Throwback to my Youth - Take a little trip with me

January 23rd, 2010 in blog, projects     
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Please divert your eyes away from my pants for a second to check out my Dads handy work.  I know, my pants are captivating.  My flare for fashion did not come until later in life.  Or so Id like to think.
Please divert your eyes away from my pants for a second to check out my Dad's handy work.  I know, my pants are captivating.  My flare for fashion did not come until later in life.  Or so I'd like to think.

"LOW RIDER...Take a little trip, take a little trip with me."  

My mom posted this photo on facebook.  It is of me and my older Sis.  I wanted to share my Dad's craftiness, especially for those who have children.  This masterpiece was created with recycled cardboard, some paint and a couple of clothespins.  I guess we can see where I get some of my craftiness from, huh? 

Talk about some tricked out Big Wheels.  They are a Sopwith Camel & Fokker Triplane, or so I am told - I don't know which is which.  My Dad is a big airplane aficionado, so he made these for us for a Bike Parade.  We were too cool for school.  My Dad totally rocked it.

Just wanted to share a throw back moment from my youth and some retro fun!  Maybe you can make something like it for your little ones.  I know I am going to give it a whirl.

Happy Days,


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Comments (14)

shabbychick writes: MB - What a great memory - the picture and the story! Looks like.......father like daughter!!!

Thanks for sharing with us!

Kathy Posted: 10:51 pm on January 29th
grandma_of_three writes: The airplane closest to us is the 'triplane' because of the 'tri' wings, 3 layers. 'Bi' planes had two layers of wings. Just in case you were wondering. LOVE it! Made a playhouse out of fridge box once. Our local furniture store took my name and called me when one came in, picked it up with my minivan and the kids had more fun with it than any other toys that summer! It is amazing what imagination and cardboard can do! Thanks so much for sharing! Posted: 11:47 am on January 27th
suewhitney writes: Hey Marybeth,

This is one of my favorite posts of all times. It speaks to me. I think picking up and using things in our homes from bygone eras elicits fond memories and creates comfort in our souls. I believe this is a big part of why we all love our junk so darn much. Thanks for the memories, kiddo! As for the pants...some things are better left in the past. Ah, hahahaha!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 9:28 am on January 27th
emw1203 writes: Oh, this is very crafty. It goes to show you how you can make anything if you have the determination and foresight. What fond memories. My Dad came from the Depression Era and he was one to be able to fix, wire up and duct tape anything back together to make it work. And usually it worked. Thanks for sharing your memories. Posted: 7:05 pm on January 26th
CleverThinker writes: How cool are these? I thought my go cart with the laundry basket nose front was cool- we would tie a rope to it and drag it behind the Schwinn....but these are all self propelled! What a great photo, great smiles, great memories for sure. How lucky you are that your dad took the time to rock out your wheels! Nothing 'PLANE' about these baybees!!!

Thanks for sharing!

Larry Posted: 11:24 am on January 26th
MakinItHappen writes: How lucky you are! Posted: 11:09 am on January 26th
CottageElements writes: Wowzer, how great was that! Very creative of your Dad and I bet you were the envy of all your friends. What a wonderful memory!

Lani Posted: 4:06 pm on January 25th
54girl writes: These are so cute! What a wonderful memory! Mary Posted: 1:32 pm on January 25th
smiller0529 writes: How cute is that! The only thing missing is Snoopy and the Red Baron! Posted: 10:12 am on January 25th
alicemom writes: MB,
What a great story! I love your "in" look!
smiles, alice Posted: 1:36 pm on January 24th
JunkArchitect writes: Wow Marybeth! You are so lucky to have a dad who shared his creativity with you and your sister. I think one of the best things we can do for our kids is to show them that they have the ability to create anything that they can envision. When I was 4 and 5 years old I would hangout in my grandfather’s workshop and just watch him build things. Then one day he let me cut out little wood cars on his band saw. Forty-five years later and I’m still at it.

Those have to be the two coolest Big Wheels ever. Thanks for sharing your story.

Posted: 8:50 pm on January 23rd
fellowjunker writes: Hi Marybeth,
What an amazing job your dad did on these sweet vehicles!!!! Like father, like daughter, eh!?!
xojanis Posted: 6:51 pm on January 23rd
chippingcharm writes: These are so cool! My dad is/was pretty creative when it came to that kind of thing too. I often think of all the cool Halloween costumes he came up with for us kids. At the time I didn't appreciate it...I wanted to be a "Cookie Spook" like everybody else...but I won a few contests and now I can look back and really appreciate it :)
Thanks for sharing, despite the pants...te-he...I'm pretty sure I had something similar back in the day! Laurel Posted: 5:01 pm on January 23rd
oldnews writes: Oh my gosh, this is SO cute! You DO come by it naturally! you two must have been THE hit of the bike parade!! Thanks so much for sharing this, and as for those pants, I think I had the same ones on in a picture my friend posted on facebook of us in high school! At least you weren't old enough to have actually bought them yourself!!

Marie :) Posted: 10:58 am on January 23rd
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