Howdy sweet friends-o-mine!! Thanks for stopping by for this month’s Where Bloggers Live 06.2023: Collections & Collectibles. This month finds us sharing the things we collect. Those precious treasures we have picked up along life’s journey. This post is going to long on pictures and short on words because I am worn slick. Wasn’t really sure what I was going to share until Lucia and Cami began making ‘get well’ drawings and art for Campa (PC). Like that, I had my answer!! Sharing my ❤️(he)art❤️ collections.
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Ever wonder where the ideas for this series come from? Well, let me tell you!! Each month our fearless leader Bettye comes up with a prompt for the gang to respond to. This has been one of my favorite series in which to participate and I hope to continue to join these fun-loving ladies for more thoughtful posts.
If you missed last month’s post, you might check it out. We shared a peek into our medicine cabinets. When PC and I had our house built, we realized that medicine cabinets were MIA – missing in action. Or maybe MFB – missing from blueprints. Wherever would we store all of our DRUGS?? Find out here.
I tell you, Bettye’s prompts are always fun to respond to.
Where Bloggers Live 06.2023
Remember how I am doing spring cleaning?? Spring cleaning that needs to wind up in a hurry before it becomes summer cleaning?? That cleaning has included organizing a lot of stuff. Like old photos – something I apparently collect. This activity has been on my list of goals for several seasons now. I am using a free app called Photomyne to scan multiple old pictures at a time with my phone and upload them onto the app and then sharing them in Google Photos. Photomyne allows me edit, crop, date, label and describe each photograph.
At the risk of making my mom sound like a hoarder, and now me a hand-me-down hoarder, I have collections of old report cards (my mom’s, my own and my daughters). Lots of cards from family and friends. And all of those treasures are going to be scanned, too. Slowly but surely. In the meantime, I have a plastic bin that fits under the guest room bed where I can store them. And as I scan each picture or keepsake, I am putting them in an album – one for Brennyn, one for Lauren and one for me.
Old pictures, cards, drawings, etc. are just some of my collections. Here are some examples of others.
Collections & Collectibles
The one thing all of my collections have in common is love. You might say that’s the central theme of my life!!
Ever since my first grandbaby Cadence was little, I have saved notes and pictures she has made for me. When I visit her in Ft. Worth or she comes to see me in El Paso, we always leave notes for each other on the last day of our time together.
When Lucia came along, she and her parents lived in Houston, then Albuquerque before they moved home to EP. I began collecting little drawings she made for me, too. I carry a number of those mementos, some notes from my mom, and a couple of photos of my PC in the pocket of my purse organizer (similar) at all times.
The pieces in the photos below are notes Cady and Lucia made. The first one is a to-do list Cady started on her last visit here…I love that she still wants to play Barbies with Mimi. Lucia and I played ‘restaurant’ one night and served her parents dessert. The middle image is our menu. And the last picture is a price list from a game of ‘store’ we played.
I’m thinking I should also scan these very precious keepsakes and maybe transfer the originals from my purse to an album.
Lucia and Cami Creations
Seven-year-old Lucia is extremely artistic. There is nothing in the world she would rather do than draw. Or create something with her sculpting clay. She loves animals so the subject of most of her art is animals, in particular, kitties. The girl has made me little creatures from pom-poms, felt, pipe cleaners. Before PC went into the hospital for his surgery, Lucia made him a baseball pin to wear for good luck. And now both she and 3-year-old Cami are drawing and coloring pictures for us. Cami generally colors something from one of their coloring books. But Lucia draws her own pictures and colors them.
We had begun framing some of their art and setting it about in our den but ran out of flat surfaces on which to put the frames. Then PC saw an ad on Facebook for this changeable children’s art frame that holds up to 50 pieces of art per frame. Prayers answered!! I bought 2. And now we can easily display the girls’ most recent art without having to file (or throw) away the older pieces.
Books, Baubles and Babies
My loft is bursting – literally – with collectibles. Mostly books, baubles and babies. On my shelves, I have a collection of favorite children’s fairy tales. Over the years, I have purged most of the books I used for library lessons. But I cannot bring myself to part with these.
The origami crane was given to me by my friend Lorena, who was also my library assistant for a number of years. I always did a unit on young Hiroshima victim Sadako Sasaki whose classmates folded 1,000 origami cranes in hopes of saving her life from the injuries she incurred from the bomb. My sister-in-law Greta gave me the little felt fairy. My BFF Sharon gave me the framed book quote, a student gave me the little bears. And my daughters brought me the Hawaiian doll home as a souvenir from their trip to our fiftieth state.
In the photo below, you can see the rest of my fairy tale books, and more priceless mementos.
I bought the ‘shhhh-y’ librarian action figure for myself but in reality, I was the un-shhhhiest librarian you ever saw. There is only one level to my voice…loud. The Japanese doll was something I made for an edition of my reading TV show. I still love her. So gentle and peaceful looking. The little Mexican doll was something I think the girls gave me. My sister sent me flowers on the last day of my long-term art teacher subbing assignment last fall and that is the card that was attached to the bouquet. Only the feet of my Bluebonnet Beanie Baby bear are visible in this photo. I served on the Texas Library Association Bluebonnet Award committee. My bear represents that chapter.
Below is the rest of the body of my Bluebonnet bear. A Lizzie High doll given me by a dear friend. She selected it because she said I spun stories for all my students. And in the background, you can see a Native American storytelling doll. I also have a couple of Matryoshka or nesting dolls.
And there’s more.
More to my collection of babies, baubles and books. Have a look at the slide show to see other things I have collected over the years. Keep your eyes open:
- for my grandmother’s blonde baby doll who kept her company during her last lonely years of life
- the magic storytelling box my sister gave me
- some of Lucia’s pom-pom creations
- black baby boots from the shoe store where my grandfather worked, Delarue’s in Bolivar, Missiouri
- my money voodoo doll that Lauren bought me in Nawlins
One Last Collection
You might remember that my relationship with God is fairly young considering I’m not young at all!! When I was a single mama with 2 teen daughters, going through a divorce and consequently, Chapter 13 bankruptcy – which I filed (and repaid) in order to keep my home, I realized I could no longer do this life on my own without God’s direction and help. I started collecting crosses and created a cross wall. Each morning before I faced the world, I would stand before them in prayer for my children, my friends and family, myself.
When I sold my little house, I was sad to take my cross wall down. But once we were settled into the house that is home for PC and me, I started a new cross wall. This is my collection of crosses.
Oh, girls, I am wiped out tonight. Had all of this post about ready to go but had to proofread and edit a few things when I got home from the hospital. And guess what? Now my blog doesn’t want to cooperate. But of course!!
Hope you will join me in stopping by to discover the treasures that make up my Where Bloggers Live girlfriends’ collections. Shall we all pop in on their blogs together?
Bettye at Fashion Schlub
Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks
Em at Dust and Doghair
Iris at Iris’ Original Ramblings
Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style
Sally at Within a World of My Own
Leslie at Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After
I am glad to put this day to bed. Back to the hospital tomorrow. PC’s oxygen levels and heart rate are bouncing around so he hasn’t been released yet. But his surgery went well, PTL!! Anxious to get him on the road to recovery right here at home.
Have a beautiful weekend. Take a nap, read a book and show those around you lots of love.
Hugs and kisses,