Southern Yacht

My little take on plus size fashion, life, travel and smurfs

Saturday 20 February 2016

Plus40Fabulous - things that make me happy

Hello there,

This months theme for Plus40Fabulous is things that make you happy.

Now, lots of things make me happy, family and friends and days spent with them. But I thought I'd look at something else that makes me very happy (and yes, will probably make one or two of you laugh).

As some of you will know, I collect smurfs - remember those little blue figurines with the annoying theme song? (I'm tempted to link that here, but I'll be kind...).

I've been collecting since I was about 8. As I child I was terrified of puppets and dolls and cartoons (I still can't watch the Muppets today without feeling panicky). So what on earth do you buy a small child that screams and cries at most things? Well, one day when I was shopping, I saw a display of smurfs. They didn't scare me, they were small, cute and tactile and most importantly, pocket money prices. I bought one and that was it, I was hooked. After that, everybody bought me smurfs as they were so damn grateful to find something I liked!

Since then, it's not stopped. With the introduction of the internet I found online communities that share the same passion. With Ebay I could add to my collection with pieces I never knew existed. And I met and made the most amazing friends from all over the world.

These people all make me so happy. We've known each other for years and they are some of the kindest most generous people you could hope to meet. And all of this through a shared love of smurfs - those little blue guys have got a lot to answer for!

Every year, we make the trip to Belgium for the largest smurf fair of the year - Blue Paradise. Here you'll find collectors and sellers from around the world of all ages. It's not just about the buying and selling, it's about catching up with old friends and having a laugh.

There never seems to be enough room in the car for all the smurfs!

So there you have it - this is what makes me very happy. When I've had a bad day, I can lose myself in my smurf collection and discuss the intricacies of markings and colour variations.

These are the other lovely ladies taking part and I'm looking forward to seeing what makes them happy as well.


Thanks for reading



  1. Awww, that is so lovely :D looks like an amazing community to get involved with!

  2. Wow - that's fantastic! Who doesn't love a particular smurf but I would never have known it could lead to such a fabulous way to make you happy :-) xxxx

  3. I was wondering if this post would involve Smurfs and I'm glad it did! I grew up watching them every Sunday and we had their albums too! xx

  4. Love the smurfs, I used to love the smurfs and sometimes still sing the Papa Smurf would you like to smurf song and used to call my dad Papa Dave after Papa Smurf as they both have beards x


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