Thursday, January 5, 2012

Favorite Things Friday - 1st Edition 2012

It's been awhile since I joined Mrs. P over at Quilting in My Pyjamas for Favorite Things Friday.  Sadly, the last couple of months in 2011 were scheduling nightmares, and favorite things got lost in all the shuffling.  But 2012 is a new year and I've been stockpiling favorite things (actually pictures of the favorite things) over the holiday.  So I'm good to go for a few Fridays anyway. 

My family was very good to me over the holidays and gave me lots of new favorite things.  One of the most special were two gifts from my sister. 


I know this looks like a frame with buttons and it is that.  But the buttons are very special.  They come from my Grandmother's button stash.  This extensive collection, as my sister tells it anyway,  made it's way into the trunk of her car via a well meaning uncle (meaning she didn't find the stash until she got home).  I learned embroidery from my Grandmother, who also quilted and sewed gorgeous clothing.  I had forgotten all the jackets/blazers Grandma made until I opened this part of my gift. 


All those shiny, coppery buttons just right for that fire engine red (Grandma's favorite color) jacket she wore over the white blouse, with the black skirt for Sunday services. 


For now both decorate the bookcase in my sewing room where I can see them from the machine.  Thanks Sis!   

(By the way, the well meaning uncle got an ornament too, along with a note  "Bet you thought you'd never see these again."  I have a very cool sister by the way, but that's probably another post entirely.)

Check out more favorite things over at Quilting in my Pyjamas.  

18 comments:

  1. Such sweet and meaningful gifts! What a great thing for a sister to do.

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  2. Gifts like that are the most special! Thanks for that favorite!

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  3. What a wonderful gift and wonderful sister. Glad Unc. got one too.

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  4. Wonderful stuff, Kate. My mother had a huge can of buttons. I often wonder what happened to it. I never saw it again after she died.

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  5. Fantastic gifts. I love vintage buttons, I have my Nana's stash. Those copper button are too cool love that stash. Great gift and great FTF

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  6. A very creative sister by the look of things!

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  7. Now THOSE are the BEST favourites! I absolutely LOVE the button ornament. And sisters...well, unless you have one, you have no idea what a true blessing they are. Lucky for you, you know what I'm talking about. ☺ Happy Friday!

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  8. What wonderful, loving gifts! I think these are just beautiful and the meaning behind them are priceless!

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  9. What wonderful gifts. You have a beautiful DD.

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  10. Wonderful gifts! The button decoration is a great idea. I need to stash that one away for next year.

    Liz

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  11. You have a sweet sister...these are really lovely gifts! I love the frame. Enjoy them! Have a great weekend. Hugs, Loretta

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  12. Oh, wow, what wonderful and meaningful gifts! Very thoughtful and creative on the part of your sister!

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  13. What special gifts and such a special sister. You are blessed.

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  14. Gorgeous and thoughtful gifts Kate. Your sister DOES sound very cool. I wish I had something like that from my grandmother's collection.

    I love the idea of using buttons to make decorations too. May have to steal that idea.

    Thanks for sharing those lovelies with us.

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  15. Your sister is very thoughtful, how nice to be given such lovely things with special meaning.

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  16. What spectacular buttons! And what treasures both of those gifts are! :)

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  17. cool gift I love a gift with meaning!

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  18. My favorite kind of gift is one of thought and rich meaning like these. I know you will cherish them along with wonderful memories of both your grandmother and your sister!

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