This week everything has been a bit stuck in one way or another. Some passive aggressive glueing took place earlier on the week and that helped a bit. V has graciously shared his cold with me, so I'm currently developing what he described as a horror flu when it first struck him. I'm not at the horror stage yet, but thoughts move slow. Oh, so, slow. I'm glad to take this break from trying to follow plot twists on tv and from wandering aimlessly on Pinterest, and share some more little bits I've planted in the letterpress tray hanging in our hallway. Very little thinking required here, just a little remembering, which I can still manage.
So, the final third of my letterpress tray today (see first and second). Next week I'll share something different! Might be something paper, haven't decided yet! But now, a very freeform left to right - top to bottom approach to these little treasures:
- Wood discs, one of them a brooch - gifts from a lovely friend
- A wire gauge meter (flat on its side)
- Two Christmas photos from my mother's childhood
- Old spools of thread from one or another grandmother
- An old cinnamon tin, which according to my father has been last used to hold something entirely different, possibly something poisonous, so no sniffing this!
- A printer's block featuring a fish, bought from London in 2008
- An old frosting tip, found among a heap of vintage buttons
- A doll without arms and toes - gift from a friend who had had it in her pocket for a while and sheepishly asked whether or not I'd like to have it. Of course I would!
- A paint colour sample book
- An English midget dictionary with leather covers, 512 pages
- A white pebble from Brighton, collected by me in 2000
- A tiny glass perfume bottle with metal deer decoration. I have not opened the bottle; it looks like it could stun me for months.
- A tiny plastic deer, probably not from my childhood (though I remember having plastic animals like this), it's more likely it arrived in our home in a mixed lot of vintage materials.
- A very worn pocket watch case that refuses to open
- A wooden leaf print block, bought from V&A shop a long time ago, maybe in 2008 or 2009
- Coins! Old and new: 1 markka (Finland, 1954), 5 kopek (CCCP, 1953), 5 Euro cent (Portugal, 2005), 1 Euro cent (Ireland, 2002), 2x Eurocoin London, 7x 10 penniä (Finland/Russia, 1908-1917)
- The old skeleton keys are once again from my father's side of family.
- A pebble from my grandfather's rock collection - it has Marea Negra, Eforia, 29.3.1981 written on it.
So, this is the first collection in its entirety you see when stepping into our home! The only defining feature of items is obviously the size - I'm usually much less random. But small things just happen to usually be good things!