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    The organizing nerd in me is thrilled with our well stocked, Costco proportion school lunch drawer. Everything in one place for quick access. Now that I see the pic, I need to turn the short row of Apple berry boxes-OCD problems. Added this Rose Vervain to my cart on a whim a few months ago. Not that's it's bloomed, I am so glad I did-look at those pretty flowers! Knowing it grows well here, I just might have to get a few more. #ohagardengrows Working on some master bedroom updates and sharing the progress on the blog today. I can't wait to build a new bed frame and put that green velvety goodness to use!!

Tiny Art Collection

I’ve got an unnatural fascination (bordering on obsession) with miniature things.  The smaller, the cuter, the better.  When the boys and I went to Minnesota, we collected (lake) shells.  Then I noticed a few teeny tiny ones and began searching for nearly microscopic shells.  And I found some, quite a few, actually.  Rather than keeping these mini cuties in a jar or drawer, I dug out glue, black card stock, and an empty frame to display my collection.  A small dab of glue holds each shell in place, arranged in a neat grid.


I hung the frame near my computer screen, so I can admire them while I work and remember a fun beach day with my boys.  From across the room, the shells seem to be white dots, which makes people want to go in for a closer look.


To round out the group, I added a few more small art pieces.  A wooden block with mine and Ben’s thumb prints, an old photo of Ben and his brothers, and a mini business card.


This business card from Mai Autumn is a tiny version of her Landscape with Birds painting, which is beautiful full-sized, and completely smile inducing as a mini.


I plan to buy or make a small frame and further expand this little art collection.  Because I’ve got a big thing for little things.  Whatever makes you smile, right?

Please tell me you’ve got a strange fascination with miniatures.  Or something else like turtle figurines.

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  1. Your shell art is adorable. Until reading your post I never gave much thought to little things, but now you’ve got me thinking about adding mini somethings to our home. lol

    • Hey Alli!

      Thanks! I’m almost positive anything miniature is cuter than anything actual size. :) If you add mini things, pretty please send me a link so I can drool. :)


  2. Barbara H.

     /  November 30, 2012

    Love the snails! The miniature painting business card is pretty special, too.

  3. Hey Amanda. I totally get where you’re coming from with the small shells! I can spend hours hunting them down myself on the beaches close by. And you’re right! Less is more when it comes to these little beauties. :) Also loving that mini picture. Good on you for sharing! Cheers Hx

  4. jarrahjungle

     /  December 2, 2012

    The shell art is adorable. I can definately see you adding a bit more to this collection and making it into a real wall of art. Thats the cool thing about wall art you can slowly add to it bit by bit until you get the look you want :)

  5. That’s funny because I used to have a serious thing for turtle figurines. Shelves and shelves of them. Then I realized I didn’t want to be known as the crazy turtle lady so I keep just a few of my favorites out and the rest are packed away in a box.


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