The lovely Magdalena over at The Craft Revival is asking us to show off our collections. I can completely relate to Magdalena's love of collections, so I am playing along!
Looking at all my bits and pieces, it seems that I have quite a few collections - some intentional (owls, teapots, shoes), and some almost accidental (postcards, butter dishes, foreign language craft books). I'm going to share them with you, gradually, and I'm kicking off with the ubiquitous fridge magnet.
It all started when I went to Perth on a work trip, many many moons ago, and I stumbled across this gorgeously retro magnet. And then I went to Europe for the first time and magnets seemed the perfect souvenir - they're portable, relatively cheap and they come in a fabulous array of styles, from chic to garish and back again.
My favourite kind of magnets are these mini-plate ones, which are sadly increasingly difficult to find.
I've imposed some rules on my magnet collecting: I can't buy a magnet for a sight or attraction I haven't physically been to (unless there's no other choice), and I can't buy a magnet for a place when all I've done is hang out in the airport for a few hours (unless it's an airport magnet, of course!). I can't buy a magnet when I live in a place, but if I go back as a tourist I can. I can't buy more than one magnet from any one place, unless they are really irresistible. But even with these rules I've managed to accumulate close to 100 magnets. Yikes.