31 December 2007
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29 December 2007
Today was a day of discovery and arrival of new things! I felt like I spent a big portion of my day just unwrapping things. I received a Rinkya shipment today. Again, I can't say it enough, Rinkya is just so satisfying for a collector like me. I find things on Yahoo Japan I find no where in the States plus Rinkya helps set up searches for me when I can't seem to find something or I'm not using the proper terminology. Just look at some of my things.
I also had a chance today to sort through my vintage valentines and select many for pinback buttons and magnets I'll be making. Here's one of my favorites:
I just love having unique and unusal storage containers. It compliments all the vintage stuff I collect. Reminder: Set your clock! I'll start uploading my new items Saturday night at 11:00 pm EST.
27 December 2007
Felt Appliques from Japan
Kitschy Pins & Brooches
Dollheads from Japan
Craft Miniatures including Deer, Gnomes, Etc.
Novelty Keychains, Necklaces and Rings
and START YOUR VALENTINE’S DAY SHOPPING JANUARY 2ND (10:00 PM EST):
Heart and Locket Necklaces
Valentine Pinback Buttons and Magnets
50’s and 60’s Valentines Day Cards
Mini Mohair Teddy Bears
Visit Shop 66 now!!!
26 December 2007
As far as I can remember, I’ve admired and/or collected Kokeshi dolls. Their simplicity and beauty is what always draws me in. My collection started out very young when I received my first cheap traditional, tourist pair from my Aunt who had lived in Japan and had several boxes and coffee cans of cool Japanese trinkets and toys. When we would visit she would let us sort through her collection and select a few things. I did not start collecting seriously until I was an adult and moved in to a house where my Kokeshi became a collecting focal point in my main room / living room. My collection has not extended into Kokeshi themed art.
Here’s just a little about Kokeshi (from Wikipedia) and some of my favorite dolls:
“Kokeshi, are Japanese dolls, originally from northern Japan. They are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and an enlarged head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face. The body has a floral design painted in red, black, and sometimes yellow, and covered with a layer of wax. One characteristic of Kokeshi dolls is their lack of arms or legs. The bottom is marked with the signature of the artist.
Traditional Kokeshi (Dento) dolls shapes and patterns became particular to a certain area and are classified under eleven types. Creative Kokeshi (Shingata) allow the artist complete freedom in terms of shape, design and color and were developed after World War II.”
Many people in Japan also believe that not only does the Kokeshi doll represent an ornamental piece, but also a lucky charm, some even suggesting that it will keep away evil spirits from the home and protect from fire because of the mizuki 'water tree' wood often used to make the dolls head.
Happy, happy Wednesday!!! Enjoy shopping, socializing, resting, reflecting….
25 December 2007
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20 December 2007
1. Happy Little Holidays, 2. Collecting Sorting Madness - Vintage Avon Pins, 3. Fun with Lots - Flocked Bears with Bad Outfits, 4. Wood Finger Puppets, 5. Re-ment Wonderful, 6. Angelheads, 7. Baby Dolls, 8. Mod Rings, 9. Christmas Embellishment Finds, 10. Cute Vintage Avon, 11. Lots and lots of Dolly Darlings, 12. Vintage Playing Cards, 13. Vintage Dollheads, 14. Vintage Little Craft Things, 15. Vintage Kewpie Pins, 16. Vintage Cardboard Dolls, 17. Bagged Dollies, 18. Vintage Appliques from Japan, 19. Homemade Kitschy Angels, 20. Wood Angels and Nativity Pieces, 21. Sailor Moons Trapped, 22. 100 Dolls in a Box, 23. Angel Doll Heads, 24. Pixie Elves Unite!, 25. Little Animals, 26. Keychains, 27. Vintage Deer, 28. Josef Dolls Lot - Who will I keep?, 29. Lot of Kewpies, 30. Vintage Avon Glace Pins, 31. Enamel Stick Pins, 32. Doll Head Bottles, 33. Vintage Appliques, 34. Enamel Pins, 35. Love is...vintage patches, 36. Wood Bathers
Home Sweet Home by RosieMusic
19 December 2007
Look at all the stuff waiting for new cabinets!!
18 December 2007
It's not only the artist part of me - to cherish and seek out things designed and created by others - I collect for comfort. I was a baby sister and spent a lot of my first few years alone during the week while my brother and sisters were at school. And I also spent a lot of days sick in bed - with allergies and other stuff (ie. measles). So spending all that time alone and in bed I made my own pretend world with little things I collected. I was always looking for things to add to my little world. (For more about my collecting and my silly analyses of collecting madness - see my feature on Etsy's Plushteam blog: Where of where are all my plushies going?)
And so I never stopped and naturally I passed this madness to my daughter. Sam is now 21 and lives in her own cool house and has her own collection. I know my collection at 21 was cool, but hers is way better. I know I've directly contributed to her collection through gifts and such but she's inherited the same eye and passion for collecting I have. Collecting madness passed on.
Here are some cool photos of her bench of vintage and weird dolls and plush:
(These photos are all natural - I didn't even adjust how they were organized or displayed. Forgive me Sam!)
Until next time!!
SHOPPING DAYS LEFT? DO WE CARE?!? LET'S FORGET!