Win a “Love the House You’re In” collage featuring your house

southern cottage bungalowAnnie B, a frequent commenter on the blog, won last month’s “Love the House You’re In” contest. Her prize: The lovely and talented Mel Kolstad immortalized her house in a collage, above. Mel writes:

I had a great time making this collage for Ann – I always love making them, but the fact that her house is still standing made it even better. Just a week or so before the contest, there was a tropical storm that rolled through North Carolina.  Many of Ann’s neighbors suffered major damage to their homes.  Thankfully, Ann’s house wasn’t hit as badly. Sort of gives a more poignant meaning to the phrase, “Love the House You’re In”, doesn’t it?  😀

To enter this month’s contest — and to win a custom collage featuring you and your house: Leave a comment on this post answering the question: What is your most prized possession? Please read all the rules here before entering, they all apply. I’ll pick a reader the last day of the month.

Meanwhile — thanks to Mel for another fabulous collage. You can find Mel’s collage works on flickr and her blog, Much Ado About Stuff.

  1. Betsy Ward says:

    That would be pictures of my family. I have some that are nearly 140yrs old. PRICELESS!!!! My mid-century coffeepot collection is a close 2nd, though.

  2. Shirley Joiner says:

    I’m most sentimental about the things I have left from my grandparents. I would have to say that my most prized possession is a small iron leaf press that belonged to my grandmother, Conceicao. She used it to press leaf shapes into pieces of foil or crepe paper that she then attached to paper flowers she lso made. She brought it to this country when she came here from the Azores in 1896. It is the only thing I have left from her life there. It binds me to her past.

  3. Abby Neumann says:

    My prized possession is a 16″ clear Kartell square cube with a door to keep things inside . What makes it special are the contents. I have EVERY card my 25 year old son has given or made me & EVERY card or note my husband has given to me since the day we met almost 35 years ago. I keep them bundled together with Raffia so I can pull a stack out to reminisce. Its a simple piece that allows you to display momentos in a tasteful way.

  4. Jennifer says:

    My most prized possession? The quilt(s) that my grandmother makes me for each life transition. So far, I’m blessed with a crib quilt, “big girl bed” quilt, my college quilt, and my wedding/marriage quilt. We have our fingers crossed that she might have to start quilts for the next generation soon….

  5. Laurie says:

    Having relocated to The South from sunny Southern California just over a year ago, (job issues, a tale of woe) what I hold most dear to my heart is my collection of sea glass, shells and rocks from my years of beachwalking – Memories of ordinary days in paradise.

  6. Laura Seymour says:

    My most prized possession is my collection of artisan turned wood bowls, plates and vases. I have collected over 15 years and still collect when I can at art shows and online. I would hate to loose or part with my collection!

  7. Ellen says:

    My most treasured possessions are the paintings my husband created. They are either clouds surrounded by gold, or abstract forests. Since he died August 1, they provide me a daily visual reminder of his vision and talent.

  8. Karen says:

    Wow, tough one. I must say that my most prized possession is my 14 year old son. Could he be classed as a “possession”? I’m not sure. All I can say is that he’s the best kid ever! So kind, thoughtful, smart and so much fun to be around. But, for the sake of this contest and because it’s on a website dedicated to “retro renovation”, I’m going to say that my “prized possession” has got to be my beautiful 1962 blue/grey Holmegaard dish. What a find! Paid a whole $5.99 for it at a thrift shop and what’s even more exiting was the fact that I bought it just because I loved the shape. I had no idea who Holmegaard was at the time. When I saw the marking on the back, I “Googled” it and low and behold, a wealth of magical information! What a surprise!
    Anyways, “she” is one of the first things you see as you walk into my living room – sitting on top of my reproduction George Nelson slat bench recently purchased while visiting NYC.

  9. Alisa says:

    My most prized possessions are my 2 Sealyham terriers–Emily & Yoda. Actually, they have possesion of me.

    A number of years ago, my home was burglarized. Jewelry (heirloom pieces, gifts I’d received since childhood) and electronics were all taken. The loss was agonizing. Since then, I’ve made it a point to enjoy the things I have but not become attached to them. They are, after all, only things.

    So when asked about prized or cherished possessions, I have many things in my home I really like and enjoy, but it is only the living things I cherish.

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