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A Crafty Ammo Case and Cinderella

June 9, 2010

I found this little green box at a thrift store last week for $1.50.  When I brought it home, still giddy from such a fun find Scott said “That looks like some kind of crafty ammo case.”  I love him. Actually,  I think I will use it as an art journal case.   You know, for when I need to be on the go…. or carry ammo.

I’ve had the little alarm clock (the alarm has never worked) for years.  The globe is a Christmas ornament from Restoration Hardware from several years ago (my twin sister and I both purcahsed the same little globe to display in our front entry’s completely independent of each other.) (And both of us got them on a killer Clearance deal.) The little bottle is a lemon extract bottle from my grandma’s kitchen.  (Bigger pic here if you want to read the label).

I found this book online several months ago, and yesterday as I was taking pictures of my new ammo case I saw it hanging out in a little stack of books. So I stopped everything I was doing and read it again.  My mom had it when she was a little girl and I grew up reading her copy.  Whenever I make apple pie I think of this cover.  For being 60 years old this book is in remarkably good condition.  Oh, and I think it was $4.  It was one of those finds where your heart jumps into your throat it’s just so good.

This is Walt Disney’s story of Cinderella, published in 1950.  Some of it is the same as the movie (also released in 1950) but some of the illustrations are totally different.  I’m really interested to find out which came first…  I’m pretty sure I like this book better.  And maybe that is just because it’s different.  I don’t know.  This pic above is young cinderella, before the step-family comes to ruin her life.

And this is the pretty dress that her little mouse and bird friends make to surprise Cinderella with. “Duh-duh-duh… Happy Birthday!”  “No, no, no, no.” (I love the mice, they are my favorite!)

And of course the fairy godmother comes and does that whole “bibbidi-bobbidi-boo” business and turns Cinderella into a beautiful princess complete with coach and footmen.  And this dress?  WAY better than the blue one.  I used to dream about this cinderella dress.  Complete with the fishbowls attached to the hips.

And Cinderella of course marries the prince and they lived happily ever after, like all princess’s do.  (So after she becomes a princess is her name still Cinderella?  Or does the prince get to call her Ella, or Carmen, or Gladys?)

I had another book that I just loved when I was a little girl.  I think I got it from the Book-mobile because my mom doesn’t remember it and neither do my sisters.  But it was a beautiful book about a little girl with dark hair who got sick but wanted to be a ballerina.  I think it’s from the 1950’s as well, judging on my memories of the illustrations.  I wish I could find one of those books.  I wish I could remember the name of it so I could have a hope of finding it.  Surprisingly when you google “little ballerina book” a gillion things come up.  And it’s not in the top 10, or the top 100.  Shocker.  What was your favorite book as a child?  Do you have a copy now?  Do you keep it in an ammo case?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2010 2:57 am

    I’ve been trying to remember all the books I loved as a child to buy for the collection for the twins. I’ve never had the pleasure of reading this version of Cinderella, unfortunately, but the artwork is fantastic!

  2. June 9, 2010 6:16 pm

    Oh, my goodness! We totally had that book too and I agree — the dress is waayyyy better in the book!

    My favorite was probably the Brer Rabbit and Brer Brer book. I don’t remember the actual title, but the Disney ‘Song of the South’ movie had those characters in it and it was a Disney book. I liked it because my dad would read it to us and do voices and read it in the funny way it was written. Thanks for helping me find a fun memory! -Elizabeth

  3. June 9, 2010 6:23 pm

    Four years of university life (mostly the weekend variety) 20 years ago effectively erased many of my childhood memories, but the first book I remember LOVING and wanting to read over and over was James and the Giant Peach. Soon after, life was all about Nancy Drew for me. I still have my musty yellow hardcover set down in the basement!

    I’ve never heard of an ammo case, but I guess a girl’s gotta keep her bullets (or washi tape) somewhere, right?

  4. June 9, 2010 7:48 pm

    My favorite book when I was probably little more than a toddler was something called(and I’m not sure of this-it’s been xx years ago!) My Pet Mouse Charlie?. It’s one of those books where you lift the flaps to find this mouse. After that it was all about the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew and any other mystery I could find. I guess searching for that confounded mouse got me going on the mysteries!

  5. Linsey permalink
    June 13, 2010 2:38 pm

    I HAVE THE SAME BOOK! so meant to be.

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