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Saturday Spot: Tin Can Alley.

November 9th, 2008 · 14 Comments

Now I would never call myself a collector… in fact I hate the idea…

I can just see:

Lucy: Collector means a gathering of all that stuff…

Charlie Brown (looking greyly at some treasure): Collector means preserving artifacts.

I am so with Lucy on this. I am definitely not a collector – I hate stuff… it is a burden that takes us away from what we would rather be doing, while we maintain it.

Also, if you say you collect something – which I don’t – you could end up with some hideous gifts that will have to stay because firstly they were gifts and secondly they are part of the collection. So I am not a collector… not at all… I collect nothing.

I lie I collect kids! But not stuff – I am not a collector.

I just thought I would show you what gets added to our kids supper two or three nights a week: beans, I know… but they come in a can… notice the can folks…


So handy for storage and they come in all shapes and sizes, hmmm tin cans.


Look at this one, isn’t it fun!


Have a look at the top of our kitchen cupboards – I store things here – I am not a collector. I have gathered these over the years as I find them on special at the supermarket. They contain what they say they do. Rice in the rice, sugar in the sugar, oats in the oats and so on. They really are storage.



Well on the recent Tisket/Tasket Series… where we went through every cupboard and drawer and shelf in the house discarding all things unnecessary… and mended a couple of things… look where I keep the sewing things:


Also, I found a couple of things I felt compelled to keep. Pencil Tins.


This one I used all the way through my undergraduate time at varsity:


And this was postgraduate, which was very dry – I needed all the fun I could get!


Notice these are untouched since the day I graduated – actual museum pieces!

Then I have this lunch tin… which is stuffed with almost every letter I have ever received from my dearest friends… most mail gets tossed, but these are for keeps! Even pen pal letters from my childhood.


But wait there are more: These are old cigarette tins. Yes smoking is hideous and lethal but look at the tins – aren’t they fantastic.


A pretty one, full of pretty things.


What about this very romantic one full of petals.


Hang on there are even more. A tin full of tins. These are from childhood – teeny tiny little ones, that contain teeny tiny little things!


To make it worse I know there are more lingering about our house. The kids each have a couple, the father person has a few – these are really just mine – aaaaah!

In fact this is just the tip of the proverbial ice-berg. But lets face it a post can only be so long and then enough! Not to mention I wouldn’t want you to think we collect anything!


Really, all I wanted to say is: tins… we don’t collect them at all! We just have an awful lot of them lying around the house – and aren’t they lovely.

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14 responses so far ↓

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  • 3 Tubby and the Lantern and a Se7en Lamp Extravaganza… | se7en // Jan 7, 2009 at 11:00 am

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  • 4 The Cupboard… | se7en // Jan 11, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    […] literally we could all climb inside and take a trip to the moon and back, but I digress. There are a couple of tins on top… And magnets from our travels – but no chaotic kids art or lists or pamphlets… […]

  • 5 sara // Nov 27, 2009 at 1:08 am

    love them all lined up in the kitchen against that gorgeous green wall!

  • 6 se7en // Nov 27, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Hi S, You must be visiting us from Meet Me At Mikes – how exciting!!! Your music boxes are so pretty!!! If you like our tin cans in the kitchn you may like our kitchen to – you are welcome to visit!!! Have a great weekend!!!

  • 7 Saturday Spot: The Kitchen Tour. | se7en // Nov 27, 2009 at 7:04 am

    […] and take pictures backwards then you see the cooking-crafty section and the cupboards, topped with rows of tins. You can also see: The cupboard and a counter full of appliances: Not least of all our overworked, […]

  • 8 Saturday Spot: Noordhoek Farm Village… | se7en // Dec 15, 2009 at 8:34 am

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  • 10 Marcia Francois // Apr 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I love your collection!!!! 🙂

    I am also NOT a collector of notebooks – there are just an awful lot of them (beautifully organised) around my house.

  • 11 se7en // Apr 9, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Marcia… So you don’t collect notebooks, like I don’t collect tin cans!!! Not at all!! Funny how us organized types can’t stand clutter, even if the clutter is something that brings us joy!!!

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    […] all made of beads by MonkeyBiz Bead Project – incredible!!! They totally reminded me of our kitchen collection of tin cans – just the arty version – […]

  • 13 Table for Ten Part 4: We Are What We Eat... - se7en // Dec 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    […] we need for savoury dishes. And that is pretty much our pantry… Other ingredients we keep in our tin can collection… and fresh fruit and vegetables we buy once or twice a week and we store them in […]

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