One of the up sides to being a collector is that as I look around our home there are visual reminders scattered about... of places we have been, people we have traveled with or met and many happy memories......The little coasters above remind me of being with my sister Lynn in Chicago....antiquing with her and finding these in a small shop...having coffee in the local coffee shop and visiting the farmer's market in the charming suburbs there .....and because the coasters are French..... it also conjures up wonderful memories of our trip together to Paris.....
The French carrier above brings me back to the spring that my friends Paula, Evi and I traveled to the garden show at Trade Secrets (It was held at Bunny Williams estate....remember the book.."An Affair with a House"?) and then went antiquing in Great Barrington, Ma. where we visited a wonderful shop called Metropolitain.......I do not know if the shop is still there as this was several years ago.... but the young couple who owned it traveled back to France frequently to see family and bring back merchandise..... they had so many interesting and fabulous European items for sale.
This old wine bottle was found in the basement of my cousins' hardware store in New Jersey.....they saved it for me along with an ancient hand truck knowing that I love all things old! They were right......I do love it.....great graphics and color in the rich dark blue "J".....I also love the fact that they thought of me.....It isn't soo bad being the odd eccentric one in the family.....the one that loves all the junk!
P.S. Unbelievably....tomorrow night will be my 100th post! I will be announcing a give-away tomorrow so stop back then to see the details!
To live content with small means.... To seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion.... To be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich.... To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly.... To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart.... To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.... In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.... ...........this is to be my symphony.
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