Sunday, May 31, 2009

barn studio and collections 2

Just a few more peeks at my mother's extensive collection of vintage toys in the barn studio. She grew up in a nursery school and became a nursery school teacher, herself. Not a big surprise that she finds so much inspiration in children's playthings of yesterday.

Being a seasoned traveler, toys from other countries also fascinate my mother.

As you can imagine, my four year old is in absolute heaven in the studio. Every art supply at her disposal and intriguing toys every where she turns... each with a story to tell. The vintage dolls are her favorite.

This baby is always seated at the top of the steps to greet her. I love knowing that she is being introduced to dolls from a more innocent time... when little girls were not expected to grow up so fast.

One of the finest articles about the barn went live today on the Storque (Etsy). My mother and I are so honored to be in the SPOTLIGHT. The author, Christine really seems to get what this space is all about. If you've ever looked at one of my barn posts and longed for something in one of the photos... Christine has come up with an amazing line-up of Etsy finds to get that barn look. Please head over there, it's so much fun! Thank you so much, Christine! Pin It


  1. The barn, its beauty and the care and love your mom and you share within its hallowed walls should be in the spotlight everyday.

  2. Your mother's collections are so full of life, and so carefully displayed. They make such a nice statement about the beauty of using and loving something for a long time.

  3. What an absolute treasure trove. I've always loved barns and especially ones filled with the things of yesteryear. I can't imagine what an inspiring place this must be in real life. It has me wanting to hit the road and find a barn to restore from the pictures alone. I sure wish I could come for a class or two...

  4. B E A U T I F U L photo's!!!!!
    I wish I could live with you:)

    I love your blog!!!


  5. Perhaps because I am a trainee teacher, I love this post, those lovely toys, and your photos!

  6. I just so love how your mom has captured that spirit of playful childhood in her collections. Colorful, exuberant, imaginative. That pretty much sums up how I'd love to live!

    Love the Etsy Storque curated items. Christine rocks!

  7. i can see why your daughter loves to come to your mom's a "big girl" myself, i would love to find myself in such a wonderland!! congrats on your storque's a great article! :)

  8. Wonderful Etsy article and related all I need is the barn!

    I also love that your daughter is being brought up developing into her own sense of appreciation and imagination in this surrounding. It is so hard in this day and age to make sure everything that comes in the home has a purpose or a story behind it.

    (side note here...word verification is "singa"....

    "I love to sing-a
    About the moon-a and the June-a and the spring-a,
    I love to sing-a,
    About a sky of blue-a, or a tea for two-a,
    Anything-a with a swing-a to an "I love you-a,"
    I love to, I love to sing" had to be sung and will no be going through my head all about vintage childhood!!!!)

  9. Just What an amazing collection! I am endlessly smitten with your mom, her barn and you! :)

  10. Lovely pictures, and it's a delight to know that I'm not the only collector in the world :)
    xo, amanda @

  11. I loved the etsy storque article. And like Karen said, those were wonderful suggestions. How fun. And I love your moms toy collection.

  12. How magical! I love the nostalgic stories each of these toys could tell. The article about the barn on Etsy was marvelous and put a big smile on my face!

  13. What an amazing, inspiring, uplifting collection!

  14. I love all those vintage toys!! Especially that tiny rabbit... so sweet!!

  15. Congratulations on the article!!
    PS: Have you been getting my emails lately?

  16. Wow, that's a great collection! Congrats on the storque post. Really love your heavenly barn photos below - "no mow" is definitely the way to go!

    Thanks for sharing and have a super week!

  17. Maya, you have so many amazing talents and stories that you share. It is an inpiration to dreamers like me. Whenever I can make my ideas into realities i certainly jump on it, but right now raising my 2year old, working, and having to cope with my darling husband working on a Masters, the days are few and far between when I have time for creating and doing other than the daily routine. So, the pleasure for me is living through others like yourself who lovingly share to keep ones dreams/inpiration alive.
    And do you know what is the icing on the cake for me?...The heartfelt blogs about your mom and her barn! Thanks again! nancy v

  18. Would you happen to have a small towel handy? I'm drooooooooooooooling!!!!

  19. A place full of treasures, beautiful!♥

  20. oh my goodness, what i would do for a field of wildflowers just outside my door.

  21. Wowwowwow, what a great collection.
    Just love the elephant in the second picture!
    Have a great weekend, Jeannette

  22. It reminds me of an "I Spy" book page. I love looking at all the "junk" they arrange in their pages.



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