Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

My answers to that Quiz on my last post.

Righto, here we go.
1. Do I collect anything? Well, is the Pope a Catholic? In other words, yes - I do collect stuff. Lots of it. Too much in fact.
2. What do I collect?
Swapcards, stamps, books, hand embroidered linen, husbands (:-o)
3. How many do I have?
I started collecting swapcards when I was about 5 years old, along with all the other small people at school back then. I still have them and I am still adding to the collection, and at last count, I think I had a couple of thousand.
I also started collecting stamps when I was a child, encouraged by my father, who gave me his collection. I don't actively save them now as much as I used to, except for Australian stamps, of which I buy every new issue as it comes out. I never thought to count them, but I have about 20 albums.
Books...Ken always says if I stopped buying books, I could stop buying bookshelves. If only it was that easy! Again, never counted them, but would number in the thousands. Lots of cook books and embroidery/cross stitch books among them.
Linen. Now you're talking! I am planning to do a complete catalogue of my collection one day, and I even have a specialist program on the computer to do it, but it is going to take YEARS...This is an estimate:
Tablecloths - 160
Tea Cosies - 50
Aprons - 80
Tray cloths - 40
Pillow Shams - 30
Doilies of various shapes and sizes - several hundred
Duchess Sets (Dresser sets in America, I think) - several hundred.
And many, many other items that don't fall under those categories.
Husbands.. well that was said tongue in cheek -there has only been two! But I love men, and love being married. If it doesn't work out, try try again, in my book!


Blogger Medieval Lady said...

Hi Gina,
You know I really need to think about the answers. lol However, I love the last one. If it's ok with you, I'd like to post your questions on my blog. :-) I'll try posting answers sometime this week.
Now it's back to the hot yard and working on that ^&* fence. ;-) Actually, I can hardly wait, then the dogs will have two places to run and my neighbor things it will get rid of the ground chucks making lots of nasty holes. Have a great day.

Monday, 12 September, 2005  
Blogger Maggie Ann said...

Wow, what an impressive collection you have. I'm glad for you, I've surely enjoyed seeing the lovely vintage things you post pics of Gina.

Monday, 12 September, 2005  

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