Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Me and My Space - Back to my Buttons and a Vintage find of Dad's

Back with my Buttons again - I showed you my button storage a few weeks ago. And I love it but it was just too full. And I didn't really want to get rid of it, but expand it somehow. I didn't find another drawer just like the one I have, but while surfing a while back I found this 6 drawer chipboard box. It was super cheap on sale, and when it arrived in the mail I looked at it and thought now what am I going to use this for? I am so bad about getting things because they are cheap and then not knowing what I am going to use it for.  I put it on my desk and there it sat for over a week. Then one day I looked over and caught my button drawer in my eye sight behind the drawers! DUH! I found a couple of sheets of paper I loved and went to work decorating.

 It makes me soooo happy!!! I inked the edges of the entire box with Papertrey Ink's Vintage Cream ink. Then used two patterns of The Girls Paperie  - it hurt cutting into them as I don't think I can replace them. I read somewhere they were going out of business, I hope not... I adore their papers. Anyway the box is just over 12 inches tall so I cut to fit the drawers, used a circle punch for the finger pulls. Inked the edges with Distress Inks Old Paper  - Glued it down and done in no time at all. I wanted to label the colors of drawer somehow.. and found a very old package of rub on letters... perfect! I went for a scattered random look - that way I didn't have to be perfect in lining up .. wink wink :0)

And look at the drawers opened and with my buttons in them!
 OH it just is soooo pretty!!!!! And then take a look at what I did to my old button drawers ...
 Yep... I just added the left over papers to the front. Didn't have enough scraps to have them all go the same way but still like how it turned out and then I had a place for Black - White - Brown and Misc.!

Ok so they don't match perfectly - but that is my life! LOL And I love looking up on my desk and seeing them -

Now you know we have been working in the house, cleaning, painting- moving furniture and putting down new floors. Well while clearing out one of the cabinets in my living room I found these buried. They were my Dad's.
 I have told you in the past my Dad was an artist of all kinds. When he passed away in 2000 we cleared out pretty fast. Some of his things got put into a box and then when we moved to the farm that box got put in the back of this cabinet. It was so wonderful to find these things. These three painting/charcoals could be as old as I am!! REALLY that OLD! And they have never been used, and all still good!  I am so excited. I don't know if I should or will use them. Should I? I think it would make my Dad happy... but all these years and they are still like new.

ok... Hubby is calling me. Time to put down the last of the flooring. The kitchen... then we are done until we save up more $ and get enough to do our bedroom. That will be a few months probably. Better go and help him.

OH BTW... the winner of my Blog Candy hasn't emailed yet - look back to last weeks post and see if it was you!!!! If I don't hear in a few more days I'll choose another winner.

Off to work! HUGS and-

13 comments:

ednamburgess said...

Very clever, cute and useful. You made a great purchase. Edna

Karen McAlpine said...

Fabulous job decorating the little "dressers". How exciting to find some of your dad's things. I think I would use them if they are usable. Sounds like the house will be gorgeous!

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, I love the way the drawers turned out and they look perfect for holding your buttons.
What a find. If it were me, I would probably use them. I hate seeing things just sit there, but I can also appreciate that they have been preserved for all those years and are like new.

sylviane said...

Mervellous! I like this! It's very cute!!!
Sylvianeusa

Kirsten Alicia said...

You should DEFINITELY use your Dad's paints & pastels. Create a piece of art that reminds you of him & hang it in your craft room.
The drawers for your buttons are lovely, you chose very pretty papers.

Maryann said...

Your drawers are just gorgeous hun. I too love the paper from Girls Paperia, but I have heard, that they has gone out already here in this summer. I read iton a blog, I think, it was Becca Feeken, who wrote it had closed down or been sold, can´t quite remember, but we can´t get anymore of it,I´m afraid.
You should definitely use your dads crayons and paints, that´s for sure. I know, I would, if it was me.

Helen said...

Your drawers are great. I love them it is just so perfect together. How beautiful is the painting stuff from your dad. I have a wooden box with oil paint from my grandfather (who passed away) and I just keep it for memory sake. Hugs.

Dee in N.H. said...

Love, love, love your pretty button drawers!! They look fabulous! Your Dad's stuff looks really awesome too. I would be really torn about whether to use it or not. That's a tough one....

Rufus said...

Your button drawers came out so cute! I think if those paints and chalks were mine I'd use them. You'll think of your Dad every time you do. Since he was an artist, I'd think he'd want you to use them.
R/

Carol Dee said...

LOVE what you did with those cardboard boxes. What a great way ot seperate your buttons I think Dad would be proud of your artisit talent. YES use them in his honor. :) Hugs....

Joey said...

Michelle your draws look gorgeous!!! I love the colour tones you picked for them. There was a reason those paints and pastels were left untouched! that was so you could stumble across them and create with a great big smile on your face knowing they were owned by your dad, go for it. Joey xxx

Shelly said...

Your buttons drawers are beautiful! I think they look better this way than of they matched perfectly. If you hadn't said anything I would have thought you did it this way on purpose to give them more flair.

I vote for using your dad's paints and pastels. You'll feel so close to him as you use them. What a treasure to come across! xxx

kendell said...

WOW! I love your button drawers, they are awesome. I would use your dad's paints etc instead of letting them detoriate, you are lucky to have something of your dad's my dad died when I was only 14 mths old leaving my mother with 5 children under the age of 7 and I have no recollection of him and that happened 65 yrs ago. Thanks for sharing all your projects etc during the year, I don't always comment but your projects are really appreciated. Kindest regards