Wednesday, November 25, 2009

My Place And Yours: My Collection



There was, up until last year, a skeleton* in my closet. He belonged to the Mr and migrated all the way to Australia from the UK only to be given up for some paltry sum to a worthier cause. I miss reaching past him to find my clothes and sharing a moment of closet irony, although the fallen-off fibula was wearing thin – always rolling out the opened door.

There are other body bits around the house. The collection of dolls eyes bought by my father-in-law...

Macabre and beautiful.



Or just plain weirdy.



There is also a pair of right legs. During an eighteen month stint freelance designer-ing for The Body Shop in London, there was an attic clear out. How could I resist body parts from The Body Shop? The Tube ride home was memorable. Many will understand that Oxford Circus station is slap bang in the middle of things and somewhat bizzy at rush hour. There we were, squished like stand-up sardines, all winter coats and damp Evening Standard newspapers. Me holding my legs in the air. There was much carriage bewilderment. In true middle-of-winter, London style, no one said a thing.



We’ve yet to unearth their destiny. At the moment they make excellent swords for playing Knights and look alarming when stuck to the ceiling. Mostly I like ’em because they remind me of a time a long way away.

Thanks to the lovely Theme Queen Kate – and pop on over to Pip’s to find a veritable collector’s paradise...


* Not a real skeleton. A medical model, to clarify.

27 comments:

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I've just had the best breakfast this week . Weetabix and body parts .
Sonata .

The Back Shed said...

I think you have won the most unusual collection prize! Amazing!

One Flew Over said...

THOSE eyes...enough said.

Oh Oxford Circus...the thousands of people, shuffling into the tube like cattle. Ah, those WERE the days x

Mookah said...

Those eyes are freaking me out!

Tas said...

Mmm, not sure I could do the eye thing. Do 2 dozen eyeballs follow you around the room?

Nikki Cardigan said...

I am suitably weirded and creeped out!

Sally said...

Loving it all ... even if it is a little bit freaky it is a lot cool!

Leonie Guld said...

can't speak...pissing my self laughing!!!

Kate said...

Without a shadow of a doubt I can safely say that that is the first and only 2 right legs and eyeball collection I have ever seen.

Andi said...

What a freaky collection! Love the freakiness!!!

Michelle said...

Love the idea of a skeleton in the closet - he must have been hard to part with.

Umatji said...

I love the eyes - they are fabulous - what a find! Where do you keep them???

Cherry said...

Sheesh those eyes are just a little bit creepy!

Love the story of the legs on the tube. Brings back all the London memories I have of trips on the tube. Especially when I had to tell a young man that the leg that his hand was on was mine.. not his girlfriends that was standing next to him.. nice!

Kylie said...

Oh what a fabulous post! Laughing out loud and totally seeing the whole scene in my mind :) As collections go, babe, I think yours is fabulous!! :) K

pennygj said...

Oh those eyes! I'm going to make my other half read this so he realises how much worse my collecting things which could possibly be useful could potentially get! Love the thought of the legs on the tube!

Sandrine said...

Enjoyed reading about your Sardine experience in the tube:)and what a special collection you have!:)

quirkygranolagirl said...

I had no idea that doll's eyes were made of metal. They are really pretty. I also like the aquamarine color of the irises. Thank you for sharing.

Madeline said...

I knew there was a reason I liked you! I do love odd collections. My personal stash includes rusted metal pieces and parts, bones (collected around the farm), and mannequins.

kellyi said...

Yes, the eyes are strange but compelling.

Love the legs - Whit whil (a typed wolf whistle for you there).

Nycole said...

I LOVE that first photo - just divine!
(btw, I met someone the other day who did have a real skeleton - now that truly was creepy)

Cathy (Tinniegirl) said...

The anatomy of Myrtle and Eunice hey? I love it. Can I come over and play at your house. Fun, fun, fun.

Happydacks said...

Quirky and very cool, interesting objects to have a collection of! I am glad skeleton in the closet was not real, very funny post!! Chele x

Sara said...

arg - creepy dolls eyes! I don't think I could handle all that oggling when I walked past them. I've got a skeleton too he's more of a hallway lurker though.

Cath from chunkychooky said...

I love those eyes!!! the legs remind me of when I lived in London we had a mannequin calledPam who lived in our birthroom, she held the soap and your towel while you were in the bath. when we had parties- of which their were many- we would buy P an outfir and put her at the front door. At some point someone would try to bust moves on her... even thought I kneowo she was in the bathroom I jumped everytime I opended the door.

Kaylovesvintage said...

now I miss my London, or should I say our London

have a good weekend

Tracey said...

hehe. macabre yes, intriguing yes! hmmm are those two left feet I see there? :P

thea said...

Oh YES!!!!!! the eyes are all-together fabulous and terrifying - the perfect balance of something, I'm guessing you never get tired of...

thea.
xx

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