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Collecting: Top 10 ducks in my flock

Updated on March 9, 2016
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All my life, (71) I've been collecting odds and ends, starting with my tiny sewing machine. My new husband Bob collects too. Two bowerbirds!

I collect ducks

Collecting ducks was an accident, but I have great fun finding fun ducks to join my flock. They range from ¼ inch high buttons to 12 inch high garden ornaments.

Of all my many ducks, I decided to show you my top ten. I hope you like them.

While I'm no longer the duQ editor, I still love ducks.

Real ducks visiting my house from the pond out the front of the house I used to live in.

My ducks don't lay eggs

They don't eat the snails in the garden either

They're made of porcelain, pottery, plastic, rubber, wood, fabric, towelling, paper, metal, in fact almost anything you can imagine.

They are on pictures, on placemats, clocks, vases, pot holders.

They are buttons, earrings, toys, bath toys, kitchen gadgets...

I have dozens and dozens of them.

How did I come to collect ducks?

Blame my late husband, Paul

I used to own the Australian national quilting magazine, Down Under Quilts. (I still write for it today.) People call the magazine duQ (pronounced duck), and so I used to say I was the old duck running it.

During the time I owned it, duQ had its 10th birthday, and I decided to have a conference so that all the regular writers could meet with each other. They lived all over Australia, and while some did know one another, most had never met face to face.

We were a party of twelve, including Paul. He had a national managerial role in a large transport company, so we often went to conferences, and knew about ice-breaker games and team games, so we devised some fun things to do.

I sent Paul out on the morning with a very tiny budget to buy a small gift to place at each plate on the dinner table. As it happened, Angela went home sick, so Paul called her out to the family room to see what he had bought for the gifts.

On the table were twenty, six inch high pottery ducks with checked kerchiefs, and in different poses.

She told him I would kill him for spending so much, but he just laughed and said that they were $2 each.

It was just for fun, after all.

They were an enormous hit with the 'staff' of duQ, and thereafter people began to buy me ducks.

Ducks around the house

Wherever you look in my home you will see at least one duck.

Thay are all over, and give me pleasure every day, especially when I remember the person who gave each one to me.

Why not incorporate collected items in your decor?

My ducks are special, because Paul started the collection off, and they mostly were presents from special people in my life.

Have you some collected treasures that would brighten up your interiors? Bring them out of storage or cabinets and display them around your home.

Enjoy your collections now, instead of keeping them for future generatins.

1: Cuppa Duck - very tiny teapot: one and a quarter inches high, including the stand

My friend Jane bought this for me

She's into miniatures and thought that I would find it irresistible and she was right. If you like ducks, or any other animal, and have limited space for displaying collections, perhaps miniatures are the way to go.

Get your own miniature ducks

2 pcs Tiny Mandarin Duck Blown Glass Figurine 1½" Long Teal Miniature Crystal Figure Collectible Decorative
2 pcs Tiny Mandarin Duck Blown Glass Figurine 1½" Long Teal Miniature Crystal Figure Collectible Decorative
Our art glass figurines are inspired from nature around us. The sculptures look like live animals, and I enjoy the process of creating our own ideas and developing them into original works of art. The majority of our glass gifts are made using the methods of "Flamework" glassblowing and all items are original hand blown creations by our artists. These unique glass art designs are sure to become a treasured keepsake in your family for years to come!

2: Wood duck - Hand carved and painted pink

14in long, wooden, from Indonesia
14in long, wooden, from Indonesia | Source

Start your own duck collection - buy on Amazon

Eva's Collection Polish Pottery Easter Duck Figurine - Forget-Me-Not
Eva's Collection Polish Pottery Easter Duck Figurine - Forget-Me-Not
Part of ''Eva's Collection'' : 4.75" " long; Polish Pottery from Boleslawiec is scratch and chip resistant;lead and cadmium free; oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe without losing the beautiful colors and textures. Fired at temperatures over 2,300 degrees F for long-lasting beauty.

3: Flying duck - the sole survivor of three flying ducks in stained glass

Hand made stained glass wall ornament
Hand made stained glass wall ornament | Source

Kitsch? Yes! But...

When I bought the three stained glass wall hung ducks at a craft fair as a joke to send up my late husband's hatred of his mother's "ducks on the wall", I had no idea that he would fall in love with them, and even help to hang them on my wall.

The best laid plans of mice and wives?

Retro Kitsch Flying Ducks - on Amazon

Flying Duck Bird 3 Dimensional Wall Art Indoor Outdoor
Flying Duck Bird 3 Dimensional Wall Art Indoor Outdoor
My mother-in-law had these three flying ceramic ducks on her wall and Paul hated them. What a shame he didn't know they'd make a come-back in Retro decorating! Original versions of these ducks are worth a considerable amount of money.

Another duck collector

Ducks in the bathroom

Why not have a duck or two in the bathroom to cheer up bathtime?

Rubber duckies and bathrooms

Everyone is familiar with Kermit the Frog's song about his beloved Rubber Duckie, but these ducks can really liven up a cold, dark bathroom on a dreary winter day.

They can even help get the kids to wash themselves.

4: Bubbles Duck - soap

I don't want to unwrap him, he's so cute. The top is a rubber duckie, with clear soap attached underneath.

Lois gave me this one.

5: Dirty Duck - Retired, loved to death: nail brush

My kids just loved this nail brush when they were tiny.
My kids just loved this nail brush when they were tiny. | Source

Ducks in the kitchen

My ducks help me cook better. Just kidding!

Aren't ducks just for eating in the kitchen?

No! They can hold utensils, help clean the pots, spread pate, adorn your coffee cups...

My favourite kitchen duck is my white porcelain egg cup, which I have had for many years. It is lovely to hold the duck's head while digging out the inside of my boiled egg without burning my fingers.

6: Duck egg (cup) - Used often, loved lots

8: Duck a l'orange? - Resplendant Chef

Utensils holder
Utensils holder | Source

Chef Duck Utensils holder

My utensils are all in one place on my benchtop, being protected by Chef Duck, and awaiting my cooking with them.

7: Sc-rubber Ducky - rubber duck

Kitchen scrubber for pots and pans
Kitchen scrubber for pots and pans | Source

9: Duck Pate - 4 inch long ceramic pate knife

A delightful addition to a plate of crackers and pate
A delightful addition to a plate of crackers and pate | Source

Luxury Pate - from Amazon

10: Delightful Ducky - Keeps your cuppa hot

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© 2009 Jan T Urquhart Baillie


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