As those of you who know me will understand, 2008 began in a bittersweet way for us here on the Common. Our beautiful boy is so very happily settled into his new school which has in turn taken a weight from our hearts - to see him run up the path every morning eager to learn and play. And then some sadness, which life throws at us now and then just to make us appreciate what we have. Well this time I have found something to help on those blue days. Better by far than any medicine, no side-effects, no weight gain (so what's causing that then?!) and no need to spend a fortune! Buttons! They just make me smile. I have recently spent hours, nay, days sorting through my collection.But how to organise them? Shapes and characters? Materials and surfaces? Date and style? First I sorted all the opaque from the pearly ones. Then I decided to sort them by colour into grans old jars...
With a few exceptions that were the really special ones! Oh I love those little glass hearts!
I really, really, love those little glass hearts!
And these glass ones are just made to be gazed upon in wonder!
As you can see I still have some way to go with the pearly ones!
Did I mention I have a few old button cards and needle cases too?
But then I had a new thought. I am working on this hearty picture. Stitching each heart to the block, and I've been trying to choose buttons to add and blow me! The jars look beautiful, it's like having my own little sweetie shop, but it just doesn't work!
I just don't seem to be able to think my way around colour coordination! It just goes against the grain and stops all those happy accidents I used to have. You know, when you dip into the button tin looking for a green button and come out with the perfect purple one? So now they'll just all have to go back into the pot and I'll have to start sorting them all over again! Yippee!
But first I need to finish that embroidery and make up a bunting order, and I have an order for a new Scrappy Zoo so I really must put my little creatures to the top of the to-do list for a bit! But before all that, I'm off for a bike ride in this lovely sunshine whilst it lasts! Happy day! t.xx