Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Little Vintage

Yesterday Stephanie posted about some wonderful wooden spools she was able to buy from an antique mall. I went looking for wooden spools of my own since I have some of my great-grandmother's sewing things and also my husband's grandmother's sewing box. In my husband's grandmother's sewing box (which I believe was her mother's as well) I first found this darling vintage package of needles--what a treasure! Underneath this there were many wooden spools, and all of them still have thread on them!

I found a few more wooden spools that belonged to my great-grandmother; she also had lots of buttons she had saved. I carefully rinsed the buttons and separated them into two jars--one for the colored buttons and one for the white and off-white ones. I love the white and off-white ones best!
I'm going to find a great jar to display the wooden spools in, but I'm wondering about how to display the vintage needle package...any ideas? I hate to just put it back in the box where it can't be appreciated!
And, since I'm feeling a little caught up now on my Christmas projects, I've decided to do a little give-away! I would love to send someone a Mary Englebreit "Isn't Christmas Jolly" fabric basket and two matching potholders! Just leave a comment before Saturday evening, and I'll announce the winner next Monday!
Happy sewing!

75 comments:

Stephanie said...

Oooo with thread too! And I love old buttons!!! How about putting the needle package in a frame and hanging it in your sewing room?

QuiltedSimple said...

I have those needles and I LOVE to sew with them. Great idea on the buttons. Love the giveaway gifts!
Kris

Carrie P. said...

You have some real treasures. Maybe you could mount the package of needles in a small shadow box. I have also seen small boxes with glass on the lid at craft stores. You could just set the package in one of those.

Pam Marshall said...

Great find.
Add me to you list,please.
Pam

Seth, Sarah and the kids said...

how lucky that you have your grandmother's (both sides) old sewing baskets. what treasures!!

and the giveaways.....lovely!

Natalija said...

Sherri, your blog is so inspirational... You did so many beautiful things. I wish to be able to sew like you do. I'm absolute beginner :)

Kevin and Vicki said...

Yay, a local giveaway!! AND WHO POSTS AT 5:30 IN THE MORNING?!

Christine said...

I love those baskets! I'd just love to win it and the pot holders! :-)

Linda said...

I think the other ladies have given you good ideas for the needles. Love the idea of a shadow box or frame. I have a little collection of spools sitting in a nice glass dish.

Penni said...

I have the same jar of white buttons at home. I love the shadow box idea to put the needles in and maybe some spools too. I love the giveaway gifts and would love that fabric basket.

Kathie said...

I agree the best idea is for a shadow box !
love ME and your fabric basket is just adorable! and who can't use new "clean"! potholders!
thanks for a wonderful giveaway.

Kathie

Paula said...

I love the look of those buttons, all whites and off whites!!! Very nice. And, please enter me in your drawing....I have one going on right now too, so stop by and enter.

Judith said...

What a beautifull treasure.
I also would love to be in your drawing.

vfernandez said...

Very nice, please enter me. Thanks.

The NELSON Family said...

I think the shadow box idea is the coolest!
Count me in on the giveaway!!

craftydiane said...

I think you should put the needles in a shadow box along with some of the wooden spools of thread and some other vintage sewing items with maybe a vintage quilt block in the back and maybe a picture of your great grandmother. I love the baskets and potholders you are giving away!
Have a Blessed Day,
Diane

maria said...

What fabulous finds. How about one of those box type photo frames to hang the needle vase. Do you know the type I mean?

Dawn said...

Can I add my name to the list? I love a giveaway!

KrisinTN said...

I would love to have the pot holders & little basket! I automatically thought of a shadow box for the needle package & spools, and then I saw everyone else thought that too! I can't wait to see what you decide to do with them.

Annette said...

Very pretty hotpads and basket. You are so nice to share them. Sounds like you might be creating a shadowbox of your grandmother's treasures. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

mom2three said...

Just found you from "This that and the other" and oh my are you wonderful! I love those fabric baskets!! I really have got to make some up, because I have a ridiculous fabric stash... but I don't have any Mary E. fabric and yours look way cuter than anything I'd be able to make, so please enter me in your contest!

Thanks!

Thimbleanna said...

Miss This 'n That has sent me over (LOL) -- you have a very lovely blog!

The Demanding Doll said...

HoHoHo. I love Mary Engelbreit stuff and would love to be in your drawing.
Perhaps you could make a little collage - get a little sticky back tape and put a few of the buttons near the corner of the needle pack and if there is a bit of ledge on the frame or shadowbox set a spool on or two or three on it. Maybe a ufo block behind it. What fun to play with and display.

Evelyn said...

I love your xmas baskets! I'm in the process of making some myself (well, fall-themed anyway), and can't wait to see how they turn out! I love your table runners too!

Vanessa said...

Yeah a give away ! And for such lovely gifts ! Please count me in ! Am loving your work / creations and I really wish I was on your Christmas List !!!
Have a great Evening !

Kathi said...

I've been eyeing those baskets and would love to win. Count me in.

Carol said...

I love your buttons and spools...I have my grandmother's too and I just enjoy looking at them...lots of wonderful memories. I have a needle package also...I remember my grandmother saying that insurance salesman used to give those away when they went door to door. Love your fabric basket and pot holders...they are just happy!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh how I love vintage. You could use that image of the stitchers on something I'm sure. It would be really cute on something! The spools are wonderful. Touching them is even theraputic.

alanajo said...

Oh,...ME!!! I want to enter. I LOVE those. Your so creative. Do you have a tutorial for those?

PatQ said...

I simply love it all. Thanks for sharing.

jacquie said...

i would either frame the needles or put them in a shadow box with some of the spools or other items. it's definitely too pretty and special to be in a box.

Kat said...

I would custom frame the needle package and put some of the buttons in the frame too. Find someone really good that can double mat it and cut little holes in the top mat for the buttons/package to sit down in.

Rachel said...

Such cute stuff! What great finds.

SandyQuilts said...

How sweet it is ... love everything. I have DH's grandmothers button box ... I love looking through it.

I'm adding you to my google.com/reader so I can keep up with all your news.

Thanks for the giveaway ... I'd love to win.

Anya said...

Love the cute giveaway. Thanks for the chance

Stina said...

Oh my gosh...and you didn´t know you had them... what a find...lovely.. I do have some spools from my grandma and I am ever so careful with them...
And with some good christmas feeling you have a little giveaway too...love it...so ...please add me... :o)

Sue Cahill said...

What a lovely giveaway and what lovely vintage treasures, I am green with envy. Please throw my name in the hat.
Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

rachel griffith said...

oh i LOVE vintage fabric.
i picked up the cutest vintage christmas fabric the other day.

i would do a shadowbox for the needles. but that's just my two cents. lol.

and a giveaway. how fun!!!
:D

Joy said...

Oooh you're so lucky to have all those fabulous old sewing treasures!!! I have loads of vintage buttons, I think I might sort them and display them in jars too, they're too pretty to leave in a tin!!!
Love the giveaway too - I'm a fool for anything 'Engelbreit' :o) - please add my name to the draw.
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Aron said...

Oh are those not adorable

jolynnrn said...

Loved the needle case and agree that it would look so cute in a shadow box. At least that way you would be able to enjoy it every day. Always love to look at your blog and all of your projects.

julia said...

Hi Sherri,
ooooh, I love those spools. I wish I had a grandmother who sewed...but my mother bought me two wooden spools of YLI quilting thread was a little gift - thats at least a start ;o).
Do you here me calling 'pick me, pick me!' - I'd be beyond thrilled if I'd win. The basket is adorable with the M.E. fabric and so are the potholders...
Hugs, Julia
P.S.: pick me, pretty please ;o)

Janellybelly said...

Hi Sherri
I have been reading your blog for a little while, but have never commented - that ends today :) Your Pink Penguin fabric baskets are just gorgeous.
Blessings
Janelle
Threads of Friendship.

Dee said...

The pack of needles looks so beautiful. I have a gorgeous little cane sewing basket that a friend bought me from a antique shop and with it came some vintage goodies like an old handstitched doiley/paper tape measure/buttons skeins of thread and such that I display on its lid and spilling out from the basket. It sits on my side board for all to see. I love things like that. Love your spools. Your basket and pot holders are gorgeous too! D. :=)

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

Such fun spools and buttons :o) Would love to be entered in your giveaway!

Randi said...

Your things are so stinking cute. I grew up loving all things Mary E. So this giveaway really spiked my interest!

shauna said...

I just found your blog thanks to This That and The Other and I love it. I would also love to win your cute little fabric bag, or at least instructions on how to make one.

shauna said...

I just found your blog thanks to This That and The Other and I love it. I would also love to win your cute little fabric bag or at least instructions on how to make one.

tess said...

Hi Sherri,
I want to sign up for your giveaway too. Thanks

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I just love your blog, it is so full of wonderful ideas, I would love to enter your super cute giveaway! thank you for offering it!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I keep making other people Xmas pot holders, but never keep any for myself.
I would love yours and the basket.

Lorraine said...

I am lucky enough to have some of my Grandmother's wooden spools - some with thread on them as well...I love to look at them but at the moment there is so much mess in my sewing room it is hard to look past that!! LOL...I like the idea of framing the needle packet somehow......

Mos Los Vagabondos said...

Hi Sherri, Please sign me up, everything looks great!
Thanks.

terrisnotebook said...

I love vintage notions! You are so lucky to find some from your own family. I also really love those new ME Christmas fabrics, especially made up into such a cute basket.

Melissa said...

That is a great giveaway! I would love to be a winner!!

Lorie said...

Those are gorgeous! And I love buttons. That pile of buttons was yummy!

Cassie said...

I love wooden spools, I have a hard time finding them! The fabric basket and potholders are so pretty!

Jenni said...

Pick me Pick Me! Just think- if I win you won't have to mail anything! :)

Holly said...

Wow, what great vintage treasures!
I have a package of needles and a few other small sewing notions that belonged to my husband's grandmother, and I've faced the same problem of how to display them. Still haven't figured it out, so I am appreciating reading the suggestions in the comments.

Thanks for a great giveaway! Isn't that ME fabric fun?

jo47gag said...

Iwould hand quilt a frame for the needle package. I also, have a large button collection. Mine is left over from my grandmother and mother and has come in very handy. You do have me beat on the wooden spools. Thanks for sharing,

Amber said...

Hi! I found your through "Simply This That and the Other." You're so talented!

I have a couple of vintage needle packages as well. I haven't displayed mine either! I haven't give it much thought though. My grandfather used to sew a lot, so when he passed away, I got all his old sewing notions. Wooden spools, buttons, needles, and a great old manually operated Singer.

Anyway, I love the fabric C-mas basket. So cute!

tami said...

this is beautiful! i would so love to add this to my home!

Sandi and Jedd said...

I just found your blog and LOVE it!!

lindagerig said...

would love the Christmas items since I never have time to make them myself. linda gerig

Carolyn J. said...

Hi....found your blog through Jodi's link. I'm a quilter, bag maker and blog reader. I don't think I could handle keeping up with a blog....although I make take that leap someday....LOL
Love your blog, thanks for sharing your talent!!

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hondaray6 said...

What a nice giveaway! I love the basket! Thanks for the chance to win!

Christine said...

Your vintage treasures are lovely. Love the giveaway gifts too.
Christine

Simone de Klerk said...

Wow, Sherri, I love your Mary Engelbreit giveaway. The first time I came into contact with the wonderful prints she makes, was with a day calendar, where you get to rip off a page each day with a wonderful drawing and saying of the day. I still treasure some of them from many years back. You have done a wonderful job, making the giveaway, as the other work you make. Have a wonderful weekend (O:

Babette said...

What fun finds you have. My favorite treasure is my grandmother's button jar full of vintage buttons. The jar is an old glass coffee jar. love your give-away they are so cute!!
Babette

debblou said...

Oh, I love ME... I keep all my old buttons in old blue glass canning jars... and my wooden thread spools in a basket.. love your site

jen said...

I just love the old spools- I wish that wooden spools were still common...Those pot holders are too sweet! I love the fabric baskets...I am meaning to make one but then I just seem to get distracted by other projects...

Rhonda said...

Great finds!

Ok... so I already won your Fall basket, but I sure could use a Christmas one with potholders too!
:-)

Sheri said...

, Jodi for sharing and thanks Sherri for your blog. I'm a Sheri, too and I have four children, 13 grandchildren and love to quilt, and sew. I'm hoping to be the winner!

Amylouwho said...

I think I'm barely making it in time! I love these fabric baskets! I need to make a million of them for stashing all of my stashables!
Thanks for sharing!

Tim said...

Thanks for having a great giveaway.