Here we are, enjoying a September morning, and I can’t help but look around and notice my old favorites, some of which, like the little cupboard above, I’ve had for a long time. That “jelly cupboard” came from an old favorite shop called Granny’s Cobweb Closet, which went out of business, like a lot of old favorites, after the “crash.”
Below, here it is in its first life in my interiors, when I was still living in my house in the foothills. It was crammed with goodies, with lots of STUFF in it and around it. The little cart you see in the photo above, to the left, is also visible in this picture (below). I keep using the same old favorites, but nowadays, my layers are less “busy.”
The shop where I found it was run by a woman who knew just what I loved to collect…so she had set this cupboard aside for me. I really miss her and her shop!
My Mary Engelbreit cookie jars have been with me for a while, too, and so has the little tin receptacle, to the left, in which I collect favorite clippings, etc. You can see it in the foothill house photo, hanging on the side of the cupboard. (If you can find it amongst all the other goodies!).
Cookies never have been inside these jars…they are purely decorative. Because, sadly, I am too afraid that they’ll break if we use them. I bought them at a little shop in a neighboring village here, where the artist Mary Engelbreit’s goodies were often on display.
The hat/handbag “tree” has been with me for a while, too, and today I’m showcasing some handbags that I have brought out of hiding, and also a new one, bottom left. To the right, in the hallway, my movie collection. To the left, some of the items in my Disney collections.
Below, you can see that same rack on the stair landing of my former home, “wearing” a hat and a red boa, which also live on my hat/handbag tree these days (above).
I thought about all of my collections, many of which are stored in my garage…when I was reading blogs today, and someone mentioned reading the book by Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
I’ve heard about this one, and have decided, based on the reactions of those who’ve read it, that it’s not for me. Imagine this: Sam, at Taking on a World of Words, says: “Unfortunately, I’m not a huge fan. Kondo seems to have no respect for someone who collects anything (even if it brings the person joy) and her minute details about properly folding socks so ‘that they can rest’ isn’t making me want to resort my sock drawer. “
I think that description alone eliminates me as a fan! lol
What are your thoughts? Do you collect things? Even when you sort through and purge a few of your things, are you still someone who loves to be surrounded by things you enjoy?
Now I’m off to continue reading a book I’ve been loving so far…in between my Netflix bingeing of Longmire.
The Sister, by Louise Jensen.
A haunting story of best friends separated by death, and the dying girl’s words: “I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me …”
So far, I don’t know what that something terrible is…but I’m about to find out.
Have a great Hump Day! And for the weekend, this post is linked to West Metro Mommy Reads, for Saturday Snapshots.