Rita was sixteen years . . . hazel eyes and chestnut hair
She made the Woolworth counter shine
Eddie was a sweet romancer, and a darn good dancer
They'd waltz the aisles of the five and dime.
~ Lyrics by Nanci Griffith
Okay you old geezers out there (including me, of course). Does anyone remember the Ben Franklin Five and Dime stores? There was a Ben Franklin store a few blocks from my Grandma Heaton's house in Bloomfield, Indiana. I bought my very first scrapbook there. (I was 10, and I used it to store clippings of the moon landing.) Bet you didn't know this little trivia. Wal-Mart founder, Sam Walton, made his start in retailing as an operator of a Ben Franklin store. In 1973, Michael J. Dupey converted a Ben Franklin store to start the Michaels chain in Texas. (Stick with me – I teach you sumpin.) But, alas, the franchise went belly up by 1997 (probably because of Walton and Dupey).
This darling Cupcake Birdy HoneyPop Set and Honeycomb Paper Pad from Inky Antics HoneyPop Collection reminded me of the Ben Franklin Five and Dime and that era. Do they still make table-top birthday decorations with honeycomb paper?
Is that just stinkin' cute or what?! It merits a close up.
Those honeycomb pads are like magic! Just crazy fun – like a kid with a quarter in a five and dime!
Have you set sail with us at our Catered Crop Follow-the-Recipe Lucky #13 party, yet? You can find all the details and link up with us here: FTR13. It's easy as pie to play. You could be our next inspiration and Guest Chef or you could be the randomly chosen winner of a $25 gift certificate from Inky Antics. Just use any of the ingredients from Jessica's inspiration card. I used Jessica's' red, white and yellow colors, happy birthday theme, square card shape, string and button embellishments, and die cuts and sewing machine tools.
Here are the rest of the ingredients for my Happy Birthday – with a Cherry on Top – card.
- Paper – October Afternoon Five and Dime, Kraft, Stampin' Up! So Saffron and Very Vanilla, HoneyPop yellow, pink and red honeycomb paper
- Stamps – Cupcake Birdy HoneyPop Set
- Color Mediums – Memento ink, Copics
- Fibers – October Afternoon Miscellany seambinding, string, May Arts
- Tools – My Favorite Things scallop Die-namics, Cutttlebug embossing folder
- Embellishments – October Afternoon Butons, ticket and tin pin
- Sketches/Challenges – MojoMonday Week 192 for the outside, and a very altered Card Patterns Sketch 117 for the inside, Copic Creations two-year anniversary (Congratulations!)
Thanks for indulging me yet another trip down memory lane. Dang, if I keep all this nostalgia up, I really am going to have to go get a purple hat and crown myself Queen Geezer.