I have people write to me all the time and ask me how I find my pretty collections of things. The truth is, I am always on the lookout for things that appeal to me. When I find something I absolutely love...that I am drawn to...I try to buy it. I don't always have a purpose for it in mind and, often, it does not yet belong to a particular "collection". For me, the best part about collecting is that it takes time. While I am not a super patient person by nature, I do love watching my collections grow and evolve over the years. Take these colored glasses as an example....
I have loved colored glass ever since I was a little girl and admired my grandmother's beautiful glasses. She kept them displayed on her window sills, so that the sunlight would pass through them and create a kaleidoscope of color throughout the room. It was mesmerizing. Later, I started collecting my own colored glass in college...both vintage and modern (like these). Whenever I found a style or color that I loved, I bought it. Now days, I may have a lot less cabinet space, but I also have a large collection of glasses that I just adore.
The tall pink goblets are from Laura Ashley (back when she had shops here in the U.S.). These aqua ones are my favorites (as is evidenced by my blog cover shot!).
They are from Anthropologie. I actually bought them many years ago, but they still carry the same ones today. These lavender ones are so, so pretty and such a hard-to-find color...
So, you see, a collection doesn't really happen overnight, so don't expect it to. Enjoy the hunt...the search...and before you know it, you, too, will have a pretty collection of your own!