I consider myself a collector of collections. I heard this phrase somewhere awhile ago and it really struck a chord with me. So this will be an ongoing series of the various collections in my life.

Today’s collection is from an exhibit at an open-air museum in the Netherlands that we went to a few summers ago. The exhibit featured massive collections from Dutch citizens and it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Not only were the collections themselves fascinating, the way they were displayed was just as interesting.

These little gnomes were right outside the building that contained the exhibit. There were probably 100 of them.

This was a teenager’s collection of sunglasses.

Magazines of all sorts.

An entire room of crucifixes.

This was my favorite. Banks! So many banks your eyes had no idea where to start!

And the final collection featured cleverly displayed (unused) airline sick bags.


What collections do you have?


Recently posts are a lovely little patchwork of those random moments that happen through the week.

The shot I take every time I end up at the doctor. I have a lot of them. Sigh.

My friend Rit saved my life and fixed my record player. It had been a few months since any kind of tunage had happened with it. Very sad. But we’re back up and running and I even sort of made a dance party happen at Halloween. I could get used to that….

Stevo used a recipe from this website that recreates the food seen on Game of Thrones. This was a Black Beer Bread and it was awesometown. LEKKER.

The aligning of celestial objects.

We did our part. Brought down SB5.

This really freaks me out.

Thrifty Thursday.

I really haven’t had a ton of luck whilst thrifting lately…. I don’t know if I’m more picky, or just am shopping with a plan… but it makes the gems I find that much more exciting.

A few fun tags:

And the first item I’ve ever won at an auction:

Man oh man, I LOVE THIS THING.

Tuesday Tunage.

I went to a Built to Spill show this past weekend and I am so sad to say I was really underwhelmed. I usually have a blast at any and every show. But this one really threw me off. I guess I had such a different perception of what this show was going to be. But it doesn’t make me feel any differently about the songs I really do love.

Like this one.


What is it with people and surprise parties lately? Whatevs. They’re tons of fun.

This cracked me up.


My sisters and I were asked to perform for Mattevi’s big partay. Glad to oblige.

*One of the many strange things that I married into:


My high school students named these Sweeticles. I tend to call them Chocolate Pretzel Buttons, but the former does have a certain ring to it.

Finding these circular pretzels will probably be the biggest obstacle. I find them at the Amish Bulk Food store. Lay down some parchment paper to make life easier later.

Unwrapping these will be the second biggest obstacle. After that it gets really easy, I swear. I tend to steer clear of milk chocolate kisses….they don’t seem to melt the same way as hugs and dark chocolate.

Place your kisses on top of the rings. 225° for maybe six minutes.

Push your M&M (I prefer M side down) into the kiss. It will spread out into the pretzel ring.

People will swoon.

Time Travel.

I teach high school art, so I guess it kinda goes without saying that I get sick. And often. Sharing pencils, paintbrushes and just being around germy kids will definitely get you sick in your first few years of teaching. Last year I got the Epstein-Barr Virus aka Yuppie Flu aka Mono. It knocked me OUT. Sleeping for weeks.

(I hate you, you awful virus)

Well, I’m sick again. I missed three days of school this week because I’ve been sleeping. And not restful sleep. It’s like time travel….I fall asleep and then wake up instantly but six hours have passed. I had bloodwork drawn today, at my mother’s annoyingly persistent request, but I don’t know what that will tell us. Just that I still have this awful virus.

We used to have dance parties to this song in the car. Maybe I jinxed myself.

Oh well, I’ll dance anyway.

Stay healthy.