Thursday, August 29, 2013

My Name is Anna, and I'm a Hoarder

When the ladies at Strawberry Sampler called to let me know my thread was in, I hightailed it right over. And, as you can see, a couple of other things hopped into my basket. I love these Sandra Cozzolino ornaments. I collect them. (And sometimes I even stitch them.) I love these colonial Santas. I think they're her best in years. I may have to have the dude take me down to Colonial Williamsburg* to stitch them. It only seems right.

When I said I collect them, I'm not lying. Someday I'll catch up. In about 35 years when I retire.





* I once read about how Williamsburg was completely reconstructed and is a fiction. It broke my twelve year old heart. But I'd still like to go back with the dude to show him our paltry, Disneyfied history.

18 comments:

Margaret said...

Love Williamsburg! It's a fiction, huh? Oh well, so what. lol! I still love it! Those Santas are great too -- and you have quite the collection overall!

riona said...

When you do go, take the short trip to the Jamestown excavations ... genuine history but not nearly as visually satisfying.

Deb said...

My husband described Colonial Williamsburg as Greenfield Village (a Michigan institution similar to CW) on steroids. But I loved it and that kind of breaks my heart to hear it being described as fiction. Love those Santas btw.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Hoarder? Yes, but a very neat one! Not all of your hoarder friends are! I've been using that line (when I retire) for years. I knew you were a girl after my own heart. CW was a wonderful place to visit - even 20 years ago.

llknbillburg said...

Not true!! CW is not a work of fiction! 88 of the buildings in the historic area are original, restored buildings. Go to the website and check it out. Laura

Anna van Schurman said...

Eighty eight out of 500. That's 17%. And they destroyed over 700 buildings that postdated the colonial period to build it. So, yes, a fiction.

Annemarie said...

Ohhh, stitching colonial Santas in Williamsburg. I could live with that. Wait though... could I knit them, maybe? They're fantastic! And you know, it may not be the real thing, but even a cutesy version of Williamsburg is nice, isn't it? And you're bound to find some fantastic reproduction sampler kits there!

Anonymous said...

Fiction, no. Commercialized history, yes. Archeological evidence proves Williamsburg, VA facts. The Rockefellers and the Foundation in the quest to make a buck or two embellished said facts. (BTW, I used to work for CW publications as a researcher--can't fake TJ's journals-- before being forcibly removed to GA by the US Army and a husband who thought it was a good idea--it wasn't. GA is wretched.)

Stitch byRachel said...

#toomanywips! I think hoarding and needlework go hand in hand... I have very rarely come across a stitcher who isn't!!

jhm said...

THanks heavens the bldg taht my family is associated with are still standing. THere is a pew in the church with the family name.
THe family tavern (halfway between Williamsburg and Jamestown is long gone - probably during the Rev. war (it existed around a hundred years before). One anscetor's house has been destroyed but then again the governer confiscated it in the 1670's.
There's still a lot to be said for what is there.

JHM

Anna van Schurman said...

Fiction=something invented or imagined. And no matter how much history exists there, how much is "real" and "archaeological" it has been cobbled together and reimagined. They removed over 700 buildings and displaced inconvenient people to create "Colonial Williamsburg."

Annie said...

I love fiction, so I don't care how they made Williamsburg what it is today. I just go with the flow.

I think anyone who has done any craft for a long period becomes a hoarder. I don't have an LNS close by, so I mostly buy online and hoard just to have choices when I want to make something. Limited living space is the only thing that limits me!

Linda said...

I love the new kits Nikki. Is that all that is in that box? Wow!! And I thought I was bad. lol

Linda

Chris said...

I have a lot of those Santa's too. They are wonderful.

Catherine said...

My family and I love Williamsburg and the surrounding area. It is better to have some history than none at all ~ is not most history fictionalized ~ the only ones who really know what is was like are long gone.....f

Fay and Charlette said...

Am hoping to get to Williamsburg next spring. Sounds like fun, even if cobbled together! Hmmm, not sure my 12 yo would agree that it might be "fun." I must say, you should be ashamed of yourself, calling yourself a hoarder...one measly little teeny tiny box of Santas??? LOL Love your blog, by the way!

Jeanne said...

I have about 6 of those Santa kits and trying not to get obsessed with getting all of them as there are so many she has published! I love colonial Williamsburg and I don't mind if it's Disney-fied history LOL.... In fancy I love Disneyland where life is always clean and happy. I wish real life were more like both places!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

You Americans haven't got any proper history anyway, just borrowed off us Europeans LOL.

I do like the Colonial Santas though, very sweet. And the hoarding/collecting.