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After I take all my Christmas decorations down, everything looks so bare. I try to redecorate a little different and more exciting. Winter is boring, I need to get a spark going in me.
I just took a beautiful large crystal bowl that I use in my dining room usually just filled with potpouri, and decided to fill it with a few handfuls of stones and sea glass.
Then I took one of my many little collections; my porcelain clowns, stood them around in the stones, then I put the battery operated tea lights in-between. It looks so pretty when I turn out the lights.
I may change this from time to time with other collections I have such as angels, doll figurines, etc. You can use your imagination and any type of clear shape bowl or tray.
I have an old camera that I really enjoyed having out on a shelf, but it was always so dusty. I found a cloche at the store that fit perfectly over it. Now I don't have to worry about damaging the camera when trying to dust it.
I am finally able to display most of my snail collection. But I still have to be conservative with my space. So, I put my spices on a nice lazy susan and used the little stackable shelf unit for my snails.
I found the wire racks were too wide, so I cut some card stock for underneath then used decorative scrap booking paper for the top. I think it words great and didn't cost me anything but .25 in paper and about 5 minutes time.
My husband wanted to display a compass given to him by his stepdad. I found a small shadowbox frame and removed the glass. I attached a small cup hook to the top and painted it with black nail polish to make it less visible.
My kitchen cabinets don't set against the ceiling so I use this space to display my ginger jar collection, or I will put a flower swag on top and let the flowers hang down.
Collectables need to be shown and not stored away. It seems a shame to collect something we love and not show it. Displaying them is a way to say "this is what I love and this is what makes me, me".
I have collected tiny, little shallow bowls for years. They are so cute. I put them out on my dresser in my bedroom and use them for my earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Now I can enjoy both the little bowls and my displayed jewels!
Sell them as quickly as possible or donate them to a museum where you can go look at them when you want and take an in-kind tax write-off. They are usually dust catchers.
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I'm a huge "I Love Lucy" Fan, and I'm an avid collector of her items varying from Barbies still in mint condition in their box, to watches, to a marble with her face on it!
I currently live in a small apartment, but would still love to show case my collection around my place. As of right now, they are taking up a great deal of space and are currently in storage. How can I show case these items in such a small space?
By Jaci from MO
I also am limited to space. I had my son and husband put up shelves about a foot from the ceiling all around the room. it worked out great for all my collectables, and left the rest of my space for everyday living.
jaci, What a coincidence! I am also an I Love Lucy fan and have a huge collection of stuff. I have a samll house, but one room is used for a computer/dining room. It is decorated with all my Lucy things. I even have a Little Ricky Doll from the 50,s and comic books and magazines in binders and book cases. The walls are covered with pictues of Lucy and Ricky too. Nice to meet a fellow fan!
You could also just display a few at a time and change them out every couple of months or so.