Tight Lipped Tuesday #12

One of my occasional Tuesday posts where I don’t say much (for me) but this could equally well have gone into my other, even more occasional series of posts entitled ‘Excuses Not To Do The Housework’.

I needed two dark brown or black buttons.

My main button jar is huge and has to be emptied out and searched through to find matching colours and styles.

I was fed up with it.

I’ve been meaning to have a ‘sort out’ for ages though not necessarily in the middle of a Sunday afternoon when I was planning to do something else.

Creams, Yellows and Reds.

Pastel greens, apricots and pale blues.

Purples, pinks and so many, many browns.Β  Why is that?

That’s better.

Next time I need two black buttons the same size and type, it won’t take me all afternoon.

Any guesses?



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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on April 30, 2019 - 08:16

    Mouthwatering collection of buttons there! I’m guessing a hedgehog.

    • #2 by tialys on April 30, 2019 - 10:29

      I have another drawer full of vintage buttons – most of which are on cards though so probably best to leave them like that.

  2. #3 by claire93 on April 30, 2019 - 08:17

    knowing you, this could be anything, but I’m guessing a hedgehog!

    • #4 by tialys on April 30, 2019 - 10:29

      I do have a penchant for hedgehogs, it’s true……

  3. #5 by Nanette on April 30, 2019 - 08:24

    A long-snouted dog? Impressive (sorted) button collection

    • #6 by tialys on April 30, 2019 - 10:32

      Where did they all come from I ask myself.

  4. #7 by itwasjudith on April 30, 2019 - 08:25

    Nice collection πŸ™‚
    reminds me that I have a similar task to do….

    • #8 by tialys on April 30, 2019 - 10:32

      It’s one of those things you keep putting off but it’s worth it in the end. Although, if I’d had a bribe-able 7 or 8 year old around it would have been a good task to delegate.

      • #9 by itwasjudith on April 30, 2019 - 10:33

        I have no such option πŸ˜‰ I’ll have to bribe myself instead!!

      • #10 by tialys on April 30, 2019 - 10:49

        Good idea. I bribed myself with some brazil nuts and a glass of wine. What would be your bribe of choice?

      • #11 by itwasjudith on April 30, 2019 - 10:51

        Maybe buy some more vintage buttons πŸ˜‰ or at least some vintage things I love and can use (once sorted – as of now they’re all over the place and unusable)!

      • #12 by itwasjudith on April 30, 2019 - 10:34

        I like your jar collection, the buttons look really nice in them

  5. #13 by thecontentedcrafter on April 30, 2019 - 09:14

    What a brilliant idea! I have one of those huge big glass wine glasses that holds about two bottles of wine, filled with buttons and I have probably spent a good two years of my life sifting through it to find the right buttons of the right colours and the right sizes. Such a pity I just gave away all my smaller jars…… Is that an aardvark? Anteater? Novelty slippers?

    • #14 by tialys on April 30, 2019 - 10:36

      Novelty aardvark slippers? You’re right!
      Not really, but I kind of wish that you were – how much fun would that be?
      BTW, I’m not going to ask why you have a wine glass that holds so much wine but I might try to find one of those myself for the end of my next ‘dry January’ when I need to re-fuel.

      • #15 by thecontentedcrafter on April 30, 2019 - 10:45

        I’d buy a pair for my daughter, she collects oddball animal slippers so the dog will get over excited and chase her feet……… Same daughter gave me the outsize wine glass, to hold my huge collection of buttons you understand πŸ™‚

      • #16 by tialys on April 30, 2019 - 10:48

        I like the sound of your daughter very much.

      • #17 by thecontentedcrafter on April 30, 2019 - 10:51

        She’s quite nice

      • #18 by tialys on May 1, 2019 - 09:42


  6. #19 by katechiconi on April 30, 2019 - 09:23

    I have one container for pastel shades and one for darker colours. But I really should sort them out further, assuming I can find some empty jars. Unlikely in the near future. Is that the nose of another dog?

    • #20 by tialys on April 30, 2019 - 10:33

      If I’d been really good I’d have sorted them, not only into colours but into pairs, sets, etc. and put a thread through to hold them together but there’s only so much button sorting a woman can tolerate.

      • #21 by katechiconi on April 30, 2019 - 11:18

        Not to mention, sad. Fabric sorting, sort of OK, but buttons… nah!

  7. #22 by Dartmoor Yarns on April 30, 2019 - 10:04

    They all look so pretty now.
    Fox? Dachshund?

    • #23 by tialys on April 30, 2019 - 10:37

      May as well make necessity into dΓ©cor I suppose.

  8. #24 by onecreativefamily on April 30, 2019 - 10:56

    I have 3 large vases full of buttons. I love the way they look in the glass and light reflecting off them. These look great on your shelf.

    • #25 by tialys on May 1, 2019 - 09:42

      Exactly. May as well display pretty things rather than hide them in an old tin in a drawer.

  9. #26 by Lynda on April 30, 2019 - 13:54

    Mouse nose perhaps?

    I spent an afternoon with one of my preschool students I used to babysit sorting buttons. She had a blast! That was over 30 years back and my buttons are no longer so nicely sorted. Yours look very nice in all those lovely jars. Maybe I should re sort all of mine again?
    NOPE, they are close enough.

    • #27 by tialys on May 1, 2019 - 09:40

      I think we should all try to find a young child of family or friend to help sort our button collections. Most would really enjoy it and the bribe needed (if any) would probably be minimal. I asked my daughter if she wanted to do it for me but she said ‘no’ – but then she is 24.

  10. #28 by Kate on April 30, 2019 - 13:58

    It’s a hedgehog methinks. Love a good sort out.

    • #29 by tialys on May 1, 2019 - 09:37

      Hedgehogs are definitely the favourite guess – I’ll be sure to let you know if you’re right before too much longer.

  11. #30 by Laurie Graves on April 30, 2019 - 14:30

    A mouse? Fussy work to sort those buttons, but a job well done.

    • #31 by tialys on May 1, 2019 - 09:36

      It was quite therapeutic really – in a funny sort of way.

  12. #33 by kathyreeves on April 30, 2019 - 14:36

    I’m thinking a dog, or maybe one of those skinny rabbit dolls I’ve seen? Love your buttons, and jars are a splendid way to see and store them!

    • #34 by tialys on May 1, 2019 - 09:35

      Just got to finish the pointy faced creature off and all will be revealed.

  13. #35 by nanacathy2 on April 30, 2019 - 15:00

    Clearly a fox as Bekki suggested. I love the new button arrangement but now you need a new excuse to avoid housework!

    • #36 by tialys on May 1, 2019 - 09:34

      I promise you I have absolutely no problems finding any number of those.

  14. #37 by CurlsnSkirls on April 30, 2019 - 18:03

    Oooooooo, buttons! πŸ₯° Love your jars and their contents β€” you should be reelly chuffed!

    • #38 by tialys on May 1, 2019 - 09:33

      A good sort out does make me feel quite virtuous but the memory fades quickly otherwise I’d do more of it.

  15. #40 by magpiesue on April 30, 2019 - 20:15

    Lovely to have your buttons sorted so you can also see the colors. πŸ™‚ And isn’t it always the way, we end up tackling an organization or clean up job in the middle of a creative endeavor. My first thought for your mystery button application was a rabbit. But a dog makes more sense, coming from you!

    • #41 by tialys on May 1, 2019 - 09:32

      Sometimes the sorting mood just comes upon you doesn’t it and, in my case, when it does it’s best to obey it as it happens so rarely.

  16. #43 by sew2pro on April 30, 2019 - 23:15

    Must be a womble! I saw some running the London Marathon on Sunday!!
    Button jars look lovely. I couldn’t ever get rid of mine as Marie Kondo suggests.

    • #44 by tialys on May 1, 2019 - 09:29

      A womble! – have they not been evicted from the common yet?
      As for Marie Kondo – what does she know? πŸ˜‰

  17. #45 by nottaholiday on April 30, 2019 - 23:39

    So, having conquered the buttons….what’s next…..

    • #46 by tialys on May 1, 2019 - 09:26

      Well, the ironing basket has barely been touched since the end of Summer last year so maybe I ought to start with that as there will be Summer clothes in there people forget they even had.

      • #47 by nottaholiday on May 1, 2019 - 11:27

        Netflix and wine required for that undertaking….

  18. #48 by jendavismiller on May 1, 2019 - 02:22

    At first glance, I saw a mouse….but other comments have me hoping it might be a hedgehog. Or a dachshund. And I do admire your button collection!

    • #49 by tialys on May 1, 2019 - 09:23

      All will be revealed as soon as I’ve sewn a couple more vital pieces on.

  19. #51 by The Snail of Happiness on May 1, 2019 - 08:44

    My first thought was hedgehog… and if not, maybe next time.
    I love buttons, mine are in a chocolate box… and in a mess!

    • #52 by tialys on May 1, 2019 - 09:20

      I love buttons too but sometimes I wonder where mine have all come from.

  20. #54 by Kim on May 1, 2019 - 15:46

    I’m thinking doggy but it could be anything!
    I really need to do something similar with my buttons. Having them spread between multiple tins and all mixed is not good for my temper πŸ˜‰

    • #55 by tialys on May 2, 2019 - 10:58

      Pour yourself a glass of wine one evening, put some music on or a ‘low concentration’ t.v. programme and get sorting – it’s actually quite therapeutic and you’ll prevent any future temper tantrums.

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