First, I must preface this post by saying "I am NOT a hoarder". Well, OK, maybe that isn't completely, 100 percent true. I suppose I am a hoarder of sorts - maybe a hoarder minus the dead cats and stacks of garbage? I do hoard - it's just that I only hoard really pretty things...in copious amounts. Remember the "sprinkle cabinet"? Plus, I am in a business where collecting and buying things is truly a necessity. A NECESSITY! Makes for great justification, doesn't it. :-) So, with that little disclaimer in place, I will now reveal to you the candy collection...
I have a lot of candy.
And it's really gotten a bit out of hand lately. I've been collecting candy for years! It seems that whenever I am shopping or traveling and stumble upon some "pretty" candy, I feel the need to acquire some (I guess that's the hoarding part???). And it really piles up. I have tried to confine it to one huge corner cabinet in my kitchen, but lately it seems to be overflowing. So, in an effort to keep my collection more manageable (i.e., make room for more candy), I have been tossing out anything that is no longer in perfect shape or has lost it's vibrancy over the years (although you'd be surprised at the long shelf-life of some of this stuff - especially the sugar candies!). And I've started putting EVERYTHING in glass jars and clear containers. It makes it really easy to see the contents and keeps my precious candy from getting smushed.
Looks pretty, too.
In case you're wondering - yes, most of it is probably completely inedible at this point. But that's OK because I primarily use it for styling and photo shoots (and everyone in my home knows it's off-limits for consumption!).
Hopefully, I haven't freaked you all out and you haven't already called TLC to recommend me for an upcoming show. Oh, and by the way, this is just my "regular candy" collection. Maybe someday, I'll get up my nerve to show you my "gourmet candy" collection. :-)