Have you been on eBay lately? I've long been a fan, for the last fifteen years or so, buying old things, vintage things, hard-to-find things, new things, beautiful things, useful things. Purchases as diverse as retro Denby plates, Orla Kiely scarves, second-hand toys and even cake decorations. I buy more than I sell on eBay, probably. Anyway, they have a very exciting new collections feature, for which various different bloggers have created their own moodboards around a particular idea or title of their choice, displaying all sorts of lovely, well chosen items.
I was asked to create 12 collections, each around a theme that was completely up to me and, let me tell you, this was enormous fun. It was like a cross between using Pinterest and going shopping, two things which are pretty good fun anyway in my opinion. I spent many happy hours browsing eBay, looking for items which I could never normally afford to buy and merrily adding them to my collections, and enjoying the overall look of those different images coming together to create a pleasing visual compilation.
There was a fair amount of wish fulfilment going on, if I'm honest. If John ever relents and agrees to let me have another baby (highly unlikely) then I already have the perfect nursery all thought out in my New Baby collection. And in my Retro Kitchenware collection I enjoyed browsing every single Catherine Holm kettle, tea pot, coffee pot and casserole dish I could find. But instead of bidding or buying, I just added to my collection. Likewise, in Kitchen Kit, I've got pretty much every colourful kitchen accessory I could wish for, in my virtual kitchen. And, should I ever take possession of an allotment, my How Does Your Garden Grow collection contains every pretty garden implement I could find, which I'll admire while I sit in my bunting-strung shed on my deckchair, drinking tea. (Funny how actual, muddy gardening never features in my allotment fantasies...)
Like I said, a lot of fun.
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