I bought this beautiful miniature chest of draws for about £1 a few weeks ago and it is so lovely. When the bottom draw opens a tinkling tune is played on the steel music box inside and that music sends me straight back to my childhood.
I've decided to use it for Little D's treasures and at the moment it is home to some snail shells from the garden, some feathers from our day on a farm, our recent conker and acorn haul (his current favourite treasure) and all of the shells and small pebbles which we gathered from the beach in Hunstanton which i blogged about back in July (the crab shells have since been composted - much too fragile for the hands of a two year old!)
He loves to be part of my photo shoots and between all of my blog photos i have to take plenty of him pulling funny faces.
I cant wait to add more and more to this treasure chest and perhaps (insha'Allah) even expand the collection into other boxes, jars and tins. I used to have microscope slides which my dad had made when he was a boy - hairs, insects, insect wings etc but at some point in my own childhood i threw them away - why oh why!? I absolutely love these personal collections, and can spend hours looking at them. I was also fortunate enough to bring home a few boxes of old books of which most have hand written notes, newspaper clippings, hand made bookmarks etc tucked in their old pages, from the Victorian period all the way up to the 70s - and that shall wait until another blog post....