I've just realized I've been on a button-kick since I was a kid. My grandmother had a cookie tin filled with vintage buttons. Her mother, my great-grandmother Calise, worked in a factory in nyc sewing men's outerwear during the years of the depression, so she passed on all the extras to my grandma and she saved them all. I used to love running my fingers through them. I'd sit and "stir" them and it was so soothing to me. Funny, how after all these years, I've never really acquired a proper button collection for myself. Duh.
So, recently I went on a bit of a spree over on ebay and bought several lots of vintage buttons. The snapshot above is a small fraction of my new cuties.
I like to get to know each and every one. I lay them out on several pretty dishes and then I wash them in warm, sudsy, water.
When they are sparkling clean, I inspect them again.
Lastly, I separate them by color and store them in plastic bags.
I have several crafty plans for them:
and more ornaments...I love this one! (Can you tell I'm already thinking
about the upcoming ornament swap?!)
So many buttons!
Simple and lovely.