Thursday, December 16, 2021

Crafty Rewind: Keith Haring & The Blissful 80s

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If you were in high school in the 80s, go ahead and admit that you'd wear ALL those clothes again. You might pretend on Facebook that you don't want it to come back, but I know you do. You can tell me. This is a safe space.

I can tell YOU that if I had a chance to get that primary color triangle bottle of Liz Claiborne perfume right now, I'd put that perfume on, and don my Keith Haring inspired Benetton pajama style outfit - a blousy matching top and bottom out of soft cotton with a primary colored Keith Haring pattern on it. You can tell I'm not the only one - because look what that perfume is selling for on Etsy!! HA!!

What's funny is I've Googled this particular outfit endlessly and there are no photos of ACTUAL 80s clothes out there. Everything I see is this weird, exaggerated concept that millennials have of 80s clothes. Not sure if that's because we were still using old school film and those photos don't exist or what - but I just can't find it. So trust me - it was awesome. I was working at McDonald's at the time for $3.15 / hour, and I had to save a long time to get that outfit, and so it's very precious in my memory. It had ankle and wrist cuffs (we were determined to look as fat as possible back then) that were black and it was such a crisp print. 

Anyway - that is the subject of today's crafty rewind - I guess it's a DOUBLE rewind. When I saw the this background stamp stamp this summer, I went right back in my head to my favorite outfit, so I colored it the same way. Then I used the infinity dies to cut it out to be the moon over my die cut New York skyline, which I cut twice with the dies from the Heroscape. I flipped the black die cut so the buildings are in the opposite orientation - this stretches the die to allow for layered die cut scenes. 

I used an 1/8" hole punch to cut three little circles colored with the same markers and arranged them around the sentiment from the same set.

80s peeps rejoice! :) 

This type of design always gives me a little pang about this awesome world prior to social media. There was so much that was better about growing up without that pressure, and if I'm being honest, negativity. We weren't assaulted minute by minute with people's insane opinions on things and just general rudeness, because there was no way for that to reach us - no phones, no computers, nothing short of a real human in front of you. There also was no 24 hour news - and I didn't have a TV. We were real humans, having fun together. If you wanted to "troll" someone, you toilet papered their yard. Sigh. 

Thanks for indulging this walk down memory lane! Feel free to come out of hiding about how much you loved your Benetton and Liz Claiborne and Swatch - I'm here for you.

Vintage Liz Claiborne Red Triangle...
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SB267 City HeroScape Combo - Hero Arts
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CG845 Graffiti Lines Bold Prints -...
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Circle Infinity Dies (H)
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MIS-T Rulers
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Understand Blue MINI Slimline Folded...
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Understand Blue Card Making Bundle #3...
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Understand Blue Card Making Bundle #1...
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Understand Blue Card Making Bundle #2...
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
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Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
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Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
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Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
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Storage Envelopes, Medium 25pk,...
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CheckOutStore Stamp & Die Clear...
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Extra Large -50 pk, Avery Elle Stamp...
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Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
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Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
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  1. Oh wow I time warped! Haring was big around here and there was a gallery for him a block away....I do miss the 80s a bit. The padded shoulders helped hide my big chest..just keepin' it real...I only got rid of those clothes years later when I finally accepted I would never fit into them again.

    I love that card. And that it is on that surface you use-also very NYC-ie all the metal basement doors on the sidewalk whose proper name I cant remember right now.


  2. I loved my Swatch watch- I had one with a scented wristband! The splatter paint pattern sometimes rears it’s head and tries to make a comeback- but, no.


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