We arrived last eve to Hawthorne. The drive up into the Hudson Valley as picturesque as always. Was a balmy 100 degrees when we landed at Newark. Just what we were looking for on this stay. The heat & humidity reminding both of us of our childhood, and how much we liked the steamy-ness of this time of year. I have so many wonderful memories of playing tennis in July and literally wringing out my shirt creating a huge puddle of water. The house once again welcoming us with open arms. This stack of Paris Review travelling along in our bags to supply many hours of reading enjoyment for this visit and many more. We stock back issues at the shops–they create an instant collection. I read a great interview on the plane with author Jay McInerney. Each issue always packed with literary goodness. We are up early for one of many journeys into Hudson. Breakfast at our favorite spot on Warren Street our ritual to kick-off the welcome back. Lovely, as always, to have you all along…
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.
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.
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.
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!
One of the easiest collections to start is that of vintage plates. Flea markets, antique malls, tag sales–are all places where you can pick up assortments of plates. They typically are incredibly well priced as the set is not complete and each piece is priced separately. That way you can only buy one or a few. It is such a treat to change up the look of your dinnerware often. It makes setting the table, even for week night simple dinners, a joy.
A collection can really be anything. From expensive to not. From grand to simple. From many to few. It can start from out of the blue, like a walk on the beach. As we head into beach season, look down at all those stellar shells as you take your stroll and be taken in with their beauty. Shells make such a sweet collection as they are a reminder of the water and of the sun. Many a rainy day has passed and I look at some of the shells we have collected over the years and I am right back, in my mind, to the memory of that beach walk. We like to find shells that are a similar size and shape and create a collection within a collection. However you see fit, they really are little gifts from the sea.