Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Shrinky Dinks

I'm sure this isn't the most appropriate discussion to follow Dona's wonderful post on eating disorder and how they relate to her new novel, SHRINK TO FIT. (Congratulations, Dona!) But when I started thinking about the title my mind immediately went to a childhood standby: Shrinky Dinks.

You know, those cool little sheets of plastic where you could trace line drawings of your favorite cartoon characters that you could color in and then bake into ... well, smaller, colored in drawings of your favorite cartoon characters. If you need a more visual reminder, here goes.

But, apparently, the post-80s generation has taken Shrinky Dinks to a whole new level. Here are some awesome Shrinky Dinks designs I found online:

Some very cool bracelets that would cost a fortune at Anthropologie.

Funky cool earrings. You could make a pair to go with every outfit.

These are way better looking that plain old sewing pins.

There's even a Shrinky Dinks website. Ah... takes me right back to my youth. What 80s (or 90s or 70s or whatever) memorabilia takes you back?


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The Golfing Librarian said...

Boy, let's see...Super balls, Lite-Brite, SpinArt, Incredible Edibles, Spyrographs, Clase-n-play record players, and all things Partridge Family. There are more I'm sure, but it was aLONG time ago!

The (Mis)Adventures of a Single City Chick said...

Colorforms (the little plastic, flat cut-outs that you'd stick to boards illustrated with a scene). They were reusable and hours of entertainment. I had nearly every Snoopy set. Loved them!

Marley Gibson said...

I'm still bitter because my parents never let me have a Lite-Bright 'cause like ONE kid got electrocuted by it. :::sigh:::

I have to admit that I had no clue what a Shrinky Dink was. First time I've seen them.

Did you know that sea monkies are back?

Cara King said...

I wanted Shrinky Dinks, but for some reason, I never got them!

I did adore Incredible Edibles, though. Yum! And so fun.

I also loved spirograph, though the gears always popped up and ruined my drawing...

And YAY for Colorforms! (I'd forgotten what they were called...)


stephhale said...

OMG, I LOVED Shrinky Dinks! I had Smurf ones. I loved watching them shrink up in the oven. :)

Rosemary Clement-Moore said...

Oh my gawd! I begged and pleaded for one of these: http://www.2xlrobot.com/

The 2-XL Talking Robot. It ran with 8 Track tapes. (Since I had no idea what an 8 Track tape was, this was freaking amazing.) 2-XL was often the objective that my Star Wars Action figures were trying to reach, as they fought their way through the GI-Joes.

Heather Davis said...

Ahem... does Teddy Ruxpin ring a bell? Apparently he's back, too.

But my favorite for 80's cheese is "My Buddy" - do you remember that? It was a doll for boys that was big enough to ride on a big wheel with a kid. "My buddy, my buddy - wherever he goes, I go." Scary!

Thanks, Tera! ;)


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