12/25/2005 10:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Rachel H said...

Would you believe a version of the Sit 'n' Spin is available in toy stores today?

I got several Barbies in the 70's coz our dog kept chewing their feet off, but I never got the Easy Bake Oven I craved, or even the knock off version. My Mum told me that if I wanted to bake, she'd help me learn on the real oven. the one in the Kitchen. Um, Mum? SO not the same thing. sigh.

12/25/2005 01:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Susan said...

Ahhh, I had Fashion Plates, the Farm and an Easy Bake... The Easy Bake was great, since my parent's would forget about it if I got sent to mey room without dinner... Never went hungry :)

12/25/2005 02:40:00 PM  
Blogger Dani said...

You're probably right about the Mousetrap game, Stitchy. I recently bought a few other games that I wanted as a kid (Trouble, Stay Alive, and Kerplunk). Those games are only slightly more interesting than Candyland. The Easy Bake oven is a pain, too. Supervising my kid for an hour so she can make a two-bite brownie? That toy was meant for an only child because it takes forever to make a bite for all four of my kids.

12/25/2005 07:23:00 PM  
Blogger mayflwr said...

merry ho-ho day to you!!!

I loved those fashion plates as a kid...too fun

12/25/2005 10:59:00 PM  
Blogger goodkarma said...

OMG! Thank you so much for the trip down memory lane. I had that Barbie airline office set with the huge computers and the world map on the wall... I completely forgot about it and now I wonder if it helped to plant the seed for all the international travel I've done in my lifetime. I also had Fashion Plates. Fun times, fun times. We made the fugliest outfit/color/texture combinations and LOVED every minute of it.

Thanks again, you gave me a big chuckle. :)

12/26/2005 01:17:00 AM  
Blogger Fiber Fetish said...

I LOVED my Sit 'n Spin. I could spin on that thing for hours. That probably explains a lot about me...

12/26/2005 01:19:00 AM  
Blogger Marlena said...

Aw! The fact that a yacht and car are included more than makes up for the fact that the house is not Barbie brand.

What an awesome trip you put together. Thank you! I forgot all about Baby Alive! My cousin and I got matching ones one Christmas, and decided they would really prefer real food. Baby Alive only lived with us for a few weeks, before she succumbed to a deadly mold.

And, you are so right about the farm! I had one too, and it was my hands down favorite toy. They make an updated one today, and I am so getting one for my nephew.

12/26/2005 07:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Alison said...

Okay, clearly I was spoiled as a child, because I had almost all of those. (Even Transformers - "more than meets the eye.") Thanks for this trip to Christmas Past.

12/26/2005 08:57:00 AM  
Blogger jenifleur said...

Like Alison, I must have been a spoiled brat. Between my brother and myself I think we had every one of those except the creepy puppet, which I had utterly forgotten about until now, and the tuesday taylor house. I did have a tuesday taylor, though. Where do you think my Superstar Barbie got her pills from?

12/26/2005 10:42:00 AM  
Blogger Becca said...

That puppet must be the model for Mini Me...

12/26/2005 02:16:00 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Ooh, I had those Fashion Plates. They rocked my world. I wish I still had them...

12/26/2005 02:47:00 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Scary thing #1 - Not only is the EasyBake still in production, but now they make "real meals" for them. You can now heat up some spaghetti with your light bulb!

Scary thing #2 - That Farrah head really looks like Farrah!

Scary thing #3 - They are still making those heads (I almost bought one) but they're supposed to be Disney princesses, not Farrah Faucet.

Merry Christmas!

12/26/2005 04:56:00 PM  
Blogger maryse said...

what? nothing for me?!

12/26/2005 06:02:00 PM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

I was NEVER so mad at my MIL as when SHE found the FP barn for my DD (born in 1978) and mailed it to Texas. The Ex and I searched all over the place for it, and then we had TWO. #$%^ #$% #$%^!! DS loved the transformers... he's not 30 yet... but they WERE say cool. Thanks for the nostalgiz!

12/26/2005 07:02:00 PM  
Blogger katiedid said...

Oh my God, the farmhouse! How fun! My mom still has that thing and the barn door STILL makes that noise. It's a little weaker than it was 20 years ago but it still does it.

Thanks for the memories, these were really fun entries!

12/26/2005 09:47:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Man does this bring back memories. I had the Barbie Beauty Center (birthday, though, not Christmas gift), and my brother had that puppet with the disguises. I forgot all about that creepy thing!

12/26/2005 09:48:00 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

OK, let's see...I had a hand-painted (by my mother) ceramic version of the mushroom canisters. I think they may still be in my attic.
I bought Stretch Armstrong for one of my nephews that year. He died of dismemberment, as I recall.
We still have our son's (born in '79) FP barn, and it still makes the sound, too.
I had that handheld football game, and would take it to work to play on slow days.
I have a pattern to sew your own beanbag chair...want one?
I really, really wanted an easy-bake oven when I was a kid. My folks couldn't afford one, but got me the baking kit accessory package, so I could heat up my mom's entire oven to bake a five-inch one-layer cake!
Thanks for the memories!

12/26/2005 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous PuppyMomma said...

I'll take the Easy Bake oven if you don't mind Stitchy. I had one as a child, but it never worked because my parents had cut the cord out. Not because they were afraid of me (they claim), but because they had bought it at a second hand store and weren't sure about the wiring. Yeah right. Serves them right though. I never learned to cook! Bwahahahahaha!

(Maybe I shouldn't be so proud of that.....hmmm)

12/27/2005 12:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Imbrium said...

I am, indeed, compelled to sing the same five songs over and over...and all this time I never knew where the urges came from...thank you, Stitchy!

I wonder if I could convince my mother to dig up my old fashion plates...I had a set, and my family never throws anything away, so they must be around somewhere....

12/27/2005 02:13:00 PM  
Blogger itgirl said...

Must. Have. Adult. Sized. Sit 'n' Spin.

I cannot believe it cost a measley $11.88 and my parents didn't get me one. I'm calling my mother.

12/28/2005 07:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Carol said...

The top of the silo on the Fisher Price Farm comes off. My daughter stuck her foot in there and we had a heck of a time getting it out. She hates farms.

12/28/2005 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

oh how this brought back memories, I stlil have a metal tonka dump truck in my basement.

When I was an infant back in 1974, my brother and sister used to stuff me in the back of a tonka dump truck and push me into the refrigerator. The refrigerator never looked the same after the many dents we inflicted.

12/28/2005 12:52:00 PM  
Blogger kweaver said...

Can you really find fashion plates on ebay? who in their right mind would sell them? i still have mine and I am not letting go.

12/29/2005 01:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally had fashion plates aAND the farmhouse!! LOVE! They still totally make sit 'n spin and it's still totally the coolest toy EVER!


1/06/2006 12:54:00 AM  
Blogger Micky said...

Oh man that makes me feel old. I had a Barbie fashion head, a Pong(? don't know if that was the name) handheld game, I had a stretchy octopus and I had the fashion plates. Man talk about a walk down memory lane. Ugh.

1/06/2006 03:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG.. I had an Alphie. I loved that thing. And my sister had those fashion plate things. How funny.


1/19/2006 11:54:00 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Oh. God bless you, Stitchy. I had the fashion plates, and the farmhouse, so I know from whence you come. My brothers had the Tonka trucks, and they're probably still entact, buried in the backyard of the house we grew up in.

But what got me was the Baby Alive. Really, who hasn't made a doll with even a partially opened mouth rot from the inside because of real food feedings?


1/30/2006 02:25:00 PM  

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