When I was fifteen years old I remember visiting a colleague and finding very weird that her brother had massive collections of match boxes and key rings. Many years later, I have to admit that I became a collector myself. Weird?

This week’s Make Art That Sells (MATS) class assignment required the students to review their own collections. Yeah, mother Lilla knew we had quite a few.

I did not resist listing some of my collections, photographing, wrapping and showing them here.

In doing so, I noticed the following. I do love flowers and plants, and one of the things I love most on them is to observe their shapes, their colours, the way they are structured and the relationship between the positive negative spaces. I find bottles of all sorts very interesting too. Again, shape, colour, positive-negative spaces in their arrangements, as well as transparency, play a great deal in that interest.

Mamma Lilla was right. Things connect and make sense. Mind you, because family and friends know that I love plants, scarves, notebooks, handbags, I frequently end up receiving gifts of the sort. My collections grow! On top of that, you know what’s the other connection? This week’s MATS classes are looking at the gifts market. Oh, yeah. BTW, mother day is around the corner, isn’t it? Well, some inspiration abounds.

Enough said, here comes the pics.

Bottle in the living room

Bottles in the living room: transparency, shapes, colours. Can you see the shapes between the bottles?

Bottles in the kitchen

Bottles in the kitchen: olive oil, tomato sauce, water bottles. You name it. And plants.

Bottles gists

Bottles of different origins and uses. Common factor: all were gifts!

Cacti and succulents

They are adorable! Look at their shapes, the way they grow, the spaces between the leaves. The colours are also awesome!


I love the flowers in my garden. The colours are not a coincidence. I adore those tones. And shapes?


Mugs in the kitchen cupboard, but not only: love to use them as pen and plant holders too!

Vases od flowers artwork

Vase of flowers representations: an old and familiar passion. Credits: left (pastel) and bottom middle (watercolour) works are from my beloved dad; right is a gouache work on paper, from dear sister Ines; middle paint from unknown artist; top (gouache and black line work on kraft paper) by me.


Scarves are an old passion. I love the floral and geometric motifs, the colours, texture, weight, tactile experience. Well, you name it.

How about yourself? Are you a collector too? How do you feel about it?

Thank you for stopping by.

PS: Can you believe I saved you from quite a few more collections? Such as my collection of useless old pair of glasses (and some of their cases); the collection of all sort of manuals of everything in the house (some are leaflets, others, CDs; sometimes, both); coins of every place hubby had visited on work trips, separated in those tiny plastic bags (just in case someone needs coins of remote places probably never to be visited again, but, well, you know). Ah, and how about cords of electrical appliances already gone? And art materials? Don’t you think a MATS student have dozens of pencils, pens, brushes, old paintings tubes?


  1. Miranda
    April 29, 2014

    Fabulous to see all your collections, amazing all these bottles wow!! is the one from Paris between them :-)

    • bethania
      April 29, 2014

      Dear friend Miranda, thank you. Yeah, the bottle you mean is the top left one. It is a marvellous design, isn´t it?

  2. julia grifol
    April 29, 2014

    Bethania, how great photos and post! I enjoyed it!

    • bethania
      April 29, 2014

      Thank you so much, Julia. I am glad the fun came through!

  3. Gloria Urech
    April 29, 2014

    Fantastic to read and see this post. You are very inspirational person Bethania.
    I am a collector too, but your bottles and scarves looks amazing, so beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing these beauties :-)

    • bethania
      April 29, 2014

      Thank you, Gloria, for letting me know how you feel. I had a great time taking those pictures and reflecting upon the themes, so I am grateful with this feedback!

  4. alda araujo
    April 29, 2014


    sim, eu te reconheço em suas coleções tão dispares e tão lindas de se ver!! obg por compartilhar e por me permitir matar um pouquinho das sds tuas através delas…

    • Bethania
      April 29, 2014

      Querida digo eu! No mostruário de echarpes tem pelo menos duas que foram presentes seus. É o que dá ter amigas que nos conhecem, né? Saudade também!