When we first started looking for a place, Mike pointed out in every single place where the rock collection would probably go. Prior to that I've never actually seen the whole collection, it was away in boxes for some time, so I had NOOOO idea how diverse and immense this collection was. I thought it would be about 10 things, tops. Fast forward to us moving to a place with a wonderful original mantle and the whole thing is covered with minerals, gems, fossils, seashells, and even a meteorite. I remember the particular moment when I realized how much he had, we had a couple of friends over as he started to decorate the mantle and we were all like "holy shit it just keeps on going". It was like the Mary Poppins bag of rocks.
Don't get me wrong, we both love this collection. But ever sinse we moved we kept on trying to find a new solution to displaying everything so that it really shines as much as possible. A few sundays ago I was bored, and it was pouring out, so we re-situated the whole thing, with my new etsy purchase being a focal point. Also, I will stand by the fact that using books with pretty spines is the best fall back plan for decorating ever.