Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Button goodies

Do you have a button box? I do. It was passed down to me by my Mum, who in turn, inherited it from her Mum. It's an old Bluebird Toffee tin, with paintings of old English castles on it.

Nannie's button box 001

Inside there's a family history told in buttons - from my Grandpa's shirts and Nannie's dresses, through to my Mum's blouses, and my school cardigans. (Mine were navy blue, what colour were yours?!) It's a little treasure chest that still gives me a thrill when I delve down deep, hoping to unearth a special button. The only trouble is, they're mostly a bit on the dull side. Take a peek inside..............

Nannie's button box 005

I'm hoping to make a quick crochet project in the next week or so, taking inspiration from Lucy at Attic 24 to make a flower brooch. I have the yarn all ready and waiting, left over from my Debbie Bliss Christmas tree square,

yarn for flower brooch

so I decided to treat myself to some new buttons. I remembered a stand that I'd seen both at Ally Pally and I Knit, where I'd been very tempted to buy lots of brightly coloured buttons. I unearthed the card I'd picked up, and hey presto, before I knew it, I'd bought not only a wonderful selection of buttons, but also some brooch pins. I got them from Knitting4Fun, and I have to say that the service was excellent. Ordered yesterday, arrived today! Just feast your eyes on all this lovely buttony goodness!

Buttony goodness

The weather forecast for tomorrow isn't that good, so if we have a snow day, you can guess what I'll be doing!

Edited to add: I've just found the perfect tin for my 'new' button box. I'll share it with you next time!


melissa said...

oh i looove button boxes - especially old one that have been passed down! what a trove of treasures!

you're new buttons are fabulous as well - i'm excited to see your new button box!

Shropshire Suz said...

Hi Thanks for popping by Colourmart is in our County Town Shrewsbury so l go and have a route hehe lucky me hey?....love the button box
Happy Crafting hope you'll pop buy again
Hugs Suz x

Carrie said...

They're like sweeties! It makes me want to heap them all together and mix them up! I don't have a button box... yet!

snoopydog said...

Love love love those buttons! Such gorgeous colours. I have quite a large selection of buttons, but not many=t quite so colourful!

Rainy Daisy said...

hee hee! Buttons! My momsy had a box from her mother that was kind of like a candy box, covered with gold foil and these intricate engraving-type designs. I used to love to poke through and find my favorite of her vintage buttons. I don't have enough for a collection myself, but I used to work at a button shop in Boston (I KNOW!) with an entire wall full of button drawers, and a big sandbox-type table full of the mixed bulk buttons. People loved to run their hands through it (myself included) and some people would stand for hours finding matching, or unique or just fun buttons to bring home. It was still the best job I've ever had.

Marie-Jolie said...

I have oodles and oodles of old buttons, but mine are in glass jars. That way I can see them while they're waiting to be turned into something wonderful. :)

Jenny said...

As a child I loved a delve in my Gran's button box, you are so lucky to have inerited your family tin of delights. I have my own collection in a glass jar, if the weather stays bad I might have a sort out in there, make a change from knitting. Keep warm.