Monday, 5 January 2009

Buttons

















I'm Chrissie and I'm a buttonaholic! There, I've confessed.

I keep my buttons (all thrifted) in jamjars so I can see the colours and sizes at a glance, but I keep my favourite ones in a special box. I take them out and admire them from time-to-time, and then tuck them back safely. Recently, I've made myself use some of them in my for-sale craftwork, on presents and so on, but it's an agonising wrench when they have to leave home!




What qualities get a button into the 'special box'? Mother-of-pearl does it every time; glass probably; Art Deco definitely; a great big old coat button stands a fair chance; overall buttons have their own segmented compartments (did I really say that?); and a shabby silk-covered button could sidle it's way in too on a particularly sentimental day.

So what am I keeping them for? Goodness knows. Freud would have a field day with me. But, and I am convinced of this - I am not alone. Stand up, stick your chest out, and own up!










9 comments:

circleinthesand said...

hehe.....I'm right there with ya, Chrissie. It's a sickness, I tell you!!!

Myfanwy said...

LOL, buttons, no not a problem (well, not much) I only have 2 boxes of my grandmothers', and then the one that my mother used to use and...

Now it you were talking about threads......
I might have to stand up!

On a Whimsey said...

Lovely buttons! What is it about them? When I was a child I used to love just feeling and playing with my mother's buttons. I now have several Cadbury chocolate biscuit tins absolutely full!!!

joonbeam said...

Lovely photos, Chrissie. I ran across mine the other day. I haven't gotten around to preparing them and uploading them. Maybe I should follow your lead and dedicate one of my posts to my button collection. I love seeing everyone's, don't you?

makeyourpresentsfelt said...

Haha! I knew there were some button soulmates out there! Thanks for visiting!

LillaFlisan said...

I found your beautiful blogg on my blogfollowers list!!
Thanks!

What a talent you got!
(I'm sorry that my english is so bad!)

Katta, with the blog: http://rostigarosor.blogspot.com/

Is also so good/gifted at making beautiful things out of felt.

You can see some of her creations in her right column......

I wish you a happy new year!!

Hugs

Flisan, Sweden

Judy Nolan said...

Chrissie, I do the same thing you do. When candle jars are empty, they get cleaned up to store buttons! And I use compartmentalized boxes as well. When my mom passed away and my dad gave me her button jar, you can imagine how happy I was!

makeyourpresentsfelt said...

Flisan, thank you for your kind message and the link to Katta's blog - she makes some beautiful felt.

Judy, I think there's a thesis just waiting to be written here!

Gunnels blog said...

I'm Gunnel and I'm a buttonaholic, too!

Such beautiful photos here on your blog!
thank you for the comment on my blog.