It's Collecting Week on Martha Stewart Living Radio! So what better way to celebrate than by showing you the radio staff's array of colorful and kooky collections? Check out the photos below.
I have been collecting stickers since kindergarten. Holograms, scratch and sniff, puffy stickers -- you name it, I have it! I love collecting stickers because they're fun, colorful and so diverse! Below is a small sampling of my stickers.
My all-time favorite sticker is a puffy one of Michael Jackson. RIP MJ!
Jennifer Sendrow, producer of Whole Living, has shelves and shelves of vintage and new cookbooks. Hanging in the background is a collage of kitchen implements called "Killer Bees" by a Florida artist.
She also has travel tchotchkes! "Though my travel souvenirs are more often of the edible variety, sometimes a knick knack finds its way into my luggage and onto the mantle," explains Jennifer.
Also in Jennifer's home: a big jar of seashells and sea glass which represents many, many days at the beach.
Even Jennifer's hubby Scott has the collecting spirit. He has between 750 and 1,000 vinyl records, which somehow fit into their tiny studio apartment.
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Morning Living producer Maureen McMurray has a vintage Pyrex collection. She has picked them up from her mom's house, estate auctions and flea markets. She even requested vintage Pyrex on her wedding registry!
Everyday Food co-host Sandy Gluck has a vintage collection too! DeForest pottery from California. They were made in the 1950's and intended as condiment jars for bars.
Neil Golub, our operations manager, has a fierce shot glass collection! He bought his first shot glass in 1989 while on vacation in Aruba. Neil currently has over 270 shot glasses!
How does one begin collecting so many shot glasses? Neil claims he's not a big drunk! "Word had gotten out that I had a bar in my basement (yes, I was living in my parents basement) and all of sudden everyone I knew would bring me a shot glass from their travels," explains Neil. Here's another view of his collection.
Everyday Food producer Lisa Mantineo has a BIG collection of Precious Moments. "I've received at least one a year for the past 16 years, celebrating important moments in my life from birthdays to graduations," says Lisa.
Lisa also collects items from her favorite Disney movie, "Sleeping Beauty." She's been collecting the figurines below since she was 12!
All of the Sleeping Beauty items below were gifts that family and friends brought back from Disney theme parks or stores -- just for Lisa!
Lisa was thrilled to receive this special edition Disney "Sleeping Beauty" Precious Moment because it combined two of her favorite collecting obsessions into one!
Living Today host Mario Bosquez collects coffee and chocolate sets which include one set made of Talavera pottery from Mexico.
One of Mario's prized possessions is this Mexican chocolate set that is said to have belonged to his great-grandmother. It is made of very delicate pottery and is at least 70 years old, according to some of his family members.
Mario has always been fascinated by the game of Mexican Bingo called Loteria or Chalupa. This ages-old game is played like regular bingo except that there are images where the numbers are usually located on the card. Mario even wrote a book based on this game called "The Chalupa Rules." It's about how the game's images inspired his views on life. His inspiration grew into a collection of pieces related to the game such as mugs, mirrors and jewelry like the cuff links and pendant below.
Mario's collecting doesn't stop there! He also collects various pieces of Mexican art, glass, and dishware. This is a pear sculpture from Guadalajara, Mexico. It's made from painted beans.
A plate from Ken Edwards, a celebrated artist in Mexican pottery.