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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Sunday, February 16, 2014

My old friend, Nancy Drew

She's forever 18 years old.  The attractive young lady with titian hair who drives a fabulous convertible, has a hunky boyfriend, solves mysteries with courage and grace and never misses a clue.

My dear friend, Nancy Drew.

Have you seen the gorgeous new covers at Target?

I want to buy one of each, just because.:)

(Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk craft)

Nancy Drew and I spent many afternoons (as well as late nights with a flashlight) together.  To tell you the truth, I'm more of a Bess (pleasingly plump and tend to be afraid of my own shadow) but oh, how I wanted to be Nancy.

(crafts created in my Nancy Drew class)

Nancy was gracious, a true young lady, and always willing to help those in need.  She caught every young man's eye, too.;)

And talk about brave!  Even when she was tied up and close to drowning in a sinking submarine (Mystery at Lilac Inn) she never lost her cool.  

I dressed up as Nancy Drew for Halloween (carried a magnifying glass but no one knew who I was.) and tried desperately to find a mystery that needed to be solved.  

(part of my swap package from a Nancy Drew swap I hosted)

A real mystery never appeared so, as an adult, I now host mystery parties- the next best thing.  Have you ever attended one?  My husband and I stayed at a bed and breakfast one year for our anniversary. It was a mystery weekend and we were in character the whole time.  I played the role of Yvette Lovings.:)  It was a complete blast and I ended up solving the mystery!

 Nancy would've been proud.

(Nancy Drew book purse my swap partner, Shawnee, made for me- LOVE!)

Nancy Drew is still a part of my life.  I made Nancy Drew Scrabble tile necklaces in my shop for a time, hosted a Nancy Drew class for my daughters and their friends, organize Nancy Drew swaps and am currently re-reading the mysteries when I have a spare minute.  

Nancy was, and still is, a lovely example of how girls can be intelligent and brave while still being feminine.  I was delighted to be able to share her with the young ladies in my class.  We cooked recipes from the Nancy Drew cookbook (there is one!), created crafts and discussed the mysteries.  Such good memories.

Just for fun, I recently read a book about what Nancy would've been like in her 90's- if she were still solving mysteries.  It was such fun!  The author doesn't have the rights to use the name Nancy Drew, but true fans will know exactly who she's talking about.;)


Beca said...

I dont remember reading Nancy Drew books. I probably did but don't remember.love those classic books and it's nice to see it's still a favorite with young readers.

Julie said...

I loved reading Nancy Drew! I can't wait until my daughter will be old enough to enjoy the books. My son liked Hardy Boys, which I guess is the boy version of ND. He never got really into them though. A mystery party sounds like such fun!

Rho said...

Hi Lori!

I love Nancy Drew!?! She is really amazing and I love how much time she spends on just solving a bunch of different mysteries. I am truly a big fan just like you!


Sherri said...

Lori, I so wanted to be Nancy Drew growing up! I would go to the library every week with my Nana and take out a different Nancy Drew book every time. When I was done with the whole series, I started all over again! I also read Trixie Belden, but Nancy was my favorite! Thanks for bringing back such great memories my friend!! HUGS!

Anonymous said...

great post....

Anonymous a.k.a Heather who can't remember her google password ;)

Fran. said...

Aw Lori this is how we met!! Through our dear old friend Nancy Drew! And it was you who helped me get over my fear of swapping!! I had a blast with those Nancy Drew Swaps!! I have some great gifts too from them!! And one of your necklases!! Love this post!! And that you host Mystery gigs!! XOXO Love ya Fran.

M.K. said...

I loved Nancy Drew! I read so many of hers as a girl. I Loved them, and sunk immediately into her world of danger and mystery. I had quite a few when my girls were young ... and now I'm wondering where they are. Hmm. Must go ask.