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 325 – four ways to take a lunch

1. Vintage Thermos: A Value Village find, featuring a fine selection of prairie fowl.
2. Vintage tin picnic basket: My 5th Anniversary gift for Britt.
3. Britt’s lunch pail: A frugal reminder (to a frugal man) to pack his lunch everyday.
4. Otis’s hand made snack bag: A local crafter’s super-utility bag for moms and kids.

day 324 – four wooden kitchen utensils

1. Hand-carved cherry spatula
2. Typhoon rolling pin
3. Olive wood mortar & pestle
4. Bamboo cutting board

Woodn’t it be nice if everything in life was so thoughtfully crafted?
Yes, these items must be hand-washed and will warp over time, but they’re oh so lovely.

day 323 – four measuring cups

In baking, precision of measurement is crucial to quality.
How do you think these measure up?

day 322 – four cake stands

If baking is a creative art, then cake stands are the framing. I like to imagine each one of these pedestals has played an important supporting role in countless celebrations.

day 321 – four vintage pins

Long before the trend of everyone and their dog (and their dog’s band) having a button-making machine, I like to imagine these pins being a very big deal and bringing joy to the people receiving them. Birds and birthday cakes typically have that effect.

day 320 – four vintage milk bottle caps

Call me sentimental, but the memory of taking home fresh milk from my grandma and grandpa’s dairy farm makes me wish I could purchase my milk in a glass bottle today. Vintage ephemera such as these milk bottle caps also have me longing for days gone by when there was a clear and personal connection to local food producers.