Thursday, February 25, 2010

Show us your life: Collections

Over at Kelly's Korner blog it's Show Us Your Life Friday. She has some neat topics lined up and if I can remember, I'd like to participate. This Friday is: Show us your collections. Coming from a long line of artistic, creative-minded individuals it was inevitable that I turn out to be a pack-rack - for some reason those two qualities usually go hand in hand: artistic & a pack-rack. You see the reason is because artistic people always like to be surrounded by things that inspire them, things that provide motivation. Another very likely reason is the fact that creative people usually hold on to things in hopes of being able to eventually use them for a project. :) I do this a lot!

So all of that is to say, I am a pack-rat, a collector - I hold on to sentimental things passed down from family members. Since moving to our new home last Spring, I have made a new rule, only keep things that I truly LOVE. Don't keep or collect it JUST to collect it. After, narrowing down the many boxes I have purged through random things that I kept for no good reason. The things that I kept are things that I truly love and will cherish for years to come.
Among the many things I kept were things handed down from my grandparents. Some of the things I found in my grandparents things were things that started me collecting more of them. For instance, antique cameras. My granddad had a cool old Canon. I had no idea he even liked to take pictures. He passed away last January and it's neat that I still have his Canon to hold on to. This is also why I will always be a Canon girl. (Sorry, Nikon users.) ;)


One of my favorite things to do is go to estate sales and pick up a vintage camera or two. I love to imagine who's camera it was and all of the lovely photographs that were taken with it. Oh, if cameras could talk...

9 comments:

Katie Bug said...

What a great collection! These cameras are beautiful.

Crystal said...

These are so neat!! Great collection!!

Susan said...

Oh wow, those are soooooooo neat.

So nice to meet you♥

Allyson said...

What a fun collection!

Taylor said...

I love these, especially the first one. What a great thing to collect!

Lesli said...

These are awesome..what a great neat thing to collect!! Love it!

Heather said...

I collect antique cameras too! Thanks for sharing yours.

Have a great weekend,
Heather

Little Mama said...

What a wonderful thing to collect, especially since some were passed along from family members. My grandmother passed down an old camera that was pocket-size from the 1920s. It was brown with purple trim and a camera expert told us that it originally came with a lipstick holder. Isn't antiquing so much fun? Thanks for sharing!

ALWAYS THE ABRAMYANS said...

I love your collection! It's very original. A few years back I bought my husband an antique camera from Russia in the original box with all types of gadgets and things (he's from Russia) and all he did was say it's nice and threw it in the garage! It's still there today. I love that you appreciate the sentiment in things! Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend! -April