Stick Stickly

October 27, 2009

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Write to me, Stick Stickly, PO Box 963, New York City, New York State, 10108….!!!!!!

Stick Stickly! He was the mascot of many a Nickelodeon summer of my youth. He was always excited and upbeat. Encouraging and determined. Not to mention, he wanted me to be his friend…I mean he DID give me his address.

Stick Stickly (as much of early Nickelodeon does) deserves a second look for a number of very important reasons. First, Stick Stickly was “green” WWWAAAAYYYY before it was trendy. Sure, we knew about recycling way back when. Unfortunately, in the States, not too many people had really picked up on it during Stick Stickly’s hey day. Yet there He was. Stick Stickly could have been thrown in the trash after whatever treat he had been  melted away but he wasn’t. He was instead recycled and reused. Not so much reduced….he gained a face.

A recycled popsicle stick that was the perfect emcee for a children’s television network. I’m sure he knew that he had a network to promote but he was concerned about childhood obesity long before the current epidemic. He promoted going out and playing but didn’t judge during those times when you just wanted to sit and watch some shows. Also, he promoted shows that incorporated activeness and education even in the summer. Legends of the Hidden Temple anyone? Yes, Stick Stickly was concerned with the health of the bodies and minds of children.

Possibly the best thing about Stick Stickly comes from the fact that he was a popsicle stick. Programming today is full of 3D, warp speed, animated, CGI, ADD advancing hullabaloo.  Stick Stickly probably wouldn’t cut it anymore because he had no part in that. Stick Stickly was simple and he fostered creativity and innovation. Unless your child is that little girl on the Windows 7 commercials he or she would probably have a hard time making the host of any of their programming at home. Not so when Stick Stickly reigned supreme, kids could make him at home and in the process allow their imagination wheels to roll unchecked and free.

Stick Stickly was down to earth and genuinely cared about the programming he was made to promote and about the audience that watched it. He deserves a second look.

Laura Ashley

October 22, 2009

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*I’m back from my foray into psychology and meaningful posts and am back to pure, unadulterated nostalgia.*

Laura Ashley was a designer that died in 1985. Her brand lived on and enjoyed wild popularity amongst suburban and middle class parents and children during the early to mid 1990s. After that joyous time the country faced financial difficulties but goodness, the beauty of Laura Ashley deserves a second look.

Laura Ashley started out by making scarves that Audrey Hepburn made famous in Roman Holiday. Fast forward to the 1990s and the Laura Ashley designs were characterized by an abundance of flowers. The designs were almost Victorian but too gaudy for those repressed celibates. (I’m not trying to offend any modern day repressed celibates)

Laura Ashley created everything from towels to bedding to eyeglasses to furniture. Clothing by Laura Ashley is just as fun. Patterns from McCalls show overalls and babydoll dresses (OH YEAH…bring on the dress and Doc Martins) made from material that was nothing short of a secret garden.

Children today are starved for a gaudy designer to overtake their lives and wardrobes. Sure, they have Miley Cyrus’s clothing line and Justice or Limited Too or whatever it is…but do they have a truly distinct unifying style? A fusion of current trends and history? I don’t see children running around in flapper gear mixed with Rainbow sandals…this indicates no. Poor kids today don’t get to experience the joy of Laura Ashley. I hope fifteen years from now some twenty-something is able to look back on fashion icons on of their youth.

Just in time for 1990s themed Halloween parties, Laura Ashley needs a second look. Grab a flowery dress, scarf and goofy glasses and you’ll be ready to go.