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Hi, I'm Darryll and I live in Pullman, Washington with my wife and two kids. I'm a licensed Architect and am employed as a Project Manager at Washington State University. In addition, I have my own business doing residential designs in the greater Palouse area. I am a self-taught pianist, song-writer and singer and am involved in the music department at my local church.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

1970's Crafts

There were a lot of crazy things that we did for fun back when I grew up. It seems like there was an obsession with "making" things - especially if they were "earthy" and used lots of natural materials.

Decoupages were huge. The first thing you needed was a hunk of wood, be it a piece of a tree or an old faded piece of 2x4. Then you needed a cool picture... some old sailing ship, or a wooded scene with a lake, or maybe a majestic mountain or two. The next step was always fun... you needed to burn the edges of the picture so it got that "old" look to it. My brother and I always lingered on this one... burning stuff was always cool! After you achieved the right look, it was time to glue the picture to the piece of wood. We would pull out the trusty Elmers and glue away. After having let it "set" for a day or two, you started adding lacquer… lots of lacquer. The more coats, the better. We usually got impatient after 3 or 4 coats, but they generally turned out great anyway.

I know there are still some of my "masterpieces" littered about my folks’ home. And I know my brother and I made a few of them for our grandmothers. They weren’t the most professional looking pieces of art, but they were homemade crafts and that’s what made them special.


Anonymous said...

I sometimes think that those times were the best ones.

What can I say ... I love the 70's! :-)

Thanks for the post, it made me smile!

Blast from the Past said...

Anon: They were fun. I've recently thought about teaching my daughter how to do this. It would be a fun father-daughter project.

LaraAnn said...

We did Make It Bake it which was like a stained glass sun catcher - I think this was the late 70's too, it was definitely early 80's. There were Shrinky Dinks too that I only did once.

Cindy deRosier said...

I'd forgotten about making those. Thanks for the memories!

Blast from the Past said...

I just found one of my old ones in a box of my old memorabilia (read junk box). They were a lot of fun to make!

Glad you enjoyed the post!