Our (down) home. This is a look into a space that, for us, is real, honest, and full of dead things—err, "nature things." The process of bringing nature indoors is rarely pristine. At the very least, the item will need scrubbed. More likely, it will need aired out for weeks—as is the case with sea urchins and underwater shells. The deer skull pictured within was my greatest Thing Found, and it was nearly a yearlong process before it was ready. I thought I would describe the story, but it's long & involves macerating tissue, so I'll abstain.
Perhaps your thing is not cleaning forgotten skulls + airing out smelly seashells. Perhaps it's better that way. But if by chance nature collections do appeal to you, I can assure you that creating space with nature is a slow and sometimes intensive process, but when you look around and see items made not in China but in the wilderness, I suspect you're more likely to feel at peace. Or, anyway, it allows me to feel at peace in a 400 square foot apartment that I don't even formally live in.
The point is: do not be shy. Be sustainable with what you collect, but avoid timidity. Get on the internet, or better yet, put your nose into a book, and learn how to do the thing you've been wanting to do.
P.S. If you have questions on this subject that you feel I might be able to answer, please send an email.
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