Friday, 9 January 2009

My small collectables....and a hard lesson learnt

Thought I would show you my small amount of collectables....I say small because I used to have a very large amount. I had been collecting glassware, salts, coffee cans, small jugs for about 10 years and then about 2/3 years I'd had enough. I don't know what happened, I think I just got fed up dusting it all and I started thinking less is more. So what did I do.....I packed it up and it all went to my local charity shop. I kept a few of my favourite bits and bobs, but now looking back I think maybe I should have kept more...my darling hubby kept on saying "Are you sure"......you took a long time going round all the flea markets etc. "Oh no, been there done that" was my reply. Which brings me onto another topic, through ones interior/decorating years, do you or have you changed your style. When the children were young I didn't really have a style, was too busy being a Mummy and I suppose it wasn't until I was in my late 30's/early 40's that I became interior mad. The house we are in now has changed so often over the last 15 years. It started off being decorated with deep maroon carpet and mahogany furniture...I had a beautiful carved Edwardian sideboard which was far too big for the room and far too out of character for the house. But I loved it, it even had the joiners name on the draw DORIC WHITE....theres a beautiful historic first name....I loved it as I chose the very same draw that ladies before me had chosen for their cutlery draw and whats interesting is...how I found this out. I would take my knives out and catch the top of the draw then realized there were lots of other knife marks there as well. My lounge was covered in doilys and I had lace curtains "victorian" style swagged back as room dividers. That phase then passed....then came the modernity phase, which surprise surprise lasted a very short time. I found it cold and sparce, I tried the limited pallette of colours and the one central piece of china/pottery, it just didn't work for me...so now I find I am going full circle. No not back to burgundy and mahogany...the furniture we have hubby and I love and its staying.....no by full circle I find that I am a "TRADITIONALIST" in my home....anyway learnt me lesson. So thought I would share my few collectables that didn't make it to the charity shop.

9 comments:

Susan said...

beautiful collectibles! Next time you get the urge to get rid of your pretties...box them up and send them to me and I will keep them until you regain your senses...and send them back to you!

Helen said...

I love your little collection ... especially the cups and saucers.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Posts liek this make me really, really glad I hang onto stuff. ;o)

Love all your salt cellars.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Love your collections. I can just imagine what you must have given away if what you kept was this beautiful. laurie

Artis-Anne said...

I too have gone through various styles and have collected a lot of 'bits and bobs' some of which I am thinking of getting rid of as I too am sick of dusting them !! Funnily enough I have a cup like the one in the middle of the first picture (yellow & gold decorated with white below )

Artis-Anne said...

oops sorry it was the last piccie !!

Caroline said...

I love your collectible too. My sister has my grandmother's collection of tea cups, and I've always been envious of it.

I'm always so sorry to read your posts about your mother. It's sad to say, but hopefully, she can be at peace soon if there if no way for her to get better.

Elaine said...

Your things are just lovely. I know anytime I have gotton rid of things like this I always regret it sooner or later. My late mother-in-law left me some beautiful things of her's and at first I couldn't imagine where I was going to put them, but now I am so glad I have them! There's always room in our lives for beautiful things!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I love your little teacups and saucers. Yes, my style has changed 3 times in the past 16 years. I am sure it will change again. I am seeing so many of the things I had in my victorian days showing up in blogland. It's hard to believe it could have came full circle already. I do wish I would have kept a few of those pieces.
Hugs, Terrie