random roundup

today, instead of a tried and true post, i'd like to introduce another occasional feature: random roundup. sometimes there are things i'd love to share here, but they don't really fit into any particular category, so occasionally i'll just round them all up and share them anyway! here we go...

Significant Object Challenge
an object from the Significant Objects project
{photo via Significant Objects}

Rob Walker, who created the project Significant Objects (now a book), a challenge to writers to create a fictional backstory for weird and mundane objects, which were then auctioned off on Ebay with their new backstory, is at it again. together with Kurt Anderson, Walker picked three objects from a Manhattan thrift store and is challenging you to create a backstory for the object and submit it. Walker will judge the entries and choose a winner. the prize? the object itself! here's a little video with more:

i love projects like these because they challenge us all to look at discarded objects with new eyes. one of the reasons i love what i do is the joy of seeing something with it's own history that i've gathered find new life and a continued history, whether in my own home, or one of my customer's homes. i think the Significant Objects challenge offers the chance to imagine a new life for the silly objects they picked.

to enter the challenge, visit Studio 360.

{photo and layout via Antique Archeology}
Kid Pickers

speaking of history, Mike Wolfe, of American Pickers fame, has a passion for experiencing history through the object he collects. now, he wants to pass that passion on to a new generation with his new project, Kid Pickers. the project, which features a secure (and COOPA compliant) website for kids to share their own finds and learn more about 'pickin', will also include events (with proceeds going to charity) at Mike's Nashville Antique Archeology store, as well as a book for kids.

it's exciting to see a new generation getting excited about history through the things of the past, and it sounds like Kid Pickers is a great place to get your child started in pickin'.

My Favorite Find

{photo via My Favorite Find}
another website, that just debuted last week, offerring a place for anyone to share the things they find, comes from the lovely Serena Thompson from The Farm Chicks. Serena started My Favorite Find as a place for people to go to share their vintage/antique/junk finds, as well as find information about events and shops in their area where new things can be found.

i had mixed emotions when the site first launched, because i've been working on some similar functionality to add to the mix here at Gather and Hunt and it always bums me out when someone beats me to the punch (this happens to me frequently it seems!), but all that's faded because My Favorite Find is really a great site with helpful resources, a good interface, and an amazing woman at the helm! it definitely meets a need in the vintage world and it's exciting to see people's finds added daily! i encourage you to stop by and explore the site!

What's Country Now

{photo via Heather Bullard}
i wouldn't necessarily consider my style to be 'country', but i do love Country Living magazine, especially the direction they've taken over the last few years. i always find decorating inspiration, as well as recipes and project ideas in the pages.

recently, Country Living put out a 'What's Country Now' issue, highlighting their editors picks for all the trends in country. it's a great issue with a lot of really cool things and people featured, but they're expanding on the topic on their website and recently did a post asking some bloggers 'What's Country Now'?

{photo via Wisteria}

the bloggers featured include:

Serena, who i just mentioned, from The Farm Chicks and My Favorite Find
Victoria Smith from SF Girl By Bay
Amy Merrick from Emerson Merrick and Design Sponge
Heather Bullard from Heather Bullard (who also styled the cover of the March issue)
Eddie Ross from Eddie Ross

and many more!

even if the term 'country' makes you cringe and brings up images of blue wallpaper borders with geese, i think you may be surprised at what you find on the Country Living site- give it a try!

what random things are you excited about this week? share your links in the comments so we can all join in!