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 143 – four broken trinkets that will find a home in my art one day

day 142 – four favorite buttons

day 141 – four pastel origami cranes

day 140 – four pieces of sea glass from the cottage

day 139 – four dried up paint tubes that I can’t bring myself to throw away

day 138 – four beautiful shells

day 137 – four rocks with holes (Gimli Stones)

Guest Editor Profile – Shoshana Chava Coodin Bernstein

Shoshana Chava Coodin Bernstein

Montreal, Quebec





In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/living area) look like?

I am organized, yet really unorganized. I collect so many things that just have no place.

So I mostly box things.

In small boxes, large boxes, sometimes colour coordinated.

My favorite thing to find is a great box for storage.

There is nothing like a useful container.

Where do you normally get your things?
When I was in Winnipeg I mostly got my stuff from Value Village. When I moved to Brandon my things came from MCC thrift store, which I think is probably the best thrift store in Manitoba. Winnipegers should take a trip out there just to visit this store. Now that I am in Montreal I find the best way to find things is on garbage days!

What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?

This is a tough question. I have so many things I love, but not sure how much! The buttons and beads my Baba gave me when I was a little kid are meaningful to me. I use them sparingly in my work. I just don’t want to let them go.


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