Do you collect anything? Everyone should. Makes it so much easier for family and friends to find gifts. This is the voice of experience speaking.
I collect elephants. I have large elephants, tiny elephants, outdoor elephants, planter elephants, elephant pictures, elephant clothing, elephant jewelry, elephant pillows, and even two paintings done by elephants. And, did I mention large – this one (also a gift from DH) is a large leather one.
It all started innocently enough many years ago after I’d mentioned that I was awed by the large unusual looking animals. My husband became an excellent ‘elephant hunter’ – and over the years found many unusual ones for me.
Grandkids have contributed heavily to this collection, especially one particular grandson who I could count on to always have elephants in any gift. He has practically decorated my elephant Christmas tree single handed. What, you mean not everyone has an elephant Christmas tree?
I have so many unusual ones, there’s no way to post pictures of them… I lave tiny elephants, big elephants, elephant clothes, elephant bags, elephant jewelry… if you can think of it I probably have it. Heck, I even have an elephant thumb drive. BTW, did you know you can wash elephant thumb drives in your pants pockets and they still work? Just an aside I thought you might like to know.
I have a plethora of elephant ‘pictures/paintings/whatever’ that go on the wall. One son and his wife brought this one home from Australia – think they got it at a street market – picture doesn’t do it justice.
Then there are two paintings that were actually done by elephants (different zoo/different animals) – both great:
And not to be forgotten, the original drawing done by my now grand-daughter-in-law
And this, as they say, is not a drop in the bucket… I could keep posting pictures of my elephants all day long and still not finish. I appreciate each and every one as I know the giver was thinking of me and that makes me feel good. Thank you one and all!!
So, my house is decorated in “early elephant” and I thoroughly enjoy them all! And I think I’ve decided elephants might need another post of their very own. Another day 🙂
Grace & Peace, Iris
Boy, if only you’d thought to share how awed you are by the SPARKLE of DIAMONDS instead of elephants, ha ha! I’m just kidding 🙂 It’s just so funny how one simple comment can create a lifetime of actions. As much “stuff” as I have (and have had), I was not really ever much of a “collector.” I collected vintage/antique transferware (dishes & serving pieces) for a number of years when I was ebaying because at auctions I could find affordable pieces. I started with red and white (not the more popular blue and white), and then moved to the… Read more »
Bettye – I’m also awed by the “sparkle of diamonds”… love sparkly stuff 🙂
Great “I found the elephant” story – my youngest son (who is one of the most avid elephant hunters) said I should do a post with pictures of ALL OF THEM. Not going to happen – it would be waaaaay too long as I have almost every variety of elephant imaginable.
Sorry about your shelf – I’d be heartbroken if even one of my elephants got broken, though honestly I’ve forgotten where some of them came from.
Thanks for the comments – always welcome.
Grace & Peace, Iris
Great elephants. When we were kids my dad got to collecting Owls — we had owls everywhere. After we were grown and dad was gone, Mom decided to start collecting elephants. She had quite a collection for having started late in life. It helps that they are magnificent creatures in ‘real life’ doesn’t it?
Magnificent creatures – it does help. I love the owl idea too – and owls have become popular of late. As a matter of fact, I have a cute owl coffee cup one of the grandkids gave me – and a cute autumn owl I put out in the fall.
Did you keep any of the owls or elehants?
Grace & Peace, Iris