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Friday, November 17, 2017

Old-Fashioned Day

We volunteer at the local senior center.
On Wednesday, they had an Old-Fashioned Day.

Great Fun!

My cousin and I are wearing our old-fashioned outfits

Members brought in food to eat - pinto beans, fried potatoes, cornbread, biscuits, pickled corn, fudge, applesauce stack cake, etc.

It makes your mouth water just reading those foods.

We played games (marbles, jacks, two-legged race, etc.)
I hadn't played jacks since I was a kid - and I won!

Teresa, the site supervisor, told origins of old-fashioned sayings and traditions.


We had a guessing-game table filled with old-fashioned items.



How many can you name?


I demonstrated a button yo-yo.




I also made these rag, mop and hanky dolls for prizes, and donated one of my cookbooks (since it has some old-fashioned recipes in it) for a prize.






Everyone Had a Great Time!

These dolls are very easy to make. Use a Styrofoam ball for the head. Tear your favorite material (cotton prints or muslin) into approximately 1" strips. If you use a yard of material, you can get around 36 strips, which is plenty. Lay them out flat on a table or floor and tie a string around them at the middle point. Put the Styrofoam ball under where you tied them together, spread out the strips of material (making sure to cover up the ball entirely) and tie a strip of material tightly around the neck.

Braid 3 to 6 mop strings or torn pieces of material together and knot the ends to make the arms. Separate her 'skirt' in the middle, slide the arms through and then tie a strip of material tightly beneath her arms to make her waist.

If you want, you can glue a piece of lace around her neck.
And make a kerchief for her head by cutting a triangle piece of material.

Hope you enjoyed my old-fashioned post.



4 comments:

  1. Oh this sounds like so much fun! And the dolls must be like something which little girls would have had in the past. I bought a doll made from a mop head. She has such a sweet face and I love her.

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    1. It was fun. I love mop dolls and rag dolls. I enjoyed making them.

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  2. Janet, this certainly looks like a day filled with fun for you and the residents. I probably could identify all the antiques, as I am one.

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  3. Hi, Linda. We, like antiques, are worth more the older we get.

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