At Home with Souvenirs

I have a drawer in my house where I keep travel souvenirs.  When I opened it to add my postcards, tickets and programs from the Chelsea Flower Show, I had trouble closing the drawer.  Could it be that all these wonderful souvenirs were turning into clutter?  I didn’t think so, and I recalled all the opportunities I had to find interesting things to bring home with me.

Still, when I saw how many things I’ve accumulated over my travels I decided that I could use some these souvenirs in a way that I could remember when and where I got them.  My first idea was to use a jewelry tree to hang some of my key chains to make something I’d enjoy:

Souvenir tree

I also have fridge magnets in this drawer that I can’t use because they don’t stick to the front of my refrigerator!  Then I remembered that I have a small message board that is magnetic.  It was fun arranging the magnets on it.

Magnetic souvenirs

Afterward there was a lot more room in my souvenir drawer and now I can look at these displays and remember all the fun experiences I had when I got them!  I should mention that I also consider scarves, jewelry and hand knit sweaters souvenirs and I wear them all the time.  But it was great to make a display of these souvenirs so they don’t simply become more clutter in the house.

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For the Holidays

This month has gone by so fast and now it is time to say Happy Holidays!  There are lots of pretty displays and decorations that make everything festive.  Merry Christmas!

Travel theme: Glass

The last time I was in Venice I decided to take a walk that first evening.  Since window shopping is so enjoyable (at least to me), I thought it might be interesting to see the shops at night and then plan to go back the next day.  There were many glass objects on display and everything sparkled under the lights.  Here are some pictures for this week’s travel theme of glass.

Travel theme: Multiples

The topic of multiples reminded me of the last time I was in Italy.  I took lots of pictures of one of my favorite subjects – chocolate!  Not surprisingly I had many pictures to choose from.  And since I’m reasonably sure pictures of chocolate don’t have any calories, here they are.

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