Sunday, May 30, 2010

Pins Galore

Wow, I had no idea that I was or had become a collector of pins. I was reading the “Grunge Queen” the other day and she was writing about a recent trip to the Goodwill store where she scored a couple of neat jewelry pieces (read the article here). I loved the filigreed owl pendant and it reminded me of a pin my sister gave me several years ago. So, just for fun, I dug out all my pins to have a look and it seems that I have quite a few!

Just a sampling of my nicer pins.

As I was looking them over I noticed several themes going on. Halloween was the most obvious; this is “The Witch’s Island” afterall! There are skeletons, Dracula, ghosts and witches. Did you pick out the pin that say’s “#1 Witch”? I guess that’s me!
I wear this around the house somedays just to remind hubby who’s boss.

This skeleton hides behind the castle door waiting to pass out treats at Halloween.

The ghost is a little hard to see but then I guess that can be said about all ghosts. He looks like he is flying by a full moon button.

Did you notice the different witch pin in the upper left hand corner? This is an original designed, carved, and hand painted wooden pin from darling Hubby. It’s a beauty and I wear it with pride. The skeleton and Dracula pins have working doors and sometimes I wear them opened and at other times I leave them closed. Oh, and the Scardy Cat pin was too frightened to even be on the same mat as the witch!

Hubby made this for me one year, I hope he wasn’t using a picture of me fo the model!

Next are my bunny pins. I do seem to have an exceptional amount of them, also. The oldest one of these is the “Barnaby Bunny” from Hallmark. He’s turning a yucky yellowish colour now but he is almost 30 years old. There’s a bunny pin with a door as well. Hmm, maybe there’s a theme there, too.

What amazes me is the amount of Christmas reindeer pins in there. I didn’t know that in my subconscious I must really like reindeers. The big gold one (maybe from Avon) actually has a battery inside which allows his nose to flash red. I just love this but the battery will die out quickly if I leave it on for any length of time. It’s a great ice breaker at a Christmas party. Who doesn’t love Rudolph?

I’m surprised that I have this many reindeer pins.

I also have some pins which were given to me from family and friends and as I look at them all gathered together they bring back great memories. The Grinch pin is a gift from my Dad and all of his children received one as a joke. We loved the old Grinch (and Dad, too) and how he stole Christmas. It was always our favourite Christmas show.

The Mexican sunflower with all the turquoise stones was purchased for a couple of bucks at a yard sale by Dad and when he returned from the sale he held his hands behind his back and had my sister and I pick one. This pin was in the hand I picked. I don’t remember what my sister received. I’ll have to ask her.

The sunflower pin that I got from my Dad is near the top of this picture.
Lots of pins, lots of happy memories. Thanks to the Grunge Queen for the inspiration. Enjoy the rest of the pictures.

Pins, closeup.

More pins, closeup.

This giraffe pin is covered with Swarovski crystals.

I think this Avon pin is a dragonfly but Hubby named it Scorpiom for some reason.


Gill - That British Woman said...

I love the dragonfly one, not a pin person though in general.

Thanks for your thoughts/quotes/poem. I have posted what I think will be the forward to the recipe book on my blog today.


Canadian Saver said...

Wow, you do have so many of them!!! All very nice and the ones with the memories of your Dad must be extra special :-)

grunge-queen said...

Thanks for mentioning Grunge Queen! Love your collection! The one with the coffin is a hoot, and the large cat head is so elegant. So glad they bring back memories. The bunny one with the white 'character' bunny brings back memories for me - in fact a lot of them do!

its me, sam said...

If you ever get tired of the spider pin with the amber you can send it my way! I love pins/brooches but very seldom wear them. I love your Halloween ones.

Suz said...

Loved the one your husband made and the dragonfly....You got me thinking about how many I may have squirreled away

Nakamuras on Saipan said...

Oh...I LOVE them! Look at all those wonderful pins!!! I like pins too...I don't really have many but I like looking at them on others...and yours are really wonderful!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I saw this when you posted it last week, and I remembered a "blip" when I posted my comment--Now I see it's not there...But anyway, I wanted to tell you how much I love your amazing pin collection!! I've collected pins for many years and I love having them for every occassion and for the memories that come with them.