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    Posted 9 years ago

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    Agram - here's the picture from 1975 of me proud of my blue jean outfit made from old jeans and the purple ribbon I won at the state fair. Wow my hair!! And wow my jeans were pressed - too bad I didn't show the patches on butt: satin rose, ecology symbol, peace sign, smiley face. I don't know what happened to these jeans but they were loved by me in the 70's.

    I was a very competitive girl. 4-H was a good outlet. Mostly ribbons for sewing, art and home decorating categories. The book was the diary of each year's accomplishments and has many funny pictures, stories - but is priceless today! My fellow Dover Doers 4-H group enjoy and laugh over them.

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    1. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Thank you Sean as usual you enjoy my strange obsessions.
    2. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Thank you Tony, shughs and toolate2 for your love.
    3. officialfuel officialfuel, 9 years ago
      valentino97, I go to the State Fair every year and look at all the 4-H items. There are a lot of neat things to look at! What a great picture of you back in 1975!

    4. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Thanks Michael! I love fairs and have entered items in jewelry and sewing in my adult years too at the San Diego and Orange County fairs. We have more restrictions here so I can't enter as many things as I would like. LA fair is too far away from where I live altho that is my county. By the way - I still go to OC or SD fair every year not just for Home Ec and 4-H but I LOVE the bunny and chicken exhibits, pigs and sheep....the food, the beer and wine exhibits....haven't tried fried Coca-Cola yet.... Thank you for your nice comment - regards, Val
    5. officialfuel officialfuel, 9 years ago
      Val, I've never heard of fried Coca-Cola.
    6. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Scary isn't it - deepfried on a stick I think it was.
    7. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Thank you blunderbuss - I love your bad tooth entry.
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Thank you nidionne, vetraio and musikchoo for your love.
    9. walksoftly walksoftly, 9 years ago
      I was never in 4H as a kid, but I did enter baked goods in the local fair. You must have done a lot of good sewing to get that many ribbons.
    10. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Walksoftly - I entered food items too. I wasn't very good - but I love to cook now. I bet you were a great cook. Fair is fun - I can't enter the food categories at my local county fair.

      I was a very competitive youngster. I threw away all the red (3rd place) and white (honorable mention or participant) ribbons. 4-H I believe was age 9-18 and I tried hard to win when I hit my teens. But I was also just a typical kid - lazy and mean to my parents, wanted to quit - and then the next year I wanted to kick *** and win every challenge. Very hard to understand the child/teen girl mind. Yet my parents say I was the easiest girl of 4 to raise....hmm, they are just being nice! Later in college fashion school I would stand up and announce "I am going to win this design competition - just want to let you know" and that wasn't nice - but I did win every time. Sadly in the real fashion design world I didn't win and wasn't as feared...I do better now one customer at a time and I can't be so saucy to them. I'll post some of those pictures later.
    11. walksoftly walksoftly, 9 years ago
      The old gals would get upset when I won, they probably thought I had help.
      I liked baking when I was a pre teen, then girls & welding caught my attention.
      You're right the child/teen girl is a complex time for the girl & the parents, sometimes. When you say your parents said you were the easiest girl of 4 to raise, does that mean your sisters were a lot worse? ;-)
      Look forward to seeing some of your other posts.

    12. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Hi David - Oh what a great combination girls and welding! Do you enjoy cooking now? I wish I had taken industrial arts and carpentry instead of home-ec in high school. (Meaning I'm still afraid of my dremel.) Yeah my parents said I was the easy one to raise. All 4 of us girls turned out excellent - now I'm the black sheep. I think I was good at bulls****ing them - they always thought I was in my room asleep or quietly studying. I was 2nd oldest daughter. I had a LOT of fun growing up in our small farm/town world. My 2 younger sisters were a bit timid. I was so much older than them, they didn't really get to roam free like I did. The picture of me smiling - yes - that was me laughing everyday up to something I shouldn't be doing and getting away with it anyway....sigh....I still try but a middle age woman really has to try. Best regards - Val
    13. antiquarius123 antiquarius123, 9 years ago
      Great stuff Valentino! I live in a small village now and we have a wonderful country fair with horse and ox pulls as the "big show" and all the other regular stuff like 4H. I have a different perspective now......I judge the flower show and (my personal fav) the FOOD :0 There is nothing better than having to try each and every one of those yummy entries and decide which one is the best homemade brown bread, marmalade, cake, cookie, etc. I can't believe they actually pay me to do it too - I would probably pay to be the food judge if the truth be known!!
    14. walksoftly walksoftly, 9 years ago
      Hi Val, yes I still enjoy cooking, I think my wife enjoys that I can cook too, especially when she gets home from work & there's a meal ready. There was a time when the kids would request that I always make the biscuits, but now my wife makes them as good as mine.
      Embrace the Dremel, we're never to old to learn, & we can overcome our fears, you just have to find some of that youthful courage.

    15. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Hi David - of COURSE your wife loves coming home to a meal on the table. Cooking is fun. I enjoy it. My specialty is turkey or vegetarian lasagna. It isn't wimpy either. Loaded w/yummy stuff. And I like to make broccoli and artichoke quiche. Happy cooking and collecting to you and yours!
    16. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Hi Antiquarius - Food judge - the best paid job I would agree! And judging flowers the 2nd best job. Our county fair was pretty small. The county seat was 3,000 and the fair was a highlight. Thanks for your website - will check your store out.
    17. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Hi Phil - thanks for your comments - yes 4-H had monthly meetings and didn't some kid have to do a demonstration each month for their group (mine was called Dover Doers - after Dover township, IA). Your sister had the spirit of true competition within the 4-H world. Have a great weekend.
    18. lundy lundy, 9 years ago
      do you have a pitc of the patches ,love to see them
    19. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Thank you manikin, Lisa, bratjdd, Designer and lundy for loving this post.
    20. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Hi Lundy - I don't have these jeans anymore! I don't know what happened to them. In the 70's all sorts of satin and embroidered patches were popular and sewn to the butts of jeans like mine. When I went to college I left a lot of stuff in my "hope chest" - and altho that sounds cheesy - it was actually a handmade pine chest my greatgrandfather made and inscribed to his darling daughter Marian on the inside lid. Later she inscribed she was passing it on to me. Very cool present. Sadly I moved away from Iowa - to Florida and then California and couldn't take it with me. My mom still has it....but along the way my little sisters got in it and wore and lost my letterman jacket and probably laughed at the jeans - wouldn't dare be caught dead in them....I think they were thinbare (is that the right word?) and were played with then tossed. Sorry if this is too much information - but I also have a large disneykin collection and some old Barbie dolls (no trashed by sisters) and a USPS most wanted sign for Patty Hearst. You know - all the things you would want in your hope chest!
    21. lundy lundy, 9 years ago
      that is a great story ,you must of loved that chest when you got it
    22. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Thank you lundy - My grandmother gave it to me as a college graduation present. It's handmade and in pencil written inside lid "to my beautiful daughter Marian for her graduation 1926" (her nursing school graduation) and then she wrote a sweet message passing it on to me dated 1978. Sadly I live far away from my family and it's still back home. I'm sure my brother and his wife aren't too happy w/the space it takes but they would never complain. I wish someone or even me could do a road trip and retrieve it....

    23. toolate2 toolate2, 9 years ago
      Everytime I see this picture I think-just for a second- that I'm looking at somebodies listing on their Midge doll and
    24. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Ha! Ha that is so great! Barbie and Midge had a wonderful wardrobe. I am a little jealous I don't have many original outfits left to show you all.

      Thank you toolate - this was a fun link to look at.
    25. toolate2 toolate2, 9 years ago
      Glad you liked it!
    26. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 9 years ago
      I love the story:))
    27. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Thank you Moonstone - 4-H was good for me. I still have my first sewing project at age 9 - a swimsuit coverup in a mod purple swirly pattern. I wish I had that picture. Maybe my mom has it. There is a picture of me wearing it at age 20 but the original one would be priceless to locate. It's somewhere in my mother's house now filled to the top w/stuff.
    28. sarahoff sarahoff, 8 years ago
      Look at you pretty girl:)
    29. valentino97 valentino97, 8 years ago
      Sarahoff, -thank you! was I pretty? - Dorky 70's girl I think is what you mean. I was so naïve - ready to take on the world! Well, it's been a fun ride - ups and downs and more stories to share. I am not as skinny and I don't have all that hair anymore darn it.
    30. valentino97 valentino97, 8 years ago
      Thank you to everyone who looked at this again and gave it love. It's a little embarrassing - but whatever - if you can't show your naïve teen-self off now - well when can you?

      Thanks Trustyhuckster, ttomtucker, Lee, Amber, VintageGlamour, Nadia, Kerry and Sarah!
    31. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 8 years ago
      I love this picture... So pretty...
    32. jonima jonima, 8 years ago
      The 4-H and the Grange were huge when I was growing up. Never hear anyone talking about them anymore though.
    33. valentino97 valentino97, 8 years ago
      Thanks Nadia - it wouldn' t have exisited but we were at the exhibit and my Mom announced in her (loudest) conversational voice "that's my daughter's!" and some handsome young guy from? heard her and took this picture. I was very embarrassed. He sent it to me. How 1970's is that?
    34. valentino97 valentino97, 8 years ago
      Jonima - you might be surprised if you go to your county fair you should see some 4-hers. Even here in Los Angeles and Orange counties there are many 4-h clubs which surprised me. What is the Grange? Also big and still going in the Midwest - not here is FHA and FFA.
    35. jonima jonima, 8 years ago
      This explains it much better than I can. There is still a Grange Hall in my town hometown up in PA.
    36. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 8 years ago
      What a cutie!:)
    37. valentino97 valentino97, 8 years ago
      Thank you gargoyle for the nice compliment. I was happy that day. I remember it was VERY hot. Good old steamy Iowa summers...
    38. Aimathena Aimathena, 8 years ago
      Just Beautiful
    39. valentino97 valentino97, 8 years ago
      Thank you Miss Aim!!!

      Thanks to everyone who gave some loves to this old memory.

    40. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Wow so beautiful teen pic!

      The blue jeans robe is beautiful too and your customised pants would be collector's piece :-)
    41. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Thanks Kyra - I've always loved Valitization projects (is that the right word? you gave it to me....)
    42. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Hi Lisa - what a fun memory to share! I remember the 2 or 3" wide patterned 70's ribbon trim sewn to the bottom of the hem - and I loved the splitting the out-seam to about calf height? and putting a feedsack print or cotton bandana "gore/triangle" to make them more flared. That was fun. Elephant leg jeans were a little weird. My platform shoes would snag on it and pull the dam pant off me (ha ha!!) Because of course they were also a low waist jean. Gosh - so ugly!! But, those big old legs came in handy to stick cans of beer in the knee highs....yep, I did that.
    43. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Lisa - it's been fun chatting about this. I was a weird girl, but I really had a lot of fun too just for that reason - friends with everyone and snuck around...I am sure my parents knew but they trusted me I guess. Oh those elephant legs were so ugly! My mom was the 4H leader and a Home Ec teacher at another school. I was a pretty good seamstress because "you better be or else" from her now and again. Also, she and my grandmother were amazing quilters, and I still have unfinished quilts from 20 years ha ha ha! The 4H and later competition stories are true.
    44. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 5 years ago
      Would you believe when I first saw your post here (the picture) I thought it was a Barbie Doll, and her clothes!! Yes, I did! That is how cute and pretty you look!!
      Tha is about as good a compliment as a girl could get. You really need to take a good look at that cool teenager!

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