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S: Sticker Books


I didn't collect many things in the '80s, but I did make an exception for stickers. My sticker book was gold! I used a large photo album with cellophane pages that kept the stickers covered and protected. The smarter kids kept the paper backs on the back of their stickers, but I wasn't that smart. :) I stuck them on the pages, so removing them to trade with friends was a little tricky.


I had every kind of sticker you could think of. I waited impatiently to go to the store after school and look through the thousands of stickers to pick out the perfect one, or two.

There were all kinds of stickers back in the '80s. Some of my favorites were:

Scratch 'n Sniff


Puffy


Mrs. Grossman



Satin


Oilie
I had so many of these! The good news is you can still find a lot of these stickers online. If you want to start a new sticker album or add to yours from the '80s check Ebay and Etsy, especially Vintage Sticker Love on Etsy, or Google "'80s stickers".

R: Roller Skating


Another birthday party spot on my A-Z list. The roller rink was where everyone went for parties or to hang out with friends on the weekends. I spent many of my weekends and birthdays skating around the roller skating rink, although I never got to take my birthday lap in the big giant skate. It was always broken.


I LOVED to roller skate. I would roller skate up and down my street and to my friend's house down the block, but my favorite place to skate was around my pool. I would put on my Walkman headset, pop in a roller skating mix tape, and skate for hours. Unfortunately, as the years went on, my roller skating took a toll on the chattahoochee (little colored stones) that surrounded the pool. And, I became the official chattahoochee repair girl in my house. It was a small price to pay for hours and hours of fun!

I was also fortunate to have my own pair of roller skates. They were white with pink wheels and pink pom poms. They were sooo awesome! I wish I still had them today.


I did always want to get those really fancy wheels that you could buy at the roller rink. A lot of them had swirls or sparkles in them. The really cool kids had them, but they were way to expensive for a ten-year-old.

I wish I could take a snap shot of that time and keep it that way forever, but times and places change. Last year I found out that the local roller rink where I spent so much of my childhood had been torn down and turned into a Pep Boys. I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach when I heard the news. It was like I had lost one of my best friends. But, I'll always have those special memories of all of the time I spent there and the great times I had with my childhood friends.

So glad others love roller skating as much as I do. There are a lot of roller skating crafts and diy projects to craft. One of my absolute favorites is this super cool Roller Skate Pinata by Oh Happy Day.  Cross stitch a funny roller skate pattern thanks to Nerdy Little Stitcher. Or check out House of Hawthornes to make some pink (or any color) Giant Pom Poms for your skates or just for fun.

photo credits: roller rink / skates

Q: Quirky Soap Operas


In the '80s I started to watch soap operas, mostly when I got into high school. The '80s had a ton of soap operas to choose from: Guiding Light, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless, As the World Turns, Ryan's Hope, Another World. . . Afternoons were packed with every kind of soap you could think of. But for me there were only two. Every day after school I would race home to catch the end of One Life to Live and all of Santa Barbara.


If you've never seen a soap opera I'm sure it is exactly like you think it is. A lot of pretty people in crazy and unbelievable circumstances. They have always been cheesy and won't be up for any Academy Awards, but it was fun a nice escape from the stresses of math class!


But it is amazing just how many of today's stars got their start on soap operas, and these two in particular.

Santa Barbara
  • Robin Wright as Kelly Capwell
  • John O'Hurley as Stephen Slade
  • Leonardo DiCaprio as Mason Capwell

One Life to Live
  • Tommy Lee Jones as Dr. Mark Toland
  • Laurence Fishburne as Joshua Hall
  • Marcia Cross as Kate Sanders
  • Hayden Panettiere as Sarah Victoria 'Flash' Roberts
  • Ryan Phillippe as Billy Douglas
  • Nathan Fillion as Joey Buchanan (I totally remember him)
  • Kathy Bates as Evelyn Maddox

A Martinez, who played Cruz Castillo one half of Santa Barbara's power couple Eden and Cruz, is currently on the drama Longmire. I didn't know that. I tend to find shows after they've been on for awhile, so I'm pretty clueless as to what is happening on them. Spoiler alert - He plays a pretty bad dude, which is so different from Cruz. I love it! Lou Diamond Phillips is also on Longmire. He is awesome!

A few months ago I was in the midst of binge-watching Longmire on Netflix and counting my crochet stitches, so I had my head bent down, when I heard a very familiar voice. I picked my head up and immediately yelled out, Cruz! Even though it had been 25+ years since I had last seen him, his voice transported me back to the '80s, sitting in front of my TV in my childhood living room and escaping from the day to day grind.

After all the years, it is nice to know these familiar faces (and voices) are still helping me escape today.

P: Parties at McDonalds


I don't know any of my friends who didn't have at least one of their birthday parties at McDonalds. It was the place to go. We had a McDonalds right down the street from my house and we would go every week to get a Happy Meal and play on the playground. But it was extra fun was when we went for someone's birthday.


I just love to look at old pictures of McDonalds. It brings back so many awesome memories.


Remember the outside playground? Oh my gosh! Try sliding down that metal slide in Florida when the temperature outside was 90 and the slide was 100! Way too many times I burned my legs on that thing. But I kept getting back in line to do it again.


And the brown and gold motif? Now this is how I like to remember McDonalds. Reminds me of the good ol' days. And I think on top of the drink machine are the cookies we could get. Remember those awesome cookies that were in the Happy Meals? They were in the shapes of the McDonalds characters. I miss those days.

Amazingly enough I did find a few McDonalds craft projects. You can make your own McDonalds french fries in perler beads. Need a yarn holder? Why not use an old McCafe cup to store your yarn. Or make yourself or your favorite student an adorable McDonalds school supply kit. I want to make myself one of the french fry phone covers. Too cute!

photo credits: party  /   playground  /  McDonalds worker

O: Out of the Blue


Many artists impacted me in the '80s, especially the early '80s. But later in the decade, in the midst of my hair band obsessions, one young female artist really struck a chord with me. Her songs were catchy little pop tunes, which was a nice change from the rock anthems I was also listening to. And I was even more impressed when I found out she wrote all of her songs herself. That artist was Debbie Gibson.

Debbie Gibson released her first album, Out of the Blue, a little after my 13th birthday on August 18, 1987. I got the tape shortly after and wore it out! I loved every song on the record. It also spawned several huge '80s hits, including "Only in My Dreams", "Out of the Blue", "Shake Your Love", and the number one hit, "Foolish Beat".


And with "Foolish Beat" reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1988, it made Debbie Gibson the youngest artist to write, produce, and sing a number one song. Pretty impressive!

She was also a huge trendsetter and influenced my wardrobe on many occasions. Her signature black hat and jean jacket in the "Out of the Blue" video were staples in my wardrobe. I even had my hair cut like hers and teased and curled my bangs. Good times!

The 100 Day Project


Have you heard about The 100 Day Project? I never had until one of my writing friends posted about it on Facebook. I am coming a bit late to the party, as usual. According to the site, the goal of The 100 Day Project is "to awaken, nurture and sustain your creative spirit though the cultivation of small daily acts for 100 days!" I love that!

I really don't have a lot of time, but I think I need something to get me into a routine for crafting every day and spark my creativity in the process. This seems like the perfect project to do just that.

But, WHAT TO CRAFT?!

I thought about doing a crocheted granny square object every day or maybe a felt toy, but that is just too time consuming. I needed to come up with something small that wouldn't take me too long, but would still be crafty. So, after thinking about every craft known to man, I came up with the perfect thing.

My theme for The 100 Day Project is. . .

MINI CRAFTS

Starting on Tuesday I will craft one miniature item each day. Some of the items might be cross stitched, embroidered, sewn, beaded, or crocheted, depending on how much time I have. If I follow along every day, by July 27 I should have 100 mini crafts.

Instead of posting each craft on my blog I will do a weekly compilation every Monday. That way you won't be overwhelmed by mini pictures every day, but you will still be able to see my progress. I will also add a page at the top of my blog with links to all 100 of my mini projects.

If you want to join in click, here. Or if you want more information about the project visit the 100 Day Project.

N: Notes


Back in the '80s kids didn't have cellphones or texting. Nope! If we wanted to talk to our friends in school without disrupting the class or being caught by the teacher we passed notes.


We would pass notes for basically anything. In them we asked about getting together after school or  to plan what we were going to do over the weekend, what we thought of the latest Duran Duran album, how cute the new boy looked, or to offer help (I wouldn't call it cheating) to our fellow classmate.

Not only was the topic of the note important, but how we folded the note was just as crucial. There was a real skill to folding our notes. To be honest I can't remember how I did it, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a YouTube tutorial to show you how to do it.


So awesome! I am definitely going to have to give writing notes another try.