Now here is a collection - not only crochet, but all types of needlecraft.
Do you remember this set? I can't tell you how many patterns I crocheted from this 2-binder set of Golden Needlecraft creations.
I definitely made the collar shown in the image for my former mother-in-law. She was big into crochet victorian lace collars. I crocheted quite a few over the years for her.
It was fun, flipping through the pages of these two binders -- again, many patterns, not to ever be considered as a project -- but many more that would be popular even for today's decor.