20 July ‘18: Shelfie travel props

What’s the strangest item you’ve ever taken on holiday with you? Whatever it is, I bet I can totally out-strange you. Since discovering the mood-elevating powers of doing shelfies, I always make sure I have a few bits from my shelfie ‘capsule wardrobe’ with me when I go away. Usually it’s a small but perfectly formed (and easily transportable) spectrum of Penguin books and a gaggle of colourful vintage cotton reels. I might even fling in a coral or two, depending on where I’m going. With these few items, I know I can improvise wherever I go, adding in local finds (where did you say that flea market is?) and flowers to complete the look. One thing I rarely take with me is my marine plastic, largely because I know I’ll be scouring the coast for more when I’m there. I’ll miss it, though: I get endless pleasure from arranging it in potentially never-ending combinations. Here is some of it that’s been sitting on my coffee table since the last plastic pic I did, only now it’s been pleasingly shoved around a bit (mainly after I dropped a bit of cheese twist on it and tried unsuccessfully to blow the crumbs away). Tell you what – I’ll take a pic of the cluster of objects I’m planning to take to Wales on holiday soon and pop it up here for you – hopefully tomorrow – so you can see what I’ll be working with. 

Martha, The Colour File x

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