I've written before about our minimalist tendencies...however, like most normal people, over time we tend to collect random knick-knacks. On a daily basis, we probably barely notice what's sitting on our shelves, but there's a story behind each piece...
Pewter Cup: A birthday gift for Angel from Dad. Bought in Thailand, because everyone knows Angel loves pewter cups.
Black Pearl: This was a model kit that I got to build. Again, a birthday present from Dad. I think model kits are the best!
Crystal Cat: A souvenir I bought for Angel at Downtown Disney when I went to DisneyWorld while he stayed home and worked. ;)
Other Cat: My baby sister gave it to him for his birthday. Angel likes cats a lot, therefore people are always giving him cats.
Joshua 24:15: A gift from his mom, and one of Angel's most treasured possessions. He's had this since he was in college and it's followed us everywhere.
Little Cross: A kids' group I was teaching made clay crafts for Easter so I made one too. Clay is fun!
Shells: Souvenirs from the beach of Pangkor Laut, where we went for our 6th anniversary.
Plate and Sword: Both gifts to Angel from his students.
Cat: Gift to Angel from our cousin, Shannon, who also likes cats. The cats are multiplying!
Sign: I made this for our porch in Michigan ages ago, probably in 2011 when we first moved in. Somehow one of my siblings, when they came to visit, brought it over here in their suitcase.
Angel's 2 Race Trophies: I like how the half marathon one says "4th Winner" instead of "3rd Loser". You can tell that no one in my family designed that trophy. The other one was for 9th in a 10k. Since this photo was taken, he's added a 1st place trophy to the collection. Guess we'll have a bunch of trophies to get rid of before our next move...
Rainbow: I made it in my aunt's glass workshop and she melted it in her kiln. Coolest art project ever.
Picture: from Beka, when she stayed at our place.
Chinese Soldiers: I think these are so funny, but Angel loves them. A gift from one of our coworkers and friends in China.
Candle: A taste of the American "fall" season, sent in a care package from my aunt
What I noticed, when creating this inventory, is that most of our knick-knacks are gifts, and nearly all of them have been acquired since we moved here. There's just a few, tiny specimens that followed us all the way from the USA to China to Malaysia, and that's not surprising. The little items filling up these few bookshelves are definitely not chosen for their aesthetic value, but for the sentiment--for the fond feelings we feel about these gifts. All the same, if we were to move internationally again. it's likely that very few would make the cut. Suitcases can only carry so much!
Are your knick-knacks mostly chosen by you for what they look like? Or are you more like us, you have a collection of random knick-knacks that are special because they were gifts?