The best things in life are the people we love…the places we’ve been…and the memories we’ve made along the way.Anonymous
My lovely blogging buddy Peabody at You Can Always Start Now, has asked that a few of us put together a fun blog post about things we collect. She collects angels – have a look here at her collection. Terri from MeadowTree Style collects Vintage Rodo Handbags – Oh my word you need to have a look at these. What do you like to collect? Remember there is no such thing as junk, it is always someone else’s treasure.
I don’t really live the lifestyle that is conducive to having a collection of anything. We are living aboard our yacht in the Mediterranean so space is at a premium, however some things just scream to be collected. I am not a smoker, but I have discovered these artsy little cigarette boxes on my travels. Yes they are designed to transfer cigarettes from the confronting health warning packets into these smaller more appealing boxes. Not everyone’s cup of tea so to speak, but I think they could also make great little gift boxes, perfect for popping a sewing kit into, loose change in the car, hair ties and personal items etc. The first lot I came across were all flat, ready to make up as required. This is perfect for me to store. Then I saw some pre-made boxes that I just couldn’t resist. So far I have found 21 different designs, can’t wait to see what others I can find.
So of course where you find cigarette boxes you come across matches…and some very cute little boxes too. I know people have huge collections of match boxes from around the world so I thought I might see what beauties I can find on our travels.
We are walking a lot on our trip – averaging around 10kms a day. On these walks we take much pleasure in picking up pretty stones especially on the beaches. We are like a couple of magpies looking for pretty colours and interesting patterns. I always take photos of our finds and we have had loads of information sent through to us on some of our finds. Wishing Stones were new to me, a wishing stone has a single unbroken stripe around the circumference of the rock. Apparently if you trace your finger around the line, visualise and make your wish before throwing the stone into the ocean it comes true! Worth a try I say. My aim is to polish some of these pebbles and have them as a special memento of our travels. We were also very blessed to discover some amazing quartz crystal veins in the rocks up in the hills, just stunning to see them in their raw and natural state.
At home I have a beautiful collection of tea cups, tea pots and accessories. Sadly I couldn’t bring them all with me, but I can add to it – right?! I have bought some gorgeous coconut tea cup sets in Thailand and a stunning Vietnamese tea set which will take pride of place on our yacht and of course when we return to New Zealand.
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