Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Magnets




Magnets have become very popular in healing therapy (relief of low back pain). I have no experience with that sort of magnets. I like to buy  magnets as decorations for my fridge door and as small gifts for others. These items have full or partial magnetic back adhesive.

fridge door (upper part)

I buy them as mementos on almost every trip. They don't take up much place in the suitcase and are quite affordable. Besides, they can last forever on the fridge door.

Needless to say, these souvenirs remind me of some lovely places, and give me much pleasure.

The only thing against them is that it might cause clutter on the fridge door; that's mainly true, Imaho, with household chore 'reminders' which we sometimes forget to take  off. 
(Well for reminders and calendar, I have a separate spot, a cork plate on the wall of my computer corner). 

Here are some of my favorite fridge magnets: 

                              babushkas (Moscow)                                  

the Kremlin (Moscow)

amber heart (Moscow)

boat (Heraklion - Crete)

ceramic coaster (Romania)

insignia (Vaduz-Lichtenstein)

Victor statue (Belgrade- Beograd)

face (indian booth - Expo fair)

landmarks (Prague - Praha)

sheep

laminated birthday card

landmarks; matchbox (Sofia)

Remarks:

'Face' and 'Heart' can be worn as pendants. Face pendant ( metal), is more suitable for men. The Belgrade item (featuring the Victor monument facing the confluence of two rivers) can be turned into a brooch.

Amber made items are very popular on Russia markets.  I own a beautiful russian amber necklace given to me as a birthday gift many years ago; time doesn't rob it of its beauty.

I've recently seen magnets in the form of the corona virus. I won't buy that one.


57 comments:

  1. Does the amber heart symbolize anything?

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    1. A heart shape is always associated with Love. Amber (fossiled resin)is a warm, lovely stone which is said to clear the body of negative energy. The combo of the two: heart and amber, makes for a a favorite gift of love.

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  2. Nice collection! I think they are nice mementos and good gifts.

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    1. Thank you. I've got some more, and I sometimes, replace the 'older' ones with new ones.
      I enjoy the sight of places and attractions represented by them.

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  3. I enjoyed browsing your collection of magnets!

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    1. Thanks. I appreciate them as nice, versatile, affordable little items that can offer pleasure both to us and our friends.

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  4. You have been to places I only dream about and I love them all -- each unique and lovely and so personally special to you. I like buying fridge magnets too, That ship from Crete might be my favorite if I had to choose -- but it would be a hard choice.

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    1. Crete and Bulgary have really surprised me with their beauty and abundance. I would like to visit there again.
      In Sofia I had the best croissantes ever, and the archeological museum in Heraklion is one to remember forever.

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  5. You have a lovely assortment of magnets that you shared with us! Its fun to look back at them and remember the area you were visiting when you acquired them. I used to do the same with collecting magnets from places we visited and put them on the fridge. Then we rented a house that the fridge wasn't steel so the magnets wouldn't hold LOL. Kept them in a bag for the longest of times and then during one of our moves I just passed them on to a thrift store. Now I look at them when we go places and they have magnets for sale but haven't bought any in years even though our present fridge can have magnets on it. I made sure of that (I literally took a magnet with me when we went fridge shopping as my grandson likes to put magnetic toys on the fridge :)

    Healing magnets I'm not familiar with. I do know that in the "old" days when I worked in doctor offices to test people's pacemakers they used some sort of a magnet.

    betty

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    1. That's new to me - a fridge not made of steel.
      Your grandson is a lucky boy with you as a grandma! Buying a fridge to suit his magnetic toys!

      I'm not familiar with magnet healing either, but I know its popularity's on the rise among people.

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  6. I love seeing your magnet collection! Thank you for sharing it with us!! Such a special way to remember the places you have visited, and then to use for reminders in your days with notes and things!! I love the babushkas, and the Mazel Tov especially:))Its fun we can learn about each other through the magnets on our fridges!! Sending you a virtual Japan one in thanks for all your visits across the blogosphere!!!Do you have any preference??--Mt. Fuji, Cherry blossoms, Tokyo tower are some of the popular ones!!!♡

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    1. Magnets are indeed, a good way to remember places and landmarks.

      I've learnt about Mt. Fuji from your posts, and I'm very impressed by it. Mt. Fuji and cherry blossoms are a major attraction in Japan, and your blog's favorites.

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  7. PS Thank you so much for your comment on my postcard post!! I temporarily took it off to make the correction, so please check back again a little later and hopefully the Hebrew will be correct now!!

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    1. I've checked back. It's perfect now.
      Your postcard with the verse in all three languages (hebrew, english, japanese)looks awsome!

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    2. Thank you Duta for checking my Hebrew post-cards!!

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  8. We have more fridge magnets than we know what to do with. We have bought a few ourselves on trips, but most are advertising items from local merchants. Even my dentist has them as free giveaways.

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    1. I don't usually keep the free giveaways that advertise businesses or products.

      My magnets are bought at either souvenir shops or at market souvenir booths were prices are lower.
      These magnets represent world wide known places and attractions; so no advertising needed here.

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  9. A lovely array of art work on your magnets, Duta. I have also fancied keeping magnets on the fridge door, but I think I would keep knocking them off!

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    1. Thanks, Vera.
      No, you won't knock them off. Just don't place them near the handle of the fridge!

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  10. Yours look nice.
    Only have about two here, not fond of 'things' all over my fridge :)

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    1. I can certainly understand you. I know people that object to having anything on their fridge door, as it gives them the feeling of clutter. They want their appliance to be free, clean and shiny. Each to his own, as they say.

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  11. You have an awesome magnet collection, Duta! I esp like that Crete boat, unique and cute! I have collected lots of magnets too. Unfortunately we had to get a new refrigerator, it's stainless steel, because that's what most of them are here, and I didn't think about the magnets not working on it until I tried to put one on it. Still makes me mad! 😉
    Interesting with the amber from Russia, bet your necklace is beautiful! I agree, no CV magnet here for sure. Good post. Take care

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    1. Thank you, Pam.
      The russians have great amber. At the big market in Moscow one can find a variety of amber items in various shapes and sizes, and at low prices. The predominant, most popular shape is Heart.

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  12. I didn't know magnets are used for healing. I have a few on my fridge as well but not a lot. My brother has his whole fridge covered and that looks good. I absolutely adore the ones you have and you have been to many beautiful places. I love the ones from Russia and that coaster and the ones from Prague and Sofia Great collection!

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    1. Magnetic therapy is a sort of alternative medicine. It uses magnets inserted in bracelets or shoes to control and relieve pain.

      I'm glad you like my magnet items. Yes, they offer me pleasure just to see them.

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  13. I also have a few, but nowhere to stick on ! Our fridge is inside the furniture !

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    1. Built-in model? It improves the overall look of the kitchen.
      I prefer the freestanding appliance although I don't have the space for it.

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  14. Our fridges are quite cluttered! We've a set of scrabble tiles. I put a bunch of magnets on the back of the metal doors leading to the garage, too! It's fun!

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    1. It's fun indeed! Scrabble tiles are quite popular! The main thing is you all find your way amidst the clutter, and enjoy it.

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  15. Thanks for sharing your collection here. It was fun to read this post about your magnet collection, Duta, as it also brought back memories. My husband’s Aunt Ann had a huge and treasured collection and we would always buy one to add to it on any of our trips. It was always one of the first things we did and her joy was thanks enough. Her collection grew so large that she had to have a separate metal panel on her kitchen wall to display them all. Sadly, she passed away several years ago, and we’re unsure of what happened to that collection as no other family members were magnet collectors.

    Also, my husband thanks you for the kind 🎂birthday wishes today. They were very much appreciated.

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    1. Whoever has inherited her must know also about her magnet collection. As it was a huge one it couldn't go undetected.
      Magnets are a great 'memory supplier'.

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  16. I used to pick up magnets too when traveling. Some are on my fridge as well. You have been to some interesting places. And of course you live in one of the most interesting countries.

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    1. Your comment, Inger, reminds me that my country and your country have something in common - the desert. I have no magnet depicting that area, and I should do something about it.

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  17. Very pretty magnets! We also like to buy them whenever we are on a trip. I haven't heard much about magnet therapy, sounds interesting!

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    1. Magnet therapy is under constant research. Powerful magnets are said to help with blood flow, joint pain, inflammation. There's nothing conclusive yet, except people's belief that it helps them.

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  18. I have several magnets that have significant meaning to me on my fridge but I also have several that are advertisement for someone. I really enjoy seeing the ones that are special.

    I think my favorite of the ones that you've shown are the Babushkas and The Kremlin....I love the Kremlin one, the colors, it's gorgeous!

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    1. The original babushka (granny, old woman in russian)is a wooden doll with dolls of decreasing size placed inside one another.

      There are many sizes, colors and qualities available on the market. Some of them can reach an exorbitant price for collectors.

      The Kremlin in the Red Square of Moscow is unique!

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  19. I have magnets on my fridge too.

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    1. That's a nice decoration and offers pleasure to the person that opens/closes the fridge door. If arranged in a neat , organized way -no clutter results.

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  20. What a nice collection of magnets, I enjoyed the tour. I especially like that you shared their names and where and how you got them. That was very interesting.

    I also have a large collection of magnets on my fridge, don't know the names or where most of them are from. They were gifts from loved ones.

    Wishing you a wonderful and Safe Weekend, my friend!

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    1. Thank you or your kind words.
      Magnets are usually small in size, but great as gifts. I am among those who both like to give and receive them as gifts.

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  21. Beautiful magnets. The amber heart is especially lovely. Wearing amber gives a sense of comfort, and safety in a way.

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    1. Amber is indeed a lovely, warm stone. It's a constant pleasure to the eyes with its colors of yellow, orange, brown and their shades. The amber heart is beautiful as a piece of jewelery,gift of love.

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  22. pues no tenia ni idea de lo de las lumbares, que interesante, yo tengo algunos, pero muy pocos, para aguantar la lista de la compra, por ejemplo.

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    1. Yes, it is believed that high energy magnets can aleviate lumbar pain.
      It's worth a try for those who suffer of pain in the lumbar region.

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  23. You've got a lovely collection of magnets.

    When the children were growing up we used to have magnetic alphabet letters on our fridge and all the family enjoyed spelling out names, places etc.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Alphabet letters on the fridge door - that's a great learning idea!
      Yes, magnets can be used in many fields:health, learning, geography, decoration. Their use is versatile.

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  24. I enjoyed looking at your magnet collection. I have one as well and they are placed on the refrigerators of both my houses in Nashville and Atlanta. When I sell the Atlanta house I’ll place them together – but there are so many. Like you I have a couple of Babushka from St Petersburg as well as some magnets from Ukraine. When I get them all together I’ll write a post like you did, that is a very nice idea. My mother used medical magnets (they looked like little squares – the size of a soap bar, for her arthritis) but am not sure how effective they were.

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    1. My collection is rather a small one. I can, however enlarge it, if I so wish, by applying a piece of magnetic tape (I've got a roll of it) to the back of tiny flat souvenirs in my possession.

      Yes, you just do this; write a post on your lovely magnet collection! I'm sure it 'll offer us ,readers, great pleasure.

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  25. Thank you.
    (you have no 'followers' gadget with follow/unfollow options).

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  26. I have a few fridge magnets.

    Years ago...back in the mid-80s when I went through much pain with my back at one time I used magnets to ease the pain and discomfort...and they worked.

    I had lower lumbar problem at the time...and sciatica from that problem. It was when I had my greengrocery/healthfood store and one of my customers suggested I try magnets to help with the problem/pain. I adhered a small round magnet to the area of my navel/abdomen...and also wore a small magnet on a chain around my neck.

    Whether it was a placebo-effect or not, I didn't care....the magnets worked.

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  27. Further to...I then began to sell magnets in my store.

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    1. I suppose the magnets used in healing are more powerful than those souvenirs on the fridge door.
      I myself, have got no experience with therapy magnets, but I know many people believe in it, and buy them at medical suppliers.

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  28. So practical and interesting! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Thank you for all the kind comments you leave on my blog.

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    1. Indeed, magnets do add interest to the fridge door or wherever they get placed.
      Wishing you a wonderful wekend as well!

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