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The Collectors: Paperweights With GulfCoastCottagePDF

Jun 23, 2010

by rikrak

rikrakphoto.jpgI just love seeing what folks are collecting. I guess I feel it tells us just a little bit about what inspires them, what they love, and what they choose to surround themselves with in their homes. Today, I’m delighted to present the next in an ongoing series here on the Etsy Blog: The Collectors. First published on my own little blog, the rikrak studio, it’s 11 and a half quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they’re collecting (apart from their art supplies!).

Alrighty! Let’s see a show of hands: who’s ready for summer? I sure am! All that warm summer light filling our days and nights with vivid, explosive colour is just my thing. 

Today’s collection celebrates and captures the beauty of that sunshine and the magic of bold summertime colors: it’s Gulf Coast Cottage PDF’s fabulous glass paperweights.

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paperweights8_bio.jpgWho (are you):
Jen G. of GulfCoastCottagePDF

What (are you collecting):
Glass paperweights.

When (did you start): I was about 14.

How (many do you have):
I now have about 19.

Where (do you find them): Thrift / Antique Stores — or gifts.

Where (do you keep them): In a window between my kitchen and dining room to catch the light!

What (‘s an interesting story behind one): My first paperweight was given to me by a close family friend, who is no longer with us. It came from her personal collection.

What (piece would you like to add): Interesting or unique paperweights, different from those I have.

Why (do you love them):  The colors — they’re eye candy!

Which (one is your favorite) & why:
My hourglass shaped one — the one that started it all.

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What (else do you collect): Vintage mermaids, salt and pepper shakers and vintage elves.

Wonderful, thanks so much Jen! Be sure to visit the lovely Gulf Coast Cottage PDF shop filled with colorful and crafty ideas to inspire endless summer handmaking fun all year round.

Now let’s open a window and let that sunshine in. Or better yet — see you outside!

How about you? What do you collect? I’d love to hear, please post in the comments below.

The Collectors Series | Glass Paperweights

 

Tool Box and Tool Set Felt Toy PDF Pattern (Hammer, screwdriver, saw, square, wrench)
Tool Box and Tool Set Felt Toy PDF Pattern (Hammer, screwdriver, saw, square, wrench)
Felt Food Pattern Tea Party Set - PDF
Felt Food Pattern Tea Party Set - PDF
Felt Dinosaur Play Mat Tote PDF Pattern- Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus, Pterodactyl, Brontosaurus, Triceratops, Volcano, Palm Trees
Felt Dinosaur Play Mat Tote PDF Pattern- Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus, Pterodactyl, Brontosaurus, Triceratops, Volcano, Palm Trees
Felt Food  - Toaster PDF Pattern (Toaster, Bagel, Cream Cheese, Toaster Pastry, Waffle, Syrup and Butter)
Felt Food - Toaster PDF Pattern (Toaster, Bagel, Cream Cheese, Toaster Pastry, Waffle, Syrup and Butter)
Lobster Crab Seafood Felt Food Pattern PDF
Lobster Crab Seafood Felt Food Pattern PDF
Felt Food Pattern - Backyard BBQ Play Set PDF Pattern Hot Dog, Hamburger, Steak, Grill and Accessories
Felt Food Pattern - Backyard BBQ Play Set PDF Pattern Hot Dog, Hamburger, Steak, Grill and Accessories
Retro Robot Plushie DIY Felt Doll PDF Pattern
Retro Robot Plushie DIY Felt Doll PDF Pattern
Cake Decorator Felt Food PDF Pattern
Cake Decorator Felt Food PDF Pattern
Tea Party Sweets PDF Felt Food Pattern
Tea Party Sweets PDF Felt Food Pattern
Italian Feast Felt Food PDF Pattern  - Bowtie Pasta with Sauce and Meatballs, Lasagna, Salad Greens, and Garlic Butter Toast
Italian Feast Felt Food PDF Pattern - Bowtie Pasta with Sauce and Meatballs, Lasagna, Salad Greens, and Garlic Butter Toast
Slimy Snail Crawling Chameleon and Tranquil Turtle PDF Toy Pattern
Slimy Snail Crawling Chameleon and Tranquil Turtle PDF Toy Pattern
Medieval Castle Play Tote Pattern- Princess, Knight, Dragon, Unicorn, Tree, Castle and Accessories
Medieval Castle Play Tote Pattern- Princess, Knight, Dragon, Unicorn, Tree, Castle and Accessories
80s TEAL SUNGLASSES Vuarnet style cat glasses dusty blue teal platic with UV gradient lenses excellent vintage condition
80s TEAL SUNGLASSES Vuarnet style cat glasses dusty blue teal platic with UV gradient lenses excellent vintage condition
Sold
NEW Frilly Bag in Red ..zippered closure..
NEW Frilly Bag in Red ..zippered closure..
Sold
ECO FRIENDLY COTTON FABRIC MADE FLAT SUMMER SHOE
ECO FRIENDLY COTTON FABRIC MADE FLAT SUMMER SHOE
Sold
Cilantro Lime Sugar Soap
Cilantro Lime Sugar Soap
Sold
Green Splat Bamboo Wall Clock
Green Splat Bamboo Wall Clock
Sold
Reserved for Karen
Reserved for Karen
Sold
Top Of the world.... Purple cascual long sundress,tube top
Top Of the world.... Purple cascual long sundress,tube top
Sold

94 comments

  • ErinBradleyDesigns

    ErinBradleyDesigns said 10 years ago

    Very nice!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 10 years ago

    What a great collection. My husband and I collect art glass fish. There's just something about glass...

  • martice

    martice said 10 years ago

    those sunglasses are too colol!

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey said 10 years ago

    really pretty. neat collection!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 10 years ago

    How beautiful. My mother sold them and collected them. I have a lovely one that says "mother". If you ever get to the Art institute of Chicago: they have a fabulous collection. Glass is a medium like no other.

  • vintagehomerecycled

    vintagehomerecycled said 10 years ago

    Pretty collection, I love seeing what people collect and how they display it.

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 10 years ago

    Lovely shop!

  • vintagehomerecycled

    vintagehomerecycled said 10 years ago

    There's a book with color illustrations called Old Glass Paperweights, by Evangeline Bergstrom, it's from the 1940s that paperweight aficionados might enjoy. Long out of print, but your friendly neighborhood librarian should be able to inter-library loan a copy.

  • StringsnTings

    StringsnTings said 10 years ago

    Very nice, love all the vibrant colors in the glass!

  • spiritcleanslate

    spiritcleanslate said 10 years ago

    I too collect these type of paperweights, your collection is beautiful. I got my first one when I was 15 years old, thank you.

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 10 years ago

    What a colorful collection! Great Shop...Thanks for sharing!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 10 years ago

    what a great little collectible! They are all so bright and cheerful!

  • evihan

    evihan said 10 years ago

    woww sooo interestinggggg

  • unepromesse

    unepromesse said 10 years ago

    The shelf display is beautiful! It's so interesting getting different shapes formed in glass. As I always say, the brighter the colors, the better. =)

  • TimeAndTideSeaGlass

    TimeAndTideSeaGlass said 10 years ago

    The paperweights look amazing grouped together on that shelf! Love all the color! I also collect vintage ceramic elves. I have a couple that are quite unusual. I can't find anything on their origin. We should talk!

  • GreenRoomStudios

    GreenRoomStudios said 10 years ago

    Beautiful collection. As a glass artist (fused glass jewelry), I totally understand that there's just something special about glass. Nothing plays with light quite like glass does. I'm sure this collection is even more gorgeous in person, it's just so difficult to show the true beauty of light and colored glass in person! Thanks for sharing!

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 10 years ago

    WOW! I am so impressed by glass makers. I remember when one of my best friends who was from Ukraine went home over Spring Break. She felt so bad about missing my birthday she had her uncle who she was visiting in Ukraine make me a rose flower glass keychain. Inside there was swirls of blue and red encassing a beautiful rose. I was 13 at the time and I still have that beautiful keychain 13 years later.

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 10 years ago

    Beautiful collection ~ I love all the colors!

  • taylorseclectic

    taylorseclectic said 10 years ago

    I love colorful paperweights! What a beautiful collection, and wonderful display!

  • KatDesignsNYC

    KatDesignsNYC said 10 years ago

    Very cool!

  • whitehaus

    whitehaus said 10 years ago

    i've been obsessed with glass paperweights since i was a little girl. my grandmother's table was covered in them! to this day they're like instant happiness. glad to know i'm not alone!

  • Yarns

    Yarns said 10 years ago

    I love these! I used to have a couple when I was little, i may have to have a little look and start a new collection!

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your lovely collection! My mom has a collection too, and I have fond memories from childhood of the vivid colors inside each orb.

  • SSSJ

    SSSJ said 10 years ago

    Beautiful colletion of paperweights! I recently started collectiong Westmoreland Glass Robin in Nests. You shoule look it up-their pretty and unique. Great job on the feature.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 10 years ago

    i remember glass paperweights in my grandmothers home. she had at least 5-6, not as many as you.

  • LIDOSkincare

    LIDOSkincare said 10 years ago

    thats really cool! thanks for sharing :)

  • SpareBedroomStudio

    SpareBedroomStudio said 10 years ago

    I've always LOVED the look of beautiful paper weights, but never really knew what to do with them...I don't exactly have piles of papers lying around needing to be weighted down. This piece has given me new vision for the paper weight. I should enjoy the beauty that is and simply display them artfully!

  • whimsytwo

    whimsytwo said 10 years ago

    Beautiful collection you have. I'm a paperweight collector too! Love them.

  • BeadedTreasurebySue

    BeadedTreasurebySue said 10 years ago

    They are beautiful. Nice collection.

  • BeadedTreasurebySue

    BeadedTreasurebySue said 10 years ago

    I love the way the light goes through them. Very beautiful.

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion said 10 years ago

    I love hearing about what people are hoarding...I mean collecting! :)

  • dadadreams

    dadadreams said 10 years ago

    Awesome paperweight collection!

  • Pearlk2

    Pearlk2 said 10 years ago

    so cool

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 10 years ago

    the blown glass paperwights are amazing. what a beautiful and fun item to collect!

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 10 years ago

    They're so cool & colorful! I love it-- I collect all different kinds of drinking glasses. It's fun and once people know that you collect something they start giving you things... it can get out of control;) but still fun!

  • baltica

    baltica said 10 years ago

    Wonderful collections! I just started a mariposa collector series of one-of-a-kind jewelry in my shop. Love collecting butterflies!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 10 years ago

    Very cool!! Glass is an amazing medium!

  • GulfCoastCottagePDF

    GulfCoastCottagePDF said 10 years ago

    Thank you for all the great compliments- and to Rikrak and Etsy for sharing my collection!!!

  • vadjutka

    vadjutka said 10 years ago

    oooh, so beautiful collection - I love colorful glass!

  • shellcottagegallery

    shellcottagegallery said 10 years ago

    I am a painter, and use my collection of *paperweights as paperweights when painting. I have various sizes and shapes that I have collected over many years, and they work so well when you are a watercolorist. I love painting outdoors, and the occasional breeze, while it might be lovely, wreaks havoc with art paper. Hey, "Form follows function" and all that, right? Tip: I also sew long skinny fabric "tubes" filled with aquarium rocks to hold down larger sheets of paper. Shell *The fact that they are all gorgeously beautiful is a bonus.

  • EGVintage

    EGVintage said 10 years ago

    When I was little my mom suggested I collect glass paper weights. Of course I didn't listen. This has become one of my little life regrets. I recently started collecting shot glasses that look like thimbles! They have wonderful sayings like..."just a thimble full".

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 10 years ago

    I *love* the "The Collectors" series!

  • LoveButtons

    LoveButtons said 10 years ago

    Wonderful collection! My brother collects paperweights too.

  • 6catsVintage

    6catsVintage said 10 years ago

    Glass paperweights are beautiful and fasinating. I have only come across one in my garage sailing (and snapped it up right away). I love mine.

  • CatchTheEye

    CatchTheEye said 10 years ago

    She's right, those paperweights are definitely eye candy!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 10 years ago

    Love those colorful glass paperweights!!

  • bbbennyandthejet

    bbbennyandthejet said 10 years ago

    Yahoo!! What great shots.. those paperweights are gorgeous. My grandmother used to have a huge glass paperweights collection.. and now I have a handmade glass marble collection in her memory.. ;D Tons of great Etsy marble makers!

  • BlushEnvy

    BlushEnvy said 10 years ago

    I love the collector series and hope you all will keep featuring more, more, more! I have to keep myself controlled or I'm afraid my collections will spill over into hoarding-but for now it's all good! Thanks again for sharing a beautiful collection with all of us!!!

  • Ebrown2503

    Ebrown2503 said 10 years ago

    This is the perfect article for a rainy summer day. I love the color so much!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 10 years ago

    great finds and such a pretty collection! love it!

  • Tiffabulous

    Tiffabulous said 10 years ago

    Nice! I never knew paperweights could be so pretty!

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop said 10 years ago

    I collect things I find around my house. Feathers, dead bugs, animal bones and skulls, snakeskins, pressed flowers, and other unusual botanical delights. We have a big field next to our house that I wander about in every day. Thats where I find most off it. I try to find something new everyday.

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 10 years ago

    Beautiful Shop! What a colorful collection!

  • KathyGDesigns

    KathyGDesigns said 10 years ago

    Nice collection! The colors are so vibrant!

  • kristimcmurry

    kristimcmurry said 10 years ago

    I've got lots of little collections, but I'd love to start a larger, ongoing collection. Right now I have vintage cameras (mostly from my late grandfather), glasses/sunglasses, and fun record covers. The glass paperweights are GORGEOUS! What a lovely collection.

  • jcisco112

    jcisco112 said 10 years ago

    SSOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Colorful! Love them!!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 10 years ago

    I love where Jen has her paperweight collection displayed! What a perfect spot! I collect clip-on glass bird Christmas ornaments. My goal is to be able to completely cover an entire Christmas tree with my bird collection. Right now I can cover a small tree!!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 10 years ago

    Beautiful paperweights! They bring a smile to your face, don't they!!!!!

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous! I have a few paperweights too and just love them.

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 10 years ago

    great paperweight collection!

  • helenapuck

    helenapuck said 10 years ago

    I love glass paper weights. When I left for collage, I thought about getting a fish but I was worried about the tiny dorm, the changing temporary of a heater and an AC that I didn't control, and possible commutes home. I decided on getting a fish paper weight instead for that dorm room aquarium look. I was happy with the decision. No fish died on my watch anyway and I still have the beautiful paper weight.

  • WhereLittleThingsAre

    WhereLittleThingsAre said 10 years ago

    Nice! I have a real flower antique paperweight with a magnifying top from antiquing as a child. I mostly collect water globes and keychains of all kinds, and rocks/stones/gems and shells in the natural category. Otherwise, I love clothing, costumes (including many different colors and styles of wigs), jewelry and costuming/photo props to use for modeling and conventions. Many things catch my eye here at Etsy. :)

  • melodieperfumes

    melodieperfumes said 10 years ago

    Those are beautiful. Nice story Rikrak!

  • Chariot90

    Chariot90 said 10 years ago

    WOW! Beautiful! Thanks

  • infiniteglassworks

    infiniteglassworks said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for including my orange murrine paperweight. I LOVE reading about people's love of glass paperweights... I have a beautiful collection myself!

  • CityChicCountryMouse

    CityChicCountryMouse said 10 years ago

    Love the bright colors in your collection! Beautiful!

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap said 10 years ago

    I love the way pretty things can inspire you... Beautiful glass. My fav collection is def my vinyl record collection. Not only is the classic music SO INSPIRING but I love the artwork on the sleeves. Thanks for sharing :)

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 10 years ago

    wow, i didn't realise paperweights could be so beautiful :)

  • FerntreeFlowers

    FerntreeFlowers said 10 years ago

    The paperweights are gorgeous. I collect pitchers. I just picked up an adorable new one at a thrift shop in a tiny house in a small town in Australia. :) It has an antique victorian form with hand painted flowers and a white cracked glaze. Love it!

  • jewellerytreasures

    jewellerytreasures said 10 years ago

    what a great place to put all those beautiful paperweights on the windowsill where the light will show all those lovely colours

  • barrofsoap

    barrofsoap said 10 years ago

    beautiful! love the paperweights!!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 10 years ago

    Great paperweights I love the colours you get in them so beautiful. I always wondered how they're made though.

  • davisdesignsau

    davisdesignsau said 10 years ago

    Gosh... i am also mad about glass... love her collection!

  • trinityrocks

    trinityrocks said 10 years ago

    Wicked!

  • VelvetBitchOriginals

    VelvetBitchOriginals said 10 years ago

    Blown glass is awesome! Beautiful collection.

  • Redpeonycreations

    Redpeonycreations said 10 years ago

    What a great way to celebrate all the beautiful light you get there. Lovely collection.

  • BeachGlassGems

    BeachGlassGems said 10 years ago

    Beautiful...and I love where you place them so you can see the light through them! I collect beach glass.

  • Mizdragonfly

    Mizdragonfly said 10 years ago

    Great post. I collect glass paperweights too! My most precious ones are gifts from my mom and my husband. I also collect vintage lamps. Can't get enough of them!

  • GardenAngels

    GardenAngels said 10 years ago

    I'd like to see the vintage mermaids!!

  • thepuddingstorevint

    thepuddingstorevint said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much Jen for including us....and thank you SOoooo SOoooo much for all your kind messages........you rock! Love!

  • Route4glass

    Route4glass said 10 years ago

    Beautiful collection!Lovely colours. Thank you for sharing.

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 10 years ago

    Love the paperweight collection and all the colors. They really make a statement when presented together.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 10 years ago

    Beautiful collection of paperweights!

  • pilotdesign

    pilotdesign said 10 years ago

    Stunning and vivid. My clock is in great company here. Thanks for including me.

  • solcreator

    solcreator said 10 years ago

    I don't collect any one particular thing. I like to collect anything unique and different. From art to vases to plants to jewelry, clothing. But if I had to chose one thing it would be unusual looking plants, to add to my backyard.

  • sunbasilgarden

    sunbasilgarden said 10 years ago

    They are all so beautiful! Love the display too. Thanks for including my soaps here too.

  • bayanhippo

    bayanhippo said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for the including my bag, soo beautifull collection of the nice colors and items!!!

  • yoshibearstudio

    yoshibearstudio said 10 years ago

    Ahhh the glass paperweights bring me back to my childhood as I used to be an avid collector of them as well. Now Mom back in Canada has inherited them all (wahhh!). Beautiful, colorful, inspiring!

  • 3squares

    3squares said 10 years ago

    the paperweights are so lovely! my daughter collects snow globes, each a little reminder of a special trip. i'm a big collector of cookbooks, i think it's about 150 total now. everything i do seems to be tied to food...

  • vintagebyalexkeller

    vintagebyalexkeller said 10 years ago

    i love your collector series, k! i didn't think i was a collector, but then, hmmm, i noticed a growing chair problem.... and a little bit of an affection for little friendship dolls.

  • sherbetwithsprinkles

    sherbetwithsprinkles said 10 years ago

    How beautiful! I used to collect these when I was little!

  • ilikeitiloveit

    ilikeitiloveit said 10 years ago

    What fun to see what others collect. I have heard it said if you have more than 3 of anything you have a collection. Oh my then I collect everything! But my main focus has been chickens since I was about 20. As time went by I began to focus on "Hens On Nest" (covered dishes). Over 100 of all sizes I think. But no telling how many of all kinds of chicken decorations around the house.

  • gardengypsy1

    gardengypsy1 said 10 years ago

    I love your glasswork! Your paperweights are fabulous!!! Love all of the colors and designs! It is such artform, glass blowing. I have a friend who does it as well. I would love to learn myself. Good luck!

  • knottyandnyce

    knottyandnyce said 10 years ago

    Beautiful collection! Glass is such fun. So many possibilities. I collect glass pendants and beads for my work. Pieces can have such depth and life. There are so many ways to make it unique and special.

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