Sunday, April 30, 2017

Grandma's Button Jar

Did your grandmother have a button jar?  Mine did.  And her mother, and her mother's mother and so on...  I come from a long line of seamstresses who over the years collected buttons in a jar.  

I remember spending hours sorting buttons, grabbing handfuls, and choosing my most favorite, beautiful buttons.  For some reason my daughters loved it as well, even without teaching them to love it. 

Now that I am a grandma, I thought it might be nice to start a button jar of my own.  You'd be surprised at how fast the button jar fills up.  New clothes often come with an extra button or two so my button jar resides in my dressing room for easy access.  

I also collect classic books like "Miss Lollipop's Lion!"

Now that my granddaughter is old enough to "play" with the buttons (not eat them), she grabs handfuls and lets them fall through her fingers.  Try'll like it too!

And why you're at it, try sitting like this for a minute or two...that's all I can last!

Kendall likes to take them out of the jar and then put them right back in again.  She also likes to choose pretty bright colored ones.  My mom used to let her grandchildren choose one special button to take home with them.  Not sure what happened to those buttons but should have started the collection way back then!

Once Kendall tires of the button jar (and it keeps her entertained for a least 30 min.) she moves on to the jewelry box.  Smart girl.

Who needs to go to the toy store when buttons and jewelry will do!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter Chocolate Decor?

Yes.  I use chocolate as I decorate for Easter.  Why?  Because I love chocolate and I love the colors of Easter.  And there are so many unique and wonderfully wrapped pieces of Easter chocolate.

For example...I love this Easter tin with a large European chocolate bar inside.  I loved the little bunny family working together to create colored Easter eggs.  (I'm going to remind my teenage children how fun it is to color Easter eggs TOGETHER!)

I've used this tin in my kitchen decor for Easter.

Some of my favorite chocolate eggs are from Hershey's.  The pastel eggs with solid milk chocolate inside look lovely in a clear glass jar, and are also lovely to eat!  Hint...If I put chocolate in a decorative jar I am less likely to eat it.  My kids and their friends...well they feel it an open invitation to partake.  I always keep an extra couple bags on hand to refill.

I found these sweet Easter wrapped chocolate bars at Marshalls (in California).  They came in a package of about 8-10.  I love the bright picture wraps of Easter on each bar.   

I popped them in a old fashioned glass mason jar and made them part of my kitchen counter Easter tray display.

I love chocolate, I love decorating and I especially love being with my b-funny family on Easter.