Yes. It’s true. There are people out there who would use the horrible ‘H’ word when describing us ‘Collectors’. You know the one I mean don’t you? Hoarder. There, I’ve said it and now I’m going to have to wash my mouth with soap for at least ten minutes.
Ok, ok. I know you and I are not nearly as bad as our sweet princess above but I’m willing to bet my next ‘Collection’ that we do enjoy ‘collecting’ things we love. Am I right?
I can remember, just barely as it was a very long time ago, when I was a child, my Mothers collections of Teaspoons, Bone China Miniature Cups and other such things. My dad would build little shelves for her to display them on and every Mothers day my dad would take us four little girls into town to buy Mother another little item for her ever increasing collection.
My dads collection was a little easier to store, well. until he got really serious and then his Stamp Collection grew into mountains of Stamp Albums.
I don’t know if its something in the genes or just learned behaviour because I carried on the family tradition of collecting, first with crystal things, then with fairies. Later I collected books, post cards of Sunsets and Sunrises and gem stones but my all time favourite item to collect was Tea from old tea caddies to dainty tea cups and saucers. Well, I say I collected them, lets just say I dreamed of collecting them but with storage at a premium in our little house, such things where confined to a box in the attic never to see the light of day.
I think Tea was my favourite because of the wonderful memories Tea evoked in me. Tea was a luxury for us as children with a daily allowance of one very petite cup at breakfast. The rest of the time my Mother would say ‘You can drink all the Corporation Pop you want, it’s free’ (yes, water was indeed free in those days).
It was a different story at my Grandmothers house though. Some of my most treasured memories are of us sitting in the beautiful back garden sipping delicious tea from huge china cups that we would cradle in our little hands as though the very cup itself was a great treasure. Hot buttered crumpets and home baked Victoria Sponge Cake was plentiful and, it seemed to me looking back, the sun was always shining. Back then, I remember thinking my very glamorous Grandmother and Granddad must have been gazillionaires because they had afternoon tea, took world cruises where they ate dinner with the Captain and they had the best Tea Set Collection I’d ever seen.
Of course, they weren’t gazillionaires. Not even close to well off. They just believed in working to live and enjoyed the fruits of their labour and loved creating happy memories with us, their grandchildren.
But boy oh boy, did it ever add fuel to that burning desire in me to have the finest Tea Collection in the land LOL.
Trouble was, not only could I not afford such indulgences. I actually had absolutely nowhere to display them so what was the point?
That was until PINTEREST came along. O.M.G………….. Heaven in a virtual box ladies. I kid you not.
If you, like me, are close to breaking point because you simply HAVE to collect. You NEED that precious little dinky toy, retro radio, kitchen appliance, cherished teddy or even pretty little tea cup but you know you can’t afford it or don’t have the room, fear not. I’m here to show you how you can now have it all, in glorious technicolor and all for FREE. Yes folks, totally, absolutely FREE
I was able to find the very Tea Set my Grandmother had thanks to Pinterest
If you don’t already have a Pinterest account, be sure to go sign up for one. The best thing about Pinterest is you don’t have to share your finds with the world. You can keep your boards totally SECRET so you can collect anything you like in the privacy of your own Pin Board and enjoy it till the cows come home.
You might wonder what all this has to do with Scrapbooking and Memory Keeping but I promise you, Pinterest is a fantastic way to preserve family memories, create stunning photo boards and keep all your own layouts not to mention the huge array of inspiration there is out there. You only have to see my boards to see that.
Wanna see my Tea Collection? Go on, you know you do……
Watch out for my Next Pinterest Collection. Think Chocolate and Lilyput Lane
If you want to see the whole shabang just pop on over to my Tea Pinterest Board and check it out and now that you can see how easy it would be for you to have your very own Hoard…. er…. sorry….. Collection why not set up your board now and start pinning. A word of warning though. It is SUPER addictive so watch your time lol
Tell us what you would collect on your
Pinterest Board for a chance to win.
I’d love to know what collections you guys would start. Leave your comments for collection ideas and our Blossoms may RAK you one of our own BooLand Collections.
*Edited* We’ve just added a cool new Page to our Blog where we Feature our favourite Pin Boards. Check it out here and be sure to send us your links to your own Boards so we can Feature YOU. BTW, it doesn’t need to be about Scrapping. It can be anything you love to collect.
Some of my BooLand Boards
Hope you enjoyed this post and take time to discover a world of fun collecting to your hearts desire, and all without the cost and storage usually involved with this sort of pass-time.
Until next time
Boo and the Blossoms