Remember this? Been on my desk, filling slowly, for nearly all of this year. Although it was useful, it was also largely not what I wanted. I don't want to sort the buttons..I like the hunt. I didn't like them being in the jar because even when it was possible to close it, the mechanism was very anti-social. The spring back re-opening would wither break your thumb or give you heart failure. Not great.
Then, one summer's day, I was with the Enthusiastic Educator at the local quilting store. I picked up a Jelly Roll and told her about the baskets I'd seen on Pinterest, being made from really thick yarns. Wouldn't it, I said, be fun to use fabric like this. And there was the idea. So, in a fit of feeling flush, I bought the Jelly Roll. I cut each strip in half, which doubled the volume. And then I crocheted. With a huge hook - a 12. It made my hands ache. I crocheted in the same colour order that the strips were wound in the pack. (Next time I would change that, but hey, I'm slow on imagination). I did it whilst we were in Spain in October. It was lovely to sit in the sun and do something other than erm, nothing.
I knew it was going to be my new button basket, I just haven't had time in these last couple months to actually finish it properly. I felt it should be lined, see..to stop the little buttons straying into the crevices and out of the basket. Yesterday, though, whilst wrapping presents, I found a large ziploc bag. Perfect. Now, I have a liner and the added bonus of securing the top if I want to transport my buttons. Which I occasionally do - to Crop and the like. Not stylish, not really even what I want, but for now, an answer. Because the button jar was overflowing and the button basket was knocking about the house waiting. Ridiculous. And last night....when I was making something that needed a button, I didn't tip the contents out. I just stuck my hand in there and rummaged.
Even though I got carried away and thought that yesterday was Friday, I'm joining with Annie for Friday Smiles..this may be a smug smile, but hey...it's a smile!