Sunday, 16 January 2011

My toy shelves

Been playing with my toy shelves!



Just a set of shelves with some of the bits I pick up when out thrifting.



Lovely old childrens books...



The parrot was infused with DDT which used to kill the flies near it...



Lovely abacus - not that old ...



My drunken sailors...



French knitting doll and Ladybird books ...



My first paint box - a lovely little ebay find. I showed this to some folk at the office and they remembered having one of these paint tins in the 60s.



Odd little dolls and Russian dolls are a favourite



Lovely vintage book jackets designs...



and other little wooden dolls. I'm not sure why I'm drawn to these things other than that I didn't play as a child - I was a reader and had no interest in toys. Maybe I'm a late developer!

Have a good week.

Oh I've added one or two things to my blogshop - link in side bar

Love Wend

20 comments:

  1. Thats a lovley display Wend. I was a reader too, but my Teeny Tiny Tears was well played with. xxx

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  2. I bought a pinocchio just like yours at a CS last week for my craft room shelves. Love your toys lovely memories!

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  3. awww that is a wonderful shelf what a great idea ;-)That has made me smile this morning wonderful memories. Have a lovely week, Dee x

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  4. I love this display Wend, the drunken sailors have to be my favourites.
    Ann x

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  5. I have shelves just like yours filled with toys, I especially like childrens toy cups and saucers and have got quite a good collection of them and of course old childrens books. Could not live without them.

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  6. What a lovely collection you have! It looks so nice all grouped together like that.My mother has given me some old childrens books belonging to her mother,with beautiful illustrations,like your 'Our tea party' one, and I'm wondering how to display them.Have been looking out for an abacus.Would love to find an old one.
    Have a good week. :0)

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  7. These shelves look similar to the ones in my daughter's bedroom, which are filled with vintage finds, Ladybird books and russian dolls. Great minds think alike, eh?!

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  8. Wend,
    I collected ladybird books for a few years and my collection has to be stored in many, many boxes under the stairs. Looking at your photos makes me wish I could see some on my shelves. I am a devil for old board games and jigsaw puzzles, seduced by that retro packaging.My husband collects all things Eagle comics, especially Dan Dare. We must be true children of the 50's (him and I , not you I hasten to add) I love the look of that circus book... enjoy your toys. Rearranging them will make them seem all new to you again. Lesley

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  9. Oh, oh, oh - the Tales of Long Ago by Enid Blyton - I still have my copy my grandparents gave me for Christmas back in 1967. My Nan wrote in it which makes it very treasured.
    Love the shelf and all the things on it. Two of those sailors look a bit naughty to me. xx

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  10. I certain had very similar paint boxes in the 50's/60's and remember being very frustrated by their lack of colour until I was given a student watercolour box. Love the 'foreign costume' doll. I can also remember being very envious of friends who had them and thought they were the height of sophistication.

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  11. Now I come from a different angle: I can remember DDT! (Long since banned!). I love the little horse next to the parrot and of course, the parrot. Lovely collection Wend....

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  12. I just love it!! I especially love the Dala horse on wheels..I have never seen it that way. Thank you for sharing all this...yum

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  13. What an excellent idea having a shelf to display all your toys and books on. I must keep an eye out for something like that to display mine on.

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  14. My favourites have to be the handsome sailors! A really great display, I could look at it for hours!

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  15. What a lovely display! I love all the books.
    Hugs
    Daisy xxx

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  16. Lovely display, Wend. Some of it I remember from my childhood, and some from my mother's childhood - ahh, simpler times!

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  17. what a lovely collection and great display x

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  18. I've passed you the stylish blogger award, you can find the award and all details on my latest blog x

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  19. What a truly beautifully decorated set of shelves and the cat tin - lovely!
    June.

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  20. Such a lovely idea. I've lots of things lurking in my loft. May well bring them down now! x

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