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When I Grow Up

Sep 18, 2013

by Mallory McInnis

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Think back to your childhood and try to remember what you wanted to be when you grew up. My dream job of choice has fluctuated over the years, but I think that my first fantasy was to be a princess. Not the sort of princess you might be picturing — a very specific sort of princess, related to the worlds of books and lands full of dragons and wizards and magic (and the occasional beautiful gown). Of course, I eventually realized that I couldn’t be a princess (especially the sort of princess I wanted to be), and I moved on to other possible jobs.

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[President: Thomas Jefferson pillow doll by Late Greats; Presidents of the USA book  by Elizabeth Graeber; Make-up Artist: Make-up wooden toy by Armadillo Dreams; Fireman:  Puppet by Cate & Levi;  Meteorologist: Storm toy by trootoys; Weather toy set by Armadillo Dreams; Sun print by Finka Studio; Farmer: Strawberry counting and sorting toy by Aly Parrott; Baker: Vintage mixer toy from SoYesterdaySoCool; Vintage toy cookies from Vintage Toy Town; Vintage oven at bettiecouture; Musician: Microphone scarf by Ann Moore England; Wood teether guitar by Little Sapling Toys.]

If you asked me what I wanted to be in elementary school I probably would have answered “a writer,” but if you found my yearbook from eighth grade it would say “interior designer.”

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[Veterinarian: Wooden girl and cats by miela siela; Paint the Jungle zine by Paiorfa Editorial; Doctor: Vintage doctor playset from The Wild Burro; Dentist: My Sweet Tooth rubber stamp by The Small Object; Writer: Pencil scarf by Sara Carr; Vintage Tom Thumb typewriter toy at aliciaanais; Ballerina: Vintage book from Elizabeth Wren Books; Botanist: Leaves puzzle by Manzanita Kids; The Little Florist vintage kit at Front Street Antiques; Paleontologist: Dinosaur prints by intheearlyhours.]

The interest in interior decorating was short lived — by the time my senior year of high school rolled around and another yearbook editor was asking the “what do you want to be?” question, I was back to writing again (with “shop owner” thrown in for good measure).

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[Astronaut: Wooden rocket rattle by Bannor Toys; Astronaut stuffed toy by Jungs and Sohne; Zoologist: Wooden animal balancing puzzle by Tinocchio; Forest animal blocks printable PDF by pukaca; Plush lion by finkelsteins; Hungry Lion, Hungry Bear flannel board story by ABC Sensei; Zoo By Numbers book by BADABUM; Hippo bean bag by ilSaccotto; Architect: Modern dollhouse by New8th Furniture; Empire State Building knit toy by Colette Bream; Wood building blocks by Kutuu Blocks.]

Shortly after receiving that yearbook and graduating, I worked for my town’s recreation department for the summer. I spent many hours sitting at a picnic table in the shade of some pine trees coloring and crafting with a crew of 5 to 8 year olds. While we scribbled and sharpened, I’d interview them and take notes on their favorite books, movies, pizza toppings and ice cream flavors. At the end of the summer I’d send them home with their own little yearbook filled with facts about their friends. Naturally, I also included their dream future job. I always loved the kids who would have a super-specific answer, like the boy who really wanted to do something with plants (I added “botanist” in this post in his honor).

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[Carpenter: Wooden workbench by A Summer Afternoon; Tool baby rattles by fede; Vintage Lincoln Logs from Krause Haus Antiques; Photographer: Wooden toy camera by Twig Creative; Artist: Frida Kahlo pillow by Jane Foster; The Little Artist print by Abel Jimenez; Scientist: Science Print by Lisa DeJohn; Vintage Scientist Sam book from Moonkitten’s Timeline; Chef: Felt food by CreationsByM; Vintage salad dish set from Grandmother’s Attic; Pilot: Airplane pillow by Little Korboose; Fashion Designer: Vintage paper picture weaving dolls from Linda Paloma; Librarian: Let’s Read print by Cuddlefish Press.]

Little 7-year-old-wannabe-writer-me always appreciated a journal or book; I’m sure that your aspiring architect would adore a heap of blocks to design some buildings with and a prospective patisserie owner could use a pretend oven to test recipes.

What does your son or daughter want to be when they grow up? Your niece or nephew?

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Vintage retro 1950s red Tom Thumb Child typewriter toy photo prop display decor
Vintage retro 1950s red Tom Thumb Child typewriter toy photo prop display decor
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Thomas Jefferson Doll - LIMITED EDITION
Thomas Jefferson Doll - LIMITED EDITION
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RESERVED for Momongabb-Nassau vintage metal toy kitchen set sink oven fridge yellow copper individual pieces or set available
RESERVED for Momongabb-Nassau vintage metal toy kitchen set sink oven fridge yellow copper individual pieces or set available
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Vintage, Little Country Doctor playset, made by Transogram circa 1950
Vintage, Little Country Doctor playset, made by Transogram circa 1950
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Lambswool Petrol Blue Pencil Scarf - Made to order
Lambswool Petrol Blue Pencil Scarf - Made to order
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Wood Puzzle for Toddlers, Animal Puzzle
Wood Puzzle for Toddlers, Animal Puzzle
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Forest Animals Blocks - PRINTABLE PDF Toy - DIY Craft Kit Paper Toy - 3 paper blocks - Heads, Arms and Legs  - Birthday Party Favor
Forest Animals Blocks - PRINTABLE PDF Toy - DIY Craft Kit Paper Toy - 3 paper blocks - Heads, Arms and Legs - Birthday Party Favor
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Purple Hippopotamus bean bag
Purple Hippopotamus bean bag
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First Tool Set (Baby Rattles)
First Tool Set (Baby Rattles)
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1930s The Original Lincoln Logs Box Set All American Toy with Instructions
1930s The Original Lincoln Logs Box Set All American Toy with Instructions
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Every Science Begins as Philosophy and Ends as Art- Science Poster- Children's Room Decor- Science Decor- Nursery Decor
Every Science Begins as Philosophy and Ends as Art- Science Poster- Children's Room Decor- Science Decor- Nursery Decor
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Felt food, Hamburger french fries chicken nuggets set, eco friendly pretend play food play kitchen, felt hamburger, felt bbq, toy hamburger
Felt food, Hamburger french fries chicken nuggets set, eco friendly pretend play food play kitchen, felt hamburger, felt bbq, toy hamburger
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104 comments

  • LAccentNou

    Anastasia from LAccentNou said 5 years ago

    My mother said to me, If you area soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope. Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso... ~Pablo Picasso Just found this today and loved it so much and just thought it follows the same theme. :)

  • KisforCalligraphy

    katy from KisforCalligraphy said 5 years ago

    I wrote this on a index card when I was in the 4th grade..."future I see my self as a tennis player. 20 years designer. art skills want to acquire. I hope for a happy and happy life."

  • KisforCalligraphy

    katy from KisforCalligraphy said 5 years ago

    oops, Mallory, I meant "an index" card. :)

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 5 years ago

    what a fun article and super cute finds! As a kid, I changes what I wanted to be quite a lot. I always loved drawing, coloring and making art - so that eventually led me to becoming a graphic designer/illustrator.

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Love this :) When I was young I remember that I wanted to be a teacher. My sister and I would play all the time making up homework sheets for all our students and then grade them...lol. Hysterical! Now that I'm grown up, I became an RN and run my business here on Etsy. It's always fun to look back and see how far you've come :)

  • yourmomdesigns

    rebekah desloge from yourmomdesigns said 5 years ago

    what a collection! i have a little girl in elementary school that has already decided she wants to be an artist "that paints pictures" when she grows up - and believes in herself wholeheartedly. i definitely think my aspirations and dreams changed frequently as a kid, but i most vividly remember wanting to be in the FBI and then deciding what i really wanted was to be in an all girl band with my sisters.

  • MontclairMade

    Claire from MontclairMade said 5 years ago

    Just the other day I found my 8th grade yearbook and for future career I chose pediatrician. Ha! Love this post and it's perfectly curated!

  • StillVintage

    StillVintage from StillVintage said 5 years ago

    Oh, what a fun post. Yes, we all wanted to be so many professionals. Now at Etsy we are writers, designers, shop owners. And we get to imagine success.

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 5 years ago

    We are all still growing up and deciding what to be: designers, writers, shop owners. The fun is in the journey! Thanks for this great post

  • admspeicher

    Adam Speicher from SpeicherBowTieCo said 5 years ago

    This collection is quite magical. I was hoping Bow Tie Maker would be on there...but I'm probably the only one with that dream.

  • MaleSalas

    Maria Salas from ChapulinesCollection said 5 years ago

    Very fun post, indeed! :D

  • laurastark

    Laura Stark from laurastark said 5 years ago

    I love this post! I always wanted to be a gymnast. I'm thinking I could go as a blinged out gymnast for Halloween.

  • sarahkdesigns

    Sarah from sarahkdesigns said 5 years ago

    I wanted to be a princess or a hair stylist. I distinctly remember sitting in my half of the Barbie Section (it was the official name of our playroom) and knowing that I had no desire to be a doctor or a lawyer or anything like that. Then I grew up and went to art school... my future occupation was not something I was willing to commit to as a child.

  • 777carolala

    Caroline Barbosa from OldSoulVintageLtd said 5 years ago

    Very cute finds! I wanted to be a vet, though I will not elaborate on it. :)

  • vintagejane

    Stacey McCaffrey from vintagejane said 5 years ago

    Just asked my daughter this question: the first girl president! :)

  • leanimale

    le animalé from leanimale said 5 years ago

    I wanted to be an artist or a zookeeper.

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 5 years ago

    I wanted to be a Muppeteer!

  • chenreichert

    Chen Reichert from lategreats said 5 years ago

    When I grow up I want to own all of these items! Thank you for including my Jefferson doll in this stupendous collection!

  • Kam2012

    Kam from RiverGoddessBoutique said 5 years ago

    Awesome post! I wanted to be a singer, actress, artist and then teacher. As someone has alluded to above.....I'm not sure that I've decided even now. It's going to be fun though! : )

  • jizbasusan

    Susan Jizba from TheWeaverOfWords said 5 years ago

    such a wonderful post! It's never too late to rediscover your childhood or inner child that is !!! I always seek the freedom, spontaneity and playfulness of my inner child, whenever I want to create something.....as a child I always wanted to be a writer!!!

  • hjmart

    helen from hjmArtGallery said 5 years ago

    Great article! I wanted to be a teacher :-)

  • rarebeasts

    Brian McNamara from rarebeasts said 5 years ago

    Super fun stuff. I wanted to be an inventor like my grandfather.

  • ParisCabinet

    JD Kohler from ParisCabinet said 5 years ago

    Children and what they want to be reminded me of a special day with a grandson. At 5 he loved animals and wanted to be a farmer so we arranged a very special day for him. Early one Saturday morning we took him to the farmer's market where he saw all the foods from family farms in our San Joaquin valley and he picked vegetables for our dinner. Then we drove to friends who farm, we visited the neighboring dairy, had a private tour, saw the newborn calves. Then he got to ride with Becky in her small beautiful red tractor through the almond orchard then off to see Jim's big tractor, a huge green one with wheels almost as tall as I am. The farming adventure day was as much fun for us and by the end of the day he was pooped. He looked like an angel sound asleep on the way home.

  • Makaraii

    Kat from SleepyBeasts said 5 years ago

    When I was really little my main aspiration was to some day become a Cat. I spent quite a lot of time practicing too!

  • ArigigiPixel

    Gina from ArigigiPixel said 5 years ago

    I wanted to be Tarzan :)), than a pirate, a Bedouin.. It's great to be kid.

  • TabbiesandTrains

    TabbiesandTrains from TabbiesandTrains said 5 years ago

    I absolutely LOVE this post and all the exciting products on Etsy for engaging kids and helping them live to their full potential and achieve their dreams.

  • thatcolorfulgirl

    Mrs Khan from TheArtizanAffect said 5 years ago

    Adorable post! Aaah! I still ask kids what they want to be when they grow up. I suppose I am still looking for ideas! ;) But I remember at some point in my life, I wanted to be a cricketer, a poet, a doctor and a film maker. For now, all I want to be is a traveler & a maker because it makes me super happy! :)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Very cute blog!

  • BeadWalla

    Carter and Aveesh from BeadWalla said 5 years ago

    This is a fun walk down memory lane! Thanks for inspiring, it makes it all still seem possible. After all, it's never too late to be what you wanted to be, right!?

  • honeyhurd

    HurdandHoney Hurd from HurdandHoney said 5 years ago

    I love all of these toys!!! When I was a child I said I wanted to be a vet, well, that's what I told the adults that always nodded their heads in approval. Secretly I wanted to be a creator of things. My brother and I would make clothes for our stuffed animals out of felt and glue, create imaginary worlds in the back yard, go on adventures wherever we lived as we moved year-to-year. I went on to become an elementary teacher, which allowed the creativity to continue secretly, but sadly, not enough. Now we run our Etsy shop and I teach art classes on the side. It's really a dream coming true!

  • jennyhillman1

    jennyhillman1 from InvestmentTextiles said 5 years ago

    I don't remember my age but, everyone seemed very tall. I would tell them "Chemical Engineer". I had know idea what that was! I liked the fact both words were soooo long, & people would have to take a deep breath before answering,"That's Nice..... ". It tickled me;)

  • volkerli

    Lindsey Volker from ArtAndFawn said 5 years ago

    This is such a fun blog article! For the majority of my childhood, I wanted to be a stop motion animator when I grew up, but of course I had about a dozen other professions I wanted to be as well.

  • mrscsglutenfree

    Veronica from MrsCsGlutenFree said 5 years ago

    I love the Picasso quote : " Every child is an Artist. " I wish we could all still see the world the way they do. I want to grow up to be a child.

  • mlezcano

    Mary Lezcano from BellaBboutique said 5 years ago

    My favorite response came via one of my kindergarten students who said he wanted to be an alien when he grew up. I told him anything was possible.

  • OldMaterialGirl

    Maryann Dunbar from OldMaterialGirl said 5 years ago

    My first dream as a little girl was to become a veterinarian. That didn't happen, but today I am surrounded by animals...1 dog, 2 horses, 3 pet sheep, and 7 cats, on our mini-ranch! And I'm loving my new career on Etsy! Thanks for such a fun blog! :)

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 5 years ago

    My dream as a little girl was to be a singer or a model and travel the world, well I can't sing or dance and a model I am not! So, I am now working on my main dream and that is to work for myself! I did say I was working on my main dream! Thanks for bringing back the memories

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 5 years ago

    Fun Read - Thank You

  • busterandboo

    Buster and boo from busterandboo said 5 years ago

    I was going to write the next great American novel. And have lots of horses. Well...I do have horses......

  • ebkriley

    EBK Riley from DeeAndFee said 5 years ago

    This is a great post for so many reasons! The selection is delightful and the message is empowering. Many of us are still thinking about what to do with our lives and these whimsical toys illustrate how creative we can be.

  • gescate

    Gino Escate from Gygante said 5 years ago

    I wanted to be Inventor... Now I sel my "inventions" on Etsy :D My cousin wanted to be a dog, Only sleep and play

  • Plastidermy

    Chris Evans from Plastidermy said 5 years ago

    My nieces and nephews will want to be firefighters and ballerinas today and guitar players and actresses tomorrow and that's the beauty isn't it? That we can always change our minds and follow today's dream.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 5 years ago

    I still haven't decided what I want to be, but I'm fairly certain I never want to grow up!

  • lovelygifts

    Linda from lovelygifts said 5 years ago

    Very cute and creative finds!

  • Powerofflower

    Lorena Balea-Raitz from LorenasInkDesigns said 5 years ago

    Fun post :)

  • OurBrand

    Katy and Kyle from OurBrand said 5 years ago

    i wrote in my kindergarten book i wanted to be a makeup aritst and a dance teacher. and i found it recently and laughed because i am both of those things.

  • SolDelSur

    Soledad Proaño from SolDelSur said 5 years ago

    This is adorable!! I love everything! And I wanted to be the boss (didn't matter what), dress nicely and have an office with a view :) LOL Still want all that. At least I'm my own boss!

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 5 years ago

    It changed a lot regularly even.... :) For a while I wanted to be an oceanographer, went through an archaeology phase wanted to be an archaeologist.... For a long time I wanted to be a musician.... When I was very young I dreamed of travel, in my teens and ever since I did the travel. I never wanted to be a teacher. But right now, that is something I aspire to be since I am a fan of homeschooling when I have children.... It is interesting the way life happens. :) How dreams change and grow shape and reshape..... Dreams grow with you as you grow..... When I was 21..... I bought an old house, because I had a dream..... I was going to be the crazy cat lady on the corner in the old house with a gazillion cats..... I was on my way too. I had the house and 2 of the gazillion cats..... And 2 years into living my dream of being the old lady in the old house with the cats that all the neighborhood kids were scared of and thought was a witch, I met my husband, And he spoiled all my plans..... And my dream became spending my life with him traveling with him for his carreer.... In Austria, the cats finally died of old age They had been with me since I was 19 and when I was 30, they passed away to my horror and that of the dog we had obtained back in Canada when I was 27..... Then I dreamed of them coming back from the dead to be my babies again.... Some dreams can never be though. And other dreams, such as a small mini farm and a baby a milking goat and some chickens bees and a big garden with all the travel behind me is the dream I find myself presently chasing. :) Life is just.... A succession of dreams one after the other I am starting to realize.

  • patspottery

    Pat Parker from PatsPottery said 5 years ago

    I wanted to be an Indian boy, then a librarian, and then a modal. Didn't get to be any of them, but at the age of 65, I became an artist, which is better then any of them:>)

  • DesignerPillowShop

    Samantha from DesignerPillowShop said 5 years ago

    I wanted to be a fashion designer when I was younger. Then I went to fashion school and pursued a career in the fashion design field. When I bought my first home I realized how much I loved interior decorating... And now I have an Etsy shop filled with pillow covers curtains and lots of interior design related items :)

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    kathy johnson from ShoeClipsOnly said 5 years ago

    How adorable! Great shop, love it! Congratulations!

  • buuu

    Ana Mitrovic from buuu said 5 years ago

    I had a very interesting idea of what I wanted to be when I grow up. I said I wanted to be "a signer" and when asked what that is I explained it is someone who signs their name on important papers all the time ;)

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 5 years ago

    brings back childhood memories! Congrats!

  • nimama1111

    Innisfree from BasicPrettySupplies said 5 years ago

    I asked my little 4 years' old daughter. What do you want to be when you grow up? She told me she want to be a doctor to help the patient relieve pain.

  • adronh

    Adron Henderson from RAHbags said 5 years ago

    I wanted to be an architect.

  • oliverandgreyson

    Femke Muntz from OliverandGreyson said 5 years ago

    What an awesome, unique shop! Congrats!

  • oliverandgreyson

    Femke Muntz from OliverandGreyson said 5 years ago

    Oops, sorry, not a shop! Love this so much though! Great article! :)

  • HiDarling

    Ange from HiDarling said 5 years ago

    What I wanted to be was always changing as I grew older and discovered the many things people could be, but ever since I could remember and the first thing I ever wanted to be was an artist. Still working on it :)

  • DaisyandFlorrie

    Sue from DaisyandFlorrie said 5 years ago

    I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, but I'm only 60!

  • abcsensei

    abcsensei from abcsensei said 5 years ago

    What a great article! I always wanted to be a teacher and storyteller and ABC Sensei is a dream come true. :) Thanks for including my little shop in your blog post!!!

  • anapaulaoli

    Ana Paula Rimoli from anapaulaoli said 5 years ago

    I wanted to make toys for a living! Am I lucky or what? :) My youngest daughter (6) wants to be "a writer and an an illustrator" Oli (10) doesn't know exactly what, but "it has to have lots of math in it" Loved the article and all the cute toys!

  • bopeepflower

    Sarah from bopeepflower said 5 years ago

    I wanted to be a waitress because I liked that they got to write things down on notepads with carbon paper. Haha and I still do have a fondness for carbon paper.

  • lfair

    Lauren Cooke from betawife said 5 years ago

    This post is so adorable. All these amazing finds! I think at some point in my childhood I wanted to be all of those things! Still do.

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace from VintageMarketPlace said 5 years ago

    my son just had this question posed to him in pre K last week. The teacher wrote all of the students answers all typical, princess, firefighter, police office and so on, then we see our sons answer, Captain Hook. LOL I am just happy he thinks out of the box ;)

  • evaart1

    Eva Art from EvAtelier1 said 5 years ago

    Lovely post ♥ I wanted to be a fashion designer and I'm a computer expert :-)

  • Stargazer02

    Stargazer02 from LDesigns02 said 5 years ago

    cute post!

  • BeautifulTrims

    Shikha from ArtsyCraftsyShoppe said 5 years ago

    True! I wanted to be so many things at the same time and I think I am doing so many jobs at the same time, though different ones from what I used to dream about, but all of them make me happy.

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 5 years ago

    Great post, beautiful selection and fantastic comments. Thank you for sharing

  • EllieChase

    Ellie Chase from JolanDesigns said 5 years ago

    nice article, you can always dream and make your dreams come true!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 5 years ago

    Fun & Playful!

  • pillowlink

    Rosita from pillowlink said 5 years ago

    :) I was dreaming become a ballerina.. But I finished cloth design studies and after photography studies :)) My daughter wants to be a Princess:)

  • komengazim

    noor atikah mohd nasir said 5 years ago

    this is great.. when i was young. my mom ask me what i'm to be when i grow up. I said i want to be a doctor. but now, i further my study in graphic design. Its totally far from what i told to my mom.... :)

  • sewella

    Maya Kuzman from sewella said 5 years ago

    Adorable post! When I grow up I want to make children's clothing and toys :)

  • mossweed

    mossweed from mossweed said 5 years ago

    What an inspiring treasury! I wanted to move to Montana (from PA) and be a sheep rancher. Then, a marine biologist (thanks to Jacques Cousteau). Forty years later I believe it's not what you do that matters but how you do the things that come to you. Peace & health to all.

  • consciousclothing

    Rose from consciousclothing said 5 years ago

    Great post! I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. I majored in Biology. Now I spend all day making things. Not through genetic engineering though... Love the modern dollhouse!!

  • treecraftdiary

    Cindy K from TreeCraftDiary said 5 years ago

    When I grow up, I want to be an art & craft artisan. And now I am on my way building my dream and to reach another higher goal of mine.

  • owlgypsy

    Christina Young from owlgypsy said 5 years ago

    What awesome finds! I love it all so much! I tell people all the time, one of the best things about becoming a parent is that you get to relive your childhood! Kids keep you young if you really let them!

  • HandKnitHugs

    Heather from HandKnitHugs said 5 years ago

    awesome post, super cute picks!!

  • amysfunkyfibers

    Amy Gunderson from amysfunkyfibers said 5 years ago

    When I was a kid my Dad always told us that we could be what we wanted to be, that it did not have to be one thing, and that it could change if we wanted it too. This is what I am trying to teach my kids.

  • WackyWanitas

    WackyWanitas from WackyWanitaDesigns said 5 years ago

    When I entered kindergarten, my grandmother gave me a book with thirteen page spreads, one to fill out each year until I graduated high school; things like who my friends were, what I wanted to be. Each year before my first day, I pulled the book out and erased what I'd written for what I'd wanted to be every year before, and wrote in what I wanted to be this year. My thinking was that one day, when I became what I wanted to be, my parents would look back and say, "She was always destined to be a _______!" Of course, I think my eraser smudges eventually gave me away. :-) Beautiful collection of items, Mallory. You've done good hunting!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 5 years ago

    My daughter wanted to be a veterinarian until she realized it meant blood and other icky stuff! now she's a dancer. My son thought being a guitarist in a band would be great but being on stage was too scary so he's happy to be in internet security and IT. I wanted to be so many things I can't remember them all...an actress, a guide dog trainer, a racehorse jockey, a film editor, an interior designer (almost did that one) a movie makeup person....went to college to be a writer and artist. Haven't written much yet...but being an artist came very naturally!

  • peaseblossomstudio

    Caroline from AnchorRoad said 5 years ago

    I'm still trying to decide what to be when I grow up. ;) Thank you for all the ideas!

  • MuffyandTrudy

    LeAnne Steiner from MuffyandTrudy said 5 years ago

    Sweet post! I also lived in a fantasy world as a child. I so badly wanted to be a mermaid. My 6 year old wants to be a space architect and my 2 year old wants to be Bob Marley. :0)

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer said 5 years ago

    Hah! Love the felted hamburger. This post brings back so many memories of when I was a little girl. I think I changed my career every other week! Thank you for sharing your nostalgia and ideas!

  • theheartoffashion

    The Heart of Fashion from TheHeartofFashion said 5 years ago

    Love this! So many neat items featured in your post. Growing up, I wanted to be an ice skater, then a teacher and eventually a business owner!

  • CutOutTheFun

    Mary Richmond from CutOutTheFun said 5 years ago

    I just wrote a feature article about exactly this subject for a local paper and I loved talking to both kids and adults to see what their dreams were and what they'd been. There are many common themes, including the princess and the pirate, but I especially loved the offbeat answers like the kid who told me he wanted to be a mailman because he would get to drive like he lived in England instead of the US and he always wished he'd been born in England. One little girl told me she wanted to be an alligator wrestler when she grew up--and when I say little, I mean this girl was downright petite! As for me, I wanted to be a cowgirl....

  • EvaKuno

    Eva Kuno from HandcraftedByEvaKuno said 5 years ago

    I love the post! Made be go back to my childhood. Never thought of having any of the most popular jobs back then, like teacher, doctor or shop assistant. All I dreamed of is having a magic wand allowing to see the future.. haha.. read too much fairy tales..

  • TheEnchantedSlipper

    J Breault from TheEnchantedSlipper said 5 years ago

    I have changed my mind SO many times that I have lost track. The one constant was to own my own business....Course, I sorta pictured my own little Christmas tree/Soap. Lotion, and candle shop somewhere in Colorado in the side of a mountain. But hey I suppose nothing is perfect! ha My one bit of advice for any young people who struggle to figure out what they want to be: "Any decision, no matter what it is will be better than being unemployable because you never followed through with anything. So don't be afraid just choose something and work you butt off to make it happen and be great at it. If you do it and you hate it you can always choose something else but atleast get there! "

  • NellywithWings

    Nelly V from NellywithWings said 5 years ago

    Fun collection! Both of my dream occupations are listed here: ballerina and Architect. I actually became an Architect...

  • GypsymoonChain

    Gypsy Chainmail from GypsymoonChain said 5 years ago

    I wanted to be David Bowie when I grow up... Kinda still want to be...

  • topvistama

    topvistama from KleponDesign said 5 years ago

    This is a great collection. I remember when I was a kid I wanted to be an astronaut because it was cool with all the space suits etc. Thank you for sharing this.

  • jenniferadventures

    Jennifer Hales from BugAndBoy said 5 years ago

    I wanted to be a writer, an artist, and a baker at different points. I went to college to get a degree and film making, but now live my life being an artist and a writer, and on the side I am a pretty awesome home pastry chef. I really never could pick just one interest. I think that is what is great about being a kid and never being told I couldn't do something.

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 5 years ago

    I am still trying to figure out about "When I Grow Up!" (lol)....Nice post...

  • LondonandGranger

    Felie Hempfling from LondonandGranger said 5 years ago

    My daughter is almost two (next month) and though she doesn't talk much yet her dreams and aspirations are my dreams and aspirations! I want and hope that my husband and I can cultivate a life for her where she will grow up knowing that she can accomplish anything so long as she puts her heart and mind to it, and that we will always be there to support her. This is a beautiful collection of items that help our children dream imagine and want to pursue what they want to be when they grow up!

  • ShoponSherman

    ShoponSherman from ShoponSherman said 5 years ago

    I was a boy watching the Steelers of the '70's and wanted to be like Terry Bradshaw. I practiced throwing like him, running like him and sniffing like him. I was the starting qb in 8th grade and my uniform number was 63. That is as far as the dream would take me I liked to draw and actually thought art was my main gift. I stopped drawing as a teenager though. I think it is something I might pick up again.

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 5 years ago

    When i grow up, i want to be an amazing mom.

  • AmyEsryTreasures

    Amy Esry from AmyEsryTreasures said 5 years ago

    I wanted to be a business person and have Important Papers like my dad did. I work in Human Resources and I have more Important Papers than anyone (except Accounting). I grew up doing many craft projects, and seeing my mom do all kinds of crafts (macramé, stained glass, painting, etc) so that has always been a part of who I am even though it isn't my full time job.

  • NirvanaRoad

    Lisa from NirvanaRoad said 5 years ago

    I hope to never fully grow up. I love the imagination of children.

  • LivingGallery

    Jenny Stanley from LivingGallery said 5 years ago

    Great post! I think I transitioned from wanting to be She-Ra when I was 8 yrs old to an artist when I was 18 yrs old. Now that I am way above the 30 mark, I go back a forth from She-Ra to artist.

  • poplovedesigns

    Andrea Hughes from PopLoveHers said 5 years ago

    My list changed so much! The ones that really stuck were to be a writer, a teacher, an artist and a fashion designer. Guess which one I chose in the end?!

  • talkingandsleeping

    Christina Lembo from FrannyandFranky said 5 years ago

    These are great! I'm pretty much favoriting everything. ;) I wanted to be a writer when I was growing up. And now I am! I used to put together my own Highlights magazines. So I love that pencil scarf and typewriter!

  • LetsAllMakeBelieve

    LetsAllMakeBelieve from LetsAllMakeBelieve said 5 years ago

    This is so cute!! :)

  • antiquebeginnings

    Becky Van Loozen McCarty from Antiquebeginnings said 5 years ago

    I love that we are all living under the freedom of God with all of Nature to create with. I love that no matter where we are or what we are taught that we each get the ultimate choice of how we turn out. I love that you expressed this so well through your your well written article Mallory. I made a visit to your shop out of curiosity and saw many diverse items to love. From knitted socks to glassware and egg-baskets and many vintage items.

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    Ariana Nicole from CraytoDAzCreations said 5 years ago

    As a kid I always wanted to be a Lifeguard. There's nothing more special than saving lives. I had actually saved a couple kids from drowning when I was 7 and 11. I guess I just always loved the thought of being a Lifeguard. :)

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    Tina K. from TeeKoStudio said 4 years ago

    When i was growing up i wanted to be an archaeologist, studying the past and cultures. But I ended up being a graphic designer, working in a 9-5 marketing agency and doing my own design as a side business. :)

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