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The Things I Collect

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I joke a lot about my hoard, but really I try to keep my stuff down to a minimum. I donate a ton of stuff to a twice yearly garage sale that is a fundraiser for an organization near and dear to my heart. I really do only collect what makes me happy and I get rid of what I do not love. At Star Hill I collect milk glass. It is cheap and easy to find, along with being very versatile. Here is my whole collection.
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I cleaned it all over the holiday and snapped some pictures before it all got put up. The milk glass is about to need a bigger shelf unit. I have one planned but it is not at the top of the list. I also collect old wooden bowls.

They are rustic and remind me of my great grandmother. I have her wooden bread bowl at Star Hill.
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She made sour dough bread in this bowl almost every day. I add old bowls as one “speaks” to me. I have collected 10 of them and keep them on top of the cabinets in my tiny kitchen.
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I also collect cream or white colored creamers.
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Come on, cream creamers… just typing that makes me smile. They are small enough to be in kept on top of my cabinets in front of the wooden bowls. It is harder to find my creamers than you would think. I don’t want a set, just the itty bitty pitcher and I want interesting shapes. Oh, and my spending limit is less than a dollar. No wonder I only have 8 9 of them. ( The social planner just bought me one tonight.) At the city house I collect McCoy pottery and shell angels and crystal globes. The stuff at the city house definitely is a bigger investment. Do you collect things or am I the only one out there?

Collect What You Love and Make it Look Great

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My social planner, Tanis, loves what she loves.  If she loves it, she collects it.  I think that is a great strategy personally.  She loves anything vintage to do with camping or fishing.  I think it is her memories as a child camping with her family and then taking her own kids camping later, but whatever the reason, these things make her happy.  She has picnic baskets, water cans, old thermos sets, and a variety of other items.  She has found a way to make those things look right at home in her lake house.

They added a long shelf the length of their downstairs room.

Over the eight years that they have had the house, she has added things she bought and found ( notice the bird nest found a few weeks ago).

The result is great.  Over time the collection has spread to the floor under the shelf but it fits right in.

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