Little boxes are always intriguing in their own right.
But when they hold treasures like this well used, old silver thimble they are really special!
You might remember seeing the print tray we found at the flea market a few months ago. Here it is looking forlorn and fairly empty soon after we bought it.
It's given us a reason to scour the local markets ever since - our mission, to find lovely objects small enough to fit into the niches.
It's beginning to look much more interesting and of course the thimble box now has a home there up at the top right.
I'm reluctant to confess that I've always been fascinated by the skeletons and bones. I know it doesn't suit everyone to collect skulls but the children found these two many years ago in the garden - we all thought they were beautiful. They lived in a tupperware box for a long time but now have pride of place in the print tray.
Laura tells me I will probably upset everyone by admitting to my interest in dead things but having confessed about my macabre collection I feel free to tell you about the latest specimen. My husband gave me this antique skeleton in its glass display case. Not your usual romantic birthday present I must agree! I'm not at all sure what kind of bird it is but it will be a wonderful object to draw from.
And Laura spotted this beautiful leather bound photograph album at the local auction house and made a secret bid. She knew how much I would love it!
It's dated 1885 and is constructed on an integral stand in a way we've never seen before.
You release the metal catch at the top and the front cover drops down to reveal the first photograph. I need to feed the leather as it's become dry over the years and the hinge at the base needs a little attention too but I think it probably looks better now than when it was brand new.
I feel quite cherished!!
Bye for now - Linda