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Thursday, July 26, 2012

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Sometimes we all need a little reminder to focus on the positive, the simple. For me, this reminder can be as simple as a beautiful piece of art or an inspirational phrase. Truth be told, a good potted plant has been known to do the trick as well. What I suppose I’m trying to say is, don’t let the things you own be meaningless. Surround yourself with objects that remind you to be your best self, to live your good life on a daily basis. Take the time to curate your home with meaningful intention.

Dorothy Jeanne is a shop that deserves to be on your short list for when you need to find a pick me up to take home. A graphic designer and decorator based out of Portland, Amanda Knee creates one of a kind throw pillows, tea towels, and prints under the Dorothy Jeanne moniker. A nod to her grandmothers, Dorothy Jeanne also houses a well curated treasury of vintage finds to add the perfect unique flair to your collection. One stop shopping at its finest, folks.

Dorothy Jeanne is giving away two prints of the winner’s choiceto one lucky reader! (My two favorites are pictured above.) To enter to win, please answer the following question by Thursday, August 2nd. Comments now closed…good luck!
What is the most meaningful knick knack in your home?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, August 6th, to see if you’ve won!
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    heather f says:

    oh boy….knick knack is my middle name. I have a little pink box of trinkets that was my moms. It always lived in her sewing basket. I love it

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    Amy says:

    I have two! One is a small porcelain bird my aunt gave to me, the other a small glass vase I got when my grandmother passed away.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    we have a glass dish where we keep our weddings rings when we’re not wearing them. we bought it on our honeymoon–twice. the first time we got out of the store and it fell and broke. went back in to buy an identical one, and the clerk commented “this must be popular-i just sold one a minute ago!” she didn’t even realize we were the same people. ;)

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    Kristin says:

    I kept a bowl I made in pottery class. It’s lopsided and a little ugly, but it’s a reminder to me to keep trying new things!

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    Rinny says:

    When I was a little girl, vacations were always spent at home; we very rarely went away on a trip. I was about 8 years old and my parents took me to Maine for a week. I can’t remember the entire trip, but I remember going to a gift shop as part of a nature reserve or something like that and I was allowed to pick something out; I chose this teeny tiny figure of a lion & lamb laying down together. I remember seeing it and smiling; it couldn’t have cost more than $3, but now as an adult, it sits on my nightstand and whenever I look at it, I smile.

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    Kristen H. says:

    I have a huge pewter pitcher/vase that is shaped like a salmon, the opening being the salmon’s huge gaping mouth. It was a wedding gift from my Aunt, and it reminds me of how eclectic and interesting my family is. It’s unique and bizzare, and I  absolutely love it. I mean, who has a pewter salmon vase?? Nobody! 

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    Suzi C says:

    I’m known as ‘the breaker’ in the family… So most of the heirlooms passed down are ‘just going to be stored here until you’re older’ at either of my parents places… But for my 21st this year (my grandma and grandad both passed away this year) my aunts and dad gave me one of grandma’s cake slice/knife sets. So so beautiful. China with roses etc handpainted on… Absolutely stunning. And also a big piece of embroidery she did at high school (same high school I went to) apparently she won awards for it.

    And some cookie cutters which I can actually use which is exciting. 

    Either way, apart from my daughter, they are the things I would grab if there were a fire here. So, so precious. I miss them both incredibly. 

    Yesterday (26 July) was my Grandma’s birthday. Nice to think about her, so thank you for letting me write about her :)  

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    Peyton says:

    My most meaningful knick nack is a small angel statue that my great grandmother gave me. She said she would always be guiding and protecting me, and that the angle was her!

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    Stacy says:

    I actually have a piece of the Berlin Wall. Its pretty awesome!

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    Amy M says:

    My meaningful knickknack is one of those silly little log cabin crafts you buy at the gift shop of Pioneer Village: meaningful because I built it with my grandfather, taking pains to achieve perfection.  It’s one of the clearest memories I have of him, and it’s a wonderful one!

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    Jessica says:

    My husband’s great grandmother’s button box. It’s beautiful (an old cigar box) and useful (I use the buttons it contains in lots of projects). I love knowing that her careful collection is still being admired and loved, despite the fact that I never had the opportunity to meet her.

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    msilba says:

    The most meaningful knickknack in my house is a tiny white box wrapped with a yellow ribbon with a little card attached that my daughter made for me as a gift.  The card reads: “I made you this box. don’t open it, theres love inside!  If you open it all that is inside will come out.  I’m trusting you not to open it as I said before theres love inside!”    So sweet.

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    Lauren Guilbeau says:

    I love this jewelry box my grandmother gave me.

    lguilboATgmailDOTcom

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    Sarah Jane says:

    I have a plethora of tshatshke in my home, and it all has its own special meaning. However, I’d have to say that the most meaningful trinket is a tiny box my daughter chose for herself while on holiday in Indianapolis a few Decembers ago. It contains “worry dolls” that she can “give” her worries to before bed every night. It’s such a sweet idea, and we have put it to good use throughout the last couple of years. I appreciate the sentiment and the copings skills she’s learning.

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    Jac says:

    A snow globe my grammie gave me for Easter about 18 years ago. It has a pastel pink wood base and the dome is shaped like an egg. Inside pastel colored “snow” falls on a mother rabbit dressed in clothes, ala Beatrix Potter, rocking her baby bunny in a cradle. Grammie gave it to me a year before she died so I have held onto it as one of the last solid mementos I have of her. Its kind of ugly and totally not my style but I love it and will continue to display it proudly in my house as a sweet reminder of my grammie.

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    Courtney says:

    I have this green crystal container that was left for me by my grandmother after she passed away. Though I had never seen it before she was sick, it’s meaningful for me b/c it came all the way from Australia. I had to carry it in my carry-on bag, and it caused such a fuss when going through the x-ray machines in security b/c it wasn’t “see-thru” on their screen…b/c the “greenish paint” is actually made of lead! So of course I can’t store any food in it, but that was good to learn about that.

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    Rebekah says:

    try not to get attached to too many things…but i do sooo love a few ceramic pieces my husband made in college (he was an art major w/ concentration in ceramics)

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    Valerie C. says:

    a tiny pewter guardian angel that my son gave me when he was about 5 or 6

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    Loretta says:

    I don’t have many, but my favorite is a print made by my mom that has all the sayings she would tell us as we were growing up. She gave it to me for a bridal gift!

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    Maire says:

    A picture of me as a newborn and my dad.

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    Tabetha says:

    My vintage  ”bubble glasses” that my Grandma gave me– I did a post about them here 
    http://aclosetintellectual.blogspot.com/2012/06/grandmas-glasses.html

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    hanna says:

    pottery that people I know have made.

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    sam says:

    A vintage Evening In Paris perfume bottle that my grandmother gave to me – its a very dark blue and has a tassel attached to the cap - 

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    Ella P. says:

    A Maneki Neko Tea Cups in white.
    Soo cute!!
    It’s a Japanese Lucky Cat Tea Cups, given by my Japanese boss’. 

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    Theresa says:

    I have brass candle sticks I inherited from my great grandmother, and a little paperclay sculpture my friend made for me <3

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    [...] Traditional Deck Chair from Gallant and Jones :: a set of five bow tie necklaces from FrEEna :: two prints from Dorothy Jeanne :: a gift certificate from Too Cute Custom [...]

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    Madeline says:

    i have a cute lil ceramic deer that was displayed at my grandma’s house.  it’s chipped and not my most expensive knick knack, but it’s the one that i remember playing with as a kid.  my grandma never got upset that i knicked it and caused those chips…  she just wanted me to keep playing.  and that’s what that deer reminds me of… my grandma and her desire that i enjoy life.

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    Echo says:

    At the moment I’m living out of a suitcase overseas, so no knick knacks on hand… but I have a short note that my mom sent me posted on my fridge so I see it everyday. Knick knote?

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    holly G says:

    The most meaningful knick knack in my home has to be a jewelry box my grandma gave me. it is metal and has a cameo on it. It is also broken in one little corner but i dont have the heart to throw it out.

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    Katherine W says:

    Mine is a small painted green wooden cross that i bought in peru. I was there for 10 days back in high school and met some wonderful people who taught me just this- that less is more, and that joy doesn’t come from owning things. i wrote their names on the back of the cross and love the simple reminder that it has become.

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    linda says:

    a handmade bowl that my father in law made for us!

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    Jennifer says:

    When we got married, My husband made my bouquet out of vintage brooches and I have it on display in our living room. As beautiful as it is, the fact that he made it for me makes it all the more important to me. 

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    Lindsay says:

    My mug collection! Honestly I have given up all of my hoarding vices except for mugs. Coffee and tea gives me so much pleasure; amplified by my delight of huge interesting mugs. I find them everywhere and anywhere. Some of my mugs are from places I’ve visited, some are very old ones from my childhood. Many of them are thrift store finds. I like having  people over and picking out a “special” mug for them :)

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    Brittany says:

    probably my grandfather’s catcher’s mit. he is and will always be a true inspiration to me. we shared a special love of baseball and i miss him everyday.

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    Keith says:

    The most meaningful knick-nack(s) to me in my home are some old black and white photos. I love to look at them, and see how my family looked long ago. They all look so happy. I love to piece together their stories, just from their pictures.

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    dalia says:

    Growing up, my mom did most, well all of the birthday and christmas shopping, so when it came time for me and my sister to open presents our dad was just as surprised at what we got, ha ha…So one year, which was the year he was diagnosed with cancer, he went with my mom to a crafts fair and he picked out a christmas present for me. Early in the morning, christmas day, he happily pasted me a small ball shaped present and said “i picked it out myself, just for you”. I unwrapped the paper and found a small pig made out of denim with a little scarf around it’s neck and black button eyes, ha ha. That was the first real present he picked out and was very proud of it and so that is my most meaningful knick-knack. It really does make me laugh :)

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    Eden says:

    hmmm…i love my knick knacks…or as i call them, sit abouts :) My favorite would have to be this horribly ugly wooden angel my mother gave me one of the last christmas’s she was alive. When I received it as a college sophmore a few years ago, I thought the note on the back written in sharpie was cheesy and tacky. Now i cling tightly to those words in her handwriting saying she is proud of me!

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    Kate B says:

    I have a really sweet little ceramic bank that my parents had commissioned for me when I was a baby. It’s a boy and a girl underneath an umbrella, all in soft colors and thick glaze. Etched into the bottom, it says “Baby Huss” because my parents got it before I was born. I would never choose it for myself, but its history makes me love it. I use it to keep all of the foreign currency that I’ve collected or has been given to me by relatives on their travels. I look forward to putting it in any future kids’ rooms, too!

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    Kate says:

    My ET … It reminds me of my Nana… 

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    Lindsay says:

    I have a small box with a lid that is made out of pine needles.  A woman in Mexico was making these after her husband’s leg broke in 3 places due to a rolling boulder, thus limiting their income.  She would climb the nearest mountain to find the needles and then use her talent to make these little treasures.  Although it looks like a dumb craft project, I still use it to hold my small pieces of jewelry and remember that we all have to make something good with whatever we have in any situation.

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    kim gordon says:

    My great grandmother and my grandmothers Enid Collins Box Purse collection…they hang proudly on a wall from vintage spools of thread….

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    HNR says:

    A colorful wooden rooster about a foot tall, that my mom gave me. It has kicked off a bit of a rooster/chicken collection for me…A tasteful one!

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    Tina_R says:

    The most meaningful knick knack in my home recently made it’s way back to me. This was a sculpture that I made my mom years ago.

    Using white bread, white glue and paint kneaded into the mess ,I made the figure of a little girl that sort of resembled me. I perched her on a piece of petrified wood that looked like a cliff. I had her looking up from a book that she was reading (the Bible) wearing glasses (which I do) and with brown hair like mine!

    This was a Mother’s Day gift to mom. She unexpectedly passed away this past Mother’s Day. My siblings and I received things that we had given or made her. Thus I got the sculpture back and now I have a constant reminder of her that I have at my bedside. Which is the same place she kept it.

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    Melelina says:

    A vintage ceramic tile bought during a trip to Portugal!