Monday, March 8, 2010

pieces of me

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collections of little objects make me happy, especially when they're tied to a something - a person, a place, an experience - and i love to arrange them into little shrines. nearly every piece here has a connection or story behind it, even this silly washcloth rack that went unused for six or seven years. i've rescued it enough times from the get-rid-of pile because i felt like it had a purpose, just didn't know what. and finally it has acquired enough history that i've decided it can stay here as a jewelry rack.

the oldest piece in this collection is the antique brassy flower necklace hanging on the back left. i bought it when i was 14 years old for one dollar and it has followed me loyally ever since. a piece of my soul. the green pendant i bought in san antonio on the riverwalk, the candlestick holder in portugal, the bowl and ceramic coaster from arcosanti in arizona, the postcards in argentina and brazil, much of the colorful ear candy from celisa, and the turquoise felted bead necklace from shannon. and many are gifts, including the hand-strung amber necklace that my friend jill just brought back from delhi, the world peace print from elizabeth, and the milky moon lantern earrings on the right from izzy. little things. i love them.

i've futzed with my sidebar and am distressed that the favorite links went POOF. once i'm in a patient frame of mind i'll fix a pot of coffee and spend a morning reinstalling them. i've finally put the links to my creative explosion recipes to the left and i've also plopped in a growing list of upcoming creative e-courses and groovy art retreats. and holy cow, i've noticed there have been a lot of new readers recently. where are you all coming from? never mind, i'm just glad you're here. happy monday and thanks for taking this nutty ride with me!

25 comments:

My Soul Can Dance said...

yay! i love the wall and how you hung up the prints! i'm inspired!
so glad to see the earrings hanging on a funky jewelry holder....i do the same thing.

Nicky Linzey said...

I too have the first necklace I ever bought (in Portugal at 14) - I even have a childhood one too. They hang up on display in my bedroom - trouble is I suddenly realise how dusty they've become!

L'Atelier said...

happy monday! the use of the washing rack is so genius! as usual you inspire me!
xxx

pushdontpull said...

Oooh! I like the new sidebar. Fits perfectly!

BloggingQueen said...

Speaking of items that hold a piece of your soul, that reminds me of one of my favorite books, "A Dirty Job" by Christopher Moore. Believe it or not, a hilarious book, despite the description below:

The main character has to collect a specific item from a dead person's estate -- only he can see which is the right item. That item has to be sold quickly to the one person it's right for, otherwise mayhem/worlds collide/mass hysteria, etc. ensues.

It seems every other book he writes is a winner, and this one was funny as well as thought-provoking.

Izzy said...

ah, the little milky moon lantern earrings fit right in. ;)

Kelly said...

i would have never known that was a little washcloth rack. it looks like it was born to be a jewelry rack! thanks so much for mentioning art and dreams on your retreat list! :-)

Karen Blados said...

I'll read your post in a sec here, but first I just have to say "DUH!". I never thought to hang pictures from pictures ... and you know between me and my two punks there are a lot of them ... until I saw your photograph. Thanks for yet ANOTHER good idea!

Christine said...

I love these pieces of you. It's so good to see you. Or a piece of you :-) (it's been too long. I'm a baad blogger! Baaaad ;-) I'm so busy with work these day. Which is good. But baaaddd ;-))) I hope you are well
xo

Shannon said...

Hey gorgeous! Thanks so much for listing my ecourse and mentioning my necklace. You rock. Now that spring is coming I'm feeling a huge urge to visit Lawrence! Maybe kes and I can meet you for a visit soon. Love seeing all the pieces of you!

Esti said...

I like to see other's people's collections. I don't have many. But I am really attached to notebooks and photographs.

Jane said...

I went to Brazil years ago and remember vividly the shops and galleries where we purchased a big oil painting off a little side street and carried it home on the airplane. I've got 2 huge sheets of black foam core on my bedroom wall with funky pushpins that hold all of my necklaces and earrings.

Patricia said...

Hello, Aimee!

I found your blog in January and have stopped by nearly every day since. I love words and sayings, and I love, love, love what you do with them. You have quite a talent and are very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
Patty

Bella Sinclair said...

Ahhh, but I love the whole you. It's a Gestalt kind of thing.

This is a fun display of trinkets! You can pretend you're at a cool store, only you can say, "Ummm, yes, I think I'll take them ALL. Wrap 'em up, please." Lots of cool stuff here. I love looking at jewelry, but I always forget to wear it.

Ces said...

Ah Aimee, what a feast for the eyes. This image stimulates my brain and incite happy thoughts.I love the art hangings on the wall. You have a refreshing and insightful way of presenting things, views and ideas. My brain is numb from working 12 hours last night but nothing made me more heartsick that reading your comment about the 100+ year old tree being chopped down. I just hope it was necessary and may someone plant a new tree as a peace offering.

How are you Aimee? I hope all is well with you and your beautiful family.

Take care,

Ces

Bella Sinclair said...

By the way, I have the exact same towel rack!

Aris said...

I love the history and of course the color. You come through in everything you do. Your humor, your sensitivity, your keen observations, and your color that brightens so many days! Yup you are one of those wonderful colorful people(:

heather smith jones said...

I love how you know where each piece came from and can actually remember the story!
And your writing for the sidebar headings is such a nice detail.
ps. Thank you for the colorful envelopes at school. :)

elizabeth said...

How cool to see where you've hung your print! Looks wonderful there among so many beautiful, storied objects. Thanks for the mention. And did I ever tell you how much my Mom LOVED the gelato print? Because she definitely did. :)

painted fish studio said...

i love how you still have a necklace that you bought when you were 14. 14 was such a good year - i think it's when we finally start seeing who we are going to be.

and all the stories with the other pieces... love.

BT said...

Well how lovely, I am so fond of seeing jewellery too, but it does discolour and get a bit grotty. I suppose I should clean it more often. All the pieces I have kept have a story, including a very bad taste brooch I bought for my Mum one Mothering Sunday!! Of course she said it was wonderful. I love the way you're showing courses to do. Wonderful, I can never find the ones I want to do.

aimee said...

hi all - thank you! and welcome, patricia!

Megan Walker said...

I think it's adorable - and meaningful - that you do that. And that you remember so much! I love all the color of course, especially the little bowl and the post cards!

xoxo

rachel awes said...

what a sweet sight to have a glimpse into these pieces of you, in a pretty picture with colorful prints in the back! love it all! (& it really is a decision to figure out how to keep our jewelry, right?!!). lol

jane said...

oh nice collection... love your style! i think i´d have fun raiding your closet:)