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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Circle Time: The Show and Tell Weekly Thread

Welcome back to Show and Tell. Just to recap for any newcomers, here's how it works:
  • Everyone is welcome to join, even if you have never posted before and just found out about Show and Tell for the first time today.
  • If you would like to join circle time and show something to the class, simply post each Sunday (or earlier in the weekend or on Monday if you can't do Sunday), hopefully including a picture if possible, and telling us about your item. It can be anything--a photo from a trip, a picture of the dress you bought this week, a random image from an old yearbook showing a person you miss. It doesn't need to contain a picture if you can't get a picture--you can simply tell a story about a single item.
  • Label your post "Show and Tell" each week and then come back here and add the permalink in the comments section below (make sure you don't just comment that you participated: add a link to your blog in your comment so people can click over). I post a new Show and Tell post every Saturday night or Sunday. I usually move people up into the body of the post every few hours.
  • Oh, and then the point is that you click through all of your classmates and see what they are showing this week.
Let's begin.

This week I am showing two items that are both guitars of a sort.

The one on the left was given to me by my uncle who died. It is the toy that I took away from the ChickieNob and Wolvog because I was afraid they would break it. It is so quintessentially my uncle, my childhood, that time period. It's so Mork and Mindy. I wish I hadn't just put away the camera because I would zoom in on the font on that orange sticker. It is called the Magical Musical Thing. When my mother gave it to the twins, I hadn't seen it in a long time and I sat with it for a while. It felt so fragile, like it had become more breakable with all of the meaning I bestowed on it. It has been hidden in the top shelf of the cupboard. Please don't tell the twins. It still plays and whenever I take it down, there is an overwhelming need to run through a few rounds of Mary Had a Little Lamb.

The guitar on the right is something I made in Home Ec in 1987. It had been a source of huge frustration--the item that dashed my childhood hopes of becoming a clothing designer. If I couldn't piece together a simple stuffed guitar, how was I supposed to make couture gowns? Cocktail dresses with cabbage rose sleeves? My mother saved this project and also passed it along to the twins. The ChickieNob likes to play rock star with it and jam out in the toy corral. It is funny to see it lying around my living room, this object that is from Home Ec, from middle school, from an entire different life time.

What are you showing today?

Other People Standing at the Head of the Class:
  1. Coming2Terms
  2. Weebles Wobblog
  3. Life From Here
  4. My Sanctuary
  5. Stop the Train, I Wanna Get Off...
  6. There's Hope
  7. The Life and Times of Me!
  8. The Sweet Life
  9. Infertility on the Brain
  10. Kore Chronicles
  11. Spuddy Buddy
  12. Sticky Feet
  13. Bloorb This!
  14. Fumbling Towards Eggstacy
  15. T.K.O...more or less
  16. Letting it Out
  17. Isn't it Pretty to Think So?
  18. In Due Time
  19. Mommy Sparklykatt
  20. Baby, Borneo, or Bust
  21. Fertilized
  22. Life, Part Deux
  23. I'm a Smart One
  24. And the Rest is History...
  25. The Road Less Travelled
  26. I Think I Hear Your Mother Calling
  27. Working on It (invite-only blog)
  28. Bee Bangbage
  29. Who Shot My Stork?
  30. Serenity Now!
  31. Worth It All
  32. The Therapist is In
  33. I Won't Fear Love
  34. Imagine Alyzabeth An
  35. The Only Constant is Change
  36. Southern Infertility
  37. Soulbliss
  38. Adventures [in]Fertility Wonderland
  39. So...who's next. Don't be shy, don't be shy. Even if other posts are above this one, you can still add your item to the discussion. Though if it's after Tuesday night, maybe save the post until next week. We do this every weekend.
If you want it...
I've now placed a Show and Tell archive on the sidebar that will be updated each week in case you miss it. And click here for the icon code if you wish to have it for your blog. It links to the archives.


Lori Lavender Luz said...

Makes me want to jam with one and take a nap with the other.

momofonefornow said...

I love the home ec guitar. I think we had to make purses. If memory serves, mine ended up looking like an anvil with strings hanging off everywhere. Not good.

I am showing my e-reader for show and tell. I am pretty new at this so I hope my links come through correctly.

Amy said...

I love the home ec guitar! How awesome.
*raises hand* Me next! Here's my Show and Tell.

luna said...

I love the guitars, both the retro and homemade ones. yours is just precious. how sweet of mom to save it all these years!

joining the circle to share my freaky garden pests here:

Anonymous said...

Hee! It is Mork and Mindy!

m said...

That guitar is awesome. i think the best thing I ever made in home ec was a library bag made out of 2 tea towels....

Here's my Show & Tell:

Sam said...

What a great idea - can I join in!?

And does this comment count under my NaComLeavMo quota!!?

SassyCupcakes said...

I love the home ec guitar. And it actually looks like a guitar too which makes it ten times better than anything I've ever tried to sew.

ColourYourWorld said...

I love the Magical Musical thing, I can almost hear the sound it makes.

And the other guitar is wonderful just makes me want to cuddle it.

I am joining in again.

SAHW said...

I love the guitar that your uncle gave you...looking at it transported me back in time to my own days of colorful plastic musical toys during which I aspired to be a musician...when I got too old for my own plastic musical toys, I used to secretly play my younger brother's (7 years younger) toys too. Somehow they were a lot more fun than the real expensive keyboard my parents bought for me.

Anonymous said...

here from Nacomleavmo:


That home ec guitar is insanely awesome. I wish I had home ec...sniff.

Paula Keller said...

Mine's up!

Love the guitars!

Anonymous said...

When I was in my middle school clothing class I had those delusions of being able to make my own prom dress and the, like, coolest clothes EVER. I thought I was the only one :)

Anonymous said...

Cool musical toy and that home ec guitar is awesome. My greatest accomplishment was a red gingham tablecloth with white cross stitches in the red squares. I was so sucky at sewing that the main reason I chose the red was because it wouldn't show the blood! I found it amongst my mother's things when I was cleaning up after she died.

My whole blog is a year long photographic show and tell - from the mundane to the ridiculous - and you'll find today's offering at:

chicklet said...

That's totally a cool guitar.

I'm here and in too

Anonymous said...

Love that pillow!

Here's mine!

Jamie said...

Mel, you always have the best ideas. :)


chicklet said...

Oopsy, meant to put this link instead

HeidiM said...

I love Lori's comment, I was thinking the same!

Your stuffed guitar looks brilliantly creative to me!!

Here's my S&T for this week: Fumbling Toward Eggstacy Show & Tell

Anonymous said...

I am showing a picture to remember the importance of Memorial Day.

DD said...

This one I had to join:

Show and Tell

(I never know if I get links right, so here's the long version:

Heidi said...

This is too much fun to look at!! I am going to make sure I join next week :)

Anonymous said...

Cool guitars...especially the one you made.
I'm sharing for Show-and-tell, too!!
Here's mine

In Due Time said...

Happy Sunday Mel!

Samantha said...

that's an awesome guitar you made! More sewing talent that I've ever had, that's for sure!

Kristine said...

I love the idea of show and tell!

Here's one about the cradle my brother made for my baby boy.

Anonymous said...

I like your home ec guitar. When I took home ec we had to make the ugliest tunic top ever. I wouldn't have worn it even if it had come out nicely!

Queenie. . . said...

My 7th grade home ec. stuffed lamb was the demise of MY fashion career! Oh, pssst, and want to hear a deep, dark, secret? The only "C" I EVER got was in 7th grade home ec.--because of that disasterous lamb. I was scandalized for years.

I'm in again this week:

AwkwardMoments said...

We had to make ice cream cones in our Home Ec!! The guitar is really cool!

Alacrity said...

Love some of the things I've seen today. Here is my first attempt at creating a link in a comment. Hope it works:

My show and tell.

Alacrity said...

Of course it did not work!

JW Moxie said...

Your home ec guitar is to your fashion design career as my anatomy & physiology fetal pig dissection is to my physician career. Although, if I knew then what I know now, I probably would have wanted to tough out med school & human dissection to be an RE.

Here's my S&T for this week:
My picture is of a toilet.

Anonymous said...

I thought I'd try this week. Here's mine:

loribeth said...

I'm in!

Io said...

I'm showing and telling! I'm a little late - sorry!
And that guitar pillow is WAY cooler than my round cow print pillow from 8th grade.

Io said...

Oh, a link might be nice, eh?

Sarah Barah said...

I love this idea.

Here's my contribution.

Pamela T. said...

I've yet to meet anyone whose hopes for a sewing of cool clothes weren't dash in home ec. I slaved away on a pair of demin overalls meant to make me look cool. You can imagine my huge disappointment when they were a few inches short -- giving me the flood pant effect. It didn't help that I was growing like a weed. I never wore them and that was the end of my sewing career. thanks for sharing great stories and prompting us to do the same!

annacyclopedia said...

I absolutely adore your home ec guitar. I'm already plotting making my own - I think my nephews would seriously dig it.

Check out my installment at:

Anonymous said...

I'm in this time around.

Joanna said...

This is my first time and I would love to join too!

Its so cool being able to look at things from your childhood, especially when they have sentimental value.

I am at:

Thank you for doing this.

Jamie said...

Man!! My internet is down on Show and Tell Day AND the first day of NaComLeavMo!! Talk about Murphy's Law . . .

Here is my show & tell for this week:

Julia said...

I am in, although late as usual.

I love that your mom saved these, and that the kids get to play with one of them. I understand the protectiveness with the other.

Christy said...

What a great show and tell! Thanks for sharing a part of your past.

Alyson and Ford said...

Please add me!!

Alyson LID 01/26/07 (IA China)

VA Blondie said...

I love that home ec guitar. I think it is wonderful!

Here is my show and tell for the week..

Samantha said...

Okay, I've published mine:

Sunny said...

I am so jealous of your home ec guitar! See, I was in band in middle school, which took the place of an elective class, so no home ec class for me. I was green with envy when my non-band friends were making their pillows! Although my relationship with DH began in the clarinet section of that very band, so I guess it was worth it. :)

Anonymous said...

Never had a magical musical thing of my own, but painfully envious of anyone else who did. Lucky dog!

Somehow I avoided home ec. Never had to take it. And its probably a good thing - I never would have come up with something as cool as that guitar to make.

bleu said...

I just did my first show and tell post.

I hope you like it.

..Soo.See.. said...

i totally love that you still have your jamming guitar from your uncle. i think it's so sweet and lovely.