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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

An Easy Pill to Swallow

This is my latest acquisition, a cute little pill box covered in Swarovski crystals. I must confess it is not my first. Let me tell you how it all started…

This is the collection of my friend Debbie. She started me on this road of antiquing and collecting. We’ve spent many a wonderful Saturday at flea markets and antique shows.

 She uses all of her pill boxes and chooses a different one to carry in her purse each day. I noticed that she had different ones, but when I saw them en masse, I was hooked.

  
And it began.
 
The little pearl one started innocent enough. I just couldn’t resist this one with all the sparkle and the little pearls. The first one needed a friend. But when I spied this one with the micro mosaic top… I was a goner!

 So as my passion grew, so did my collection.

 
 I try to find unusual ones made from different mediums, tortoise shell, petit point, porcelains, and cloisonné. 

 The beauty of collecting pill boxes is the variety, range of price, and their small size. They allow you to follow your heart and buy what you love! They are so plentiful and inexpensive. So pick a material, a color, or design. You’ll find that these boxes are an easy pill to swallow.
Hugs,

 Patti
And thank you all for participating in our
 "What's It Wednesday"  linky party!
Don't forget to grab a feature button.

Ivy and Elephants

Here are this week's features:
Daphne Nicole - Lynda Cade
See this fabulous purse, can you believe I won it in a give-away? They make the most amazing creations! 
Thanks Daphne

Chickadee Home Nest
The Fairfield House
Sullivan and Murphy
Miss Gracie's House
Freddy & Petunia

74 comments:

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a beautiful collection Patti, I love that little one with the tapestry top!

Jill said...

Such beautiful collections! I don't think I'll ever pass on a pill box if I run across any after seeing this. :)

Rhonda said...

I adore your beautiful pill box collection.
I just linked up my first half doll and now I am bidding on four more on E Bay!!! It's an addiction I tell you! Thanks to you and your lovely collection, pill boxes may be next!

Thanks for hosting.
Rhonda

Trisha said...

That is a collection I could see myself enjoying-so pretty and unique!

~Trisha

Just Stuff From a Boomer said...

There seem to be so many pills holders from days gone by... that I wonder "what were they all taking?" Hmmmm? Yours are beautiful. As always...

Grammy Goodwill said...

I don't have any pill boxes, but my best friend has several. She is lactose intolerant and uses them to hold her lactaid. Now me - I have an orange plastic thing to hold all my OTC stuff to fight headaches. I didn't realize it was so ugly until I saw all this beauty. Now I'm envious. (That's not a pretty emotion.)

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your collections are Gorgeous sweet lady. Thanks for hosting such a great party. It been a long time maybe you can come over and see me if you can. I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.
XXOO Diane

Antiques And Teacups said...

What a wonderful collection! You ansd Debbie share a collection that is so easy to enjoy everyday and not have difficulty storing/displaying your collection! Wonderful!
Ruth

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

You have a beautiful collection of pill boxes. I don't collect them but I certainly will notice them now.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

you should charge admission to your home -- people would pay good money to see all of your wonderful collections! My favorite is the round, rhinestone one on the far right, bottom pic -- stunning!

June said...

Oh Patti I love your beautiful collection of pill boxes. You have such special ones. I think you have such an eye for beauty, so I shouldn't wonder that your collections would be anything but.
sending hugs...

NanaDiana said...

I love your collection! I don't know anyone that collects those...they are just darling. I will pop by and check out some of your featured bloggers, too. xo Diana

Shirley said...

Ohhh!! I love these. next time I'm out in the antique shops I will have to browse to see what kind of pill boxes are in my neck of the woods. Sure they wont be as pretty as yours..

Julie Marie said...

Hi Patti, oooh I just love your pillbox collection!... I have a small collection, my sister and my nieces always bring me one from their travels, one of my favorites is from London and the other from Paris... yours are just stunning!!! Not sure which one of yours I love the most as they are all so pretty!... you have the most exquisite collections... how I would love to go shopping with you girlfriend!... xoxo Julie Marie PS I also loved your collection of Cameos... I have just one, that my sister gave me from Italy... you always tempt me into wanting to add to my collections!... (but that's a good thing, right???)...

Debra @ Common Ground said...

These are gorgeous!! just linked up, thanks so much for the great party! xo

Cottage and Broome said...

The pill boxes are delightful! I like the pearl one and the one with the italian milliforia mosaic on the top. Thanks for hosting again this week! Laura

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

You have the best collections...I particularly love this one!!

ImSoVintage said...

Your pill box collection is beautiful, Patti.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such beautiful pill boxes. You do have the neatest collections. Thanks also for hosting. Hugs, Marty

Pamela said...

Hey ladies! Thanx for hosting! So glad I could join in on the fun this week!

Julie Marie said...

Hi again Patti... I had to come back for another look!... thanks for visiting me tonight as well... you asked about my clock... check your email, I wrote to you about it... xoxo Julie Marie PS Hello Paula!

Rhissanna said...

Oh my! I LOVE your pill box collection. You've got some real gems there. As pretty as snuff boxes! How elegant it would be to carry one every day.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

First, THANK YOU for featuring my Little Boy Blue post at your party! It really means a lot to me...I'm still pretty new at blogging. Love your party; thank you for hosting.
Secondly, I LOVE pill boxes. I've been thinking about pulling mine out of storage to do a post, so I really enjoyed yours.

Thank you! ~Zuni

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

First, THANK YOU for featuring my Little Boy Blue post at your party! It really means a lot to me...I'm still pretty new at blogging. Love your party; thank you for hosting.
Secondly, I LOVE pill boxes. I've been thinking about pulling mine out of storage to do a post, so I really enjoyed yours.

Thank you! ~Zuni

Revi said...

I love boxes of all kinds! And I love What's It Wednesday - thanks for hosting!
-Revi

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

What a beautiful collection of pill boxes. I may have to start a collection of my own. I wanted to thank you so much for featuring my tote bag, and I hope you enjoy it. I would so love to enter your linky parties, but life is to hectic for me right now, hope things slow down a bit before to long. I really use to enjoy linking up to the different parties but just don't find the time right now. Hopefully before to long things will slow down a bit.
Hugs~~~ Daphne

Tracey@Breathing English Air said...

So pretty. As you said there is something to suit all budgets and tastes. I can't help thinking I will be keeping my eyes open for these in future!

Tina said...

Great collection! I remember always being in awe of my grandmothers pill box.

Thank you for hosting the party.

Have a great week.

Susan Hemann said...

Lovely collection! I use my grandmothers pill box. It is a treasure and so beautiful. She traveled all over the world, so I think she bought it on one of her trips.

poppilinnstudios said...

Love your collection-so beautiful!
-Lynn

Fairfield House said...

Patti,
Thank you for featuring our bathroom renovation. Your link party is a collection of creativity and I look forward to seeing this weeks link ins!
Your pill box collection is beautiful. I think I like it even more knowing that your father was a pharmacist. :)
Deborah

Curtains in My Tree said...

OM gosh I am going to have to quit looking at all your gorgeous collectins because it makes me want to start one . I love the rhinestone pill box and the little needlepoint top one.
I have an old pill box my mother carried in her purse. Now I need to go look for it

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Your collection is gorgeous. Nothing more fun than hunting for finds with a friend!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

These are really beautiful. They remind me of a few my mom had while I was growing up. Wish I had them now.....oh well, maybe I can start collecting, too!

AshTreeCottage said...

It is always such fun to visit you! Your collections are so lovely and so complete. A trip to your site is like a tour of some of my favorite shops. And I can do it while wearing my pj's! Thanks for another great party.

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Johanna said...

Hi Patti,
whooo, I will swallow this sweet pill right now! OMG, they are all so sweet. You have the most cute collections, I ever saw. Really, really sweet. Thanks for hosting the party and for sharing your treasures.
Greetings to you and Paula,
Johanna

The Tablescaper said...

What an adorable collection.Love the pearl encrusted one.

- The Tablescaper

Denise @ secondtimearoundfinds said...

Oh my, the pill boxes are stunning. Thanks for hosting and I am very happy I was able to join in.
Denise

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love the box with the crystals. Thanks for hosting.

Theresa said...

Hello!
Thanks you so much for hosting the party!

Sue said...

Oh my, I think the collection of pill boxes is just amazing. What thought went into the beauty of such an "ordinary" item.
Thank you so much for including my vintage scale in your feature section this week! It is always fun to see what everyone else has to show. It's often hard to get around to everyone on the party link-up, so it's nice to see posts in your features that may have been missed. I know there is one feature I need to pop over to see because I missed it. :-) Sue

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Beautiful collection! I love them all and I can see why you are now hooked! Thanks for your kind comment.

Red Rose Alley said...

I have always loved to look at pill boxes but never have bought any for myself. These are so unique, and that pearl one, oh my, it's beautiful. You always have the most unique and wonderful items to show. Thank you for that. I loved your Thelma and Louise comment and smiled because that show is a favorite of mine.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

lvroftiques said...

AArrrgghhh!! Patti I need another collection like I need another hole in my head....but....how could I possibly resist these?!! *winks*
They're just wonderful my friend! You are such a bad (good) influence on me lol! Your collection is drool worthy!...And I'm drooling girlfriend! Thanks to the P's squared for this lovely party.*winks* Vanna

Donata @ DK's Craft Cafe said...

Thank you so much for hosting this lovely party :)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Absolutely gorgeous collection, Patti!

Rosie said...

Those are just gorgeous. I wasn't aware there were such beautiful pill boxes.

Ginger Zuck said...

Wow! all those pill boxes are positively stunning! I had no idea there were so many beauties out there. Beautiful post. Have a fabulous weekend.

Sherry said...

Lovely! Thank you for hosting!
Sherry

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Patti, Each of the pill boxes are beautiful! You have the most amazing collections.
xo, Sherry
ps: Thanks again for showing me the RH magazine article.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The pill boxes are all so different and unique. They were made back when things came in a limited supply and the details made them special. Love your beautiful collection! And what a great bag you won! Congrats! ♥

Susan said...

Wow, your pill boxes are stunning!

Thank you for inviting me to link up with your party!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I'm happy to link up my vintage bottles. I love your pill box collection for all the reasons you listed, small, price, and very pretty! Thank you for hosting!

Carol

Passionate for White said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hello. I am definitely going to join in on your WIW. I've just become one of your newest followers and I very much look forward to going through your archives. Love your style and taste!

Marigene said...

That is a wonderful collection of beautiful pill boxes.

Donene said...

So beautiful! Love all of your collections!Thanks so much for your very nice comments and your visit!

Elyse said...

I will be ready to party next week! Thank you so much for visiting my blog today! I must say, you gals have a precious blog and I am looking forward to following it.

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Wow! What a goregous collection, Ivy & Elephants! And beautiful photography as well. I also like the one with the moasic top. :-) Bless you for sharing!

Dorthe said...

Dear Ivy, thankyou so much for the invitation to link to your beautiful post.
I love you collection of pill boxes, they are so beautiful, and special.
Hugs,Dorthe

Dorthe said...

Dear Ivy, thankyou so much for the invitation to link to your beautiful post.
I love you collection of pill boxes, they are so beautiful, and special.
Hugs,Dorthe

Miss Sandy said...

What a lovely site! Thanks for the invite to join your linky party. Have a beauty filled day!

723.home.plain & simple said...

These are just beautiful. A collection to covet. Thanks for your kind words and your visit after seeing the Romantic Homes Issue! Look forward to reading more of what you post in the future!
Regards,
Rae

Amy said...

Thanks for the blog hop follow. I'm following back now. I actually gasped out loud for the petit point pill box. LOVE IT. That one would have come home with me for sure . . . .

Amy

Mimi said...

Thanks for sharing the pill box collection. they are beautiful. I see nice new ones sometimes, but they often don't hold the pills in place. Thanks for hosting. What's a good price range to pay for a vintage pill box?

Kasia said...

Hello there! :) So happy to have you on board! I love your blog too! WHAT a stunning collection!!! And just up my alley ;) Any collection is precious, but when its this beautiful, its extra special! Congrats on your win my dear! D&L do make fabulous things! :)
Lovely pictures as well, dont we all adore the french, shabby and chick? :D

Hugs,

Nezzy said...

Oh darlin', that is an easy pill to swallow!!!

Those little pill boxes are simple little treasures in my book and what a beautiful collection ya have.

Thanks for sharin' 'em with us sweet Patti.

God bless and have yourself a fantastic weekend!!! :o)

Miss Gracie's House said...

What a pretty collection!
THANKS for the feature!!!!
Rene

AllyJo said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for commenting on the green tomato relish. I collect pill boxes and make up compacts. Your collection is way better than mine though. LOL Take care.

Palomasea said...

Hello sweet friends!
I LOOOOOOVE pill boxes!!!
The micro mosaic are my absolute favorite...and what a GORGEOUS collection you have!
Thank you Patti, for sharing these treasures :)
xoxo,
- Irina

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

MY OH MY OH MY!!!!! PAtti, your collection is outstanding and little boxes have ALWAYS been my love! I especially love that needlepoint one!!!

AND YOU ARE NOW ON SPRING BREAK? How FABULOUS! Mine is at the end of the month and I cannot WAIT! I am going to hit the streets and see if I can get my art wares out to local shops. I am making a plan to make some CHANGES. I have been teaching for nine years, and with RTI (I don't know if you have that in your schools) and budget cuts, teaching has taken a wicked turn for many of us here in my part of the country. I am grateful to have a job, and I will act wisely (I hope!) but I must see if I could push myself as a designer and do that full-time. But I do want to be smart about it.

THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY DEAR and enjoy that time off!!! Anita

Shelia said...

Oh, that is the prettiest pill boxes I've ever seen! Again, I know I've said it before, but you really do have the prettiest things.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Rooms by Ann said...

That's a beautiful collection. I am so glad you stopped by and visited as well as becoming a follower. Thank you. I am happy to be your follower too.

jeanetteann said...

What a beautiful collection.
I would love to start one like yours,but how many collections can one have? Not enough I think.LOL
xx jeanetteann

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh what an awesome collection. They are just beautiful!!

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