Carole's prompt this week is things you've collected. I'm dashing it off late because today was crazy, and tomorrow is going to be even crazier. I had dreams of taking a few photos to include, but that just didn't happen today before I dashed out the door to catch a plane.
In no particular order, here are 10 things I have collected over the years.
- Spindles. Are you surprised? I'm afraid to unpack the studio and put all the spindles in one place. It may will be overwhelming.
- Disney character teapots with matching creamers and sugar bowls. I gathered several during my 20s and early 30s. Now I want to get rid of them. Ebay is quite tempting.
- Tin boxes. My first conscious collection. I bought an antique Schrafft's candy tin at a rummage sale with my allowance one summer. And then people started giving me interesting metal boxes. I still have a few stashed away storing sewing notions. I suspect that more are still hiding in a closet in my parents' house. After that first entry in my collection, I had a college internship in the Schrafft building in Charlestown, MA.
- Books. Another collection that started early. All the moving lately and the rise of ebooks has me eyeing the boxes and shelves. And we donated, swapped, sold, or otherwise got rid of at least 1/3 of what we had before moving to California.
- Yarn. I certainly don't knit it as fast as it comes in. At least it's mostly stopped coming in.
- Business cards. A hazard of my job.
- Roy Tabora paintings. D and I fell in love with his work on a visit to Maui a few years ago. And we bought two (small ones). As soon as our finances recover from the house purchase, we hope to buy more.
- Friends. I now have friends from every period of my life scattered around the world. I love introducing them to each other and watching what happens. So far, it's always been good things.
- Rocks. I was a kid fascinated by rocks. I still pick them up when walking on the beach or hiking. These days, I usually put them back, but sometimes an interesting rock or two finds its way home in my pocket it pack.
- Trees. Our holiday decorations are mostly tree themed. Neither one of us are big fans of tchockes, so the collection is limited to a few special examples.
One picture from my flickr stream of one of those special holiday trees on our mantel in Natick lit by a gorgeous sunset.