17 August 2009

Morsel Monday: Issue 6

A Real Treasure Chest

I collect vintage jewelry boxes.
The more colorful, the better.
The more hardware, the better.
The more drawers, levers, layers, and lifts, the better.
I think they are the most marvelous little things.

I love finding ones that still have inspection stickers with an employee number.
Or tags from the original sale.
I love how they smell.

I love the various emblems and designs that adorn the underside of the lids.
I love the music some of them play.

I use them to keep everything from cards and photos,
to jewelry and bowling alley tokens.
poker chips,
beads and buttons,
sewing supplies,
Mason's first lock of hair,
and anything else I find special.

I've photographed them and photoshopped them,
using them as art in and of themselves and as art prints as well.
(Not that my photoshop skills are so fabulous, but it's a fun thing to do.)

They make me happy.
They inspire me, get me all nostalgic and driven to DO.

I've even incorporated them into my website,
stacked them into still lives and made them into an old homepage
for rosyrevolver.com

A bit of tweaking and text and it was kind of a cool homepage for awhile.
I would love to learn Flash so that I could make the drawers pop open when you
move the mouse over them!

Ah, intentions, intentions.
One day!

What do you collect that inspires you?

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Blackberry and Hazelnut Sundaes

1/3 c Sugar
1/3 c Golden brown sugar (packed)
1/3 c Water
2 tb Butter
3 tb Frangelico; (hazelnut liqueur) or amaretto
1/3 c Hazelnuts; (about 2 ounces), toasted, husked, chopped
Vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream
1 Basket fresh blackberries; (1/2-pint)

Combine sugar, brown sugar and water in heavy small saucepan.

Stir over medium-low heat until both sugars dissolve.

Add butter and stir until melted.

Increase heat and boil until sauce is reduced to 1/2 cup, about 4 minutes.

Remove from heat. Mix in Frangelico and nuts. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead.

Let stand at room temperature. Before using, stir over low heat until heated through and smooth. )

Scoop frozen yogurt into bowls. Spoon warm sauce over. Top with berries.

Serves 4.


  1. I have never known anyone who collected jewelry boxes! So very unique! I went from collecting books to postcards to leaves or shells or rocks from any park I visited and any trail I walked. I have forced myself to part with all. I don't want to collect and that is my big challenge... : )
    Boy o boy, this Sundae sounds delicious! : ) : ) : )

  2. Oh, if you like jewelry boxes I'll have to take a picture of something I have when I get home today! Maybe I'll do a post on it, so keep your eyes peeled!

    P.S. Can we be best friends? ;)

  3. Oh, I forgot to say what I collect! I collect books and vintage bookmarks and postcards. I also collect rocks and RINGS and can't wait to get one from you!! ;)

  4. boxes...i collect boxes. Not just jewelry boxes, but any kind of boxes from all over the world. it is nice to meet any other "box collector" ....pleased to get to know you more!
    One day i will dedicate a post to my boxes...I will let you know ox

  5. How fitting that a metalsmith should collect jewerly boxes - I am a sucker for all of those vintage colors, so soft like cotton candies. We collect antique toys and advertisements over here along with our collection of old cars. I am also developing quite the collection of yarn and stones (all stowed away for that rainy day when I have time to make something out of them).
    P.S. Eating blackberry cobbler while reading your recipe - this is our first year with the blackberries, your recipe will come in handy!

  6. MLJ: Such discipline! I collect these, vintage candlesticks, the pokerchips, bakelite anything, impressionist prints . . . it goes on and on.

    Ponder: That was the best jewelry chest find EVER!!

    Cat: I'd love to see your boxes!! I have a friend who collects Cigar boxes. They always smell so good! Hat boxes are the best too.

    Susie: These sundaes are the BEST. I would love to see your antique toy collection. I'd like to collect old fire engines and airplanes, but we have no room and Mason wouldn't be able to stay away from them. They'd end up broken for sure! I have a collection of yarn too . . . though I haven't seen it in years . . .

    Thanks for responding everyone!!

  7. I love it that you collect jewelry boxes...and such fine specimens, at that!

    I have a soft spot for children books..I must have about thirty different editions of Alice alone...They just never seem enough, somehow...hmmm...

  8. Hi! Everyone thinks I collect books since I have thousands of them, but I've read them, except for five new ones I've just bought, and I use them, so I don't think I collect them. I used to collect art nouveau pins, sterling, vermeil -- the ones with lady's profiles and faces. I collected them for years and removed the pinbacks, connected all of them in a design and created a breastplate-pendant with them that I love and wear for evening when I wear all black. If I had to say what I collect, you know what it would be? Promise me you won't laugh: PAPER. I love to go to paper stores and spend hours looking at textures, colors and patterns of paper from around the world in all sizes. Some has smooth edges, others are shredded or deckled. The paper inspires me to write, though I actually write longhand first and then type on my old Royal with black keys, since I love the feeling of it and the bell of course! Well, enough about me for today!!! Have a beautiful afternoon JJ and everyone!

  9. Oh, and I adore those jewelry boxes, JJ. They are simply magnificent. Just gorgeous and so interesting in their construction.

  10. TLF: I think the Alice books are lovely. Cannot wait to see the new movie! I loved the interview I read about you yesterday and can see your influences so clearly in your work; it's amazing and beautiful, all you love and make from what you love.

    I: I love paper too! I love the patterned paper and wish I had more time to collage. We make ridiculously long paper chains around here during the holidays, always with the glittery, textured, brightly hued paper that picks up the colors of the tree ornaments. And we hang a thousand (seemingly) paper snowflakes from the ceiling as well!!

  11. How gorgeous and definitely a perfect collection for you! Amazing photos.
    That recipe is going to be tried out here. YUM! xo

  12. Really cool treasure boxes & photos.


  13. I am trying JJ, and at least for now succeeding at most things except silver jewelry. Aargh!

  14. Ummm, I collect jewelry from amazing lady artists. The jewelry boxes are delightful! And your photoshop skills seem pretty kick-ass to me, by the way!

    And, thank you so much for your last post. It was beautiful, moving... thank you.

  15. Wow!!! Those boxes are gorgeous. I love the
    one with the green satin lining!

    I used to collect vintage radios..I loved them.
    I still collect vinyl from 50's and 60's girl
    groups, bones and skulls, and of course, art.

    P.S. My husband and I hyperventilated when we read "chewy butts". Seriously. So hilarious. Now we randomly point at animals/people and ask each other if they are considered a "CB".
    You totally rule.

  16. Oooh. My dad's a DJ so radio has always been hugely symbolic and sentimental for me. I grew up listening to him. Old radios sound like an awesome collection!!

    Haha! I know, how bizarre are we? Chewy Butts. So glad you've adopted the term. We should totally take it global. It would be the new shorty.

  17. Yummy! I collect vintage jewelry boxes too! I store all my baubles in them :)

  18. great collection! And thanks for the recipe.. I am swimming in berries over here, so need all the recipes I can get!

  19. GGS: Brilliant minds think alike!!

    C&C: You are so welcome! Try http://www.justberryrecipes.com for more delicious berry treats. (I'm a berry nut myself. Wait, that didn't make sense. I'm nuts for berries.)

    : )