Friday, May 5, 2017

Pin Game: Strong

So it's not secret that I'm a collector of things. I don't always intentionally set out to start a collection but collections seem to manifest nonetheless.  One of my biggest obsessions is my pin collection. I started it last spring with the purchase of Rachel and Ross (there was a lot of pressure associated with the first pin purchase, you know?!) and it has boomed ever since.  After a couple of months of collecting, it became a pain to locate pins so it was apparent I needed a pin board.  When I transferred all my pins over, the only covered the left corner and I felt almost silly for having a board.  It has since grown, as you can see (and has grown again since we started prepping this post) and the board no longer seems silly and its such a fun artsy display that I love to see every morning as I get ready. 

I'm a tad picky about my pin collection.  I will only buy pins from independent artists--no mass produced pins for me! These people are pouring their hearts and souls creating their art and they should be rewarded and acknowledged for their individual works. I was so enraged last year when there was major copy write issues and artist theft.  I was only into the pin game mere months at this point and I solemnly swore I would only support independent artist as I build my collection and this is one principle I've adhered to.

I mostly purchased through different shops I've come across on instagram. The instagram community is one of the most unique and supportive social media platforms I've yet encountered.  It's been a very positive and uplifting experience as far as social media goes.
My favorite artists include the following:
       Natelle Draws Stuff
Oh Plesiosaur   

See that hole between the turkitty and Boys Don't Kawaii? My pumkinhead cat pin was missing, but it's since been located! It's hard to keep them all together!

This year, I've also joined a couple of monthly pin subscription services that I really love.  The first one is hosted by The Pink Samurai. She collaborates with a different artist each month to pump out this pin.

The second monthly service is The Meow-Gical Box.  There is always a super fun cat theme and you get a cat pin and other handmade goodness.  It's a pretty cool box to get each month.

I've been subscribing to both services this year. I'm pretty willy nilly with subscription services. I usually do them for a couple of months and then cancel for a few and resign up. It all depends on my budget each month.  They can be such fun surprises each month!

I'm sure there are tons of artists I haven't even encountered yet.  I kept my favorite list pretty short, but I follow so many great artists on Instagram and its so hard to narrow down the favorites.  Who are your favorite artists? Please--I need all the pin recommendations I can get. My board is still half empty!


  1. Gahhhh I love all of these! One of my favorite pin maker is Kate Gabrielle - I just ordered a mystery pin box from her (I got it today!) It's $10 for four "imperfect" pins (I literally can't find the flaws in mine) and it's such a fun surprise. Not sure if she has them all the time but if not, all of her designs are gorg.

    1. Oh geez, thanks for the recommendation! I just check out her work and yea, it's amazing. I'll be adding some to my collection soon!!! And that mystery box sounds way fun! And I feel the same way about the imperfect pins I've purchased too. They always look flawless to me!

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