Thursday, August 25, 2011


Nostalgia, interest and sometimes greed feed into our desire to collect things.  Some people collect baseball cards, others collect old movie posters.  As child, I collected porcelain clown figurines.  I now have hundreds of these delicate, handpainted pieces stored away in boxes.  To be honest, I have no idea what to do with them.  How many of us are like that?  We buy and collect all these things we want, but then we just end up storing them away in the basement of attic because we don’t know how to use them.  

Watching an episode of Design Star earlier this week provided great inspiration.  A couple collected old records.  The designer decided to showcase those records as art.  Square wooden blocks were attached to the wall arranged in a grid formation to create a platform.  Then one record was screwed into each platform.  What a fantastic way to fill a wall with a unique art piece!  Additionally, it made the room more personal to the homeowners AND cleared out boxes of records that would otherwise collect dust. 

It can be challenging to think outside the box but when we do we can usually come up with awesome ways to re-purpose the things we love!  I’m tempted to (cover your ears, Mom) take all my porcelain figurines and bust them into pieces that I can use in a mosaic.  I could create a mirror frame or a back-splash out of the pieces instead of letting them age in the cardboard walls of a moving box.  What will you do with your collector’s items?

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