Some Inspiration: Collections

My Collections Pinterest board is growing. I’ve been enjoying perusing through numerous pictures and selecting the ones I like so I can refer to them later. I love seeing things grouped together. Especially unexpected things. And especially vintage things. When displayed thoughtfully, an item can speak volumes by itself. But, there’s something so intriguing about similar items showcased together. Whether two or twenty, a collection speaks intent, admiration, and surprise (in my opinion). Here are a few collections that I just love.

Collection of Ceramic Animals

I think this collection of ceramic animals as found on Things Organized Neatly is just adorable. Most of the pieces appear to be small planters to me. A group like this would look great displayed in one of those large compartment shelves (or an old drink crate if your collection is small) in a child’s room. If they are planters (or even if most of them are), they would also look awesome in a kitchen…I’m thinking in a cluttered vintage-inspired kitchen or as a statement in an otherwise pretty simple and maybe even more modern kitchen. I like the idea of displaying them on a single shelf with succulents and/or herbs planted in them.


Who would’ve thought bundt pans could make such an impact? I love this collection that Abbey Hendrickson (hownowdesign on Flickr) has put together. It looks like maybe some have been spray painted. I think that would be a fun way to get a cohesive look and the colors you want to match your kitchen. I also think it would be really neat to find old bundt pans and leave them in the state they are found so that the age and stories (whatever they may be) shine through.

Collection of Vintage Photos

Lisa Congdon’s (Bird in the Hand on Flickr) vintage photo collection is so cool. I really like how they are simply displayed with thumb tacks and no frames. The possibilities for a vintage photo collection are many. You could collect old portraits, themed photographs (perhaps of churches, homes, landscapes, etc.), family pictures (if you’re so lucky as to attain these), or all of these. You could display them in a certain shape or maybe within open frames (sort of like the collection of cameras below).

Collection of Cameras

Collecting old cameras isn’t a new idea (at least not among the group of people I know). But I love this fresh take on how to display them. Cameras in a frame rather than pictures in a frame is quirky and captivating. I have one old camera, but I might consider finding a few more so I can do this (although just one would probably look good displayed by itself)!

Collection of Chairs

A collection of chairs (photo by madebyjames on! I have absolutely no room in my house to even begin to collect chairs much less display them, but I just love the idea. If you had enough space, I think a functional display would be pretty cool…one where you could easily grab more chairs for additional company (of course, the chairs would need seats unlike the ones pictured here). The collection pictured here appears to have paint names on tags beautifully attached to their corresponding painted chairs. This would be a neat idea for a small business that carries specialty paints so that customers could easily see how the paint looks on an item. Attaching a “before” photo of the chair might add a little charm as well. I think it would also be neat to do this in a large home where all your leftover paint colors are used and brought together in a functional display like I just mentioned.



Hey, it’s a good day. I’m taking a break from cleaning out my garage (among other things, as usual) to eat some lunch and finish up a new sort of post.

I want to start a frequent post called “Living” that consists of snapshots from my everyday life. Everything from places I go, things around the house, products I like, etc. Here are a few reasons why:
1 | I think it will challenge me to improve some of my photography skills (so bare with me as I learn).
2 | I hope it will encourage me to better recognize the daily blessings I encounter.
3 | I suppose it’ll be fun to format and share these posts, even if just a couple of people ever read them.

So with that said, here are some glances from my world the past few weeks.

Backyard : Sugar Cane
Our neighborhood is surrounded by sugar cane fields. So, with our house being on the outer perimeter, our backyard view is of a nice field. When we were moving in, we thought we might have problems with little critters pretty frequently. But, believe it or not, that hasn’t been the case. Instead, I actually really enjoy the view of the sugar cane as it grows, the smell as they harvest it, and the visibility that is present as a new crop begins to grow. WOOF mat
I bought this mat a while back at Target. I finally put it down in front of Hendrix’s dog door recently. I love it. And I’ve been surprised at the difference it has made in his paws staying a bit cleaner.SheetsBed
These sheets have become our favorites. I really haven’t cared for any other microfiber sheets before. But these are different. They’re smooth and stay so cool. And they’re only $20! We love them. After my husband asked for months for me to purchase another set (so that we could always have some on our bed), I finally did. I really, really like the color of these!Picture Collage Above Dresser

After months of dealing with a leak from our bathtub that multiple plumbers couldn’t figure out, it is finally fixed. The carpet that got wet in our bedroom (which just happened to be right under the dresser) has been cleaned, and I was able to finish the picture collage above the dresser (besides putting a picture of us in that heart shaped frame). It consists of photos from our engagement shoot, bridals, and wedding. The dried flowers on the dresser are from Matt and my wedding bouquet. Now to hopefully paint the walls soon!
Fox mug & breakfast
This morning I had coffee with pumpkin spice creamer in my cute new fox mug ($3 at Walmart) and ate my favorite KIND bar – Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt – while I made my grocery list. FALL!Facewash
Recently, I’ve been trying to purge some of my face and hair care products that are heavy on the chemicals and preservatives. I did a little research and decided to purchase this face wash from LUSH. I LOVE IT! My skin feels softer and I really think my skin tone has evened out some. And as a bonus, the lavender smells amazing. The only con I have is that it’s a little messy. But the mess is absolutely worth it.

Bohemian Safari Skirt Outfit


It’s Friday (night)! And it’s a holiday weekend! Hope y’all have fun and relaxing plans. I’m spending the weekend with a bunch of family in the country. It’s one of my favorite things to do!

I’m trying another style post, but with different composition. So here it is.

I wore this this past Sunday. At first, I wasn’t too sure about the hat. But my husband convinced me it looked good, and I liked the small pop of color it provided. I fishtail braided my hair on the side, which pulled everything together quite nicely. If I had to describe this outfit, I would say it was Bohemian Safari. 🙂 All of these clothing items are a year old or older: the hat and shoes are from Target, the top is from TJMaxx, the skirt is from Ross, and the belt is from Forever 21. But each piece is still so versatile, I can’t seem to get rid of any one of them!

Some Inspiration: DIY Garlands

I don’t know about you, but I love the idea of garlands. I say “idea” because I’ve never actually made or personally used one. But that’s going to change! I’ve been pinterest-ing garlands and buntings, and here are a few of my favorites that I plan on using as inspiration.


I LOVE that this garland incorporates real seasonal items with seasonal pictures (aka memories). I think it would be really cool to have this in some sort of permanent place and change out the items each season. I might would use branches for winter and dried seasonal flowers for spring and summer. Of course, it would also be cute to have handmade representations of each season. Perhaps felt leaves for fall, paper snowflakes (in plain white or pretty scrapbook paper) for winter, stuffed fabric raindrops for spring, and some sort of handmade popsicles for summer. It looks like all of the items on the garland were attached to the piece of string or yarn with those really cute itsy bits clothespins. Love that.


I saw this awesome garland several months ago. I am determined to try it at some point…if I can get past the fact that I have to use a whole skein of yarn for each pom pom (anyone else a cheapo?). Maybe I’ll hit the yarn jackpot at a garage sale or flea market soon.


The possibilities seem almost endless with this cute cloud garland. You could make clouds…or raindrops or lightning or bunnies or sharks or palm trees or lemons. And you could use scrapbook paper…or card stock or fabric or felt. Most of the blog post for this cute cloud garland is in a language I can’t read, but it appears to me that the creator might have just made 2 cutouts for each cloud and attached them with the string in the middle. If that’s not how it was done, then perhaps it could be?? Seems pretty easy to me. You would just have to remember to your clouds (or any other shape you use) match up with the good side of your paper or fabric or whatever you go with facing out if it isn’t two-sided. It also kind of looks to me like the little stars between the clouds might be stickers. Again, if not, maybe that’s an easier alternative.


I’m in love with this garland. It’s cute, colorful, and perfect. Now, if I can just get my sewing machine out (it’s been in a box for over 2 years…terrible) and learn to use it. This is my inspiration.