What do you collect other than miniatures?

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On ‎1‎/‎12‎/‎2015‎ ‎5‎:‎36‎:‎51‎, Sithiche said:

I used to start to collect barbie dolls about 25 years ago... as a kid I loved to collect old, antique children books... now I have some dolls standing around (BJD's)

I don't collect anything other than miniatures, but when you said old antique children's books, I had a large collection as youth, and for some reason when we moved my mother gave them all away thinking I had out grown them, but there was something so wonderful and nostalgic about them, the artwork for one, I really appreciated them even as a teen, I wanted them back most of my life.

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Debora, I scoured ebay several years ago looking for books I had as a child.  I wanted the specific pictures that I remembered. I even have a keychain version of Candyland that had "my" pictures. I spent an entire day one summer when I was about 13 looking for "The Ghost of Opalina" in my local library. I had gotten it from there before and wanted to read it again. It took me more than 25 years to find it on the internet. It's long out of print and totally out of my financial reach if there is a copy somewhere, but a kind soul posted the text. I can read it whenever I want now :)

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39 minutes ago, chapchap73 said:

Debora, I scoured ebay several years ago looking for books I had as a child.  I wanted the specific pictures that I remembered. I even have a keychain version of Candyland that had "my" pictures. I spent an entire day one summer when I was about 13 looking for "The Ghost of Opalina" in my local library. I had gotten it from there before and wanted to read it again. It took me more than 25 years to find it on the internet. It's long out of print and totally out of my financial reach if there is a copy somewhere, but a kind soul posted the text. I can read it whenever I want now :)

That's great, this made me recall a book I later found on Ebay, It was a lenticular front, hard bound Hans Christian Anderson Little Mermaid, book, I remember as a tween, I wanted this book so bad and stopped to look at it all the time at the local drugstore, but was unwilling to pay the enormous price out of my paper route income, $15. LOL. I found the book on Ebay in 2003 and paid a much higher price $100 but I wanted it that bad.

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Boyd's bears. Mainly bee themed. Started when my mom passed and found a Boyd Bear I got her for her birthday. 

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I just bought a Halloween music box! Halloween music boxes are quite rare and hard to come by but I found and bought three this year. The first is a water globe of Charlie Brown and has bats when you shake it and plays The Sorceror's Apprentice. The second is another water globe of a bear and rabbit trick or treating while passing through a graveyard and plays Funeral March of a Marrionette. The third is a witch flying on a broom over a jack o lantern and plays Put On a Happy Face.

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While I was taking a break from building miniatures,  I got addicted to the horse collection Trail of Painted Ponies.   I started with one horse that I found in a consignment shop not knowing what it was and now have about 25!    Its an art form started here in New Mexico and I can't get enough.   If you are interested here is their website but it has so much more history than just buying horses.   Are there any other collectors in our forum?  

Here's one of my favorites!    I hope its ok to post this! 

http://shop.trailofpaintedponies.com/

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I've added to my doll collection quite a bit. As soon as I move and settle in I will post more pics of my dolls including my duck and two lambs.

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I collect bird nests. We have a lot of tall pine tress around our home and the nests blow out after winter storms. I am fascinated by the intricate weaving and the materials they scavenge to create such perfect little homes. My favorite nest is from a Hummingbird.

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Do you nuke them, or how do you remove the itty critters that infest them?  And do you do anything to stabilize them to preserve them?

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The freshly built ones usually fall out in the wind :(, so they're not crusty with poop. (I think that is what cements them??) I just have them wrapped in plastic grocery bags and stored in cabinets in the laundry room.. I've made a couple shadow boxes for house warming gifts and painted' Welcome to our nest on the box'. I buy the the little wooden eggs and put the same number of eggs in the nest as people in the house. I paint the eggs a pale, speckled  pink or blue for male or female.

I guess its kinda corny?

The ones made out of pine needle, I spray with varnish when I use them.

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I was wondering how you destroy the mites & teeny parasites the birds are infested with that shed into the nest as the babies fledge & leave.  I collect up itty cones & seed pods and mosses to use in minis and I wrap them in foil and alternately bake and freeze them several times just to be sure that whatever is living in them is gone, and if they seem a bit fragile when unwrapped I give them a bit of lacquer to keep them together.

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DH says I collect yarn, but that's not strictly true, since I knit it up and give it away!

Dolls, teapots, and old photographs of children with their toys.

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I bought a few more dolls and music boxes for my collections. My personal favorites of the ones I've gotten since December are the Clown and Ballerina music box which is exactly the same as the one a family friend had when I was little, the two fiber optic music box lamps, the Thomas Kincaid decorative lamp music box, a Goebel Christmas doll limited to 250, the Goebel doll commemorating my favorite doll artist's retirement, the Totally Hair Blonde Barbie Reproduction doll, a Goebel fox doll dressed like a fox hunter limited to 250, and this adorable music box of a cat dressed like a Grandma sitting in a rocking chair knitting with a piece of rope made to look like yarn attached to a small separate kitten with a ball of yarn that plays Memory. The best part is it rocks back and forth ad the music plays!

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I've noticed some dolls in thrift stores that look a lot like the dolls in the magazine ads.  I got one a month ago that looks like  middle aged lady whose clothes were nasty and faded, so I brought her home and made her a new wardrobe.  This week I found a little girl that looks to be in scale with my lady, wearing pink fuzzy slippers and dressed in a batiste nightie.  She is also in need of a new wardrobe, and also some hair care, when I get my work space cleared and the rain lets me back out to the workshop to rummage through my fabric stash.

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