Gift Guide – For the Collector

Image above is from: Miles of Light

Are you a collector? I think most of us are, and I know I am. When I really think about it, I’ve been a collector for quite some time – and some collections started unintentionally. My collections have included: lip gloss, shoes, clothes, and even movie tickets from favourite date nights, as well as gadgets, books, cd’s and on and on. I think a big part of our culture – for good or for bad, revolves around collecting. These days – I’m happy the internet exists, because I can collect and curate without actually purchasing anything. Having said that – I do currently collect art from independent artists – and while I’ve slowed down, I have a tough time keeping up and getting everything framed.

For the camera collector – this beautiful collection is from: Kitty Rogers.

I can’t think of a person in my life who doesn’t collect things – my husband, who purchases little, can’t help but collect books. My father is the same way, not a big shopper by any means, but he collects tools.

For the nature lover, a gorgeous collection from A Place for Twiggs:

Botanical Collection Photo

Everyone has a different attitude about their collections too I find – for some each item is a keepsake of sorts, and they would never dream of parting with even one piece. I know I’m that way about the art I collect – even if it’s not hanging on the wall, it’s still special to me. My husband – he doesn’t keep most of his books, once he’s read them – he’ll usually sell them or gives them away.

For those who feel the seaside is their second home, a photo from Quercus Design:
Urchins collection photo

As I get older, my desire to collect has certainly waned – and it becomes more important to me to collect memories and to create, though I still love seeing other people’s collections.

If there’s a collector in your life who can’t fit another thing in their home or their collection – they might enjoy this genre of art I’ve noticed popping up here and there, photos based on collections… Almost as good as the real thing I figure, and it’ll result in less clutter in your home for sure!

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Barcelona, Spain

Whenever I’m in need of a little design inspiration, a sure place to look is the great continent. I hopped over to Barcelona, Spain to see what the ladies of the Iberian Peninsula had cooking!

dolo grandfather clock stuffed doll

Misako Mimoko creates little stuffies – dolls, brooches, and necklaces – with lots of personality and a nod to the past. I followed a link in her shop announcement to find this little embroidery pattern, inspired by one of her dolls, that you can download and use to embellish a tea towel or pillow.

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Goodness Gracious

Looking for something spectacular for your yard? Stop looking now. I’ve found it.

Designed to become an everlasting part of your family tradition, The Great Bowl O’ Fire is an unique work of art hand-cut by artist John T Unger. No two are exactly alike, as the flames are drawn free-hand. Gather friends and family to celebrate around a roaring blaze year-round. The raised bowl allows you to sit comfortably without having to lean forward to stay warm. Keep your feet toasty, tucked below the rim of the bowl and bask in the full-body radiance that a raised firebowl offers. An outdoor fire pit is a great way to extend the outdoor living season.

The Great Bowl O’ Fire makes a stunning focal point for yards, patios and gardens. Unlike many outdoor firepits which look dirty or empty when unlit, The Great Bowl O’ Fire functions as a gorgeous sculptural element either hot or cold. By day, the flame shapes cast intriguing shadows both inside and outside the bowl and the rich tones of the patina suggest a warm blaze. At night, with a fire burning, the bowl casts flickering shadows as lively as the fire within.

The Great Bowl O’ Fire is a gorgeous sculptural element even when not in use. The play of light and shadow as the sun moves across it is as entrancing as the dance of fire.

Blue Pumpkin Corsetry


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I really do believe that a good quality corset is comfortable and wearable. I also believe that a corset can be made for any occasion, not just formal or bedroom occasions.

I have made corsets for clients all over the World and for all manner of reasons. From underwear, to office wear and day-to-night corsets.

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