31 Days of Nostalgia

October 01, 2012
What is nostalgia?

The online Free Dictionary defines nostalgia as:

nos·tal·gi·a 1. A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.2. The condition of being homesick; homesickness.
(Houghton Mifflin - American Heritage Dictionary)


nostalgia 1. a yearning for the return of past circumstances, events, etc.2. the evocation of this emotion, as in a book, film, etc.3. longing for home or family; homesickness.
(Collins English Dictionary)

Dear Followers, I am embarking on a 31 day post-a-thon inspired by the Nester. So, for the next 31 days, I will be posting about my chosen topic, nostalgia. I hope you will join me!

Day 1: My Kindergarten Hand Plaque.

My plaque is made out of clay. My children's are made of plaster.

Who made a kindergarten hand plaque? Who still has their kindergarten hand plaque?

Who proudly displays their kindergarten hand plaque along
with their kids' plaques? I do. I love to decorate with my collections, family photos and past mementos.

That's Day One of 31 Days of Nostalgia at Organized Clutter!

Day 2: My Record Albums

Day 3: My Vintage Phone

Day 4: My Pin Cushions

Day 5: WWII Ration Stamp Books

Day 6: Cracker Jack Charms

Day 7: My Barbie Dolls

Day 8: My Girl Scout Sash

Day 9: The Family Historian

Day 10: Big Little Books

Day 11: Charm Bracelets

Day 12: Vintage Small Tins

Day 13: Footstools and Hassocks

Day 14: Fall Caramel Apples

Day 15: Toy Tea Set

Day 16: Red Wing Pottery

Day 17: Vintage Photos on Canvas

Day 18: Travel Postcards

Day 19: Kitsch

Day 20: The Lost Art of Darning

Day 21: Turner & DeJonge Vintage Prints

Day 22: Dime Register Banks

Day 23: Brownie Cameras

Day 24: Vintage Battery Operated Toy Vehicles

Day 25: Doilies

Day 26: Vintage Baby Announcements

Day 27: Presidential Collectibles

Day 28:  Lady Head Vases

Day 29: Embroidered Dish Towels

Day 30: Vintage Bowls

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. What a fun theme and I look forward to seeing all your nostalgic items! My kids never made plaster hand prints. Oh well! Hugs, Linda

  2. Carlene, I enjoy seeing your nostalgic things so it will be interesting to follow along with your month of nostalgia. Displaying those hand prints with family photos is very special. Too many of us throw family things away thinking they are not important. Kudos to you for realizing that these things are important to a family's past and present.

  3. Saw you on Nester...love the plaques! I like junk too :-)
    Have a good 31 days!

  4. I still have the handprint plaques from our daughters AND our dog. They aren't displayed at the moment, but stored carefully away.

  5. Looking forward to all of your nostalgia posts. Sadly, I don't think I have plaster casts of my children's hands. Love what you did with yours!

  6. They didn't have kindergarten when I was little, now that's funny isn't it.

  7. Now I'm jealous about the kindergarten hand plaques! lol I don't have one, nor do my kids!

  8. What a sweet post. I don't have a plaque of my hand print, but I'm so happy to still have the ones my boys did.

  9. I love your theme for the 31 days posting!! I remember making the hand print in kindergarten but my mother never kept anything so I don't have mine. :(

  10. OK, dating myself there wasn't kinder garden back in my day! But I would of loved to have gone and had my own hand print!

  11. I don't have a plaque neither for me or my kids! I like how you displayed yours!

  12. I don't know what ever happened to any hand plaques I did, but the other day I was thinking about a little paperweight I made in Sunday School and gave my dad for father's day when I was in like first grade. It was a clear circular thing with a picture of me that showed through. It was always on his dresser and he would put the money from his pocket under it when he got home. I wonder what happened to that. It pains me to think of treasures lost. I love that you have your hand print displayed with your kids'. Sweet memories!

  13. what a sweet idea. I wish I would have done that when mine were younger.

  14. What a charming idea - love the notion of nostalgia - can't wait to see all your posts - I have a cast of my children's hands - precious! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  15. Ha! I guess I did see this one. Oh boy, how quickly I forget. That's how I am with movies I've seen. I can never remember the ending or half of what went on in them, so I can always watch and enjoy them again. It's just my early childhood I remember with laser accuracy. :)

  16. Love all of your nostalgia. I had to comment on your kindergarten hand print. I have one almost exactly like it, except it is dated 1960. I currently have mine hanging near my art (etc.) inspiration boards. I wish I had done them for my girls when they were in kindergarten. I hope to do them with grandchildren one of these days.


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