Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?
Thank you to everyone who gave suggestions for storing buttons when I posted about them a few weeks ago: Thrifted Buttons. A few years ago I reorganized my mom's stash of buttons into two inexpensive plastic bead organizers (each one around the size of a sheet of notebook paper). This worked remarkably well, and has made it much easier to sort the buttons. But I wanted something with a little more character for my button collection. Last Saturday I found the solution: a box of twelve thrifted jelly and Mason jars for $2! Some of the quilted jelly jars are extra-tall, perfect for storing buttons.
I attached creamy cardstock labels on the side and top of each jar, making identification easy:
I divided the buttons into four categories: White, Metal, Pearl, and Various (which I chose because it was easier to put on the label than "Miscellaneous!").
While the author of the Copperplate Calligraphy book I consulted (for the capital letters) would probably experience heart failure if he saw my attempts (not even the proper nib! Tsk, tsk!), my labels fulfilled my desire of a little old-fashioned flair.
I didn't want to have to search through every button I own to find a matching set, so I threaded each set onto a double-strand of sewing thread and tied them up in a little bunch. Now I can spill out the contents of whichever jar I need when I'm looking for buttons and go through them. A kind of disorganized organization! They are now happily sitting on my machine cabinet, fulfilling both utilitarian and decorative purposes.
So thank you for giving me the inspiration I needed to store my buttons!