Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Happiness is a Red Tin

My dad went out to Montana last weekend to see my grandmother and brought me home something for which I have been eagerly waiting.

My grandmother- Grace Genevieve's button tin.
First let me stop and say how beautiful I think her name is. Grace Genevieve. She could have gone by Gigi if she had wanted! My given name was Jennifer and let-me-tell-you by the time I was 16 I was dead sick of all the Jens, Jennys, and Jennifers in my classes and tired of teachers just calling me Schlemmer. So I created my own name, Jennevieve: a hybrid of Jennifer and Genevieve which I have been going by for 21 years! (My great aunt on my mom's side was named Genevieve too.) And don't try to even call me Jenn or Jenny. I am known to completely ignore people because I block it out or something.
Anyways, back to the buttons. Grace Genevieve is still going strong at 89, albeit with very poor eyesight and as a member of a group home now. So when my Aunt Julie came across the button tin while cleaning, she knew it was destined for me.
And if I hadn't been in such a hurry last night to finish a batch of Tweets ornaments for delivery today I probably would have spent an hour just looking at them and organizing them. No saying I won't be doing that this evening!
These buttons make me very happy.


  1. That is one awesome box! Yup, they don't make them like that anymore. Love the little mug in the picture.

  2. [sigh] I meant to say that's one awesome box of buttons!

  3. I think the box is pretty neat too! Pretty sure that mug is supposed to be a toothpick holder.

  4. Oooooh, yes!! Button boxes are the BEST!!
    I have my Mother's old buttons and I remember sitting on the floor as a child, stringing them
    on upholstery thread for fun(!)
    (Do I sound weird?) Giggle.
    Your box is nicer than mine, though. Mine 'live' in an old gift popcorn tin.

  5. I used to play with the buttons from my mom's tin full of them. I don't know what ever happened to those buttons! I want them!