The Wonder Project :: Make a Collection

So what do you do with all these things you’re tracking?


Make a collection of course.  Your camera might be the easiest way to create a collection–snapping a quick shot of the feather or the car that’s the right shade of blue.  Helen MacLaughlin has a few excellent collections.  And soon, you’ll have an archive of what’s been catching your eye.

But if what you’re tracking is something you can take with you–a feather, a leaf–consider slipping it in your pocket.  When you get home the edge of your window sill or bookcase can become a curiosity cabinet or wunderkammer.   A shelf to house your nature collection will add beauty.  It can also become an altar of sorts, a place to hold your prayers and intentions.

Keeping track of what catches your eye can provide hints on your own wonder project.  It’s by following these threads, that often seem chaotic and unrelated at the beginning, that we can trace the way back home to our truest self.



  1. Oh, Kortney, I’m so glad you enjoy my collections and I’m flattered you mentioned them here! I’ve been thinking of posting a new one, and this is just the push I need to get on it sooner rather than later. I love, love, love that windowsills are as important to you as they are to me; we’re kindreds, and that has me jazzed today. 🙂

    1. So happy that you stopped by, Helen! And of course I’m loving that you too have magical window sills….and that I got to have a small part in your jazz today!

      1. I’d venture to say that windowsills are among the things I miss most since we’ve been mobile. Sometime within the next year, I suspect we’ll again have windowsills of our own…and that prospect thrills me. In the meantime, I’ll admire yours and imagine they’re part of my daily view. 🙂

          1. That’s what I suspected. ? We have a little windowsill/ledge here in this hotel room, but yours is cozier. I’m going to pretend it’s mine.

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