21 November, 2009

My Place and Yours - Collections

Where to begin with a subject like Collections??? It seems everyone has a collection of some sorts even if they thought they weren't the type to collect anything! Humans are very odd types aren't they?


Well this weeks theme in My Place & Yours was chosen by Kate at Foxs Lane. It's a pretty place so go & check it out. Plus there really isn't anything like having all your Ducks in a row!


I did have to think about this topic. I collect a lot of things. But what do I really collect? Craft stuff is probably the thing I buy mostly. All sorts of stuff to do all sorts of things. So in that aspect a lot of you probably have collections that look like mine - piles of fabric, rows & rows of pretty coloured thread, specialty threads, paper, rubber stamps, balls of yarn, craft magazines, patterns of all kinds. The list goes on & on with crafts! No wonder I need a bigger house!


I decided on a couple of things to post about but mainly because some of my collections are now packed away, like my dog ornaments which actually started as a collection for Stu when I was overseas. Then there is my coca-cola collection that is all packed in the roof for lack of space elsewhere for all of it. I kind of still collect it & was given a load by an uncle as he wanted rid of it & when he saw I collected it he gave it to me. I don't buy all the new stuff that comes out now as I really like to stick with the old stuff. I don't buy any on ebay, as I find it makes it "easy". So if I see it now & it is old, yes I would still pick it up.


I could also add the sticker collection that I accumulated as a kid & teen. There were many hours of street walking around shops collecting some of those. I don't collect still but I just can't quite bring myself to give those up yet. Also the stamp albums that have many man hours of sorting, soaking & saving. They are all great collections that I don't spend time on these days.



One of the things I am quite proud of is my collection of bird pictures. I mentioned these in my My Place & yours - Through the Front Door post last week. I see these as I come in my door. They are pride of place on my lounge room wall. I love them to bits & am very proud of them as a collection of pictures. Alot of people barely give them a glance thinking they are just prints, but they are actually cross stitch pictures that I have done. They are Marjolein Bastin designs. I have since found another one to add to the collection but haven't done it yet. Maybe in the new year once we are moved & settled.

Now this pile of stuff I have spent a long time accumualting. It's stationery. Piles & piles of pretty paper, cute paper, foreign paper. I am sure this is a surprise to some people that know me well, to see the piles that are usually tucked away nicely in my stationery cabinet. This is not even all of it as there was a bit more that I didn't lug out for the picture. Ever since I was little I have loved writing paper. My Oma gave me some in a nice set. I used the plastic holder for a long time to hold other papers. I used to write letters to a secret friend. I would even mail them in our mail box so I could get the mail out! There is nothing like the thrill of a personal letter all for you. From those days of about 7 years old, the thrill of paper & letters is still there. Althought I don't have the amount of penfriends now as I have done in the past I still hand write letters to some & still receive them back. It can't be beaten. Writing on nice special paper is all the more fun! Most of the piles of paper I have aren't even opened yet. The hoards of Diddl paper (Diddle is a mouse from Denmark) I have I do use some of. I would love to open them all but do try to use up quite a chunk of the pad before moving on to another. Those are my rules for myself to try to make the pile smaller. It doesn't really shrink but I like the idea that it may one day look smaller! Hahaha...


So there you go. That's me for this post. Of course there are other things I could add to the list but I won't. If you would love to see some of the other collections that people have, & there are some great ones, just click on over to Meet Me At Mike's. Pip will be happy to meet you there & show you around. I will warn you to grab a cuppa first & then click on a few of the links there. They are good fun & interesting reads.


Collecting diamonds from the fabric of the ocean.
Collecting diamonds from domestic mines.
Collecting Diamonds - Q and Not U

9 comments:

Kate said...

Oh wow all that stationary is taking me all the way back to school days when I had a bit of a collection of the stuff myself. There's really nothing like fresh, crisp, clean paper. My arm hurts these days when I have to write the girls' notes for school, so I admire your letter writting. I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Redness said...

Oh I love your collections ... beautiful and so very thoughtful! I only skimmed the surface of my collections ... isn't this fun :)

The Back Shed said...

Lovely collections. The writing paper is wonderful, I love it. I have one Penfriend who I have been writing to for years. Hopefully the art of letter writing won't fade away.

Pip Lincolne said...

I think Diddl paper is something everyone should have. It just sounds so cute and made for doodling, I think. Stationery is such a pretty, cheery, useful thing to collect. I love the Piles you have! They are the right kind of piles, I think! x

Tracey said...

Your birdies in frames are delightful!

Tanya said...

Oh oh oh- that stationary is fantastic. What a fun collection

Catherine said...

Your collection of cross stitch are beautiful. They are so stunning and worth all the time and effort you have put into them. Love your stationery, I love stationery but buy more for my girls then for me now. Thanks for stopping by and seeing my collection.:)

Sally said...

I love stationery too... don't have so much of it anymore - not now that I tend to use email rather than write a letter.

dillpickle said...

I love your cross stitch birds! They're really lovely. I do cross stitch from time to time, so I know how time consuming it is! You must have spent hours and hours on yours, but I suspect it was worth it.

My recipe links are just my made up recipes. Some of them started from others, but I've modified them along the way so they look reasonably different to the original! I do have favourites from my mags and books though that I go back to over and over again!