Thursday, January 5, 2012


col·lec·tion [kuh-lek-shuhn]  

the act of collecting.
something that is collected;  a group of objects or an amount of material accumulated in one location, especially for some purpose or as a result of some process: a stamp collection; a collection of unclaimed hats in the checkroom; a collection of books on Churchill.
the works of art constituting the holdings of an art museum: a history of the museum and of the collection.
the gathered or exhibited works of a single painter, sculptor, etc.: an excellent Picasso collection.
collections, the various holdings of an art museum organized by category, as painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, or film: the director of the collections.
I love the thought and act of collecting.  Whether it be paintings, jewelry pieces, books, or a mixed bag of what I would consider interesting and beautiful.  That is the joy and freedom of collecting - it is simply based on your own interests, perspective and attraction to a type of object.
It all starts in our childhood when we find our first interest in something worth having more than one, blankets, stuffed animals and grows as we do; changing for many into different loves and craves.  I personally have a well collected group of (and this is very specific) 1940's and 1950's plastic mechanical novelty salt and pepper shakers.  I started to collect them because they made me laugh! :) They have monetary value but that was never the thought process for collecting them.  Surround yourself with items you love that have some significant meaning to you and trigger a personal feeling- laughing, crying, inspiring, encouraging.
What do you collect and why? I would love for you to share your collections with me.  As handmade artists I think the diversity should be pretty interesting!
Look forward to all your comments - :)


  1. LOL I collect fabric of course!!! my stash has grown tremendously over the years... I LOVE FABRIC!!!! It all started when I first watched my grandma make doll clothes out of scraps. i learned to sew in school in home arts and got my first singer for graduation. i have went through at least 8 sewing machines since then (ouch!) when I started my apron shop on etsy is when I started accumulating fabric.... I now have a fabric stash that will last a long time (because of course I keep adding to it!)

  2. I collect art cards, but I think that is a well known fact lol

  3. Oh dear! I don't really collect anything. What does that tell you about me?
    I do have a wool stash but that's classed as resources, tools of the trade.
    On the other hand my husband is a hoarder. He has a fossil collection, stamp collection, and is a compulsive buyer of books. He has now begun to recognise for himself that he has OCD.

  4. I collect spices and condiments. I keep the unusual jars when I am done.

  5. Happy to find my fellow Etsy sellers in blogland! I collect antique drawers.

  6. I love collecting postcards from every city I visit!

  7. i collect buddhas, little and big - the big ones sit among my plants, making for a very peaceful and pretty scene - the little ones sit on a windowsill gathering dust - to me, a buddha is such a wonderful symbol and i love having them around me - good karma! get some!