20.05.2011

Collections: Guest Post Series>> Alison


 

Today our featured guest is Alison from She Blogs, She Blogs and the Etsy shop, The Little Tiny.  I blogged about her rad leather mobile last week and she also makes and sells patterns for some other really cute kid stuff.  Alison is a great writer...she always has a good story to tell or something creative to share.  I'm excited to see what she collects:

 

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What do you collect and how long have you been collecting?

Well, I have the opposite problem of a lot of artistic/creative people, I'm not a hoarder. I throw or give things away with reckless abandon. Which is odd, because I still, for some reason, live in a state of perpetual mess and clutter. But I will start collecting something, and then randomly, in a fit of insanity, get rid of anything I don't deem necessary. My husband lives in fear for his possessions. When I was younger I collected Pez Dispensers, Bonne Bell chapstick, rocks, and vintage Barbie trading cards. I have no idea where any of those items are today. So when compiling this I found my "collections" now, as an adult, are either accidental, or fall into the category of what I deem necessary. And what are the only things I think are REALLY necessary? Diet Dr. Pepper and craft supplies.

 

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How did you get into collecting these items?  What do you think draws you to them?  How do they inspire you?
I would call Collection #1: Random Animals. And like I mentioned before, I didn't mean to start collecting them.

 

My sister looked around my living room once and commented, "You have a lot of animals in your house for someone who doesn't like pets." I also looked around and realized how true this was. I have owls, ponies and elephants peeking out from every corner. I even have a ceramic cougar. A lot of my framed art also happens to be animals dressed as people. Maybe I have a problem? As for the owls, I had a lovebird themed wedding, and I've been gifted a lot of birds and owls. So, here are some of my owls, yes, there are more. Then I found these elephants, and ponies.

 

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Perhaps I am drawn to animals as decoration because they tend to be more whimsical and quirky. I have a hard time taking myself seriously, and maybe I don't want my surroundings to be too serious either.  Everything else I have that could count as a collection falls into the craft and art supplies category. So Collection #2 is: Old craft machines.  I adore older craft supplies, like this mini-screen printer, called a Gocco,

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my Bernina Sewing machine from the 90's,

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and this awesome Smith-Corona vintage typewriter.

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I also have some old-school paper-making supplies. I have been collecting craft supplies since I was a little girl.  I'll title Collection #3: Actual supplies.  I love paper with all my heart, and I have a lot of it. I also love stationary. So I have a lot of envelopes. I love buying envelopes and then envisioning all the adorable stationary I will make to go with them. As you can see, sometimes I get in over my head. I have hundreds more envelopes, but here are some I really love.

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This is my craft cupboard, and it has all sorts of goodies. But it's not big enough to hold all of my supplies.

 

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Here's my felt stash. I'm currently trying to coin the phrase "felt-gasm", yes I love felt that much.

 

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And here I've made a collage of my newest favorite material: LEATHER. Leather is so inspiring, primal, and sexy. I don't want my leather collection to get too big. I like to create items with the leather I have, and gift them or sell them, before I buy more. But that's hard to do. I start sorting through scraps and kind of get on a leather high. I love how unique leather scraps are. No two scraps have the exact same color or texture. I love giving them a second life.

 

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Where do you find the items for your collection(s)?I buy a lot of stuff online and also at local stores. My brother Kirk lives in New York and he's always on the lookout for cool stuff for me. He bought me my Gocco and typewriter. Awesome brother, I know.

 

Will you ever stop collecting these items?  Is a collection ever complete?
I guess because I didn't meant to collect them in the first place, I will still compulsively buy and keep what I'm attracted to. As for art supplies, that collection is never complete! New mediums and tools will continue to inspire and entice.

 

I need to know where to get those striped envelopes ASAP.  They are awesome.  And I think Alison lives in the crafters dream world...so many supplies to use!  Thanks for sharing with us Alison!  Hope you're all still enjoying this series.  I love to catch a glimpse of other bloggers lives.

13.05.2011

Collections: Guest Post Series>> Kirsten


 
This Friday's featured collection comes from Kirsten Krason, the talented interior designer from 6th Street Design School.  I love how bright and happy she designs rooms, through her use of color and pattern.  If you've had the opportunity to meet her in person, you know she's one of the kindest people out there.  Thanks for stopping by Kirsten!
 

 
What do you collect and how long have you been collecting?
I collect pillows and I've been collecting them for a few years.

 

 

How did you get into collecting these items?  What do you think draws you to them?  How do they inspire you?
I die for beautiful pillows. I can't get enough of them. I am constantly looking for great pillows and fabrics for my clients and I find that I can't help but buy pillows for my own house all the time. Plus one of my best friends is a seamstress so it's easy to have custom pillows made.

 

 

Where do you find the items for your collection(s)?
I love buying great fabric and having pillows custom made. I also buy a lot of pillows on Etsy.

 

 

Do you display your collection?  How/where do you display them?
Yes! I do. I love having pillows on every bench, chair and sofa in my house. But I do have a closet full of pillows and pillow covers that I am not currently using but I just can't bear to get rid of!

 

Will you ever stop collecting these items?  Is a collection ever complete?
I hope not. I think pillows are something that will be around forever and although the styles will change I'll always be collecting amazing pillows.

 

 

Don't you love all the colors/patterns mixed together?  Seeing these have pushed me to get working on the pillows for my Summer Rental Redesign this year.  They really do add so much to a room.  Thanks for sharing Kirsten!  Have a good weekend all!

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06.05.2011

Collections: Guest Post Series>>Melanie


For today's collections post, Melanie from Fifth & Hazel is sharing her love for typography. Melanie is a fantastic graphic designer and a close friend of mine. We have similar tastes in photography and design so we are often each others sounding board for ideas. Thanks Melanie!


I am so excited to be doing this post! I have loved seeing all of the collection of these other women, and I am excited to be share with you all my nerdiness. . . oh my bad, I mean my collections.

 

 

What do you collect and how long have you been collecting?
Typefaces. I am a typical graphic designer- I am nuts about typography and well designed typefaces. I have been collecting them since 2003, so about 8 years... and I just love them. I have them backed up with all of my most precious files, and they are a little bit like family members. . . .they are all unique, I have my favorites, some that are a little "out there", some are more comfortable, some are classic, and some are just cool. Is this getting too nerdy?

One thing I have done for years is take photos of typography around me: sinage, graffiti, packaging, billboards, etc. I especially love to do this when I am traveling; I find that typography is fascinating when you are abroad. I also love to collect cool infographics (well designed charts) as well as vintage designs. (like scrolls, mustaches, animals, flowers, etc)

 

{packaging in Target}

{ the poem The Prayer of St. Francis, in Brasil}

{infographics from Sports Illustrated 2008}

 

How did you get into collecting these items? What do you think draws you to them? How do they inspire you?

I got into collecting typefaces when I took my first graphic design class. I remember opening illustrator and feeling this deep satisfaction in opening up the "type" pallet and seeing all of the typography choices. Then a year or so later we had to design a typeface, and it was one of the most difficult things I have ever done. All throughout school we studied typefaces, literally learning about them like you would an event or person in history- who designed them? Why were they unique? How did it effect history? Needless to say, I was hooked. I learned a great respect for the masters of typography (Bodoni, Hoefler, Garamond, etc) as well as modern typographers as well.

 

As far as being drawn to typefaces, I guess that I can attribute this to well, aside from my nerdiness, a love of anything that you study. Interior designers love their chairs, and us designers, we love our typefaces!

Where do you find the items for your collection(s)?

My favorite type foundry is Hoefler & Frere-Jones (http://www.typography.com/). I am also a huge fan of the Berthold type foundry: (http://www.bertholdtypes.com/) and House Industries (http://www.houseind.com/) . . . and well, there are just too many to list.

{Hoefler & Frere-Jones typeface: Archer}

 

Do you display your collection(s)? How/where do you display them?

I use them everyday in my designs! And I have picked out a few for your enjoyment/amusement. Can you recognize or pick out any of these typefaces? (answers on my blog!)

One of my favorite things ever is to do a whole design, strictly out of type. No other shapes, just type. It really forces me to look at type in more than just words and letters, but shapes and art forms. There are some talented artists and designers who do this in their designs, and it is absolutely my favorite thing.

 

Will you ever stop collecting these items? Is a collection ever complete?

I think some collections maybe do reach a point that it is time to move on... but my collections of type will increase as new typographers improve and master this difficult craft.

And for those of you who made it through this post, you obviously love typography. Might I suggest a fantastic game? Its called the font game, and its here (http://fontgameapp.com/) on my favorite typography blog: I love typography (http://ilovetypography.com/) Enjoy!

As a typography nerd myself, I loved Melanie's take on collections. And how fun to take picture of type across the world! Thanks for sharing Melanie!  I'm off to check my answers on your blog!

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29.04.2011

Collections: Guest Post Series>>Stacy


I'm so excited to have the series back. Today I'm featuring Stacy from Hart and Sew. When I think vintage, I think Stacy. She has adorable vintage inspired ideas and sells the best vintage kids clothes. Thanks for sharing Stacy!

 

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What do you collect and how long have you been collecting?

I have a bunch of mini collections of books, fabric, shoes (what girl doesn't!), cameras, and milk glass, but my collecting passion lies in vintage children's clothing - specifically vintage dresses since I have two sweet little girls. I both collect and sell children's vintage in my etsy shop, and enjoy adding a piece to my personal collection just as much as sending one off for someone else to love! I started collecting after I had my first daughter and was navigating the children's clothing world to find my 'baby dressing style.' Turns out its a mix of modern and vintage pieces.
 

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How did you get into collecting these items? What do you think draws you to them? How do they inspire you?

I am so drawn to vintage children's clothing because I love the styling, the nostalgia, the fact that its one-of-a-kind, the craftsmanship, the cute little embroidered characters...and its so much fun to search out! The thrill of the hunt is addicting and when I find an amazing piece I feel very satisfied that I saved it from a life of storage and gave it new life.
 

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Where do you find the items for your collection?
I scour both the local area and the internet to add to my collection. Locally I hit up thrift stores and yard sales, online I'll search both etsy and ebay for gems.
 

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Will you ever stop collecting these items? Is a collection ever complete?
A lot of these dresses have lovely memories tied to them - I like to get a 'new' vintage dress for my daughters to wear on special occasions, so I don't think I'll stop collecting them anytime soon. I suppose my collection will be complete when I hand it over to my daughters to use on my grandchildren...although I can't imagine passing up a good find so it probably never will be!
 

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Thanks so much Stacy! I have added a couple of her vintage items to Rilo's wardrobe and I can't wait to add some more. Such great finds! Be sure to check Stacy out on her blog and at her Etsy shop.

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22.04.2011

Collections Swap Pt. II


As I mentioned last week, I participated in Danni's collections swap. I received my package this week and boy did I luck out. Danielle sent the most thoughtful things. Pretty yellow fabric on an embroidery hoop, a t-shirt stretched onto a canvas, a wallet (which I totally needed), perfect little notebooks, the most delicious smelling bath bomb and some treats (M&M's not pictured because I ate them already). She seriously went above and beyond!

ETA: And I just remembered she also sent a plate for my plate collection. I already moved it to be hung and totally forgot about it. Like I said, above and beyond!
 

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I quickly put the fabric and the t-shirt canvas on our shelves. The shelves need to be restyled in general, but I think they are going to fit in perfectly!

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Thanks again Danielle!!
 
I'm dying to get another Collections guest post up. Next week...I promise this time! I'm going a little crazy over here. We are packing to head to San Diego and then we leave from there directly to St. Louis for the summer. Not only are we in complete packing mode, I'm also hosting a dinner party tomorrow, taking engagement photos on Saturday morning and finishing up new pillows for the living room. Crazy much?! Happy weekend, happy Easter and see you Monday!

15.04.2011

Collections swap


So we'll have to wait until next week for the next guest in my Collections series. I wanted to show you something I participated in recently! Danni from Oh Hello Friend held a collections swap last month. Bloggers left a comment on her site sharing what they collected and then Danni paired us up. Then we each went out to look for items to add to our partner's collection. I was paired with Danielle from Caught Light. She collects miniature things, owls, photo frames, skeleton keys, mismatched dishes & silverware, and lockets. It was pretty fun hunting for new and different things than I what I normally would be looking for. Here is what I ended up sending her.
 

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How cute are these little salt and pepper shakers? Owls and miniature!? WIN!
 

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I wrote a little note on the back of that HUGE card and shipped it out! Thanks for swapping Danielle and thanks to Danni for organizing such a fun little event!

01.04.2011

Collections: A Guest Post Series>>Melissa


 
Today, Melissa from ISLY is sharing her collections. She is one of the most creative people out there. Graphic design, crafting, sewing, calligraphy, bookbinding...you name it, she probably does it. I'm a big fan of her outfit posts as well, so I was glad to see one of her collections involves some of her accessories! Enjoy peeking at some of her collections!
 

 

What do you collect and how long have you been collecting?

I'm not so much of a collector as I am a hoarder, but I do have lots of belts & stainless steel kitchenware. I've been collecting the metal kitchenware for almost 3 years now & the belts for ever.
 

 

How did you get into collecting these items? What do you think draws you to them? How do they inspire you?

A good friend of mine gave me the metal sundae bowls & I loved them so much I wanted to add to. Every time I go to the thrift store I always look for more. I love that they're so versatile & go with anything! My cousin gave me the prison trays & those are the BEST for buffet-style or outdoor dinners.
 
The belts are so fun to collect. My grandmother gave me the silver & gold belts (as well as a few others not pictured). She thought I wouldn't like them, but NO! They're gems! Belts are so fun to add to any outfit.
 

 

Where do you find the items for your collection(s)?

Most of these Items have either been gifts or found at thrift stores.
 

 
Do you display your collection(s)? How/where do you display them?
My belts are piled high in a fabric box in my closet. Nothing pretty about the display. The metal stuff usually stays in the cupboards (unless we're using them). I'd love to some day have open cupboards so they'd be on display.
 

 

Will you ever stop collecting these items? Is a collection ever complete?
No & no! I'm such a hoarder at heart.
 
Wow, that gold belt from her grandmother is amazing. A little jealous. And I've never seen metal trays, but they are fantastic! Thanks for sharing Melissa!

P.S. This picture is of Melissa 8 days postpartum. How does one look so cute and tiny after just having a baby?!

11.03.2011

collections: guest post series>>Nicole


Today we have Nicole, also known as The Sleepytime Gal. I just love Nicole. She's a mom of 4 young girls (including a set of twins) and manages to keep it all together. I love that her blog is so real and honest about life as a mother. She makes time to teach her kids to cook, bake, sew, play, learn, imagine, grow and love and then documents it along the way, giving you the greatest ideas for your own kids. Glad to have you Nicole!
 

 

What do you collect and how long have you been collecting?

I've realized that many of my collections revolve around being a mother and homemaker. I collect things like old fabrics, (especially those that have been in the family for years that apparently I'm the only one who wants them!), ribbon and trim (old and new), worn frames, and vintage illustrations and figurines. I've been adding to these collections throughout the years of being a mother. My collections enhance the things I create for my family and how I decorate our home, conclusion, my collections bring me great joy.
 

 

How did you get into collecting these items? What do you think draws you to them? How do they inspire you?

I began collecting all sorts of fabric after my grandmother passed away and I inherited her old knits, corduroy, and cottons. Although I add to my overwhelming stash with new things from time to time, I'm drawn to the vintage fabrics that have been sitting in old lady's sewing cabinets for 60 years or so. You can rarely find similar fabrics to theirs and there is always a story about each cut of fabric.
 


 
Where do you find the items for your collection(s)?
I find some of the items of my collections in my own extended family's basements or "toss out" bins. Other goodies, like old illustrations are sometimes spotted at the Salvation Army or yard sales. How I love when summer comes and yard saling begins!
 


 

Do you display your collection(s)? How/where do you display them?

Of course. That is the beautiful end result in discovering and then collecting things. Many beautiful pieces I find are displayed in my girls' bedrooms. I like using old frames to decorate with or to frame a blank canvas that I've covered with fabric. I love the old mixed in with the new.
 





Will you ever stop collecting these items? Is a collection ever complete?

As long as there are children running around my home and being tucked into bed, there will always be new (rather old) things to be added to the collections in our home. I love how new things in our home bring a new excitement to the same four walls.
 

 
Thank you so much Nicole for sharing! And now you have me excited for yard sale season...can't wait!

04.03.2011

collections: guest post series>>sheena


Today's feature is from one of my favorite bloggers. Do you read In the Little Red House? Please say you do. Sheena is cute and funny, takes gorgeous photos (she took our photos when we became a family of 3), and has great recipes and tips for a healthy lifestyle. I've tried her recipes and they are always fresh and delicious. Plus, I love anyone who likes to live healthy but knows a good dessert when they see one. (Hurry, right now and make her Pizookie recipe!)

What do you collect and how long have you been collecting?
I think working on this blog post made me realize what a hoarder I really am!! I have too many collections....but a few of my favs that I am constantly looking for are old cooking gadgets/utensils, small vintage dishes/cookware, old books, vintage children's books ( I LOVE the art), vintage cookbooks, old cameras, globes and maps (my boy is obsessed), and old bottles and jars.

How did you get into collecting these items? What do you think draws you to them?
I have always loved old things. My mom and grandma would take me to antique stores with them when I was little, and I still love the smell:) I love the style of old things, and how they look and feel. I think it adds more character to my house (haha which is also old).


Where do you find the items for your collection(s)?

Everywhere! Well, everywhere except for pricey antique stores--all my finds are usually really cheap. Thrift stores, garage sales, and my grandmas basement are my favorite.

Do you display your collection(s)? How/where do you display them?
My whole house is one big "display". I have old books on shelves and mantles--they add so much color and texture to a room. My old cameras are scattered throughout rooms in the house, and a few of them I've even been using. Pretty bottles are on my table, shelves, and I use them for vases. My cookbooks are in my kitchen, and the kids books are in the kids' rooms--we love to read a lot of them. I don't currently display any of my kitchen gadgets, but I am using them in the cookbook I'm working on.

Will you ever stop collecting these items? Is a collection ever complete?
Sadly....probably not! It is so fun for me to hunt for something new--something I don't have. I love to watch my collections grow....just hopefully not out of control:)

Thanks for sharing Sheena!! And thanks for those of you who helped me out yesterday. If you haven't had a chance, I would still love some input on the post below. Have a great weekend! I'm getting my house ready because my sister Jess arrives Monday!