Collections: Thoughts and Things Celebrate, Create, Contemplate. Repeat.

Here’s The Key To . . .

Sorry.  The post title is a wee bit misleading, I’ve got      well,     actually    nothing. Not the key to happiness or wisdom or success. Or even to where those missing socks are. But I do keep trying. With four kids, I am confident in saying choose wood floors wherever possible. However, I do have a collection of vintage keys.

These are the oldest keys in the collection. Collection of KeysIn the duo below, the top key was used to open the front door to my grandparents house. Bent from 100 years of use, or from one really frustrating incident?  The little key on the bottom is just plain cute.

 Antique Skeleton Key, and buddy

A trio of the same style key, yet different weights, lengths and cut/teeth types.Trio of Vintage KeysThese small utilitarian objects spent a majority of time waiting, or in a dark pocket or purse.  Gorgeous detail and patina, and in the just the size of a thumb. Wonder if anyone noticed when it was in use?

Vintage Key Detail It’s always fun to find a unique old key in a junk drawer. I wonder what each key opens? A mystery that fits in your hand.

Skeleton Key Details

Key wards or bits

Here is another set of ‘keys’ I’ve collected. Halfway thought January is an ideal time for me to remember, reflect, and/or readjust.

Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” Andy Rooney

So true. “Life’s a journey not a race” is a phrase I remember hearing first at kindergarten orientation.

It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” Dale Carnegie

I am a Worrier–yes with a capital W.  Re-channel that energy! It doesn’t help the future, past or present. Unless a tree falls on your house, then worry.

Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” Eskimo Proverb

This I oh-so-believe, for both stars and rainbows. (Yup, I have rose-tinted glasses to balance out the fretting.) Plus it’s such a nice way to remember others, for the kids and for me.

Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the ‘Titanic‘ who waved off the dessert cart.” Erma Bombeck

Carpe diem, and please bring me a chocolate mousse.

The universe is always speaking to us. Sending us little messages, causing coincidences and serendipities, reminding us to stop, to look around, to believe in something else, something more.” Nancy Thayer

Life’s like a movie, write your own ending . . . Kermit the Frog

And that just might be the key.

The Key?

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Buddha

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