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Flashback of Creativity

6 Jan

A few months ago I was taken back. I was transported to the past where  fond childhood memories were clear as day.  It was at a craft fair that took place around the Christmas holiday.  I attended with my neighbor.  Many rooms were decorated with items for sale. There were many trees set up with ornaments for sale and there were many people doing their holiday shopping.

It wasn’t until I went upstairs to a particular room that I experienced my flashback.  The flash from the past was a clear as the days of old. I was in utter amazement in what was sitting under a decorated tree.  I discover in this room, a childhood friend.  Something so familiar and missed that seeing it brought tears to my eyes.  REALLY! I dropped to the floor on my knees to get a closer look.  I reached out to hold this dear object and I picked it up gingerly.  WOW! It was meant to be! Finding this lost treasure from my past was a sign that I needed to buy it for myself. For a second or two, I needed to reward myself and take back, reclaim what was a big part of my life in the past. I had to have that doll!

This is Mrs. Beasley and me. She is my blast from the past doll.

This is Mrs. Beasley and me. She is my blast from the past doll.

Mrs. Beasley was a fabric  and plastic doll made by Mattel in 1967.  Today she is considered vintage.  This particular Mrs.Beasley doll is a vintage re-make with the recordings of Cheryl Ladd as the grandmotherly voice used in her string activated voice box encased in the doll’s  cotton fabric torso area.  The doll was designed to resemble a grandmotherly type figure. She also had a string that you pulled to make her “talk”. The phrases she spoke were of things a Grandmother might say like: “I do believe you are the nicest little friend I ever had.” and “Would you like to try on my glasses, you may if you wish.”

The doll was made popular by the sit-com, family show starring Brian Keith. It was called: Family Affair. Keith played an uncle who was put in charge of these adorable twin children named Buffy and Jody.  Mr. French was a supporting character as the butler.  It was one of those feel good shows that I just loved watching as a child on television.

Buffy had a Mrs. Beasley doll on the show and they were pretty popular dolls.  The fabric of the doll’s body was blue and white poka-dot. It was a very stiff-stuffed doll with arms, torso and legs, that were solid and great for wear and tear.  That doll was durable.  Mrs. Beasley came with her own plastic granny glasses and a hair net. Funny now to think about those factors that seemed appealing to have on a doll.

I earned my own money to buy my Mrs. Beasley by making loom pot holders! I remember making many of the square loom pot holders in hopes that those in my neighborhood would buy them so that I could have enough money for my Mrs. Beasley doll. They did, so you know I had a fond appreciation for her because of the added efforts in obtaining her.

The funny part about finding this doll that day were the comments I got while I was holding her while shopping the rest of that shopping spree. Women would stop to talk about her and tell me that they had a Mrs. Beasley doll too or that they knew someone who had one when they were growing up.  One lady even asked if I were planning on buying it for sure because she would consider it if I did not want to purchase it.  I did buy it and I guess I was not ready for the reaction of my family when I brought my tiny treasure home.

My blast from the past doll.

My blast from the past doll.

The cats found her curious but were not impressed with it. And my husband did not know why I “needed” a doll at my age. My daughter thought it was “creepy” and said she was going to give her nightmares. Oh well!  She is mine. I have been reunited with my friend, Mrs.Beasley!

Do you have a flash from the past item that you are attached to for personal or creative reasons? Do share. Creativity is meant to be appreciated.

Creative Views: Around Town

2 Oct

Corn husk dolls and other crafts using natural elements were displayed and demonstrated.

Today’s Club Creative Studio “Two-Cent Tuesday” post is a prompt to look closer within your own community for a new creative view.  Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy outdoor festivals and gatherings.  Most craft-fairs and fall festivals do not have an entrance fee so it makes the creative views even more appealing.  Are there events you can explore in your area this weekend?

Good toe-tappin’ mountain music had the audience sitting around on hay bales enjoying the sounds with a great natural setting the Smokey Mountains.

If you happen to find a different place to be other than your local backyard, you may discover highlights from around a new town to enjoy and appreciate.  This was the case when I recently visited another state. Unaware of the annual festivities focused around the region, we enjoyed what was called “Mountain Heritage Day” in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Held on the grounds of Western Carolina University.

The Newfound Forge: Blacksmith Westley Angel handcrafts forged iron.

Forged iron from Leicester, North Carolina

Mountain Heritage Day celebrates the traditions of rich southern Appalachian Music, Dance, Arts, and Folklore.  There were 100 plus, Juried Handmade Arts and Crafts Booths, with Three Traditional Music Stages, a Kid’s Area, Cherokee Stickball Games, Workshops, Heritage Demonstration sand Exhibit Areas, Living History Area, Canning and Baking Contests, an Antique Car Show, Chainsaw Competition and plenty of Festival Food. You gotta love that “fried pie”.

Mountain Heritage Day, Cullowhee, North Carolina. At Western Carolina University grounds, 2012

Wonderful sculptural baskets made from local fallen tree branches.

The pride of the mountains is reflected in the arts during this day-long festival. This celebration was the 30th annual celebration. It proudly showcased some of the finest arts, crafts, music and dance of the southeast since 1974. It has been named one of the top 200 craft events in the United States. I hope you run across a great fall festival in your area soon.

Jim Long and his wife Nancy Hornbuckle of River Cane Weaving display and demo their creative use of natural materials in their weaving of mats and baskets in Cherokee, North Carolina.

Triple C Pottery from artists: Cale and Christy Williams, Eagle Springs, North Carolina create hand thrown stoneware.

Down-home goodness.

Artist: Lori Anderson shares creations from the past and present from corn shucks and other natural materials.

 

I hope that you have the time to discover something that expresses and appreciates the arts like a good-old-fashioned fall festival.

>Craft Fair & Car Show

30 Apr

>I am an active member of the Coastal Carolina Artist & Crafters (CCAC) guild, in Jacksonville, North Carolina. If you are in the area of 421 Court Street, we are having the annual Spring Craft Fair & Car Show in downtown Jacksonville at the historic River Walk Park. From 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. Club Creative Studio would love to see you and we welcome your interest!

We are celebrating the arts and the 275th Birthday of Onslow County.

It is free event to attend and admire and purchase from over 35 artists represented. There will be a special area for the children and food is provided by the area Onslow Shriners organization. Portion of the proceeds benefit the Shriners. Day long raffle from CCAC guild member’s contributions. Car show trophies awarded at 2:00 P.M. Scavenger hunt for you to participate in, painted umbrella contest public display, birthday cake cutting ceremony and cake served at 3:00 P.M. while supplies last, umbrella winner announcements. made at that time as well. Scavenger Hunt winner announced at 3:30 P.M. Hope to see you there!

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