1.27.2012

The Romance of Collecting

It started when she was born .....the most gorgeous baby (I am not prejudice or anything like that :) with the sweetest rosebud mouth you have ever seen. My first grand-child…a little girl. I bought a little pottery baby shoe planter in a soft pink to commemorate her birth.

First there was one, then two....then a collection was "born". The hunt was on! These charming little mid-century shoes in soft pastel matte colors of pink, blue, yellow, green, and creamy white, were filled with a tiny plant or floral arrangement and given to mothers of newborns during their hospital stay. The 1940’s was when I was born, so collecting these sweet baby shoes held a dual purpose and I now have 35 plus of these charming pieces of history .


That’s how it starts, with just one simple item. It may be something that just simply catches your eye, piques your interest, or captures your imagination, or, like me, celebrates a special occasion. The spark is ignited and the passion is born and you set out on what may become a lifelong quest. 

There are books on anything you may want to collect, from inexpensive matchbooks to fine French antiques. Some collect for profit while others collect simply for the pure joy of it. It’s an intriguing hobby that can bring history to life. And we don’t stop the hunt just because whatever we collect is not in vogue at the time. In fact, collecting while certain items are not popular may be the best time for you since prices are down and demand is low. Some spend a week’s vacation on a hunt for a special item, while others, like me, are just delighted whenever they may serendipitously run across a piece to add to their collection.

I found this old piece just this past Wednesday while out treasure hunting and enjoying the day with friends.  Don't you just love that precious faded pink worn ribbon? Has a sweet hand painted rose on it and that yummy crazing I just love. This one is going on my website in Vintage Baby.  How sweet would this be in a new baby's room as a vessel for q-tips and other little one's needs.  Until next time.....xoxoxo

Joining these blogs and their fabulous parties this week.  Go take a peek at all the inspiration and fun. 
White Wednesday at Faded Charm, Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style,  
LaurieAnna's Farmhouse Friday, Potpourri Friday at  2805, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Vintage Inspiration Wednesday at A Very Merry Vintage Style, Open House Thursday at No Minimalist Here
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound,  
and a new party has joined the blogging world,  Joy of Savvy City Farmer is hosting Thriftn' on a Thursday


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50 comments :

Gabriela Delworth said...

HPS!


Love them!


Gabriela

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

What a sweet collection :)

I'd love to see your son's wedding photos -- I searched a little but didn't find them, can you share a link with me if you've posted them? Sounds like itw as a beautiful day. Loving your blog

Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

Beverly said...

Lynn, I think I am in love. You have gathered an incredible collection. They pull at my heartstrings.♥

Happy Pink Saturday.

Gracie's Cottage said...

What a sweet collection!

Jan

NanaDiana said...

I love those! I have a soft yellow one with a little lamb on it that was given to my mil when my hubby was born. She passed it along to me when our son was born. Love them-you have a great collection. xo Diana

Rebecca said...

Oh, what a precious collection! I love it!

-Rebecca
www.sister-dipity.blogspot.com

Cottage and Broome said...

Your little shoes are absolutely charming! Love all the pastel colors, thanks for sharing, Laura

Cindy F. Adkins said...

Now that IS a charming collection! I especially love your latest little treasure! HPS!
Cindy

Shirley said...

Lovely baby shoe's...this is a wonderful collection too. I love them..Now I have to see (not buy) how many I come across in my travels..I go to a paper show in the morning..hope to find some sweet Valentine's dealers should have cards out for V-Day...wish me luck!!!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

I love collections and this one is sweet!

Dee

xinex said...

What an adorable and sweet collection!...Christine

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Anything in pink and pastels has my vote! So sweet.

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

I know how a collection starts....and when you see one that you collect, you just can not leave it behind, either! I know all about that and so does hubby! lol!
I have always loved that sweet little shoes!
HPS!
Jil ♥

thistlewoodfarm said...

Oh Lynn! Those are so cute! I love your shoe collection (especially the pink ones)!
blessings,
karianne

chubskulit said...

I love your collection!

Pink Bathroom, have a great weekend!

PS. I am now your follower.

Susie Jefferson said...

What a fabulous collection! And what a great excuse to go antiquing (not that we need one, lol)

Just to let you know ... I've moved and am now self-hosting my blog on WordPress as 1stfloorflat.co.uk.

Happy Pink Saturday from the UK!

LV said...

What an adorable baby shoe planter collection. I have never seen that many in one place.

Blondie's Journal said...

This is the sweetest collection! I remember these as gifts from the florist. I don't know how you can part with the cutie with the laces!

Hope you have a lovely weekend, Lynn! It is warming up here, I love it!

XO,
Jane

Grace said...

Lynn what a sweet collection. I adored your photos...as usual. Happy Pink Saturday sweetie. Grace xoox

Linens and Laurel said...

Precious, each one. How fun! Happy Pink Saturday!

Linens and Laurel said...

Precious, each one. How fun! Happy Pink Saturday!

mypinkprettiesaboutme said...

I love your collection in honor of your grandbaby. I always recommend to find a baby doll that reminds you of your own. Keep one of your favorite baby outfits, and put it on your doll for a great keepsake.

HPS

LL

Charmingdesigns said...

These are wonderful. I haven't seen one in a long time.

Cat & Cricket said...

HPS!!
Love this!
How cute!
Smiles~
Cat

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh how totally CUTE!!! What a unique collection, love love love!

Trotter said...

Hi Lynn! Sorry for the delay; Happy New Year!

Amazing items you find... ;)

Blogtrotter Two is leaving Corsica, finally... ;). Enjoy and have a great year ahead!!!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

What an adorable collection, i have my moms little pottery shoe. I am sure a gift when she was born.

bohemiannie! art said...

Precious collection! I have several of the real thing and treasure them.

jennspeacornpopnuts.com said...

Okay, who got the boot? I always nix the urge to peek for the purpose of obtaining - because I figure that'll just add complications to following links - I stick mostly to reading and drooling. However, this time, I clicked. Oh! Sold out! Who's the lucky one? That is a precious baby boot.
Oh, yes, wait, did you miss type that birth year? I went hunting for a closer-up photo. Nah.... No way.
Happy Pink Saturday. Now I've "collected" teapots, mugs, teacups, saucers, cheesecake pie, chocolatey dessert and a baby boot. Ha. Seem I'm interested in them. Oh, the foody things were on the side. Enjoyed my visit w/ya. Now, lets' see if my Open ID will work. If it doesn't you'll find I switched to Google - it's been finicky lately and forces me to use it. :( Which means two clicks for you if you use my icon. Hugs, Jenn

Fun With This and That said...

Great collection.Hope you have a great week

Terri said...

What a fabulous collection! I don't think I have seen these little shoes before, but now that I have seen yours, I am sure I will see some. They are so pretty in the pastel shades.
Hugs,
Terri

Sunny said...

Morning! That is the sweetest collection! Thank you for sharing your collection of shoes. The last one found is the sweetest. Have a great week. Sunny

Dru said...

I've loved seeing your beautiful collection. I have two that I have collected simply because I love them - such simple beauty. Thanks so much for sharing, and Happy Pink Saturday to you, Dru

Claudia said...

I don't know what I'd do without my collections! You're so right - they just happen. I love this sweet pastel baby shoe collection. I'm sure you'll find even more treasures out there.

xo
Claudia

Ireland said...
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andrea said...

This is quite a unique collection, indeed. I have never seen another grouping like this! I, too, have a little pink bootie that's been in teh the fam for quite some time, but nothing as magnificent as your collection. It's surely a treasure. Just look at all the births they commemorate! I wonder who they all grew up to be? andrea@townandprairie

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh, that is the cutest collection, something different and something to always be on the hunt for! I am so glad your dress form is going to join in! I don't like the dry brushing over wood either, but both of those pieces are sold, people love it...Go figure LOL!!

Carol

kitty said...

What a wonderful collection! I have my bootie from when I was born. I should really do something with it!!

Okio B Designs said...

What an adorable collection! I love the little ceramic shoes we got for our boys. Sadly, no more babies = no more little shoes. =)

Jeanine

Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

I have several little baby shoes like you collect but I never knew they were given to new mothers! Thanks for sharing your beautiful collection. Your photos are lovely. I'm your newest follower and I hope you'll pop over to Cottage and Creek and follow back. I have my first ever Giveaway going on and I invite you to enter and share in the fun.
Lynn
Email: Lynn@nsytes.com
www.cottageandcreek.com

cityfarmer said...

I had this exact collection ... I mean exactly
it soothes my soul!

I love it when you link up!
it means alot

victoriantailor said...

Oh, those collections, but I do love them! sweet little shoes,

chateau chic said...

What a sweet collection! Collections are definitely a sign of a nestor. I have many. :-)
Mary Alice

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Cool. I've never seen that many in one place. It really is a sweet collection.

M.Kate said...

Hello Lynn, I missed you. I missed all the goodies in this blog too. Wow...beautiful collection. I am crazy over blue chinese porceleins, but still not so many like yours :) just a few...one is an antique belonging to my grandmother. Happy week my friend...lots of love/mK

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, This is the sweetest collection and I love that it started with the birth of your granddaughter! Thank you for sharing your cute baby shoes at the Open House party. Hugs, Sherry

Ivy and Elephants said...

Lynn,
This is the most precious collections. What a tribute to your grand-daughter. I think I am in love with each and every piece. Thanks so much for sharing!

Paula

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Beautiful & Sweet collection, I have seen these before, in fact I think I have one in a cupboard somewhere... I never realized they were for flowers or planter to give upon the birth for someone, I always remember the larger ones, like the basinet & such.... Thanks for sharing & hope you'll stop by~
Have a wonderful week
Cheryl

Honey at 2805 said...

How sweet! Thank you for sharing this lovely post at Potpourri Friday!

Eclectically Vintage said...

I love collecting vintage - never knew about these adorable shoes. Your collection is fantastic and a real conversation piece!
Kelly

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