No, of course you didn’t. Somewhere, somehow, sometime in you life it just hit you that you liked something and were starting to buy, acquire, trade for, or choose more of that something in all shapes and sizes, until you ended up with “a collection”.
My sister-in-law had that happen to her and now she has a flamingo collection. I don’t know how it started, perhaps it started with a picture of a flamingo that her daughter painted for her as a school art project?
Or maybe the flamingos, mixed in with other ordinary objects in the house and garden, just make her happy? They make me smile.
I like how she incorporates the flamingos into her everyday living, and doesn’t try to isolate them all in one place, like she’s running a flamingo museum or something.
She smiles graciously when friends and family buy her flamingo stuff, even if she already has the item they got her. We can hardly help ourselves because we think of her whenever we see flamingo items. It’s her “signature item”.
And she’s all over the Internet and in stores finding flamingo items. I think sharing your collection and comparing notes with others who have a similar interest makes it more fun and helps you find new pieces to add to your collection. (Hello, any other hoe collectors out there?)
Want to see some of my sister-in-law’s famous flamingo collection? The picture above of a decoration on the front door hints at a bit of fun inside.
She has some pictures of flamingos.
These are in the master bathroom.
Out in back there's a flamingo sculpture.See, not all flamingoes are pink!
Back inside, she has several nativity scenes that include a flamingo.And she's cornered the market on flamingo-themed Christmas ornaments.
Flamingos keep watch over you in the living room.I swear their eyes followed me as I moved about in the room, probably watching me to make sure I didn't try to take any of the other flamingos.
Back outside, there are some stepping stones that look ordinary.Then you get up close and see that those are flamingos.
And out front, there is a wire planter shaped like a flamingo.I was going to take it, but that would have been wrong. Gardeners don't steal from other gardens!
Earlier today, I saw that Robin(Bumblebee) posted on The Examiner about some flamingo items. Hmmmm, I didn’t see some of those items at my sister-in-law’s today. Maybe if I get her name in the family Christmas drawing, I can order one of those items and finish my shopping early? Or maybe I'll get her a pair of original Don Featherstone flamingos?
I kind of wish I had a collection of something like her flamingos and not just a hoe collection. It's too hard to decorate with hoes indoors, what with all those hoe superstitions and all. But I do have quite a few watering cans...
What do you collect?