Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Collections and Containers

Unfortunately I seem to always end up with multiples of the same thing.
 And fortunately, or unfortunately, I've come up with a solution for keeping them all.
 I gather them together inside cloches, stack them in glass containers, or put them into bottles.
I do this in my home and also at my shop in Sweet Clover.
 I don't like to call this hoarding but rather collecting.

Feathers in a Bottle on My Porch

Jewelry Dangling on Bottles in My Booth at Sweet Clover

Brushes and a Paper Fan in an Old Parfait Glass

Zebra Grass in a Pharmacy Bottle at Sweet Clover

I had some uniquely shaped bottles with corks.  I rolled up sea life prints and fed them into the bottles.  They unrolled inside and were framed in the glass.  I added some shells and pieces of coral before I put in the prints.   If I did it again I may have put some sand or sea glass in the bottom.

Bottles with Sea Life Prints in My Booth

I put some artists' brushes in a wire-covered jar and wrapped an old bracelet around the neck of a lab bottle.

Brushes in a Wire-Covered Bottle at My Shop

I filled a glass cylinder with brown mottled orbs in my living room.

Another glass cylinder displays brightly colored orbs in my booth.

Orbs in Primary Colors in My Booth

Resin antlers overflowed a jar in my booth at Sweet Clover.

Resin Antlers Tangled in a Cylinder

On the top shelf is a jar filled with some small spheres with letters of the alphabet.

Spheres with Letters for Sale in My Booth

My Bleached Turtle Shells in a Glass Jar

Old Thermometers Gathered in a Glass Jar at My Shop

My very favorite way to display my treasures is with cloches.

Sea Life in My Family Room

Shells Inside a Cloche and Rope Gathered in a Bowl At Sweet Clover

Last Fall I stacked some mini leather books, topped them with a velvet pumpkin and covered it all with a mini cloche.

My Fall Mantel in My Family Room

More shells in a cloche in my booth.

Shells and Shell Prints for Sale

Whenever I see unique artists' brushes I always purchase them.

Cloche with Brushes in My Foyer

Bottles and Cloches at an Outdoor Market
Clock Faces and Clock Parts Inside Cloches at an Outdoor Market

Covered Bottles Under a Cloche at Sweet Clover

A Ceramic Octopus Under Glass at Sweet Clover

A Nest Inside a Mini Cloche on a Pedestal

This cloche with a mercury glass bird and coral has been on my screened porch forever.

Cloche on My Screened Porch

I also have this lantern on my porch.  It has some old books, an iron bird, and more coral.

Lantern on My Porch

Cloches don't have to be glass.  This one is wire.

Moss Orbs Spilling Out of a Wire Cloche in the Cottage at Sweet Clover

So what do you hoard collect and how do you display your treasures?



  1. cloches give even the most mundane objects a sense of importance don't they? great post Kathy!!

  2. You are so good at styling. You always inspire me!