Sunday, 19 July 2015

Part Three Buttons and Jars

Back to sorting the buttons by color, who knew it would take this long. This is not fun anymore and I have to get these buttons off my coffee table soon. Using different size boxes, bowls to sort with I realize this is not how I want to store or display them. What to use?! 

 [take a break and browse Pinterest] Didn’t take too long to see all those button jars!

Yes I am losing my mind, because it really did take me a couple of days to remember I had boxes of JARS in the basement!! Now I can put the buttons in the jar by color and have a rainbow of color button jars ...


Things in button containers besides buttons:

Lapel pins, baby pins, paper clips, needles, tacks, coins, beads, earrings, stamps, thimbles, hooks and eyes, buckles, snaps, nasty corroded things, paper origami, cuff links, lots of broken bits and pieces, drapery clips and a cloth felt cat needle holder!
Did I mention this taking a long time - finally I just finish sorting the first batch of buttons, brag to my friends that I now have buttons, take pictures of the jars that I now have to put them away because I have to decorate for Christmas.

“Are you sure you don’t want more buttons?!” Well I am sure but I am also getting hooked so more buttons arrive and now I have to clean and make a space in the basement!

Once I get over the shock of the quantity that I am now dealing with, it is time to get serious and learn about the types of materials that buttons are made with. I am finding some interesting buttons that just by feel, I am certain are older than 1930 so the collector in me says Keep!

In the quest for more knowledge…
[take a break and browse the internet] Wow look at those old buttons I might just a have a few.
My fingers are getting dirty so I think, now I have to clean the darn things.
[take a break and browse the internet] How do I clean the natural buttons – wood, shell, glass, horn, nut, fabric? How to clean old and new plastic types?
 had to clean the jars first...

 washing what I know will be okay
 there were some really yucky ones

Time to access the serious button collector groups and their experience.

[take a break and browse the internet] Many button groups, they sure know their stuff. There is a button collecting group here, so I should probably just contact them someday.
So much to learn - type, age, cleaning, displaying….


Part Two Buttons

Disclaimer: I am not a collector of buttons
But I am a clothing and accessories collector. Buttons come with the territory mainly as a reference in researching, authenticating, mending and displays. Back to the lady who calls me after a clean out of yet another craft room ( I am guessing here because how does one person have that kind of volume of yarn, notions, patterns and fabric in one tiny house - is a mystery to me).
“Are you interested in buttons?” she asks.  “I could be”, I said, thinking there will be a ‘button jar’ and how nice it would be to have a button jar to put amongst a display. During my sewing years, I just put loose buttons in the bottom of my sewing basket along with those single buttons attached to store bought garments. But those are later 80s and 90s buttons so they didn’t qualify to be part of my collection. It has never occurred to me to start my own button jar, and if I did, I would use a big pickle jar!
To my surprise her buttons were in a box. Mainly from the 1960s and later.

The loose buttons were in small tins, baggies and plastic grocery bulk containers. Yes there are that many.
And many still on cards! Mainly from the 1960s and later. And very small buttons perfect for my crafty friends at the Doll of Club of Edmonton and doll artists who sew clothes and mend for their dolls.
Oh well, I am not a button collector so I will sort by type and color and if there are any that look and feel remotely older than 1940, I will keep in a separate container for future further research.
Handling the buttons reminded me of playing with Mom’s buttons from her button jar. We counted, we sorted, Mom gave us a color or type to find…just to keep us out of her hair for awhile.
Okay…where is her button jar and how come I haven’t seen it in her sewing room?!
A button jar is a very personal thing, it holds memories of the mending, making do, keepsakes of babies, special occasions, working clothes of loved ones and is one of the last items a person gives up when ‘cleaning out’. That and her wedding dress!
Two Christmas’s ago, Mom surprised all of us with one of the most personal gifts I have ever received from her. She made ‘button jars’ for each of her daughters (6). The jars had bits and pieces of everything Mom ever saved – jewellery, coins, pins, buttons, small trims, dolls, flowers, all layered in the jars and personalized for each of us.
 My jar with a green tint and says MASON`S PATENT NOV 1858...yes I know it is not from 1858.

 another jar
Oh yah - the jars she used – those old wonderful jars from the shelf above the fridge.

Part One Jars

Disclaimer: I am not a collector of jars.
‘Old jars’ we all love them, and the crafty possibilities are endless.  However, the memories of picking the fruit, preparing and ‘canning’ is an experience that I did not appreciate at the time. We wanted to spend our hot summer days at the lake!
A few of my close friends are much more ‘crafty’ than I, and while shopping at antique show one starts to admire the jars and brainstorm what she would do with them.  Suddenly it occurs to me, I know where there is a basement with more than a few a jars!! I stop her from buying a jar, sorry vendor.
On our next visit to the farm, I ask Mom, if we can go through her jars and pick out a few each  to take home. We were thrilled with our selections and Mom was happy that someone actually wanted those jars.
Umm… I wonder aloud, “but Mom there must have been jars older than these?”  “Yes” she said, “they are on that shelf above the fridge.”  She didn’t offer them to us, so I dutifully took pictures!!
My Aunt moved into a seniors apartment and long story short – yes I brought home a couple boxes of jars. Now I can only hide so much from my husband and boxes of jars are not one of them! They are family items I tell him, I am going to share with my sisters and cousins…and I did, kinda.

 before cleaning
 baby bottles
 regular types cleaned

The same summer, a lady who has been downsizing, rightsizing her home, called again and asked, “Are you interested in jars?”
Only if they are old I said!!! And another box of jars or two sits in the basement. And yes, I did label Moms and Aunties jars!!


Sunday, 17 November 2013

the lost is found

At knitting group last week someone cautiously asked...does anybody here...'lose' their knitting? We looked at each other and laughed Yes!! I recently lost two projects; my written instructions for a summer top 75% completed...and one of my qiviuk gloves also 75% completed but I had started the other glove cuff and was working on that for another inch at the knitting circle.

I looked in my loft, my bedroom, the living room and the zippered compartments of two suitcases. While in my loft, I get distracted and start cleaning, sorting, organizing but still no instructions and no glove. Very expensive glove may I add.

Today, I looked under my bed and cleaned up the magazines stacked beside my bed. I was putting the piles of magazines on the stairs to go back up to the loft (I know, I know...they should go out of the house!) and looked up the staircase - on the landing is my Auntie Beulah's knitting craft holder bag that she just gave me.

Now I looked in that 'pile' last week...(it was much messier and I moved the stuff on top) but this time I saw the plastic Ziploc bag with the ever so pale logo Qiviuk. That was it! Whew!

Thinking that my luck might continue I worked away up in the loft sorting dpns into two wonderful boxes...and moving stacks of paper and magazines, but still no instructions. Not too worried as I am making up the pattern as I go, so I can just get back into it and keeping knitting!

Inspired by yarn I found and since I was into the dpn stash, I brought down more yarn, Auntie's mitten's instructions and decided to start some wonderful mitts!
Good things do result from occasional cleaning!

Sunday, 3 November 2013

The Big Drop

Sequence of events...the maple tree dropping its leaves. Each year the leaves are a different color. this year they were a bright sunny yellow without much variation.

October 20th

October 25th the Second Drop

Putting the Roses to Bed
 and ladybugs

I love finding the smallest perfectly formed maple leaves!

Final bagging

November 3rd First Snow

Yes, it happens every year but it is so different each year!

Thursday, 25 July 2013

'Super Sunmates'

e gads swim wear from the 1970s! Spending this perfect summer evening out on the veranda flipping through 3 decades of McCall's Needlework magazines.

And more uses for 'granny squares' the possibilities are endless.

1947 describes this knitted one piece "..for the modern mermaid"

an earlier issue possibly later 1930s...the copyright date is not in this magazine anywhere!
"...sea urchin.."

and "...a career as a beachcomber.."!!

now back to regular scheduled knitting....

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

June 28, 1949

An important date in history! The day my parents were married.
I have been involved with just a few things bridal this past spring...Rutherford House in Edmonton, presented A Vintage Bridal tea on May 23rd.
It was a `packed` house with a crowd of mothers, daughters, brides-to-be and a few `closet collectors`.  Bridal styles from the 1890s to the 1950s were represented donated by private collectors. A detailed history of bridal wear was given by designer Kelsey McIntyre of Serendipity Designs. Guests sampled decadent cakes from Style Cakes, the Art of Cake and Cakes by Candace and sipped on Rutherford’s teas.

But first ...the preparation....

The before...a very dirty net hoop
The after....using dish soap, I suds the bottom edge and other visible dirty spots, then rinsed until there was no more dirty water running off with a garden hose. The sunshine dried and brighten.
No. 2 son doesn't ask questions, he just helps pack the van!
Silk stockings and 2 crocheted purses with silk lining getting their sudsy soak!
Something borrowed something blue...a garter an blue nylon hankie from 1954 
Gorgeous long net veils from before 1940s...they are so hard to date.  Setting up an efficient way to steam iron them took some time.
A 1954 layered net dress getting steamed...note the time, we wanted to be there by 4:00pm

Above - a 1913 linen dress reveals her intricacies of construction and quality sewing techniques. It ironed wonderfully, the reason I like to iron...


Off to the show!

The perfect setting...the historic Rutherford House 

 Five Decades of Bridal Style!

  1913 linen dress from Ireland

An early teens white cotton 'lawn' dress, long crocheted gloves and silk stockings.
A 1928 beaded and lace silk dress with a silk and lace bed jacket.

 1942 satin dress with satin strap shoes that are stamped June 9, 1942 on the bottom!
 And a 1954 layered net wedding dress with a long sleeve bolero
 1950s accessories including a 3 piece set of quilted lingerie bags

Above, a variety of publications and paper products representing different decades.


My favorite cake...I want to order a smaller version for my 30th wedding anniversary!