I spend way too much of my free time at secondhand stores and garage sales, where I have amassed an impressive (to me) amalgamation of mostly useless but utterly delightful oddities. Among my favorite things to collect: wooden boxes, old holiday decorations, vintage jewelry (especially lockets), Gurley candles, ironstone dishes, suitcases from bygone times, thrift store paintings, miniature log cabins, worn books and Wisconsin-y things.
In addition to collecting, I often attempt (and sometimes succeed in) making things. I do a little furniture refinishing, stenciling, general crafting and sewing. (I made the Gryffindor scarf pictured here.) I also have a mild obsession with creating vignettes and styling bookshelves.
After 20+ years of working in the newspaper industry, I am back in college today, hoping to learn a marketable skill. In the meantime, blogging allows me to scratch the perpetual itch to write, edit and create, while sharing my love of vintage baubles, good design and bad puns.