Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Win a Babushka necklace by Stolen Thunder





I love Babushka dolls, and can spend hours looking at them at that Babushka doll shop in the Royal Arcade (yes there is a shop that only sells Babushka dolls!) I even have a Babushka doll bedspread! So when I was sent this Russian doll family necklace from the people over at Stolen Thunder in England I was very very excited. First of all their stuff is handmade, which I love, secondly its all so cute! You really should check out the sale stuff too, so good (um hello £1.50 cocktail rings, you can buy 1 for every finger!).

As much as I love the necklace I feel that its not fair that I get to have all the fun, so I have decided to give it away to 1 lucky reader, as I really appreciate all of you for taking the time and reading my blog.

To WIN just leave a comment on this post with an answer to:
What, if anything, is it that you collect?

I collect anything red for the home, hence the red Babushka dolls. So our whole house is full of red stuff such as red vases, red plates, red cups, red Kokeshi dolls, a red retro mix master, a red sofa etc... it all gets a bit much really. I have discovered there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, but I can't stop.

The winner will be drawn at random on Sunday 31st January and you are in the running as long as you answer the question in the comments section on this post. International readers can enter too.

Good luck xxx

87 comments:

  1. Oh I collect historical items of clothing from 1900 back and I also collect vintage records :)

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  2. hi hayley, i love babushka dolls too, i have a few different sets but wouldn't say that i collect them....i guess if anything, i'm a designer so i collect fabric!

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  3. Ah that's adorable! I collect doilies. Whenever I go to an op shop I usually come out with a bag full!

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  4. i am a bit of a packrat really. i collect vintage russian cameras. buttons. doilys. and have 10 different sets of matryoshka which i picked up in my travels around eastern europe. oh and handbags. i am really good at being a packrat.

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  5. I've just started collecting different postcards from all the overseas cities I've travelled to. At the moment the collection is very small (just started travelling) but so far I've collected Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York City (the greatest place on earth, after Melbourne of course)!

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  6. That's so funny that you posted about this, I've just finished a post about my collection of Babusha dolls. I always try to find one whenever I travel anywhere. My first was from when I visiting Melbourne, from the Royal Arcade store! My most recent was from Miyajima island in Japan.

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  7. its soo cute!

    i collect a lot of junk like vintage toys, accessories,plastic,paper,old scraps of fabrics etc
    i just love recycling :)
    i use them on my mixed media art pieces
    or make new accessories out of them


    kisses a.

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  8. I actually collect dolls! Russian dolls and kokeshi dolls mainly, but I have a few notrealkokeshibutinspiredby Momiji dolls too.

    This is where they live:http://i367.photobucket.com/albums/oo117/missdollymixx/017-16.jpg

    I have more now, I got quite a few for Christmas! Love anything doll related too, so would love to win this necklace! I also got a russian doll hot waterbottle for Christmas, I think I am slightly obsessed!

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  9. I collect dust...
    Haha no, I collect handbags, foreign coins, and cool albums (not for the music, for the cover art!)

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  10. stocking and tights...i have well over 70 pairs and only tend to wear black in the end....

    bizarre salt and pepper shakers and figurines.

    hairstyles

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  11. That necklace is incredible!

    I collect books. There is nothing in this world that I love more (at least, nothing material) than a good book. Although I keep most of the books that I didn't enjoy as well. Each book holds a memory, whether it was an event going on in my life at the time or an emotion I might have being feeling.

    It's also the cheapest way for me to travel, haha.

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  12. funnily enough i collect babushka dolls! i have about 15 so far and also love that shop in royal arcade, it is amazing. i had in the past collected salt & pepper shakers and snow globes, but it is too easy to run out of room for so many knick knacks!

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  13. I'm a bit like you... except I collect white ornaments/furniture! I have a pink room, so white is the perfect color for everything :)

    Thanks for the giveaway Hayley, and congrats for the Cleo article - Well deserved!

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  14. I L0VE Babushka's (and I am constrantly saying the word - it's so fun to pronounce). Last year I decided that I was going to make it my mission in life to try and collect a Babushka doll from every place I visit (as in go on holiday not EVERY place I visit - ie. Woolies). Anyway, so far I have 1, from Darwin - haha. I don't think I will actually be able to find a Babushka in every exotic country I plan on travelling too but a girl can dream can't she?

    Apart from that the only other thing I collect is utterly shameful - Road to Avonlea novelisations from the 90's tv show! There are about 30 in the series and I have found about 17 online (the episodes I really love) and have decided I will leave the others for me to find in the future - I am sure there are hundreds hiding out there just waiitng for a second hand shop or garage sale to come my way.

    OK back in my box now.

    PS. Congrats on Chloe. Tis great :-)

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  15. oh my gaw i really love this! i love babushka dolls. i have some cute stickers of some from japan.

    things i collect: tea cups, lace doily things, clothes!, vinyl, clip on bow ties, and i just started collecting vintage wind up toys- i just have one so far but he is a symbol clapping bear. and umm yes all this collecting is getting out of hand!

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  16. Hey hailey! Congrats on your Cleo feature. It's been a LOOOOONG time coming and the photos look fab in print.

    I collect books. I never ever give them away and my dream is one day have a library like in Beauty and the Beast with floor to ceiling shelves and a roller ladder. Sigh!

    xxx

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  17. I remember babushka dolls, my mum loved them so I would love to give the necklace to her!

    Anyways, I collect shoes. Stilettos to be exact, and even though half of them I havent worn, and probably never will, I just think shoes can transform something so plain, into a true work of art.

    *sigh* I really do just love them!

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  18. I collect stamps in my passport. I love the feeling I get when I flick back through the pages of my passport and recall the adventures I've had in faraway lands! I hope to collect many more <3

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  19. I love collecting Swarovski crystal figurines...and they in turn like to collect dust!

    But I do wish I had more!

    vintagefokus.blogspot.com

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  20. I love Babooshka dolls too!

    I collect fridge magnets from everywhere I go.. the cheesier the location, the better the magnet!

    (Take Port Lincoln Tuna magnets for example)

    This collection has gone so far, that I think I’ve doubled the weight of my fridge door, nothing will stop me! Only when the door falls off the hinge! I’d prefer to buy a secondary ‘drinks’ fridge to continue the tradition, than give in.

    I even have a babooshka fridge magnet in my collection!

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  21. I love collecting pocket watches and wearing them as necklaces :)

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  22. I am a certified shoe collector. No, but really, I love a fine pair of shoes.

    What I'm working on now is expanding my boot collection.

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  23. I collect "traditional" or local shoes when I'm travelling (or if friends offer to pick something up while overseas). So I have a display shelf above my desk with shoes from Japan, Morocco, India, Thailand, etc.

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  24. i collect dvds (especially sets of my favourite directors films), posters (fantastic ads, movies i've liked, politicians i admire). i also have a stamp collection that goes way back.

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  25. I am a crazed collector and for as long as i can remember I have kept mismatched, very unimportant and peculiar collections. For a long time I collected train tickets and had hundreds of them. At first Id only keep those belonging to both friends and myself but this got out of hand so I had to limit myself to those only used by me. I kept buttons of bazar shapes and colours, I even stored them in organised little compartments. Rocks, semi precious stones, jewelry, yo-yos, old records, belt buckles, polaroid photographs; the list of collectables I have dabbled in stretches on forever. I think a more appropriate question for me would be: What, if anything, is it that you haven't collected?

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  26. They are lovely! I collect old sewing books from op shops, but they can't cost over $5. I also collect fabric, but I'm trying to put some brakes on that collection.

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  27. SO PRETTY!

    I collect pictures (digital and print) of the house out of Hansel and Gretel. I guess I wish I lived in a house made of candy. xx

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  28. i love babuskas! there is a store in melbourne that i just drool over any time i'm there because it is wall to wall babushka.

    I collect owls :) prints, ceramics, jewellry, clothes, toys everything!

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  29. Babushka's are gorgeous! There is something so special about them.

    I collect teacups (in kitchy floral prints) it makes having friends over for a cup of tea extra special :)

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  30. I'm a counsellor.I collect people's stories.

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  31. Oooh, cute. I collect books, especially fashion books. I just don't feel right if I'm not reading at least three books at the same time.

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  32. The necklace is soo cute! I love russian dolls I have one set from my childhood thats been a pretty constant fixture in my decor.

    I collect cat statues, magazines and books :)

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  33. I collect a bunch of things but at the moment it's promotional movie postcards.

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  34. I collect little paper stuff lile concert cards, and postcards, and paper ou wrapp gifts in, even if just a tiny bit of paper I like is left I collect it. Same with beautiful flyers I get in the city of pages from magazine.
    Then sometimes I make a pictures put of all the bits.

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  35. Hi Hayley, I collect postcards. I've been travelling around Europe recently and my boyfriend gets so annoyed every time I spot a tourist stand and insist on buying more postcards... :-)

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  36. I collect paintings and prints of birds. My latest is a glass paperweight with a paiting of a bluebird inside. A gift from my husband.

    ps the necklace is VERY cute

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  37. Currently collecting:

    Japanese crockery

    Religious Icons (little baby Jesus, Mary, St Nino etc, etc.)

    Medical models - brains, teeth, eye balls etc...

    I'm a little different like that.

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  39. That necklace is so sweet. I collect anything to do with owls and kokeshi dolls/wooden dolls so hense also have a lot of love for babushka dolls :)

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  40. i collect ladybug earrings, oddly enough. it's sort of a small collection at the moment, but it's growing.
    oh, i also collect embarassing moments, but that's not really on purpose.
    i love you blog!

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  41. I collect..babuskha dolls (inc. babushka measuring cups), anything dachshund, jumpsuits, Dusty Springfield vinyl records and vintage napery (inc. aprons).

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  42. I try to live with purpose, so that I can collect meaningful memories.

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  43. i collect:
    -Louis Vuitton
    -Swatch watches
    -Vitra miniature chairs
    -lapel pins/brooches
    -small crucifixes
    -vintage glass marbles
    -driving moccasins
    -gingham shirts
    -"Go To Hell" pants
    -Low-Brow/Street/Vintage art giclees, lithographs & screenprints

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  44. Unusual tea cups. I have so many individual little tea cups with saucers from all over the world. Japanese bone china covered in fish, little three-legged pink and gold tulips, French country peasents, a black and gold art deco. They're on display in various book shelves and I use them to throw tea parties, since even though I drink it, I also collect teas.
    For more decorative purposes, I'm a big fan of urban vinyl and I collect Dunny.

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  45. Ooh! Dresses, chip and dale plushes (not many different ones of these thankfully *lol*) and necklaces.

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  46. I collect: vintage cameras, buddha figurines, and souvenir lapel pins from the countries/tourist attractions I visit.

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  47. I have just started collecting feminine mirrors- I love them! and I collect beautiful and feminine wall art, too.
    have a sweet day, darling.
    xoxo

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  48. oh!
    The only thing I have really collected recently would be all the lovely letters/packages my now lover has sent me over the past three years (we were not lovers that whole time- but they are pretty much all love letters!) I have a huge boot box full. They are so beautitful!
    Thanks Hayley!
    xo

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  49. Funnily enough, my family has a ridiculous amount of babushka dolls. Some that belonged to great grandparents, and a suitcase full of those that my sister brought back when she moved home from Russia.
    Personally, I collect horses. My favourite being a tiny red hand painted wooden horse my best friend sent me from Sweden.
    I love your blog by the way, such an inspiration.

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  50. I collect Shoes, shoes glorious shoes....

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  51. I collect punch bowl sets, you know, the ones from the 70s with the intricately decorated glass bowl and matching cups. Pretty much every op shop ever has them!
    I originally just wanted one set because they're so kitschy and I love them, but then whenever I saw one at an op shop I just HAD to buy it.. and now I collect them.

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  52. Wow, I love your site! I have to admit to collecting swizzle sticks haha yes that's right, those funny little plastic contraptions that they put in your cocktails across the globe. My collection is slowly building up and my favourite is these little red pitchfork ones - they're the best (I could definately spare one towards your 'red' collection if needed too hehe).

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  53. i'm actually batshit insane. I collect cats. porcelaine cat figurines and pictures. I had an entire corner/wall for them in my old house. I even had photos of my cats in a photo exhibition. it's somewhat comforting, wouldn't you say? having something thats yours, something that makes you happy, something you can look at and feel at home. That's what my cats are to me

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  54. i've been to the babushka store in the royal arcade, it's soo good!!
    i collect vintage bags and sewing patterns :)

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  55. cool giveaway!

    I collect makeup. it's an evil and expensive addiction!

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  56. ahh...that is a cool necklace!

    i collect playing cards i find in the street or in flea markets!

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  57. Old Journals, Letters, postcards :) i love reading other peoples thoughts.

    KC
    www.lipglossandcigarettes.com

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  58. That necklace is LOVELY!

    I collect vintage tea-sets, records and old magazines. When I was younger I used to collect really old girls' annuals and have a pretty big stash. Something I'm very glad about now as you can't see them anywhere in the UK!

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  59. i collect retro homewares from hard rubbish! it's a really hit-and-miss kind of hobby, but so far i've found some fantastic wooden sanyo stereo speakers, an old singer sewing machine, a wood-panelled tape deck, a small wooden heater (/blow-dryer, depending on my needs), an office desk from the 60's and an old, wooden foosball table game.

    (i felt it would be too predictable to say i collect babushka-related trinkets, which i also do!)
    xo

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  60. Bags from thrift stores - my weakness!

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  61. I love that babushka shop!

    I collect owls. I have owl everything. Owl pens, stationery, stuffed teddies, owl finger puppets, owl figurines (antique, asian, modern), owl salt and pepper shakers, owl necklaces and earrings, heck, I even have a flying barn owl tattooed on my left hip! I'm hopelessly obsessed.

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  62. Children's encyclopaedias - the kitschier the illustrations, the better - and anything dachshund (bar an actual sausage dog, which is of course the ultimate dream). My family has caught on so now I'm receiving all sorts of dachsundalia at birthdays and Christmas - porcelain figurines, stamps, brooches, keyrings...

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  63. I don't know what happened but I don't see my comment! First I commented from my sisters account by accident then recomment with my own! Anyway I'll just comment again!
    I collect cameras and tote bags! I love old cameras! Especially the minolta my mum gave me it takes such pretty pics! And tote bags well I can't stop buying them.. Addiction!!

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  64. Hello Fashion Hayley!

    I am also one of those killers for Babushka dolls or 'Russian dolls' I can just stare at them for hours because they have so much detail and they also look great anywhere in your home!

    I also love your givaway! It would look great with everything. even just a simple plain tee!

    xo Emma.

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  65. Hello Fashion Hayley.
    I am such a sucker for teapots, I have about a million of them. I love all the nice patterns and different shapes and sizes. I'm also a big sucker for little childrens books! like the golden ones. I usually make wrapping paper out of them to make them look fun and uinque!

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  66. Hey,
    I think that the fact that you collect red stuff for your house is an excellent idea - it means everything matches.

    I collect teas. Senchas, oolongs and Pouchongs, etc...from all over the world. I have a teacase, much like a bookcase, except filled with tea.

    Great choice of necklace for a prize, btw. Good luck choosing! Looks like there are a lot of candidates.

    see you hayley!

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  67. Funnily enough, I actually collect babushka dolls! They decorate my studio, tucked onto the shelves amongst all my felt and shiny baubles. Some of them I have painted myself too, and I let the occasional kokeshi doll sneak into the mix. I also have babushka motifs worked around the house on cushions, bed linen, notebooks, etc.

    So, naturally I'd love to win the necklace - it'd be the perfect accessory to fuel my obsession!

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  68. I collect cute cow animal/cow print stuff. From keyrings to bedspreads to clothing to shoes to lamps to pencilcases etcetcetc. Currently hunting for a cow wallet. =P

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  69. Hi there! I collect scruffy Enid Blyton books and clothing/jewellery speckled in strawberries. Also French dictionaries, though that was hardly a deliberate effort...

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  70. I collect rubber ducks and toy seals. Why? Er, why not? :D

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  71. i collect owls. my grandmother has always collected them and i started collecting them as well about 10 years ago. i also collect dust. :/

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  72. Other than clothes and accessories, I collect train tickets, or travel passes.

    I'm not British, but I lived in the UK for a few years for my studies, and I grew to love train journeys, no matter how short. I usually ask the (hopefully!) nice man at the ticket barrier if I can keep my ticket, and thankfully, they usually say that it's alright!

    After a while, I usually go through them and write random anecdotes of the journey on the back of the ticket. They make for pretty amusing reading after a couple of years :-) I still have the ticket from my first train journey from Eastbourne to Brighton to see my sister!

    xoxo
    irmiana


    http://idressforme.blogspot.com

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  73. I collect badges. Not necessarily vintage or retro, just badges that make me laugh and smile!
    :)

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  74. money! amongst many other things.
    notes and coins in different currencies and over the years. its a form of savings too!

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  75. I collect kawaii Japanese stationery, cheesey plastic snowglobes, and all things feline :)

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  76. I collect owl shaped ephemera (mostly china and ceramic figuringes, but I have bookends, a mobile and a very olf shell covered owl my mother brought me from France...) and costume jewelery. Anything deco!

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  77. I collect vintage everyday stuff-- suitcases, briefcases, typewriters, gramophones, phones, vases... sometimes I think my husband is going to throw me out... ha! he thinks it's all garbage.

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  78. Can I say that I collect shoes??? I have sooo many pairs... I am in love with them.... :)

    Christina
    alwayssmilin04@yahoo.com

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  79. memories. i collect memories.
    -x-

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  80. i collect snowglobes. people bring them home from their travels for me and it feels kinda nice to have remnants of peoples holidays all around my house.

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  81. Wow what a fantastic giveaway.
    Thanks Hayley

    I collect kokeshi dolls and have just started collecting cameras, I think this will be a slow growing collection though.
    I have a 15 month old daughter and she is collecting Kewpie dolls, not sure if she realises this yet, but she does have a favourite that comes everywhere with us.

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  82. I collect hearts of glass... More tangibly(!), I'm trying to get a penguin 1-10 print run on every iris murdoch novel they've published. she was so damn prolific as a writer! Haven't decided whether this includes essays and non fiction (which means it probably will).

    Necklace is super cute, massive love for the rest of the blog too

    Love from London

    M

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  83. I collect pins. Pins from the places that I visited and collectible pins. It started when my parents brought me to travel with them when I was a kid. As toys and clothes are disposable, they asked me to but pins instead. Since then, everytime I go to new places or see collectible pins, I will buy it.

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  84. Hope I'm not too late to enter.
    I collect snowglobes.
    I never buy any, but anytime my mum goes anywhere (and she travels alot) she always brings one back for me.

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  85. Hi Hayley
    Not too sure if you know but the dolls are actually called Matroushka dolls, not babushka dolls. As babushka actually mean grandmother.
    I know this because my family is from Belarus, a country near russia.
    BUT they are awesome dolls and i dont know, they make you happy somehow!

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  86. Hi hayley........omg are you sure your name is not Sarah heheh........I have an obsession with all things red and babushkas. Any time someone sees anything red or something to do with babushkas they always let me know. (Some of the things that I have with babushkas are my purse, my phone bling, 2 of my girls quilt covers, measuring cups and spoons, Pandora bead, 6 different sets, a canvas, a money box, a tin I keep my bobby pins in, pencil case and the list goes on.) This is just how I came across this blog. My crafty friend Kathryn sent me a link in fave book to your blog .........I have the same babushka dolls from my last trip to Melbourne. I am so obsessing with all things babushkas that my little market and face book business is called " 4 Little Babushkas"..........I have so mamy great babushkthings but iI think this beautiful wooden necklace would just be perfect fir me to wear to my markets as it has 4 little babushkas on it........just like my 4 little girls/ babushkas at home. All 4 of my girls love babushkas and red too......my 4th daughter is even called ruby .....ruby red. Thanks for the great giveaway and fir loving all things red and babushka x

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