Good evening! Hope you've had a good day. I don't usually see you on a Thursday evening, but this week I've popped back to share my 'playtime' games with you, from the now, seemingly distant 'snow days' of only a week ago. It's not often possible to spend an hour, or two, or three.... tinkering and playing and trying out new things over on 'Big Huge Labs'. The site links directly to 'Flickr' and there are all sorts of fun and original things you can do with your photos. Easy too! It was great! All the photo effects used in this post have been made there.
Josiekitten showed us the beautiful new buttons she had bought from 'Knitting 4Fun'. I knew there and then that I had to get some and after a few quick and easy 'clicks', three lovely little packets were soon winging their way to my front door. I have always had a small (but steadily growing) obsession for pretty buttons, going right back to my early childhood, when I would pick up a pretty button from the pavement and keep it in my pocket for weeks or put it in my 'treasures tin'. I seem to have always loved 'tins for things' too. Now, I can buy myself pretty buttons! These have been bought with my 2010 crochet projects in mind. Have a look, I think you'll like them.
I played about with some of the effects and came up with these!
Oh, I guess I ought to show you the rest of my buttons while I'm at it. A large number of them, especially the older and less colourful ones, live a quiet life in large Kilner jar. I like them being in there because I see in and get that lovely warm feeling inside when I espy a favourite, or a button left behind when it's friends were used on a little cardigan or jumper when my children were small. Many of the buttons in this jar belonged to my 'dad'. Yes, my dad! He was a naval officer and well used to darning his own socks and sewing on his own buttons. He kept them in a little round tin covered with animals. I still have it and it still contains his threads and darning needles and the little lump of beeswax that he used to run the thread through to strengthen it, before using to sew on a button.
Here are a few of my favourites....
This one's my 'Hockney'!
Phew! There are rather a lot of buttons. Just must show you a few more. These are my 'baby' buttons. I won't need a trip to the shops for my 'special baby' buttons, now will I!
So, here they all are! Not SO many you when you see them packed away.
There is just one last little special 'treasure'. I've been very naughty and treated myself to a lovely spotty Kath Kidston button tin. I've had my eye on it for ages and ages and ages in our local John Lewis. I hoped it might appear in the sale, just for me at a 'just for me' sale price of 10p. But no, I guess those kind of dreams don't come true. The little green 'envy' goblin finally got the better of me. It's for my nice, new, bright crochet buttons.
Now I just need to get on with the knitting and the crochet, so that I can use the buttons.
Have a good weekend!