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:
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.
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.
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,
my Bernina Sewing machine from the 90's,
and this awesome Smith-Corona vintage typewriter.
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.
This is my craft cupboard, and it has all sorts of goodies. But it's not big enough to hold all of my supplies.
Here's my felt stash. I'm currently trying to coin the phrase "felt-gasm", yes I love felt that much.
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.
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.