A Junker's Collection - Part One

October 24th, 2009 in blog     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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The first of my circle of junk collection. I love the monochromatic color way of this grouping. A found ball of string, a well-worn carnival ball, and a shot put resting on vintage tailors tape are the elements in this collage. I enjoy the story behind each of these pieces, but my favorite is the shot put. Not only is it a a sphere, but it also bears the same number that my son wore on his hockey jersey throughout his career. Very special!!
More spheres, but this time with lots of color. These are Scottish bowling balls, or so I have been told. They are absolutely beautiful. Anyone up for a game? I think they are too pretty to bowl with!
This image and the next show a collection within a collection...weights and balances. These are the weights, some tall some short, but all round.
Now for the balance. Those of you who know me know that I go Cocoa Puffs for scales. There is just something about them that gest my junking mojo going. I have them in every nook and cranny in my home. They dont just sit around all day with nothing to do either. I make them work for their room and board!
Ahhh, the ever popuar door knob. I have a plethera of these little babies in all different sizes and materials, but as we all know by now...they are all round. And yes, they do come in other shapes. Knobs, for me are building blocks for projects so I have them lying about the house for inspiration. One by one they get used for a project and then I have the fun of repleniching my collection. 
Buttons and bows. OK, so there are no bows, but I do have beautiful, beautiful, beautiful button boards. They are fun to display as unexpected artwork. 
Round on round...I just cant get enough of the circle thing. This is one of my favorite gear molds, another collection within a collection. Youve seen most of my gear molds before, but its nice to look at them in another light; as part of my circle collection.
Large or small it makes no difference to me...I adore gear molds.
The next likely part of my collection of course would be the gears made from gear molds. Ha!
Then there is my time clock which in itself is a collection of circles. The clock, the wheel, and on the inside all of those round gears. This is a dream piece if you are intrigued by all things round. 
Look at all of the circles here my friends. Need I say more? I love old crusty round stools and this is my favorite of all.
And there are the musical instruments and parts. Can you guess what my other favorites are other than the mouthpieces? Drums and tambourines. What do they have in common? I pretty sure you guessed it.
The first of my circle of junk collection. I love the monochromatic color way of this grouping. A found ball of string, a well-worn carnival ball, and a shot put resting on vintage tailors tape are the elements in this collage. I enjoy the story behind each of these pieces, but my favorite is the shot put. Not only is it a a sphere, but it also bears the same number that my son wore on his hockey jersey throughout his career. Very special!!

The first of my circle of junk collection. I love the monochromatic color way of this grouping. A found ball of string, a well-worn carnival ball, and a shot put resting on vintage tailor's tape are the elements in this collage. I enjoy the story behind each of these pieces, but my favorite is the shot put. Not only is it a a sphere, but it also bears the same number that my son wore on his hockey jersey throughout his career. Very special!!


A collection represents a group of objects, known as its elements. Some collections allow duplicate elements and others do not. Some are ordered and others unordered. A collection is a set of objects collected for their interest, value, or beauty. These are a couple of dictionary definitions of the word collection. I think many people think a collection has to be a grouping of many like items. Pottery, china, sporting goods, etc. When I was looking through my house it became obvious to me that I collect things of a certain shape...round or circular. Hmmm... I wonder what that says about me? What are you drawn to? Please share!


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Comments (14)

Shelley_ writes: Love your circles ... all of it is really cool stuff! Posted: 2:11 pm on October 29th
DesignTurnpike writes: Awesome, fun, cool stuff! Posted: 12:52 pm on October 28th
writes: Sue,
I love this post. I too have a thing for gears and circles and rounds, etc. and am drooling over your collection...

Jenny K Posted: 12:23 am on October 28th
CottageElements writes: Looks like some of my favorite things. I must be a round kind of gal, too! I feel like that's the way my body's going, too. Ooops. TMI! LOL!

Lani Posted: 11:19 pm on October 27th
cobblecreek writes: O sO lOvely is yOur cOllectiOn Of rOund Objects...lOve it!

While many things draw me in, letters & words grab my heart every time. Not love letters, but marquee letters, outdoor sign letters, anagram tiles, print sets, Dick & Jane teacher phrase cards... Posted: 1:37 pm on October 27th
monakent writes: The gears and the stool are my favorites. I too, have a thing for circles. LOVE your collections. gailmarie Posted: 5:42 pm on October 25th
RustyDiva writes: Love your collection of round! Lovin the chippy white ball in the first picture. I'll have to think deeper about this question because I'm so eclectic. Obvious response is lover of all things rusty!

Kenda Posted: 2:44 pm on October 25th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Round and round and round she goes. Where she stops, nobody knows. We have a winner!! What a wonderful abundance of curvilinear collections, Sue! I will take one of each and be on my way.

As far as my collections go...looks look I am a girl that likes shiny things. Busted up and broken perhaps, but always shiny. :)

Great post.
Candy Posted: 10:11 am on October 25th
upyourattic writes: I, too, am a "round" ~ I just pointed this out to my sister last week-end and we were laughing about it. She is so much an "angular" ~ liking things with a diamond shape! It's funny how we even were comparing our jewelry and there they were - my rounds and her marquise shaped rings! I'll have to check Google to see if I can find out what this means??!~?~?

Love your collections. I'm off to fine tune some of my stuff so thanks for the inspiration~

patti Posted: 9:44 am on October 25th
DownHomeDIY writes: Well my friend, this collection clearly deserves a round of applause. Or, better yet a standing "O".
~MB
Posted: 8:56 am on October 25th
alicemom writes: Sue,
It's your circle of friends..........It always keeps expanding just as your collection.
Smiles, alice
love it what ever the reason!!! Posted: 10:52 pm on October 24th
shabbychick writes: Sue - loving your collections - - round and round they go, and where they stop??? OK - they don't ---- they just go on and on and on.....

(I've got a few of those "neverending" collections too!)

The gear mold is so cool!!!

Take care, Kathy Posted: 10:25 pm on October 24th
suewannabeinkc writes: Great collection! I wonder if the attraction to round things has something to do with the infinite nature of circles? Maybe kind of a timeless thing - sort of like the junk we bring into our homes?
Joanne Posted: 5:57 pm on October 24th
ALVN writes: "You spin me right round, baby
Right round like a record, baby
Right round, round, round"

Amy :)


Posted: 5:13 pm on October 24th
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