Giveaway :: Sabi Collection

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


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My children have a habit of collecting twigs and branches when we take walks. There is a magic surrounding these pieces of wood, something uniquely beautiful about each one. The favorites, however, are the thick and grainy chunks of wood that almost seem transported from a magical woodland rather than our suburban neighborhood. There is a lot of love for these artifacts and we display them in our home, in the garden, and in the kids’ room. (That last one isn’t always intentional.)

Jill McKeown of Sabi Collection creates works of wearable art out of found wood, embellished with components that enhance the wood’s natural beauty. Browsing the collection is a bit of a journey into the marriage between nature and adornment and I couldn’t even begin to pick a favorite piece. We could start with Carrie Necklace or maybe the Nellie Necklace. But, honestly, you could just cover your eyes and point to one of McKeown’s pieces and I would squeal with joy. Sabi Collection is the perfect way to introduce our month-long decision to “Let Love Rule.”

Sabi Collection is giving away three (!) Ellie Necklaces (pictured above) to three lucky winners (one each)! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, August 13th. Comments now closed….good luck!
Please visit Sabi Collection and tell us: What did you collect as a child? Rocks, coins, leaves, dolls, etc?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, August 19th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    heather f says:

    I have always collected nests

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    Jasanna says:

    I collected the most beautiful of rocks! 🙂

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    Courtney J says:

    As a child/teenager, I collected Beanie Babies, those state quarter coins (I remember buying a booklet to hold them all at a 6th grade bookfair, and I have the whole set!), and bumper stickers.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    We camped a lot, and I collected postcards from all of our adventures.

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    Jennifer says:

    STAMPS – I was a nerdy little girl!

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    Erin says:

    I had lots of collections as a kid – tiny tea sets, rabbit figurines, rubber stamps, miniatures, stuffed animals….basically everything I ever had turned into a piece in a collection. Categorizing and collecting have always been one of my longtime passions!

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    Brittany K says:

    i collected porcelain dolls and precious moments as a kid. what terrible things to collect! you can’t even play with them haha

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    kristen h. says:

    Books! I loved going to garage sales with my allowance, I would always end up with a huge armfull…that would last me about a week before was itching for more! I have so many titles stuck away in my brain of books want to share with my future children! 

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    Jessica says:

    Porcelain Dolls. My great aunt made them, so many of the ones in my childhood collection are from her. I can’t wait to give them to my future daughter!

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    Nikki says:

    Sea glass.  It always seemed like such an unexpected treasure (like a gift left for me from a mermaid) on the beach.  I have a jar that my kids and I are filling up now too!

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    Susan F says:

    snow globes.  my parents brought them to us from wherever they traveled ~ I continued doing the same for my oldest son – he had quite a nice collection until they all got smashed in the ’94 Northridge earthquake 🙁  

    hmmm- just thought of something !  now I can do it for my grandkids !!!   THANKS for always making us think when we answer the questions

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    Vanessa Maglio says:

    I collected pencil erasers. I would break any new eraser right off a pencil and keep it like it was a gem. 

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    Trisha says:

    Rocks of all sorts. Shale, qwartz, granite…

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    Emma L says:

    I collected pony books. My mother’s attic is still FULL of boxes and boxes and boxes of books about ponies… and my husband’s ears are full of my voice asking for a pony for my birthday. 🙂

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    Peyton Daniels says:

    Ever since I was little I collected vintage things. It has always had an appeal to me. I used to sneak into abandoned houses and see what others had left behind long before me. I would always get in trouble because it was dangerous, as most of the olde homes were falling in, but it was all worth it! I used to find old clothes, toys, decor, etc. But my favorite vintage finds were olde black and white photographs!

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    Cindy Aiton says:

    I collected bugs and Matchbox cars.

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    Rosy says:

    I collected seashells and pebbles. I still pick up pebbles when I find cute shapes or colors and I use to paint them

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    Sarah says:

    When I was young my great-grandmother (Noni) gave me the key to her house that she lived in when she lived in Italy. Even since then I have collected keys!

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    Sydney says:

    As a child I was quite obsessed with dalmatians – I could never spell it but knew I had always wanted one. And not just one, but dozens, because if it can happen in a Disney movie it could happen in real life, right? So I collected every single 101 dalmatian toy from McDonalds (my poor parents) and then I proceeded to pretend that they were all real and would roam around the house with me. Yes, I was the cool puppy mom. 

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    Elizabeth says:

    Marbles!  I was the youngest of a family with boy children and they all played marbles.  Collecting marbles meant winning them in games against little boys at my school – was  a way to be SUPER cool to my brothers.   

    In addition to this “public” collection, I had a private collection of feathers that I think of fondly now.  Unlike marbles – and the stickers I collected from earning them for good schoolwork – this was a collection of whimsy and discovery.  Yip.  I love them all.

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    Armida says:

    I collected stamps when I was in grade school. They are still with me until now. ^_^

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    Tiffany says:

    I was a sticker fanatic. I had so many of them and kept them all pristine (unused) in a book. You know the ones with the pull back clear plastic and sticky inside? When I ran off to college I wanted to take part of my childhood with me. My mom bought me a simple leather journal for my new adventures. I covered the inside covers with my childhood stickers. It was REALLY difficult for me to actually use my favorite stickers and stick them on something. But it was also very gratifying. I love looking back at that journal where I documented my early adulthood but also held onto my childhood.

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    Charlotte D. says:

    I collected pencils. Still do…

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    Kelly McCormick says:

    I collected sea glass. To a small child, they seemed like brilliant rare gems gifted by the rough seas, and as such, seemed magical. I pictured mermaids adorning crowns and necklaces with them. I loved their polished yet frosted feel, I loved how they instantly became more translucent and brilliant when they were wet. When I was older, I’d find a rarer color and wonder what type of ancient glass piece it came from.

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    Evan Stolk says:


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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I collected little figurines of any kind.

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    Tonka says:

    Stamps, napkins, coins, paper dolls…

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    Hedy says:

    In Germany, Käthe Kruse dolls were – and are – very popular. I loved these dolls and collected what I could, although they were pretty pricey. I only had a few but truly cherished them. Now I’m able to pass them on to my daughter when she’s older, then my granddaughter. They’re beautifully crafted and their faces are hand painted. They brought me so much magic growing up!

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    jane says:

    i collected stickers and stamps when i was a child, but my clever older brother sneakily asked to trade all his stickers for my stamps, and the not-so-clever me agreed :p

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    Madeline says:

    Sayings… I had a notebook full of quotes from magazines, quotes I pulled out of books, stuff I heard on TV. I’ve always loved words!

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    Sparrow says:

    When I was 11, my family moved from South Florida to Boston, MA. We arrived in the fall and I was blown away by the beauty of the leaves. I immediately started collected and pressing leaves, hoping against hope that I could somehow preserve the vibrancy and the vivid colors. To this day, I still open my old books, and find stashes of New England leaves.

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    cindy says:

    I collected stamps. I loved to see all of the stamps from different countries around the world and dream about what it would be like to go there someday…

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    Sarah says:

    i collected giraffes. Tons and tons of them. figurines, plushy dolls, giant giraffes, small giraffes, you name it, i found it. Everywhere i went i was on the subconcious hunt for giraffes. it all started when i was 7…those were the days. 

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    Anna L says:

    As a child, I had a ton of collections! I collected rocks, bugs, stationary, etc. But the collection that I’m most proud of, is my sticker collection.  It started in the second grade and continued to grow even in high school! I’m not embarrassed at all. From time to time, I still collect neat stickers I stumble upon even now.

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    Britany says:

    I was a really weird kid… So here we go haha! I collected stickers, toys from happy meals, Pokemon cards, keychains, and in 6th grade I joined stamp club to collect stamps. (this one didn’t really last long though lol) Told you I was weird. 🙂