In the Good Old Summertime

In the Good Old Summertime

Welcome to “In The Good Old Summertime” at Wee Folk Art! This summer we are taking you ALL the way back to the summers of my youth… yes, back to the good old days 🙂 When I was a little girl, I use to love listening to my grandparents talk about their youth… the clothes they wore, the games they played, the books they read. To me, it sounded like ancient history, and their world seemed so foreign to me. Their houses had coal chutes, they put a sign in their window when they needed ice delivered for their ice boxes, they road through town on horse driven buggies, and they had their tonsils removed at home… not in a hospital. Yikes! 

Now that I am a Gammy, I can’t imagine that my grandbabies would see me in the same light. Was my youth so different than theirs? The truth is, it certainly wasn’t as remarkably different as my grandparents’ were from mine, but there are still some substantial differences… no computers, no electronic games, only 4 television stations, and no central air conditioning!

Without electronic technologies, our time was spent differently, especially in the summer. When summer rolled around, my mother could not keep us indoors unless it rained, and even then we were outside unless it was lightning. Without computers, daytime television. or central air, the great outdoors offered so many more opportunities than being cooped up inside. Neighborhood children played outside together, with the older children teaching younger children new and exciting games. (Some our parents approved of, and some not so much so 🙂 We were never bored, except when we were stuck inside, especially for multiple days, and each day was a new adventure.

The reason I first started blogging was to pass down to my children, and my children’s children, memories from my childhood, events that became family traditions, and crafts that impacted our lives. As summertime rolls around, I feel “compelled” to share with my grandbabies the summer activities that filled our days and our hearts. With that in mind, this summer we are featuring a series called, “In The Good Old Summertime”. This is really a collection of all the things I did as a child during the magical days of summer. Some are games, some crafts, some are rhymes and some just daydreams. Some of the activities my grandbabies already do, some will be new. Some of the activities can be enjoyed alone, others will need a whole group of friends! 

Also, this summer we will be partnering with Bella Luna Toys and A Child’s Dream to bring a plethora of giveaways to help make your summer more magical. Watch for this symbol

to let you know that the post is “In The Good Old Summertime” series. Of course, we will still be doing many other crafts, but because we will be sharing these activities with our children and their friends, you can expect lots of summertime fun! We hope that you join us for many activities, that it might ignite some of your own memories, and that you join in and feel “compelled” to share your experiences, too!



  1. How funny. This weekend my sibs and I were talking about some of the things we did in the summer, too. We always had the lastest technologies in our house, but certainly not as much as is available now. We all decided to have a techno free summer (well mostly) with the kiddos. Looking forward to seeing what types of activities you will share. Sending this link on to my brood! Luv you guys!

  2. I have just discovered your site and I just love it! I am Grams to two girls – age 7 and 4 – and have already made 4 gnomes. Sleeping bags are next! I know the 4 year old will love them. She attends a Waldorf type pre-school and so is more than likely familiar with gnomes.
    I have not worked much with felt – and never wool felt. It’s so easy and the finished product is fabulous.
    By the way – I love the tree home your gnomes live in!
    I look forward to seeing more on your site. Keep up the good work!


  3. YAY! I am looking forward to these articles. We are looking for ways to unplug this summer. Think this is going to be helpful! And giveaways from Bella Luna and A Child’s Dream Come True, 2 of my favorite shops already!

  4. Just in time! Love your site and hope to utilize many of your crafts and games this summer when 3 grandkids come visit. No video games here! Just sun, pool and indoor play. Have made several gnomes for elderly friends and have 3 ready for each grandson. The giveaways with Bella Luna Toys and A Childs Dream just extra bonus. You didn’t do too well with taking a break from the blogging, thank goodness(ha,ha). Love your sight.

    1. Ah… but I am taking a break from crafting FOR the blog. Instead, this summer I am sharing things that we are doing as a family. A subtle difference, perhaps, but it is much more relaxing for me than "trying to come up with a blog for tomorrow", then crafting just to have something to post 🙂 I plan to let my hair blow in the breeze, walk around barefooted, and soak up lots of sun with the wee ones. I hope others enjoy what we are doing, but first and foremost this summer… we are all about family 🙂

  5. We need a good ‘ole summer around here. I can do without the TV but i have to say I love the computer. I just made 2 large gnomes this weekend for my daughter. She is in love!!

    1. Obviously, I'm not giving up the computer… If I did we couldn't share our summer fun with everyone 🙂 I think we just need to help children realize how much fun they can have outside, without being plugged in and without constant adult lead activities. Hopefully, we can teach our children some new activities, then stand back and let them play 🙂

  6. These series sound so funny for this summer. Can’t wait to read more!!

    You have an award on my spanish blog.

    Besos from Spain!

    1. Gracias. ¡Nos honran!

      We hope you join us for a summer of fun in the sun!

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