According to Wikipedia, Cabinets of curiosities (also known as Kunstkabinett, Kunstkammer, Wunderkammer, Cabinets of Wonder, and wonder-rooms) were encyclopedic collections of objects whose categorical boundaries were, in Renaissance Europe, yet to be defined. Modern terminology would categorize the objects included as belonging to natural history(sometimes faked), geology, ethnography, archaeology, religious or historical relics, works of art and antiquities. The curiosity cabinet was regarded as a microcosm or theater of the world, and a memory theater.
I have always collected small things. All kinds of things, anything and everything that I like, love or means something to me. I have collected rocks, gems and sea shells since I was a kid, and anything else that strikes my fancy. I have always had some of these items on display in every home that I have live in, but they are so small and so random that it never seemed to work to have a large part of my collection out. When I remodeled my current house, I decided to find a large glass cabinet to display my "things" in. After a long search, I found the perfect cabinet at Antiquarian in Spokane. This beautiful antique cabinet is the perfect "Cabinet of Curiosity". Finally, most of my little curiosities are displayed where I can enjoy them. I hope that you enjoy seeing some of them, too.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
The pincushions (and string holder) are all from my collection. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you.
|A couple of fantastic hand made pincushions. I love how they used what they had.|
|These are two of my favorites. They are antique Amish Puzzle Balls. Originally made as pincushions, now popular as baby toys.|
|Here is an antique pincushion that I found while antiquing in Palouse, WA.|
|This is a very old embroidered antique string holder from Europe. This one was found in England.|
|I love the pale green of this vintage tomato pincushion.|
|A variety of antique pincushions. I use them to display trinkets.|
|This large vintage strawberry was found on a trip to Tucson.|
|These are new strawberries (the one on top is made from an old army blanket and cotton velvet). The make-do is newly made out of antique quilt.|
Friday, December 27, 2013
|We waited, I promise!|
|My china that gets used once a year. India Tree by Spode, I still love it after all these years.|
|The piano top. Covered with antique mica snow.|
|Two of my absolute favorite antique Christmas decorations. It took me years to find them, I love these Victorian mercury glass deer.|
|We opted for a simple appetizer platter this Christmas.|
|My huge hand turned dough bowl. It stays on our harvest table all year and I change the contents based on the season. The crochet thread is from the old Crescent.|
|I love decorating with old ornaments, but I never put them on the tree. They get the attention they deserve this way.|
|Rudolph, what else?|
|This little guy followed me home from the shop!|
|Hand-carved Mexican Milagros covered angel I purchased on my last trip to Seattle. She stays up all year, but shes especially perfect for Christmas.|
I thought it would be fun to share some of my Christmas decorations from my home.
We usually get the decorating finished late, since we so much decorating at the shop. But somehow, we always seem to get it done a few days before the big day. Since we have a tradition of leaving the Christmas up until after New Year's Day (at least) we get to enjoy it a little longer. I always feel like it's still Christmas until then. So from our family to yours, I hope you enjoy a little glimpse into our home. Happy holidays and Happy New Year!
Sunday, December 22, 2013
We had a very successful show, with our biggest attendance ever; it was one crowded Grange! I hope you enjoyed this little tour of the show.