Saturday, 4 February 2012

We Was Brung Up Proper!

Many thanks for all your kind comments on my lava lamp card last week - it seems it brought back memories for many. So before I move onto my challenge card this week here is another little meander down memory lane...

Congratulations to all my readers who were born in the 1930's 1940's, 50's, 60's and early 70's ! First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos...

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon, processed meat and tuna from a can.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, Subway or Nandos...

Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on a Sunday, somehow we didn't starve to death!

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died.

We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.

We ate fairy cakes (not cupcakes), white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because...WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no SKY, no video/dvd films, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

Only girls had pierced ears!

You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time...

Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet because we didn’t need to keep up with the Jones’s!

Not everyone made the rugby/football/cricket/netball team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on MERIT.

Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and throw the blackboard rubber at us if they thought we weren’t concentrating.

We can string sentences together, spell and have proper conversations because of a good, solid three R’s education.

Our parents would tell us to ask a stranger to help us cross the road.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla' and 'Tiger'.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL !

If any or all of the above rings true with you then, once again, congratulations on surviving your traumatic childhood!

I hope you are still with me and ready to move onto the real purpose of this blog/post i.e. crafting and not rambling. So without further ado here is my LIM entry with the theme of aqua.

For this simple card I've paperpieced a sofa image with Pink Petticoat Big Dots and decoupaged a couple of layers which doesn't show very well in the photo. The sentiment is computer generated.

That's all folks - thanks for looking and have a great weekend!


  1. Wow I hope you copied and pasted all that, but I'm glad you did because it's so true! I'm a 60's baby and often think ' I have survived so why can't kids today!'......
    I love your card and it's where I think I shall spend the day in front of the log stove.... Zx
    Thanks for the memories.

  2. Great post and your card looks fab Kimberley!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  3. True post...just had this same kind of talk with one of the adult kiddos this week....great card...I want that aqua sofa in my house!!

  4. Fab card , that sofa looks very comfy

  5. VERY VERY TRUE! I'm a 60's child and managed to survive all that lot! I can remember getting money back on the bottles of Corona!

    Oh, and what about bin men? They actually FETCHED your bin from your back garden, instead of leaving it there if it's more than an inch away from the kerb!

    Happy days!

    LOVE your very CAS new home card. Fab! xxx

  6. Brilliant new home card, love it
    Beryl x

  7. I'm with Sandra - you triggered my memory of buying a bottle of 'pop' on holiday and the joy of getting cash for bringing back the bottle! I love your fabulous card - what a very attractive image!

  8. Great post and great card :)

  9. Fab card. Perfect for a new home!

  10. Great post
    Great rad
    Great card
    Perfect in fact!
    Thank you very much Kim
    "Less is More"

  11. I want a sofa like that, what an awesome pattern, fab card :0)
    Jenny x

  12. Certainly a C&S card, and so pretty too

  13. How very true, I'm a 60's baby too and agree with everything you say.
    Fabulous CAS card.

  14. Lovely card, very cas.

  15. Not tellin which deciade I was born in... LOL but I DO remember a cone shaped paper bag filled with sugary seweeties bought from the corner shop which always smelt of pear drops!!!
    Lovely card too!

  16. loved your post and the wander back through memory lane almost as much s your card - your cards are so much fun x

  17. Ah yes, I too remember those carefree days!

    Fab card love your aqua couch


  18. Great card, brilliant post, wonder what the generation growing up now will have to say in 40 odd years. :)

  19. Great card, I want a sofa just like that. I hate to admit it but I was an early 70's baby, the stuff we did and the places we went to, my kids wouldn't believe me!
    Jo x