Jul 2, 2009

Who’s got the Button?

My sister, Tricia, and I have been trading buttons back and forth through the mail. When I get a package from her and sit to sort through them it reminds me of when I was a kid looking at all the buttons in my mom’s button tin. There is just something fascinating about a button, or especially a whole bunch of buttons. Even at my age.

button box

I keep my buttons in little box of drawers on a shelf in my sewing room. It was originally made for screws and such. I found it in the hardware store. I loved that it was red and not the typical gray that you see in men’s workshops.

thread box

I liked it so much that I went back and bought a second one to store my embroidery threads in.

My button box is decorated with a button flower:

flower

If I can remember how I did it, I might make a tutorial for it.

I also have a small quilted wall hanging that I stitch buttons to sometimes just because I think they are fun to look at.. These are interesting but not keepsakes because I’m always taking buttons off to use on projects.

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My favorite buttons of all time are Mother of Pearls. I LOVE these buttons. There is just something about them. Even old worn out ones look beautiful to me. I get excited when I find one and I keep them all as treasures. Like a little kid with a rock collection!

MOP

17 comments:

Tricia said...

Great shot of your MOPs!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I just want to reach into that pile of buttons on the bottom! They're beautiful. And your organizers are wonderful.

ferne said...

I think they will have to start a buttonaholics anonymus for all of us addicted to collecting buttons for the sake of collecting buttons. I love them too and your organizers are a fabulous way to keep them. I just sorted mine out by color the other night and put in canning jars.

Fun!

Shari said...

What a great collection! I love the mother of pearl as well - but you are so organised! Will have to check out the local hardware store...
Cheers - Shari

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh Annette what a great great way to keep your things organized. The buttons are beautiful. Like jewels.

Sherri said...

I love this post! What is it about buttons? I love the Mother of Pearl ones especially...and love your storage drawers too!

May Britt said...

Buttons are just wonderful. Remeber playing with my GM buttonbox.

Béa said...

The red organizer is fantastic for buttons or threads and I LOVE too mother of pearl. I have some from my grandmother its a treasure.

Kaaren said...

Mother-of-Pearl are my favorite as well, Annette.

I love the way you've organized your buttons and floss. I just keep my buttons in antique mason jars.

Colleen said...

I love buttons too. I recently inherited my mother in laws button tin. What fun we had. We spent hours over it.

Tudy said...

I also love buttons and use them in many different crafts. Even glued to some cards I have made. Not my antique buttons but buttons I can buy by the scoop in Amish Country.

jaybird said...

adorable storage!! it makes me want to collect buttons just to look at them!

TattingChic said...

That is a FABULOUS collection of buttons! I love it. That's a great storage place for them, too! I love how the drawers are clear so you can see what colors are there.

Have you heard of the blog Button Floozies? You should join them, LOL!

em's scrapbag said...

Love the red storage box. And I agree buttons are tons of fun.

Carrie P. said...

You are so organized. Such a variety of buttons. What fun to got through them. I love the glass buttons that I have found.

Terry said...

Love your button flower! That's so cute! :0)

Stephanie said...

Love how you've stored your buttons and what a darling button decoration. Clever. I've been searching for jars but want the colors separated. Now I shall be checking the hardware shops.

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