Rocking Horses in the City Redux

You’ve seen the Rocking Horses in the City if you’ve followed me for a few years. I haven’t seen any new rocking horses to add to this repost. I can tell you there’s more discarded furniture than there are rocking horses.

Alley in Arlington Neighborhood

Here’s a Gallery of rocking horses seen around Pittsburgh, from previous blogposts.

East Liberty on Broad Street
Zeke’s Coffee Roaster building is boarded up now
East Liberty Rooftop
Bloomfield Neighborhood
A Window in Garfield Neighborhood

My Sister’s Magical Trick

This photo was taken in NYC 2011 but in the mid fifties this teeny elephant assisted my sister in making me stop crying. She’d be in charge (babysitting) and I’d be sad my parents went out. She would make this elephant appear and then she’d make it fly away and disappear. I’m not sure how many times she repeated this act but I remember believing it was magic.

Don’t know who crocheted this little elephant

Kids Love These Pop It Fidget Toys

Stress Reliever Pop It toys are everywhere.

There are many brands. All shapes, colors and sizes. I learned sales really took off during Pandemic times. I’m sure many adults like pushing the bubbles, too.

To me, the pushing the silicone bubbles isn’t quite as satisfying as popping actual bubble wrap (in my opinion) but definitely quieter.

Kids don’t seem to mind the silicone version at all. In fact, it’s a total craze! They love them.

Outgrown Sleeper Transformed

Here’s a January 2019 photo. Grandson Charlie visiting at my house. He’s wearing a fleece footed sleeper that was a cozy favorite. Doesn’t take long for kids to outgrow their clothes, though. 

In December 2020 my daughter sent the kitty footed sleeper to me with a request- could I make something special from it?

So I made doll pajamas, with the sleeve cuffs being the pants ankle cuffs now.

After I sewed the pjs, there was a lot of the sleeper leftover  but I couldn’t see anything in my mind to make from it. The scraps hung around for 3 weeks. Then I got an idea. 
Yesterday I created Zippy the snake with the remainder. Stuffed a couple of knee socks with fiberfill and put them into the column I created to look like a snake. Now the snake can lose his skin with zero mess.

On to the post office tomorrow to get these mailed to Charlie. I’m hoping he likes the transformation. 


You can see the foot of the sleeper is the face of the snake.

Airedale Duo on Guard

Henry and Josie anticipate Maura’s arrival, as she brings @perpetual_puppy_airedale  (AKA Scout) into the house on Saturday afternoon.
My Pandemic pup(pet) has entertained the grandchildren virtually but Saturday they got to meet him in real life. He’s got an Instagram account and I’ve photographed him and posted. Maura said to me -when I had him on Face Time – let me see him run around on the floor, show me both your hands!  He’s the best kind of pup for me, zero maintenance.
Four of the Grandkids, their mom and two real Airedales and were here this weekend for a quick 24 hour visit. I had not seen them in 3 months.

His Mom’s Popple From the Eighties

This is his Mom’s Popple from the eighties. They were the desired toy of 1987 when Laura was four. Of course, I’d saved it.

Charlie (4) Is enjoying playing with it. Getting some play time a second time around.

 

The arms and legs tuck up into a front pocket and it looks like a big fuzzycolorful ball.  There’s a tail with a furry pompon at the end.

I asked Laura what she called it.   “Popple” was her response

I found a commercial for this toy. Not sure how long they were the craze.

Charlie’s having fun throwing it around.

 

Rocking Horses in the City

Found a new rocking horse in the city on Wednesday night. East Liberty near the Fireside Grill. Where Zeke’s Coffee roasts their beans. Must be Zeke’s mascot?

Here’s a Gallery of rocking horses seen around Pittsburgh, from previous blogposts.