Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pretty Collections

My Dad used to collect foreign coins when he was a boy, and my uncle collected all sorts of vintage postage stamps.

There's something charming about collecting old things. Things that have been loved by someone else, things that you don't see often in today's world. Trinkets and plates and cups and boxes... I love the idea of collecting dainty, vintage items, and locking them away in a secret box to give to my future children. Like a little time capsule. But then there are vintage lovelies that are just too gorgeous to lock away.

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Who would be able to lock away the gorgeous items found in the lovely store Trampoline? I am seriously in love with this store. It is owned by Kim Ludy (aka ethanollie), who has a keen eye for beauty. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I want almost every item from her store. Her store in itself is a lovely collection of dainty, delicate, beautiful finds. Everything in it reminds me of a lovely poem, tucked away in a notebook with gorgeous frayed edges, but written meticulously by hand on a lovely piece of stationery. Ah, Trampoline is sheer and utter bliss!

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Ethanollie's lovely collection is inspired by old pictures. She scours photo blogs, magazines and art, and the lucky duck has photographic memory! She easily recalls photos she has seen online and remembers it when recreating a project or styling for her shop (isn't her shop styling magnificent?!). Color is also a big inspiration. She likes interesting color combinations that aren't the every-day, like combinations of lavender and red, or pink dotted with fragments of orange. Her taste is fabulous!

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Even her taste in dessert is perfection - her favorites are anything with custartd and caramel, or a delicate fruit pie. Anything with a crust captivates her taste buds, and I must admit, now that I think about it - I agree!

Ethanollie is giving away one of three gorgeous items to one of you readers! You can choose between the following (all pictured above):
- the set of Antique Botanical Lithograph Prints (by James Sowerby, 1873).
- the Vintage Letterpress Blocks, which would be wonderful as a decor piece, or for printing sweet sentiments of love.
- the Vintage Folk Linen Dish Towel. This would look lovely as a wall hanging, or Ethanollie also suggested using it for a DIY pillowcase!

To enter this charming giveaway, please leave a comment here letting me know which of the three you would like to win, and also let me know if you have any collections of your own. I will announce the winner on Sunday.

*Product images courtesy of ethanollie

(PS. The winner of last week's Studiotto giveaway is Rhianne - yay!)
(PPS. I am guest posting today at Kotori. Come visit!)

54 comments:

MYSAVIOR said...

Over the years I have had many collections from owls to miniatures to dolls. I am now an ephemera collector. I love looking at vintage magazines and seeing the advertisements, vintage postcards from places that no longer exist. They bring me back to a calmer and more peaceful time.

The item that I love in the giveaway is the wooden block of hugs and kisses. I love anything carved out of wood.

Jaime said...

I love the flower lithographs!

I don't collect much- when I was younger, I collected items for my dollhouse! Guess I need an adult collection now... :)

Hannah Chandler. said...

I know exactly where I would put the antique botanical prints! They are lovely.

As for collecting, I have just started picking up milk glass vases & urns whenever I can. I love the simplicity of a succulent planted in one. They look great and are hard to kill. Double whammy.

Hello, darling said...

I don't think I collect anything that romantic. I collect magazines and keep all the covers in a special book, so I guess that counts. I love the lithograph prints, they are beautiful. Hope your doing well Dionne!

Kaye Prince said...

I collect lots of things: vintage books, vintage sewing notions, fabric, camels, vintage Pyrex, pretty much anything that I think is pretty and a little different from the things you usually find in the twenty-somethings home.

I definitely love the lithograph prints and that's what I'd choose if I won.

Hope you had a great time in Vegas!

Rebecca said...

the botanical prints are amazing, as is her whole store! what fabulous, fabulous style and taste.

i like to collect vintage glass bottles. it's fun when i find one to store food in...vintage beauty and function:)

Brittany said...

Lately, I've discovered that I love old vintage clocks. If I collected something besides magazines and jewelry...I'd collect clocks.

LBB said...

Eek!!! I was excited to see you feature this shop! I recently came upon Trampoline and I love peaking in there at her goodies and photos from time to time! I adore that set of botanical prints. So neat!
Oh, and I hope you had a lovely getaway, Dionne. Can't wait to see some pics! :)

Phoenix said...

I used to collect dollhouse furniture and miniatures, from everywhere I went around the world. As I grew older and outgrew that dollhouse, I still find myself charmed by little miniatures.

Your blog posts are always so inspiring and thoughtful. Love 'em!

Michelle said...

What a wonderful shop! I love her photography, too. I would definitely love the Vintage Folk Linen Dish Towel. It's so unique and pretty!

Kotori said...

What a beautiful shop - I do love those letterpress letters... so fun!

Thanks so much for guest blogging today! I loved your top 5. (I knew I would!)

Gaia said...

Talking about etsy store...
I've finally featured your etsy store in my las post. I hope you 'll like it. If you think that I have to change something or hadd aomething feel free to write me I'll do whatever you'll ask me to do.

http://alices-adventuresinwonderland.blogspot.com/2009/10/etsy-favourite-store-of-week-city-of.html

Talking about collecting...I love headnads and old buttons that maybe one day I'll use.

I'd like to win the the Vintage Letterpress Blocks. they will be perfect on my next new home!

Thanks a lot for being so fantastic!

Gaia

p.s.: I think Ethanollie's etsy store will be the next to be featured!

Gaia said...

I've just visited the blog MAggiSaar...I really hope to win the necklace...
I'm glad you like the post, you really deserve it!

michelle said...

I love all of it....I have gotten really into these kinds of items lately...I think since scouring my Grandmothers cottage and finding such interesting treasures of hers...

lovely things!
m :)

Cyma said...

I just discovered your blog via adventures in wonderland, and its lovely.
I love those botanical prints :)

TopHat said...

Oh! I could find the perfect place for the botanical prints!

hrfarley at gmail dot com

As for collecting, I'm a Charlie Brown fan, so we have a lot of Charlie Brown stuff: towels, toys, pens, notebooks, blankets. Lots of stuff!

Anonymous said...

great giveaway my fingers are crossed. I would love to win the vintage folk linen tea cloth.Thanks for the giveaway.helen


malfie@care2.com

Lily said...

i like the letterpress blocks!
and when i was younger, i collected awesome looking rocks.
Lmhoot@flash.net

Little Miss Tiara said...

haha, I never really had a proper collection. I'm an easily bored person =S but I'm collecting gifts from my friend, whatever it is, I keep them in a special corner in my room. Whenever I look at them, I feel blessed to have create such friendship. those are priceless, no?

Cat said...

I love love love the flower lithographs!

I collect yarn, but I also collect vinyl albums and I have a modest collection of troll dolls. I'm a bit of a packrat.

Hilary Leister said...

Since I was a little girl, I've collected turtles... turtle candles, turtle stuffed animals, glass turtles, plastic turtles, anything TURTLE!

I like the Vintage Letterpress Box... I think it would be so much fun to play around with :)

-Hilary

LoveCharlesVintage said...

I would absolutely want to win the set of Antique Botanical Lithograph Prints. I love them.
I collect teeth, I know it's kind of a strange collection, but I just love the look of a newly polished tooth.
I have a box of them on my dresser.
Thanks for the chance to win!

-Lily

lilygreig at gmail dot com

LoveCharlesVintage said...

Not human teeth.. by the way.

tanya904 said...

I collect anything that I can find of Marilyn Monroe. My grandmother used to watch her films with me when I was a child and I have loved her since.. I would like to win the Folk Linen Tea Cloth
thanks
tanyainjville@yahoo.com

paperhill said...

i have far too many collections! i love vintage, thanks for visiting!

janil said...

I love set antique botanical but I fell in love with all in her shop too!!!!

I collect vintage items too, in general.

Thanks for the chance!

cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

Angel.Pearls said...

Pretty blog I found here! I'd love to take part in the GiveAway, and I think the "the set of Antique Botanical Lithograph Prints " is just adorable! I'm collecting beautiful things: seashells, soft stones, beads...
Now I'll have a look at your Etsy! Have a great day//Eva

the Lost Earring said...

The lithograph prints would be my pick. They'd look great in our new kitchen.

I collect memories.

Ashley said...

I'd love to win the letterpress blocks and I collect bird-themed items! :)

pippirose said...

I collect owls, dolls, vintage cameras, books...and the list goes on.
I would pick the Folk Art Linen Tea Cloth.
:o)
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

Renee said...

I love the botanical prints. I don't collect anything though.

Priscila said...

oh yes...old things are so fun@! Infact Im having a giveaway of all fun and cute old things
check it out!

xoxo
Priscila
littlemissheirlooms.blogspot.com

roro said...

Oh gosh.. collections.. I collect stamps religiously:) Coins, pressed pennies, ATCs, postcards and red/white kitchen items!

I would love to win the Vintage Folk Linen Dishtowel. It reminds me of growing up in Bulgaria.

<3<3




Thanks for doing this!:)

xx
Rossi
youmey0u@yahoo.com

Kaye Prince said...

Hey Dionne! I do go to Fabricland quite a bit, but it is not my favourite. It's a little old-lady and I find most of the staff to be pretty rude and unhelpful. Oh well, maybe if I got a job there I could turn things around, haha!

Grasshopper Pie is like a mint mousse pie with a crushed chocolate wafer crust. It was pretty popular in the 50s and 60s. Here's a link to a recipe I found on the Food Network site: http://www.foodtv.ca/recipes/recipedetails.aspx?dishid=3432

Linda K said...

I like the vintage letterpress blocks

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Carissa said...

I love the lithograph prints and the letterpress blocks! so hard to choose!! I guess I will go with.... the blocks! :)

as for collecting things, I used to collect rocks and shells as a kid. I'm sure I still have my stash at my parents house. I don't collect much now, at least not in the way of vintage finds... though I did recently buy a couple of super old books that I just adore. I would love to expand on that collection.

carissanicole@gmail.com

Splendid Willow said...

Hello. I am here because Gaia said I HAD to pay a visit - and I am glad I did! (And I will be back!)

I am collecting heart shaped rocks (that we find out in the nature) and old 18th c. vellum books. I like real, simple and organic things.

I am putting my name into the hat for - Oh boy! There are so many lovelies! - the botanical prints. They are beautiful and would look so lovely in my old Swedish (think light gray walls) dining room.

P.S But the cute little birdie could also move in w. me!

Monika.

Bombtastic Belle said...

I loooove the vintage letterpress blocks :)
eod_army_wife04(at)yahoo(dot)com

Truly Smitten said...

love that vintage dice box! I used to love collecting dice when I was little....I don't know why.

bison61 said...

I like the set of botanical prints and I don't really collect anything but I do have a number of glass cream pitchers from my grandmother and mother that I love

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

Amber said...

I am a biology major, so I would just LOVE the vintage lithograph prints! I collect ACEOs myself :)
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Darcy said...

I would love the letterpress blocks.

I love to collect books.

kei'sblog said...

I like the vintage letter press block the best, although the Fold linen dishtowel reminds me a lot of when I was in Portugal.

dpc0ntest at yahoo.com

Just wanted to let you know that I added your contest to doubleprizes.com and hopefully more people find your blog.

http://doubleprizes.com/contests/722

Vanessa Lai said...

I collect vintage cameras and have built up quite the collection.

I'm in it for the botanical lithograph prints, hands down.

Thanks for this giveaway!

SewSweetStitches said...

I love the dishtowel!
I collect Fiestaware too!
Melissa
sewsweetstitches_on_etsyATyahoo.com

malibu.bunny.xo said...

My favorite are the Vintage Letterpress Blocks! And I have many many collections! Among them- crystal perfume bottles, cigarette holders, Charlie's Angels memorabilia, costume jewelry, the list goes on and on!
malibu.bunny.xo@live.ca

Christina Moreno said...

I love the lithograph prints. I am new to your lovely blog!

Thanks :)
flowersofthesun at gmail

ScottieinaCanoe said...

I collect vintage belts and scarves, I have a scottish terrier so I collect vintage scottie dog items especially from the 30's and 40's, I also collect matte white pottery pieces.

My favorite of this group ( and it is hard to pick a favorite among such wonderful items!) are the letterpress blocks :)

Anne J said...

I love the lithograph prints. When my kids were younger I collected old Fisher Price toys, but I have been gradually getting rid of the collection now that they are older. Of course my kids actually played with the toys, so they aren't worth as much as when I got them.

Ľubaša said...

I would choose the set of Antique Botanical Lithograph Prints (by James Sowerby, 1873). I always dreamed about having flower prints at home. thanks. Lubica
lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

Dana said...

Hello again :) Totally enjoying your blog! Collections? As a kid, I collected bells and spoons ...neither of which really thrill me now. Like another reader, I might buy vintage fisher price toys when I come across them at garage sales ... I think they're really cute. I also am on the hunt for bauer dishes. Oh ... and Joan Walsh Anglund stuff is really sweet.

P.S. My choice would be the lithograph prints.

Aik said...

I'd choose the set of Antique Botanical Lithograph Prints (by James Sowerby, 1873).

I collect stamps, antiques and ancient coins. =)

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Dionne said...

Thanks for your comments! This giveaway is now closed.

Gaia said...

After your fantastic etsy store, I've decided to dedicate to Ethanollie the next "favourite etsy store of the week ".

There is something also about you!

It's thanks to you I always discover new treasures!