My appreciation of vintage items has grown considerably over the last few years, in great part due to being married to a lover of "old stuff", due also to my friendship with you and being exposed to your taste and thrifty finds, due to my increasing desire to repurpose and upcycle, and finally, due to the ever-growing list of fantastic blogs focused on vintage goodness on my blog reader. For a mix of reasons, you could say!
Last summer, when we were staying with my in-laws before our move to Seattle, they got to see me at work crafting and sewing (how awesome were they to let me have a little space to set up my "studio" while we were in limbo?!). And one day, my mom-in-law called me into her bedroom, showed me this box she'd had for years, and told me she wanted me to have it because she thought I might enjoy it instead of letting it gather dust on the high shelf of a closet.
According to my mother-in-law, this sewing box belonged to her mom, my husband's grandmother. I think it is from the 70's, gauging from the pattern and materials it's made of. I am not in love with the look of it, but it is super functional, unlike the crappy plastic box I've been using for years, and I just love the history and connections behind it!
The best part though, was what was hiding inside the sewing box (before I emptied it to take the above picture!)...
* A meeeellion random buttons like these:
* More buttons still on the cardboard, and look at how super kitshy cute the designs are! You can tell how old they are by the prices, 15 cents for these, 10 cents for those.
* A few dozen wooden spools, most of them still wound up full of mercerized cotton, or silk! And all the colors are lovely.
* Inside the pocket, a whole bunch of these little needle books and an old, old envelope punctured by a tapestry needle. I think a pattern came inside the envelope, I wish I knew what it had been for! I love these little needle books so much, but considering they each feature 21 needles, I can't possibly use them all in my lifetime, so I may have to give some away! Do you want some?
I don't know if my mother-in-law is reading this, but in case she is: thank you so much, Lynette! I will cherish this box and its treasures for many years to come!