Personal Reflections 2011: My Collections

Recently I discovered the beyond lovely and must read blog Privet and Holly where bloggers can share their collections.

Alison over at The Polo House is also hosting a collections party here.

I collect a few things:

First, beautiful reminders of the sea

and of vacations at the beach.

Second, vintage jewelry

(rosaries are my favorite)

and vintage pottery like

the old made in England

marmalade and meat crocks

in first image at top.

I don’t have a collection yet,

but I would like to collect more

antlers like the one at top.


They are natural hooks just

begging to be strung with a

beautiful necklace.

Three: unusual little stones.

(You can read more about these

natural shaped heart stones

from Israel on my blog!)

Fourth: ballet slippers.

(This is not me btw.

It’s a friend who let me

style away and even cut her hair!).

Thank you, beautiful bloggers

for the opportunity to share,

and for your lovely spirits which

move me and make me want to

hug you with every post!

What are you collecting these days?

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  1. July 26, 2011 / 10:02 pm

    Really wonderful Michele!


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  2. July 26, 2011 / 10:32 pm

    Hi Michele, Wanted to thank you for coming by my blog via Privet and Holly. I really love your shells on the silver tray. I'm still looking for a piece of coral and hoping my one Florida friend can bring me a piece next week. Lurve the marmalade jars!! I'm anxious to hear more about your heart shaped stones. They certainly are unique. 🙂
    ~ Sue

  3. July 26, 2011 / 10:38 pm

    You've picked your beach colors again they're going to become your signature colors. I'll have to keep my eyes open for antlers for you since the bucks lose them before winter and we have a young buck hanging out in our field these days. I used to collect everything but you reach an age wherre it becomes one more thing to dust but I still collect thimbles.

  4. July 27, 2011 / 2:22 am

    I wish we had saved all my daughters ballet slippers. Young moms out there learn from me- you will be glad you saved them.

    Your collection mosaic is beautiful. I love your shells and coral on the silver tray.

  5. July 27, 2011 / 1:22 pm

    Your collections are lovely.

    I am coming over from Suzanne's at Privet and Holly.

    Glenda (link #27)

  6. July 27, 2011 / 1:49 pm

    We don't collect anything; however, we are inspired to begin after this post. We love vintage jewelry. Your rosaries are beautiful. Angela has lots of antlers in the barn. The guys in her family give them to her after hunting season each year. (guess that a collection) Just let us know if you need some. Hope you day is great.
    Renee and Angela

  7. July 27, 2011 / 1:58 pm

    Hi sweetie!

    I don't collect anything, but my daughter does. She grabs as many seashells and rocks she can find. 🙂

    Lovely collections, M.

    I always thought it was you on the ballet slippers. Interesting!


    Luciane at

  8. July 27, 2011 / 8:50 pm

    I am also a shell collector and love anything to do with the oceans and try to reflect that in my home in Kansas. I get to the beach at least once or twice a year to refuel my soul. Lovely post.

  9. July 27, 2011 / 9:10 pm

    Lovely lovely lovely collections. You have an incredibly inspiring way of putting things together.

    Living in a tiny house means collections are kept to a minimum, but I have mini collections of glass bottles, candlesticks and shells.

    Those heart-shaped pebbles are cute!

    Love to you, sweet lady, and thank you for the tranquility and inspiration I feel every time I visit.

    Meera xx

  10. July 27, 2011 / 11:26 pm

    I love the heart shaped stones. I do not have a rosary necklace but have always liked them and certainly see the beauty in them.

  11. July 28, 2011 / 8:09 pm

    All of your
    collections are
    SO you; fresh,
    natural and oh
    so lovey : ) We
    were at the beach
    for two days with
    no internet, so just
    getting around to
    visit collections….
    And of course, I
    brought a few wee
    shells and stones
    home with me! Thank
    your for letting us
    take a peek in your
    window and these sweet
    things and a BIG hug
    for all of your very,
    very kind words. You
    are a true gem in my
    collection of blog
    friends, Michele. What
    a lucky day we connected!
    xx Suzanne

  12. July 28, 2011 / 8:09 pm

    PS: I meant oh-so-
    lovely, but you are
    a lovey, too : ) !!
    xx S.

  13. July 29, 2011 / 3:21 am

    Oh I love those sweet little heart stones!!!

    I collect too much! Rose dishes, linens, bird cages, books, ironstone just to name a few.

  14. July 29, 2011 / 3:21 am

    Oh I love those sweet little heart stones!!!

    I collect too much! Rose dishes, linens, bird cages, books, ironstone just to name a few.

  15. July 29, 2011 / 3:14 pm

    I am visiting via Romantic Homes.

    What wonderful images!

    Have a happy weekend!

  16. July 30, 2011 / 7:00 am

    Lovely collection! Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

  17. August 13, 2011 / 9:11 pm

    What a lovely post! From the photos to the beautiful words, inspiring.
    Thanks for sharing.

  18. January 1, 2012 / 10:25 pm

    Of course I love to collect too, so many things, many things are very sentimental to me. That's what drives most of my collecting.
    I love the printed English pots, and the rosaries so much! They all look so amazing together in your collage too!

    Thanks for linking up today, friend!
    Happy New Year sweet friend. May the new year bring you good health, much love and happiness and limitless blessings.

    Love ya girl!


  19. January 2, 2012 / 1:29 am

    Love your sea shells/coral and the English pottery jars.
    Hope you have a Happy New Year!

  20. January 2, 2012 / 10:38 pm

    Michelle, I'm a hopeless collector. So many things call out to me. I have a group of heart shaped rocks that I've collected through the years. Fun to see yours. I also have an English marmalade crock, and would love to add more. Added a group of French mustard crocks on a recent trip to Dijon, France this fall. Yep, things just follow me home!
    Nice to meet you. ~ Sarah

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