Yes, I started collecting when I was very young. I am sure it started with pretty rocks. Then I started amassing tea pots, and then anything that looked like corn. I love those old Mc Coy corn dishes. Jewelry, especially old costume jewelry, has always been a passion and I collected that for a long time – um, well I guess I still do. Then I collected china that looked like cottages. That was quite a long phase and still have many lovely old pieces. Perhaps my biggest collecting passion was beaded purses. . . those lovely old Victorian, art nuveau and art deco bags with exquisite floral motifs, pictures, or designs in beads that shimmer. Others are made of metal mesh. I have most of them packed away but the other day I dug out a few of my old favorites. I really must do something with this collection. Here are a few of the ones I unearthed. There are about 200 more still packed away.
Quilters never tire of beautiful things. These lovely old pieces of the past have always been an inspiration to me to continue creating beautiful things. What do you collect? How do they inspire you?