My hand is up as a first time participant in this business. Kate (at http://foxslane.blogspot.com/) was 'theme queen' this weekend and she came up with 'Collections' and she's nice and I have a few collections so I thought I would play.
I have spent time looking through peoples front doors, craft spaces etc, I thought today was the day for me to get abit un-shy and jolly well participate!
Okay, I am getting on with it!
A collection- well. you can collect and then you can accumulate. Collect, to me implies action. I accumulate fabric, especially lovely natural fabric, including beautifully designed 'patchwork fabric'. I COLLECT apple fabric. I love apple fabric and over the past few years my choice has exploded with amazing options.
These are some of my favourites
Sigh. I do and will use them, but, boy, I also just like looking at them and touching them!
Apples in a quilt
Okay, my second collection has rules.
Teacups, saucers and sideplates -who would have thought, I am not really a girly girl, but these do take my fancy. Think about the stories told over a cuppa- imagine if teacups could talk. I love it that they are old and have 'been around', they have been split up from their family and ended up at my house. With no sitting room- indeed!
The rules are that I don't have more than twelve full sets at any one time. Because I would have no more than 12 'ladies' over for a tea party at once and we have a small house with no display cabinet kind of things.
They can't be so expensive as to make me cry if one gets broken, and I have to really love it. I was abit hasty at the start and purchased a couple that I now realise I don't really really love, so they will be booted out when they become number 13. Sounds harsh but they will then go on to get more gossip at someone else house (or, on the flip side become a mosaic!).
I love it how some of them have pictures for you to enjoy as you drink your tea
Or, more specifically, for the right handers of the world to enjoy, of which I am not one.
And I love this one with a scene on it
It adds something to the humble cake and cuppa, don't you think.
I haven't even mentioned my 'ex' collections- anything Felix the Cat, hats of all descriptions.
My mum has 'accumulations' rather than collections and sometimes I am very thankful for her hoarding ability. Her vintage pattern stash deserves a post of its own. So, in time, I will give it due attention.
Thanks for looking at my collection, you can find more collection at Pip's place http://meetmeatmikes.blogspot.com/2009/11/my-place-yours-my-collection.html. I am heading over to see if anyone collects smurf figurines, because surely someone should!