(Edited to add... those things were bought by me, not pinched from college, I'd like to make clear. On the other hand, I don't know why I didn't just give them to someone at work. Am I ever going to use most of them?)
A lot of the contents, however, are not useful at all and have ended up in the drawer because... who knows? They were tidied there at some point and I've never moved them. For example, this little book that I made for my children when they were small.
It's about Santa coming to visit the house that we lived in then. I made it very late one night to fit in the Advent chimney, which had little boxes for the mother to fill and the children to open every day of Advent (which seemed a good idea at the time of buying it...).
Here's a postcard of a 1937 design by Ben Nicholson, printed on cotton, which I got at an exhibition at York many years ago. I just liked the cheerful animals. I still do.
A cat brooch made by Aileen Paterson, the writer and illustrator of the Maisie Cat books (well-known in Scotland). I bought it at a craft fair long before the Maisie books were published. Clearly I liked black cats even then.
This used to be a key fob of Mr Life's but it broke. I couldn't bear to throw it away since it's a picture of Daughters 1 and 2.
Who knows why I have these photos in the drawer? - me aged about 20, my dad in middle age and Daughter 2 a few years ago.