I'm the type person who loves collecting. The older I get, I realize this can be a problem! Ha. Enjoying many different things, I find if you group like things together it is more pleasing to the eye. Over the next few weeks I'd like to share with you how I display some of my collectibles.
I'd like to show you my Hummel collection. These lovely figurines were made in Germany and used the artwork of Berta Hummel as their inspiration. American soldiers, after WWII, stationed in West Germany, used to send these figurines home. Their popularity grew and when I was small I would see these figurines in some of my relatives' homes. When we go antiquing we often find them for a lot of money. Twenty years ago I joined the Hummel club. It started out at $35 a year. For each membership year they sent me a figurine and other information about Hummels. They increased the membership price over the years and ended with around $50 per year until the company had financial issues. I then decided to no longer keep up my membership.
My Mama had this shadow box in her living room for as long as I can remember. She told me that when we were small, if you had your children photographed on the photographer's horse, he would give you a shadow box. I have no memory of having a photo taken on a horse, nor have I seen this photo. When I inherited this shadow box, I had a mirror put in it - and now I display my Hummels in it. Little did I know that the mirror makes it difficult to photograph! I find the artwork of Berta Hummel so charming. The innocence of children is captured in these figurines. They make me smile and that is a joyful thing. Do you collect Hummels? How do you display them?