I have a confession to make I am a collector . My collections are many and varied but each gives me joy on a daily basis. The collections vary depending on my interests at the time , in my early married days at the setting up house stage I amassed a collection of blue and white china and early Australian pottery. At the same time we started buying antique and collectable furniture. The chaise lounge that Raffy and I are sitting on has been in our house for over 40 years, it probably should be recovered but I am rather fond of its slightly worn look (we have that in common).
The brass and iron bedstead in our bedroom is one I have owned for what seems forever. I bought it from two ladies that ran a small secondhand shop from their front room in a house a few doors up from my family home. At the time it was blue and chrome and very shabby. My mother helped me bring it home on the condition that it came via the back lane so the neighbours wouldn’t see us.
After having the chrome reverse plated and finding a few replacement pieces it was painted black , which it stayed for many years , only becoming white about five years ago when I redecorated the bedroom. No comfortable modern bedroom suite could ever have so many tales to tell.
Of course my collections are by no means only house related. After my sons left home I found myself with a spare room , very handy to turn into my version of a walk in robe. My out of season coats and jackets live on a rolling rack here, mainly because I ran out of space in my built in wardrobe.
My ever growing hat collection finds a home here , stored in hat boxes and in the chest of drawers, along with my gloves and sunglasses.
I have collected bangles for as long as I can remember , some are bakelite, some resin , a few ceramic and many simply plastic. They come from a variety of sources some from my travels , some bought retail but many from charity shops.
I was given this beautiful antique porcelain doll many years ago , it had belonged to the wife of my mothers employer. I hope one day to hand her on to my grandchildren . The much loved teddy in his blue vest has been a part of my life since my second birthday.
A peek at some of my hat boxes , I am always on the look out for interesting ones.
The Pears Soap prints on the wall are another love of mine.
My love of collecting extends to my garden with my various plant collection- from old roses to oriental poppies .
For today’s collectors tour I was wearing a white pussy bow shirt from Maison Scotch , my Moyuru skirt, a furry shrug and velvet and feather hat bought in Portugal .
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday Link Up.