The “Hot” New Collectibles

Written by Laura Thykeson - Owner of "Ice Originals II - Vintage Collectibles, Music and Jewelry"

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Of course, Haskell jewelry is and always will be a hot collectible inrepparttar jewelry market, but consider this. The majority of people collect her items because ofrepparttar 136416 artistic appeal, unique designs and quality ofrepparttar 136417 piece. Shouldn’t we judge all items we consider purchasing by those same rules, no matter who made them? I think so. I also feel that inrepparttar 136418 long run, as time goes by, those purchases made withrepparttar 136419 heart andrepparttar 136420 eyes will berepparttar 136421 ones that we grow to loverepparttar 136422 most. Sure, Haskell jewelry is a great collectible, sure to increase in value as time goes by. But who is to say that that little pottery vase made with great form and design by a student in an art pottery studio or class will not someday be worth a small fortune? Plus, as it increases in value, if it does, you will have not paid a small fortune for it, you have admired and loved it since you bought it, and your family may now already arguing over who gets it one of these days when you go to that great auction inrepparttar 136423 sky, regardless ofrepparttar 136424 market value! Items we acquire through life, if well loved and worn or displayed with pride and love, develop a value all their own. How do you thinkrepparttar 136425 collectibles market began? For instance, we have in our family, a beautiful and very large ewer. For years and years, it has been passed down from my grandmother, to my mother, and now my sister and I are determined that this ewer will never leave our family, if we can help it. Turns out that this ewer is a Rookwood or Roseville, and most likely worth a small fortune! Do you think that my Grandmother purchased it because ofrepparttar 136426 name? No, she bought it because it was pretty and she lovedrepparttar 136427 way it looked. Names meant nothing to her, she just lovedrepparttar 136428 look and feel ofrepparttar 136429 pottery, and it has been on constant display in our family, in one home orrepparttar 136430 other, because of where it came from, not who made it! To us it is priceless, no amount of money could ever get it away from us. Torepparttar 136431 collector, it has a set price, although it may be a large price, but that is no matter to us. We will never sell it because ofrepparttar 136432 memories it holds. I always get a little giggle (not to offend anyone, it’s just my strange sense of humor...) when a dealer lists something as “An important piece of “such and such””. Aren’t they all important in one way or another? They were important torepparttar 136433 person that made them, or designed them, or cast them, or threwrepparttar 136434 clay, I don’t care if it was a 10 year old child in pottery class, or a ewer likerepparttar 136435 one in our family. I guess what I am trying to say is that all items have value, from one viewpoint orrepparttar 136436 other, and we shouldn’t be so caught up inrepparttar 136437 “name game”. Broaden your horizons on your next browsing trip and always remember that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”!

Laura owns several online websites, along with her largest site, "Ice Originals II" where she sells a wide variety of vintage and collectible items. She is also a published poet, freelance writer and an artist. She invites you to visit her shop at, as well as her new website highlighting special collectibles and jewelry pieces at!

Scrapbooking the Dizzying Movies of Toddlers

Written by Fion Lim

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E) "Special and Unique Me"

Toddlers are shaped by their environments in addition to their heredity character traits. By noting down your kid's preferences and reactions to people, things and events, you'll get hints of his or her uniqueness. Scrapbooking these evolving personality traits would documentrepparttar rapid development of your child as a unique individual. Photos showing your child caught in various expressions or unguarded moments will revealrepparttar 136415 different sides of your kid. A child's personality is like a canvas, painted in many different colors and shades.

F) "Play is Serious Business"

With bountiful supply of pure energy, your toddler probably reminds you of an object in constant motion. Capture a series of such motions in a single play day, or gather a series of photos of your toddler playing different games and activities. The work of a child is not to earn, but to play. Playing with others atrepparttar 136416 playground, figuring out how to workrepparttar 136417 computer, stacking up building blocks, creating first piece of artwork, play is serious business to toddlers. These scrapbook pages will revealrepparttar 136418 creative workings of your child's mind.

G) "There's Family and Friends Too"

Family and friends are influential presences in a toddler's life. Documentingrepparttar 136419 special relationships or moments your toddler has with others, will remind him or her of how much he or she is loved by others. As grandma's little kitchen helper in baking cookies, as an earnest student of grandpa's on star constellations, a loving big brother hugging baby sister, all these speaks of love in abundance. Evenrepparttar 136420 innocent hand-holding and sweet hugs exchanged between inseparable friends are touching moments forrepparttar 136421 pages.

H) "Wild Wild World Out There"

Funny how toddlers will make us voluntarily go places that we haven't been to in ages. It's like reliving our own childhood, throughrepparttar 136422 eyes of our toddlers. Playing sand atrepparttar 136423 beach, memorable trip torepparttar 136424 zoo, magical moments atrepparttar 136425 theme park, amazement atrepparttar 136426 circus stunts, and even travels to other states. A toddler would love to know where inrepparttar 136427 world had they been when they're grown up. So add these to your scrapbook pages as well.

As always, there's heaps of toddler's "movies" you can scrapbook about. Potty training, bathing time, zonking out moments, make-up session and pretend-playing, all these are themes you can gleefully dig into. Time to get imaginative!

Happy scrapping about toddler's movies!

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