Sunday, 24 March 2013

The story of the battered and tattered tin.......

Just a quick post to tell you about my latest charity shop purchase.  I do love it when you buy something that you feel is a little special.  I spotted said item on the floor in a corner of my local Age U.K. shop and commented to Maggie, the Manager what a lovely tin it was.....

maybe a cake tin in a former life?
 
Thinking of how many 'props' as I like to call them I already own, I was hesitating when Maggie said it was a button tin!  Well, as you know I do love a button - especially on a card, or an old linen or mother-of-pearl one.  So what is a girl to do when faced with such a dilema?
 
take a peek inside of course!
 
 
oooh looking interesting!!!!
 
 
a box within a tin - short whites no less!!!
 

a selection of caramel, cream and chestnut vintage buttons
 
 
a tin full of possibilities.....
 
I fell in love with the tin, the contents were an added bonus, so yes, it came home with me and what else do you do on a winter's Saturday night, yes, you sort your buttons out!  There are a lot of gems and a lot of ordinary buttons but that is part of the fun.  My mother, in her words, 'wouldn't have given the tin house room'.  I told her this afternoon about my buttons and the lovely old tin, she just shook her head!
 
I have been working on painting a little wall cupboard.....
 
gorgeous decorative hinges and ceramic handles
 
 
handy couple of shelves
 
 
preparation done (yes me being a slap dash kinda girl decided to do it properly)
 
first coat of  'Flintstone'
 
a work in progress.......
 
Until next time............. Jayne x


27 comments:

  1. Is your Mum from Yorkshire? I'd never met such houseproud ladies until I moved here. Maybe it's a Northern thing!
    I love the cupboard too.

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    1. My mum was born in Chester-le-Street nilly. Glad you like the cupboard, it is a work in progress, needs another coat and then waxing. Jayne x

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  2. oooh....love the cupboard Jayne...and the tin. You do have a happy little nack of being in the right place at the right time.....xxx

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  3. Yes I can imagine what your mother was really thinking about that tin and being ever so polite in not speaking her mind out loud!
    But so much fun to bring a tin home like that and then sort through it all! I'm sure you will find plenty to use there! It's sweet and loved by some very happy sewer at some stage.
    The cupboard is looking good so far!
    Enjoy it all!
    Sending happy hugs,
    Suzy

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    1. I love to sort through a tin of buttons, I wonder who owned it, and how it was in a charity shop. One of the reasons I love to use antique and vintage elements in my work is to re-use discarded, once loved bits and bobs. Jayne x Thank you for your lovely comments x

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  4. Props... A girl can never have too many props, especially after a night on the lash.

    What you planning on putting in the cupboard Jayne... Props?

    LLX

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    1. You are right Linda, I have a house full of props! Not sure what will go in the cupboard depends which room it ends up in. Will let you know. Thanks for your comments. Jayne x

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  5. I Love Button tins, my dad gave me my first one, he found it in a house he was renovating and the buttons were very old, and there was apair of false teeth too! I don't know what happend to it, bit sad...
    such a lucky find and I'm liking your Cupboard,...can't wait for part deux xx

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    1. I often reminiss about things I either lost or somehow gave away years ago. I'm glad there were no teeth in my button box! I use my lovely bon mamman jars to store my buttons, I am thinking maybe my cupboard may house my little collection. Thanks for your comment Sophie. Jayne x

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  6. Jayne, my dear, you LUCKY girl, that tin with buttons was a wonderful find... I love it too, and the great feeling everytime finding a special button in such a bunch!
    Your cupboard will be beautiful looking when finished!
    Hugs and love,Dorthe

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    1. I know I am very lucky, sometimes I am in the right place at the right time but then sometimes I just miss something. I saw a lovely old bookcase in a charity shop and left it, next day I went very early to buy it and saw a lady carrying it out!!! Thanks for your lovely comments Dorthe. Jayne x

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  7. What a great find, love the colour of the tin lid, and the cupboard is lovely, so useful.

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    1. Sometimes I am so lucky Sharon. I just have a thing for battered and tattered anything, I am sure I have a homing instinct and can spot something at a hundred paces. Thanks for your comment. Jayne x

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  8. what a find! Amazing...I clearly need to come south to find some quality charity shops :) Cupboard looking great too..love the paint name..I often wonder at who comes up with all these random fun names :)x

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    1. I am so lucky as in the local town we have ten charity shops. We have the local flea market every weekend too so there are lots of possibilities for little treasures. It would be an interesting job coming up with paint colour names. Thanks for your comments Jenny.

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  9. Hello dear Jayne, The tin is lovely and the buttons are certainly a bonus. It would have come home with me too :-).
    Your cupboard looks very pretty already.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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    1. Thanks Julia, it is hard to walk away when faced with such a lovely sight. My home is getting filled with all sorts of items much the same, my magpie instinct I guess. Very, very cold and windy here, longing for Spring to arrive. Jayne x

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  10. Well Jayne...finds don't come any better than that. Good for you. Love the tin too.
    Your cupboard is gorgeous xxx

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    1. We do love a button don't we? The tin is pretty special too. Just in the right place at the right time for once! Happy Easter Viv x

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  11. Hello Jayne not only was the tin a delightful and useful find xx I love buttons, but your creative and gorgeous cupboard just makes this post totally fabulous. I imagine you feel really happy having your lovely new furniture around and deciding just where you are going to put it when its finished.
    Hugs Lynn xx

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    1. Thank you Lynn, think I might keep my collection of buttons jars in it, still haven't decided where to put it. I am going to distress it and wax it soon. Happy Easter x Jayne x

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  12. Cuántas cosas antiguas, para guardarlas con mucho amor. Felices Pascuas!

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    1. muchas gracias feliz Pascua. Jayne x

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  13. I'm sure I could not have walked away, even though my little room is bulging at the seams. I 'found' a paper cutter last week, which is v. useful, but does take up a lot of space. The buns were good, I think I have had enough now, and can wait until next Easter for another one!

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  14. Hi dear Jayne,
    what a lucky find:)Your cupboard is beautiful.
    Have a great day.
    Hugs,
    Marie

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  15. love a good button tin....hope you enjoy making with them Jayne!

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  16. Have you finished that lovely cupboard yet...can we see? xx xxx
    Hugs Lynn xxx

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