Monday, April 9, 2012

Waxing Nostalgic

I hope you had a nice weekend. I had a conversation with Laura last week and remembered some of the silly candies of bygone days or so I thought. My brother and I used to return soda pop bottles to the corner store, a sweet little establishment down the block, across from the lake. The proprietors lived in an apartment above. I used to dream about living above a store filled with candy, ice cream and those fat pretzels that were sold one at a time from a glass jar. I remembered how we liked to spend our precious cents on wax body parts; i.e, painted fingernails, mustachios, and of course the beloved wax lips, then I remembered the six pack of soda pop. They came in a tiny six pack holder just waiting for the tops to be bit off and the mysterious colored liquid to be consumed. I never liked chewing the wax which you were supposed to do afterwards. I think it was an art I never quite mastered. The wax never formed a wad of chewing gum like my friend Sandi's did. Mine always just came apart in hideous grains like coffee grounds until I resigned and spat it out. It smelled good and tasted exactly like wax which is to say it tasted like nothing.


For Easter Laura gifted us with one genuine set of fire engine red, wax lips. Gosh lip styles have certainly changed. Doesn't every darling little girl want Angelina or Octomom lips? We laughed and naturally wanted to try them out, ............................ come here Banjo :)


Soon Jo was hamming it up, getting into the spirit on her own. We each bit he top off wax soda bottle, hmm not bad Bryce and Laura agreed....mine tasted like liquid Tylenol.


I have a ton of off etsy orders which is wonderful and I'm making rings to show you later in the week. I added a new pair of copper earrings to my etsy shopperoo and I'm here to wish you a grand week ahead.

xo Ro and Banjolina

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  1. Oh my GOSH--BANJO!!!! You ham, you!!!!!!! I never got into the wax candy--preferred M&Ms or red licorice laces instead, or Pixy Stix!!!! Oh boy, I loved Pixy Stix--never could have enough of those!!

    Heeheee, but these wax lips are just too cool--and I see you adopted the color palette--oh, those red rings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like red fingernail polish, only so much better!!!!!!!

    Looks like the Easter weekend was loads of fun around your house...so, who wears the lips after Banjo??

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    1. Banjo was loving it! he heee.

      Oh YES! Those laces I forgot about those. We used to get those dots glued to paper too remember those, and pixie stix, m&m's were strictly out of our meager price range :)

      I'm feeling red this week, must have been those lips, I can send them to you for Morganite! ;0

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    2. Haahaahaaaaaaaaa!!! They would clash with her neon pink collar, which helps her stand out when she crawls into the turkey pen and then sits among the birds--17 of them gabbling around her, like this morning!

      HOWEVER, those lips WOULD be fab on her--she would look ever so feminine then!!

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    3. What, pink and red GO, (say that in mall speak) for sure, for sure.

      17 turkeys and a dog with red lipstick! Yup she needs to get her fem on, Abby already knows she's a nut!

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  2. This is awesome! Banjo is such a good sport - maybe i should wear those lips at our next modeling session - 'botox beauty'

    great post! :) :) :)

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    1. Thank you for all the laughs Laura, HA HAAAA!!

      I was thinking they would be stunning with the red earrings I'm making, BLAH.....dog germs!

      XOXO

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    2. Laura, you are too funny--but red wax lips are so much more affordable than botox. Something to think about for later....(right.)

      I DARE YOU to wear those lips in a photo shoot, maybe with the red rings??? Heeheeheeeeeee!

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  3. Beautiful rings, I always love your choice of stones:) I can still taste those wax lips, I used to love collecting bottles from the neighbors and taking them to the corner store in a wagon so I could buy a Charleston Chew candy bar. I miss having a family owned store to walk to, such wonderful simple times.

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    1. We never bought sodie pop, yup it was from neighbor donations here too or the dirty ones we found. The nice coke addict next door and her husband dr. pepper.

      Red wagon rattling down the street.....

      Charleston Chew, never heard of that one, I hope they still sell them...

      really beats a 711

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  4. Ha! I remember those things from when I was a kid. I always loved to buy them, but they never really tasted that good. Mine never worked out as gum either. Banjo looks very glamorous :)
    Lovely work as usual too!

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    1. Don't you love them DJ ! They really are terrible :) :)

      Hamjolina Jole!

      Thank you!!

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  5. Ooo-wee! Ju-ju lips for Jojo! Love, LOVE it! =)

    Reminds me of the aniseed wheels we used to be able to buy from our high school canteen. There was a bricked wall running along a garden area that we used to sit on during lunch, etc. We'd buy our stash of aniseed wheels, crack them on the top of the brick wall (never worried about germs back then!) and would pass around the broken pieces. Yum!

    Your latest creations look divine...those luscious reds!

    xxx

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    1. I had to look up your candy delight Ash.....it said..."guaranteed to bring childhood memories flooding back" does it taste like black licorice? if it does I'm in! memories of NZ.

      I say red...why not?

      Thank you!

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    2. They are a sort of licoricey-anise flavor. I am not a fan of anise (or fennel) in general, but the aniseed wheels were awesome, with a bit of 'heat' to them. I'm trying to think of what they remind me of, but just can't think of anything. My sister bought some aniseed wheels for me the last time I was home, remembering how much I liked them as a kid. They're weren't bad, but, alas, definitely not as good as they used to be. =(

      Oh, and Charleston Chews...I don't know if what they sell now is anything like how they used to be (?) but I see them all the time at our local grocery stores (single bars or boxes of mini chews). They're rather moorish, in that, "Wow, these are kind of weird tasting. I wonder how many chemicals are in these. Why can't I stop eating them?" kind of way! =)

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    3. I like that flavor, I love anise and fennel, like a black licorice and red hots and naturally a lot of sugar.

      I used to love Neco Wafers but when I tasted them as an adult they were pretty terrible, Tums have them beat out. I think I just like the presentation.

      I like the way all my candy references divert to medicine. When I was a kid I loved the taste Bayer children's aspirin, the first sweet tart :)

      I'm going to have to find a Charleston Chew.

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    4. Talking about medicinal flavors, isn't it funny how weird things can taste if you never grew up with them?? We don't have root beer back home (possibly in speciality or 'novelty' stores?) but would often hear or read about it (Sweet Valley High, anyone?) but never knew what it was. Hubby still laughs at my first experience trying it. It tastes EXACTLY the way liniment smells. Having grown up around rugby changing rooms as a kid, it was pretty disgusting! (Okay, that probably sounds a little weird. My dad was a rugby coach.)

      But then, Americans trying Vegemite for the first time is usually priceless! Hubby is the only one I've ever met who loves it as much as I do. (We don't mention Vegemite in front of my mother-in-law, who thought I was trying to poison her!)

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  6. Banjo is such a cutie! I think I tried to swallow the wax bottle once...I was a hungry child ;) I love your rings, they remind me of dog paws ( the red ones).

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    1. Jo is definitely a good sport, you have to be to live with us :)

      ohhhh, dog paws, interesting!

      xo

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  7. You are too naughty and they are so cooperative!!! Happy belated Easter! xx

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  8. I know you're right Mona, I think I've seen you dress those cat boys on occasion , it's too much fun ! :)

    I hope your Easter was a delight!

    xoxo

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  9. Oh my goodness...what a fun blast from the past. I remember those bottles and the lips! For some reason, there would be a resurgence of our interest in the lips around Halloween! Too funny. (I adore Banjo's pics!!!!!)

    Okay, does anyone else remember the black licorice pipes (pipe shapes), or the little rice paper discs that look like little UFOs? They had little tiny beads of candy inside....and the discs were a pastel color. Sound familiar? And my red licorice laces came in a spiral with a colored candy in the center.....but I do remember the laces too.

    (sigh) Those were the days!!!!! Ash, I remember sitting on various walls too. What's with that? lol

    On another note....your new rings are amazing. Amy, I love how you thought of the dog paw reference. I agree.

    And Caroline, I love your DARE :o) ! Let's all chant Lau-ra! Lau-ra!

    xxooxxoo

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    1. We mostly bought the lips on Halloween too Lisa, how bout the size of the 2nd generation lips!!

      I don't remember the pipes but I do remember those cigarettes with the powder sugar smoke and the red tip.....Mad Men......Mad Kids .....and those bubble gum cigars and Double Bubble with the little comic, scored in half so you could save some for later, you needed the whole thing to blow good bubbles though.

      Oh man you had some cool candy, I don't remember seeing the rest of those but it's fun remembering all of them.

      I think we should all sit on a wall today and eat some candy don't you ?

      Oh no Laura shouldn't have opened her mouth!! HEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeee!

      xoxoox

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    2. P.S. Forgot to tell you how much I appreciate the blog title...you are hilarious....how perfect! Waxing Nostalgic :-P !!!

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    3. I agree with Songbird--been laughing about that for a day now.

      Your candy sounds fun--not something we saw in Wyoming. :-) Our red laces were plain Jane, but tasty!!

      I'm with you, Ro, all for finding a wall and snacking the day away with vintage treats!

      (And the chant begins, quietly: lau-ra, lau-ra, lau-ra, lau-ra....)

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    4. Oh yeah, hanging out along the wall. With our funky hair cuts, snot green uniforms (the guys had cool maroon and charcoal grey) and aniseed wheels. Too coooool for school!

      Yes! Candy cigarettes. We used to stand on the corner and 'smoke' them as cars went by! Gawd. Such dorks.

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    5. Dork here!

      The boys always had an easier go, it was never fair....

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  10. Ha! You guys make me laugh and long for a nice wall, wouldn't THAT be fun!! I'll share my wax sodi pop :)

    I can see I better use soap on those wax lips ❤❤❤

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  12. Whenever Jo is dressed up all fancy, Bryce is always nearby, smiling in a pic!

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  13. I noticed that too, Krista :o)

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  14. *double post, sorry!
    On another note, I have to read the sloppy handwriting of teenagers for a living, and do pretty well with it, but for the life of me, I can never read those nonsense words I have to re-type to post comments.

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  15. Hi Honey!!!

    I'll delete one....and "I" was the one to initiate Banjo's torture though Bryce was right behind me :)

    I agree those robot words TWO now are horrid!!

    Good to see ya sister of the Larkspur!!

    xoxo

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