To anyone who’s reading, hi there! I don’t know what amazingly stupid things I’m going to say, do or show you…but life’s fun and it’s short so let’s get started.
I’m a true believer of following your dreams. Once upon a time I would have said its all rubbish, but having faced death at the tender of 20, I started looking a life a whole lot differently. I had a ‘dream’ back then of opening a shop so I could easily access all the cross stitch threads heaven could give me. I think I was destined to own and operate a shop actually as my Grandfather made me a cubby house when I was about 7 or 8 and the first thing I did was set up a ‘shop’ and Nanny and Parpy (what I called my Grandfather) had to come shopping. I had old containers, cigarette packets (yeah you wouldn’t catch a 7 year old selling you ciggies nowadays….lol) I had old milk bottles and cardboard boxes galore. I had a seating area where one could sit a sip tea….. I was way ahead of my time. I don’t think I ever got sick of playing shops. But my mother and I moved to Adelaide so the cubby was left behind. I never got to see it again as my grandparents sold up and moved to Adelaide within the next 12 months and I think my ‘cubby’ became the next owners tool shed. I think this shop was what started this little individual on the road for collecting ‘things’ both pretty and unpractical, cute and totally useless.
I made that cubby a two storey shop by getting my grandfathers ladder and climbing up on the roof (which was flat), which also meant I could sit on top of the neighbours shed roof. Good grief Charlie Brown, if kids did that these days mothers would be having conniptions! But I never ever fell off or broke a limb.
My cross stitch love started at school, when we did what I now know as Chicken Scratch. A cross stitch done on gingham fabric. My mum had made me a little apron (to wear in the shop) and I had done chicken scratch on the base of it and on the pocket. Wish I’d kept it now. I’m one of those eager beavers…if you have no use for it, donate it or chuck it. I don’t know how many treasures I’ve ditched over the years that I would just love to have now. So now I’m a little careful on what goes and what stays when I’m in a declutter mood. I should seriously look at my collections though. We’ve downsized our house (but upsized our shed….lol) so storage of such collections is not a problem.
I’ve always been a ‘collector’. As a young girl I collected stamps and marbles, especially blue ones. I’ve always loved blue and white anything. I’m sure I’m a reincarnated bower bird or magpie as I love all things that glitter.
Moving from McLaren Flat to the Riverland saw my stamp collection finally go. I’d hung on and hung on. Our youngest daughter showed a little interest when she was younger, but that soon passed. So on moving I donated the whole lock, stock and barrel to a local charity. I have no idea where the marbles ended up, I remember having them at school in Year 6 and 7 as I traded them with the other kids, but I guess High School probably hit the marble game on the head.
I still have so much ‘stuff’ though. I’ve collected bears, so there are bears in just about every room and some stuffed cupboards. Darren says ditch them, but they’re so cute, I just don’t have the heart. Having had a gift shop/fabric store I’ve managed to collect quite a bit of china etc.
My blue and white collection just had to stop as there was nowhere else to put things, I have gone through prior to moving and been brutal and only kept the very best or most sentimental of my collection. I think this collection started as my grandmother had a set of serving dishes which I still have today, the set also had a matching gravy boat, the handle broke prior to me pinching it after Nanny’s death, but I still have it on display.
Before I had the shop I did a LOT of cross stitching, so I also have a ‘collection’ of cross stitch patterns and kits, I have loads of finished work most of which are framed luckily as I live with a picture framer, but of course, like the plumber who has a leaky tap, my picture framer still has a lot of catching up to do! Of course I also have ALL the threads to go with that collection.
Then I was introduced to quilting! OMG a collectors heaven, there are so many bits and pieces you can collect as a quilter. So I also have a huge collection of patchwork books and patterns and OMG the ‘stash’! Boxes and boxes of scraps, fat quarters and kits of which I would have to live until I turn 3oo to use it all.
I’ve also collected thimbles, I wont part with these and they don’t take up a lot of room anyway and they all have meaning to me. Customers have bought some for me on their travels, I’ve bought some, but they have mostly come from second hand and antique stores.
I’ve also started a collection of Cocker Spaniels….lol but Darren wont let me add to this collection, two’s enough he says. They are the loves of my life, well apart from Darren, my kids, grandkids and my Mum…..lol But they’re up there.
Quilts, well there’s a collection of them. Again Darren says sell them. But so much time, effort and love have gone into them I just can’t part with them.
Country style trinkets. Our original ‘home’ in Woodcroft, SA was decorated in a very ‘country’ style with chooks and cows, country pictures and sayings. I’ve still got them but haven’t put them out in this home…..yet. I am trying to restrain from too much clutter. I have sold some of this stuff in Garage Sales etc. but there are a few signs like ‘the kids were allergic to the dogs, so I got rid of the kids’ and on the laundry door a sign that says ‘Drop you pants here’. Just can’t resist quirky little things like that.
I think that’s it, I think that’s all of my collections. Oh, I just remembered I did go through a faze of scrapbooking so there’s a rather large box of papers, stamps and bits and pieces.
I’m feeling quite ashamed now….lol. I think 2014 should be the year of sorting out my crap… I seriously don’t need all this stuff.
What collections do you have? I know of another thimble collector and a lady who collects egg cups. Just about every quilter I know collects fabric and I know of other scrap bookers including our youngest daughter who collect papers and stamps, but as she is a consultant for a scrap booking company she’s allowed AND she actually uses her collection…..now there’s a novel idea.
I think we need to have a competition and I’ll give a prize for the most unusual collection voted by all who enter and another prize for the largest collection. So I’ll need photo’s and you can post them on our Face Book page. In the next couple of days I’ll take some photos of my ‘stuff’.
Signing off for now, keep cool (or warm for our Northern Hemisphere followers)