Tigerlilly Quinn: Your toy story

Monday, 25 August 2014

Your toy story


Meet Benji he's in his early 50's and I think still looking pretty great.

Benji was my daddy's teddy bear and was passed down to Wilf on his first birthday. Wilf's first birthday was an emotional day for so many reasons, seeing so many people who loved him sharing a year of his life, Tom and I celebrating a year of parenthood and this little bear.

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I remember playing with Benji as a child myself. My mum also had a childhood bear called Pumkin which she still has and I remember playing with them both together. I used to make clothes for the pair (out of paper) Benji used to rock some lovely skirts. I don't remember having a teddy bear I loved but I did have a couple of dollies, one of whom I drew chicken pox all over when I had it (and she never got better from). I don't have a picture of her but I do have my lovely sock doll...


Every Thursday for the next four weeks John Lewis will feature a 'retro toy' on their microsite along with the toy's history. First up is the classic teddybear!

John Lewis Insurance wants to hear your special childhood toy memories by sharing them on Twitter or Facebook. Also, why not keep up to date with John Lewis to see what retro toy will be featured next week!

I thought it would be fun to share the rest of Wilf's favourite bears too (as a few of them are pretty retro!). He has lately become very into the Care Bears films on Netflix and I'm not too proud to say we let him watch one in the morning if he wakes early and we don't to get up at 5.30am.

I found these guys in our local charity shop, what a find ey? What's your toy's story?

This is a sponsored post which has been written in association with John Lewis Insurance

155 comments:

Tracey Peach said...

The Acer Iconia A3 Looks the business!

Gill said...

Maybe the Iconia W5 tablet!

India Benjamin said...

Ah I love this! I got given a Pink Panther toy the day I was born, and by the time I was about six he'd lost both his eyes and his arms had both been stitched back on. I actually lost him when I moved when I was 13 but I still remember exactly what he looked like!

India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

haxell said...

We used to borrow a projector to watch some of our favourite DVDs at home. The

H5380BD looks good and the prices have come down from what I last looked at them.


Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

Kirstin Lydon said...

My favourite item is the Iconia W5. http://www.acer.co.uk/ac/en/GB/content/series/iconiaw5

Claire said...

Aw, I love these. My late Dad has a similar old teddy and he sits with my mum's doll, so sweet. I don't have one particular favourite toy but will now and again have to google an old one I remember. On display I have kept Dave's 70's squeaky hippo, my Rainbow Brite and Cabbage Patch little figures and Izzy's Sophie the Giraffe. I'm hoping to add more! We love finding old care bears too. We also found a "Rainbow George Ted" at a car boot. I love home made toys too and can remember by nan making me "Orvil" and other popular characters at the time. Danny can spend all day in vintage toy shops picking the brains of the shop owners. xxx

Blue Eyed Night Owl said...

Wonderful! I could really use this as I'm still using a prehistoric phone but can't afford buying a new one right now. More and more I've been craving one though. There seem to be so many practical apps out there.

Also the Iconia A3 tablet looks amazing too!

winnie said...

i like the Aspire V5

Tracy Hanley said...

My favourite is the Iconia W7

Victoria MyLittleLBlog said...

my fav is Iconia W7

Lisa said...

Love Acer. I use a Acer chromebook and really love it. Would love to try any of the Liquid smartphones as my phone is on the blink!

Fiona Martin said...

The Aspire S7 Ultrabook looks fab!

Claire said...

That does look great. My favourite is the Acer Chromebook C720 as I have one and love it! That sounds like me and Dave. He leaves his "new upgrades" in a box for years while I can't wait to use my snazzier version. He's always telling me off for constantly checking my phone and using too much data! x

Heather Haigh said...

The Acer Aspire V5 laptop.

kim neville said...

I like the Aspire S3

laura redburn said...

my phone is on its way out, so a new one would be ace! my favourite thing on the site is probably the iconia a1 too. would love a tablet!

aaron v said...

my first laptop was an acer, a cheap acer aspire but that was a long time ago. love the look of the new ones! especially the Aspire S7 :D - @othersins

Nikki Hayes said...

My favourite item on the Acer website is the Predator G gaming PC - I love a good desktop PC ;o)

Angela M said...

my favourite item is the Iconia W4 tablet
Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me

Jen Walshaw said...

It would be Acer Aspire V5 for me. I need something to use with the boys as they are getting older

Mary Chez said...

I like the C720

chantelle hazelden said...

c720 chromebook

Natasha Mairs said...

i like the aspire V5

The Owl and the Accordion said...

Ahhh, I remember the Care Bears from when I was young - they were so popular! I've just passed my childhood bear onto Ben, who takes very good care of him at the moment - but I might have to reclaim him when he goes off to uni (crikey, what a scary thought!) x

Sarah Davies said...

I love the sleek lines of the Acer Aspire S3. Absolutely beautiful as well as being functional.

Christina Curtis said...

I rather like the Acer Aspire S3

Sara Klasing said...

I like the Iconia W5.

Keri-Anne said...

My favourite item is the Acer E1-530 laptop as that is the laptop i have and i had an acer before this one as well :) x

Eleanor Willock said...

Ah, I've got Ratty, who is a marvelous old red and white striped cloth rat. Yes, he sounds hideous, and yes, he's missing a tail and his eyes are a bit rubbish. But he's been on every plane journey I have, and I am 39 this year!

Aceso84 said...

I like the look of the Iconia W4 , looks like a great buy.

Emma Cantrell said...

I love the aspire s7 laptop! would love this for First Days! Need to chat up the trustees for the money ;-)

Keri Jones said...

I love the look of the Iconia W5

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

Ahh he is going to look so adorable! x

Clare Nicholas said...

Aspire V5 looks fab.

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

I've still got my teddy from when I was little although I did nearly lose him after I fell out with my mum and chucked him out! She must have saved him and I recently got him back! x

caro_mad said...

I love the look of this little beauty http://www.acer.co.uk/ac/en/GB/content/series/liquids2 - prettiest colour I've ever seen on a phone and it has great specs x

Bonita Turner mamasVIB said...

Love this little outfit combo- he is going to look fantastic! Can't wait to see what you wear too… x

Amanda Mallows said...

I would love a Iconia W7 - Although I'm not sure I'd ever get to use it; my little girl would be forever watching Peppa Pig on it!

Katie Skeoch said...

the Aspire V3-572P really need a new laptop x

Stephanie Boulton said...

The Acer C720 Chromebook

Chelsea said...

This is so so adorable!

Naama A said...

love the Aspire S7 laptop!

Ness said...

I like the Iconia tab 7

Sarah @ DaydreamsofSummertime said...

Oh my word. That outfit is just too cute! Wilf is going to look adorable! x

clairdownham said...

i like




Iconia W7

Polly Davies said...

we have a few old carebears - one that was mine, and a couple we've found in charity shops. I have a rabbit and a clown from when I was a baby still

Kiran Parry said...

I like the Aspire S7 laptop

Jayne Townson said...

The Aspire S7 laptop.

Lynsey ward said...

Benji sounds like he is well loved

mummyslittle peeps said...

Iconia w7

Victoria_CosmeticCravings said...

The Liquid S2

Sarah @ DaydreamsofSummertime said...

I have a couple of care bears and a Rupert the bear. My mum had a teddy bear that she had since she was a child. She passed away a couple of years ago and I am a bit upset that I haven't been able to find it. I am hoping it will show up in some boxes that are still in storage.

Ruth said...

I like the red Liquid S2!

Emma Birley said...

Aspire Switch 10 :D

Jodie Crossley said...

the ASPIRE S7 laptop x

Sue Hodges said...

Acer Aspire P3 Ultrabook

Lynne Durkin said...

Love the look of the Aspire E1, sounds perfect.

David Walker said...

The Liquid S2

Lyn Bosomworth said...

Acer Liquid | S2 Tablet Phone, Metallic Red



4G LTE (150Mbps DL) / 4K Ultra HD** / 16GB

Stephanie Coals said...

Has to be the Aspire E1 - its got everything you need and its so stylish!!

Joanne Bowles said...

Aspire Switch 10

Angie Allen said...

The Aspire S7 laptop

jojones said...

The Liquid S2

thomascomp said...

ASPIRE S7

Katie @mummydaddyme said...

Aw such a sweet post, it's amazing the memories old toys hold. I have my rabbit which I had since the day I was born. x

FionaLynne Edwards said...

The Aspire S7 Laptop

Lorraine Tinsley said...

Aspire V3

Rich Barker said...

Would love the Iconia W3 - tough to choose though!

Mary Hutton said...

Acer Liquid | S2 Tablet Phone, Metallic Red - Love this phone - it looks great and sounds great too!

Rob Winkfield said...

Aspire S7 laptop

Jo said...

The Aspire S7 laptop as mine is dying a slow and painful death

Charlie Wand said...

Aspire S3

kayleigh bates said...

The Liquid S2

suzannesendell said...

Iconia A3 my tablet needs updating,good reviews too

Maggie Coates said...

The Acer Aspire S7

Katie Walden said...

The aspire S7

Michelle said...

The Aspire V5

Angie said...

The Aspire S7

sarah goodman said...

Aspire S7 laptop

Lisa Everaert said...

C720 Chromebook

Steph Lewis said...

Acre aspire s7

Barbara Shaw said...

The Aspire S7

Johan Ellermann said...

Acer Aspire R7 looks awesome !

Rosalind Sargent said...

Aspire S7 laptop

cazfergo said...

Acer Aspire Laptop, S7

Faye Reed said...

I've had my eye on this since I saw an advert...http://www.acer.co.uk/atouchmore/iconia-w5/

robinson131 said...

Aspire S7 laptop

kathycakebread said...

aspire switch 10

anthony harrington said...

Iconia W5 tablet

claire said...

Acer Aspire Laptop, S7

Dorota Amellal said...

http://www.acer.co.uk/ac/en/GB/content/series/iconiaw3

Mari Sutherland said...

Iconia A1Premium tablet for life everyday

Edel Hennessy said...

I'm obsessing over a new phone at the moment so this looks pretty damn snazzy to me!

Amelia Kennedy said...

The Liquid S2 Smartphone x

mary heald said...

I love the iconia W7

Zoe Goulding said...

The Aspire Switch 10

Paul Wilson said...

The Aspire Switch 10 looks nice.

nolene said...

Aspire R7 pretty cool

Sarah Ottley said...

Iconia A1

Jim Milligan said...

Iconia A3

Victoria said...

K750 projector :D

Edward Collis said...

front-facing speaker with DTS Studio Sound

Amy PJ said...

Aspire S7 Ultrabook

W. Critchlow said...

Aspire V3

Sandra martin said...

Acer Liquid E3 Duo PLUS | Rock Black
Dual SIM + 16 GB Storage/2 GB RAM
This looks lovely and my samsung keeps freezing and cutting people off when talking, I would love this acer one!!! :)




Victoria Morrison said...

The Aspire S7 - stylish but high spec!

Jo Glasspool said...

Aspire R7

G13NN H said...

I love the Iconia W7

Leanne Lunn said...

The Acer Aspire R7

Holly Smith said...

Aspire S7 Ultrabook

Edward Guerreiro said...

The S6 Monitor.

Ruth Mse Roberts said...

Acer Aspire R7

williamgould said...

Aspire Switch 10 looks interesting!

Robert F said...

Acer P1373WB projector.

Tanja said...

The C720

Chris woodgate said...

The Acer Aspire R7

James Jinks said...

Acer iconia a3

Rebbie Edney-Owen said...

I love the red case of the Acer Liquid S2 Tablet Phone

D J F reeman said...

Aspire R7

Susie Wilkinson said...

Aspire V3

Caroline H said...

Love the Aspire V5.

Paul said...

The Iconia A3 looks good.

Stuart Allen said...

love the aspire switch 10!

Stephanie Llewellyn said...

acer liquid S2 Tablet phone

Sarahann said...

Love the liquid s2!

Cathy Glynn said...

Acre aspire R7

Vakhida said...

Acer Aspire Switch 10

Patricia Thompson said...

Acer Aspire Switch 10

Filipa Alexandre said...

C720 Chromebook

Anna said...

Chromebook C720 - I have one and it is pretty good

Caroline Clarke said...

The T2 Touch Monitor!

emma said...

chromebook

downingarms said...

Aspire S7. Takes the one I've got here to the cleaners.

Stuart Edwards said...

C720 Chromebook

jeanbolsover said...

http://www.acer.co.uk/ac/en/GB/content/series/aspires7 More updated than my laptop

Jon Bell said...

Acer Aspire Switch 10

Claire Simpson said...

Aspire S7

sunshine said...

Acre aspire R7

emma hunt said...

The Liquid S2 :-)

Joanne Baldwin said...

The Aspire P3 looks fantastic

Rena plumridge said...

The Aspire

Rachael Jess said...

Loving the Aspire Switch 10

Bee Mears said...

The Acer Liquid S2 Tablet Phone looks amazing. Much better than my prehistoric non-smartphone!!

liz denial said...

I love this one http://www.acer.co.uk/ac/en/GB/content/series/aspirev5

susiebaby1 said...

The Aspire Switch 10

Suzanne said...

Liquid S2

Robwhufc said...

The Aspire Switch 10

sally johnston said...

Chromebook C720 looks fab x

Ellen Hewitt said...

Love the Aspire Switch 10, it's flexibility,good looks and it's spec!x

Alana Walker said...

The Aspire Switch 10 looks great, could really do with a machine like that.x

hannonle said...

Chromebook c720

sbroadley said...

Im 47 now - but when i went to uni, my mum cleared out loads of my teddies - I've never forgiven her for throwing out the scruffiest, torn teddy that I had for all my life - she is still in my bad books for that - it was my favourite - i can close my eyes and still see him - i will NEVER forgive her

Lucy Fletcher said...

aspire switch 10

laura redburn said...

aww, how cute is this! love the colour scheme.

Laura Rocksteady said...

He is going to look so adorable - I love the little bow tie - too cute and the Next jacket is lovely as well - can't wait to see him on the big day :)


Laura x

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