Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Collection from Nature
Isn't it funny how when you have a new love everything seems to move to support it? Just as we are becoming seriously passionate about our nature display--lovingly curating it, playing with it, photographing it and changing it daily--I come across these inspiring pictures of nature collections in the equally inspiring and wonderful blog In Heywood's Meadow. So now I must post more pictures of our nature collection in all its splendor as of Sunday afternoon. The treasures are growing in number so we had to add a bowl.
The display never stays the same for long. Little hands can't resist touching, piling and rearranging things, new things get found and added, which is precisely my objective. To bring in the beauty and wonder of nature, to appreciate these gifts and incorporate them into our lives, to in ways mimic the eternally changing nature of... well, nature!
I must say that finding the perfect receptacles for the collection has done a great deal to inspire us. I had been searching for months and wanted something organic-looking, in wood or white. Finally, I came across these candle trays at West Elm. I had to get two different ones and love how the light and dark allow us to play with contrasting colors. The slight compartments divide things nicely, but the fact that they are shallow keep our finds visible and prevent us from gathering too much of a good thing. One perfect pine cone is plenty. Then again, one perfect acorn cap is not enough it seems!