I started collecting things as a preteen. First it was stickers, and as the years passed I moved on to blue glass bottles, then perfume bottles (still a weakness), Canton, another passion sparked by my grandmother, tiny boxes, and vintage linens. Years ago, I also started a collection of items with a strawberry motif. I've collected vintage strawberry-print napkins at flea markets and antique shops, and when we lived in London, I slowly amassed every item that Cath Kidston created in her sweet strawberry fabric - from children's bags to tiny seat cushions and place mats.
One of the most thoughtful gifts I received from my parents for my birthday this year was a set of handmade bowls decorated with strawberries. Knowing my love of the Cath Kidston print, my mom took a picture of the fabric and emailed it to one of her oldest friends, artist, potter and author, Judy Segal (who happens to be the mother of one of my oldest friends). Judy hand fashioned the tiny bowls, and hand painted strawberries. I was blown away by the thought and the love and care that went into every square inch of each bowl. I love that with each new addition to my collection there is a meaningful story and special memories.
Photographs thanks to Tiia Norsym
A table setting with Judy's pieces mixed with vintage linens and Cath Kidston
A Cath Kidston seat cushion
Judy's daughter, Christine, in the middle, and me on the right