I don’t officially collect anything, but I do like a few things that, if I collected something, I would collect. The reason I don’t advertise that I collect something is that then people feel very free to buy you things that fit the collection, whether they fit you or not. If I collected teddy bears, I would end up with a thousand teddy bears, shirts with teddy bears on them, jewelry, prints… you name it… This is not to say that it isn’t a lovely thing for some people, but I am not one of them. My house is cluttered enough without a thousand teddy bear themed things adding to the debris. Now that that’s out of the way, here is my list of things I quite like – and don’t mind collecting on my own and for myself.
I like boxes – I have plenty of boxes, and don’t really want anymore, but I like them. Pretty music boxes, and wooden storage boxes, and even hat boxes. The trouble is, I probably wouldn’t use extras for storage, so they would become cluttery.
I also like bees. Not actual bees, although they aren’t so bad so long as they stay outdoors, but representations of them. I bought some note-cards once that had an Empire Bee – like the Napoleon symbol – he liked bees too. I thought they were so pretty! I think I might still have some and will attach a photo if possible. Anyway, bees.
And birds. Because of singing, I guess, but I just like birds. 🙂 Lots of people like birds. They have become quite popular for decorating lately, which is a good thing, because it makes them easy to find, and a bad thing, because I have a slight aversion to doing what everyone else is doing. It’s like when we first bought our house, and the colors I loved were very popular, so… hunter green carpet – YES! Except that a few years later it was dated (and still is, since we have it upstairs) and I hate that one can look at the fixtures and carpeting, and know exactly how old that stuff is. So, at least in decorating, I try not to follow the trends but to go with what is classic or that will last and not be so obviously dated. Or with what I love.
A photo of my bee note-cards – and look at that – a thank you card with a lovely little birdie on it.
Also, an addendum: I realized that I lied. I do collect something, and I will buy my own, or let others buy for me, and I will try any and all varieties. LIP STUFF! I lovelovelove lip-balm, -stain, -gloss, and even some -sticks in all their forms and colors. My current favorites are the balm/stain pencils that are all over the place right now. But I’ll try anything, cheap or spendy, and I have favorites at several different price points. My favorite balm was a cheap $1 a stick at Claire’s….because it was on clearance. 😦 I have run out of them, unfortunately, and I haven’t found anything nearly as wonderful, at any price. Not yet anyway, but I keep looking!
So here is a photo of what’s in my purse, and a couple of my favorites from my makeup drawer. This isn’t everything, but it is representative – any others that I have are same-brand-different-color. If I find a formula I like, I always buy several different colors – you’ll see several ‘sames’ here. And tucked at the top is my Lip Vitamins that I can’t find locally anymore. I’m sure I can get it online, but I’m trying to let it go gracefully…