“To Collect is to Write a Life”

November 7, 2011

I like the following quotes from William Davies King, Collections of Nothing:

“To collect is to write a life.”

“For all of us, the pursuit has its pleasures, and some sensation of fulfillment comes in the rhythm of acquisition.”

“Collecting is a way of linking past, present, and future.  Objects from the past get collected in the present to preserve them for the future.  Collecting processes presence . . .”

Vintage embroidered linens

Sugar bowl and creamer from my sister's mother-in-law

From my sister's collection of Johnson transferware turkey plates

I always enjoy visiting my sister’s house.  She is an avid gardener, an excellent cook and baker, and a professional quilter.  Her house is full of her collections of things that reflect her varied interests.  You’ll see what I mean when you look at these photos of her home:

My sister's farmhouse kitchen

Dining room with handmade quilted table runners, place mats, and cupboard full of dishes

Living room chock full of handmade quilts

Front porch, my favorite room in the house

My sister's bedroom - more quilts


7 Responses to ““To Collect is to Write a Life””

  1. Donna Says:

    Rosemary I can see why you love that front porch…I love to collect old things that were from a family member…old linens especially. We have begun to use them as my loving relatives would have wanted…

  2. garden2day Says:

    Beautiful-such charm and character. Your sister’s house gives that warm, welcome feeling.

  3. Lynne Says:

    I’ve long been interested in material culture: what the things we choose to live with mean and what they tell us about ourselves. For anyone similarly interested, I recommend Edmund deWaal’s The Hare with Amber Eyes, a memoir that combines elements of history, biography, and art/art history as well. Fascinating!

  4. sandy bessingpas Says:

    Rosemary-you always make everything in my house look so nice-I enjoy looking at things through the eye of your camera

  5. Renee Says:

    What a beautiful inviting home. I envy your sister and along with being a great cook I can see that she is a wonderful housekeeper too.

  6. sartenada Says:

    I am mute. All are so beautiful and interesting. Stylish, I say. Do You have photos from those quilts in the third photo from the bottom? To me quilts and patchworks are always very interesting, because my wife has made some of them.

    • Rosemary Says:

      A couple of years ago I photographed all of the quilts I’ve made over the years, but I have yet to photograph my sister’s quilts.


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