Wednesday, October 13, 2010


I struggled with what to write this week on this, the day that I've chosen to dedicate to personal things and not books. Only nothing is really going on in my life that I feel ready to talk about just yet .. (however, I'm excited for things I will be sharing in the future).

I almost talked about my donkey collection again, until I realised - this blog isn't called Fluttering Eeyores, so it's probably time that I showed you a little bit of my butterfly collection. I have many books about butterflies, I love collecting handbags with butterflies, pretty shirts. But the thing that I have the most concerning butterflies is the jewellery that people give me. Every birthday and Christmas, I am almost guaranteed that someone somewhere will give me a piece of jewellery with a butterfly. And this makes me happy, it does.

I have countless butterfly necklaces and bracelets. But check out the latest to my collection ... it's a little brooch made of abalone shells that N bought for me the other day.

I love abalone with a passion. It reminds me of a happy time in my childhood. My family and I used to dive for abalone off the coast of California. Then we'd have a huge feast of breaded abalone for dinner. Once, after a particularly large abalone-collecting expedition, I asked my dad if I could bring home the abalone shells. The insides are so gorgeous, that I decorate our back garden with them. It's not often that our family did things together, like when we dove and then cooked together. So this little brooch puts an added smile on my face for combining two things I absolutely love.

How about you? Any interesting collections hidden away in your house?


  1. When I was younger I collected china dolls. I have TOO many. I even have the six wives of Henry VIII in all their beautiful outfits.

    How embarassing, huh?

  2. I too love butterflies but for some reason collect elephants *shrugs*

  3. Believe it or not, but I collect anything cup cake related. This may be obvious by my blog header.

  4. Oh Sophie, I didn't think it was possible, but I heart you just a bit more after that wonderful confession! Can you take a photo of your Wives-of-Henry-VIII-dolls, PUHLEASE?!

    Emma - really, elephants? We used to have quite a few elephants around as well, I'm not sure quite how that happened.

    Vivienne - you know, I CAN believe that! :)

  5. I have an obsession with fairies and butterflies and have an array of fairy paperweights, butterfly glitter clips and a myriad of 3D fairy artwork in my room :) Love the butterfly brooch. It's gorgeous!

  6. I love that brooch - anything made out of shells is almost guaranteed to be lovely. I don't really collect anything besides books...but I have plenty of books, so if I did collect something, I'm not quite sure where I'd put it all. :)

  7. thebookfairyhaven - Sort of makes sense that you collect fairies with your username, ha :)

    Zara - Books, yes. There's one we all collect, right? :)

  8. great post thanks


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