Monday, May 25, 2009
Do children still collect stamps these days??? What about coins???
Perhaps it's a dying art.
When I was growing up, it was a very 'boy' thing to do. All the boys seemed to have either a stamp album or a coin album, where they lovingly and carefully stored away their treasures. There was always great excitement when a new item was added to the collection.
One of the great decorator items of my childhood home, was the STAMP LAMP. Made by my father, it was the focal point of the living room. Originally it was a glass wine carafe. Dad had covered it in stamps... added the necessary cabling... filled it with sand... and added a lampshade. I loved the STAMP LAMP.
Unfortunately it didn't stand the test of time, and no longer exists. But I always imagined I would one day make one of my own.
Over the years, Mum had hoarded an interesting array of goodies. Mostly things from our childhood. Toys, school books, letters and cards. All sorts of things which we had long forgotten about. So it has been an interesting time to sort through these memories, now that she has passed away.
While sorting through my brother's memories, we came across a huge envelope BURSTING with stamps. They had been collected with the aim of addding them to the stamp album, but they didn't quite reach their destination. Most had just been torn from the corner of their envelope, and stashed away.
Of course he no longer wants them. They've been in storage for at least twenty years, and naturally his interests have changed since then.
But I couldn't allow them to be trashed!
They're home with me now... to be transformed into something new. Perhaps my very own STAMP LAMP, or maybe a vase.
Actually... I'd really LOVE to cover my filing cabinet... but I don't think I have nearly enough for that. Maybe I will start... one drawer at a time?