Heart Rocks…….

Many years ago Handsome started giving me rocks that he would find in the shape of hearts.  Not ones that had been cut or shaped into a heart…but natural ones. My heart rock collection has grown ….. and continues!

It’s like a little Godwink when you look down and find a piece of nature that has been shaped into a heart.  {My pastor’s wife dropped by one day and left me a potato that was shaped like a heart. It was fun to find it in the mailbox, and then display it in the kitchen. It lasted several months! ha!}

heart rock collection

They have come from all over the nation….and some from other lands.

It’s like Valentine’s year-round! =)

Do you collect anything from nature?  Or is there one thing in particular that you have always collected, and probably always will?

There are some things that I collect for a season….and then move on; but heart rocks, vintage shave brushes, and ‘P’s’ are something that I always have and probably always will collect.

You can see my post about Collecting P here

and Collecting Vintage Shave Brushes here

Happy Beginning of Valentine Week!

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Displaying Special Items {Cloches}

We love to display special photos, mementos, gifts, etc. in our home. So, we are always looking for unique ways to keep out things that are special to us….where we can see them daily.

Recently when No. 1 Son returned from China he had brought me back some really special mementos from his trip. I wanted to keep them out….so here is what we did with them.

displaying special items

I thought it would be neat to go with a ‘specimen-type’ display….since that’s kind of what they were. I found a small cork base at the art store…and used a tall, skinny glass cloche that I already had. So everything wouldn’t be flat and on the same level I used a cork to elevate one of the items. I then printed out teeny numbers to glue in front of each special item….to ‘label’ them; and then I created a tag to hang on the outside of the cloche with the explanation of what each item was….corresponding with its number.

displaying special items under cloches

It’s been fun to keep these special items out when others take a look….they know what they are! The items were already special…but by displaying in this way it highlighted them and made them a part of our home decor. =)

Do you have some neat ways that you display special items in your home?

Happy Monday~

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Olde World Christmas Ornaments……

I’m really not in to ‘theme trees’….. so, it’s kind of funny that I have one. I’m consistent in life like that. This particular tree started by accident. About 16 years ago a friend gave me an Olde World Ornament as a gift…also a housewarming; and that started it all. We now have well over 200 Olde World ornaments….and most of them were gifts from people that have seen that we collect them. They each have a special meaning and stand for something…an event, a special trip, a favorite place, hobby, etc.

After a few years we had so many of them that we needed to dedicate a tree to just the Olde World ornaments.

olde world ornament tree

What are Olde World ornaments, you say? They are glass..usually mercury glass ornaments that are made the old world way. They are mouth blown into antique molds and then liquid silver is poured inside of them. They are then painted and glittered on the outside. I just love them.

varsity ornament old world ornaments

The olde world ornament tree lives in our dining room.

tree in dining room

Are there any type of special ornaments that you collect?

Jiggling Jingling All the Way~

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Numbered Cubbies / Numbered Shelves

While cleaning out a wayward closet a few weeks ago I found this little dark wood/stained “cubbie box”. It was very forlorn-looking.

I’ve always loved numbered cubbies and numbered shelves….we are actually working on doing a wall of large numbered cubbies in our dining room. I thought this little piece would be fun as a miniature one to host a rotating collection of whatever finds its way to it.

numbered cubbies

numbered cubbies

I painted it white with chalk paint. Distressed it a bit with dark wax…and used a sharpie to number it. We’ve had fun rotating what’s inside.

numbered cubbie

numbered cubbies

It reminds me of a miniature version of vintage hotel mail slots.

numbered cubbies

A fun little project that cost $0….can’t beat that!

What have you been up to lately? Any fun projects going on?

Blessings~

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Special Things in the Garden…..

I love things that have a story.  I think that’s why I love history, vintage items, and antiques. They are an extra special treasure when they are passed down from your own family.

Over the years we have worked on creating garden rooms and different vignettes throughout our yard and garden.  I like to add things that have a special story or that end up being a little unexpected surprise tucked away here and there.

garden art

Some of the special things nestled in our garden are….

The plow that my grandfather used for many years to plow his garden each spring

A chamber pot from my Dad’s farm growing up….there was no indoor plumbing on the farm!

A vintage cooler used at my grandfather’s store

My grandmother’s canning pot…..she grew and canned the most amazing fruits and vegetables every year in this pot.

Mule guards that my Dad used to use on the farm mules when working with them. {I’m going to line them with moss and use them as planters.}

The wrought iron glass top table that was our dining room table when I was 5.

A special tobacco planter….the tobacco was put into the small chamber, water in the large one.  As my Dad walked the rows he would drop a seedling into the shoot, stick it in the ground, pull the lever and it would be planted and watered all at once. Tobacco used to be king here in NC…and my Dad grew up spending 12+ hours a day in the fields on his family’s farm.

Beside the tobacco planter is a mole ‘killer’? trap? I won’t go into detail how this works, it’s pretty gruesome; but it’s how my Dad’s family controlled moles on the farm many years ago.

My grandparents’ crosscut, double-handed saw used to cut the firewood for the farm.

I cherish these items…and many more. It’s like having little warm fuzzies throughout the garden and yard. Things that remind me of my heritage and those that came before me.

Do you have special things in your garden, yard, or home that are treasures from the past?

Hugs~

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Decorating with Seashells

This year I have pulled out all of our seashells and wanted to have them all over the place for summer.  We’ve had a lot of fun seeing if we could get shells in each room of the house….they’ve even made it to the porch!

I have always lived not too far from the ocean….so seashells have always been plentiful and brought home by the loads. If you don’t live near the ocean there are wonderful web sites that you can order shells very inexpensively to add a bit of the beach to your home in the summer.  Nothing says summer like a seashell…..

Here are some places we have used seashells this summer…..

In the dining room on a silver, footed tray…..

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seashells on dining table

seashells on tray

 In a wonderful driftwood bowl in the office…..

shells in driftwood

seashells and driftwood

driftwood basket with shells

 We’ve used small ones to cover frames……

seashell frame Just sitting on a bookshelf……

starfish on shelf In a basket under a stool {a fun surprise when it’s moved}

seashells in basket

seashells under stool

 On our front porch……

starfish

starfish and bee skep

starfish on porch

starfish on porch

 On our summer mantel……

seashells in jar

seashell garland on mantel

seashells on mantel

shells on manel

mantel shells

seashell garland

As filler in lanterns……

shells in candle jars

Just leaning up against frames on shelves…..

seashells by frame

Do you use seashells in your home anywhere?  Maybe you don’t even like the beach or shells….is there anything else that you like to fill your home with in the summer?

We’ve accomplished our goal, I think, of having shells in every room this summer!  We will probably be finding shells at Christmas. {I just found some Christmas tree in the sofa yesterday.}

Happy Wednesday~

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Collectors of Collections….

We love to collect things here at our cottage. I shared about a some of our collections here, here, and here. They are only a few of many….I think we are more collectors of collections!

I love to see what others collect…..I think our collections are part of our story; and when someone shares why they collect what they do I feel like I have a deeper insight into who they are.

Check out some of these collections……

{Click on each pic for the source}

What do you collect?

I didn’t include pics of clown collections…they scare me.

There’s only two things in the world that I can remember scaring me.

Clowns. Pumpkins.

I’ve overcome the whole pumpkin fear…the clowns, well…they are just creepy.

Any collections at your cottage?

Vintage Shave Brush Collection……

I remember watching my grandfather shave with his handheld brush and lather cup…

And I remember watching the men get shaved at the barber shop when I went with my Dad for him to get a haircut.

I always thought those brushes were so neat!

 So, years ago I started my own collection of vintage shave brushes.

 They sit on the window sill of a vintage stained glass window in our master bathroom….and we add to them as we find neat ones.

 My favorites…and most of my collection, is from Europe….pure badger hair with handles made from ivory, wood, bakelite, or brass.

What is something that you like to collect?

Here are a few of our other collections:

Did you know that I collect P?

Printers’ Tray Collections

Signs

Ticket Stubs

Beach Sand

In fact….I think we are a collector of collections around here. ha!

How about you? I love to find out what others collect…..

Blessings~

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Wonder Bowls….

We have a set of bowls that we call Wonder Bowls.

What are Wonder Bowls, you ask??? I’m so glad you did.

Each child has one and they are a place to collect little treasures found throughout the day/week. They can be emptied at the end of each day {especially if your child is very small….they will fill them up quickly!}; or at the end of each week.  You can go through each bowl and talk about what treasures they have found. We keep them in a central location in our home….and Iove to check on them periodically to see what has been added. I can tell whose bowl is whose just by looking at what’s inside. 🙂

Now that our children are teenagers the bowls don’t fill up quite as fast….but they do still fill up; and it’s neat to see what unique little things everyone has come across.

I like to add to them to see if they notice.

It’s a great way to be intentional about always keeping your eye out for what is a treasure, a Godwink, or just something good.

Now, one rule: you can’t take something out of someone else’s Wonder Bowl and put it in yours! 😉 That wouldn’t be WONDERful.

I hope your weekend is full of fun and wonder~

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Special Memento Containers….

I dearly love Starbucks bottled Frappuccinos!

I found a way to justify my consumption!

These glass bottles have clear labels that come off super easy, and then if you wash them in the dishwasher any residue that is left will come off during the wash. They look very much like vintage milk bottles….love this look.

We use them as drinking bottles…they look great with paper straws in them, vases…have fun tying burlap or twine around the neck to dress them up a bit…… we also use them for our collection of sand from the different beaches that we have visited.

You can leave the lids as they are…or spray paint them any color you wish. For my son’s sand collection we spray the lids silver…for the collection above we just left the lids as they are because we store them on a high shelf. We then tie a tag with the beach’s name on it around the neck.

It’s neat to collect sand from different beaches and see the vast differences in each one. Some are dark, some are light, some are fine, some are course….if you have never been to the website that shows the magnification of sand…..by all means, please visit it here.  It is amazing and so beautiful! We are walking on these lovely treasures!

So, find some Frappuccino on sale…..have a Frappuccino Party {or drink them all yourself, like me}……and have some fun with the neat empty bottles!

I’ll post Part 2 of our Bible Garden tomorrow. 🙂

Blessings~

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