Sunday, May 18, 2008

Fun Monday - Collections

This week's Fun Monday challenge has been issued by Mariposa of Mariposa's Tales. Mariposa wants to see and to hear about our collections. Although I do not think as myself as a collector, I do have a few collections. My first collection, I started many years ago. After a woman at my church gave a presentation of her extensive cross collection, I started collecting symbols of the crucifixion of Jesus.


1. This is my oldest cross in my collection. I received this for my first communion and confirmation in May of 1957.

2. This is a mother-of-pearl Jerusalem cross. This cross is also called The Crusader's Cross and appeared on the coat-of-arms the Templar Godfrey of Bouillon, Duke of Lower-Lorraine. There are a variety of interpretations of the Jerusalem cross. One interpretation is that the four smaller crosses represent the four corners of the Earth, and the cross itself represents the spreading of Christianity throughout the world. Another common explanation of the cross meaning is that the larger center cross represents Jesus, and the smaller crosses represent Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

3. This enameled cross with a depiction of the fish and loaves of bread is perhaps my favorite as the cross is symbolic of Jesus's life and ministry rather than simply a reminder of the death of Jesus.

4. Like the others listed this cross is a gift from my parents. I think that the cross is ivory made in a time when using ivory was not illegal.

5 and 6. These silver crosses were graduation gifts from the church that I attended as a child. The larger cross is a Trefoil cross although I think that my church called this a Trinity cross. As a member of the Junior Choir, I wore a this cross on a red ribbon as part of our choir garb. The smaller cross is a Celtic Cross. This sometimes is called the Anglican or Episcopal cross.

7. The silver crosses around the number seven were gifts from my husband, Daddy D.

8. The M.A. Hadley pottery cross is gift from my friend, Gawilli of Back in the Day.


One of my other collections is my small self-indulgent collection of Molly books. The first book is an antique, The Melting of Molly, a romantic novel written in 1912 by Maria Thompson Daviess. The collection also includes the classic, Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe and a somewhat racy novel by Lawrence Sanders, The Passion of Molly T. The other books in the collection are children's books including three of the American Girl books about Molly of the 1940's, a book about a girl named Molly, Pirate Girl, and an interactive early childhood book, Molly Mouse Goes Shopping.


I also have a collection of mice.

32 comments:

emily said...

Very cool. Thanks for sharing.

And I am going to have to find a copy of the Molly Moo... we can my Molly, "Molly Moo Moo". In fact if you ask her her name she says "moo moo".

emily said...

Very cool. Thanks for sharing.

And I am going to have to find a copy of the Molly Moo... we can my Molly, "Molly Moo Moo". In fact if you ask her her name she says "moo moo".

Margaret said...

You have very interesting and eclectic collections. I have a lot of glassware, tons of books, and a bunch of beer mugs and glasses--I feel shallow!

karisma said...

Very nice collections. I never thought to add my books, but then it would take all day to photograph them. I have five book cases in just one room!


That large silver cross is different!

Mariposa said...

So lovely collections you have there...love your cross collection, especially, they're from people special to you...

daddy d said...

Very nice collections. They show alot about one topic and they are focused one theme. I like the idea of a focued collection. There are time when I just have a lot of stuff that is not connected.

jennifer said...

I had a collection of mice but the traps worked and...

OK sorry, I couldn't resist.

I like your cross collection.

And you asked if my home is big... Not big enough and it could seem much larger if I would liquidate some of my collections!!

Happy Monday to you.

Jennifer

Celeste said...

I love the collection of crosses, and the story behind each. The collection of mice? Well, I have my grandmother's phobia of the critters.

Sayre said...

Love the mice - I had one from England once that my grandmother sent. Unfortunately, my cat thought it was a real mouse (like real mice wear dresses) and "killed" it. Now I just have a pair of ceramic mice on my kitchen window sill.

Jenny, the Bloggess said...

One of those mice? Is totally a 1950's hagen renaker. see my post on good mom bad mom for details.

ellen b said...

Your collections are great. I love all the different crosses. Those are some tiny mice you have :)

grace said...

I love the cross collection! those are really cool

nikki said...

Love all your collections. Your crosses are quite lovely.

Jan said...

Wonderful collections. I love the crosses and Molly books. Are any of the mice named Molly, too?

IamwhoIam said...

Enjoyed how each of the crosses have meaning for you. The mice are cute little item but they could soon take over the house, I like the miss matching of them.
Molly Books - so it's just has to have Molly in the name or as the Hero?

Olive said...

Wow! Thanks for the descriptions of your crosses. That was thoughtful of you. The mice are cute little rodents and I am sure you are glad that they are a collection.

ChrisB said...

Your collections of crosses are so lovely. Did I read about your Molly books before or am I imagining that!
The mice are rather cute.

Pamela said...

Rare collections --
I don't know which intrigues me more...

Alison said...

beautiful collections of crucifixes...I love old books and I have never heard of those...your mice are adorable..thanks for sharing.

Nekked Lizard Lady said...

The crosses are really nice!! I like mice when they are not being chased around my house by our kitties...

Faye said...

What a very unusual collection of crosses--like that you started the collection when you were so young. Did you, by chance get the Hadley Pottery cross in Louisville--or should say, did your frind get it here?

I fear I also have a collection of mice--in the basement but try not to think about them so long as they don't come upstairs!

Gattina said...

I have never met a person who collected crosses. But I think your mice collection would please very much my cats ! lol !

TheBirdman33 said...

Very interesting stuff!

I have a lot of Winniw the Pooh stuff, I guess that is a collection

Christine said...

You do have a very lovely collection of crosses.

That is also a very interesting collection of books.

If I were to collect something with my name in it, it would be either the movie Christy or the movie about the car Christine. I'd take the movie about Christy.

And I simply think your collection of mice is adorable.

happy fun monday!

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

The Molly books look fun to collect! My mother is a Mollie and that's given me an idea for her birthday!

Patience-please said...

Oh these are delightful collections! (And this is an inane comment, sorry.)

Melanie said...

What a beautiful collection of crosses you have. And your mice are so cute! Just make sure you don't start a collection of cats ;)

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Laura@Storytellin' Mama said...

I love the crosses... I am always on the lookout for them because my mother in law collects them too!

nice to hear the stories behind them.

Tink said...

I really enjoyed hearing all the stories behind the crosses. I only wish you'd done the same for the mice. Hint hint. ;)

LizB said...

Lovely collections and a great post! Sorry to have been out of touch. Are you wrapping up school there?

lisa marie said...

I had a tiny little cross collection when I was younger. :) YOu have some lovely ones. I love the one on the far left form Daddy D. :)

Sweet mice and I treasure older books too.

Cazzie!!! said...

You have awesome collections!
My collections are of stamps, post cards, a whole set of my favourite author's books and ..I guess I collect kids too...four of them LOL.