But there is a time to gather and a time to gloat over what you've already gathered, to paraphrase a good book.
When I stop buying and start rearranging what I already have, I find that even more exciting than the shopping (I think...)
This little pause from shopping to gloat (the pause is of necessity, by the way) reminds me that the pleasure of what we already have can be forgotten. I wondered if I could organise a no-obligations blogging event next year, where once a month people can appreciate what they already have, on a given theme.
It would be a bit like my monthly calendar arrangements - just to give the inspiration needed to look at what you already own, and to delight in it by arranging it in a new way.
Feel free to leave a comment even if you're not interested in getting involved, but if you are interested, let me know.
Here's a gloat over what I already have, as displayed above:
Vibrant George VI pincushion - from my mother's collection
Faded plastic birds pincushion - bought by Son 2 on a 2€ Challenge
Felt strawberry pincushion - possibly made by my sister? in the 1980s
French and British vintage fabric boxes - bought by me over the last 3 years. I probably need to slow down now... Priced between 50c and 10 pounds - average price 2€
Red basket of 'stuff to go downstairs' - Vide Grenier
Red embroideries - Vide Grenier
Leather fire fan (Afghan?) - from a Charity Shop in the 1980s
Four vintage tins on the theme of French regional dances - Vide Grenier
Framed picture of a waterfall - from my mother's collection