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December 16, 2010



Great to hear the stories behind the objects. Are we getting near 40 yet ? Hmmm I suspect I also have a lot of objects that would make people raise their eyebrows

.....one that comes to mind is a rather crudely carved wooden chap - a tiny bit over a foot high ! He's probably a shepherd as he has a crook. And he's not painted, but his eyes are burned which makes him look quite scary.

I realise this is worthless without an image !

Why I have him, and why he will coming along when I next move house...

He was carved by an amazing old man in rural northern Romania. A folk artist who has a garden full of huge wooden sculptures. But what he has also done is round up all the local children to perform dances for visitors. When a bus arrives in the village the kids know to run over to his house straight away.
There was a kind of real contact between locals and visitors that was very special.
And also brought some much needed funds into the village.

So that's why - the old shepherd stays !


I think that if your tat has some emotional significance, then it gets elevated to the status of keepsake!

I have a "treasure box" which contains such riches as, an elephant shaped padlock, a brass fishing float, a blue bird's egg packed in cotton wool inside a midget gems box that I've had since I was 12, melted aluminium foil dropped in water, assorted 1/4 inch ceramic square tiles also held on to since the age of around 12, bits of iridescent hexagonal metal from my the lab in my dad's old office, a half inch high white plastic mouse standing on its back legs with one broken ear.... Anyway, you get the idea. Oh, I also have four music boxes, one of which is metal with rose patterns embossed all round the outside, and blue roses on the silk covered lid. It plays The Music Box Dancer, of course, and came from the music box shop in the Burlington Mall in Burlington MA around 1987. And the lid is broken.

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i think my mom would love this. she actually has a closet full of angel figurines!

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