Stuff We Forgot 20/12/12 – Fuzzy Felt!

Yes, this is meant to be primarily a style blog but, fuck it… I like toys. So my first ‘Stuff We Forgot’ post focuses on one of my most treasured childhood possessions.. FUZZY FELT!!

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I don’t wanna alienate anyone younger than me, but I definitely think my generation may have been one of the last to play with Fuzzy Felt. Sure, they still make it now, but it’s just not the same! Things have faces on the modern stuff, there’s no room for pure imagination to run wild!

When I was a child, I was given Fuzzy Felt to play with and my creativity took over, I still remember the crinkly blue plastic segments that held all of my precious shapes, and the thin cardboard ‘background’ which would be my canvas. I truly feel that Fuzzy Felt made me realise from quite a young age that ‘art’ didn’t have to be a drawing or a painting. And it didn’t have to last forever.

Fuzzy Felt was originally born in 1950, so the staying power of this fantastically simple toy is testament to it’s appeal. Maybe if todays kids weren’t so distracted by telly we would still see a hell of a lot more Fuzzy Felt magic!

It’s not particularly valuable if you have a vintage box today, but the satisfaction you will get from making a rude collage or dream home scene is beyond monetary value.

Finally, in combining style with toys.. imagine what Fuzzy Felt brooches could bring to an outfit! I love anything that reminds me of my childhood, I love anything childish in general. Felt brooches are all over Etsy right now, why not create a nostalgia laden Fuzzy Felt alternative.

On that note.. I’m getting myself on eBay… this is my new ‘thing’.

This Lives In My House – Tacky Plastic Pineapple (s)

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I actually own four of these tacky plastic pineapples. Unlike many I lust after, these are not ice buckets, and serve no purpose other than to piss me off by falling on my head when I try clean the cupboards (you can see where they reside in the background).

Despite their apparent suicidal jumps for freedom, I do love them. I paid nothing for them and they are four of my most favourite things I own.

I first discovered them hanging out in the window of River Island in Hartlepool, where I lived while I was studying. I’ve always loved anything tacky, trashy, kitschy and fun and was genuinely gutted they weren’t actually for sale. They were playing an important role in a tropical summer themed visual merchandisers dream, making the palm tree print trousers look even more ironically awful than they already did. I fell in love with them (the pineapples not the trousers) and dashed into the shop to ask them to save me them when they changed the window. 

Now, when you don’t give a shit about what’s in the windows of these high street hell-holes.. they seem to change them every day, constantly barraging you with ALL THE NEW THINGS YOU MUST BUY!! But let me tell you, when you lust after four plastic pineapples that play an integral part to one of these tableaus.. they will suddenly NEVER change the window! It’s agony. And all you can do is pester the poor girls that work there into promising you they will swipe them before the window dresser takes them away.

Eventually, one day, I walked past and they weren’t there. The club tropicana theme was gone, apparently now ‘so last season’ and replaced with something that looked like someone threw up neon bacardi breezers at a rave. It was finally time to take my new babies home! 

Just as promised they were saved for me, and I skipped home and merrily arranged them in my kitchen in a nice neat line. Since then they have moved to Newcastle, Huddersfield and Leeds with me, where they reside today. I don’t think I could ever get rid of them. 

I used to want the full collection of official Britvic ice buckets (especially the pineapple), but now I am content with my cheap plastic fruity friends. Their complete lack of function makes them all the more endearing.

I have just written a whole heap of paragraphs about fake plastic fruit. I’m so sorry.

Kate x

What I’m Going To Blog About..

Here is a non-exhaustive list of things I’d like to blog about. Please tell me if any ideas grab your attention or if some are steaming piles of pap..

 

Etsy Picks – I’ll show you my favourite things for sale on Etsy. 

Japan Facts – Stuff i’ve learnt about japan. Weird stuff, interesting stuff, everyday stuff. 

My Harajuku Shopping Guide – my guide to the best shops in the best shopping district in the world!

Stuff We Forgot – Terrible and awesome things from the past/ my childhood that most people forgot about  but are well worth writing at least a paragraph of garbage about now. 

If I Owned This.. – Examples of how I would wear something im lusting after using the glory of polyvore collages

Geek Out – Something I am geeking out on. Let me clarify… I become momentarily obsessed with things on a regular basis. These obsessions usually last a week at best. I will blog about them in the vain attempt to make them more valid.

Outfit posts – go on then, if I have to!

This Lives In My House – I will choose a thing in my house, and tell you a story of where its from, what it does, how I came to own it.

Someone Got Paid To Design That – A suggestion from an Instagram follower… Photos of truly horrific clothes, objects and more that people actually got paid to design.

Terrific Textiles – Another Instagram suggestion.. photos of beautiful textiles, modern and vintage.

 

Please, Please, PLEASE do tell me if you have an idea for anything you want to see! 

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