The Colour Collaborative: August: Collections

28 Aug 2014

This month I am very excited to be a guest blogger for the Colour Collaborative. Especially as the theme is 'collections'!

As long as I can remember I have loved collecting things. Especially bits picked up when out and about. Growing up on the Isle of Wight, we were lucky to be surrounded by wonderful countryside and sandy beaches. As a family, we would spend countless hours beach combing or walking our dog through the forest and woods.

I remember we all had our own little 'thing' we liked to collect at the seaside. My mum would pick up little yellow shells and my nan pieces of pale yellow and pink rounded quartz. My sister and I were always on the lookout for sea glass, especially rare cobalt blue pieces.

I have a memory of my Grandad holding out his closed hands for me to choose one of the treasures he'd found on the beach. I picked the hand with a pretty pink Cameo that must have fallen out of someone's jewellery. The other hand, and my sisters treasure, was a big piece of blue sea glass.

My love of collecting is something I have passed on to the kids and they can spend ages picking up treasures that catch their eye. Filling up their little bags or pockets with unusual stones, shells and driftwood, and often brightly coloured pieces of plastic too, their colours worn and softened by the sea, but still vivid enough to stand aloud from the abundance of pebbles.

My favourite thing to collect is sea glass. I could spend hours looking for those ocean tumbled shapes in hues of white, seafoam, green and brown and the occasional piece of blue - oh how I still get excited when I find a piece of blue! They're like little frosted jewels, standing out amongst the calm and muted greys and browns of the sand and stones.

In the Autumn our collections turn to treasures picked up at parks and the woods. We gather conkers, acorns and brightly coloured leaves in warm hues - our collections now a mixture of rich reds, golden yellows, and earthy browns.

By the feeling of the weather here this week, I don't think it will be long before we're picking up Autumnal finds. We've already found a few conkers and pretty seed pods. Oh Summer, how did you disappear so soon!


Don't forget to visit the other Colour Collaborative blogs for more of this month's posts, just click on the links below.

Annie at Annie Cholewa
Sandra at Cherry Heart
Jennifer at Thistlebear

What is The Colour Collaborative?

All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff. Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together? Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too. We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.


  1. Oh, your photos! Gorgeous, I could look at them for hours. Your sea glass collection is outstanding, I don't know when I've ever seen such a mixture of colours. All I ever find is green. x

  2. such beautiful collections, you arrange & photograph them so beautifully. I'll pop over to the other colour collaborators.

  3. It's been lovely to come and visit you as part of the colour collaborative this month, it's a lovely post and your photos are wonderful! I'm new to your blog so will have a little look around while I'm here :)

    S x

  4. A lovely collection of various items. The seaglass is lovely, I would like to collect some of that, but I never ever find any! Oh well, perhaps one day. You certainly have a wide range of colours. xx

  5. This is a really cool idea! I love collecting things from the beach, unfortunately the beach here says it's 'prohibited' although people still do it!
    Lauren // OhHay Blogs!

  6. I love sea glass, I've got some displayed on a plate near our front door and I'm slowly filling a tall glass jar with it, it really is as good as finding treasure :) xxx

  7. Gorgeous, gorgeous post! And as ever your images are stunning. I am envious of your sea glass collection ... it's not something you find on the sandy beaches of North Wales.

    Thank you so much for taking part this month Caroline.

  8. I really love your collections, Caroline. They're beautiful and the colors are so vibrant. I like sea glass too, though I don't get to the beach often. I particularly like the photo where you placed the different colored bits all in a row, it's very pretty.

  9. Such wonderful photos as always, your collections are always so beautifully displayed. The sea glass is my favourite too, I have a jar of it in the kitchen that we've picked up locally. The wood is lovely as well, I so like to see the weathering effect that the sea has on things. I like to imagine them rolling around in the surf, over and over and over again. No doubt we'll be off collecting conkers and autumny things very soon too. A really enjoyable post Caroline. CJ xx

  10. Hey Caroline,
    I have similar collections scattered all over the house. But the way that you arrange and photograph them is beautiful and inspiring. Perhaps I''l have a go at displaying them for a future post of my own!
    Leanne xx

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  12. such lovely inspiration Caroline, I have many collections but all are far less organised, lovely to read a little bit of history behind them too. x

  13. Stunning photos - and I love the sea glass. Daughter and I started our collection just yesterday!
    Caz xx

  14. amazing as always! i wish i had easier access to a beach. i used to love collecting sea glass and the occasional pieces of porcelain plates(!?). i used to have a green piece of glass when i was little, i took it everywhere with me because i was convinced it was an emerald. i lost it one day and i cried for hours!

  15. Well, this is a rather beautiful coloured collection isn't it. :)

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  17. Lovely post Caroline. The sea glass is so beautiful. I love finding old china and porcelain on the beach. Bee xx