Monday, 10 August 2015

Blast from the Past!

Hey Everyone,

One of the many things which has been keeping me busy over the last few weeks was preparation for John's 60th birthday party. We decided on a retro theme and had loads of fun coming up with ideas for food, music, decor and stuff to do.

We set up a table where our guests could have a little saunter down Memory Lane and let their inner children out to play - do you remember these? ...


When I was a little girl, I used to spend hours playing with paper dolls. These particular ones came from Tin Teddy on Etsy. And for the boys, there was a Robby the Robot and K-9 ...



... which were free printables which I found on the Tektonen Papercraft blog (I couldn't resist adding extra rusty grunginess with some Distress Inks). In fact, there are LOADS of free printable paper toys out there - try www.papertoys.com or www.papercars.net to find some fun toys to download and print at home ...


... and all you need is paper, a printer, scissors, glue and quite a bit of patience! Check out this pinterest page for loads of paper dolls such as this one ...


I'm going to take some of the printed sheets with me when I meet up with the girls next week for our annual visit to Oxford - we stay in University digs and like to have some crafty cutting and sticking to do in the evenings, so these will fit the bill perfectly!

Last but not least is a paper toy I remember very well - we used to make these all the time, with just a sheet of paper and a pencil, but I coloured this one with marker pens ...


... the Fortune Teller!! SO much fun to make with the kiddies (if you need an excuse!) - if you can't remember how to make one, check out one of the many tutorials on YouTube.

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon :o)

Annie xxx


2 comments:

Lisca Meijer said...

Oh paper dolls! I used to play with them and my sister and I still have a box with about 80. That is such a good idea of yours.
And the paper toys is a stroke of genius. I love the foorballer. I'll see if I can save that image and print it out for my grandson when he comes next month.

Lizzy Hill said...

Took me right back to my past with the paper dolls. I had a raggedy anne one I ADORED....great idea for a party. And I remember your LAST year Oxford sojourn. Can't believe it's coming around already!!! ENJOY!!!