I have always liked the stories that random groups of funny and meaningful things tell when put together. The one in the picture sits in front of an old collage I did a million years ago and includes a buddha head I bought for peace of mind before a recent surgery, a vintage sprinkler head I found at a garage sale, a tiny enamel blue bird pin, a vintage dog sculpture I got at the summer antiques fair and a new bud vase, filled with love in the mist cut from the garden this morning. Recently, I found these great trays from publique living which work as a perfect canvas for these kind of collections.
A few years ago, I was lucky enough to visit the Eames house in Santa Monica which is available for tours through the Eames foundation. The wonderful arrangements that Ray Eames used to make of precious objects and fresh flowers throughout the house are kept up to this day by the staff of the foundation. They are so beautiful and very inspiring.