The other day I found one of my old receipt/account books (dating from 1989) and one of the entries was, cryptically, for “Stat Things”.
There were a variety of “Stat Things” that I used to make, but the particular “Stat Thing” to which this entry referred (I had drawn myself a picture!) was a Stationery Box, full to overflowing with paper and cards.
I used to enjoy making these and I was rather proud of them.
They were completely my own invention and I used a special plastic stencil to mark out the various pieces – this was BEFORE I even dreamed of owning a COMPUTER.
Then one day I went to a dolls’ house fair and there were my “Stat Things” – very badly made with glue leaking from every joint and crammed with badly folded, badly cut cards and letters.
What did I do when I saw them?
Well to tell the truth, I did not know what to do. The stall holder was a very glum looking lady who eyed me with deep suspicion when she saw me staring (there were no other customers looking at her stall), so I walked on and didn’t say anything.
Goodness knows how many people bought one of those creations and I still feel baffled (and irritated) that anyone should go to the trouble of copying something, do it so badly, and then foist it on the unsuspecting world as their own work.
So here, to set the record straight is what some of my basic “Stat Things” look like.
I used to use dolls’ house wallpaper to cover the basic shapes but these days, thanks to computer wizardry, I have been able to develop a collection of papers copied from 18th and 19th Century samples – and these are very much harder for others to copy!
However, as I find it impossible to make two the same, they very seldom appear on the internet (too much time/trouble involved to take good photographs for every single one) and are only to be found in a select few shops.
NB If something is worth the effort of copying, it is worth the effort of copying NICELY.