Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Collections You Didn't Know You Had Part Deux!

After finally discovering My collection of Jewelry Boxes, imagine my surprise to find another collection! Frogs! Some indoors, but mostly out in the garden, they just add so much to the whimzy that I love. When I started documenting with photos, that is when I realized, ok it's for real, a collection! Oh my gosh I just remembered two more collections I have, the birdhouses and the 50's handbags, both of which I have shown in previous blogs. Ooops and 80's earrings...geesh..well at least I don't have 30 cats!!

Ceramic Frogs, now these are large and are in my front flowerbeds. I especially love the one with the dragonfly.

 The Metal Sculpture is so old, I can't even remember where I got it. The small Sprinkler Frog was my Moms, I made the little glass covered orb.

The Frog peeking out of the grass was one of those things with the stiff brushes on its back, that you wiped your shoes on, well the bristles rotted away and I couldn't toss him, so I put him looking out over the yard. I call the standing Gardner Frog "One Eyed Jack"! cute huh.

I love the Frog fountain at the little pond I made, I found him at Goodwill and he is perfect here, don't know if you can see but there is a little fairy off to the side, she lives at the pond too! While I'm not going to show all my frogs, I just had to add in my Frog Prince, look'n mighty fine with his little turtle and bunny keeping him company. Notice the cement Elephant Ear I made a couple years ago. I know it must seem like I have my yard cluttered with all this stuff, but I have all in my garden arranged in such a way that you just happen upon them. They are part of the plantings, it's like finding a hidden Gem! My Friends tell my my Garden is Magical...and it is!

Collections You Didn't Know You Had!!

Are you like me? You see something that appeals to you, so you get it. Well that is what I do with Wooden Jewelry Boxes, don't know why, but I can't seem to pass them up! How can someone part with a perfectly good one?? They seem so sentimental, as it's something you don't tend to buy for yourself, they are usually received as gifts. I didn't know I was a collector until I found myself stacking them! I've found all mine at Goodwill, if they are scratched, I stain them, or like the little one in the picture below, inside the table doors, it was brown wood, I painted cream, added gold edging and painted some leaves, glued on some little macrame wood  beads as feet, and it changed the whole look. That was my first Jewel Box. My faves are the wood ones with all the drawers, like little chests, you can see one on the floor under the table. The tall one on top, with another Goodwill find, my little Spool Doll, was one my Granddaughter and I found, she just had to have it. Enough Said! We brought it home and I re-stained it and she now has treasures left in it.

The picture below has a Jewelry Box that I received when I was 19, it was given to me by my Dearest Friend, Mona Martin. It has a Magenta Velvet top and drawers, but the best thing is, it has sliding padded doors that cover the drawers to the oval shaped box. Honestly I had never seen anything so fancy! Now I ask you, how could I ever part with such a wonderful gift?? Oh did you notice the picture of Jayne Mansfield, autographed to ME!!

I won't show all, but I have some of them incorporated in the rest of the house. The one shown below is on our Television Credenza, but they are mostly in my Shabby Chic Guest Room.