Saturday, December 31, 2011


Well, here we are! 2011 has only a few hours left. I'm ready to look forward to a Happy New Year and I know you are too. As you can see, I must not be going 'out and about' to celebrate. No, the old navy man and I are in for the night. He's watching football and I'm out here in the Nest wishing the New Year in...well, not yet. I have to talk to you first! As soon as I press the Publish button on this blog post, I will join him. We'll be cheering at midnight, just as we always have....together! Well, that's a great start for a new year right there~~

I've chosen to show you some buttons. As I know many of you do...I collect them. No, I'm not the type of collector who sorts them into files and photographs each one and find the value of each, entering those numbers in a notebook. Not even close. I have buttons, as you can see, in all kinds of containers and I have FUN with them. I have plain ones, fancy ones, old ones and new ones. Some of the nicer buttons live in my old green 'button cabinet' which in reality is a vintage cardboard box with three segmented drawers in it. All the rest live in all kinds of containers in just about every room in the house and lots of them in the Nest. (Well, there aren't any in the kitchen right now, but there has been and probably will be again. And, there are some in the bathroom, but I forgot to take a picture of them earlier when I took these other photos.)

For some reason....well, mostly on a whim, I thought I could use buttons to celebrate tonight. I've no idea what that means about my mind....but you know me by I know you 'get it.'

There is a compote full of's there with my Happy New Year sign, made just moments ago. As you can tell, I spent no time on it....but thought I needed to include a sign wishing you a Happy New Year! I have an old toy pickup truck. One day I plunked some buttons down in the bed of the truck and there have been buttons in it ever since. They get changed once in a while.
There is a photo showing where that pickup 'lives.' It could be moved at any time...we just never know how long I'll leave something in one place, but for now....this is where it lives. Same for everything I've got, really. I have an old compote filled with buttons on my coffee table. You see it here with a vintage bowl with a bird sitting on the edge and a pink rose. Love it so.

There is a tray of buttons sitting on an antique oak chest in my living room. In that photo, you can also see buttons in the little glass cabinet. Some of my friends and relatives kinda think I'm a bit 'over-the-top,' but I don't concern myself with things like that. These all seem perfectly logical places to keep buttons if you ask me.

I've recently set up a workspace in the living room. No, there really is no room for's crowded in there....but I'm sensing we might have a bad winter and on really cold days (and especially cold, frozen nights) I will not want to spend much time out here in the Nest and also will save that heating expense. one of my photos you will see the work table. There are three glass containers there...vintage....holding an assortment of odd buttons. As you can see, there is room for MORE in those containers. Do you know what those containers were used for?
I thought they were old aquariums, but someone said they were used to hold batteries. I don't know, but I do know that I will put buttons in just about any container.

So....hope you've enjoyed the button 'tour' and later tonight when we are welcoming in the New Year, I will also be sending you good wishes for a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thank you so much for going through 2011 along with me and I hope to hear from you often as we make our way through 2012. You make my day!!! Stay safe, warm, cozy and HAPPY....hugs, pat


Quiltgal said...

Happy New Year to you too Pat. Thanks for sharing so many of your talents and wonderful images with us this year.

fiberdoodles said...

Happy New Year dear friend and old Navy man! Many blessings to you for a wonderful new year!!


Unknown said...

Hi Pat I wish you and your DH a wonderful New Year. Thank you for sharing your wonderful button collection with me. I love buttons too and well I don't have as many as you but I do love them. I do not separate them by color or anyway they just hang out with me in little jars and containers and I really do enjoy having them there...Well i hope our paths cross often in the New Year...

Julie Fukuda said...

Uh oh, I think I just heard my button collection begin to complain that they don't feel properly appreciated.
Happy New Year, Pat... I look forward to another year of friendship and inspiration.

Elaine Akers said...

Happy New Year! I love how you displayed your buttons in the photos you shared with us.

Kathy said...

Happy New Year! Thanks for the delightful button tour.

Bonnie said...

Thanks for showing us your buttons! I've corraled mine upstairs on my craft room and in my sewing room but now because of your idea, I will scattered them around the house!!! I love seeing all your treasures. Thanks for inviting us into your Nest and your home. Happy New Year to you and your old Navy man.

Anonymous said...

Your post made me smile. I have a lot of the same things you have, but I just don't have that...... that.... nack of putting things out. But my closets are really pretty!! Happy New Year my old dear friend........ I mean my dear old friend..... I mean my real good friend that has been in my life quite a while now!!

Cindy P said...

Can't I just live out there in The Nest? I won't be a bother and I don't eat much. I just LOVE your stuff cause it's like my stuff... only nicer stuff!

I have glass buttons separated from the rest, but all the rest of my collection are jumbled together.

Claudine said...

Jolie promenade parmi tes boutons ! J'aime bien les coupes toute pleines ! Je ne pourrais jamais faire la même chose. Je suis tellement maladroite que je les renverserais tout le temps. Mais c'est beau chez toi. Est-ce que tu t'en sers pour tes ouvrages ? Gros bisous et très très bonne année ! A bientôt

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