day 403 – four thank yous

This is the final post of four things on but the site will remain open with updates on the things to come.

This has been a truly amazing year with this project. From day one I knew when I was organizing my studio and seeing how many small collections of things I kept and really loved, to Allison Sommers first post on January 2nd 2011, and in early November when all weeks had been assigned, and now when everything is all said and done that the concept of this project was something people really enjoy. We love our stuff and other peoples as well.

I can’t thank the Guest Editor’s enough for making this what it is. It takes courage to expose the things we hold onto. The Guest Editor’s did it and the internet has found out a little more about each of them.

I encourage everyone to keep checking back to find out what is next for this little project. My hope is a bound book and art exhibition. But I am open to other possibilites.

My humble thank you to everyone who made this possible and the collectors around the world, past, present, and future.

Happy New Year.

s. arden hill

day 311 – four embroidered pictures

1) Apple Blossoms

2) Foxglove

3) Gladioli

4) Cat

day 310 – four containers of lip balm

1) rose

2) chocolate

3) vanilla

4) medicated

day 309 – four pieces of vintage crockery

1) Because it was different.

2) Because my cakes needed a platform.

3) Because somebody was going to throw it out.

4) Because of the golden starburst motif.


day 308 – four skeins of embroidery thread

1) DMC

2) Blomstergarn

3) Anchor

4) Madeira Silk


day 307 – four souvenirs

1) Mexico City

2) Ambositra

3) Vancouver

4) Paris

day 306 – four spice jars

1) Grind and add to plain sugar cookies.

2) Try in risotto.

3) Delicious in blackcurrant compote.

4) Gives depth to chilli con carne.



day 305 – four cat toys


1) A hand-sewn heart.

2) A laser mouse (oh, do they go wild for it).

3) A catnip-scented bird.

4) A miniature whale.

Guest Editor’s Profile – Annika


London, England

In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/living area) look like? please describe.
Even though I like things neat, I am sadly not the world’s tidiest person. My kitchen is my most organized workspace. My pride and joy. Apart from that, you will probably be able to find craft supplies and projects in different stages of development scattered all over the house and garden. I am constantly trying to remember where I left things. I am in the progress of creating a dedicated craft room, but at the moment it’s still more of a glorified storage cupboard.

Where do you normally get your things?
I love old stuff. Therefore, I love flea markets, charity shops, eBay, antique stores, skips, yard sales and my parents’ and grandparents’ houses. I love food. Therefore, I love markets, organic box schemes, ethnic grocery shops, foreign countries, the cookery section in book stores, the countryside and bakeries. I love crafts. Therefore, I love fabric stores, the haberdashery department at John Lewis, craft fairs, Etsy, traditional London market stalls and the internet.

What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?
There are many things that I would or could not want to live without. But my greatest and most triumphant acquisition? A designer plate rack from the 60s that I bought for 99p (and that still has not found its proper place in my home).


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