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Ted’s Tip No. 70

White plates, both vintage & new, make it simple to start a collection as they are readily available at flea markets, antique malls and tag sales.  The simplicity and slight variation of designs mix together easily, so you can host a dinner or gathering in a snap.  



An Instant Collection

20160410-041420.jpg Just In this assortment of divine pitchers in a variety of three styles as well as many sizes. Truly, an instant collection. To love just as they are, filled with flowers, or serving your favorite beverage. Pitchers are such versatile things to have around. If they are stunningly pretty, even better. These have such a vintage vibe to them, like they were plucked from an antique shop in London or the English countryside.

A lovely, lovely Sunday to you!



Ted’s Tip No. 49

20151125-050828.jpg If polishing silver is what deters you from having cherished family silver pieces out & about for visual enjoyment, then let them tarnish. Enjoy the patina it takes on. But have it out, use it, love it. They will bring back such fond memories of travels, family & gatherings.



A Whale of a Collection

It all started with this whale glass. The artist Margot Larsen sent me these as a very sweet gift, which we then started carrying at WK because we liked them so much. They were the first thing with a whale image we had ever received/had. Next came the metal whales we started selling at the shops that I found at a show last January that are made from recycled metals. Soon, that whale found its way onto our table and into our hearts. I think a collection has begun. Interesting how a collection can begin without even really knowing it.






Ted’s Tip No. 42

20150709-051719.jpg A collection can be as simple as objects with your favorite number on them. They become part of your hunt when you are traveling or out & about shopping. Display them together for a spirited reminder of your finds.




20150422-063125.jpg Collections can really be just about anything and they can start just about anywhere. It can be as simple as shells from walks on the beach. A collection can be a few things or many things. Rare or not. Expensive or not. A vintage pair of cufflinks you find on a trip and then you start doing that on each vacation. A small bud vase you spot at an antique mall that you like, then you build on that and start collecting more on future shopping excursions. A collection can be just to look at on a shelf, or my favorite, things you actually use. I know someone who has a collection of hot sauce culled from over the years. End result, a collection should bring you joy. Joy in the hunt. A satisfaction from finding the needle in a haystack sort of thing. A collection can be something you began in childhood, or something you begin today. However it is pulled together, collecting should bring enjoyment to your life. Happy collecting!



A Collection of Green Glass

20130301-091121.jpg Collections can begin without you really even knowing it. We were traveling years back, with Prague being one of the much anticipated spots we would visit. We stumbled into a shop and spotted the green single stem vase that is at the far right in the back. It spoke to both of us. Little did we know then that it would be the beginning of a green glass collection.

20130301-091435.jpg We then started finding drinking glasses on other trips, so we started adding those to what was now becoming a collection. They stack quite nicely so we are able to fit quite a variety in a small area on the open shelving, which also allows us to visually enjoy them each time we walk into the kitchen.

20130301-091814.jpg Then candlesticks were added to the mix, as well as gifts that friends have given. The 2 goblets are also from Prague, that were an incredibly lovely gift. What I like most about our green glass collection is that we get to use parts of it almost every day. Yes, pieces have broken along the way, but we don’t let that stop the enjoyment factor. It is a working collection, meant to used & enjoyed, often.